Defining 4 dimension


This week in the museum the task was to read another text which was in the form of a play. After reading it over a few times I found the at the characters were talking about the subject of happiness and how being rich or poor can effect this. The character ‘MASHA’ describes how poverty is not the worst thing that can happen to someone. This gives a different perspective of happiness/unhappiness to the other characters.

My understanding of 4 dimension is that it uses all 3 dimensions as well as a fourth dimension which involves the senses.  I found that it was extremely difficult to find a piece of work that i could relate to this so i decided the example need to be more of a concept rather that a visual image. The piece of art I chose was Tyrrau Mawr, (Big Towers) 2016, which was part of the Artes Mundi Exhibition in the Cardiff Museum.

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This to me includes a fourth dimension by using sound as well as image in an artistic way. This engages the senses and allows me to experience the artwork in another dimension.


Library research project

  This week the task was to undertake a short project which focused on researching artists. this was done by looking through books, journals and DVD’s in the library. The research I found will help me inform the two pieces of art that I make by the end of this week.


Magritte– Suzi Gablik

img_0339I have chosen to look into the artwork of surrealist Rene Magritte because of his clever and thought provoking paintings. I feel that most of his work involves exploring thoughts or dreams which I intend to use for my outside/inside project. This book refers to the ideas behind Magritte’s artwork and an insight into his life.

“Pictorial experience which puts the real world on trial, gives me a belief in the infinity of possibilities as yet unknown to life.” – (Suzi Gablik, René Magritte, 1898-1967, published May 1st 1985 by Thames & Hudson)

I chose this quotation as I feel it links into my chosen project. The idea of infinite possibilities that we are currently unaware of really inspires me to think outside the box in relation to thoughts and dreams when creating art. I feel that this is an admirable quotation for me as a pictorial experience is concerned with the idea that when people look at a picture, they typically have a visual experience of its subject and how this experience occurs alongside an experience of the picture’s designed surface and looks at the thoughts in people’s minds.

Institute of Contemporary Arts – Sarah Sze


Sarah Sze is another artist which I found interesting to look at because of her large scale installations which represent small universes, these are created from found objects. They almost seem to wrap around and appear as if they go through buildings or walls. I found this aspect interesting as it could relate to my inside/outside project. The book that I found on her features lots of photographs of her installations which i found interesting to look at. One of the paragraphs was a concept called dirty realism. I have chosen a quotation from the text that I feel clearly describes the concept of dirty realism and how it links in with my chosen project of inside outside.

“As a concept, it’s located in those parts of Tokyo where the street is somehow inside, so that the city as a whole has no profile. The city of dirty realism is one immense unrepresentable container, a collective built space where the opposition between inside and outside has been annulled.” – (Sarah Sze – Institute of Contemporary Arts, published in 1998)

From this quotation my understanding of dirty realism is that there is no inside or outside in a collective built space. This concept could also link to Magritte’s concept of an image being inside an image, represented in the piece ‘ceci n’est pas une pipe’,which in English translates to ‘this is not a pipe.


Surrealissimo– BBC 2, 2nd March 2002


My intentions are to look into the human mind and dreams in relation to the outside inside project, therefore an obvious choice would be to look at the work of Salvador Dali. I found this DVD in the library and thought it would be interesting to look at to gain some information on the surrealist movement and Salvador Dali. Whilst watching the DVD I made notes. I found that it was quite informative on the life of Dali and how he developed the career. It included steps on how to be a surrealist, after each step he talked about how he achieved this. The steps that were mentioned were; to find a mentor, conquer Paris, join a group of like minds, create a stair, commodify yourself and finally destroy the competition.

Defining 3 dimension


In this weeks museum exercise we had to define 3 dimension.  We were each given this text to read through alongside this piece of art work. Once i had read through the text a few times i had to try make sense of it and choose something in the museum that i could relate to this to define 3 dimension.

My first intentions were to find a white marble sculpture as this seems to be what the text describes. However from what i understood the text was talking about an object and how an object such as a photograph could create a reflection. For example a photograph is 2 dimension but it is a reflection of the person in it. I believe that although the photograph is 2d our imagination creates a third dimension based on the reflections of the person in the photo.

Here is some of the art work i chose from around the museum that could best relate to this suggestion.

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These are two sketches of a standing female nude by Augustus John (1878-1961).

Defining 2 dimension

In my ‘Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal’ lecture we were each given the task to solve a short riddle and find a piece of art or object within the Cardiff museum that could help me explain 2 dimension. Here is a photo of the piece we were given.


I figured out this was describing shadows and that figures cannot be seen clearly if there was no light or shadows present.


after taking this into consideration i found this piece of work by Ben Nicholson which i could use as an example to define what 2D meant in my opinion. I stated that when paintings contain shadow the human mind visualises the form in 3 dimension by using depth of field and tone. however when there are no shadows present the painting becomes so abstract that it looses its form and the human mind cannot visualise it in 3 dimension, therefore becoming 2D.

Francis Bacon

Study for self-portrait


While on a visit to Cardiff museum i came across this painting by Francis Bacon which i thought would strongly relate to my project ‘outside/inside’. At a first glance the subject has a relaxed posture however when looking at the centre towards the face where the features are difficult to identify, the subject doesn’t appear relaxed at all. The gestural strokes of paint show there is some sort of confusion or disturbance going on within the person. I feel that this could aid my project when exploring the human mind or dreams.

Frank Stella

I have chosen to look into the work of Frank Stella because of the unique shaped canvases he uses in his paintings. Stella creates giant paintings on shaped canvases. In relation to the shaped painting material project i feel he is a good example to look at to gain ideas. I really like the way Stella uses colour, pattern and line in his work to give the shapes a more 3 dimensional look to them. Here are examples of his work that i was particularly drawn to.

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Canvas stretcher making workshop

While attending the canvas making workshop i made own canvas stretcher. I wanted to make a small rectangular canvas so i measured out the timber and had it cut. I proceeded onto marking and cutting the timber. I then used wood glue followed with industrial staples to secure the frame. After checking the angles were all 90 degrees i fitted the edging using more wood glue and small nails.

Tools/materials used: set square, band saw, sander,industrial staple gun, wood glue, nails.


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