Small articulations of space
This work was experimentation with the material, one I had been working with on study abroad. It was also taking into account Fernanda Gomes’ work who I have been looking into in relation to small sculptural pieces. However this led to exploration of theoretical texts.
These headings are from the Formless exhibition at the Pompidou Centre, I read the accompanying publication by Yve-Alain Bois and Rosalind Krauss who co-curated. It was a very enlightening book and helped me to unpack formless theory after reading Bataille’s initial writings on the subject.
pertaining to gravity, assuming an erect viewer
Base Materialism –
that which is other, undermine traditional hierarchies
Time, movement and repetition
Inevitable social decline and degeneration
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. Being able to be viewed from both sides contributed to the concept and referenced figurative and sculptural elements but fundamentally it lacked in physicality. These juxtapositions were a focus for this piece.
Moving on from my exhibition piece I looked into different ways to project and present to rework my initial idea and develop it further. Taking into account my artists research I attempted projecting onto skin, conceptually I agreed with this idea as it enhanced the intimacy and felt more invasive but in reality I did not think the image was very successful overall. My other experiments however proved very helpful. The image projected into the corner seemed to be a more sophisticated way of expressing my ideas on formless and distorted the piece slightly but not as drastically as my previous works.
These images illustrate the development of my concept as I moved to exploring the gaze, a theory first written about by Lacan. Using the windows and the blinds referenced both inside and outside space and also our own personal consciousness in relation to other peoples. This was also another way of researching projection techniques and how different surfaces and lights affect this medium.
I wanted to research further into inside and outside space. In reference to the gaze domestic settings and everyday scenes seemed most appropriate to explore and experiment with. These are the spaces that dictate how comfortable we are and how and when we interact with other people, to me it seemed this is where the gaze resides because depending on our locations we sense it or we forget it. After this experimenting I decided I needed to move on from my first image, it was helpful in my work so far but to develop I needed to film more footage in reference to my new work and what I had learned through this process.
First Stages of Set up
These images are displaying the set up of my piece for the final exhibition, it is not yet finished as there will be a section of glass hung in front the work for it to be viewed through. During my work the material glass became increasingly apparent. It was interesting to investigate how and why we use it and how we interact with, especially in this piece where I explored how it unintentionally confronts us with the other and simultaneously our external image.
Final piece with glass installed.