Reflection

Connections explores the relationship between digital and analogue iteration. The piece allows audiences to visualize coding in a physical format. Coding and string art have been used to convey this connection between digital and non-digital formats, each block of string art associates with the block of decal coding. By showing the coding under each piece of string art it allows the audience to actually see what each code means and creates.

I believe I have created an artwork successfully exploring the choice of medium. By exploring the connection and also disconnection between analogue and digital forms this work has allowed me to showcase this. String art has defined characteristics that showcase a humble simplicity and fine delicacy of the material used which is often contrasted against the created configurations.

While creating this work I did not intend on creating a perfect canvas. The coding used allowed me to have freedom when crafting the string art, I wanted the four canvases to have layers and textures and also showcase a minimalistic and contemporary approach.

The process of creating this work was lengthy, before I was able to start my string art I had to work with the coding on processing. By creating and carefully choosing four codes that would create and uphold my vision was a crucial point in this task. After creating and practicing both coding and string art on a few prototype tiles I was then ready to officially start with my project.

By plotting and planning the string art to connect and convey the correct coding was an important part of this project. Although I did keep the nails and string in a measured and organized matter, the coding allowed for random points of beginning, chosen direction and ending that allowed for more freedom when creating this project. By creating different thicknesses and length of the string art it allowed for layers and textures to be created within this piece.

I drew inspiration from artists such as Lenore Tawney and Kazuko Miyamoto. I have explored these artists further in previous blog posts.

I believe there are aspects I can improve in this project, I am happy with the codes chosen and the string art created but I could improve the tiles of coding on display. Wall decals were not in my budget so I had to settle for printing on transparent ‘labels’. I wasn’t unhappy with printing on these labels but the vision I had from the start was different to the end outcome.

Overall, I believe I have created an artwork that explores my concept and medium to the best of my ability and I am very happy with the outcome and position of my project.

 

 

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Project Peer Review: Maker’s Collection

The concept of Sonny’s project: Makers Collection, is to showcase independent artists through an audio/visual representation. “Maker’s Collection focuses on story-telling to then provide a platform to widen the exposure scope for developing individuals.” Sonny uses a number of different platforms to showcase the independent artists he interviews. This enables audiences to view the focused artist work through videography, photography, and also a short biography on the artist.

By providing a raw audio-visual representation of independent artists across a number of platforms it enables Maker’s Collection to hold a strong utility with audiences across all platforms.

 

We can see that there is a substantial following on the Maker’s Collection Instagram page, although there are not many subscribers to the YouTube channel each video posted has reached over 100 views. In Sonny’s class presentation we were able to see Sonny sharing his artefact on his personal social media platforms which allowed him to gain more of a viewing and following.

The methodologies chosen for ‘Maker’s Collection’ has been a crucial factor for the project’s start up and building success. By posting the Maker’s Collection videos on YouTube it has allowed for a developing social attraction and a growing number of views and subscribers. The goal of this project is to provide an audio-visual representation of independent artists, not only has Sonny continually reached and set more goals, he has created a project that he can continue with for a long period of time. I believe Sonny has chosen suitable social media platforms to present his project. By creating a YouTube channel with an accompanied WordPress blog and Instagram page, it has allowed Sonny to create more content with each independent artist having a short personal video of their artistic skills along with their own photo journal on the Maker’s Collection blog which adds another dimension of the artists’ character. The still form shots posted on the Instagram page also allows for a behind the scenes view where audiences can see extended content of the independent artists interviewed, their workspace and also further works from the focused individual.

This project conveys importance and a strong social utility as it showcases aspiring and independent artists on free-to-view social media platforms. It can be seen as a form of advertisement for the artists; a way for their work to be seen by many. This project aims to give small artists a chance and a way to ‘get themselves out there’, show the public who they are and what they do in a simple yet effective way. Sonny’s YouTube videos are short and sweet. While watching the Maker’s Collection videos, its not hard to identify the amazing videography and editing skills; the videos are enticing, endearing and magical.

Throughout this semester I have been following the Maker’s Collection journey, I have been able to see Sonny improve his trajectory and pave a clear path to success. Sonny presented his BETA successfully, sharing with the class his achievements and future plans with the Maker’s Collection series. I believe Sonny has utilised the feedback given to him by Ted and the class. Although the feedback was all positive, the class agreed he should continue to post more content. The only suggestion I could make for this project would be to post more of a written/blog post on the Maker’s Collection website where viewers are able to learn a little more about the independent artist that is not shown in the YouTube videos.

In conclusion, I am very pleased and happy to have experienced viewing the ‘Maker’s Collection’. I absolutely love the idea and I believe that if this project is continued in the future with the same amount of enthusiasm, focus and drive, the Maker’s Collection has the possibility to be a huge success. Sonny has started something that is new, inspiring and informative and it allows small independent artists to showcase their skills and works to a large, continually growing audience.

 

 

-noellevslife

Meda202 Reflection

For my final Meda202 assignment I will be creating a light and mirrored reflective installation. Last week I found it very difficult creating a prototype of my work as I didn’t have many materials ready. I understand having a vision and creating a vision are two completely different things. I find it difficult to come to terms with this idea as I tend to think of something and then completely imagine it being functional and amazing without actually taking time to create a prototype to see if it’s feasible.

I drew inspirations for the planning of my work from artists such as James Turrell and Robert Irwin. These artists create illusions using light and angles and I intend to have a utilize this approach. My methodology involves hanging clear plastic cubes filled with fairy lights and glass mirror shards. To create wonderment and awe, I will direct alternating coloured lights towards the cubes, thereby creating colour change and inviting the audience to interact with the work.

