Tuesday, 19 March 2013

What's in a name?

I knew I would have to face this demon eventually, but eventually seems to have come around rather quickly!

The dreaded demon I'm referring to is what the hell do I call my work!  What is it with me and titles?! At least I do know that this time I actually want to give my work (and my degree show) titles, which is a change in my position since the "Untitled" incident in 2nd year, but I really don't know what.

D says just say what it is.   But, don't make it too obvious, don't push it, don't make it a cliche, don't make it obscure, don't make it gimmicky, don't make it too humorous and don't make it too personal! Well, there go all my ideas so far!!

You'd think with the number of books I read that I'd be able to come up with something! Maybe I need a gin laced brain storming session - not sure I'll come up with something otherwise. Any takers?!

Monday, 18 March 2013

Scott B Davis

Thought I'd post the link to a talk that P's best friend from New Mexico delivered last year in San Diego.  It's interesting to listen to and he speaks very well about his work and interests - maybe one day I'll get to meet him in real life!

Take a look at his work - Scott B Davis

Kate Lewis - I really like this artist's work:

Ideas in Shreds!

When thinking about moving my maps on, I began to shred some of them to work with.  Needless to say, when I did some research into artists and shredding, there doesn't seem to have been anything that's not been shredded in some way - even Michael Landy's life (I rather envy him that!).

Once again the there were so many interesting works to choose from that it was pretty difficult.  However, these are just some of the ones that particularly caught my attention.

The Map as Art

I still like my original pin and thread map, but I realised at the interim assessment that I needed to move it on, so I started looking at the map as art.  Here are some of the works that have caught my attention whilst I've been researching:

There are actually so many artists working with maps that it was difficult to choose which ones to post - I've looked at so many.  I could also have included Ingrid Calame (previous blog post here), Richard Long, Doug Beube, Maya Lin, the list goes on.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Interim Assessment

I'm a bit behind with my research and my blog, so have been doing marathon sessions to get everything up to date; means the blog will just be highlights!!

The interim assessment was certainly one of those; not because I did really well or anything, but because I managed to turn a real corner as a result of it.

Despite the lead up to it being quite nerve wracking, the assessment itself was fine.  I did ok grade wise, but it was the process of installing my work, and the feedback regarding my images that was most useful.  In terms of installing, I've got a lot to learn - it was much more difficult than I had realised (although I didn't think it would be easy, having been through it with T for her show and her recent exhibition).  I plan to use the 4th year white space to practice, and despite the fact that it scares the hell out of me, I have booked The Cell at GSA to have a wee exhibition.  I hate the thought of putting my work out there, but guess it's part and parcel of being an artist!

The feedback for my images was that they were a return to the stronger images I had been making when I first came to GSA - I think sometimes you get caught up in trying to hard and I'm still trying to keep up a more relaxed approach.  Unfortunately, the weather has been getting in the way of getting out with the camera so I still need to make more work.

For me, however, the biggest impact of the assessment process was seeing other people's work, or at least some of it.  When we go through the viewings weekly, we tend to be in the same groupings so you don't see anyone's work outside that group.  So, it came as a bit of a surprise when I saw N and ST's work in their studio.  It was really good, and interesting and well finished - everything I had been beginning to feel my work wasn't.  But most importantly, it seemed mature, much more mature than mine, made me feel mine was 'silly'.  I'd already been struggling with where to take mine, was a bit frustrated that I wasn't able to produce the kind of work I wanted, but didn't know what that was anyway!!

But, it seemed to be the kick that I needed.  I've totally changed direction and I'm really happy with the ideas and work that I've been making since.  In fact, I'm actually quite excited about some of them, so long may it continue!