Assessment 3 Planning
Group: Shirley Zhao, Annie Kuang, Jessica Lam
Concept: Nothing - state of being not existent (invisible, camouflage)
Event: Framing existing objects within a mirror cube room (mirrors are on the exterior).
Poster: Keep it minimal.
Course concepts: TBD - Thinking through media, Convergent/divergent, Uncreativity, Alien methods, Unfinished business, Reverse engineering
Scottie Wilson (1891-1972)
- Distinctive hatch marks provide texture in his works
- Populated by sinister “greedies and evils” in his earlier pieces, later replaced serenely decorative swans and fish. (combat between the good and evil)
- Fascinated by a pen at a store and felt compelled to use it.
"The pen seem to make me draw, then images, the faces and designs just flowed out. i couldn’t stop - i never stopped since that day"
- He doesn’t like selling his works.
- Stuck mainly to a narrow range of visual elements..botanical forms, birds and animals, clowns etc.
"When I’m working I can see what’s happening, and I can imagine what’s going to happen. I can see best when I’m finishing my pictures with a pen. When I’m making strokes; hundreds and thousands of strokes"
- Later drawings are more symmetrical, coloured pencil and wax crayon were added to his tool kit, and the cross-hatching became more complex. One curator has identified 7 styles of cross-hatching angles, double shark’s fin, rope, overlapping shoals, wavy forms, saw teeth and scales.
- Evolution of his style was notoriously non-existent and, because he did not date most of his works, it is very difficult to place his works in time apart from the few documentary records that exist
- In 1960s, Wilson began to to create paintings on plates.
- Works were initially rendered in black and white ink, later in colour.
- A favourite with the surrealists.
- Compositions spread outwards from the support centre and symmetrical to that axis.
- image1&2; made the top out of cardboard and painted it gold
- image 3,4; printed surrealist artworks and cut them up into small pieces
- image 5: reflecting the process of mosaic, i pasted the pieces on- in no particular order
-> demonstrating that you’re dreams are all fragmented pieces, and even when you try to put them together, sometimes they still dont make sense.
-> also relates back to uncreativity; physically, i didn’t change anything at all- i just cut the images up and rearranged them onto a new surface. if you look closely, you’ll be able to tell where most of the pieces are from
- image 6,7,8; printed an ink swirl/ marbled effect onto contact paper and pasted it on top
in one of our other classes (SOMA1111) we had to create a prototype for a creative work, combining research from an object and a topic. I was inspired by the work of Ailisha, Annie, Charlotte, and Harry (images 1,2,3)- their project combined camera obscura with surveillance.
drawing from this idea, i wanted to create a box from which the audience would be able to see the ‘dreams’.
this did not work as well as i had hoped. my box turned out to represent more of a tv sort of thing. i had planned on projecting the GIFs onto the ‘screens’- but that proved to be more difficult- so i just printed off a picture. and shone fairy lights from within the box.
process with resin (alien method)
- image 1: inserting the brain into the moulds
- image 2: filling the moulds with resin
- image 3: casts with corresponding moulds
- image 4,5,6,7: results!!
this process was done overnight. (around 12hrs).
it was very difficult keeping the brain in place. it kept rising to the top and rotating around the head. just a mental note or if anyone else is going to try this next time,
- fill the moulds halfway and insert the brain in, wait till it sets and then pour the rest in- the problem with this is that there might be a line where the different fillings meet.
- OR you can pour all the resin in and then wait till it hardens (but not set) and then squeeze the brain in.
- OR insert the brain, pour the resin in and then hold the brain in place with a toothpick or something- problem with this is that you’ll be left with half a toothpick in your cast
i really wished i had more time to experiment with it
but i’m pretty happy with the way it turned to- it did however mean that i was required to sit by it for around 4 hours fixing/ repositioning the brain every 5mins or so.
process with silicon/latex (alien method)
- image 1: first coat (wet)
- image 2: many coats later (dry)
- image 3: thought it was dry- so i lifted it away from the table. inside was hollow- so had to fill it back up (image 4)
- image 5: removed sculpture from the silicon moulds
- image 6,7,8,9: animals and their corresponding moulds
this whole process took around 2 days