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Resonating Sound/Noise in a Foggy Rugby Game

January 22, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

As part of my art practice have been taking visual photographs of rugby matches and accidental video recordings where although you could not see much of the match going on the sound of the crowd and the noise made. This raised a question in if you could not see the rugby match but simply see it how would you be able to find a narrative from this but at this point did not know how to explore this further until a few weeks ago when attending a friendly evening match on a slightly foggy night. Whilsts watching the match and taking photographs the fog gradually came down through out the match and started to effect the spectators visual image of the game where at one point you could not see where the rugby ball was or how the game was being played that you relied on supporters voices and cheering on the other side of the pitch to inform spectators on our side of the pitch to discover that their team had scored a try even though it was impossible to witness this. So after raising my question of the narrative found it was answered by a rolling fog creating a visual disturbance of the rugby game being played. I have photographic images of this but as the fog effected the video was unable to record the game, if you would like to see the outcome of my investigation would be more than happy to share these.


January 21, 2013 by Tessa Jane   Comments (0)

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I’ve spent a lot of time reading and researching lately. Knowing I want to combine screen print, stitch, drawing and paint. I love torn edges, natural and soft contrasting with or placed against crisp manmade ones.

Taking my last print room experiments (block work) on canvas as a starting point and working into it with mixed media. (Paint and stitch) My theme is arches. They breach two opposing sides, are majestic, celestial, and strong and suggest longevity. Their ancient method of construction will be a strong metaphor about my work. Tradition verses technology.

I really appreciate using the library. Books have always been fascinating and inspirational. Plymouth College of Arts DVD collection has been very informative.

I have delved for knowledge and gained ideas and possibilities.  David Hockney, John Piper and Kurt Jackson speak volumes and this week I’ve gleaned new possibilities from a new source Lyonel Feininger. Although I admire the thoughts and principles behind Cubism I’ve never really liked the imagery. 

"Formations" rather than "Forms"

January 20, 2013 by Abi Spendlove   Comments (0)

"In observing contemporary artistic practices, we ought to talk of "formations" rather than "forms". Unlike an object that is closed in on itself by the intervention of a style and a signature, present day art shows that form only exists in the encounter and in the dynamic relationship enjoyed by an artistic proposition with other formations, artistic or otherwise.

There are no forms in nature, in the wild state, as it is our gaze that creates these, by cutting them out in the depth of the visible. Forms are developed, one from another. What was yesterday regarded as formless of "informal" is no longer these things today. When the aesthetic discussion evolves, the status of form evolves along with it, and through it." - Nicholas Bourriaud, Relational Form. Relational Aesthetics, 2002.

I started working with a map of the sky in 2009 when I was creating much of my work by sewing. In earlier pieces I was sewing text into fabric, and exhibiting the fabric 'back-to-front', so that the words could not be read, but instead a series of structured patterns confronted the viewer. In an exhibition in Mile End in East London, one viewer thought that the text was written in Bengali, however on closer inspection, he realised that the lines were illegible. 


It interests me that eyes search for pattens. As I try to decipher the world around me, I instinctively look for links and connections. In the night sky, some patterns have been seen and accepted for centuries. The current list of 88 constellations that are officially accepted is based on those listed by Ptolemy in the 2nd Century. I want to explore this concept of pattern finding in my current experiments with the laser cutter. I hope to develop new forms as I explore the layout of the stars, and the spaces between them.



The artist, the audience and the object.

January 19, 2013 by Kezia Merrick   Comments (0)


Snowy ground facilitates a perfect afternoon for some reading. 'Artificial Hell' by Claire Bishop is the book of choice today, which explores arts and artists that engage directly with audiences and see people as a key medium in their final artwork.
 The main questions and discussions are between the relationships between the Artist, the Audience and the Art object. As for many years, pre-Renaissance the relationship 'ruler'' was most definitely in the art object, with the artist and audience as mere secondary thoughts. Time has shifted and changed this relationship, where we now 'value' artists to the point of celebrity status and audiences are regularly asked to participate and engage with the work (for example my upcoming commission - Tea and a Walk in a (small) Field) .

In my meager studies and thoughts on this whole area (and on other completely unrelated subjects) I have just been struck by our human desire to structure our life into a system of hierarchy. The idea that for one (thing, person or idea) to be fully valued others must be diminished.
The art object was the top of this ladder for a long time, but in an attempt to redress the balance have we now trampled on this aspect as irrelevant? Aiming to make the audience or artist the primary holder of significance and value?

The astute of you will realise my thoughts are riddled with holes and open for debate, for value systems are good and healthy in many areas of life.

Perhaps it is just the idealist within that desires the hierarchy between the artist, audience and object to diminish, in order for creativity to flourish.
I would love to hear your thoughts...


January 19, 2013 by Deirdre Porter-Hanson   Comments (0)

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...RATHER THAN DECLARED. (Tim Scott on Callum Innes). Don't you love it when you read something that just brings it all home.

17.01.13 My daughter's birthday.

Ha Ha Ha... feels good to be back in Luton.

A brutally cold day -3c. But fantastically beautiful.

