The Ikon gallery in Birmingham had a series of talks called “These Are a Few of my Favourite Things”, a Desert Island Discs-style event where guests talk about eight works of art. For some reason I was asked to speak in the 2010 programme, presumably because the Created in Birmingham blog had mad a bit of an impact on these scene, or maybe they just had a space they needed to fill. Whatever the reasoning I blundered in with my selection of stuff-I-like-that-might-be-art and spoke to a surprisingly full room.
My favourite things were:
- The Internet
- Nan Goldin
- The bubbleglass of the Duaflex viewfinder.
- Eddie Campbell’s ALEC
- Raymond Pettibon’s 80s zines and posters.
- The Kleptones’ Night At The Hip-Hopera album.
- Mario Paint Composer covers.
I was interviewed by Kate Self, then an education officer at Ikon, who later hired me to do the website for their youth programme, which led to a few photography masterclasses over the years. I’m still waiting for my solo show in the main gallery though…