I am a Traveller in Both Time and Space

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My contribution to the exhibition Timeslip, on show in Stall Street, Bath, UK, from 23rd May to 8th June, is a 3 Dimensional Collage constructed from hinged mirror tiles and old snapshots taken in different parts of the world and at different periods of time. Laying the photographs down on the surface of a plinth and then standing the hinged mirrors over them in a carefully arranged configuration the work, I am a Traveller in Both Time and Space, creates a kaleidoscope of images endlessly repeating themselves into an infinite and seemingly impossible space. Taking techniques originally used by William S. Burroughs over fifty years ago I am a Traveller… develops these techniques further to illustrate how hidden dimensions may exist within the ones we are more commonly aware of. The work is presented as an homage to Burroughs in this, the one hundredth anniversary year of his birth.



Octavio Paz, Single Words, Left Aligned, 1957-1987

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As part of the Still Points;Moving World exhibition in Bath, UK, from May 23rd to June 8th, James Merrick has been given a space which used to be the changing rooms in the Old Officer’s Club department store on Stall Street. A text generated from the Collected Poems of Octavio Paz, Merrick’s contribution (Octavio Paz, Single Words, Left Aligned, 1957-1987) is a digital projection originally created in 2009, but when projected onto the mirrors of the changing rooms the piece is utterly transformed and made anew, proving the original premise of the piece that the work and the words change depending on the context in which it is shown.

Marcel Duchamp suggested that art could be reduced to the choices made by the artist: I choose to use this colour paint; I choose to use that bottle rack. With Octavio Paz… James Merrick uses the choices made by a long dead poet over a thirty year period to produce the work for him.