I’ve added toothpaste to the sculpture last week. The flexibility of the toothpaste highlighted the physical characteristics of the metal sheet because of the key differences between the metal and the toothpaste. The toothpaste is subjected to change over time, whereas the steel sheet isn’t. There was a strong aroma of mint, which was similar to the aroma of washing up liquid, because it suggested cleanliness. Which was interesting because they’re both materials that designed to be washed away with water after they fulfil their function.
- John Cage
- Boyle Family – maps, darts, chance
- Think of the reasons for choosing own photographs to place work in
- Land art
- Words are like toothpaste – Calligraphic brush stroke on paper surface
- Landscape – lost in the tonality of the landscape
- Monoliths – Arthur C. Clarke
- Neal Rock – silicone
- Confectionary and sugar
- Hermes mythology
In the context of the gallery space, the work definitely looks minimal or conceptual art because the location predisposes it to something ornamental and non-functional.
Outside the gallery, the shape of the sculpture is likely to be attributed to something ordinary but functional, like a scarf caught by the branches on first glance. But that interpretation could be explained by the positioning of the sculpture hanging off a tree branch rather than standing on the ground in the forest.
I used Photoshop to place the sculpture I made the other day into photos in gallery spaces around the School of Art, and in photos I took in the countryside a few years ago. I’ve changed the scale of the sculpture to fit the architectural / natural spaces – I’ve looked at Renaissance and their fascination with geometry and architectural spaces in relation to the human body. I think they were interested in the macrocosm and microcosm which came from their belief of humanism.
I found the sculptures not in the whitespace more interesting, because it brought the topics of man-made objects and the natural into consideration. It also makes me think of what Damian Massey is doing with his work at the moment. He brought his sculptures, the Artificial series, to a beach and took photographs of them there.
I went to the metal workshops this morning and made this piece with the rollers. I’ve talked it over with Gay and said I wanted the metal sheet (10cm in width) curved similar to a concertina with the rollers, and she said it’s not as straightforward. I saw why that was when I was about to put the metal through – the metal would curve into a C shape, and it wouldn’t work by rolling the metal partially out. We ended up taking one of the rollers out the machine, and inserting the sheet at different intervals to curve the metal.
The metal took an interesting shape that was different than my initial plan. I think that’s the difference with working on digital, and working with a physical material. With the digital, I have a lot more control over the medium, whereas with the metal, there’s physical factors and constraints to take into consideration.
Me and Gay talked about the work after. She said it looked like it was in motion, and it wasn’t still, which I agreed because the curves is a representation of movement, applied to a still object. I thought the sculpture (first image) looked like a chair. A chair symbolises the absence of human presence; critiquing its own condition as a three-dimensional object.
I’m still going to call it Words are like toothpaste, because it’s a poetic title that goes well with the fluidity of the metal sheet, and toothpaste is gel that takes after the shape of a container, similar to how the sounds of words are molded by the mouth.
I’m going to photoshop the structure to different surroundings as well as the gallery spaces in the School of Art. I want to place it in different surroundings because I recently saw the news of a monolith structure appearing, then disappearing in the locations of Utah and in Romania.
It referenced Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey, where a black screen-like structure appears in a prehistoric setting, which is to comment on the impact of the 21st Century on the evolution of mankind.