RESIDENCIES 2006 / 2007

2014/15 | 2013/14 | 2012/13 | 2011/12 | 2010/11 | 2009/10 | 2008/09 | 2007/08 | 2006/07

Angela Conte | Anthony Mawson | Dorothee Kolle | Kristaps Gulbis | Mariusz SoltysikYvonne Cullivan


Anthony Mawson , Artist in Residence 06/07

Residency Exhibition: 'transitions and ephemeral layers II _ dia duit, a chluainin ui ruairc'

Project Statement

.........the function of Art is to imitate nature IN HER MANNER OF OPERATION
(John Cage, Silence).

For a chance allotted period of time that could be days, weeks or even years the composition is in flux. The daily repetition of simple actions creates change and complexity. A new colour evolves, new focal points appear and disappear. And then, after this period of continual change the process abruptly stops. The piece takes on its
new role as ‘object’. It contains a record of all the activity on the surface up to the moment where it is frozen. Like a snapshot of a detail of a moment in the process that formed it. A ‘fossil’record of past activity and more; it contains also the potential energy of ALL the possibilities present in the systems that were used.

For instance; A system with 64 possibilities, e.g. the I-Ching, allows 4096 (64x64) points on the surface where an event, a symbol, a mark, a sign or any activity COULD occur. The chance selection of a number of them immediately sets up a tension between those points selected and those not. This is the underlying principle in the
making of a composition. It is this tension that gives the work its dynamic. It is effectively a tension between the kinetic energy of that which is there and the potential energy of that which is not. Perhaps the most important difference is the use of chance procedures to make all the decisions, thereby eliminating personal taste or

The same principles are applied to every step in the procedure, colour sequence, ground, methods of application etc so that the ‘result’ reflects the same tensions (of inclusion / omission) on many different levels. It is the combination of ALL of these elements at ALL levels that endow the ‘object’ with its life, its character, its gestalt.
When the process is then opened out to include the environment in which the work is shown, the layers of activity become denser, the (gallery / museum etc) space can be used as a collection of canvases on which the work takes on the role of carefully placed marks, events or symbols, it is given a context which is an extension
(Macrocosm) of its own Microcosm to which is then added another final dynamic layer, the light.

The combination and layering of these many facets of the process generate an extremely rich visual and psychological field in which the ‘object’ stands alone, separated from the ‘Artist’ in a situation which allows the viewer to build up a dialogue which is free from any expectations (understanding, foreknowledge etc).
By the application of the same system/method to many different disciplines : Painting, Sculpture, Music, Light, Installation, Movement, Performance etc, it is possible to create an environment in which all of these disciplines can co-exist as equal partners, being linked on many levels by the fact that they are generated from the same source material. Further, they combine to form a situation which is an open field that the viewer/visitor can use according to his/her needs, ( as a projection field, a meditation field, or simply an environment in which to rest and regenerate).

Those studying CHAOTIC DYNAMICS DISCOVERED that the disorderly behaviour of simple systems acted as a CREATIVE PROCESS. It generated COMPLEXITY: richly organised patterns, sometimes stable, sometimes unstable; sometimes finite, sometimes infinite; but ALWAYS WITH THE FASCINATION OF LIVING THINGS.” (James Gleich. CHAOS - Making a new Science).


Anthony J. Faulder-Mawson is co-founder (in 1993 along with the artist, Ursula Mawson-Raffalt) of the artists association ) + ( = aO (spoken: convex plus concave equals a sphere) who have recently moved to and are now resident in North Leitrim.

He has spent more than thirty years inventing and developing new methods for constructing artworks for use with chance driven systems. “By using chance as an organising principle all of the possibilities within the system are represented. Those that are not used appear as potential energy as they “could have been” and those that are used appear as kinetic energy still interacting with the potential gaps. The energy generated is thus more felt than seen and so these works are, in effect, not painting at all in the normally accepted sense”.


“the function of art is to imitate nature in her manner of operation”