Thursday, 28 July 2011
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Saturday, 16 July 2011
It started off quite innocently - like all good bench meals – with bread. But the foods soon turned much darker (and I don’t mean toast). It was as if the bench knew I was leaving and had decided to try and keep me in London, and as every park bench knows: the way to a man’s heart is through his seat.
In his book, Teach Us To Sit Still (2011), Tim Parks - no relation to the bench – does some research on the Aneros anal massage and sex toy: ‘God knows why the male G spot was put up the arse but there we go, if its done correctly along with stimulation of the penis the orgasm is out of this world! Try it!’
Sandwiched between the two bread images (in bread with?) - the first made in January, the latest yesterday - was a bench cuisine menu so bizarre that, I just had to keep going back for more.
To be continued…
Sunday, 10 July 2011
I’m thinking of the time I was in the country, in the company of the photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper - and we weren’t playing a round of golf. We were passing through a forest festooned with boulders when Cooper said, ‘Have you heard that Buddhist saying: to the man with no knowledge, trees are just trees and rocks are just rocks. Yet to the man with a little knowledge, trees are much more than just trees, and rocks are never just rocks - both are invested with a spiritual significance. But to the man with complete knowledge, trees are just trees and rocks are just rocks?’ Funny thing for him to have said: Tom Cooper’s spent the best part of the last 40 years photographing nothing but trees and rocks.
Thursday, 7 July 2011
In between times (we were miles apart), I lay on this rock more than I lay on her.
Next to the rock stands rock chair.
I'm thinking of The Flintstones, I'm thinking of Buster Keaton in a rocking chair, in Beckett’s only movie, Film (1964). As Keaton rocks opposite a denuded wall, he examines seven photographs, all of him: 1. 6 months old - in his mother’s arms 2. 4 years old – kneeling in an attitude of prayer 3. 15 years old - in his school blazer teaching a dog to beg 4. 20 years old – in his graduation gown receiving a scroll 5. 21 years old – arm around his fiancé 6. 26 years old – a newly enlisted man with a little girl in his arms 7. 30 years old – looking 40 with a patch over one eye and looking grim. He spends twice as long looking at 5 and 6 before ripping up the lot.
Friday, 1 July 2011
Factors are numbers you multiply together to get another number: 4x4=12. But what a surprise: the correspondence between the number of golf balls and shoe size.