My initial ideation process then developed into the beginning of collecting my materials. I had considered a variety of materials, and by going out and collecting them I am not in a position to experiment and develop a stronger idea. I also needed to consider what would be most beneficial to the participatory element of my work. Ensuring optimal interaction with audience relies heavily on the materials I choose to use. The feedback I received had influenced and shaped my further ideation process and allows me to create a project that satisfies the criteria. In continuation, the usability of the materials and feasibility of installation is something that underpins my thought process.

When I asked for feedback from other students in the class, they thought it was a good idea if it was executed correctly and if I put in the effort to make the artwork succeed. I understand that there is much more work needed for my installation to be a success and I intend to put in the effort and make this work.

 

-noellevslife

Inspiration Week!

Lenore Tawney

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Lenore Tawney was known for working with crafts such as embroidery, crochet, weaving, knitting and string art. While researching string art techniques and tips I came across Lenore Tawney’s work and was amazed. Her installations of string art are minimalistic but so complex.

I was enticed by her installation works ‘Drawing in Air’ and ‘Cloud Series’. The ‘Drawing in Air’ collection was inspiring, I was able to identify Tawney’s use of layers and direction of the string.

 

Much like Miyamoto, Lenore Tawneys drawings are visually capturing. I honestly loved researching and looking through works from Tawney.

 

Much similar to Miyamoto’s drawings, these sketches are complex and show the start point, direction and end point of each line. In regards to my coding, I now understand that I do have to plan my string art.

This week I have been working on my coding and I have been planning the string art, as I would like it to be neat and clean but to follow the chaotic means of the code.

I am enjoying doing this project thus far and I am finding it very relaxing to plan the string art.

Next week I will be working on the preparing of the wood tiles for my string art.

 

-noellevslife

Inspiration Week!

Kazuko Miyamoto

While researching and working on my major project these past few weeks I came across artist, Kazuko Miyamoto. I was so enticed and amazed by her work that it allowed me to develop my work further.

Kazuko Miyamoto works with string art installations. Here are a few of her works that I thought were very interesting:

Miyamoto is a preeminent feminist figure of Minimalism, and a pioneer of a new and radically warm brand of rigorous abstraction, introducing handmade, irregular, and intimate elements, in dialogue with the movement’s visual language.

So how has Miyamoto’s works allowed me to further my works?

I was struggling to produce processing codes that I found interesting enough to create string art from. By looking at Miyamoto’s works I was able to draw inspiration and create coding from that.

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This photo above definitely helped me with my string art as I could clearly identify and see the starting point, direction and end of the work.

When installing her works, Miyamoto works with nails with large heads which you can see here:

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“Kazuko creates linear system by extending string between nails on wall. These materials and lighting form an area of sensitivity and spaciousness. The most beautiful is to have nothing on the wall, the second most beautiful is to have line on it, and then the third is to break the wall.”

Kazuko Miyamoto’s works are extensions of studies, alternate manifestations of larger, more central work. Miyamoto refers to them as “string construction drawings”, these string installations and sketches are all drawings – all just different sorts.

Miyamoto was Sol LeWitt’s first assistant and was involved in the production of many open-cubed sculptures. She was also involved in his early wall drawings. Miyamoto later became interested in minimalism and post-minimalism work.

I will continue working on my string art with inspiration from Kazuko Miyamoto.

 

-noellevslife

 

 

Week 8 – Beginnings!

During the mid session break, I have decided and planned my major project. I have decided to use string art to re-create a processing image. I plan to create 4 tiles of string art that re-creates the processing image.

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These past two weeks I have collected materials for my string art tiles. I had a pine wood plank cut into 23cmx23cm squares. I then sanded the 10 tiles cut and painted them grey. I started on a prototype tile with this processing image.

Although this is just a prototype, I am hoping that I will be able to re-cteate a large string art image. This week I will talk to Jo about my idea.

Next week I plan to keep working on coding and also re-sanding and painting my wood tiles as they didn’t come up as clean as I hoped.

 

-noellevslife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6: Iterative Practice and Critical Reflection

This week in class we discussed the different between Art and Craft, we discussed a passage from an interview with Jonas Mekas, ““a poet/ filmmaker best known for his diaristic films that documented much of the New York Underground and his Anthology Archive. Here he is thinking about the relationship between a ‘personal’ form of filmmaking and the ‘professional’ cinema of Hollywood”

“A good professional is a good craftsman who knows how to build a house exactly like his father used to build it; or make a wheel, or bake good bread, or make good wine, cheese or anything else. I admire crafts people, they are true professionals. But I hate experimenters who destroy our bread and our dwelling places and wine and yoghurt and everything they touch because they want to improve on what has been tested by hundreds of generations. But, of course, what I say here about professionals has nothing to do with art. Artists are never professional craftsmen because gods have propelled them and possessed them in order to expand human possibilities, of what they now call human potential… And no past lessons, no professionalism will save them: they have to invent new technologies and new forms in order to record new sensibilities and now emerging content and help to form that content. The crafts people, the professionals, the more they remain faithful to the past, the more useful they are to humanity.”

Discussing Jonas Mekas’ views it really created new thoughts, ideas and understandings for art and creative practices. I agree with Mekas’ thoughts; craftsmanship is a faithful thing. By re-creating and following old practices it creates something much more wonderful.

This week I have been brainstorming ideas for my major project, I have thought about so many ideas but I am struggling to decide on what to do. I have been working with processing codes the past week. Going back to processing will be very interesting but I am excited to learn more about coding and further my skills using this tool.

Next week is postgraduate week, so I will be continuing my work with processing and catching up on blog posts.

 

-noellevslife