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By: Ryan Hughes
BA(hons) Fine Art: The course is open to allow students to work in whatever way they see fit and is situated in a grade 1 listed building right in the centre of Birmingham. There are dedicated workshops and flexible studio space as well as bookable exhibition and display spaces. The library is brilliant as are all members of staff.
# 20 [22 September 2010]
Been back in the studio this week!!! feels sooo good...
I've been working on the actual structure of my walls / billboards and have been undercoating a board to go onto it...
I've also been preparing photo's for making digital prints and got some more books for my reading list. Also submitted work to a few exhibitions which I'm waiting to hear on...
Got our initial L6 briefing tomorrow and a meeting about the mapping1 project on friday...
Thats this week!! Glad to be back, glad to be working properly, waiting for my loan!!!
# 19 [18 September 2010]
Well thats it, this epic summer has come to an end!!! Back to uni next week, although i spent the last week there working on the studio re-build and am back on monday to finish off a few of the studios...
Been doing more drawing and have started mocking up models of work I intend to make / have started making already... its been intresting to see how the objects will actually occupy space even if it is on a tiny scale!!!
Been filling in forms and doing other such boring things like the online enrolment for uni as well
And of cause still been reading alot as well as listening to interviews / lectures with various people downloaded from the tate website which have been really intresting and has helped me in statring to consider the actual format of my dissertation... I'm stating to consider some sort of podcast or radio-play which features the artists i'm discussing in conversation with each other where I become the narrator providing elebration and furter information on whats just been said...MAYBE???
# 18 [12 September 2010]
I've been thinking a lot about my text works over the last week or so and particually how they will be seen or precived by a wider audiance when installed. This made me think about the most contemporary form of language which would speak to the public at large and i decided upon txt msg speak...
I'm considering using it in manifestos, work titles, sign works and other such things but again i'm just waiting to get back in the studio...
Only 1 more week until that happens!!! Until then i'm working on the studio re-builds which i can see being a knackering weeks work!!!
still been drawing and writing a lot as well...
# 17 [1 September 2010]
been undercoat painting and came across a problem i had been anticipating... the paint is starting to clog the cut-out sections of my wall - my paint scraper is too big to fit in so i figure once the final coat is on i will but a tiny metal file and restore the edges back to natural wood...
I might even then colour them in a diffrent hue of the colour used, i might also use this as an oppertunity to combine matt and gloss finishes??
I really wish i had some cash so i could get on with building the supports for the board...roll on late september and the return of student loans!!!
# 16 [31 August 2010]
Recently i haven't had chance to make work as i was predicting in my last post, however, i've been reading alot and am making some good headway into my reading list... i have finished instillation art: a critical history and have started on the art of participation: 1950 to now.
I've also been writing and have uploaded a shortened version of my review of the out yer tree walk and talk event onto the interface reviews section on this website. It wasn't particually thought through i just wanted to see how much i could write in an afternoon in preperation for my disertation... i got to 1654 words... which i dont think is too bad.
To be able to do this i have obvisouly attened said exhibition and have been hunting for research in other places as well and had some sucess in finding an actual block in the style of those i have been making...not the same pattern but still good to have.
i've also been drawing and making alot of notes and am looking forward to making some work again...
# 15 [18 August 2010]
I've been really working on my first wall section since my last post and thats about all i've been upto... still been doing alot of drawing trying to work cerrtain things out and have been making decisions as to how the walls are going to stand. I've literally just finished cutting my first board and am increadibly pleased with it... i want to get going with painting it up but am going to have to wait until i can afford a new roller which is probs a good thing as it means i won't just rush my way through the work as i tend to do...
So. More drawing and reading for a few days... I'm currently reading Claire Bishop's Installation Art: A Critical History for a bit of opposition to all the Bouriaurd I've been reading lately...
# 14 [15 August 2010]
I've been mostly making recently which has been really fun... still not particularly reached conclusions but I've got 5 weeks to make decisions before I get back into the studio properly. But I've been developing my fence/wall in more 3D methods as well as drawing a lot...and trying to make decisions on colouring.
Also re-read relational aesthetics and postproduction.
Anyway quite pleased with the developments this week and am looking forward to seeing them realised.
# 13 [10 August 2010]
Whilst working on my digital 3D models and computer game for object for moving over #2 i mentioned last time, I have started developing another method of creating spaces or sites that will work in a similar way to my sign works.
It basically consists of a series of walls, I'm not sure how these are going to be created yet but have been really experimenting with sculpture, printing and painting and still have quite a few things to try out but am currently quite pleased with how its going... really want to get back into a proper studio space with access to a full workshop though!!
I'm also trying to develop something to happen within these created spaces, I'm thinking about performances, collection of objects, distribution of objects - but still not really sure on that either...
Also I've been trying to find ways to create good quality material on the cheap and whilst walking around the lickey hills earlier today i started considering collecting tree sections to shape down in to timber??? MAYBE???
I have also applied for an internship at international project space which would take up 2 days a week for 3 months but i think i could learn a great deal from, I'm really looking forward to hearing back about that!! I'm also still waiting to hear back from the LSA about helping with the re-formatting of the exhibition application forms...
# 12 [2 August 2010]
Quite a bit going on still, had a weeks work doing the gallery rebuild for the MA showat BIAD, Birmingham City University and the 125 years showas well which has been intresting and more importantly its been really good to get back into the marg st. building...it seems like ages since i've been in my studio there!!!
I also unfortunatly had my work for the out yer treeexhibition at coombe abbey rejected due to health and saftey regulations which was quite upsetting but actually made me realise that the work could be furter developed anyway so i'm going to continue on with those... I'm currently looking for sly spaces i can just put them up in so i can test the strength of them myself and investigate the way they hang... I'm also hopeing that trying them will answer if i need two ropes on them like an actual swing...
I've also been working on how i'm planning on showing my object for moving over #2 once i un-install it from napton skatepark and have been experimenting with more digital 3D modeling and having been thinking about skateboarding computer games (an indoor version everybody can participate in!!!) but will discuss this more when i have got a bit further with it...
# 11 [19 July 2010]
Been really rather busy again lately, the LSA summer show opened about a week ago with my sign work #2 on show, however it was the first show my works been in where i have had no say over its installation and was hence fairly disapointed about how it had been done...I had hoped it would be in an open part of the gallery but instead it was pushed up against a wall, also some information was left off my name/info tag (the fact limited edition prints were available) which was dissapointing, but i did however manage to sell a print at the opening anyway!!! And it was a rather large group show (120 artists if i remember rightly) so i cannot complain too much. It was a good experiance and made me realise that everything to do with my work needs describing and explaining before letting it go.
I also returned to napton again to get photo's of object for moving over #2 and was delighted to see it has been used even more since i was last there... the marks left from its use (object for moving over #2 - stage 2) remind me that the work is a collabaration with an unknown partner and i think that the work naturally evolving with its own public is some thing very important to me, however if it was not being used and this was its public's response to it i think i would feel quite upset - but at the minuite i'm pleased!!!
I have been working on my rope swings as well and have been platting red, yellow and blue rope into 9ft lenghts which i think will use on my actual swings - this process gives the rope a real solid feel and still mentains quite a minimal aesthetic which is something i am again pleased with... the slightly craft based process of platting also makes me feel the work is somehow more appropriate to the abbey setting it is being made for which i like
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I am intrested in modernist utopian spaces and exploring methods in which they can be reconstructed for the digital age.
I am also intrested in social interaction and how politics and play can activate public spaces
I use sculpture, performance, text and digital processes...