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Wall Painting Update/Installation Panic

I am saddened to be having to write such a blog post, I finished my wall painting in advanced, so perhaps four days before the time we were expected to all install our works so that I could focus on organising my written work. However, I received a call from Roshai to inform me that someone has not only broken her small sculptures she made especially for the Stage 2 show and assessment, but that it had chipped and grazed the paint off of my wall painting. I made sure I was prepared in order to reduce the amount of last minute stress and avoid such things from going wrong. I was not only upset about my own work but also Roshai’s as she made ceramic sculptures – mine can easily be covered up but hers cannot be mended easily.

I think the lack of respect for other people’s belongings and especially their work at such a time in the year is pretty bad – throughout the year I have seen lack of studio etiquette from some and I’m surprised that people of our age group are inconsiderate enough to cause damage to other’s work where a lot of time has been spent and not even admit to it.

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I came in to see what’s happened so that I can go over it and they’ve chipped away at the wall so I’ll just have to cover it which won’t be a problem.

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Wall Painting for Stage 2 Exhibition/Unit 7

9/05-18/05/2015 I knew our Stage 2 exhibition was coming up but having been so busy with the dissertation proposal and researching my area, I hadn’t managed to generate any new ideas. But I did mention to Liz that I wanted to do a wall painting at some point in order to: 1) Confront my fear of creating in front of others 2) Confront the fear of working on a larger scale because it attracts attention 3) To tackle working with a different medium like paint – I cannot paint but considering this would be temporal and the surface, emulsion paint is the most suitable medium. I chose a drawing (below) I did which was inspired by the extrusions (like Knots that I made for our off-site show) which I wanted to paint on the wall in monochrome colours. I decided that I’d like the dominant colour to be black and the smaller sections in the drawing that I’ve painted black to be white, because I know it would stand out against the white wall. Also it would be easier for me to cover up in time for the third years to use. pic drawing I set out to draw this by projecting the image onto the wall so I borrowed a projector from the loan store to project the image onto the wall, I planned to work on this over the weekend while the studio was quiet because I knew I’d have to work with the light switched off and clear out the tables from my space so I’d be making a mess! There was a few problems with the fact that I couldn’t change the scale enough for the drawing to project to the top of the wall and I couldn’t move the project back far enough either due to the parallel wall behind the one I was working on so I knew I’d have to improvise the rest of the drawing. Here is my set up and how it looked projected: image2-1 image1-1 I simply drew the lines in, they were slightly pixelated and the wall isn’t the smoothest so it was fairly difficult to create a flowing line. image3-1 image4 This is how it looked drawn onto the wall, it took me a few hours but I knew this would be the most difficult part. I also changed the flow of the lines because I found that the changing of scale altered the rhythm of them. I have this fixation with my lines needing to flow harmoniously together so this took me a while to change. My next step was outlining the lines in a dark paint, I picked up some matte emulsion but I couldn’t find a pure black, I bought a liquorice shade and I actually like this colour more on the wall because there’s something very mystic and foggy about the colour. image5 image6 After painting most of it, I decided to improvise the rest, I painted it first because I knew it would make it easier for me to continue the drawing upwards in a fluid way, in a way that it also flows or correlates to the base. image8 I filled in the outlines around the white areas and felt there was something missing so I added another extension on that reaches to the top. image9 I’ve had a lot of mixed reviews as to what it looks like such as roots, trees, an umbilical cord, female genitalia… But all have said it’s soothing and enjoyable to look at it.

Off-Site Exhibition Crit with Liz

11/03/2015

Our crit was pretty small, i think four people turned up overall and I can’t say I’m at all happy with how it went. We had to present our work as to what we’d done. I didn’t think the crib would go like that, I thought we’d perhaps hear people’s opinions first and then talk about what we had intended to do. I felt really put on the spot and uncomfortable which is fine, but for a group crit, I felt it defeated the purpose because we spent most of the time talking and presenting our work. I can understand that there were very few people to give feedback but it would have been useful.

When I did receive feedback, I guess i felt really disappointed with myself because i hadn’t successfully put across what I’d intended but I was glad that I was given the feedback, John and Liz both said the installations looked like D’s and Liz said she didn’t really understand the line of thinking by creating the spaces in between. Also, due to the way the material is and the lack of ventilation in the room, a layer of dust kept falling on the sheets which ruined it, which upset me because it’s a beautiful material so it’s a shame. I was upset at myself. But on the plus side Liz said ‘Knots’ was well made which I am happy about. I just think it’s a shame that I’ve done myself some injustice.

