For the last few days I have been setting up my work in preparation of the summer 2015 MA show at Camberwell. This is an opportunity for me to present my creative practice professionally to the other students and visitors of the show.
testing hanging the frames on the wall
aligning them on the wall as a prototype
laying them out on the floor to decide the shapes i wanna make
unpacking the canvases
unpacking the canvases
Space in camberwell
Initially I wanted to display them in the order they were made, however once I saw the space in camberwell I noticed the wall was not straight and flat. I therefore had to change my plan, I also felt as though the canvases could be used to better fill the space than what was the original order. having decided this I was having difficulty deciding how to hang them, I came up with using hooks to hang each canvas from the one above it to allow for the oddnesses in the wall. However this brought metallic into the display and I felt it made it feel too clinical. Jonathan mentioned using 3mm ply board and attaching the at the back to one another and then using drew hang them on the wall as a large piece attached together. this is what I am doing.
Last night I decided I would not use the hook and to overcome the wonkiness I would make sure the wood i am attaching on the back is in the middle. I was going to make sure the wood covered the whole of the back of the canvases but Jonathan he said it wouldn’t be necessary as they would align themselves with the canvases next to each other giving them support. This is true it does do this, there are however some gaps between the frames because they are not 100% similar. to remedy this I will once I have the gist of the composition I will take them down and add horizontal slats to the back as well as vertical ones. using small screws and a drill I am hanging the canvases so they are flush together. This is because I like the regimented nature to having the canvases framed with no spaces mixed with the randomness uncontrolled nature of the paint.
aligning the canvases on the wall
laying out the canvases on the wall
lining the canvases up
attaching the canvases together at the back
attaching the canvases at the back using ply board and screws
I have started sticking them together horizontally and vertically. Lionel says keeping them in the grid pattern that I am doing makes them look like ‘pixels’ which is what I wanted. Jonathan says that white space is my friend and that I should try not to fill the area because sometimes it is what isn’t there that matters. He also is very mean on me having some ‘escape’ and having them appear in random places around the room as part of an interactive unwritten unspoken convocation between me, my artwork and the audience. He says this type of thing is possible because I have made 90 odd of these canvases, it wouldn’t of worked with 6 which again is what I wanted.
different shapes for the area around the door and across the walkway
Different shapes for around the door and a across from the walkway
Yesterday went well. i solved the problem of how to hang the canvases. over the last two days i have had to consider several issues i had not expected while making these and although over the last few months leading up to the setting up of the exhibition i was toying more and more with the idea of having these as almost living things using them as individual units to make something different from the original layout I had decided they were to be displayed as the original. However having now met the wall I think this is the best way to display them and to fully use the space provided well. I decided to use the corner of the space I had to display pixels because we felt it aloud me to create an effect of growing or coming undone. which think I have done.
I tried using tape to tape each canvas together but the weight of the canvases meant the tape wasn’t strong enough. I was originally going to hang each canvas individually but instead of being regimented ad mathematical using tape measures Jonathan said I should feel the space I have and and do it more by eye. In attaching the canvases together with screws and ply board i have been able to do this and keep the canvases flush next to each other as best I can. monday I shall finish the prototype and mount them onto the wall. I have loosely hung them on the wall with nails to try and find a composition that fits. I am using the basic components of the paintings such as the colour or the direction of the lines to match a random flow between the individual units.
attaching pixels together
the attaching of pixels together
pixels on the wall
the abyss of the internet and the second half of pixels
Today I completed most of the hanging for my piece and also hung ‘the abyss of the internet’. i wanted all my work to be intermingled together so that it looked like the pixels piece was moving around the other canvases like people in a crowd. I feel like so far I have achieved this but I will have to wait till tomorrow for the ‘photoshopping’ piece to arrive and hang it in the middle of the wall to see if this is true. I will also need to wait till tomorrow to hang the other half of the corner section as I need to screw these into the wall because the wall is concrete not board like the rest. i really like it has all turned out. the whines of the wall contrasts really well with the blackness of the frames. if I had more time I would make sure they were straighter. some of them are slightly loose and this annoys me. If i was to do it from scratch I could of had this layout in the first place and painted the picture accordingly, however I did not know what the space was going to be like so I had to play it by ear. I really looking forward to completing it tomorrow so I can see what all the elements of my MA look like together.
main wall with pixels and tomorrow i will add photoshopping
Side wall with pixels and the abyss of the internet
I like how cheerful it make the space look. I really wanted to against my normal stuff and remove myself from angry depressive art which is so easy for me to slip into. using these colours has meant that my work seems very upbeat and it is great! A-bit cheesy perhaps but they look cheerful. I was going for making something contemporary and upbeat and I think I have accomplished this well. I’m having trouble deciding to sell them together or individually. If I brought them I would have them going all around my house but I don’t think I wanna see them ever again after the exhibition.
