In 2010, John made new work for Beacon Art Project’s exhibition Profusion at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. It was made for the saw pit in the grounds of Calke Abbey. The texts were collected over years from snippets John heard on the radio or read whilst working in his studio. Jumbled up in the saw pit it was a bit like the inside or our heads, where ideas we’ve come across compete with one another.
After de-installation, the wooden texts were left, like ideas are left in our brains, to breath and flourish. Recently, John developed the work, now exhibited outside the Chapel in Wellingore. The wooden planks and texts – weathered, cut and re-positioned, have merged and connected to one another, the way ideas should, to form a new narrative and meaning.