I’ve also tried to retrace my steps as to why I made the decision to put the spaces in the installation, because initially I just set out with one idea and that was to create crescent moon shapes with the lights to create a relationship between light and dark in the space, as if I’d pulled half-moons into the room from the solar system. I had this idea just before I started writing the essay and then I worked out that I had in fact, decided to add the spaces in between when I started writing my essay about heterotopic spaces ‘third spaces’ that exist within spaces. So this is where I lost sight of my original idea, and because my mind was so involved in what I was reading and I was working on installation at the same time I somehow integrated concepts I was working on in my essay with the installation. It hadn’t occurred to me that I had done that until after the feedback because of how rushed everything has been. I’ve had no time to reflect on anything it’s just been rushing around setting things up.

As for the collaboration piece, we kind of abandoned this piece. I was meant to finish sticking rope on the other side, I said that I had run out of rope which is why I didn’t complete it but that wasn’t really the truth. I had the rope but Roshai had so much difficulty hanging her piece up, I pretty much helped her with most of it and this was because I was more methodical about it whereas she didn’t think about measurements and how to actually put it up in practice, with the weight of the armatures and the wall merely being plasterboard. Liz gave her lot’s of good feedback but wasn’t to keen on all of the fishing wire. I explained it wouldn’t have held up any other way. I spoke a lot of rubbish about how I liked the incompleteness of it but I didn’t, it was more because I knew that no one was going to say anything about the fact me and Ari diverted out attentions to Roshai’s to help her hangs hers up. Liz said that it was the weakest piece and was probably put in to fill out the wall, which she is right, we did feel uncomfortable with the curved wall being empty but in all honesty we should have left it.

What slightly annoyed me about the crit is that we were told that when everyone has looked around and considered it as a group exhibition because of the cosmic theme we were all following, it seemed fluid and worked well. But since we had explained our works individually, the response from the others – I can’t explain it but it was very anticlimactic. It seemed like they liked the idea of the works being done collectively, but then with the way the crit went with us having to explain our works individually, the exhibition was going to be broken down into individual contributions seeing as we were all expected to submit something individually. 

We will start packing everything away on Friday and treat the walls so that they were in the same condition we found them in to hand the key back to Gavin.

Private View

6/03/2015

There was a slight delay to the opening by about 2 hours but we were lucky as no one really passed by and the SU bar was really quiet, we spent this morning tidying up the floor as well as possible and then I laid out my sculptures into place and asked for the other’s opinions to make sure the sculptures weren’t too close to their art works. It all seemed to fit into place and I’m quite proud of what we’ve achieved as a group because it’s come together well.

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10/03/2015 – Private View

Our private view was a good turn out! A fair few family and friends came along and we spent time preparing the bar just before the show which was outside of the space, literally opposite so it was in close proximity. Roshai bought LED lights for her armatures and asked us to put these in while she popped to work, however these got stolen so we had to run to Maplin beforehand to buy some more, these were expensive! They did the job though which wasn’t too bad but obviously, she was upset because it wasn’t what she wanted.

We received some good feedback, people liked Knots a lot and said they could see the rope links tie in, some people thought they were made of plastercene and asked how they were holding up, other’s thought they were made of metal, I’m definitely thinking of working in metal at some point so it was great people mentioned this.

As for Third Quarter, I had mixed reviews, some people saw they were meant to be half moons and others made references to ‘D’ asking if it was inspired by the initial of my name. I probably should have thought out how it would look more but being honest, I didn’t even get a chance to look at it specifically as an installation until it was hung into the space to make this reference myself which is why I was so concerned when Isabelle told me not to hang it until I have to, if I had the opportunity I would have made changes and probably removed the spaces I added in between, this is a bad decision on my part, but there’s not much I can do about it now. I shall just have to wait for our crit to see how it is received by Liz.

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The Hang-up in the Exhibition Space

3/03/2015 – Installing my installation

I completely forgot I had an essay tutorial this morning so I went in for that which didn’t go as bad as I thought it would. As for the transporting of Ari’s canvas, that didn’t go very easy. We took it down to Pimlico tube station and the TFL worker said we couldn’t go underground with it, so we had to take a bus outside the Tate Britain to Aldwych and walk down Kingsway to High Holborn with it. We were lucky we had a kind bus driver because he was looking at us reluctantly but I asked so nicely that he couldn’t really say no. We got stuck in traffic so we were on this bus for an hour, it was not an easy journey at all but we got there!

