The Blackadder Moment?


the time has come. i can delay and prevaricate no longer.

it’s time to put on the tin helmet, say a little prayer, poke my head above the parapet and go for it.

this website and blog go ‘officially’ live as of this second.

my blackadder going over the top moment, to be met by a hail of bullets or who knows what?

as anyone who ‘creates’ for a living or even just for fun and self-fulfillment will understand, the metaphor of going over top, leaving the trenches or the safety of one’s studio is often all too apt. and although i seldom care to admit it, my skin can be as painfully thin and my ego as worryingly fragile as the next man’s. i challenge any artist, working in any field, to say that they really and truly do not care what anyone thinks of their work. for my part i know i make work that interests me but i also want to share it. i do not want to live and work in a vacuum, that would not be healthy. it is also the reactions of others to our work that can often lead to a greater understanding of how we are perceived, which can then further inform our future efforts.

and that can only be a good thing.

so, when you have a few spare minutes take a look around. i have created (imagined?) categories to file various work under. but why a ‘photography’ section and separate ‘artworks’ section? it is all just different types of art in my book. it just seemed to make sense to thematically draw some kind of line to make navigation easier. when you have a look it should make sense.

to (badly) paraphrase grayson perry from his (excellent) recent reith lecture, “if it looks like art, feels like art, tastes like art, then it probably is art”.

i genuinely welcome honest comment and critisism. but be gentle or at least tactful (see above!).

there is some work on the site which is intensely personal but which i am clearly okay about putting into the public domain as i didn’t make it to be kept in a cupboard.

i would be truly flattered if you saw fit to bookmark this blog and visit again. i will attempt to make frequent, if irregular, postings on things that i find interesting, on work that i am doing and anything of worth that pops into my head. as i am just starting to get my feet on the ground here in my new hometown of oxford i have lots of new ideas that need to be given wings and put in motion, so expect a small flurry of new bits and bobs in the early days.

also, having been completely ‘out of the loop’ with work in the uk (six years in the normandy wilderness can have a very disorientating and numbing effect on the brain), i am very keen to meet up with and organise professional representation across all my endeavours, visual and otherwise. so, if you would like to get in touch about anything like that … then please do, details at the bottom of this page.

note – to access the blog page at any time just click on my name in the header above.

happy new year to all.

andy b

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