Friday, 2 November 2012

Every text she ever sent me

For those of you lucky enough to have been at the Drawers Gallery last night for the openin gof La Petite Muerte will have already seen this. For those of you not there here's my most recent work Every Text She Ever Sent Me.

Every Text She Ever Sent Me is a sculpture containing a mobile phone sim card encased in a block of resin. The sim card contains every text sent and photograph taken from a two year relationship. The data is preserved but also trapped.

Thanks to Adam Beale for helping to create the sculpture, and to Kirsty Harris (aka Lazy Susan) for organising the exhibition.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Review - Bad Behaviour

Here's an extract from the review of the recent Bad Behaviour exhibition at Brixton East by Paul Luckraft (who is the curator at Modern Art Oxford).

Paul Stanley’s two works on display are highly personal and autobiographical, centring around memories linked to his own family.  Past Tense (2012) comprises three small frames, with the middle one containing a 35mm slide subtly backlit by an embedded light.  The frames on the left and the right of this contain photographs of the artist as a young child with his mother and father, presented alongside short texts.  These texts, written by Stanley, are succinct and moving.  They universalise emotional memories of childhood, and carry just enough information without revealing too much.  In the upstairs space Stanley shows a projected slide show of further photos, these being found by the artist under his mother’s bed after her death.  Simply projected onto a low white screen, the images are shown deliberately blurred, adding a Richter-esque separation.  This blurring works to give the viewer permission to look at the images, without the sense of encroachment on something too personal to be shared.

Thanks Paul! I thought the review was very good, clear and balanced, and not just because you said nice things about my work (although that helps)


Next up we have Carousel. And yes, I did get the title from season one of Mad Men. 

Carousel is an installation made up of a series of slides I found under my mother's bed after she passed away. Continuing on the themes stated at the start of Pulling at Threads the slides are projected blurred onto the screen, giving a tantalising glimpse into the past, close, almost formed but just out of reach.

Past Tense

Well what a year 2012 has been for new work. I thought I'd post some pics up seeing as I'm an egotist and all.

First up: Past Tense

In 'Past Tense' a slide is placed in a frame with a light box behind it. The light shining through drawing the viewer into the image. The slide’s size indicating the fragility of the memory it represents.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Visca el Barça i Visca Catalunya!

OK, back to the present day and the ALAS residency. What a handsome bunch I am working with. Here they all are in the sun discussing our up and coming exhibition with Untitled Barcelona.

No sleep (apart from a little light napping) till Barcelona!

Welcoming in 2012

Victor, Zoe and I enjoy a quite New Years Eve discussing Bible stories and administering to the poor. Again I appear to be punching myself in the face (for no adequately explained reason).

Two Heads Are Better Than One

Paper Mache heads all the way from India (I know, I thought Mexico too)

More Winterval Madness

The great thing about film is every now and again you discover pics from the past. Here's some more mayhem from Crimbo 2011. New Years Eve to come.

In these photos are Victor, Fauve and Zoe.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Bear in the Snow

Bear in the snow, where will you go?


Alas the ALAS residency is nearly over, but to cheer myself up here a few pics I took over the last few weeks:

My fellow ALAS residents (from left to right) Laurie Firth, Julia Miranda and Ventiko 

Another ALAS resident Kirsty Harris attempts to molest a major London Landmark 

And the sky that very night

More soon I hope

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


A photo-realistic portrait of myself by my fellow ALAS artist in residence Julia Miranda.

I think she’s really caught my noble good looks.

Monday, 25 June 2012


Exciting new show:

Over the past month I have been taking part in the ALAS residency hosted by Matt Roberts Arts, Vyner Street, London. The residency exhibition is opening this Thursday and it is all getting just a bit exciting.

In fact it is so exciting I think I am going to have to go and have a sit down.