The work I exhibited for the mock exhibition was a multi media sculptural piece. Consisting of a hung piece of fabric that my filmed footage was projected onto. There could have been a small item on the floor in front of the fabric but the logistics were not finalised so I didn’t want to include something not fully realised. Displaying the footage on fabric distorted the image in unpredictable ways and these could only be controlled to a certain point. The fabric moved as well as people moved around the room adding to this distortion.
Feedback from people who viewed my piece revealed that the distortion and the fabric made the initial image difficult to see. But the slight movements in the footage and the light from the projector made the image slowly noticeable. This was unsettling for some and I think this contributed to the overall affect. Also being able to be viewed from both sides added another layer of distortion, whilst referencing figurative and sculptural elements but ultimately lacking in physicality. These juxtapositions were a focus for this piece.
“sculptures which identify themselves with natural forms, without description or imitation”
Made by allowing sugar paper to fall randomly onto a surface.
These two books discuss the idea of ‘Formless’. My understanding of this concept is a declassification of forms. A method of description which can be applied to something that is simultaneously inside the ‘system’ but also outside of it, or references something outside of it. This idea originated with Bataille, who writes about it in terms of class strata and philosophy of language. Bois and Krauss attempted to use this writing by Bataille to identify art works that fit into this theory. The book ‘Formless: A User’s Guide’ is an accompanying publication to an exhibition of the pieces they have selected under the umbrella of Formless. I am hoping to use the ideas discussed in these texts in my practice, to broaden its scope and anchor it in relevant ideas that have been discussed and continue to be. I want to enter into this discourse, perhaps I cannot add to it but I can comment and reference these ideas to develop and expand my works.
Fernanda Gomes is a Brazilian artist who still produces and exhibits works now. Her work is very informed by the space she is exhibiting in and often will work within the space to create (she calls them ‘things’). The style is very minimalistic, using only the colour white as an intervention onto found objects or constructed items. I am most interested in her display technique which as mentioned relies heavily on the space itself. She is able to acutely articulate the space, the placements are so subtle, aided by its lack of colour it provokes thought on the nature of materials. I feel that this way of working heightens the properties of the materials, the use of the white paint acts as a control substance with which we are all familiar, in order for us to successfully compare this with the other material (this she will never fully paint).