I grabbed the keys from Gavin and we started setting all up in the space, I went back to Chelsea to grab my pieces for the installation to start hanging them up. Ari’s was hung pretty quickly.

As for mine, I took me some time to work out how to hang it around the light fitting so that it was equal on each side. I came up with a formula, I measured the light fitting (4.2cm in width) and subtracted this from the diameter of the semi circle, then I divided this by 2 to find out how far away each screw hook should be from either side of the fitting. Here are my workings (indecipherable scribbles):

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As for how far apart each semi circle would be from each other, I did them 55cm apart so that they were close enough but far apart enough for people to walk through. I hit a problem where one screw hook measured to be where the fire alarm is positioned so I changed this to 50cm apart, the difference isn’t noticeable at at all.

The screw hooks went in easily, the main thing is to screw them in as straight as possible and not to keep taking them out as it’ll loosen the grip of the plasterboard.

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To work out what level I wanted to hang them at, I arranged them in the order I wanted on the floor first and then Ari held them at various levels, when I decided what felt right I used a tape measure from the screw hook to the hole in the perspex panels to work out how long I should measure out the fishing wire to be, once working out the length, I doubled the wire so that it would be strong enough to hold the perspex hanging from the ceiling. I carried out this method for all and then hung the wire from the screw hooks, which were eye hooks so the wire was secure and can’t be knocked off.

Overall it took about 4/5 hours to install, the hardest part was putting up the first one but once I worked out a method of how to do this, the rest came easily and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. The great thing is that the installation is holding securely and there is enough space to walk through and around it.

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4/03/2015

I spent this day taking more stuff over to the space and trying to complete the collaborative piece, I completed one but knew that I was running out of rope so ordered some the day before, hopefully it’ll arrive in time for me to complete this piece. Roshai and Ari were completing the glittering of her armatures, she should be finished by tomorrow but I’m concerned with how fine she’s cutting it as she still hasn’t bought her screw hooks that are large enough to hold her armatures and her purse has been stolen which is a big problem. I’ve decided to make plinths for my floor sculptures or ‘Knots’ as I call them, I collected them from the workshop today and I’m so happy with how they’ve turned out, although they’re not as dark as I wanted them to be, they’re really smooth and look robust and sturdy like wire. I don’t mind if people say these look like wire or strands of hair seeing as the main aim of my drawings is to abstract rope so when I do, I don’t really try to make it look like anything else but if anyone was to make a reference to something fibrous, wiry or tough then that’s encouraging for me because I’ve always said these are qualities I want to emulate in the drawings.

Having measured out all of the Knots, I have decided that I want to make the plinths fairly flat, maybe 2 inches in thickness but they’ll be 11 inches squared so that the Knots can rest in between. For me this isn’t what I wanted but as the floor is so messy I know it will ruin how the sculptures are viewed. I want to distribute them in awkward places on the floor – which is unconventional but it will catch people’s eye because of how dark they are. They will be put in a way that they form a relationship with each other. I know that a series of things are conventionally displayed in linear or precise way in exhibitions but I really us as a group to make this space our own – really own it! I think it’s risky but it could work.

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PROBLEMS!

26/02/15 – The Risk Assessment and Problems

Having sent the risk assessment off to Gavin, I wrote that I would drill holes into the ceiling so that my installation is suspended from the ceiling by fishing wire. However, Gavin got back to me and said no drills are allowed to be used in the space and so he suggested screwhooks. this caused a big concern for me as I’m not sure if it will hold my installation, he also asked me to weigh the perspex too. I went over to the wood workshops to see how I could overcome this problem and spoke to one of the technicians, who said it depends on the material of the ceiling and what is above the ceiling. He suggested that if it was plasterboard I’d have to make a scaffold or work out where the rafters are in the ceiling (usually 16-24 inches apart) to insert RAWL plugs that screw hooks can go in to that it will hold seeing as plasterboard isn’t strong enough. I informed him that I can’t use a drill to make a pilot hole so he isn’t sure what to advise me. This has caused me quite a lot of stress as I’ve spent a lot of money and time on this installation so I’m pretty determined to hang it. The technician also advised that I find out what material the ceiling is made of so I emailed Gavin, who then told me it was plasterboard and also planned to meet him the next day in order to work out how to go about hanging this. As for weight, I measured the whole sheet of perspex I didn’t use and that was 800g and the rest are a lot smaller so I’ve worked out the biggest semi-circle is around 700g.

