James GeorgeTempting Failure: Site Response, 2014
Graphite.

James George
Tempting Failure: Site Response, 2014
Graphite.



—Tempting Failure: Cell Noises

James George

Tempting Failure: Site Response, 2014

Audio recording.



James George

Tempting Failure: Site Response, 2014

Digital photography.

I found myself drawn to the middle of the cells. It was rich with the kinds of experiential material that I find conducive of making artwork that I can engage with as both creator and spectator. The atmosphere of the room, the surfaces of the walls, the way the light and sound reflected and intensified into short bursts of harmony one second, and cacophony the next. The controllable light source has it’s advantages also. I repeatedly returned to the space, closing myself in and thinking of the sensory information that the cell generously gave me.

I made a list of words that I felt were going to be key to the creation of the installation/performance. It is a germinal list, which will no doubt evolve as my relationship to the location and artwork shifts and changes over the coming months, but nonetheless it is an exciting one…

* LIGHT.

* SOUND.

* RECORDING.

* DARK.

* SILENCE.

* REVERBERATION.

* AMPLIFICATION.

* VIBRATION.

* CITY.

* EMPTINESS.

* POPULATION.

* SOLITUDE.



James George

Tempting Failure: Site Response, 2014

Digital photography.



James George

Tempting Failure: Site Response, 2014

Digital photography.

So here are some images I took at The Island, home of Tempting Failure. The space has such character, and is so loaded with imagery and mood, that it will be an interesting and challenging place to create work.



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Tempting Failure, 2014

I am excited to announce that I will be taking part in this year’s Tempting Failure exhibition, and will over the coming months update this blog regularly with verbal and visual streams of ideas until the final installation manifests itself this November. The project, which celebrates risk, failure and transgression in the work of artists from all levels of the career spectrum, is still in its infancy, and yet can already boast some exciting examples of installation and performance work from over the last few years. To be a part of this creative entity - to have my work documented and cemented in the ongoing identity of Tempting Failure - is both an exciting and a daunting prospect.

For myself, the element of risk has been present from the start of the application process. I have recently exhibited a selection of artworks that in my mind created something of a full-stop in the use of imagery, environment and materials from my most recent project. In this project, I explored a week spent in the Brecon Beacons as a platform from which to describe my concept of experiential documentation, and so visually the work had a particular identity, with motifs that recurred throughout its duration. Each piece of work fed the next, and it become entirely self-sufficient, so having reached a conclusion with that particular project, at least for now, I am now faced with the need for a new period of time, and a new environment to describe, and create responses to.

The Brecon Project often seemed to have no end in sight, but the longer I pursued my relationship with that exact experience, the more I risked becoming associated with working primarily in a particular kind of imagery. Imagery for me is not the key aspect of my work, but it is instead the paradoxes that I create when trying and failing to show the viewer my personal and internal engagement with the world around me, and with my memories.

It’s fitting that the first ambitious creative project I undertake with the intention of a new direction, is one that celebrates uncertainty, risk and failure.

Watch this space…



James George

Lines: Pembrokeshire, 2014

Digital photography.



James GeorgePembrokeshire, 2014Digital photography.

James George
Pembrokeshire, 2014
Digital photography.



James George
Pembrokeshire, 2014
Digital photography.



Joshua Kendall & James GeorgePerspectives: Forest of Dean (Digital Collage), 2014
Collaborative Project.

Joshua Kendall & James George
Perspectives: Forest of Dean (Digital Collage), 2014
Collaborative Project.



James George

Bryngarw Park, 2014

Digital photography.



James George

Lines: Bryngarw Park, 2014

Digital photography.

Whilst documenting the terrain in Bryngarw Park the other day, I found myself playing around with the panoramic setting on my phone. I quickly become bored with the format, having used it so many times in the past. After a few minutes of thinking, I found myself using it to photograph the environment up close instead, essentially subverting the technology. I really like the way these look together, and think I might continue to explore the up-close panorama motif over the coming weeks.



James GeorgeSoutherndown Revisited, 2014 Animated photography.

James George
Southerndown Revisited, 2014
Animated photography.



James GeorgeSoutherndown Revisited, 2014Animated photography.

James George
Southerndown Revisited, 2014
Animated photography.



James George
Southerndown Revisited, 2014
Digital photography.



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