Friday, 27 February 2009

Goals for the weekend

on saturday i plan to carry on with my work and casts in college before going along to Project Space Leeds.

I will be attending the closing of a collaborative project called '195 Miles' which has also just been renamed 'we all have our limits'.I will be supporting Rory Macbeth who worked with us towards the end of my first year when we were doing our site specific work at Armley Mills.

"The unpredictable results that end up being Rory Macbeth’s work are unified by a re-framing of the absurdity and stupidity (both the world’s and his own) that he finds around him."

I also intend to visit Henry Moore Institute to view the new exhibition ' Asta Groting Sculpture 1987 - 2008.

I will also try and get to Leeds City Art gallery to see the new exhibition ' Rank: Picturing The Social Order 1615-2009'.i am always reluctant to going around Leeds City Art Gallery as i always seem disappointed.i just don't think they show the type of things that really get me going.

It probably will not be this weekend as i seem busy enough as it is but i will make sure that i take a trip to Leeds City Museum as ive been meaning to go ever since it has opened but i think i tried going on a monday when its closed and have forgotten about its existance ever since.

I also want to take a trip for research as alternative spaces i suppose to display my work and also research at some farms and zoos etc.possible places include Temple Newsam which is in Leeds and also Tropical World.This may have to wait until next weekend though

Jibber Jabber

Last night i attended Bridget March's Jibber Jabber which invites guest speakers to do timed presentations on how to make the perfect portfolio.although some of the lecture was helpful in some way pointing out the basics and obvious aspects like putting in relevant work and make sure you find out exactly who it is you are showing your portfolio to etc , i was left disappointed as sitting in the lecture theatre and reading the list on the first slide of all the speakers.They were all designers and photographers from companies etc.Bridget had promised to get some artists in to speak.When questioned about this she told me that they had cancelled at last minute and she had learnt that artists were unreliable.i was a bit offended by this remark.i did not get fully out of the lecture as intended as i think that artists have a very different mindset to designers and therefore have a different way in presenting themselves.this would have been helpful to get some inside into someone working as an artist more for themselves like freelancers rather than a representative of a large company.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Paul McCarthy's Pirate Project

From a recommendation from Garry i decided to look at the pirate work by artist Paul Mc Carthy. i like the scale of this sculptural/installation piece and scaling up my work is one of my ambitions which i will not be able to complete at this point in time due to money.i really like how the piece is situated in the middle of some woods.although it is displayed it does not have that clinical precious feeling to no longer feels like an object but a piece to relate to and interact with.i don't think people would feel like they couldnt go right up to it and also the feeling we all get in a big white cube gallery which is the same as a church or library wispering to each other as we think the normal level of our voice is innapropriate.
For my work i have considered as i am making creatures that i should try have them in the habitat they belong in.There was the thought of possibley placing them in hyde park in around some bushes or in trees as a form of displaying.Maybe if i asked nicely at a zoo,tropical world or farm etc they mite have some spare pens or cages that i could place my creatures in for a small amount of time to also display like real creatures signed among the actual animals at the place

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Finally some time to catch up

I've been on my 'object' elective all reading week so i havent had much time to update.This elective encourages us to use recyclable or reuseable objects and to respresent our thoughts and processes in a form of a sculptural representation.This was quite useful for me as it ties in with my main studio module 'practice and materiality'. I useually use quite exspensive materials when i am sculpting.most of the time this is due to the fact that i am wanting to try out new materials that are a bit harder to get hold of and also working to get a certain professional looking standard to the end product.this also reflects in my love of films and going off from this to use similar materials that would be used in the film industry for such things as making creatures and props.
This elective really helped to forcefully push me to use less exspensive materials and also start off by using found objects as a basis for my sculpture and texturing which i think i have forgotten about this option as i get too excited about trying the new exspensive materials and forgetting cheaper options that may even do the job better.
On tuesday night after my elective i was working at the Stass Paraskos private view at vernon street.unfortunately i had to be the bearer of bad news all night.Stass was unable to make it to the private view as he had , had a heart attack around christmas and was still not well enough to travel.we had been told that he has just started painting again so he's starting to feel a bit better.There was alot of disappointed people as i soon realised it was a bigger night that i thought.alot of people had come to see Stass and it was part of there reunion from when they attended his art school.some had travelled from London especially and some had brought one of his paintings to sign.
I had many people asking me if i new turned out to sound like it was some sort of memorial service the way he was talked about.i managed to talk to his son Michael for a bit who ended up giving a guided tour around all the work whilst chatting to some students.He also said that he would love to come back to the college and do a talk if my tutor would let him.
I also managed to talk more to Terry Jones about what exactly he does and what he has done in the past.I was amazed to know that he wasnt just the person that put up work in the college.He told me how he started off as a student at Harrogate Art College and then got a job at Leeds City art gallery i think it was and then a art gallery in York as a gallery technician.Part of his work left him being a courier around the world.he would often have to go pick up some work in say Vienna and travel with it to Ottawa staying in 5 star hotels in each place.They paid for him to travel to some of the most amazing places in the world all over europe.places such as singapore.
I also spoke to Terry reagarding hanging work in gallery spaces.he told me how that spaces that are in the college at the moment are a bit cramped and not ideal to hang work and that he would ideally like the college to build a specific room for a gallery space which he could lock up and also place installations in as most the work that is displayed usually is in frames.There was also apparently talk of college having a gallery space outside of the college and that it would be nice as the public could enter and not feel put off by having to walk through a college.they could also then have a gallery space with visiting artists and students work in whilst also having promotional material and possibley a cafe which would earn a bit profit.I told him about how fine art are going to be putting on a exhibition and a few of us were wanting to find our own 3rd option but were unsure where to start.i sugessted one of the empty spaces across from blenheim walk near the cash machines that usually is empty most the year apart from freshers week when it has a poster sale.Terry also suggested that a few years ago there was a big space above the club 'wardrobe' to have a look at.i also said that if we could find a place then maybe a small group of us could exhibit there on a more regular basis.Terry told me that as college is thinking about having a external space that if i had a look around at places and found details and pricing and forwarded it on to him that he would then put this across to Edmund to see if it was a possibility for the college to fund it.My next step is to therefore start searching places

Thursday, 12 February 2009

First week after the briefing

Today Ive been thinking more about what i would like to look at regarding audiences.i have decided that in alot of cases galleries tend to be wide open often big white spaces that seem very clinical to me.i specialise in sculpture and rather than having my work on display like its part of a shop window on a pedastal or you are firghtened of walking around it incase it gets damaged i want my audience to be encouraged to go up to it and look closer.For example as i am making creatures at the moment in my project i would like to encorporate the way i do my showing up in a way that brings an environment in or something that could be what the creature would inhabit. So for a rough example if i made a sculpture of a pig then i would put it probably on a plinth covered in mud or i would buils out a corner patched in materials that relate to my sculpture.i just want my work to still be visually interesting rather than something that should be perfect in a glass cabinet.