The artists that have inspired me towards creating my final piece of artwork are Tim Noble and Sue Webster, I have previously looked at these artist because of their work with light/shadows. Their work has inspired me to use the projection of shadows in my piece. I am drawn to this technique because I feel I can link it to my outside/inside project of ‘Dreams’. I thought about using the shadow to create a figure of a person sleeping, the shadow would also emphasise the dreamy atmosphere and the feeling of being asleep.
Here is some of their work that has inspired the design of my final outcome.
These artworks are assemblages of found objects. This gives the artwork meaning in relations to the shadow being projected. However in my piece I plan to create some kind of sculpture or small scale installation to shine light onto.
I have learnt new creative skills as well as group working skills. The collaborative aspect has taught me how to engage with other people within the art sector to help with or even use them as a tool to better my artwork. The group work has also strengthened my personality as an artist when creating collaborative artwork.
Throughout the whole field module completing the different hub based on the theme of light I have learnt many techniques and ways of working with light and colour. The hub that I enjoyed the most was ‘Shadow play’ which contributed to the idea of my individual final outcome for the theme of light. I have taken skills such as experimentation with the projectors to create this piece.
Although I haven’t used any techniques I had learnt from the field hubs I have used the idea of of projecting shadows onto the wall which inspired me to create this piece. I have used inspiration from artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster to base my design around. Here are some photographs on the construction of the piece and some of the processes I used.
Here is where I drew and cut out silhouettes of people falling to suggest falling within a dream. I used thin card so that they wouldn’t break when assembling the piece.
This is the base of the sculpture that I made which would support the aluminium wire. I used thing wood to make the frame and sprayed a thick piece of cardboard to place inside ,this would allow me to position the subjects in the specific positions without them moving around.
Here are the photos of the materials I used along with how i went about achieving the silhouette of a person laying down. I stuck down the base to prevent movement while was working in order to accurately fill the outline. The outline was stuck to the wall behind the base where the shadow would be projected.
Here is some photographs of my final outcome with the LED light pointed at it. I was pleased with this end result and started to play around using different lights. I found that when moving the light in a vertical motion the projected shadows appear as if they are falling which is the effect i was trying to create with the cardboard cut outs. I accidentally came across this while experimenting with different angles of the light and is something I would use if I was to take this piece further.
This Collaborative field hub involved constructing our own pinhole camera in which we could use to take photographs. the pinhole camera itself could be made from many different things. As a group we decided to use a black plant pot because it was the perfect size and it was a good shape. However the plant pot needed some modifications to make it lightproof and to make the pinhole. To seal the pot we super-glued cardboard and tape. For the pinhole we cut a hole in the pot and placed inside a piece of aluminium can with a pin hole in the centre.
We used photosensitive paper to take the photos. We estimated the exposure time to about 30 seconds because the natural lighting outside was not very strong. After taking a series of photos we took the photographs into the darkroom to be developed. We use the old developing process by placing the photos in a developer bath, stop bath and fixer bath. When developed the photo paper turned completely black, this meant that the exposure time was too long. We calculated that the exposure time would have to be around 10 seconds to obtain a clear image outside.
I really like the way these photos came out and feel that it worked better than I initially thought. I also like the way the curved design of our camera created the wide angle (fish eye) effect.
Also within this project we used a series of smartphone apps to explore the process of augmentation. These apps allowed us to create an augmented reality within our smartphones. We started by using a 3D scanner to scan a 3 dimensional image of an object, then drew a simple logo onto paper. We used the app called augment which connects the logo to the 3D image. Finally, using an app called Aurasma we scanned over the logo and the 3D image of the object appears hovering over the logo.
I feel this technique was very interesting to work with and has widened my knowledge on augmented reality technologies. I feel this project has taught me how to work in cross disciplinary groups to achieve The best outcome. I relied on the help of others when using techniques I was not very familiar with, for example when using the augmentation app to create a 3D image.
I came across this artist while completing the ‘Light is colour’ Field hub. When looking at colour and the use of complementary colours in artwork this artist stood out the most for me. I also really the way his art creates optical illusions with the use of shape and colour.
This piece is very interesting too look at, The geometric coloured shapes play tricks on my mind and I visualise the artwork in different ways. The use of colour in this piece is very clever as he uses complementary colours next to each other to create a visual illusion. The manufactured black on the outskirts of the piece create a strong contrast with the complementary colours.
In relation towards the ‘Light is colour’ Hub I want to try and use similar techniques to experiment with colour and shape.
During the ‘Shadow play’ field hub these artists instantly came to mind because of their Light/shadow artworks. Tim Noble and Sue Webster take ordinary found objects and construct them in such a way when light is pointed on them a shadow of something identifiable is projected.
Dirty White Trash (with gulls), 1998.
One of their most well know pieces is Dirty White Trash (with gulls), 1998. This piece is made from 6 months worth of rubbish and 2 taxidermy seagulls which is made into an assemblage. The pile of rubbish speaks alone about the artists but when the shadow is projected the artwork becomes even stronger in showing how the pile of rubbish relates to the artists personally. I like this idea of using something personal to show meaning towards the cast shadow.
From these artists I am mostly inspired by their creativity and the thought that has gone into some of their artworks. In relation to the ‘Shadow play’ hub I feel I can take some of the techniques and ideas Tim Noble and Sue Webster use into my group when creating collaborative artwork.
During the ‘Pinhole camera’ field hub this particular photographer caught my attention because of the uniqueness of his work. I am drawn to the strange places that his photographs are taken. The way he uses the old pin hole camera technique to obtain high standard images is very clever. I believe a lot of planning goes into some of the images such as designing a small enough camera to fit inside his mouth. I also like the grainy effect that is caused by the pinhole camera, I think it gives the images a vintage feel with lots of drama taking place.
This photographer inspires me by the point of view angles his images are taken. I intend on taking point of view photos which I could turn into a 3d image of the world around me. I feel the point of view aspect would showcase this the best.
During this field hub the main goal was to experiment with light/shadows and pay close attention to the shapes, forms and negative space. The first task was to use the projector to cast interesting shadows onto blank paper, then from these shadows we had to generate cardboard Marquette’s before moving onto constructing a clay sculpture.
We placed found objects in front of a projector to cast a range of interesting shadows. We re positioned the projector to play with the size of the shadows and roughly drew around the shadows onto the blank paper as well as some basic sketches. The outcome resulted in a sequence of shadows in the form of an elephant and some other geometric shapes.
From the sketches we made we found that they resembled some kind of sequence and that some of the shadows were less detailed than others. In response to this we had the idea that we were going to make a sequence of silhouettes which gradually lost their detail and became simplified in terms of form. From the front towards the back the silhouette of the elephant gradually becomes simplified into geometric shapes. Using cardboard we constructed this small Marquette.
In response to our Marquette we wanted to show the contrast between a detailed silhouette and a far more simplified version. My group decided on making a realistic/detailed sculpture of an elephant as well as a simplified, geometric one. These two sculptures would be presented next to each other to show the contrast between the two.