Exploring Media, exercises 3-8 (?pertaining to assignment 6)

This is the other page in the course notes that had gone missing unnoticed but that I think I probably addressed from experience elsewhere. In my video, I have very definitely worked to my strengths, using VR technology to show my AR work and a fantasy avatar to tour with it. I have learned a huge amount about video making in this process so that, while still rooted in physical painting, I feel better equipped to begin innovating beyond the techniques I have used so far. I think this approach also reflects sensitivity to the project (Ex 4) in that … Continue reading Exploring Media, exercises 3-8 (?pertaining to assignment 6)

Research task: artists speaking about their practice

This is designed to underpin assignment 5 although, due to a mis-alignment of my printed copy of the course materials, I had already completed the video element. Fortunately, I had also viewed the recommended videos and formed an impression based on these and other interviews with artists, writers, scientists, and in documentaries. These seem to break down categorically by inclusion/non inclusion of the interviewer; sedentary/mobile interviewee; front/partial profile aspect; and lighting. Interviewees in a recent documentary about the Grenfell Tower fire sat alone or as couples, directly facing the camera with occasional profile shots, and a completely dark background. The … Continue reading Research task: artists speaking about their practice

Assignment 5 – video element

The brief is to make a presentation which might be a video (max 3 mins), a PowerPoint (max 14 slides), Prezi, Padlet, or a PDF (max 10 pages); and the advice is to use key points to carry it, show don’t tell, and to consider the audience. Working with your strengths is also advised. Taking the last, first; video was inevitable. It also reflects most keenly the work I’ve been doing and very definitely lends itself to showing rather than telling. I took the key themes from the course notes in Exercise 6 and answered the questions using a Word … Continue reading Assignment 5 – video element

Rift #5 – Red Wall

In writing the essay for this module, I realised there’s another rift to address – the one concerning the perceived value of traditional art found in galleries which is almost always physical and contained within a frame, compared with the burgeoning digital field. My work is explicitly hybrid but, after a discussion with my peer group in a recent crit meeting, it became clear that, while the physical work is designed to stand on its own feet, the film version is the final product. So what, here, is the art? Is it the physical painting upon which everything else is … Continue reading Rift #5 – Red Wall

Subversion – personal painting, #rift

I’m quite fond of subverting what might be described as genre output by juxtaposing or underpinning a relatively traditional piece with something that jolts it a bit. So when I came across an ad for a painting-by-numbers Van Gogh, my mind had already raced to an idea involving tracing and cutting out the numbered areas then enlarging and exploding them over an A1 card. But reality had other ideas. The schematic is printed onto the canvas which, unlike the ones from my childhood, is real and not a piece of cardboard. But even if it had been a firm surface, … Continue reading Subversion – personal painting, #rift