I went along to the Aru Faru talk today about abstract art. It was really interesting. I particularly identified and found intruiging the comment made about all art being an illusion.
I also found the work of R H Quaytman interesting and will be doing more research into her work.
lately i'm aware of a bit of a shift within my well being. it's a combination of things. i viewed the staff exhibition in the bonnington gallery, with a specific peice to view, made by robert the technician in the sound studio. i feel that describing robert as technician is understating the gentleman's ability and talent. i enjoyed spending time with his sound sculpture. i enjoyed spending time in the gallery and for the first time the notion of enquiry made sense. i know that might sound a little far fetched, but in my slow processing of information way, it has taken me a long time to understand where enquiry sits.
i have had an opportunity to test this notion of enquiry out with an ma student, whom i met last year in the sound studio. he's working on a new piece and invited me to see the work as it was and comment on what i thought. with my new found understanding of where enquiry sits within an academic sphere, i was able to view the work and chat with him in a way that he later told me was very useful and insightful. i enjoyed the experience very much.
it's taken me a long time to settle into the residency.
one aspect of the residency at ntu that seems to be unique to ntu are sessions with a mentor. we had our second session last week. the sessions provide 1:1 discussions, an opportuntity to meet with the technicians and a group discussion. our meeting was the same day as an artist talk by juneau projects, so three of us visited that too. i've not been to a formal artist talk of that nature for a while and i'm really pleased with myself for being confident enough to be true to myself and critical enough of the talk to be able to gain something from the experience.
i continue to work in the sound studio.
my reflection at the mid point is that when i began the residency i was slightly without head, and so i was a headless chicken. now the head has been drawn in and i see things more clearly, and as a result am calmer and more centred.
I'm feeling quite up beat about my work on AA2A at the moment - this week I will be making photo-etchings using a couple of the photograms from my last session in the darkroom. I'm quite excited about this and it will also mean I will have more direct contact with the students. It will be intersting to see whether the images lend themselves to the process.
I have agreed, along with Michelle Trip who is also doing AA2A at Teessside, to be an AA2A group representative for Teesside and get together material about the experience of other artists in the group, in order to write a blog. I'm in the process of contacting the other AA2A artists at Teesside as I rarely see them on campus as we are all doing different things at different times!
I think this is my first post. Let me just explain. I live in Brighton, but will be doing my residency at Nottingham Trent University. So, logistically I will be going up every 2 month of a week.
Below is a summary of my thoughts after my first visit to the facilities. Thank you for the interest.
I was up in Nottingham last week and it was the first time I finally could get my hands on a scanner. I managed to scan 5 to 6 hours a day then my eyes started to go fuzzy, total scans 120-130, but I might have to re-scan them.
Highlight - I was pleased to mean Jean Baird, great photography lecturer.
On the whole, they were four intense days packed with lots of information.
Some notes for the next scanning session, I need to concentrate on effective work flow, consistent file size and what output I am looking for.
Initially I thought I might go for a big file size especially for the wardrobe pictures (which I would like 2x3m), so I could have them at the ready when needed. But it seems more practical to scan all images at a general 140-180mb, so I have a general size for all and when the occasion presents itself book a flex scanner to get detailed scans. Here are some examples of pictures scanned and problems I have had. They are coming up with strange moray lines, marks and a overall red cast.
This is something similar to Moray lines. not sure what I'm doing wrong.
Strange marks appear on the scan that are not on the negative like out of focus dust:
I'm still a bit confiused about what I'm doing. But it's always this way - very clear ideas until I have to actually do something and then I lose the plot.
I am going towards a good size exhibition. Time to think about ways of exhibiting
Anyway, on with the project, I'm scanning negatives that are part of my conversations project. I've got 3 different locations at the moment and bits and bobs from other places that I can maybe use in context.
Bank of Ideas
Alison was happy with the result and very encouraging. I find conversations with her are always inspiriting and meeting with the other artist is also always very productive.
Andrew came up with some great tips.
Talking to Alison I might have found a solution to the portraits I took of Fran in the RTH. Showing them as a sequence instead as of a singular image. Either using a grid or doing a Final Cut editing of the images so that one follow the other in different speeds, so to reiterate the idea of boredom, time and dialogue.
