Paul Bloom's Five Things.

Written by Lazy Gramophone on Monday the 17th of June 2013

Five Things is a series of short journal posts introducing each of the writers and artists involved in our Time project.

Since the project's inception, the idea has been to create an environment where independent writers and artists could come together in order to share their work. The result of this endeavour is a collection of stories, images and poems based around the theme of time, its pages placing particular focus upon the relationship between words and pictures. By sharing in this way we hope to inspire each other as well as those around us, to draw a diverse audience and so help to illuminate the work of alternative artists and writers everywhere. 


For me art isn't simply about self expression, but exploring what I can express. I have long had an interest in visually describing the huge and the minute or the immense or the microscopic, which are also explored in the writings of Hannah Stephenson and Joanne Tedds.  As individuals we experience extremes in our lives and through our interactions with people and nature we discover, adapt and learn.  Hannah Stephenson's poem is personal and intimate, whilst Joanne Tedds short story depicts a few solitary experiences in a wider bleak world.

A long time ago I set about producing work inspired by 'The realization of an event'. I was fascinated by exploring the descriptive movements in art; kinetic art, and the ways that movement can 'mime' certain emotions and ideas (literal movement or representation). I was particularly interested in the notion that a single monumental but personal event can be captured and described in this way. So I built kinetic sculpture and kinetic jewellery, using moving parts and translucency to hide then reveal hidden events, almost like a burlesque dance. My working drawings planned out these pieces, but I soon found an inherent hidden aspect to drawings which goes beyond sculptural depiction, revealing moments of mystery and drama. A drawing can show a particular moment in time, caught in the middle of an event, questioning 'what could happen or what has happened'.

My drawings are intended as both beautiful and sinister, and often in good humour. They are unsettling, mysterious and distorted, as are our dreams.  I use Biro which is a mundane every day tool that can achieve a high level of contrast and subtlety, far beyond its logographical design. 

Five Things that Inspire Me.

To me science demonstrates what is possible beyond my own endeavours and imagination. I have a fascination with mechanical science and exploration of stellar space and the World's oceans, and also of microbiology and the juxtaposed dangers/advantages that come with new discoveries. 

For as far back as I can remember I have looked at nature for my creative inspiration and to escape the noise and oppression of city life. The cycle of life and death and recycling (re-genesis) of the elements that make us are themes that make me excited, and inspired my jewellery and sculpture in the past. 

To me dreams and nightmares are two and the same, separated only by how I feel when I wake up.  The majority of my dreams are of the dark creepy kind, revisiting fears of suffocation and drowning, darkness and disempowerment, and paranoia of social blunders and consequences. But these are fantastic fuel for my work, and I always produce good work when I have woken in a fearful sweat. 

I have a love of dark science fiction and movies. Writers of particular interest: Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Aldous Huxley, Ian Banks. Films of particular interest: Alien, Twelve Monkeys, Being John Malkovich, Cronos (Guillermo Del Toro).  

Image and Art
My favourite artist is Mindy Lee, who so happens to be my Wife.  
Marvel comics dominated my school hood leisure time, but also more sinister comics, particularly Aliens (Nightmare Asylum etc). I love the work of genius Heath Robinson, particularly his book Some 'Frightful War Pictures' (Duckworth. 1915). 
My favorite contemporary pen artists are Paul Noble and Paul Westcombe. I particularly admire the sculptures of The Chapmon Brothers, Paul McCarthy and Rebecca Horn.  I am also a lifelong fan of the cartoons and films of Terry Gilliam. 

The Time Project.

1. Time Book Launch Lazy Gramophone Events Page 

2. Time Book Launch Facebook Page

3. View our Clock page (counting down to the release of Time)

4. An introduction to Time

5. Contributors' Five Things Journal Posts:
Adam Green
Bryn Hall
Inua Ellams
Zoe Catherine Kendall
Andrew Walter
Laura Dockrill
Mat Lloyd
Sorana Santos
Will Conway
Hannah Stephenson
Matt Black
Claire Fletcher
Carl Laurence
- Zophiel Webb
Jude Melling
Stacie Withers
Tom Hirons
Megan Leonie Hall
Vincent J Prince
Kaitlin Beckett
Guy J Jackson
Eliza Gregory
Jeannie Paske
Jo Tedds
Maria Drummey
Tom Harris
Liz Adams
Lola Dupre
Kirsty Allison
Alexander Aspinall
- Paul Bloom

6. Buy Time from the Lazy Gramophone Shop 

7. Press/Reviews
(Click the links below to read each article in full)

Huffington Post:
'An intriguing book project from one of the most innovative groups of creative people in the city.' ~ Huffington Post

Fabric Magazine:
'...we'll bet you've never seen time as it's portrayed in this stunning new publication.' ~ Fabric Magazine

Rooms Magazine:
'Time is a treasure box brimming with creativity and fresh talent.' ~ Rooms Magazine

Annexe Magazine:
'Lazy Gramophone's anthology, Time, lives up to the high bar it sets for itself.' ~ Annexe Magazine


For more on The Time Project tweet us @lazygramophone or #TheTimeProjectLGP or visit our Time Facebook page.
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