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Construction Project: Day 1

I have set myself a two/three week project to make a construction of my pre-existing materials in my studio everyday in order to free up some ideas and possibilities for new works. I have set myself rules as usual. These are:

1. I must construct, document and de-construct in the day. Leaving my studio clean and fresh ready for the next day.

2. The photographic or video documentation acts as a drawing would for me: to spur new ideas for further sculptural or installation work.

3. The ‘constructions’ are not meant to be permanant, therefore the emphasis is not on craftsmanship, but instead ideas and playfulness.

4. I can use whatever I see fit to make the work, this includes quick and easy methods of attaching one material to another, e.g. using tape instead of glue.

5. I have to push each idea everyday until I can’t think of anymore.

On Monday this week (3rd Feb) I went into Rogue Artists Studios after what any artist would call a dry spell. For this first day I knew I wanted to use lighting and also wood to make my construction, so set about configuring a piece as soon as I got in. I chose a green bulb, but for arguments sake, it could have been any colour. Green was simply the first I out my hand on.

I then thought about the RBG colour model and added blue and red bulbs to the mix. This arrangement was particularly exciting in terms of how I often deal with colour theory in my work. The reflections on the back wall of my studio show a representation of additive color mixing. Projecting primary coloured lights on a the wall shows secondary colors where two overlap; the combination of all three of red, green, and blue in equal intensities makes white.

“The RGB color model is an additive color model in which red, green, and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. The name of the model comes from the initials of the three additive primary colors, red, green, and blue.

The main purpose of the RGB color model is for the sensing, representation, and display of images in electronic systems, such as televisions and computers, though it has also been used in conventional photography. Before the electronic age, the RGB color model already had a solid theory behind it, based in human perception of colors.”

– Wikipedia

Pushing the work further I started thinking about reflective surfaces for the lights to reflect from. This prompted me to pour a bucket of water underneath the construction; a cheap and easy reflective surface was created! Then I tried glitter.

Last but not least, I tried wrapping the construction in bubble wrap then polythene.