Resemblance / 1

This week I presented my developed cone prints to an audience during a critique, overall my prints got positive responses and I really enjoyed seeing people find the text and I was commended on creating my own printing technique. I also  received a lot of responses as to what the circular motif resembled. At this stage, there is no strict image I am wanting to convey through the circle, and is something I am going to develop this semester, but it was really interesting to hear all the different references and how they can connect to my context of my fear of death.

Eye/Iris:

  • relates to a life, and in turn death – when the eye is closed
  • daunting to think eyes are staring at you – as though they are judging or waiting
  • cones of the eye – connection to my printing tool

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Vinyl Record:

  • Connection to my use and inspiration of music – can bring the lyrics back into my work
  • Music helps me find contentment – so using it in the context of death will be interesting and will help me come to terms with it possibly

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Radar:

  • idea of finding something or searching
  • suggestion of being lost
  • attempting to try and find answers, which I am doing

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CT Head Scan:

  • the prints become a scan of my brain and the text inside the prints are my thoughts
  • similar textures and uneven pattern as a CT scan
  • similar circular shape, maybe attempt to make prints more oval?
  • Referring to image at the top of the post – I like the idea of having many prints in a grid formation, to suggest the prints are a brain scan

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Its been a great exercise to find these images and compare them to my work, and I think doing this constantly throughout my process will help me decide a definite conceptual path to what my work will convey, at this point I really like the idea of the CT scan representing my brain and thoughts and also like the reference of the vinyl record, as a means to bring music back into my work. It has opened my eyes to hear what people relate my work to as the circular image is both familiar yet unidentifiable, which means an uncertainty arises.

I now need to connect my prints to a chosen idea, experimenting with colour, scale and amount of text in the prints will help me decide which route to take. I also need to ask myself what I want for my audience, and re-visit the context of my work by analysing my process and what the pieces represent to me, doing this will strengthen my work and decide where to take it.

 

Images from:
– Eye/Iris –https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/c9/13/50/c91350c18022301e0a651c7eb35bafa1.jpg
-Vinyl Record – http://www.nowlookhear.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Rob_Vinyl-small.jpg
-Radar – http://nilkanthmarinesolutions.com/images/t1.jpg
-Brain Scan –https://academic.oup.com/brain/redirect-unavailable?url=brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/brain/124/2/249/f1.large.jpg

 

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Within These Walls / Opening Night, Feedback and Evaluation

Yesterday we had our opening night; Thursday 28th April, 6:00-8:30. We provided free drink and refreshments, to accommodate our guests, as well as playing music in the courtyard of the venue, so it became a social event outside, but remained professional inside the gallery. Unfortunately the weather was against us; very cold with heavy rain and to add to this we were not allowed to put temporary shelter up, as the incoming wind would have caused it to be hazardous.

Yet, to our amazement we had an astonishing 50+ guests, through the doors to view our exhibition. We were all very surprised at this amount of views and on top of the horrendous weather, this was extremely heart-warming and it showed how much our hard work and all our advertising had payed off. Each one of us in the group had a fantastic night and we are all so proud of ourselves.
Images from the Opening Night below:

For the remaining days the exhibition is open, we are taking it in turns to watch over the space, we don’e expect many guests,but it is our duty as the event organisers to invigilate the space.
*Update – we received 15 more guests on the rest of the days until it closed on 2nd May*

 

Feedback

For the Exhibition overall, Feedback was all positive, we were praised on the curation of the show; how we placed works in each room, so families didn’t swarm to just your works. We were praised on how cohesive it all was and how each artwork complimented each others. Our choice of venue was also commended; how it related to our works and also how we utilised the space really well.
Our advertising was applauded; the amount we advertised and also how it reflected on the opening night, as we had a fantastic turnout, and also how we presented ourselves online as friendly and accommodating, which I’m pleased was noticed – We felt as a group that Art events can sometimes come across as pretentious, and become exclusive from this, so it was important to us to be ourselves; friendly and grounded.

Feedback about my two Artworks was also all positive. ‘So close no matter how far‘ attracted a lot of interest; it was great to see so many people interact with my work; recognising the songs and trying to guess the lyrics, and then to hear people singing the songs coming away from work was great. They were described as being quite emotional and poetic, which shows how they have improved from VIE where I showed similar works but they were not read like this.
Although I am pleased with this piece, I don’t feel they are perceived fully in the way I would like them to be, I feel as though the viewer just sees the text and the visual goes unnoticed and they are not seen as a piece reflective of each other, I will either be dissecting this further or leaving it as a finished and final piece.

