Final Degree Show Exhibition – Proposal

As a practicing graffiti artist I have undertaken the task of integrating a set of symbols, the alphabet, into creative visual form. I’m interested in the accessibility or inaccessibility of the written word, in everyday life.

The origins of my work go back twenty years, where I could be found drawing in books in the 27beats household. I consider early characteristics developed then to be relevant today- lots of written on visual material, sketched out beginnings of graffiti, some kind of hip hop soul meditation. Graffiti requires the artist to have a name to write, and the name is often an amalgam of both letters and numerics. Thus I began to experiment with words.

Through the process, abstraction and creation of works, the literal meaning and reason becomes ephemeral, only for intuition and interpretation to claim my pieces. The recording of experience becomes connected to the experience of the viewer. Across the body of work that I have produced during the course, narratives that are infused within the pieces have changed, and the forms I have worked with change: this is a reflection of a stream of ideas that have been generated. Therefore, in the work I am producing for the exhibition I want to combine ‘historical’ works and  ‘objective and non objective abstract’ through a single multi-media piece using a current aesthetic for the viewer, stressing the values of communication.

My paintings are a form of meditation on life, which have aesthetic values parallel to film piece. Both are recordings or representations of reality, which are autobioraphical and abstract. The body of work articulates an exploration of personal development, through art and the period of time that it took to reach these conclusions through which ive managed to reshape meanings in life.

 

Proposal

I propose to make and install a light piece in the Final Show. In developing 2d into 3d I have put two previous light instillations together. ‘Synaptic Space’ was shown at the Abacus in the December show ‘Exposure’, and ‘Imaginary Giants and other friends’ was part of my assessment work also in December.

Whilst still being involved in exploration and discovery I’ve decided, through test pieces that my piece will work technically, and to commit to making visual material for the instillation.

The cost of the instillation should be £30-£60. Relatively cheap as I intend to make use of University facilities and materials. Happily today I was given some materials for free by a technician, and it’s possible I may be able to put on a show for absolutely nothing.

I’ll be arranging two video projectors, two DVD players, an amplifier and speakers borrowed for the piece in a dark, square room 12 x 12ft. The instillation will sit on a stage/ plinth approx. 12 x 6 ft. (half the space). The stage I’m proposing to make with a friend who does carpentry. I will design the build with him as efficiently as possible with time to put it together in the space.

My work considers conditions of urban environment and diffusion of living with music, art and philosophy. I intend to create patterns and rhythms with projected animation and sound.

I can provide drawings of the setup of the dark space if required.

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Documentation: Objectives of Autobiographical Art

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In an attempt to find my self in direction im creating an Autobiographical piece, a last statement of the course. My Historical piece aims to show something of ‘self’ to the viewer. I retrace my steps for twenty years, in an attempt to start a circle, sphere or cypher; ‘life material’.  My interest in story telling comes through explanations from a Shamanic or Schizoaffective perspective, the artistic temperament, a sensitivity used to create something presented or offered to the viewer.

My part is non speaking, the audio in the film play the part of the voice. This voice is a representation of myself as an artist in action. There is, i feel a place for silence, and a place for action. There is communication of self, presence and physical expression.. my hands and my face. The sound plays an active part of this exploration, an articulation of recorcorded voices. I hope that the use of audio and visual parts give the viewer a sense of cut and paste, recording and sampling, techniques that in an attempt to create something about myself have made me realise ive found something valuable. This action could represent our grasp  on reality and how we are able to record and edit, to reshape meaning.

Key Moments: im organising my work into two parts, film and sound. Writing about the Auto biography, a fifteen minute long piece, is to explore the conditions of my work, who, when and where.

I had regular sessions with the AV technicians and learnt how to master obscelete video with specialist equipment. I used my own music writing software to develop an audio track, with regular sessions in my studio space. This was a great oportunity to have peer observation and suggestion.

Documentation: non objective animation

 

Animation of the Non Objective. Following a period where i painted and made an instillation which conformed to the architectural angles in early drawing, i wanted to create a studio piece which eliminated all elements of reality and create something in the Non Objective way. The formality of truth in painting is taken away and reflects a more medatative side of my work. It is an Eastern Philosophy that has been in the experience and techniques i used to remove thought from art. Ironically the method is a generator of meaning, either working in the opposite direction or within the boundaries between action and non action.

I took to working with simply line, experimenting with spacial arrangement, and the movement in ‘the through time’ aspect. My piece is a time based, where the arrangement is nothing more than the passing seconds it takes to watch it. It to me is a moving Mandala, created purely for aesthetic reasons, my enjoyment of silence whilst i work.

key moments: the making of the animation follows several other animated creations for projection. Ive become familiar with One Stop animation studio and Adobe Premier final cut, both located in the Audio Visual Suite. I liased with the Technicians for instruction then spent some time working with the software and cameras. I established the abstract method which corresponds to my final paintings. The other objective in my paintings is from the auto biographical element. This exists in written form which ive used for nearly twenty years; recording daily happenings, meditation. I used written word with drawings.

Context: Mondrian ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’

Mondrian made a massive impression on Eve Polgar and Sandor Valy who made the 1943 piece ‘Broadway Boogiewoogie.’ They share his vision of 1940s New York with his translation to paintings, my inspiration being their film and audio.  Further more they bring elements of film and music together in the piece which for me is a perfect realisation of music and art together.  In my piece i intend to use the same format, Broadway Boogiewoogie reminds me of my time spent in New york. Memories put me in mind of some of my first recordings onto high definition tape and life sixteen years ago. This single HDV tape being the first element of my piece.

Choosing abstraction alongside autobiography from my footage, i look for conditions that sum up and relate to the intentions of the work. For example the  relationship between the two pieces is dictated by the flow of the footage, significant moments in story and within that story gestures. Ive edited the film to make it sequential. ive focused on creating a tangible reality of two films existing in the same time and space, though they have obvious differences, both pertain to states of mind and communications, silence and using the voice.

The Non Objective abstract is potentially the final movement of drawing and painting in my work. The Autobiography locates my physical presence in the piece, and to the viewer a glimpse into my existence and recorded past time. The piece Broadway Boogie Woogie is about vision, with regards to location and presence, happenings and translation into painting and moving image.

The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty. (Piet Mondrian)

Key Moments: descovering a piece like this brought about a further commitment to choosing one format for my own studio work. Ive been aware of Mondrian since i was a youth. To me his work speaks of clarity and seems to translate or abstract reality of living in New York in a statement similar to that of a set of way of life paintings.

Documentation: progression of an eye

In progression from last terms ‘Imaginary Giants’ light piece ive made some studio test pieces. My idea is to send a projection through a set of perspex boxes which i made. The image is slightly dissapated both on the floor and on the wall. The light seems to define the square edges of the boxes. It is an effect ive been experimenting with in the dark space.

i spent an afternoon mixing with the makers using an acrylic/perspex bending machine, making boxes out of sheets of acrylics. I then liased with a graphic design shop to negotiate the printing of transparent adhesive stickers which the 3d shapes are a surface for.

Key moments: realising a project takes a lot of work. Ive changed direction twice with this terms work. At each stage ive had to alter my context creating a wide base of artists to look at for context, and different materials to find and experiment with. I love working with light and film/animation, as well as working with 3d elements and imagery. My materials have changed but my ideas remain in the same vien. Ive worked from abstractions of city scape to soundscape, further abstraction and continued expression into architectural and finally non objective abstraction. The autobiography in my work relates to Neo Expressionism in that i wanted to find my voice and start to story tell, raising questions about the self in action.