Friday, 12 December 2014

tender books

Visitors to London at this or any other season should make
a bee line for

Tender Books, 6 Cecil Court
London WC2N 4HE
Tues-Sat 11am-6pm

020 7379 9464

Highly recommended !!!

art in the landscape

A generation ago, it was reasonably well understood among artists that art placed in the landscape should accord with an ethic of minimal intervention, that the work should intrude as little as possible into its environment. This is a scruple that is now almost entirely forgotten, having been ignored or brushed aside by artists.

Even art which flaunts its ‘green’ credentials, maybe particularly such art, will rear up or stand out conspicuously from its surroundings to draw attention to itself.

An art that persuades people to turn their backs on the landscape in order to admire the art cannot claim to be ecological friendly.

If the work keeps faith with minimal intervention, then art may occasionally be situated in the landscape, on the understanding that it will redirect attention away from itself back onto its surroundings.

But the situation is no different when it comes to writing, in prose or poetry. Although there is no material intrusion on the scene, the same self-centredness is often at work: instead of looking out from the writing, using the writing as an exploratory device, we are invited to admire the writing itself. What purports to be a homage to a particular landscape frequently turns out to be another display of sensibility or of writerly skill.

Just as the use of natural materials is no guarantee that art will be environmentally sensitive, so references to the natural world are not enough to qualify prose or poetry as a form of “pastoral”.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Published by
482D 49th Street
Oakland, California

Monday, 20 October 2014

at dusk

Italy, October 2014

photograph by Laurie Clark

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Monday, 15 September 2014

gold leaf laid on water

homage to Shelagh Wakely

Camden Arts Centre, August 2014

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A corncrake in Charlotte Square

An installation by Thomas A Clark for Edinburgh International Book Festival, 9-25th August 2014

Organised by Scottish Poetry Library in collaboration with RSPB.

“…But how can I forget the glory of that scene ! on the nights in which I have stood in Queen Street, or the opening at the north-west corner of Charlotte Square, and listened to the ceaseless rural corn-craiks, nestling happily in the dewy grass.” - from Memorials of his Time, Henry Cockburn, 1856

A recording of the corncrake's call was installed in Charlotte Square during the book festival and played every evening between 7 and 9pm, perhaps the first time the call had been heard in this vicinity for two hundred years.

Crex crex, Crex crex, Crex crex, Crex crex

In Scotland, this shy bird is now confined to a few locations in the western highlands and islands. The installation gives a glimpse into an earlier Edinburgh, before the building of the new town, as well as being a late apology to the corncrake.

"a sort of living doubt" - John Clare

photograph by Andy Hay
drawing by Laurie Clark

Before the traffic, the corncrake !