Art on Fire

Yesterday I saw something amazing.

Duncan of Jordanstone has fascinated me again.

Bronze

 

After a long two days of prepping my sand mould, pounding it into a sturdy brick, it was ready to have bronze poured into it. The excitement of the pour is hard to describe. It really has to be seen. We waited an hour for the bronze to be melted in and before we knew it our casts were alight.

Amazing.

Results pending.

In January

I’ve revised a piece I made a few weeks ago. The shine of the acetates on top of the moleskin pages was distracting and a little tacky I think. So they’re gone. Well, not gone. As if I could discard of anything. That’s the entire essence of this piece, that I’ve recorded my every action throughout the month of January. The acetate texts are now displayed next to the colour coded sheets.

It makes sense for them to be separate really. Thoughts are so disconnected from actions sometimes.

They’re shown here on pins above a radiator. I think the way the heat from this makes them dance. But degree show is in May so I doubt the radiators will be in operation.

 

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It was January in the (new) year, 2013

31 type on acetate and 31 coloured pencil on moleskin squared paper

 

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I picked up two red steel boxes at the recycling centre last week also. Thought I’d attach one to the wall. Because…

I might use them to display my back up work. I might not.

interAction(s) Preview

I’m involved in a project at the moment called interAction(s). The exhibition is an ongoing and constantly changing show of work. The opening was Thursday 28th February and it runs ’til 23rd March. Here’s some info;

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interAction(s) is a project/exhibition curated by Lada Wilson, Fine Art student and member of the Student Curatorial team. interAction(s) consists of an evolving assemblage of texts and images. It is the presentation of a ‘process’; it is an ongoing work-in-progress.

 

This exhibition was inspired by the work of two artists – Rachael Disbury and Liam Dunn and the chosen site, the Matthew Cabinet, which creates a perfect venue for a three-week long artistic interaction. The two artists will create a visual dialogue: they will create visual poetry by reacting to each other’s work. Each day Rachael will write a text, each night Liam will create an artwork inspired by that text.
This is a Student Curatorial Team ProjectMatthew Cabinet is at the rear of the Matthew Building, DJCAD on Level 5.

 

 

Liam, Lada and I are contracted into an agreement regarding this project. The preview event saw a performance event of the signing of the contracts and the first instalment of work by myself, ‘Artist A’.

 

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A Problem I’ve Been Having

I’ve become so intertwined with my work.

I guess this is good. The stuff is just me. The problem is its so me that I’m protective of it. I don’t want anyone to know.

Perhaps, however, if they did know the stories of the work, it would help them to appreciate said work. A title provides context, but is it enough? Do my titles need to be more revealing? Do my descriptions need to be more in-depth?

Or can I provide a hint and a little bit of context and rely on you to enjoy it anyway?

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Everything I Know About Him

(2013)

spent matches, collected circles, text on trace, war used binoculars, rusted soap dish.

 

Do I have to tell you who ‘him’ is and what it is I know?

This is what I’m struggling with right now.

 

Betrayal of a Typewriter

 VS.

Technology is making a strong argument against my manual Imperial typewriter at the moment.

I’ve had the idea in my head for a while to make a shirt out of typed text. The problem with this is that with a typewriter having set margins, I’ve been having to make the pattern in panels. This obstructs the look of the piece a little.

Yesterday I had a crit. My tutor suggested, “why don’t you just print out multiples?”.

“Well because… because I want to stay true to my materials… and well… because… oh that sounds difficult… and because…”

the dream‘the dream’

I muttered nothings for a few moments and then realised as lovely as the idea of me hand typing the whole shirt is, I’d be so much more productive if i sped up the process with more advanced technology. And technically I’ve still typed the original text that got copied. That counts, right? …Right?

It counts. I’ve come to terms with it now. By scanning in one printed panel and multiplying it on photoshop then printing it on the large scale art school printers, I can do 3 weeks worth of typing in an hour. So I can make more art. I believe this is what they call a ‘win-win situation’.

