Introducing Untimely Fabrications

I have set up a new site for our studio in Rome to share ideas with each other and the larger community. The site is available at untimelyfabrications.blogspot.com


Shibboleth by Doris Salcedo

This exhibit is currently on in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London. It consists of a crack in the floor.

"That's how the light gets in" - Leonard Cohen

The crack in the precast concrete floor is fastidiously sculpted so that one edge mimics precisely the variation of the other, giving the impression that it is the product not of a bursting from within or an impact but rather from two opposing forces, pulling apart.

The crack gives the impression of being able to look below the historical surface. When you look below, however, there is just more concrete.

The word Shibboleth refers to a word that divides or distinguishes people.

Salcedo seems to see this as a reference to a crack in modernity and in colonial heritage.

People seemed to like to follow the crack on foot, tracing its undulations, rather than look at it from above.

Garbage in Rome and London for Chloe

In London they eat your rubbish.

At the train station in Rome, terrorism shows you your trash.


From the Tate Modern

Just arrived in Rome - here is a picture from the 4th floor of the Tate modern.


The Gunner Table

I'm currently in London, UK, sitting in my friends' flat. Although yesterday was sunny and blue-skied, today it is a more typical gray and slightly wet London Day.
Before I left Canada I finally managed to complete the work I was doing on Geordie and Robin's table that I gave to them as a wedding present in July. Aye aye aye, it has been a continuing saga, but now at least the construction and the finish is complete. Now I just have to get it out to Edmonton. Here are some pictures I took . . .