Fine Art (sculpture)
Seventy Feet / Free Range Show 2011
I thought I should perhaps say a little more on the Seventy Feet Show with regards to my own work.
On arrival, I was greeted with lots of boxes filled with my dust, dust machines and my plinth. Spent literally a few minutes setting that up and then rushed around like a headless chicken trying to sort the project space out with a few other of my fellow core committee lot.
The result being, I was put down to do not one, not two but three different performances all improvised. Brilliant. Why I put myself up for these things I don’t know.
Anyway, it all turned out fine.
I wanted my ‘Sweeping’ performance to be more, lets say inconspicuous than other performances, as I wanted the viewers to be unsure and to question if it was in fact a piece of art or if I was just cleaning up after them.
Performing this on the opening night was a perfect setting as I had many people around me to sweep up. I swept up behind them, following them around the gallery, in front of them, sweeping the space they were to walk into and then I gathered the dirt with my hands and spat on the piles to keep them intact.
I felt it was a successful performance, especially as it was all improvised.
The end of the week i laid the dust tile down on the floor for people to interact with and walk over as they wished. I wanted to do this for my degree show but felt it wasn’t the right setting. I’m glad with how the tiles stayed intact.
They just quite elogantly and gracefully puffed dust up into the air when stepped on. A cloud of dust formed around each one, settling as the interaction moved on.
A perfect rendition of time and movement.
I’m officially not a student anymore. Real life has begun.
I’ve spent the past three weeks panicking, about life, money, jobs, finding a house, what city to move to etc etc.
Have I managed to sort any of these? No.
I have not.
I ran off to London, with a job and a house lined up, only to find that actually I wasn’t even sure that is what I wanted. Then of course the question is, what do I want?
Do I want to be an artist, a curator, a writer, a gallery assistant. Or just get some sort of admin job whilst I try my hardest to make artwork in my spare time.
I thought I was one of the most prepared out of my fellow students, thought that actually I had options and some form of plan. I spent the best part of the year forming connections, getting jobs in the art world, blogging, writing, reviewing. Organising exhibitions and even co-creating a collective. Yet, I still find myself sitting aimleslly in my parents garden wondering what on earth the next step is.
I’ve had an exhibition since degree show, as part of Bo.Lee Gallery in Bath, I’ve even got another in London planned. So why am I not excited?
Now I realise what it is to be an artist in this day and age. It’s difficult. Why do we make it so hard for ourselves?
I’m a true believer in being able to follow the easy route, because ultimately they will both end up in the same place, you just haven’t killed yourself getting there.
How do you keep making work, that a: you are proud of and b: you are enthusiastic about exhibiting (and that inevitably you’ll have to exhibit more than once).
I feel so unmotivated to show work that I feel I want to move on from. What happens when the world likes a piece of work that you don’t like. Do you carry on exhibiting that piece because thats where the (potential) money is? Or do you move on to better things? (with the knowledge that they might not be as successful).
Well, I’ll let you know what I’m going to do.
I’m going to do this exhibition in London this Thursday.
I’m going to move to a new house with new people (probably Bristol) and I’m going to carry on making art/blogging/writing/reviewing – as this is what I enjoy.
I will find a job. A job that i want to do.
And I’m going to tackle all the new and exciting things that I have in mind.
Collaborations I feel are the way forward. In this time of recession and general lack of knowledge or care for the arts outside of the artworld, we artists and creatives need to stick together.
We need to send out a collective response, become a unity or creativity and help eachother.
This is not the time to be selfish or arrogant. No one cares anymore, no one is going to get anywhere if you have that attitude, no one is going to trust you or resonate with you.
I am still unsure, but I do know that I’m letting it all unfold, the easy way. Something will come along that is great and suited to what I’m meant to do…
So here are the long awaited degree show images….
The show was a great success, even if it was all a bit of an anticlimax.
I had lots of good feedback and have thought of new ideas and new ways of displaying, which is always a positive.
I chose to leave my dust tiles on the paper for this installation, mainly because I wanted the relationship between the tiles and the machines. For the process to be visible.
Though, I think for the next installation I will just display the tiles.
But we shall see..
A week later and my work is shown in the Octagon Chapel in Bath with BoLee Gallery, ‘Darkness to Light’ Exhibition.
On from 21st to 30th June – go and have a look!
The day before degree show.
Work has been assessed.
Sketchbooks and research files to be taken away, degree show to be fully set up.
What is the title of my installation? Hmm… got approximately 6 hours to figure it out.
Want a sneaky peak?
I’ve posted some images of what the show looked like whilst I was still deciding on how to display the installation.
As for dust, might have a break for a week or so – might even be clean and hair dust free!
-woken up in a bad mood
– at 7am
-realising there is no point going back to sleep
-I might as well get up and write a to do list.
Why did I do this to myself – now in an even more bad mood and having a mental breakdown!
Now have just over two weeks to finish EVERYTHING.
Anyone want to sweep up some dust for me??!!
This weekend was very proactive – but perhaps for the wrong reasons.
Myself and Layne Arlina – the Eye2Spy Collective – spent the weekend showcasing our films and organising an event at The Arts House in Bristol ro show our own films as well as that of Bristol and Bath based artists.
Yesterday (Sunday) went okay (minus all the technical glitches) the films were received well with applause after each one.
It was good to hear feedback off the public – particularly from those that are not necessarily into the arts, especially video and performance art.
Hopefully we will be hosting another Eye2Spy Presents night soon – maybe after degree show time.
So any of you who would like to showcase your films get in touch
As for today – I’ve got a two page to do list to get on with.