Notes- Current Thoughts (March 2015)

March 18, 2015 by Chloe Ashley   Comments (0)

I’m currently interested in:

Exploring the photograph in relation to object and space and unearthing the tension that arises from this dualityThemes I would like to explore further

The photograph is an object that encapsulates a fragmented space

Finding an otherness within the imagery that is seemingly familiar yet  

Objecthood of the photograph- Michael Fried comparison to abstract painting


Rebecca Ackroyd- use of photography and sculpture- seemingly embraces volume.

Utilize the formal elements within the image and create fragmented space

I want the photograph to convey a sense of otherness, yet reference contradictory elements to create the unfamiliar

Idea of conflicting formal elements to create a tension within the work curve, volume flatness

Photograph is inherently flat

If the photograph embraces sculpture it become object or embraces objecthood

If I want to play with the object/space I will need to create sculptural photographs and flat spaces

non-object-Ferreira Gullar

Utilising colour can evoke space– though monochrome is perhaps the most effective- think Rothko and Yves Klein.

Experimentation is needed of the different formal elements within the image to play on object and space. 

Alludes to architecture

‘Form exists because of space and space exist because of form’ Hans Hoffman, On the Aim of Art

Ben Nicholson- Relief emulating space, sculpture work is very interesting.

Reoccurring within the practice: Repetition, Varying Scale.

Observing work: Tension with the formal elements. Curves contrasted with line.

Geometry within the image is reframing of space

Creating the unfamiliar from the familiar utilising the process of the photography

Objects are a vehicle for the investigation.

Rules in photography-flatness/framing are embraced yet challenged within the work. The sculptural. Questioning scale/the pristine print

Playing with out of focus

Under exposure/overexposure

Revised Artist Statement Draft

My practice explores the restrictions and expectations within photography to further engage with the defamilization of the familiar. The manipulation of the imagery through distortion of scale, sculptural intervention, and multiple exposures, is thus utilized within the work to create an estranged photographic space/object that embraces contradiction, fragmentation and tension.

Notes-Defining Practice, Current Thoughts/Ideas and Research (26th January 2015)

January 26, 2015 by Chloe Ashley   Comments (0)


Working Methodology

My practice is site responsive; the work begins with a photographic investigation of the space, architecture and objects that inhabits a particular site that I’ve usually been invited to work within.

After this period of photographing and investigating the site, I will begin to identify elements that I am drawn to. Normally these elements will take the form of an object, though at times the work has included the space and architecture.

The object, architecture or space will possess features that reference something completely contradictory or surreal, which is usually exaggerated and emphasized within imagery using photographic manipulation.

The prints created will thus be experimented with using a variety of alternative processes. Recently, this has included multiple exposure and playing with scale, though within past works, I have utilized chemical manipulation of the print and collage.

Current Ideas

My aim of manipulating the imagery is to create a photographic space that is full of tension, fragmentation and contradiction. I’ve become interested within some of the ideas expressed within Michael Foucault “of other spaces” and definitions/interpretations surrounding the concept of Hetertopias

“The heterotopia is capable of juxtaposing in a single real place several spaces, several sites that are in themselves incompatible” Foucault “of other space”

‘In a heterotopia, multiple spaces are represented, inverted, and brought into tension’ Anne Pasek “Heterotopologies” (http://blog.latitude53.org/tagged/Anne+Pasek/page/3)

I feel that there is a link between Hetertopias and the space within a photograph, that an image can become a counter site, or other space? The objects photographed become a Hetertopia, another space, which mimics the depicted yet completely inverts and distorts simultaneously.

Tension between materiality and image. The imagery creates a counter space, suggesting a photographic place, yet the materiality of the print references the photograph as object. Thus tension occurs between these two dualities.

In the past, the work has focused on evoking the uncanny, I feel isn’t as obvious within recent pieces, yet the idea of familiar/unfamiliar and inclusion of repetition (themes of the uncanny) are still distinctly present within the work.

“Heterotopias also reflect a curious slippage between the familiar and the unfamiliar, a property expressed by Sigmund Freud’s notion of the ‘uncanny.’” Danielle Manning (http://shiftjournal.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/manning.pdf)

Site=Object (within site)-Space (photographic space)-Object-(the photograph and its materiality)-Space (the photograph in relation to space)

Repetition seems central to the work.

Research and Thoughts-Monday 26th January 2015

Photography captures time and space: (The photograph is) “a fragment of the spatio-time continuum”’ 190-Thinking Photography (Photography, Phantasy, Function), Victor Burgin

Within the practice, I utilise defamiliarization as a technique to distort the object (everyday), creating an unfamiliar photographic space.

Familiar Objects creating Unfamiliar Space.

Defamiliarization/ Ostranenie/ Estrangement:

“The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects "unfamiliar," to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object: the object is not important...” Viktor Shklovsky ‘Art as Technique’

Russian Formalism/ Constructivism-Alexander Rodchenko