Friday, June 28, 2013

Piccadilly’s Peccadiloes

Public Art Installation by Rut Blees Luxemburg, Heathrow
London, 2007

Text written and read by Dougals Park 
for the inauguration of the work in Heathrow, 2007

Shifted Blockage Flowing Load

Vast expanses overstretch
 until pulled too far
exceeding beyond maximum limits
that suddenly there’s
fast-speed contraction and shrinkage inward. 
Original size and form reduce and decrease,
leaving mere fractions of their previous mass and bulk they once were. 
No longer endlessly continual and unbroken masses,
but defined and locatable compact units. 
Along outer-edges,
 coastal-beach riverbank seashore canal-towpath cliffs
surround and picture-frame
 innermost civic-centre and forest-clearing at the very heart;
nothing or little lies between moat and castle-keep.       

Distantly underneath,
every solid factory-chimney divulges secrets,
yet always in encrypted code states,
so otherwise might just have been withheld. 
Messages enter,
some stay,
others evaporate or implode,
many even orbit around.
 Case-subjects undergo changes,
within themselves,
also enacting such processes onto anything,
body or where else met with. 
All the rest spill out the other side,
rejected and escaping;
different than beforehand,
never the same again,
without turning back anymore.

Dreams extend,
burnt through armour-plated rock-face;
wounded injuries and healing bandage dressings confuse,
unresolved, interchangeable.
Countless visions projected –only to fall,
sent back down again,
drowning and buried,
inside these wishing-wells;
still more get forcibly thrown high up,
landing, stuck, lodged. 
Unfilled graves flood deep,
as does each hollow column pillar capital ship-mast. 
Eventual conclusion awaits discovery
or invention required for validity and activating. 

Copyright, Douglas Park, 2007

Douglas Park, reading at the inauguration of
'Piccadilly's Peccadilloes' by Rut Blees Luxemburg, Heathrow,
watched by Jari Lager, Director of Union Gallery, 
London, 2007

Images Copyright, Rut Blees Luxemburg, 2007

In later 2006 and early 2007, aided and abetted serial collaborative partner-in-crime, Rut Blees Luxemburg during the course of their duties, photographing London Underground signage and lighting reflected in puddles near selected Piccadilly Line stations. All towards a project, especially commissioned on the occasion of the 1st centenary of London's Piccadilly Line.

At the 2007 launch (for which guests commuted to and from Heathrow Airport, all the way from Rut Blees Luxemburg's exhibition at Union Gallery Union Gallery then in South London), recited ‘Shifted Blockage Flowing Load’, text based on personal insight, involvement and experience of venture.

Since then, ‘Shifted Blockage Flowing Load’ (and also ‘Pied-a-Terre Lumiere’), appeared in, Commonsensual: The Works of Rut Blees Luxemburg monograph, Black Dog Publishing, London, 2007.

As well as sometimes being in the same exhibitions, events and publications, other works about and with Rut Blees Luxemburg include:

‘Pied-a-Terre Lumiere’, premiered at launch for 'Pied-a-Terre Lumiere', public artwork, Place de Laurieres, Bellevue, Nantes, 2002 (1st published, as artist's pages, with Rut Blees Luxemburg in 'Miser & Now' magazine number 3, 'Future as Nostalgia' issue, various editors, Keith Talent Gallery, London, 2004); afterword, ‘Trinativity’ (English / Welsh, translated by Sian Edwards), 'Ffolly', Rut Blees Luxemburg, Ffotogallery Ffotogallery Cardiff / Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, 2003.

Have also helped "christen" works, such as 'Ffolly' and 'Orifice Grid'.

Sometimes, Rut Blees Luxemburg exhibits and publishes black, white and grisaille trial-run polaroids from site-visits, plans for usually colour, high-resolute and large scale works, often including accomplice's inscriptions.

Jokes were made that ‘Pied-a-Terre Lumiere’ and 'Trinativity' were worthy candidature fodder as arias in the 2004 opera, 'Liebeslied / My Suicides' (Alexander Garcia-Duttmann's libretto using earlier texts for Rut Blees Luxemburg, set to music by Paul Clark).

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