Humorist, Photographer, Earthling

Terry Border describes himself as “Humorist, Photographer, Earthling” on his website.

As well as the photo series of books with wiry limbs (see featured photo above this article) he is also a punning facial hair model:

moose+stache – this is part of a series if you have a friend with facial hair which you would like to gently mock.

And a series of imaginative reconceptions of Paint Chips – yes, paint chips – that ordinary,



Sound Sculpture – Janet Cardiff

Janet Cardiff heard a musical piece and immediately saw it as a sculpture. “Our ears are designed for 3-dimensional sound… the soundwaves hitting your body from 40 separate speakers in such a pure way, really affects you emotionally.  If it’s the right space, it really reverberates within your body”


The Light Within

Griet Bayert and Paul Miller – the Glass Cyphers at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House – a site-responsive glass, sound and video installation.



Here’s how the museum describes it:

The Light Within is a fusion of glass-making and digital technology, using video and sound recordings made in and around Blackwell. The installation, inspired by the use of light in Baillie Scott’s architecture, brings together the architectural features of Blackwell with its unique setting overlooking Windermere.
Presented in the Oliver Thompson Gallery, this immersive response to Blackwell is made of a multi-layered video projection-mapped onto sculpted glass works and accompanied by a soundscape. Around the historic interior are freeform sculptural glass works by Beyaert, placed by the artist to draw further attention to the beautifully carved wooden interior and stained glass windows that root Blackwell in its Lakeland location.

on until 18th June

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Venice:Speaking statue: John the Baptist

If/when you’re in Venice, here is something to visit: a sculpture beautifully described by the art historian/broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon thus:

“Donatello more vividly, more brilliantly, more viscerally than anyone else creates these figures which seem as if they are on the point of speech – and that tradition which is embodied by this sculpture of John the Baptist – this sculpture is absolutely stunning – it’s really worth going to see.  It’s John the Baptist but he’s on the verge of speech – it’s very very hard to believe that you’re not in the presence of a person when you’re with it.

1917-Saint-John-the-Baptist_1.jpgThat idea of the speaking likeness – the figure from the Biblical past – the spiritually charged  prophet, that you stand in the presence of, and you feel they’re almost alive with you there, speaking to you – that does come to Venice, but it comes in the form of sculpture, not so much in the form of painting.”

Andrew refers to Venetian art as having “this pull or the draw towards the idea of the golden, sparkling realm of the transcendant”  



Sculptor, Lebanon

Saloua Raouda Choucair was in Paris in the 1940s at Ferdinand Legier’s studio.

She has made vibrant pictures and sculptures made up of many small pieces which fit together.

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Composition in Blue Module 1947- 51

Photograph: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock shown in Guardian review.

Despite the second World War, despite living and working in Beirut during exploding car bombs (there is broken glass embedded in one of her canvases), she continued to work until her 90s.  At that point, in 2013, the Tate Modern in London put on a small exhibition of her work – and made a short video of the preparation.  In the still below, the artist’s daughter is speaking on behalf of her mother, who at that point had Alzeheimer’s.  On the left is a characteristic interlocking sculpture.

The brief video gives a wonderful view of a wide variety of the sculptor’s works. A visual treat.


Sculpture – Antony Gormley

With sculpture, it exists in time, it resists time, it displaces place – it is not easily assimilated.  But if you engage with it, it can provide a place of reflexivity and I think, for me anyway, that’s it’s primary value

  • Antony Gormley

A rewarding, thoughtful walk of 25 minutes through various stages and classic makes of the sculptor Antony Gormley’s 40 year career.

(Film by Blomberg channel on “Brilliant Minds”)