Artist Jeremy Bailey is creating a series of important augmented reality generated portraits of Kickstarter backers. More information here.
I chose a cropped area of British living painter David Hockney’s Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy (1970-71, Tate Gallery London) specifically the seated figure of fashion designer Ossie Clark. Click on the image above to compare the process.
I’ve always felt a connection with this work after coming across it in a book as a teenager, and the story of Clark is a sad yet colourful tale. I hope I’ll be more successful in love, and not stabbed to death in a council flat by a former Italian lover experiencing a transient psychotic episode. Note to self: install secure door chain and sliding bolts.
As for the Stevie Smith poem (Jeremy had asked for a paragraph about what I felt encapsulated my inner essence, and this poem says everything on my behalf), it reads as follows:
In My Dreams
In my dreams I am always saying goodbye and riding away,
Whither and why I know not nor do I care.
And the parting is sweet and the parting over is sweeter,
And sweetest of all is the night and the rushing air.
In my dreams they are always waving their hands and saying goodbye,
And they give me the stirrup cup and I smile as I drink,
I am glad the journey is set, I am glad I am going,
I am glad, I am glad, that my friends don’t know what I think.
Poet: Stevie Smith (1902 – 1971)
Immense thanks are due to the wonderful Manchester-based photographers Jan Dixon and Emily Dixon of TAPE
for the portrait itself, who then conscripted me into standing in the alley outside to return the favour by appearing in a line-up of moving portraits for their fab music video Let’s Move Somewhere Else
(also featuring actress Maxine Peake), for local band Rubber Bear
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