I helped out with my first formal crit in November with 3rd year part time students on the fine art course at Canterbury. My fellow AA2Aers Julie and Chris were there too. It was really interesting to see their work, especially the scope of ideas. I am looking forward to seeing how their ideas have progressed by the time the degree show comes!
I have a lot of catching up to do! I'm sorry I haven't been around before but just let me fill you in on what I've been up to since September.
In my first few weeks I spent a lot of time in the library, I've really missed being able to just research anything when the thought comes to me. I discovered Vivienne Dick in the UCA library. Really interesting work that made me think about all sort of things, mainly about super8 and what it evokes. Dicks work reminded me of the dark side of being a girl with all the sickly-sweet nostalgia and sentimentality heightened by the use of super8.
On this series of trips I also found the artist George Barber. I watched all of the videos on the DVD made by Lux "Beyond Language". "Say Hello To Lottery Park" struck me immediately as it looks like a strange tourism video, panning over lots of quite unglamorous people sat on deck chairs in a park. In the voice over the people talk about how much of their life is dictated by fate, Barber is here poking fun at how much we as a society believe in fate and chance, when in reality we are just a lots of eccentric people sat in a rubbish park but are ultimately quite content.
This piece reminded me of a conversation I had with an Australian guy over the summer who was visiting British seaside towns to photograph them because he thought "it was hilarious that Brits sit on the beach even though it is rubbish and we are miserable". This annoyed me, he's totally got the wrong end of the stick, its not miserable its fun, we are quite happy thanks, it’s the way it is and we are quite happy with that.
I think every artist would really benefit from seeing "I was once involved in a shit show" made in 2003. I have only been graduated for a year and a half and I was hooting with derision when I watched this piece (internally, I was in the library). The video follows the imaginary interactions between an artist and a curator as they both attempt to overcome the difficulties of putting on an exhibition with the theme of "Cement". The story is told by the weary artist ("broadbrush impressionist, spare me the details, type of artist") as he attempts to create work in the face of the shifting parameters of the curator. This video explains why basically you should never come up with a piece of work based on someone else's idea for a show.
So I have been busy getting back into the swing of things at Anglia. I have been welding and polishing a sculpture and I started a new sculpture last week. I have also been doing some small trials on the laser cutter to experiment with geometric repetitive forms in different materials.
I have also finished the stone and Jarrah piece I was making before Christmas. It took me a while to find the right base and I have been working away at it with my stone tools. I shall put some photos up this week so watch this space.
I would love to meet some more students to see what you are getting up to and to have a chat about art so please feel free to come along and say hi in the sculpture workshop- I will be there or by the laser cutter most Wednesdays and Thursdays for the next month.
Empty College this week, the students in Valencia.
Painting for me is very like writing, things just happen and develop once there is a germ of an idea on the page/canvas. With this chipboard I prefer not to plan. The coarseness of the surface has a way of overriding my own schemes anyway, and I find I like the discovery of unknown influences.
Next week I am not in Chesterfield College. Observations are being done by Outside Powers, and tensions are visibly mounting. I shall miss the space and freedom to paint uninterrupted for two whole days : the value of having a studio away from home.
When I return I will have finally gone round all around the mulberry bush and ended up where I should have been at the start - in room W135, opposite W 137 where I am now. I feel like a cat chasing her tail. It's a while since Ginger chased his tail. Seem to remember it was that sellotaped sardine which caused the whirling dervish episode. Sorry, no CCTV footage - more's the pity.
Since moving to Plymouth I have been involved with a youth arts collective here (Young Plymouth arts Centre). This year seems to be quite a busy one, the arrival of the British art show has honed down on Plymouths potential/ the actualization of Plymouth as a hub for emerging artists and the like. I was able to exhibit some work with YPAC, alongside exhibition I have also been involved in planning a series of talks and events. Playing on the science-fiction tone of the BAS we have scheduled a talk in the University of Plymouth’s Immersive Vision theatre. Martin Lavelle (mathematical physicist), Emma Hambly (artist), and Mutant labs (gam developers) will all be under one (domed)roof to discuss fine art, science, gaming, chaos and all the like. I am excited to have Emma Hambly involved (one of the artists taking part in the AA2A scheme at the University) to do a talk about her practice, and be involved with a broader audience outside the university of Plymouth. This should prove to be a very interesting and diverse night of talks centred around notions of what wee traditionally see as two very different disciplines colliding…but are they as separate as we make them out to be?
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