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Roodlofts and Candlesticks Part 1

By Stuart Frost There is a vast amount of work taking place behind the scenes to ensure that the new galleries are ready to open in November 2009. The project architects, MUMA, are about to commence detailed design. Curators at the V&A are researching the objects that will form the new displays and entering the information into […]

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Thirty Pieces of Silver

There is a certain deceit in a reflected image – a reflection in a mirror gives us the idea that we are seeing a truthful likeness. But of course we are party to this conspiracy ourselves, knowing it not to be the case. And the mirror gives a sense of depth that again we allow ourselves to be taken in by, the surface of the glass being impenetrable and unyielding.The Claude glass or black convex mirror which I have been using to make many of my recent drawings and which I described in the entry entitled, “Polarities of Light and …

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Pace of time – pace of touch – pace of life

Touch and time. Everything seems to take on a different timescale when one is drawing, thinking, touching the surface of the drawing again. Sitting and looking. Waiting.Looking through objects in the collections has taken on a similar pace. Time slows down in order to examine them at such close hand – to register the hidden folds of a pattern or the soiled edges of a greeting card.Yet the backdrop to these activities which allows lingering to be the norm, is one of a totally different pace. Running to stand still.

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Update

COLOUR, drawing using natural stone marks, 1m x 1m. Into February, into better light levels and this stonework (Dec 15) is now complete and about to go off to the framer. COLOUR will hang with two other metre square stone drawings in the new Haymarket Hotel.

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Piercing the Surface

Cut, incise, prick, singe, burn – I have been revisiting ways in which the surface of a sheet of paper can be pierced and how this itself can be integral to the drawing process. Piercing allows light to pass through from one side of a drawing to the other. It can both interrupt and disturb its surface.  It hovers somewhere between creativity and damage. A form of scarification. Repetitious piercing can unify the plane.

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Love and Romance

By Stuart Frost February 12th, 2007 Valentine’s day falls on Wednesday 14th February this week so it was inevitable that it would provide the subject for this blog-entry. Whilst there are many statues or images of saints in the V&A alas, as far as I am aware, there is not one of St Valentine. A reference […]

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World Beach

Over the last few weeks we have begun to chisel away at plans for World Beach ‐ The Stone Drawing Project open to anyone, anywhere on this planet. You will be invited to make a stone drawing on a beach, photograph it (before the tide washes it away) and contribute the designs to a virtual world gallery held here on the V&A’s website. It is scheduled to be up and running sometime in the spring. Looking back through this blog, I realise it was May 2006 when I first threw open the idea.

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The Claude Glass / Polarities of dark and light

‘Polarities of dark and light. Eye of the ocean, the light we see….’ – These words were written to introduce a series of my works shown at Inverleith House, Edinburgh in 1995 – works that explored the ethereal qualities of salt and clear water pools lying along the Coromandel Coast of Southern India.Over ten years later I find myself looking again and again into another kind of pool – not the white encrusted surface of an indentation in the sands, but rather the handheld pool of a black concave mirror.

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Nothing stays the same

By Stuart Frost I know nothing stays the same for very long, especially in large cities. New buildings are constructed and old ones are demolished or adapted. London is a very exciting city to live in lots of ways and the diversity of great architecture in the City is undoudtedly one of its many attractions. […]

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