Monday, 16 May 2011

helplessness blues

i've decided to setup a tumblr account for the start of my second year.
the address is:
so long, farewell blogspot

Saturday, 7 May 2011

because i'm soaking look at me

the end is nigh. my final exhibtion is nearly finished, assesssment is next week.

over the easter holidays i had a small panic about what to show at the final exhibition and i decided to focus on my shorthand project. i began to see shorthand as another language that cannot be understood. from this i thought about writing letters to people in shhorthand but they cannot understand them and this moved onto shorthand being a written version of someone's inner monologue.
i then created a character called george booth who is just an average guy, works in an office, married (although not happily) with two children. i started off having the character being happy but it turned into him slowly being driven mad by how mundane his life is and the fact that he thinks his wife his having an affair.
to show this story i decided to make an office in my space for the exhibition and have in notebooks and in the filing cabinet his inner monolgue talking to him in shorthand. people can look in the notebooks and see this squiggles and swirls but not know what it means, showing how no one quite understands what is going on with my character and no one knows he is slowly being driven mad.
i need to do a bit more work on the look of my office space and the writing up of the inner monologue but so far i am very happy with how my space looks.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

has been replaced with mountains of gold

slight delay in me talking about the little trip to glossop but ever mind here i am.
we arrived and ate egg (or bacon) rolls to build up energy for the imminent kite flying. after a short walk up the hill it was time to fly our kites! my very small kite did fly but it wasn't exactly how i wanted it to look. i was hoping to string up loads of little bags with wire in the top to look like a school of fish. however,  i had this particular idea at about 12 the night before after i'd pretty much finished another kite. oh dear! however, my very small school of fish semed to work well enough.
when we came off the hill we went into glossop to a local pub to watch some perfromances. after a few technological difficulties we were off. there was a few videos pieces and then a fine art student (i think she was) sang a million songs. when she stopped playing we all trundled off home. the end.
it was a fun day, nice to have a day away from the studio doing something a bit different.

i'm now home. trying to get some work done ready for this presentation/exhibition when i start back at uni. not entirely sure what to exhibit yet but i'm sure i'll think of something!

Monday, 4 April 2011

and the spies hide out in every corner

so, i've been umming and ahhing recently about whether to go home during the easter holidays and for how long. last night i was, again, pondering on the subject and i've decided to go home for longer than i first thought. this then led in my train of thought onto what i could do and i figured it would be nice to do a bit of walking in london, see places i never usually see. i thought it would be a nice idea to walk along tube lines especially the northern line seeing as i live at the end of it and near the station. after a little google i stumbled across this

this person has walked every single tube line in london. now i'm not that ambitious for an easter project but it is very helpful because there are maps and average distance times for walking which is good for me =)
tonight i'm also going to look at other walks that i could do around the city, maybe taking in specific tourist sights. it'll also give me chance to take some photos for my 'background people' project (designing wanted posters to find the people in the background of photos). my main inspiration for  my walking project is richard long who took walks and made a note of certain things he saw or heard during the walk. i'm going to decide on different themes, maybe per walk or one for the whole time. i haven't decided whether just to focus on the visual and have colour or object themes or branch out and make a note of sounds i hear as well through my journeys.

last week an ex-interactive arts student came in who now works as an animator and one of the things he's started in keeping a sketch book and recording randon moments he's sees. i used to do this when i was at college and it's inspired me to start it again.

today i had my group tutorial. generally positive feedback but a few things i need to work on are the development and research in my projects. i have lots of ideas i just need to record and develop them sufficiently not just go with my first idea.

that seems to be all for the day, now my kite needs making =)

Sunday, 3 April 2011

and all we've been through

had a fairly cultural saturday yesterday. went to see a few a couple of the smaller art galleries around manchester with a friend from my course.

first off was untitled gallery which currently has a show by marc provins, a photographer based in manchester. first off the gallery space, it is quite hidden away but i loved the magic of going to find the gallery, reminded me of the smaller galleries i went to see back home in london. i did really like the photography by provins, the work is looking at the unexpected and seeing the unexpected. the photos are small moments of life that people usually walk by, anything from a sun pattern on a car to a squashed hedgehog on the road!

secondly we went to see an exhibiton in kraak gallery in the northern quarter by a group of fine art manchester met students. again i loved the space but the work was not quite there. just small things like paintings not hanging quite straight or parts of work that have been cut out not quite straight. there also seemed to be a large gap between the artist statements we read and the work that we saw. i was impressed though with work by sean liddle and bianca lemus. sean liddle's work seemed the most confident and i liked the style and subject choice by bianca lemus.

we then went to the chinese arts centre where there is an exhibition called human error by household and dario uteras. re-makes of household appliances we take for granted such as printers and scanners have been made on a large scale so we have to work them. it was a fun exhibition to see and even better that you could interact with it. only bad part of this exhibtion is getting my finger caught in the 'scanner'!

in other essay is done! i'm so happy =)
now back to my 'normal' practical work instead of panicing about the essay.

as it's coming up to the end of the academic year i've found that i've had lots of good ideas but i've not been very good at putting these ideas onto paper. i'm going to use the easter break to actually get some physical work done and not jus think lots about my ideas i need to do something with them!

Monday, 28 March 2011

children of the revolution

been doing a few little pieces to keep me sane whilst i plod through this essay.

i've enjoyed just doing these simple pieces of art and getting back to the basics of my practice.

a few days ago darren, ryan and myself went to see the space in salford shopping centre. it's quite a nice space (apart from bring painted cream!) and is right in the middle of the shopping centre. a good space for a first exhibition i think.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

how come you dance so good?

today i had a little mosey around the cube gallery. upstairs there is an exhibition by OSA looking at rearranging objects from around manchester based on works by kurt schwitters. i liked the way that the pieces blended into the existing space in gallery and really took over the place.
downstairs there is an ongoing piece of work by jason minsky and william titley. they are looking into the development and growth of manchester especially one particular event where a village was destroyed to make way for the growth of a lake in the lake district so manchester could have enough water. they have been researching the lost village or mardale green and have made a model village out of kendal mint cake which they plan to flood with water from the lake.

in other news i have bought a plant in a can. it looks like an odd shaped coke can and you peel  off the top, add water everydy and ta-da a plant in a can. ive bought lavender and pansies. i thought it would be nice to make my room a bit more summery. on a side note from this i love it when it starts to get sunny in england. none of us know how long the sun will last so we make the most of it today. i went out to the park at lunch and it was full of people all sunbathing in shorts and skirts and even some with flip-flops. one day of sun and we go crazy. no wonder the rest of the world think we're weird!