Wednesday 31st July, 2019
Initial Construction – 7 Years Of Work Noted Over 29 Hours and 34 Minutes, 2018, 79 x 113 cm, Cotton polyester, Hard board, Linseed oil, Bitumen Emulsion, Rubber latex, Paraffin wax, Microcrystalline wax, Varnish, Gloss, Emulsion paint, Acrylic
7 Years Of Work Noted Over 29 Hours and 34 Minutes (Close up photos)
An experimental exercise which was constructed to capture an act which described the gesture of time. The title of this work provided detail to the process I devised as it was a process about time, I was not interested in creating a piece which had to look a certain way I just wanted to illustrate the stages of documentation.
The objective I set myself was all about how much detail I could imprint on the surface within an allotted time frame I set myself, where I was providing a record of what I have understood from what had happened to the surface once the work exited the process and exercise.
Original thoughts about this experiment – What was I looking for within this active process?
As well as having a deep rooted interest in capturing and illustrating time, I was also engaged with the materials I was working with. I deliberately chose and worked with materials which had no association and where each one added a foreign attachment to the process.
Questions which rose throughout this experiment was:
- What material would become the strongest and last the longest?
- Would there be a connection between the surface and materials?
- How might I describe and illustrate space and time through sculpture and painting?
- Could there be an appealing textural quality to the work?
How would I advance with this experiment?
- Incorporating new passages and suggestions of time
- Devising a system where new shifts within the surface could form new possibilites
- To not allow any input or activation from myself! I wanted to construct a new experiment where It was to be just down to how the work and the weather may collaborate?
The New Time Experiment
I wanted to create a new experiment which focused on the counter reaction between surface, materials, the formal structural property of the work, the weather cycle and the allocation of time.
On Thursday 25th July, 2019 it reached maximum temperatures of 39°c in London, England and 34°c where I live in Alton Hampshire. This notification about the temperature highs and ones which created a whole new record for England, gave me a perfect opportunity to formulate this new Time Experiment.
What Would Come Out On Top?
- The heat of the SUN = melting the Bitumen changing the formal structure and positioning of the work.
- The strength of the BITUMEN = Holding it’s velocity little movement or no movement at all during the experiment.
Time Operation Experiment – (Time Settings)
Regimentation and strict followings was crucial for this devised operation, the clock is what guided me as it indicated to me when to take a photograph. Starting at 09:00am I was to take one photo of the whole piece and one close up photograph, I was to do this for every hour until I reached 17:00pm – (Paying homage to the 9 to 5 working day – 13:00pm accounted for lunch so no photograph was taken at this time.)
13:00pm – Lunch
16:00pm – No photograph due to an engagement which was away from the experiment
‘The force of time is not just a contingent characteristic of the living. It is the dynamic impetus that enables life to become, to always be in the process of becoming, something other than it was.’ ( Passage from Elizabeth Grosz) – Introduction // We’re five hundred years before the man we just robbed was born – Amelia Groom – p 18
What Elizabeth Grosz has identified in time is this active force which is characterized by elements of chance and the unpredictable. This idea of a temporal becoming grasps a true undetermined aspect of time, which allows us to access change in less prescribed ways. In terms of my work and in particular this (Time Operation) the aspects of chance and the unpredictable are concrete within the process. As I never knew from one hour to the next how this work might start to transform and morph, has it changed? Or has nothing happened? This is a question I still ask myself even though the experiment has ended.