Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sizzle and Spit



Come rain or shine the 'Tasty Treat To Eat' burger wagon is to be found somewhere in Loughborough Market Place.

When business is slack it's time for the chef to sit down and catch up on some reading.

sizzle and spit
the smell of fried onions
through spring drizzle

Paul Conneally
Loughborough
March 2015

The Loughborough Echo Building



The Loughborough Echo Building

For a small town in the centre of England it's good that Loughborough still has its own weekly print newspaper 'The Loughborough Echo'.

The paper is no longer written and produced from the wonderful Art Deco building that carries its name in the centre of Loughborough town. The street level shop fronts in many ways ruin the effect of the building with no attempt made to fit in with the architecture and design of building. It's only when one raises ones head and looks up above the estate agents and holiday company fronts that the beauty of the Loughborough Echo building comes into view.

It's tiled front looks a little worse for wear but stand back in the now pedestrianised high street and the whole building is worth stopping at least a few moments for reflection. Letters proudly spell out 'The Loughborough Echo' and at the apex of the building a decorative horseshoe shaped motif with 'Loughborough' spelled out in the horseshoe shape itself with 'The Echo' in the centre. 'Est.' to the left and '1891' to the right prop up the horseshoe reminding us of just how long The Loughborough Echo has been reporting the news to, of and from the people of Loughborough and the wider area of Charnwood, the Leicestershire borough in which Loughborough sits.

Paul Conneally
March 31st 2015

Paul Conneally

The Good Shepherd


The Good Shepherd
Paul Conneally
Loughborough
March 30 2015

Saturday, March 28, 2015

After the Parade



after the parade
a street littered with paper
and fallen arches

Paul Conneally
Leicester, UK
March 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Changing Landscapes - Walk the Line - Kings Norton



Changing Landscapes

This video shows people of Kings Norton 3 Estates taking part in Changing Landscapes 'Walk the Line' a Public Artwork comissioned by Birmingham City Council.

Artist Maurice Maguire with Rob Colbourne surveyed the route of the Wast Hill canal tunnel that passes under the Kings Norton 3 Estates Birmingham UK and marked it with blue on the surface. Residents were then invited to meet and join Maurice, Rob, Paul Conneally, Rob Hewitt and others to 'walk the line'.

During the walk participants were encoraged to engage with their surroundings and the canal below them via short talks from Maurice Maguire that gave an insight on the history and importance of the canal tunnel below the estate on the landscape and spaces of the 3 Estaes today. Paul Conneally introduced walkers to haikai ways of seeing everyday things, writing haiku and sharing them back with others in the Kings 3 Cafe after the walk.

Changing Landscapes is an artist led project conceived by Maurice Maguire 
Changing Landscapes is curated by Maurice Maguire and Rob Hewitt.

Video and images: Paul Conneally
Music: Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

Sunday, March 22, 2015

'Kerb and Automobile Tyre Mark St Oswald's Road' - InvoluntaryPainting1 New Parks : New York



'Kerb and Tyre Mark St Oswald's Road'
Millree Hughes & Paul Conneally with Colin Murphy
March 2015

This work comes out of work by artists Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally as part of their project 'Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York' with Soft Touch Arts and New Parks Library supported by ACE in New Parks, Leicester, UK.

Local resident Colin Murphy working with Paul Conneally identifies a section of kerb slabs and a tyre mark that runs it's length as an involuntary painting.

Together Colin and Paul photograph the identified involuntary painting in sections using Paul's iPhone.

The tyre mark reminded Colin of Robert Rauschenberg's 'Automobile Tire Print', a voluntary work, which he made with composer John Cage in 1953 and which Hughes (via video link from New York) and Conneally had introduced to the NEW PARKS : NEW YORK group in New Parks Library before they hit the streets around the Library to identify and photograph involuntary paintings.

A series of prints that will be 'stitched' together to form a long roll up image of the kerb and tyre mark is also being constructed by Colin, Paul and Millree with the New Parks IP1NPNY Group, echoing Rauschenberg's 'Automobile Tire Print - 1953'.

Involuntary Painting 1 New Parks : New York
March 2015
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Note: The term 'Involuntary Painting' was first 'invented', coined and used in this context by artist Millree Hughes. He used it to describe marks on objects, walls, buildings made by the weather, ageing, persons, animals, graffiti, abuse and other means, that he came across in his travels around New York, that seemed to him could be and were similar to modern paintings found in galleries and museums across the world.

Hughes, working with the poet artist and psychogeographer, Paul Conneally, developed the idea further, and together they came up with a simple way to describe what an involuntary painting was in the hope that by identifying and sharing such involuntary paintings they might encourage the reexamination of what painting is, has been and could be.

"Imagine that and alien lands on Earth programmed with all the knowledge of contemporary modern art but never having seen a painting. What might this alien mistake for a painting? These things, never intended as art, as paintings, are what we now propose as involuntary paintings" - Millree Hughes and Paul Conneally 2014

'the omniscience and omnipotence of the spirit'

'the omniscience and omnipotence of the spirit'
Paul Conneally
March 21 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Waiting For The Chips



waiting for the chips
in the Supreme Fish Bar
banter and batter

Paul Conneally
Supreme Fish Bar
Loughborough
March 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Out of Order



Out of Order
Paul Conneally
Royal Hallamshire Hospital
Sheffield, March 2015