So to kick-start our second semester we are yet again paired up in groups of two creating work; our first topic is site specific. Now of course there are many ways we could interpret this but we had to stick to the very basic understanding of the term ‘Site SPECIFIC’. This time I’ve been partnered up with Fred Conybeare-cross (thank you facebook) an amazing artist who has a traditional mind set so we gel well. Fred took pictures of the environment surrounding our campus building and found this great building with an overhang supported by nothing, so it was like a scene when you hear a heavenly choir humming in the background as you stare at the highlighted answer to your prayer O_O” We then began to think of ideas of how we could create work under this space, started sketching and came up with the same idea!!!!! and this was the outcome. I didn’t collect Fred’s shots but here’s my amateur attempt once again.
So to kick start our 2 Semester Sam and Tom decided to make a sculptural installation made up of easels, frames and paint. I must say I did like the outcome and the view from widows contributed to the piece in a weird and wonderful way. I love the linear patterns created by the easels in contrast with the zigzag formations created by the frames. These two will do great things together, I just can’t wait to see what they get up to next 😛 Sam’s on WordPress: samcleasby.wordpress.com and Tom has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/tpjamesbrown check it out! 😀
So I had to showcase some of my work for my end of semester assessment and I’m on this postmodern vibe so I thought why not just show that. This is my….. Lord knows what it is. It’s been called an installation so I’ll go with that 😛 Sorry for the crappy image quality I left my camera at home -_- so I’m relying on my omnia 7.
Update I’M OFFICIALLY IN OXFORD!!!! LOVING THE CITY WITH EACH DAY THAT PASSES. So it’s now officially 1 month since I started studying Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. I’ve been a bit busy with projects but decided to update my blog as I always try to. To break the ice and to get us started on our art journey (again) we were put in pairs, in which we each had to come up with ideas and presenting them as the weeks go by. I have to say I’m quite lucky to be working with the guy I’m currently working with. He’s Tom James-Brown an up-coming (I feel so anyway) Welsh artist who deals mainly in sculpture and installation. We have had some crazy adventures already and I’m beginning to notice a more playful side to my art work; he does things when ever he feels inspired so our projects have often involved very quick sessions of practical work but through deep discussions.
So for one of our weeks we had a drawing exercise discovering various methods of drawing with our definition of a drawing simply being a means of communication, after that we were set our usual group work and were given free reign to determine what we were going to draw. Now of course this was too broad as we were basically told WE COULD DO ANYTHING WE WANTED! So after a short dialogue with Tom we decided to do an interpretation of each other’s chosen memory. He had to draw a memory of me being in the middle of a blackout in Botswana and a child fearing the stairs as they where to dark to go down. His chosen memory for me to interpret was when he was stuck in Croatia having missed his flight being left stranded with no funds at the time.
Now I had great difficulty at first as I couldn’t really put myself in Croatia, so I thought of what I could have done in that situation based on the subject of ‘Sanctuary’. I googled (as you do) images of Croatia and was fell immediately in love with St James Cathedral in Sibenik which features both Renaissance and Gothic architecture. I knew I had to do something based on this cathedral so decided to make my interpretation of the distinctive dome on the cathedral (bearing in mind the the ‘drawing’ is simply communication of an idea). there was a lot of trial and error which I’ll try and post in order, but the end result looked quite dark and scary WHICH WAS AWESOME as that’s what we were aiming for. the end result was an installation with my dome on top and a T.V. Tom brought back from Wales that was broken and would fizzle to a black static visual experience which gave the viewers an uneasy feeling (which was AWESOME). My dome (not really a dome as it was so badly made BUT WHO CARES I HAD A WEEK and I claim artistic License) was made from an edited skeleton structure made from wood rods and bin bags held together with staples.