After 2 weeks of building, decorating , cleaning and creating the work the show build is finally over. After a few hiccups regarding the space I was given and several moves around at last minute I am quite satisfied with the final outcome. The first move was one out of necessity as I started with a very small wall but wanted to create a more immersive experience that would be able to surround you and direct you into the video documentation playing on a screen. The second (slight) move that was made one the day before the deadline was that to double my space. This was very much a exciting and encouraging move as I wouldn’t be sharing the space and I was able to create much more work on the walls and and fully make the space my own meaning I was able to reach my goal of a fully immersive sized show.
Here you can see a couple of the coloured bits used to show the work of collaboration with other people that I scalped out of vinyl compared to the sources material I used from my pervious performances.
Looking back if I had know about the size changes I would have laid out the work diffrently and started much earlier as I was only able to do small bits of the coulour on the walls due to late notice and a time consuming making process. Also I think that knowing I would be having a very large space the show I would have set up a section in the centre where people could sit and relax together, talk, listen to the music or just look at the work from the centre of the space.
Catalogue Statement – My current practice consists of the visual sound of isolation. Drawing on my recent experience of isolating myself in foreign countries for an extended period of time, being constantly surrounded by sound but also being very separated from it and also my unusual relationships at home. Within my overall practice I strive to create emotional responses within my audience, however now my current practice stems from me allowing other people to interact with my experience and emotions. My overall vision within my current practice is to use performance to try and create a sense of belonging, through the use of collaboration within the medium of performance, which allows me to show the nature of interaction. Therefore isolation becomes a shared experience through communities that are created in small time periods and have lasting effects.
Show Statement – My current practice consists of the visualization of the sound of isolation and using it to create interactions between people. Leading into this installation is an abstract sound score traveling towards the screen in the corner, which through my past work, explains how I used the medium of performance to try and create a sense of belonging, through the use of collaboration. This allows me to show the nature of interaction. Therefore isolation becomes a shared experience through communities that are created in small time periods and have lasting effects.
This installation is a reinterpretation of the mark making and gestural images that where created through interaction with other people and groups within different performances and by reinterpreting them I have been able to show the collective work that has been produced throughout this series.
The use of my website franchambers.co.uk will help me display my work to a wider audience allow a quick and easy access to all of my work, shows and projects. To boost this I have also made smart business cards and will be handing out and selling my cd’s for my current work as part of the concept for the degree show but on the back stickers with my web address will allow other people that access the cd to also find and explore my work further.
For my degree show I want the main eliment to be focusing on the performance aspect of my work. The idea of a performance on the opening night was simple but what I would show for the duration of the show was a counfuing dicission. After having problems with the space I was allocated I was able to move to a more suitable place consisting of a large L shape in which I will display a video of my previous performances with sound within the corner of the space. The large scale drawingings that where created during my latest performance I see now as unsuitable for the level of professionalism of the degree show so I have decided to take the marks made by other people and reinterpret them in combination with my own straight into the walls while listening to the different performances.
The drawings on the wall will start at the entrance of the space and will slowly lead the view into he space and towards the video piece at the far end of the wall.
Using bright colours, similar to that of the participants work from my performance, of sticky back vynl it will allow the collaborative work to stand out more from the work that I have created solo and therefore help push my ideas of showing the work of collaboration.
My studio work this year has been heavily influenced by my field projects. I would never have started creating my installations that look at space, conciseness and vulnerability without my research into art and the conscious mind and art work that is conscious of itself. Also from Things behind the sun I would have never looking into the hanging objects that I have used in my final show piece and my work would have had a lot less development and research involved in it. I also used a lot of my work from this project to apply to the second year travel bursaries from which I have won two and will be travelling around Europe visiting different arts shows thought out the summer.
Through field I have been able to research into different subjects I didn’t think I would be able to link into my work. Philosophy, psychology and physics now play a big part into my studio practice and I would have never had gone back to looking at landscape (which I have done really well in) if I hadn’t have choses that particular Field project.
I feel like i now have more of a drive with my own work after seeing the potential that my work can have. And I am so much more inspired to start third year with a wealth of different experience and ideas that I would not have had without the experiences of field.
Art and the conscious mind – The installation and beginning concepts for art work conscious of its self
Things behind the sun – Hanging objects to represent the wind led to the final hanging water
From this project I feel like I have gained a love for the over looked and the unusual in comparison to the beautiful and pretty. I always try to look at and produce a more unusual art compared to everyone else’s so I feel like this project has made me realise more about this and also fuelled it further.
I feel like if I am to continue this project I will look into editing the photos more to create even more obscure and confusing compositions. Altering the colours on the images would also add more depth and mystery to the images where as changing the scale of the work is more likely to draw people in to the the work and idea of being small and insignificant in comparison to nature and the world. I also want to continue my look into the wind that I experienced there in my installation work I started.
I hope to try and bring my love of the book Edgeland into my continuing studio work but Im not sure in what way yet.
(Added after Moodle Field submission)
I used the shapes from my sketches to help develop my studio work that was inspired by my work in Art and the conscious mind. Mimicking the wind we experienced on the trip into my work with elastic bands by hanging objects that you would normally find in the landscape (branches, logs, plants). This then allowed me to develop my work though hanging object and onto suspending water in my work allowing me to expand my ideas and further my studio practice.
Looking at Edgeland and the over looked and the impression it gives you of being unsafe and lost in comparison to the beautiful, picturesque common landscape gives a weird other level to my work. They are both part of the same landscape but people never think about them in the same way or even as being the same thing.
I also like the way in which a lot of the work I have done uses the larger more traditional landscape in a way where they are small and almost insignificant and the the micro landscapes are large and imposing (gives you the feeling you could get lost in them)