‘Aggregated Through Time’

Friday 22nd December, 2017

'Aggregated Through Time'

‘Aggregated Through Time’, 2017, Plastic, Sand, Dirt, Paraffin wax, Varnish, Gloss, Acrylic

How can this task become more exhausting than past exercises? How about inserting more endurance on the eye, by challenging my original techniques and methods. I am not trying to purposely cause any disruption, only ingraining more demand.

This is a game which some people would find very off putting. However I find the pressures stimulating, making the overall outcome very rewarding and fulfilling! 

  • This work shows a discovery to a new working surface. It fashions a transparent edge, which instantly changed the recording and capturing methods I had previously used. I had to train my vision further, as the composition of wax, gloss and the see through nature of the surface created  lots of false readings. The whole reformed surface had to be thoroughly examined in order to trace out the actual transformations.
  • One question I asked myself was, how can I influence more of an association to chance? The first idea which came to mind was to work with the negative / reversed side of the surface. This way I would be in a constant debate with myself. – Have I captured the right marks? Is the recorded data fact or fiction? I want to always challenge myself. I never want to become to familiar with what I am doing. Keeping myself off balance and in a state of unpredictability is refreshing!

 

To capture the data for this work not only required the most powerful use of vision, but also a trained approach to touch. Due to the glossy transparent surface. I found myself having to use my hands and fingers to navigate my way around the reformed surface.

Although my eyes were working on full emission, there were times where I found myself blind and in a world of darkness. – To re focus I had to draw myself away from the process. I took a breather, gave my eyes a rest and got my head back together. – This break was only for a limited time! – As Time is key and most important, and should always be consumed in the correct way. For me this is when I am making!

‘Aggregated Through Time’ (Close up – photos)

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Stashed – Part 1

Sunday 17th December, 2017

Between the idea and the product comes the statement of the unpredictable.

The unknown aspect formulates and materializes in order to become something true and factual. 

This work evolved from a process which was solely determined by the flip of a coin! It was this exercise which influenced my next move.

A process which expanded over a time duration of 7 weeks!

  • Stashed – Part 1 was composed through many elements which were mixed in order to find out new possibilities, leading to new pathways and avenues.
  • Due to the expansion in scale, the work evolved through a gestural per formative action. – I found myself walking around and clambering over the surface. I almost found myself wrestling with the surface in the most affectionate ways.
  • The floor of the studio became an important tool, as I needed this space to carry out this action. Without this I would of found it difficult to operate, and probably would of had to put the process in a disabled motion.

Photos – Documenting the process (Stages 1 – 5)

Advanced operations of Chance

  • Systematic directions – New rules of engagement
  • A different range and colours of acrylics
  • The probability of a coin being chosen at random – and landing on Heads (H) Completes a positive move. This is where I capture and record that specific area of the reformed surface – The amount is dependant on the value of currency. – Or landing on a Tails (T) creates a negative move. This then means that the particular area of where I currently am stays blank and is seen as negative space. I navigate around the whole surface area by walking around the whole edge of the frame, until I am back at the beginning, the spot from where I started the process.

Dicing with the unpredictable! Even through to the application of colour!

Will it work?

Will it be seen?

A new way of recording data through a committed use of chance

Example

  • More colours of acrylic used to record the mapping out of the reformed surface. – I was hoping that this would illustrate an act of randomness, and the possibility of the unknown.
  • I wanted to implement a new rule into this work.
  • Stashed – Part 1 introduces bursts of intense recording methods. I found myself in a constant mode of contemplation. Living on the edge is what excites me! When you just don’t know what your next move is going to be!

 Photos – Documenting the week by week development of Stashed – Part 1

(Weeks 1 – 7)

A physical action which requires a certain amount of movement from the author

It is a method which grows from a combination of Hand, Head and Tool

  • My hands form an impulse which is transferred through the application of media
  • My head starts to create and build an understanding of what is seen in front
  • The tools used illustrate an activity of mapping – recording, and capturing data, from a process materializing from a transition of change.

There is no plan!

Only designed set rules – which install ingredients of chance 

I just go with what is given to me!

Stashed – Part 1 (Lying)

Stashed – Part 1 (Slouching)

Stashed – Part 1 (Suspending)

Art Time, Life Time: Tehching Hsieh – Talk at Tate Modern

Saturday 02nd December, 2017

A fantastic opportunity to witness in his own words the work and practice of Legendary performance artist Tehching Hsieh.

 

Two works from the project titled – Doing Time: One Year Performance 1980 – 1981

This post will outline upon key facts which were spoken about during the talk. I will focus on themes and ideas which brought a connection to my own thought process, and how it might build a link with my own working process.

  • The talk was chaired by Lois Keidan – co founder and the director of the live art development agency.
  • Critic and Curator Amelia Groom – Editor of the collection time in the documents of contemporary art – Also contributed to the discussion.

Themes and Aspects forming the discussion

  • How art – Time and Labour all play a crucial role in the formulation of creative ideas.
  • Discipline and Routine is most key! Without this chaos can start to erupt, this can distract any purpose of what was once there.
  • The duration of time – How can this be spent? Surely one needs a certain amount of routine, and a professional attitude in order to separate time in to important factors.

Is Life really just a Life Sentence? 

  • Every day which goes by is another day gone from our own existence. Every second, Every minute, Every day, Every Month, Every year which goes by is worked time – submerged into wasted time. Time should never be wasted! There is never enough time to take for Granted! So Time should be spent well!

Time Well Spent

How should time be spent? – I believe that everybody should make a conscious effort to use time well. I don’t think there is enough time, which makes me grades the theme of time as High Importance! We are all only here for a quick look around which makes every decision that more crucial. Time should never be  a waste, because it is time which enables pro actions – leading to positive thoughts!

Is Time productive or unproductive? Surely time should always be classified as a productive source! It activates tasks and methods, thoughts and ideas. Without time none of this could materialize as we would not have time to process!

Time well spent shows a record of how well we have invested in time.   

Things to consider when evoking the notion of time

  • How do you spend your time?
  • Is it productive or unproductive?
  • Do you find time a valuable source?
  • What do you think the world would be like without the element of time?