The Wittgenstein Brothers (2006)

Acrylic on canvas 600mm x 600mm
Ludwig Wittgenstein, is of course, the father of modern Philosophy. The Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus being one of the more interesting works in the field of Language and Philosphical Logic, and has been hugely influential across the realms of Philosphy, Linguistics, Psychology and Literary Theory.

Lesser known, though no less noteworthy was his brother Paul. An accomplished pianist, all the more remarkable for continuing his career despite losing his arm in the First World War.The Wittgenstein family were clearly exceptional, yet plagued with self-doubt and depression. In fact three of the five Wittgenstein brothers commited suicide.

It is the relationship between the genius and the depression which I find fascinating, and imbues some extra depth [were it needed] to Ludwigs own summation of the Tractatus – ‘What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.’

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Paul Wittgenstein

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Shardcorner no more

Unfortunately, due to the sale of the building, Shardcorner is no more.

The aesthetic experiments will continue, of course, but behind closed doors. The results of these experiments will be displayed here.

Shardcore is actively looking for another window in which to display his daubs, scribblings, and devious mechanical devices.

If anyone has an empty shop, well placed window or other space they’d be willing to let or loan, please contact shardcore on shardcore at shardcore dot org

I wish my heartfelt good wishes to all who have enjoyed peering through the window of Shardcorner, sorry it wasn’t open more often…

shardcore 17/08/06

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Brighton Pride 2006

Brighton Pride, one of the best freak-gatherings available to man. So it was only fitting that shardcore should be there to contribute to the chaos. Approximately 50,000 beautiful freaks descend on Preton Park for this event each summer, and this year that meant 50,000 beautiful freaks walking right past the front door of ‘Brighton’s smallest gallery’.So, we came, we saw, we opened shardcorner, my friend Ian and I spent several marvellous hours drinking cava and being propositioned by a bewildering array of characters.In honour of the parade, we were selling shardcore limited edition gay scientist water. Twelve different scientists to collect, however no one had the foresight to choose to purchase the complete set…

While sales were brisk at points, I think overall we would’ve had more success selling poppers.

I did take the opportunity to display ‘Turing and Snow White’ and ‘Big Cock’, which brought a number of appreciative comments from the gathered throng.

All in all we had a fantastic time, and as ever, it was a delight to see that you can put so many wasted people in a confined space and not need to worry about violence breaking out.

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Big Cock (2006)

Acrylic on canvas 600mm x 600mm

I’ve always loved chickens, in fact I was known as ‘chicken’ in the infamous acoustic-sleaze-folk-cabaret band known as ‘fish*pie*chicken’ [but that's another story, for another post]. In honour of Brighton Gay Pride I decided I needed something special for the window of shardcorner. Originally it was going to be a self portrait of my own cock, but I bottled out, and decided that this fine specimen of fowl-hood would be just as fitting.

I’ve used a thick texturising gel on the wattle and comb, which allows me to encourage people to ‘touch my cock’.

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Turing and Snow White (2006)

Acrylic on canvas, 510mm x 510mm

Alan Turing is rightly regarded as the father of modern computer science. He was also gay, and suffered terribly at the hands of 1950s British intolerance. After being charged with gross indecency, he was forced to take oestrogen in an attempt to quosh his libido. The side effects included weight gain and the development of breasts – a dreadful result for a world class marathon runner. Shortly after this time, he committed suicide by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

The composition is influenced by the early renaissance painter Lucas Cranach, the elder from one of his many paintings of the garden of Eden.

I’ll be exhibiting this painting in shardcorner on saturday, so please come along and take a look – I’ll be happy to discuss any of the work on show.

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