Monday, June 20, 2011

Material and Conceptual Investigation - Colour and Context

'Bleed your Colours'

Materiality and Context - resolved colour

White -

So, I thought I'd put my resolved piece up.
I found this particularly challenging, because I had set myself a few rules to a. move away from
colours and 'choices' I would usually make and b. I had fixated on a site I wanted my piece to be
hanging, so I hoped even as 'white' it would stand out and represent time and space (influences Alexander Calders kinetic sculptures).
The thing I found most challenging about white, was the portrayal of motion, along with texture and form... Texture that complimented the cement/industrial surroundings I saw the white piece in.
The other thing that I realised was how 'bride' like or 'timeless' the introduction of white and transparency was when I photographed the piece. I had added a few bars of music in the original dress, and they fell down during the photographing of the piece, so I decided to cut the 'dress' off the mobile, and I suppose I found myself quoting 'Bride Stripped Bare' by Marcel Duchamp, which has
got to be one of my favourite pieces of all time. There is a sort of 'happenstance' about this piece which I have always battled to achieve, so with 'White', I attempted something similar.

Material and Context - extended colour exploration

White - monochromatic variations

I found researching a particular artist often lead me to a larger group of interest. I felt it was difficult to state with this project that any one artist influenced a singular piece. For example, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, as well as Nike Savvas and others influenced my thoughts on how I wanted to represent Time and Space on most of the pieces....

For Form
Duchamp's use of glass and Savvas/Calder's use of kinetics their works often come up in the pieces I've made. Transparent perspex in Ex. 3, Project 3, was an idea from Duchamp's 'Bride Stripped Bare'. The incorporation of 'happenstance' and spontaneity (as seen with Jessica Stockholder's work) affected the creating of 'White' (Ex.1, Project) came about after I'd explored 4-5 colours, and decided on a site. Only then did I set myself rules for choosing materials and giving myself 4 hours to make it in... this allowed a certain amount of performance and spontaneity to stay in the pieces, which I feel I often lack with final works.

Material and Context - initial colour exploration

Exploring the connotations of colour... through diarising

Material Investigation - thread and stocking contd. resolved

The objective here, was to expand on the thread and stocking piece, by exploring time and space... implied receptacle of space - where it flows or is received.

The more obvious elements being hanging, or fallen objects and moving pieces where time is continuously in motion. I enjoyed the chaos of the string against the more methodical rounded forms - much like a bar of music there are notes following on from eachother to form a beat in a bar, or a space in a bar of music.

Material Investigation - thread and stocking

Subject – to show time and change through elevation, movement, distance, size and form (how long is a piece of thread...)

Cutting up stockings and stuffing them with stockings and thread, then wrapping in string – red and white until round – varied sizes.

'Hung in space' photographing action – kinetic sculpture.

Intention to show variation of the theme of temporal time and movement in
space in 'the moment'.

Material Investigation - Sand and Light

Sand and Light
Subject – to show time and change through the medium of sand and artificial light.

Throwing sand onto a light box and painting, removing form and adding form around negative shapes in a 'temporary' environment.

Showing the nature of sand as a sort of 'happening' that is ultimately wiped out of existence when the light is turned off or the sand is removed complete.

Intention to show variation of the theme of temporal time and movement in space in 'the moment'.