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Fun A Day

hiFriday night saw the exclusive exhibition of work from Fun A Day Dundee, 2013. This was a project where the objective was to make a piece of work a day for each day in January, and to have FUN. And so we did.

My piece consisted of 31 acetate frenetic texts placed over 31 moleskin pages with colour coded squares of what I did that day. The result is actually quite a personal piece, which I’m not sure I like. I felt slightly exposed with it just hanging there.

A worthwhile show though and I’m not gonna ditch the piece. I definitely feel it should be altered in some way though.

 

Fun a Day

 

Detail

 

 

It was January in the (new) year, 2013

31 type on acetate and 31 coloured pencil on moleskin squared paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more info on Fun A Day, go to: www.funadaydundee.wordpress.com

 

Opening Night

‘Relics of Attachment Part I’ is an exhibition I’ve been organising with some fellow Student Curatorial Team members. It features a collection of artwork inspired by the concept of nostalgia and sentimental objects.

Tonight was the introduction to this project. There was a lot of footfall, a lot of interest, and generally a good feeling all round.

Take a look at our work.

Relics of attachment

RELICS OF ATTACHMENT PART I

A – Lucas Battich, Amsterdam Lelylaan Schiphol // Edinburgh Glasgow   

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B – Lisa Gordon, Promises Light

C – Vivienne Russell, Five Seasons       

D – Cathy O’Brien, Empty Packages

E – Rachael Disbury, Everything I know about him

 

This project took a lot of time and planning but I feel our work is paying off. I love the buzz of all this organising. Curating ain’t so bad.

Installation

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Audience Opening Night

 

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We’re hosting a meeting tomorrow to encourage other artists to submit work for Part II of this project. The 14th of February should see a larger exhibition presented in the Cooper Gallery. So there’s really no time to relax for us!

Objective Painting

Week two was painting. This was good for me, I love painting as this site probably shows. I enjoyed week two but it wasn’t my favourite, I preferred the construction, but thats probably because I was still settling into the class and surroundings on week two.

The setup in the studio was very busy with lots of random objects placed in a group together for us to study. The project was about observation and composition with the aim to produce a final painting by the end of the week.

The painting itself was so fun. Its nice getting lost in a painting not even realising the time passing. I was still in amazement during week two that I was actually at art school and that I get to stand and paint as my education. I think I’m still amazed to be here, I never thought it would happen.

I got really into this project and ended up doing two paintings. Both have very different palettes, I think I prefer the second one though I had less time to do it.

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via FoxyTunes

Work in Progress

This week I’m doing Construction. I’ve been dreading this project since I found out about it, I’m quite inexperienced with sculpture and was panicking about how to go about the project. The brief instructs us to find objects and create an installation using these found objects to communicate an idea. This all seemed very intimidating to me.

I went to Tayside Recyclers looking for materials, with no idea what I was planning to do. After much haggling over the worth of objects, I came out with 12 broken phones and an old mirror.

A quick study of some of my found objects ^

I never really understood this sort of sculpture before when visiting exhibitons. However, this week has opened my eyes to how much meaning these found objects can have when arranged in a specific way. I criticised Yoko Ono for her ”Telephone Piece’, but actually although on first glance it looks so simple, the idea behind it is quite interesting and thought out.

“In relatively recent times, artists have liberated an immense vocabulary of materials, objects, environments, concepts, and activities from the non art world, for use as parts of a rich language capable of expressing the most complicated ideas and emotions.” – Tony Cragg

My piece is about confusion. The many phones and tangled wires represent thoughts, an overactive mind due to all the change thats been happening lately. If 12 phones ring at once, which do you answer? Theres just so much going on and so much to consider that it gets too much to process at once. I think the phones represent this quite well.

I’m still constructing it at the moment, the shop don’t have the glue I need and I’m quickly running out of time. I still have two days to go though so fingers crossed. I’ll post pictures of it when its all done.

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Now playing: The Beatles – In My Life
via FoxyTunes