ideas in progress, collage work, 2013
Bodies That Matter was a public salon event and show. An experiment in opening up dialogues artists have about work for one and all to view, listen and participate. Being an artist can be a solitary vacuum-like experience and post college-community, it's vital to continue discussions and feedback.
Key ingredients for a salon:
1. a body of work, or single work, to hang for others to view and comment on
2. a group of other artists with their work too
3. A venue in which to have a private or public salon where it's okay to hang and instal works
4. Settling down with some nibbles and drinks ;)
5. Taking it in turns for the group to comment on the work, person by person - a timer for this always helps as comments & discussions go on!
6. There are two or three methods for discussion: the artist keeps quiet and listens to reactions others have to the works and takes notes (is the intention working?), alternatively, the artist can speak about what they're doing/what the work is about and see if it's working. One method a tutor taught me for discussion was: a) analyse b) situate and c) discuss.....
7. have question time - both artist and viewers asking questions of the work/viewing experience
8. take notes and move forward with new work as appropriate
This is great to do regularly and something ArtLacuna has managed to foster. Community, meet ups, experimental shows, salons and there is more to come. Our ArtLacuna Prize Show is coming up - do come along.
My own work:
Feedback on some current workings of mine focused on whether the public/private notions of photographic imagery was working. I used a body of vintage photographs bought locally and although I wanted to use the album (I removed the photos), I found myself drawn to perusing the life of someone I did not know, documented throughout the album. A period of time I would never experience, a person unknown to me, pieces of their life documented in these hazy images, with an out of focus camera - an identity I would know more (or less of?) than the models in magazines who I use for collage work - and continue to use in this work (magazine imagery, but cut to explicit size and shape) to explore the marrying of both public and private worlds.
Was my intention being achieved? I'm not sure that by using vintage imagery of others it does all that I would like it to do. The old-ness of these photos brings with it it's own associations and patina to do with history, and analogue versus digital amongst other things.
However, discussion was sparked on psychological states - yes! That's also what I'm trying to do. Consciously or subconsciously the identity element extends to an inner state and identity; I'm looking at what is presented in the public eye as aspirational identity (particularly for women) and how I can morph and distort these signs/icons in to new images reflecting something else, something inward, something more: a state of mind and experience/characterisation. I must look at Arcimboldo apparently. Oh, and a new read to add to my book list was mentioned: The Dark Object.
I feel a need to re-examine contemporary images again, possibly work with my own family photographs..... I'm not sure yet, but there is much to explore. The continued journey....
I've also got my posters up throughout Deptford X Festival until October 6th - I posted a photo here of one installation.
And the experimental art e-course started this week - still time to join our group if you want to explore too.