Bands of steely greys, white glowing pink,purple, yellow. Green black, palest earth colours, paths and furrows marked out in deep white, glimpses of turquoise sky break through, cool sunlight. I feel nourished.

In town I begin my search for masking tape and carrot cake. Success in first part of mission.

In the department I meet with Danielle and Mo...my roll of paper has arrived...the day just got better.

And there is an empty wall..better still...

The rest of the morning is spent attaching large sheet of paper to wall. 

Note to self...stop buying cheap tape...false economy.

Seek out good old fashioned solid head brass drawing pins from local materials supplier.

So I have the wonderous, terrifying, glorious challenge of a blank sheet 150x200cm prepared and ready to work on... 

Meeting with the other AA2A artists...good to find out what the plans are... Think I may be able to revise etching plate plans to make use of laser cutter. Also thoughts on presentation to/ contact with students...

Excited for next week.









January 18, 2013 by Sally Lemsford   Comments (1)

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The interaction between hand and face gives away our feelings. An increase in pressure shifts the profile; a mouth covered restricts a statement but is a statement in itself. By exploring, we are able to experience how we feel about an activity, so long as we notice the emotion. 


January 18, 2013 by Chelmsford College   Comments (0)


Our AA2A artists are doing a presentation next Tuesday afternoon 22 January to introduce themselves and their work more widely to the students on the art & design courses at Chelmsford College.

Project Space 4

January 17, 2013 by Nicola Smith   Comments (0)

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This was my first attempt at working in the project space at the university of Salford. Luckily enough there was one space left for me to use however I could only use it for an hour. I need to book the space well in advance, although this is difficult for me to plan that far ahead with changing work commitments. Even though I only had an hour the technician kindly showed me around the rooms and I soon realised that I needed a blacked out space for the Penny Arcade performance. I was able to use project space 4 that had bits of furniture and equipment in which I will need to hide or clear out for the final performance. The room is set-up for video projections and there is a white rectangular shape on the wall that I will need to cover. I tested out the lights in the space as best as I could as I left my tape at home. I wanted to see how much light they gave off which works for the frame although there isn't enough light to see me within it. I used another light and directed it into the centre that helped illuminate the inside of the frame.

Photographing the lights I could see the reflections on the gloss painted door. I intend to lead people from the corridor into the room with the lights bunched together in my hand. The cord is long, although it can only travel so far and then there is the issue of keeping them tidy without tripping people up along the way. How far do I need to go? I could be waiting close to the room to avoid any accidents. Going back into the space I think about the carpet beneath my feet at home. Should the viewer sit on a chair? My only concern with this is, if I happen to lure more than one person per performance who sits were? I imagine music playing in the room as we enter the room. Considering I only had an hour I feel that I have made a really good start. Having a project space to solely focus on one piece of work is a real treat. Planning ahead I need to pin down a date for this performance to take place. I know as we move through the year the students will be preparing for their end of year show so it needs to happen well before this busy period. I am due to do an artist talk in February and I am thinking that this might be a good time to do it. In the meantime I have a long Penny Arcade script to memorize.

Issues with paper sticking

January 17, 2013 by Denise Swanson   Comments (0)

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Since my last blog post, I spent a further two sessions in the print room at UCLan prior to the end of term but regrettably, did not get much further forward and due to a busy period, did not get a chance to blog.

The problem seemed to be paper sticking to the collagraph plate once the pressure of the press was applied and even Tracy, our brilliant print technician, did not really seem to know why. I tried all sorts of ideas including using different ways of sealing the plate as we thought it might be the wax getting warm and becoming sticky as pressure was applied. We tried changing the pressure, changing the plates, and even changing the press blankets. I am using the Columbian press for this work rather than an Intaglio press. I also tried various different papers, each with different levels of success.

I also tried dry as well as soaked paper and tried changing the amount of soaking and drying time as we thought the paper might be too damp. But all to no avail. The paper still sticks even if only in one small area. This is quite annoying as there must be a reason but I took the decision, at the end of term, to leave that project on hold for the moment and turn my attention to monoprinting, which I can do in my own studio.

International Postcard Exhibition Part 2

January 16, 2013 by Ruth Hamblett   Comments (0)

Have had 3 drawings accepted at Nottingham's Surface Gallery which is a positive feedback after applying for several different projects then finally get that much needed break, it encourages myself to advise other students to keep going and also to diversify. With this in thought - as part of volunteering have regularly volunteered in the past led to a part-time post in an art gallery and musuem, my most curent volunteering has been at Butts Theatre in Coventry where have helped clean, paint, polish, move furniture and other numerous activities have found an unusual outlet for a different type of art practice looking more at recyled materials, photographing unusual and out of use stage equipment it has led to a possible progression path in the future and also to being asked to get up on stage (as have been doing this while listening to MP3 player and singing every weekend while volunteering every weekend) and perform as a singer in the opening forum for the theatre. This event will be open to the public on 1Feburary 2013 at the newly opened and renamed Albany Theatre. Where I also hope to continue with my internship of vounteering. Never discount any area that you might discover can aid your art practice this is one area I did not even contenplate using and have found an unusual place in which could be  taken further watch this space.,