Aluminium & Cassette Tape
76 x 122 x 20 cm (each)
Back in 2004 audiotape wasn’t uncommon. Cars still had a tape deck and lost spools often wrapped themselves around lampposts. The original idea was purely to make the audio visual. I wanted to say you are looking at Beethoven’s 5th but you can’t actually see anything; all you can see is the material itself and the way it is has been arranged. This work is named after the song of the same name by David Bowie but it may or may not be what you are looking at.
This work catches the light beautifully showing the combined transparency of the picture plane and the reflective qualities of both the tape itself and the aluminium support.
Aluminium, Audio & Leader Tape
200 x 250 cm
This installation was specifically designed to fill two shallow alcoves along one side of a corridor. The basic arrangement is of 8mm DAT and VHS tapes interspersed with 6mm white leader tape. I wanted the work to both blend and react to its environment. I used the white tape randomly in each piece to produce a rhythm but also to help bring it together with the flanking white walls. Opposite each piece is a wall of glass windows enabling the naturally reflective tapes to echo the sky inside.
Aluminium & Leader Tape
80 x 70 x 10
This work is entirely made with professional leader tape, which is the section spliced onto each end of the recording tape that does not hold information and connects to the machine. Here I have used it for its translucent light characteristics not its conceptual audio qualities, as I wanted to create a work that bore a striking resemblance to a painting but was constructed of anything but paint.
Aluminium & VHS Tape
160 x 130 x 8 cm
By using audiotape as a formal material I can deny its function and reduce audio to the purely visible or put another way I can make sound tangible. Here each piece of tape is twisted just once but each strand is a different length so each imperceptible moment is less consistent, as if some kind of sound is oscillating through the work.
Alumimium & Audio Tape
70 x 90 x 10 cm
Cassette tape by its nature is incredibly thin, so thin it practically disappears from sight. Salco is all about this particular quality. The work is made up of near sixty sections of tape each twisted three times in the same direction before being attached. This creates three bands across the picture plane where the tape is side on and so imperceptible. If you then move around the work your angle changes and so these bands move up an down accordingly.
70 x 120 x 10cm
This work is made up of four sections of differing spatial densities and is an exercise in how to create different concentration of colour through proximity. Whatever the arrangement, from the front the tape creates a layer or picture plane that is clearly perceivable. The amazing thing is that because it is so extraordinarily thin, from the side the entire picture plane completely disappears as if there is no picture at all just the aluminium support.
Aluminium & Analogue Tape
85 x 220 x 8 cm
This work is a combination of classic VHS tape and 1” professional audio recording tape. It is more of an installation as the two supports are separately fixed to the wall. The idea was that these two elements could be placed in any formation and with the addition of the tape a dynamic wall piece would result.