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/

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 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.

Glazing the Clay Sculptures

25/02/15

I went back to the workshop this morning to check my extrusions, they’ve come out so well! Only one has cracked slightly, Tim explained a small part dropped off while he was moving it out of the oven after being fired but this was hidden so you couldn’t really tell that the part had dropped off unless you looked close enough. Tim explained the glazing process to me, I opted for a matte charcoal glaze as he didn’t have a pure matte black – I was very lucky to even get this because he had very little left.

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I couldn’t take pictures of this process as it was very messy, initially Tim said I could simply dip the extrusions into the glaze but as there was not enough, I had to hold them using tongs, pour the glaze into a jug and then pour it over the extrusions. Tim recommended that I do this quickly and only pour one layer over, whatever parts that are left without glaze have to be painted over because if the glaze goes on unevenly, the colours will change when it’s fired and the different layers will be noticeable.

I did this fairly quickly, it took about an hour but it wasn’t easy as the tongs weren’t clasping my extrusions well due to the fact that they’re such an odd shape with an uneven surface so I had to be pretty careful. This simply needed another firing and would be ready for me to collect the following Monday in time for setting up the show!

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I spent the rest of this afternoon filling out the risk assessment for Gavin at High Holborn, this took a long time as it required specifics as to what we were setting up including dimensions, materials used and how we plan to hang each piece. There are certain things I’m unhappy about such as the fact that we have to buy alcohol from the venue to prevent ‘spiking of drinks’, a bottle of wine from the SU bar costs £10 which is a bit unfair especially as we’re students and have had to spend so much money on materials but we’ll just have to make do.

Laser Cutting

23/02/15

On Monday, I went over to the laser cut room so that I could get my perspex sheets cut into semi-circles for the installation. I had made a few minor adjustments to the illustrator file over the weekend in terms of the scale, I went smaller by a few millimetres. In terms of actually using the laser cutter, there wasn’t much for me to do. Isabelle simply exported my illustrator files and selected what would be cut by highlighting the lines in a certain colour (I think it was red for cutting, whereas green is for engraving???), peeled off the protective screen on one side of the perspex, placed it into the laser cutter and the laser cut through the perspex pretty quickly. All semi-circles were cut within 2 hours, I asked Isabelle on advice as to how to maintain the sheets, she said the best thing to do is wrap them up in bubble wrap and not to open them until the point of installation as they get scratched easily. In terms of cleaning them, the dust can be wiped off with a microfibre cloth

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Visit to High Holborn

20/02/2015

I had planned to buy my perspex sheets from Hamar Acrylics on Wednesday, Isabelle gave me the dimensions which were 450mm x 600mm and 4mm in depth, so I went to Bethnal Green to get the black sheets cut to scale but when I got there, I found out they didn’t do black perspex in 4mm thickness, only 3mm and 5mm. Being new to laser cutting I was reluctant to buy anything thicker or thinner just incase seeing as the material costs £48 for 5 sheets so I went back to Isabelle to check if it would be fine, which she confirmed so. So I went back today to collect it in the 3mm thickness.

I also went with the group to visit Gavin at the exhibition space in the morning just so that we could all discuss where we want to place our works, get another feel for the space again and see what needs to be done to it. Roshai had a few issues with how small the space was initially, I think we were all a bit deflated but the more we walked around, the more we realised there was more than enough space for our works to sit harmoniously in the space.

We weren’t too happy with the floor, there were paint marks all over it, we asked Gavin if we could paint over it or if anything could be done to clean the floor but he said no. I think it’s really bad and unprofessional because no one should be expected to to exhibit in a space where the floor is covered in streaks of paint, especially in a building such as High Holborn which has so much money poured into it. We are trying to think of a solution to this problem as it’s a distraction and will look really bad with my floor sculptures. I may have to make plinths for them which won’t really take long but it’s not really how I wanted to present them, Eve suggested a green felt fabric or grass and I was quite against the idea as I believe it will clash and look ridiculous in the space, especially as all of our work is pretty dark.