Friday, 25 April 2014

Projector Plans

I've been playing around with the projectors Ive hired out and tried a few different layouts. It all depends on the room (where the plug sockets are, how big is the room, is the ceiling smooth etc.) as to where and the size I can project. I cant actually get into the room right now but u have a feeling the ceiling has pipes all down it...which is a bit annoying. Also Ive been searching for a plinth but theyve all dissapeared so Im really worried im going to have to use a table which is going to look really naff and like a powerpoint presentation in a classroom. HOWEVER, I will find a way to avoid this. Here's some pictures of different layouts, ignore the fact its in my bedroom!

 These next 3 images I tried adding a square or circle mirror to reflect a really magnified area on the ceiling or back wall. I like how using minimal materials I can fill a room using positive and negative space, also the shapes they create and how they show the pixels from the image as though its been over stretched and processed. Im going to go buy some different size mirrors and play around with positioning them, however, Id have to either place the mirror high or low as it could be reflecting straight back at the viewers and hurt their eyes.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Reflections: Between Object and Image

Here's one of the videos I've edited to go into my documentation. The short videos I filmed a while ago on my phone but wasnt too sure what i was going to do with them, I made them into GIFs and really liked the aesthetic of it. Because Ive been looking at projections Ive been thinking about projecting a video so decided to try the GIFs I made, when I was watching the videos back I could see a slight reflection of my myself within the image and thought it might work quite well together. I liked that it was a different way for me to layer images and video leading on from what i learnt from the 'between object and image' workshop. I also really liked how when you filmed a screen it would create lines and colours against the pixels on the screen so I decided to film the screen with my reflection to create a 'selfie'. These were only small experiments and I didnt intend them to be used towards anything but really liked how they turned out. These arent the fully edited versions because it was too large to upload but the fully edited will be made into a smaller screen (cutting out the writing from a screenshot video program I used as my video editing software wouldnt take GIFs) and with no audio.

Through editing the video and pausing sections I found really nice still images that capture the screen and the reflections on it. Again Im not sure what il use these towards...


So I had an epiphany about presenting my work, well someone told me how to do it...Originally, I wanted to print an image onto either A1 or A2 pieces of paper but obviously it was going to cost a lot of money and I couldnt think of anything simpler because I got so caught up in what I was doing. My friend then suggested I use a projector which is free and now seems to obvious! It also means I can create an even larger image, depending on the size of the room I have to use. Its hard not to get blinded and over complicated because you dont assume its going to be simple...

I have a few ideas of how I can project my image, here are a few...

Because Im looking at the shift between 2D and 3D I really wanted to use a 2D surface but in a way that creates volume and submersion. I also really like the virtual quality of projection and that it relays in image that isnt actually there. I feel this really fits with the digital/ virtual aspect of my work, also the image can be manipulated and affected by outside variables such as a faulty flickering projector or people walking infront of the image and vibrations of people walking around.

I really like the second image as its using minimal 'tangible' materials but also forces people to walk into and interact with the projection creating ephemeral states that cant be captured again. It also creates volume within the room and an emersive experience you dont usually get from a 2D image. The problem would be fixing projectors into the right places and safely which il have to look into. For this I could instead project the image onto the cieling and wall altering the angle of the projection. It would also work projecting onto fabric to create a sectioned off space. Also if im going to use 2 projectors I i dont want to use 2 laptops so will need to book projectors that can run on USB sticks, im going to follow a tutorial from this website

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Exhibition Ideas

So its come round again! My final exhibition for year 1 will be in a few weeks time and I dont know where the year has gone...people said it would go fast but I didnt realise just how fast! Ive been having a few ideas on how im going to present my work as it was what i wanted to do for my show and listen a couple of weeks ago. I want to be a lot braver and do something larger and create more of an emmersive experience. My idea for this came from my workshop with Ella where she said 2D can create volume and a physicality which id never really considered before as id hated any 2D work with a passion, but as im considering the transition between two states i want to use 2D in a way that creates physicality and makes a type of sculptural work. Ive also wanted to use fabric for a while to mimic the state of fluidity compared to the materials solid qualities. Ive thought a bit about hanging a long roll of fabric over the bars at the top of the studio in various different ways that will make the viewers move around or underneath the material, but the problem im having is how and which images to print. I may create one long continuous repetitive pattern from the photographs ive taken of my sculptural work but i liked my use of screenshots from my show and listen, for this i wouldnt know how to stretch this onto a long piece of fabric. Anyway, ive been looking at some artists that use fabric and paper in a more physical and sculptural way...

