An impromptu visit to the Tate Modern was useful to me in confirming my ideas and work process. Sometimes going to a gallery isn’t necessarily inspiring but encouraging as it makes me feel as though what I’m doing is going in the right direction I just need to make more and be more ambitious.
Although the type of work that Bridget Riley makes is very different to what I make, I love the subtle way she uses colour in her paintings. For example in “Evoë 3” (pictured above) Riley has only used 4 colours but the complex shapes tessellated across the canvas draws the viewer into this engaging and joyful world. The blocks of colours are both sharp and soft as they dance alongside each other causing the eye to dance with them and follow around the painting with no particular direction.
The wave pattern of “To a Summer’s Day 2” is mesmerising to all. The soft pastel colours means the motion of the lines aren’t too harsh on the viewer. I love how this causes everyone who walks past it to stop in their tracks, stare and smile.
It was suggested that I could translate the ‘shower hair’ photos into a physical representation to reflect my other works and incorporate site-specificity. Although the following experimentation was done on a piece of cardboard (45cm x 90cm) that can be moved to any space, it has helped me to visualise where this idea is heading.
Daniel Buren – Similarly to the Rachel Whiteread exhibition, there were too many of the same artists’ work and in this case the pieces exhibited were also really similar in appearance. Despite this I liked how they were displayed, spread out through different rooms so they aren’t crowded in a small space.
Some of the most interesting work displayed didn’t have the artists listed which is annoying but I was able to figure some out, for example, the piece pictured below. I was immediately drawn to it (probably because of the colour) and recognised the style of work as Angela de la Cruz’s. However, the harsh lighting in the gallery space really didn’t do it any justice.
During my 1:1 tutorial with Sean he suggested some artists to look at that could be influential to my work, one of them was Jessica Stockholder. I immediately connected with her work as it combined 3 specific areas that interest me; sculpture, painting and colour. Another common theme between our work is that her pieces are very playful and are concerned with the materials and the space they exist in. This is something that is at the forefront of my practice and is often my starting point for most ideas to develop from.
I like to think of Stockholder’s style of work as 3D collaging. The process of collaging in 2D and 3D are very similar; collecting images/text/materials/ objects and arranging them in a way that changes their appearance/purpose. However, when creating 3D work you are less restricted. The space is free to use/fill and in a sense is never ending.
The quote “You set up a challenge for yourself.” really resonated with me as it reflects the situation I’m in right now, where I’m choosing to make site specific work that I can’t keep and needs to be made in the space it’s displayed. This can sometimes cause a lot of problems but on the other hand it can open more opportunities to display work as it can go anywhere.
“I like how it creates odd shapes by accident” – I became intrigued with the result of sticking the strands of hair that fall out when I wash it onto the shower wall. – “Don’t really know where this is going”
The photos I took of my hair after a shower: