Don’t Stop The Carnival

On Friday 17 February at 9 pm BBC Four are broadcasting Beyond The Notes, a film by Dick Fontaine which is centred on the 80th Birthday Concert for Sonny Rollins at New York’s Beacon Theatre in September 2010. There are guest appearances from Jim Hall, Roy Haynes and Ornette Coleman. Read more

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Valentine’s Day

See more by Jonny Hannah at The Rowley Gallery.

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The Goggle-Eyed Goats

Christopher Corr has been working on a new book. It was created in collaboration with Stephen Davies. It will be published simultaneously by Andersen Press in the UK and by Editions Gallimard in France. It will be launched on March 1st, from 6-8pm at The Rowley Gallery. Read more

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Book Launch

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Love Tokens

…my feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. Mr Darcy Loves Miss Elizabeth. Pride And Prejudice. Read more

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For Paul Motian

I only just heard of his death. I wasn’t paying attention. 1931-2011. I first heard him with Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden. His way of playing was unique. Such a sad loss. I can’t write an obituary but there are many on the internet, here’s one at the Guardian. I heard the news from Bill Frisell.

This is one of my favourite pieces. He dances on the drum kit.

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Family Tree

A long-limbed family tree painting on paper, so wide that standard picture frame moulding was not long enough and we had to have the lengths for this frame specially cut. It measured 3.2 metres long and 1 metre high and it was glazed with ultraviolet filter acrylic.

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Wistman’s Wood

When Howard Phipps first showed me this engraving it seemed to refer to a type of oak wood more familiar from France or Spain. I was so intrigued by it that I asked if he might write something for us, and here is his reply: Read more

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Strange Meeting

A mint condition 1966 record sleeve, of thick cardboard typical of US albums of the time, with eyeconic psychedelic artwork by John Cleveland. It is set in a deep bevelled mount with an incongruously rustic frame, seen here sitting on an easel. I veneered three faces of the moulding with a gnarly oak burr, then stained it and finished with French polish. Read more

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Address As A Dress

At The Rowley Gallery we just rehung the back wall with Elisabeth Lecourt’s map-dresses. They look fantastic. We’ve had her work for a while but not had the chance to see them altogether until now. They seem almost magical in the way she creates one thing out of another thing, the transformation from map to dress to metaphor. Read more

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