On reflection I don’t think I would do this again in the way that I have. I have really enjoyed exploring how to create layers using paint and I feel I have accomplished the detail I wanted to with the techniques I was using. In using block colour and different amounts of paint as i threw it at the canvas an obvious layer transition is apparent which I really like. If I was to do it from scratch I probably wouldn’t of added the green to it! I added the green because originally I wanted the colour scheme to be orange turquoise and beige but as time progressed and the number of canvases increase and a scene of immediacy of the summer show I needed something to cheer me up so I changed the colour! I’m pleased that people will walk in a see cheerful not sick, down and depressed which I can do very easily. The stability of the piece is lacking somewhat as the screws have broken the canvases in some places not at a fault of anything simply because they did and if i was to do it again I would make sure I have firmer boards so the bored didn’t snap as it has done on several occasions and also use maybe smaller screws if I could find some! But with some difficulty I managed to get them all attached and fixed in place safely! If I was to do it again I would probably arrange it in the original rider but have it so the image was exploded out. The canvases still being able to grow out of the corner but have sections actually being removed and escaping from the main body of canvases. I think this would of been very striking and prevented the easy slip into thinking they look like Tetris pieces which they really do. I have tried to keep a sense of balance though out this whole piece and I feel like I have accomplished this well. If doing it again I might have more planer canvases in the corner section to keep the white more in balance.
I’m at a loss a bit I think because of the scale of this work I think I would find it hard to find a gallery with the space to sell it. because of this I shall do some research into smaller canvases and frames. I really liked creating this work and I think I have found a randomness in the detail and want to make something similar but to realistically sell it I will have to down size. Sitting on the floor of the exhibition space at the moment, watching Sila laboriously pull black thread from a piece of material to connect her trees together with I think the best thing I did was use the grey colour with the yellow pink purple and blue. grey to me has always led instinctively with purple and having the transition has worked well. had it been black I think some subtleness, some connection between the colours and vibrance the yellow and blue have would of been lost as well, black is very overpowering and I think it would of been in this scenario. The canvases with black on them prove this. To look at them is to notice the black and forget about the vibrance of the colours, you simply low they are bright instead of actually considering them as the main area of interest. The black became sharp and overpowering as if it was the black that was the important part of the piece.
If doing this again from scratch I don’t think I would worry about the thickness of the paint, the making of the tic hick layers isolated and took the individual canvases out of context and I think it was unnecessary. In the future I will be this liberal with the paint while actually painting the piece as a whole instead of forcing paint thickness onto it.
I really happy with how much work I have accomplished and been able to show. I have so much work to sort through and analyse and learn from. I am now going to focus on this and continue to reflect on my work on in this blog.
setting up the corner pieace
setting up the corner piece
Side wall with pixels and the abyss of the internet
To day I have mounted the final set of canvases onto the concrete wall. I use wall plugs and a drill with screws to hang these, using screws and tape to mark the place in the wall were the screw needed to go. There was a problem with the hight of one of the screws being too low but I used tap as a padding to raise it slightly an now they are inline. The wall also disintegrated for the canvases above the door so I had to change it to two wall plugs and a shorter screw.
I am really happy with how it has turned out. I think changing the direct of the paint as it follows round the corner was the right decision to make I think it helps draw you eye around the room. I also think the wonky canvas in the corner is the right decision because it draws you eye to the hidden canvas near the celling of the room. The best thing I did was use the corner, I know this was the best thing I did because it give the piece regimientedness which is what I wanted, I think it gives the piece an element of a group of things accumulating together. I know this was the best thing I did because it was what I planned I wanted to do and in overcoming several obstacles I have managed to achieve my goals.
Tomorrow of thursday I shall mount photoshopping and the abyss of the internet on the walls somewhere paint the areas of the wall that are damaged and paint the frames black and clean them up ready for the privet showing.
I have spent the day painting over the scratches on the wall white and the holes in the frames black and generally making the room tidy for the opening. I also have been straightening out some of the frames and hanging ‘photoshopping’ and ‘the abyss of the internet’.
I have change the direction of the canvases as they go round the corner as a way of maximise the change of surface, hopefully messing with the perspective a bit. this is followed on the other canvases across the way from the walk way.
I really like this shape
you can see in this photo were they do match up on one edge but not the other and it offsets all the rest. I’d rather this than gaps however.
although I lined these up because of the randomness of the frames they don’t always match up even if one of the edges does.
The wall behind this on is uneven which I think gives this one a wonky look. I don’t think I will do this shape again because generally it seem very weak in attachment.
I have used tape at the back of these to straingeten them out but The thinness of the frames mean that these are still slightly offset which is a shame.
example of the canvases on the opposite wall, I chose this one too because it seemed like a logical intermediate.
this one shows the canvases changing direction.
The above images have some explanations of difficulties I have over come and some logic I have used.