Thursday, September 29, 2011

Installation Complete - I think

I think I will call this finished.  It just seemed complete when I went into the studio this morning.  So I spent some time moving all my stuff out of the studio so I could document it properly.

Also, I had a shot at hanging a paint in the installation to see what would happen.
This is what happened.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Installation WIP

I'm working on another installation in my studio at present.  Colour blocks of blue, green and pink.  I also have a template for a box on the wall in metalic green contact.  It's been an interesting medium to work with.  I have to cut the strips myself, which is a bit more fiddly than just using a roll of electrical tape.  But it does give more flexibility than electrical tape, as I can easly make thinner strips.

I have a bit of a thing for line drawings, like those for box templates.  I have been printing them off and dreaming of putting them on walls, around corners and suck.  Ooo!!  I must spend some time making one on a convex corner.  I can perhaps commandeer such a corner in the hallway at the studios and try that out.  Putting a box template around a corner like that would be quite the thing! :)

The shapes for the shapes have again come from the sensor pads in the road.  Love looking as them as I walk to/from the train.  There's some great ones of La Trobe St in the city that I just adore.  They have more lines.  Perhaps they will appear in a later work.

Have some more sitting and looking to do on this installation, which is a bit challenging, with only 4 weeks until assessment.  I feel like I have to be in a bit of a hurry to get a few more works done.  However, these types of works take a long time.  I will just keep plodding away.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Marked Paintings #3

I've been working on making these works on paper on and off over this semester.  And I now have a few pieces with which to try different configurations.  I should perhaps make another couple before commandeering a 'white cube' in which to photograph them. 

Apple Peel #2

A new manefestation of Apple Peel which was formerly brightly coloured.  It is now muted with opaque yellow.  I am pleased with the outcome.  Although I might try this again sometime.  Playing with colour and size. 

I feel I'm in a bit of a struggle to understand my own colour theory at the moment.  But I shall keep trying.  That's what seems to be the theme when I come across struggles with my art.  There is no quick fix.  You just have to do it to find out and go through the struggle.  So I shall be wrestling with colour. 


Something I need to start working on is relationships - relationships between my work and its surroundings.

Check out this photograph I took at random, as I do sometimes, of what was up against this wall of my studio.

The colour sings when they're together.  This puts me in mind.  I perhaps need to start thinking about putting my works on canvas onto murals or painted environments that extrapolate from the canvas.  Ronnie Rekko does that in his 2010 exhibition Native.
Or perhaps I need to experiment with most sculptural elements to place in front of the canvas.   Hmm... more work to be done.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Painterly shapes

I bought stretcher bars last week.  The largest I could justify.  I do love stretching canvas.  Except for the smell of rabbit skin glue - I could do without that.  This is (from memory) 56 x 42 inches.  She's a big one.  But oh so delighful.  I've been working on more shapes.  They shapes are painterly and transparent, with a handful of opaque shapes to change things up slightly.

On this painting, I've incorporated a 3D background, which has actually turned out to look like the corner of a room.  I wasn't planning for that, but it works.  I might consider adding an extra background colour to make it less 'cornery'.  We'll see.  This is a work in progress.  Not much more the do on this, but a couple of vital finishing touches!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Apple Peel

I have been working with drawings again.  This is one I drew and then cut out and folded along the lines.  It became like an unravelling shape, or an apple peel.  I wanted to see what would happen spatially if I put it on the wall and painted it around a corner.

I'm not altogether sure about the colours.  I had some trouble picking colours and I am considering painting over it with a more limited palette.  But we'll see what happens with a bit more looking.