Over the Weekend

I had a good research myself about a week ago as to hang my installation into the space myself so here are the links:

http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/hanging-ceiling-mounted-art/

http://www.ehow.com/how_5655610_hang-art-ceiling.html

There was another website which seems to have been shut down unfortunately.

As I now know the ceiling is plasterboard and that there are wires above it, I’m having to think more carefully about how I should do this. Gavin has told me the screw hooks will definitely hold the installation without a problem and as fishing wire is very sturdy I shouldn’t worry too much. However, I am so I spent this weekend trying to find different ways of hanging the installation, me and Roshai went from B&Q to Homebase and Wickes looking for various hooks and RAWL plugs, she couldn’t find any big enough to hold her sculpture installations either so we’re both having problems. I spent most of the weekend researching different methods of how to hang things from the ceiling and stressing out so I’ll just have to see what comes of this situation and whether Gavin is right in saying the ceiling will in fact hold my installation.

Over the Weekend

I had a good research myself about a week ago as to hang my installation into the space myself so here are the links:

As I now know the ceiling is plasterboard and that there are wires above it, I’m having to think more carefully about how I should do this. Gavin has told me the screw hooks will definitely hold the installation without a problem and as fishing wire is very sturdy I shouldn’t worry too much. However, I am so I spent this weekend trying to find different ways of hanging the installation, me and Roshai went from B&Q to Homebase and Wickes looking for various hooks and RAWL plugs, she couldn’t find any big enough to hold her sculpture installations either so we’re both having problems. I spent most of the weekend researching different methods of how to hang things from the ceiling and stressing out so I’ll just have to see what comes of this situation and whether Gavin is right in saying the ceiling will in fact hold my installation

2/3/15

Gavin couldn’t do last Friday so we met this morning to discuss how I was going to go about hanging my installation in the space, I explained to him how it would hang and how far away it would be from the light fitting for risk assessment reasons, he confirmed this would be fine and reassured me that the perspex will hold, he also explained I could add extra screw hooks from other points of the ceiling to balance out the weight of the heaviest semi-circle if I was concerned and that this should probably be the one that I hang first to see if the ceiling will support it. Other than that, everything is fine and I shall be going to collect the key tomorrow morning.

The plan for tomorrow is to start taking stuff over, firstly Ari’s 6ft. canvas which is going to be difficult as we’ll be taking it on public transport so I’m not sure how we’re going to go about doing this.

As for the rest of the afternoon, I attended the theory lecture and started on the collar piece me, Ari and Roshai wanted to do, I had drawn up a few ideas as to how I’d like the rope I’m working with to be stuck on, I let Ari paint the canvases first and also showed here my ideas, she liked them and we discussed how I could stick the rope on in a way that it connects the two canvases in conversation the previous week. As I was working on this Ari was helping Roshai cover her armatures with glitter as she was running really behind on schedule, this was a concern because I think Roshai needs the most time to hang hers up, speaking to her, she said she knows how to hang them having been advised by the technicians but in practice, she said she’s clueless.

Here’s what I’ve done so far with the canvases:

Getting The Word Out!

So we decided on calling the exhibition [MAGNETIK] because of how we all seemed to be looking at contrasting elements or opposites (we initially thought of opposites but it didn’t really grow on us. Making the logo and poster was put into Ari’s trusty hands as she has the most experience with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The font was borrowed from a girl on the Graphics course at Chelsea who had posters stuck on the walls in the canteen. We thought this font would look great and we offered to pay for the font but the girl gave it free of charge so we gave credit to her on the poster, for some reason it reminds me of when hair is static and breaks away and sticks to other surfaces which is why I really liked it anyway. We all decided on the colour scheme together, the green font was added because it added a natural element and a pop to the monochromatic colour scheme – it fitted well as there was green in Ari’s painting – it’s a neutral colour that’s neither bright or dark. This is the poster with the logo on it:

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I set up the Facebook Page to invite people as we only have permission to bring in people who do not attend UAL if we give a list, so this was in order for me not only to promote the exhibition but also to find out who will be attending to hand the list over to security.

Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/350372165148389/

14/04/2015

 In terms of the publication, we’ve all chipped in and played our part, I worked on some of the text about our exhibition collectively and my own, but Ari and Roshai are more equipped with the technical stuff in terms of making it which they have done a fantastic job. We all sat together and made decisions as to how it would look but Ari has made it look really professional.