Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
There were several aspects of the assessment presentation that interested me.
Firstly, by installing the sculptures into a white space, rather than a blacked out space as I had previously, the walls acted as a screen and reflected the light produced by the fluorescent sculptures creating a strong relationship between the sculptures and the limits of the space that they were installed into.
Secondly the variation in distance of sculptures to a light source resulted in a graduation of intensity of fluorescence which also enhanced the sense of space.
Thirdlythe light in the installation emphasised the physical form of the tubing that the sculptures were constructed with, in the boxed structures the viewer is behind the light source so the structures tend to flatten out and look like digital images.
I'll draw this to a conclusion with the most recent MA assignment that we given, which is basically how I move my work forwards.
- Finding the Question
- What do I already know about this?
- What can I do?
- Evaluate creative output
- Using drawing as a starting point – drawing becomes a means to understanding the “question” rather than as a means of recording what I see and experience around me. Having to move the line into three dimensions enabled me to make a physical link between understanding the parameters that I had established, and playing within them.
- Writing. I have always seen writing as my weak point, and have tended to avoid it where possible. However, the use of a journal – keeping an ongoing written evaluation, having to articulate observations; realisations and reflections, and then consolidating this into artist statements has enabled me to slow down and think with a greater degree of clarity. I do feel that the journal is helping me to pin things down, and prime me for situations when these realisations will be useful, rather than acting as a written record to be constantly referred back to.
- The Wednesday morning ‘Crit’ sessions. Discussing work has, like writing, forced me to articulate and communicate my thoughts and observations.
- Tutorial feedback has provided a wide range of questions to consider.
- The opportunity to use a new space to develop work (the January 2012 Assessment) and spending time with it, and writing about it.
- Regular deadlines - keep me on my toes and force me to make decisions where I might normally procrastinate. This is quite important for me because I am a good holistic thinker, in that I can propose many permutations and combinations of opportunities to develop, but I also I know that I am quite indecisive.
See invite for details.
The show will include some new work by Jamie Scott, and Mark Boot and an opportunity to see Simons paintings in a larger space. The gallery space itself is one large room, as opposed to the previous show which was divided between three rooms, and is intended to show the work as a more integrated presentation.
All are welcome to attend the Private View, and if you are unable to make this, come and discuss the work with us on Saturday at the Meet the Artist Event.
Thursday, 3 March 2011
Thursday, 9 December 2010
For those of you found the installation hypnotic, relaxing - or as one young art critic stated 'a really great gerbil cage' - I have uploaded this video of the work in-situe. It was very interesting watching you all as you adapted to the UV lighting, with most people checking to see if they were wearing anything that was fluorescent and one or two people frantically trying to brush of otherwise invisible dust from clothing. The 'most appropriately dressed' prize goes to the two road sweepers who stopped outside for a look wearing fluorescent yellow work jackets.
I have included a section that is filmed from below, as this seemed popular with a number of younger participants, and may interest the older viewers who were less able to decently prostrate themselves in public. I finished the clip with a view from outside, as this is how many people will have initially encountered the work. I was very pleased to see that a number of people who would probably not have entered an art gallery were drawn into the show, and hopefully feel more confident to enter galleries in the future.
It was good to have an opportunity to present work the to our students, both past and present, and from their feedback not only they were interested to see it, but it gave them a sense of confidence in our roles as Tutors and practicing Artists. For example one undergraduate, now on an Interior Design Degree, said that she now understood why I had put so much emphasis on the preparation and presentation of her 3D work, while several Fine Art undergraduates commented that what they now had a greater understanding of issues that we had discussed previously. With so few Leicester galleries in which to exhibit now, these opportunities for students to evaluate the activities of their tutors will become increasingly rare.
I also had a number of fascinating discussions with people about Simon and Jamie's work, it was very encouraging to hear that so many of you were interested in the show as a whole, and were intrigued to see how colour and space could be used to produce equally deliberate, but distinctly individual outcomes.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
|'Continuing the Conversations' . acrylic on MDF . 1.9m x 5.3m Nov 2010|