What is Cognology?
Cognology is about thinking and often thinking again, and perhaps even again. The risk, otherwise, is that we do the wrong thing really well.
Issues and concerns in the world require new approaches and insights — tomorrow’s challenges cannot be solved with yesterday’s solutions.
We need new ways to understand the complexity of social or commercial challenges.
The Cognologist has thought about how we regulate, and govern and plan and strategise and go to work everyday to the very best, and wonder why things go pear-shaped.
Of marshmallows and boiled frogs
Keep in mind that regulators are monopoly suppliers of regulation so if they do a bad job we all experience the consequences. The same applies when we are inward looking, protective of our immediate gains, at the expense of future success. Did we pass or fail the marshmallow test: did we take the marshmallow now, rather than two later?
And like the boiled frog, we may resist change to our last breath. Yet zombie thinking, like dead zone regulation, persists and we are the weaker for failing to bury them (and keeping them from coming back again!).
Strategic errors: why we do the wrong thing really well
Sometimes, problem owners use advisors whose problem-solving mind-sets are inappropriate to challenges which are not well-structured. In other cases, problem owners take advice from people more selling a canned solution rather than listening to you and your needs. Because we like to think that people know what they are doing, we are dismayed when the advice is mundane or simply wrong headed.
And from their advice, we often do the wrong thing really well.
And then there is how the mind thinks about art and abstraction.
Our minds revel in Abstraction; they are very good at making sense of images even if they are not about anything in particular.
My experimental paintings are designed to conspire with our minds in a dance cognitif.
Art is a conversation between minds, full of elusive, transient meaning, but always aware that the success or not of art is in the extent to which it engages the viewer with a reaction, with ideation. I seek to take inspiration for my experience in healthcare.
I am a painter, but have worked in art photography, and large-scale tapestry. My work is exclusively ‘abstract’, exploring the dimension of our minds that enjoys creating patterns. My experimental tools come from Sumi-e, Japanese abstract artists, Chinese abstract artists and of course the well that never runs dry of the Abstract Expressionists. My work is also influenced by ideas expressed by Malevich in his writings, and the inspiration of artists expressing mature work from a lifetime of living.
In the spirit of Einstein’s maxim that explanations should be as simple as possible and not simpler, I work to create art that is simple and no simpler.
For 2017-2018, I’m in the Turps Art School’s (London, UK) mentored artists programme, where over the course of the year, I’ll submit art on a regular schedule and receive critical commentary from my mentor at Turps.
I am a member of a group of artists in Paris, S2A, who explore geometric ideas in their work. S2A features some very interesting work for an international community. My geometric works are more soft than hard-edged.
I am listed on the Abstract Artist Directory, which is a guide to abstract artist online, and which enables you to locate artists, galleries, blogs and online communities.
I am an elected member of Ashford Visual Artists, based in Ashford, Kent. This is a lively professional artistic community with excellent artists working in a variety of media.
From time to time, I publish in the art press; for a while, I was writing commentary for Art of England magazine, which has now ceased publication.
My book, “The liberating power of abstract art” is available to buy and is a reasonably priced Experimental Handbook for people who want to discover their artistic side and are worried that they can’t draw. Marion Milner, the psychoanalyst, wrote a book “On not being able to paint”, so there is a way forward to creative expression for everyone!
Have specific requirements?
I have experience developing art portfolios for architects and designers for business environments, foyers, restaurants, and would be pleased to work with clients wanting to put art into the workplace. I have developed or identified such art works as dynamic neon images, dividers and monochromatic and polychromatic themes in various artistic styles.
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