I’m going to be studying MA Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, BCU from September 2020 – July 2021. This blog is going to be documenting the ideas and artworks I make, as well as the thoughts of the exhibitions I visit. Its aim is to support my work for assessment.
Clock in / Clock out is 2 weeks away from being complete. I have chosen Blurb to create the book containing all the data collected. I decided to go with Blurb because they have a reputation for making good quality books and magazines.
The design is different than I initially expected. The initial design was that each page of the book equated to a sheet of research. Instead there are four sheets per page in a grid format. (referencing Rosalind Krauss’, the grid as well as aligning the visual component of the research displayed on my website).
The book is 18 x 18cm soft cover, with proline uncoated paper. The cost is £12.99 in total excluding the cost of shipping.
In the meantime, I’m preparing for a 5-10 minute Pecha Kucha Presentation for the first week of masters.
The 5-month project is going to be complete next month. The data I’ve collected is the most important element of the project. Although the paperwork left over is interesting. This is because I can relate the repetitiveness of recording each paperwork to Ian Burns’ Xerox Book. For the book, Burns photocopied the last version of a blank piece of paper he photocopied, creating an interesting texture on the final copies. His series is different to mine, because he records the process of photocopying. Mine records the unchanging nature of shift work.
Nevertheless, Burns has influenced me to scan the pages to a computer and have them bound into a book. I don’t want to bind the originals into a book because it loses the display attributes. Plus I want the finished book to be professionally made because of the finished quality.
A quick summary, I have 3 ideas at the moment
- The Clock in / Clock out project (Current project – the book idea is starting m̶i̶d̶-̶A̶u̶g̶u̶s̶t̶ End of July)
- The work during the first semester, initial first month into the semester (Starting to plan from mid-August)
- Getting the Jacket Lining artwork printed onto aluminium (mid-September)
- Planning for the Pecha Kucha presentation (Deadline, end of September)
They’re going smoothly and planned out at the moment.
* The bold sections were edited on a later date
I’ve researched the dimension for Jacket Lining to be on the aluminium panel. I’m opting for dimensions to be 229 x 50cm. [Fig 1.]
Even though it’s more expensive than what I’d expected it to be (£522.95) , I think it’s worth getting the artwork printed at the price with Whitewall Photo Lab because the they proved that they can print good quality. I searched for other companies and they have a limit on dimensions they print. For example there’s a company that only prints 20 x 20cm (a section of the photo I’ve sent them), which isn’t what I want. I prefer Jacket Lining to be at the same level of quality as Wonderland [Fig 2.], with the criteria of at least 41cm in height.
I’ll get it printed in early October, deliver it to my studio, test it out in spaces and get it exhibited at a show corresponding to an appropriate theme as soon as possible.
I’ve decided not to go with the idea of testing a smaller maquette of Jacket Lining because I didn’t think that testing a prototype was useful for understanding how the artwork would transform the space, as it’s not the same as standing in an area to look at the print.
I prefer to have multiple projects running at the same time. Concentrating on earlier work, as well as Clock in / Clock out, I’m going to work on a digital composite I have put together in 2018, Jacket Lining [Fig 1.], by working on the steps to get the digital one printed onto aluminium. The composite is a scanned drawing of a (section of) menstrual diagram cycle alongside a photo of a mountain range.
Visually, the outline of the diagram and the mountain range links the piece together. Symbolically, the title Jacket lining connects the two together. The uterus keeps the foetus safe during pregnancy, and earth, represented by the mountain range, shields us from the harshness of outer space. This is where the metaphor or a jacket lining comes in. The lining of a jacket protects us from the outside world. I want it printed onto aluminium because it’s a strong material and doesn’t break easily under pressure.
I’m going to research into WhiteWall Photo Lab in getting it physically printed. I previously ordered a print from them and the quality was great. The finished artwork went on display at the Mall Galleries in London [Fig 2.] and I was pleased with the result. It might be custom size because of the dimensions so I’ll see if they have that available. I want the size of the print to be at least 41cm in height because I can imagine that to be in large print, because of the mountain range. Although I might test it out in small print to see what difference the two would look in a space. My prediction is that the larger copy would transform the space more.
I then need to consider how I would hang the piece on a wall. I want it parallel to the wall, although it would be interesting to see it displayed from an angle that’s slightly too high to reach for the average person (5ft 9 – 6ft above the floor). I got the idea from AK Dolven’s Teenagers lifting the sky (2014). It’s oil on aluminium, 125 x 500cm and hung above average height.