Final piece from our group work

On Monday we presented our collaborative piece to the rest of our group and our tutor. The mixed media piece that we created was overall a success, I think that aesthetically it came together well. The colours and textures sat together well, and I feel that the intensity of the image reflected our original concept quite well. It was a busy piece, which was our intention, and although overall it worked well, there were areas that perhaps could have been reviewed a bit more thoroughly and addressed. For example, some places where the photographs were stuck alongside areas of painted texture – the difference in materials stood out and seemed rather separate.

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The audio worked well alongside the image, however on reflection we definitely should have prepared this element of the work more thoroughly as the audio cut off as we were first showing it. We should have more thoroughly prepared this area of our piece. Another element that should have been better considered was the placement of the final piece, we had not really considered where would be best to display the final piece for assessment, and so when asked to we had to make do with the corner of the studio – by the sink and the recycling bin (perhaps not the best choice!!), better planning on this part would have benefited us. We intend to photograph the piece again in a better suited space.

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A reflection on the project work

Despite a low turn out to this project group, it has been a really worthwhile experience. I feel like I really benefited from the material that Davida showed us in relation to the project, a lot of the pieces that she showed to us were very different from anything I’d ever looked at before, it opened up a new area of the art world to my mind, and helped me to develop ideas in a more innovative and original way. Although the intention of this project group was to explore the use of video and green screen, my project instead moved from video to drawing, but I felt this was quite fluid – Davida and I discussed the importance of fluidity in any project, allowing each development and discovery of ideas to inform each other.

Final pieces for Davida’s film group

After completing the initial drawing of the film (just a trial run), I booked out the photography studio the following week and spent a Wednesday working on two more final pieces. It was a very rewarding day, I successfully finished the two to a point that I am now happy with them, and also happy that they actually go well as a pair.

I am really pleased with how these pieces have turned out. I think that they are quite strong, bold images that effectively illustrate the overlooked pattern of city floors. They are a lot different, I feel, to the original drawing I did, and although I am also pleased with the original one – it does not work well along side these. The drawings above feel a lot more controlled and organised than the original piece, something that I feel is more successful visually. They are quite simple, depicting the basic structures and patterns that have solely been picked up from watching the floor.

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For the assessment I did display them on the floor, side by side with a projection of the original video above. I unfortunately didn’t take a picture of them set up like this as it was put up and taken away quite quickly – I hope to try this again so that I may photograph it properly. The decision to display them on the floor was intentional, I found them actually to be more effective placed in this way, the perspective of the drawings seemed more natural and familiar when on the floor. Although it perhaps was lost from a distance – and in this way would have been better on the wall, but up close the positioning of the drawings on the floor provided a familiarity of the everyday detail that we take in visually but do not necessarily process consciously. Hopefully this concentration of information, highlighted in a bold way, will illustrate the fascinating patterns that we pass by so quickly each day.

I do think that these pieces do have room for more development though. I would be interested in taking these images and further develop them into paintings – either turning the whole drawings or sections of them, into abstract paintings.

Progress of our group work

Myself and two others from my tutor group have been working on a collaborative painting, collage and sound piece – inspired by the work of Robert Rauschenberg. We wanted to capture his playful approach, focusing on the small details, colours and shapes of our everyday environment.

Our aim was to investigate the overwhelming amount of information present in a city, and focus it all into one collaborative piece that explores the overlooked detail of one concentrated area within the city. As well as this visual piece, it was suggested that an accompanying sound track of sounds of the city would allow us to further develop this idea of the hidden city – the city that is passed through and often ignored.

We considered the work of Janet Cardiff for the audio, thinking about how her audio walks offer a new perspective on a common place. Although our work would not been interactive in the same way that her work is, we felt that the use of audio would add an element that further brought forward this idea of overlooked information.

Development of piece:

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I have never really worked in this way, or in this kind of style before, and so it was interesting to be able to free up a little bit and focus on exploring aesthetic, colour and shape so intensely. I feel that it is an interesting take, and a new way of looking at the city – really allowing colours, shapes and patterns to speak for themselves, highlighting the intensity of information within a city by rearranging and exaggerating its elements in order to create a new view of the everyday.

Informing my drawings

I have been considering the following artists and their styles as I have been working on my drawings for Davida’s project.

These artists have interested me because of their fragmented, linear, often cubist approaches to the city and/or urban environment. It offers a new perspective to the city, focusing on the shape and colour of the urban landscape, this is something I am hoping to capture in my work.

Julie Mehretu

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Julie Mehretu’s drawings have been a real influence in the way I have approached the work. Her work focuses on patterns and details in an urban environment, layering them up and creating beautiful drawings from the fragmentation seen in an urban setting – but are imagined and are not linked to one particular location, instead just reflect the detailing common to urban life. Although the work I am doing is looking at a specific path and the details associated with it – I think the layering and particular attention to fragmentation of colour and shape is something that I wish to explore in my work.

Armando Andrade Tudela

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This artist has been particularly influential in my work, it seems to me to be an investigation of the shapes and patterns within a city – removing the shapes from the environment and so removing the context, in order to explore urban features in quite a raw undisturbed way.

Umberto Boccioni

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Piet Mondrian

Although not a direct influence in terms of style, Mondrians work has inspired me to look at the use of bold line and colour in order to create bold and striking imagery.

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Albert Gleizes

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Laszlo Moholy Nagy

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First Drawing.

After setting up the frame and projector, I began an initial drawing, attempting to capture the details that I found to be of interest in the video. I feel that this piece has been successful in that it has allowed me to better understand what I want from the next drawings. I am not convinced however that this has been a success within itself, I think that it started off quite strongly but I became largely focused on capturing large amounts of the detail in the film. However, the more that I did this, the busier the drawing became – each detail and layer began to merge into each other. Although conceptually perhaps this is interesting, I feel I need to strike a better balance between aesthetic and concept. My aim for the next drawings will be to not only look at capturing the detail, shapes, patterns and textures but focusing more on the composition as well.

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Video Projection and drawing.

I went about videoing the floor whilst journeying through Llandaff, from university back to halls, filming and focusing on the ground in front of me. This was an interesting exercise that further allowed me to engage more thoroughly in something that I would generally overlook. I was pleased with how this video had turned out, although it was a very simple video, I felt keeping it basic and untouched -with no editing or effects added- was an important part of its concept. I still wondered however, whether this was strong enough to stand alone as a video piece, I didn’t feel that it was. I came to the decision that as a final outcome it would be lacking both visually and somewhat conceptually – I felt instead that I could use it to inform a new piece of work.

Discussing this with Davida and then with the film technician, I began to consider the idea of working on a drawing of this video. The idea of back projecting the video onto paper, and then incorporating the variety of shapes, textures, colours and patterns on the floor as they passed by on the video began to interest me. I felt this to be an interesting way to explore the overlooked detail captured within the video. The film technician helped me to set up a projector and a hanging frame with paper attached.

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