In two minds‘ also received a lot of encouraging feedback. People seemed to appreciate the contrast of dark and light; both within the words and also visually. Viewers appeared quite impressed with the piece; this was quite an ambitious piece for me, I had only been making single word neons previous to this, so clearly the risk payed off.
I was concious that the placement of the piece may be criticised, as the stairwell is an odd place to display art, but it was the complete opposite. People apprenticed that I had placed it there as it adds context to the work, Stairs are related to a journey, which my work deals with; journey to death. Also, I placed it on the stairs as they are often associated with death; going upstairs is going to heaven, going downstairs is going to hell, and individuals picked up on this too. So I’m really pleased with my works all-in-all.

 

Overall as a group and individually, we are very proud of our achievements and what we have accomplished as six 20-22 year old Art students. Our teamwork was fantastic throughout the whole process, which meant the process went by quickly and became enjoyable. We helped each other in every aspect of the process, and I can see us working as a team again in the future, as it was so successful this time.

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Within These Walls Group; Victoria Morris, Myself, Charlotte Robinson, Cherelle Khan, Paige Howard and Rebecca Smith

The Cupboard Under the Stairs / Feedback and Evaluation

I got really positive feedback, I had quite a few visitors which was surprising for such a small gallery and the overall response is that my neon’s look great in the space; in the darkness and people did say being in the space with the darkness and neon’s was very immersive. A comment I received form them is that the flashing pieces are quite humerous, how they fade away as though they are giving up but then flash back on. People liked my playfulness with words in contrast to the dark context. So my works were perceived how I intended.

One piece of constructive criticism I did receive was questioning if the longer neon – i don’t want to leave – was needed in the exhibition?, Which on reflection I don’t think it was, I feel the exhibition would have been more interesting to just see the other two neons mirror each other at opposite ends of the gallery.

For a first solo exhibition, I would say it has been a success. The pieces sat fantastically in such a perfect space; It made the neon’s so much more effective being in complete darkness. I’m really happy with my feedback and the overall experience has been great.

However, I feel the actual pieces look visually weak and I think it’s because of the fact the type is my handwritting. Looking at artists who specialise in neon signs, most use a universal font, which makes it look more like an informative sign and so gives the words importance, which is what I want for my pieces. As development from this exhibition, I am going to experiment with a different font in order to achieve the strength I want.

VIE /Feedback, Evaluation and Crit

The exhibition has been successful, it’s received some great, positive feedback including how well curated it was. It was noticed how we had used the space well and also how great mine and Charlotte Robinson’s pieces are displayed together and create a contrast of dark and light, I think this is something we will replicate in our next Exhibition in April/May as it’s been positively pointed out. It was also pointed out how all the pieces complimented each other; not just one single piece of work stood out, which reflects how well we worked as a team, we helped each other and everything was discussed as a group. The single piece of criticism we did receive was about a comment book that we left out, hoping to receive feedback on how the exhibition went, but we were informed that with comment books they only attract positive feedback, praising how good the show is, which is great, but you will rarely receive constructive criticism which I suppose you want, so this critique is completely understandable and we will definitely take this through to our next exhibitions.

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My individual work received all positive feedback too. Charlie and I also took this opportunity to have our crit in the space, and receive feedback on the exhibited pieces. My work was perceived how I wanted it to be; people knew that it was related to death and after deconstructing the work, they saw that it was full of angst from the lyrics and words. It was also pointed out how narrative it all is, but It only works being left to right, which I intend it being read this way, I never considered people may read it right to left, so next time I will have to reconsider this. Someone described the voids as the sensation after you rub your eyes; the moment your eyes are distorted with colour and first see light again, which I really liked the idea of. Another also said that each individual piece has a lot of personality, like a human; as though when you die you become your own little void, which again I love the idea of – I’m so fearful of death, I’ve created my own afterlife option, They become a moment in someone’s lifecycle.

I was told that my work as it stands right now, is slightly unprofessional, I displayed the paper pieces away from the wall using blue-tack, but I did expect to receive this comment, this was never intended to be a final piece, and I know I need to develop on it, but I wanted to receive feedback on how I should move forward and improve, which I did.

Overall, I’m really pleased with our exhibition and I know the rest of the group are too. We have alot of hope and reassurance in our next exhibition, and we are all really excited to display together again. It’s been a great learning opportunity and the overall experience has been successful, I’m really pleased and ready to develop my work from this.

A Change of Practice

The changing of an art practice is a tough decision to make, but after loosing confidence in my previous visual work; from The Ripple Effect exhibition and from much deliberation after receiving constructive feedback at my assessment a week ago, I have decided to change my practice and I will now be focusing on Text Based Art.

I wouldn’t say this change is a drastic one, but it has taken a step up from my previous works. Text has always been present in my  work, but I will be experimenting with making it the predominant factor. The two pieces above are what started this change in practice; I was enlightened by the quality they have in the text, and how they are so much more powerful than my other works.

This change appears more of a suitable style; text allows a much deeper process of thought, which is more appropriate to my current context. I have also changed the context of my art; it will no longer be focusing of celebrity deaths, as it was clear to myself and others that there was a lack of connection, so I will now be focusing on my own fear of death as the context of my work, which I think is also a progression from my previous works as the subject of Death has always been present in my work.

In terms of my fear of Death, I fear the not knowing and undiscovered aspect it has; I often question what happens to us after we die? Do we know we are dead? Do our brains still carry on? There’s too many questions and my anxiety lies in the lack of answers. I personally relate my fear to the word Void; a space of nothingness and emptiness. From this I will be using my thoughts directly as the text in my artwork. The only visual I can relate this feeling of void to is outer space; a space that exists but has no reason, it’s quite unexplained yet it is still there.

From these works, I want my audience to understand and be informed of my feelings  and the anxiety I have Towards Death.

 

The Ripple Effect / Opening Night, Feedback and Evaluation

Last night was the opening night for our group exhibition; The Ripple Effect.  We had a great turn out, thanks to our advertising. Free refreshments were provided that always goes down well, our informative leaflet was well received, and guided our visitors around each artwork and overall, it was a fantastic night.

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Photo courtesy of Chelsea Abbot.
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View of the entire gallery, My work being viewed to the right. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Abbot.

As for my work, It attracted a lot of attention, I received some great positive feedback and It was really pleasing to see people view and discuss my work and see discussion arise from my work about the celebrities, which is what I wanted from my work, I wanted people to relate to it, which you can when the content is universal. I’m pleased with my work, It has a balance of destruction and fragility and I feel It comes across ghostly, which was my intention, but as for where I can continue from this is hazy to me, I feel this chapter of my practice had closed.

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Photo courtesy of Chelsea Abbot.
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Photo courtesy of Chelsea Abbot.

One critical point I received was questioning why I placed the work on the floor, as It was slightly difficult to view from above. The reason for this was I wanted to create sculpture and image together as well as replicating the form of a body. In hindsight, I would have raised the floor piece higher, to torso height, so the pieces are easier to see. I also re-hung my work, and placed the floor piece at an angle away from the wall, and this appeared more effective as the viewer had to walk around the piece as opposed to just looking down at it. This also worked for the pieces context, in that it became unavoidable, you had to walk around it which is reflective of death.

I’m extremely proud of Creative Art Practice; our first group exhibition was a success. We worked really well together, the teamwork aspect was excellent and each individual pulled their own weight. The show was well curated and our tutors were really impressed with all our hard work, as am I, It couldn’t have gone better.

What do you think happens after you die? What do you want to happen?

There are many questions that surround death but very little answers, with this I can read book and book on psychology, science, religion and I will still never know. From this absence, as research I sent out a questionnaire to my fellow students, family, friends and others asking;

What do you think happens after you die?
What would you want to happen?

 

I did this because this question will only ever receive opinions, so why not ask people I trust and I find information from. I received an overwhelming amount of replies, and all of the answers are so diverse. I asked them to leave it anonymous so I wouldn’t see the person when reading the answers. Although I’m pleased with the responses, my original intention to illustrate these answers is too ambitious and there is no way I can and do it sophisticatedly. My tutors really like the potential in these answers, as do I, but it’s just how do I use them?  I’m still wanting to use these in some way, so expect to see them in future works:

 

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