Individual programme of study
‘A set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space.’ (Bourriaud, N. Relational Aesthetics p.113)
In the late 1950’s – 60’s site-specific art emerged as a result of the boom of art movements: Conceptualism, Minimalism, De Stijl, Cubism and Arte Provera, starting out as a de-contextualisation of the museum space. I aim to investigate the work of artists surrounding the notion of site-specificity - work that emphasises the exchange between work of art and the place that defines its meaning; work that is interactive; work that viewers see themselves looking at.
I will map a system by which I travel to 5 chosen places around England/the UK creating site-specific work. The outcomes will not be known, however each will have a finished graphic outcome that will respond to its site, whilst connecting each site to one another.
Over the past 2 years my strengths have shown in my more spontaneous works, such as the projects set in Dungeness and Margate. These projects assisted me in investigating an unknown territory and I noticed myself discovering things that weren’t instantly visible to others. I wanted to draw the viewer’s attention to these things, rather than objects formerly carrying generic seaside associations. More specifically, I chose to investigate the dredging of a beach and the movements of a lighthouse – as opposed to buckets and spades – and so I was able to create detailed projects made precisely in response to my experience of a place and relating to an identified thing.
I will document my journeys from site to site and the work I create within each environment. These projects will provide the perfect opportunity to develop my film photography whilst pushing to work with a broad range of mediums (both on-site and in the studio.) I want to produce a number of publications focusing on the things I discover at each site; this will then be combined to create a series.
Why not associates’ Comedy Carpet in Blackpool, demonstrates how art-based concepts and design can work together to create something beautiful. Artist Gordon Young works alongside WNA, creating art for the public domain, and WNA help bring his concept to life. I want to investigate both sides of this relationship; I am considering collaboration with a conceptual artist, with the aim of making work based on connections between people and place and combining the responses of two separate minds.
Artists such as Rachel Whiteread, Anish Kapoor and Nancy Holt look at the relationship between their work and the public. Anish Kapoor states that he wants the viewer to lose their perception of space, forcing people to use their own senses to guide them through the work, whilst Whiteread wants the space she creates to feel familiar and domestic. I would like to create this same feeling of ‘familiarity’ within my own work, perhaps through elements of nostalgia or the construction of a personal narrative from the viewer’s past experiences. Combining the work’s attachment to my own experience of each place with the viewer’s personal mindscape, I expect to form a diverse set of individual relationships dependent upon context – social and geographical. The artist finds the site and forms a response, whilst the viewer finds the work and forms a response. My interest lies in the relationship between artist and viewer’s responses, acting as the motivation behind my practice and the production of site specific, graphic communication.
Forces to create art.
I have decided to create an instrument that when used correctly creates a centrifugal force, which in turn creates the art.
Using an old bike for its chain and pedal/ball bearing mechanism, I created an instrument that rotates a circular board placed on top of a the gears of the bike.
By doing this I am hoping to created spin art. By placing a piece of paper on top of the circular board and then added drops of paint to the paper, then using the handle to rotate the mechanism, spinning the board.
Over the next week I will be conducting a number of experiments to test the instrument and to create art.
Forces = Art.
(pictures to follow)
I’ve decided to look further into the force of centrifuge. The force that creates an outward force that draws a rotating body away from the centre of rotation. The term centrifugal force is used to refer to one of two distinct concepts: an inertial force observed in a non-inertial reference frame,and a reaction force corresponding to a centripetal force.