I asked my colleagues at work about the MDF boards and metal sheets because I thought it was a reliable way to gather findings of what the non-artists see in my work, instead of second guessing what the public might see. The answers were that the MDFs reminded them of Tetris, and some sort of puzzle. The findings for the metal sheets were closer to what I intended – industrial and reminded them of construction. It’s close to the constructivist’s intentions of the work – they believed that art should directly reflect the modern industrial work, which is what I believed has happened with my metal sheets, going on my colleagues’ assumptions. They also mentioned that it was classy and slick vs the industrial and hidden away, which I thought was quite political. Especially the industrial and hidden away, which reminded me of the discussion session on Robert Morris’ ‘Notes on Sculpture 4: Beyond Objects’, where Mona talked about the materials of construction being hidden away, and only found at Industrial parks and art schools.
A few days ago, I cut out 2 steel sheets, and folded / rolled them to create a 3 dimensional sculptures. I was just experimenting with the behaviour of the material. It behaved how paper would.
At this point, I’m thinking about how to process everything said in the tutorial, and how the metal sheets with fit in with the rubbings, the MDF boards, the rationale, and the concept of the shapes in relation with the viewer who have no prior knowledge of the works. It’s just minimalist sculptures. What’s gathered in the tutorial is that I have to find a way to transfer the rubbings onto metal and MDF. (I’m not sure I want to continue with MDF anymore because it comes across as too DIY).
- Materialistic sculptures
- MDF – DIY aesthetics
- Actual work a lot to do with chance
- Abstraction with materials
- Make more drawings on Illustrator, doesn’t have to be translated into metal
- Minimalism, conceptualism
- Art and architecture
- Eva Rothschild
- Nikki Pugh
Reflecting on the seminar
I feel slightly inept at explaining on what is actually happening in my work and I spoke about how I hoped the work to be. This ended up being a mismatch of what I was saying with the work I showed the group. Franziska said she saw the pieces of metal as minimalist shapes and the MDF as DIY materials, and it didn’t match up to the concept of the building’s history lost on Google maps. I understand why because the onlooker with no prior information would see it as shapes that doesn’t reference the School of Art. I said the location was important because the text, The function of the studio by Daniel Burens has affected me, and has made me want to create and show work in the same space. From this I think I need to create work and not put too much weight on the concept, and just let that process of infusing the concept with the appearance of the work happen organically through time. I’ll use this as a learning curve to how I talk and write about my work in the future.
Krištof Kintera addresses contemporary issues with dark humour. His concerns are the current environment and its relationship with hyper-capitalist systems. Kintera does this with circuit boards, electrical items and other found items to create sculptural works and installations. I saw his thought process with making a space look like a studio space, and how that might link in with Daniel Buren’s text on taking the work from the studio to a gallery space and how that takes the essence away from the work. I think Kintera wanted to transport us away from looking at the work from a gallery space, to looking at the work within his studio.
Kintera’s work reminds me of Lee Bul’s work (who also happened to have been shown at the Ikon a few years prior). It’s related aesthetically but can also be related other than aesthetically because of the dystopian taste and building something thats imagined. Therewere a few pieces that referred to urban landscapes on a miniature scale, almost like we’re watching the scenery from a plane window. His usage of materials is something I want to use for my artworks, and it reminds me of one of my previous works, in which I’ve used electrical wires with plasticine in 2015. I hope to use these materials in my future works.
In this one, it looks like a skyline of a city that’s taken out of the earth; emphasised by the shadow beneath the work.