Karla Black
Work from her oeuvre.
“WHEN I’M NEARLY FINISHED making a work, I ask myself, “If this was a painting, would it be a good painting?” If I decide that the answer is yes, then I’m done. I use impermanent and raw materials like paper, polythene, plaster powder, and cosmetic products in my sculptures not because they easily change and decay but because I want the energy, life, and movement that they give. I would much rather have the sculptures stay exactly as they are the moment I finish making them. But I also know that if my first priority were to preserve the work forever, or for as long as possible, then I’d use stone, metal, or wood. But those materials don’t have the qualities I want. It’s a double bind.
My work needs to occupy the kind of large rooms that Modern Art Oxford has to offer, and it needs to enter into the institutional realm in order to become what it really is. The work is both a protest and a compromise at the same time. While it tries to dismantle the demands of being permanent, transferable, and stable, as required by most art institutions, it also physically and sculpturally negotiates within those conditions and reaches compromises that allow it to exist in those places.
I prioritize material experience over language as a way of learning and understanding. The physical human experience that comes from the inside out precedes language and is most absorbent for us, most unself-conscious, when we are fully in it and therefore completely unaware of any image of ourselves, of how we think we might look to others. The moment we become aware of ourselves from the outside in, as an image that others can see, or as a subject that holds a particular meaning, symbolic or otherwise, then we split from that primary experience of the physical world and must think. Traditionally, painting offered an optical escape from this world, by providing a window onto another. Sculpture can offer some sort of escape, too, through an actual engulfment in the physical.
In art school critiques, my classmates sometimes said my work looked “feminine” and “domestic.” I could see what they meant, but that was never my intention and still isn’t. I like pink, and if someone wants to say that’s because I’m a woman, then perhaps it is. I’m interested in those kinds of cultural judgments that come from the outside. In the end, I decided to just do what I want to do, to use the materials and colors I want to use, because I want to enjoy making the work as much as I can. It’s hard enough to make something that’s any good, so you may as well start with some sort of self-indulgence.
I felt that judgments of femininity or domesticity were derogatory and that they meant, perhaps, that the work was not very good or not serious. (I still wonder why I thought and, to a certain extent, still think that. Is it because of some residual misogyny in myself?) There are a lot of men who use pink—Franz West, for instance. But who says that his work looks feminine or domestic?
Why is it only women’s art that is gendered? I was recently asked, “How do you think your work would differ if you were a man?” Would anyone ever ask a man, “What would your work look like if you were a woman?”” – as told to LAUREN O’NEILL-BUTLER for artforum.

Alice Channner

Claire Barclay

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Craig Fisher, Up To No Good

I went to see Craigs exhibition opening last night at ncn Lace Market Gallery for 'Up to no good' and I really enjoyed it, the colours and materials were really striking and bold but also really decorative from the use of pattern and materials. The work was about the relationship between sculpture and painting, he uses themes of violence and explosions through craft based processes making the pieces seem more humorous and kitsch. It wasnt till i read the website descriptions that i found out the small sculptures were crafted 'bombs' with really precise and clean stitching.

Printing Images Into Sculpture

I wanted to try some ideas Rachel De Joode has done within her work. However I used ordinary paper and the water in the plaster made the ink bleed out from the kaleidoscope images I made. I like the contrast that was created between the surfaces, more so in the first one using the image on an outer area rather than inner.

Moving On Workshops, Ella McCartney

I recently had my moving on workshop which was about translating 3D to 2D. We tried scanning and photocopying objects we brought then layering them and re- scanning them to alter the image.

Some Latex Things

These were some of the practices I made for printing with latex for my show and listen, they worked out quite well but this was on a much smaller scale than I wanted. I also created a latex mould of a cast I made of shoes and a cardigan, I did want to re use the mould to create a new shape but it didnt work and ended up setting the mould into the plaster too. Ive create a plain flat mould of a flat jumper cast to maybe create a larger sheet.