Thinking about Thinking

Critical Thinking is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue, using questioning, arguments and conclusions to form objective, reasoned logical judgements that are well thought out and without bias. Good Critical Thinkers are: Rational, being able to think clearly and independently about what to do or believe. Analytical, being able to carefully examine and interpret information to understand the logical connections between ideas what it represents and make an informed judgement. Effective communicators, being able to interact and collaborate with others verbally and in writing to explain thinking, express opinions and share ideas to provide solutions to the given…

Research – Casting with Resin

Reading up on what to consider when using resin. Releasing agent required where mould has potential to stick to resin. Sample using Latex mould, however silicone rubber moulds will be stronger for repeat moulding. Matt silicone moulds will give a matt finish – gloss silicone moulds a glossy finish Casting moulds are better quality and more durable than baking moulds. Read the instructions to know for sure what quantity of resin to mix to what quantity of hardener and how long it takes to cure Be super accurate with measuring Mix thoroughly – looking for a uniform colour Choose the…

Research – Lucas Samaras

My interest in Lucas Samaras is because of his Photo Transformations created by manipulating the wet dye on the poloroid photographic film. While the poloroid images are drying the surface is scratched, rubbed and scraped to disturb the image and create dramatic changes in the image presented. A lot of his images are close up photographs of his own face, hands – yet others are elaborately presented theatrical scenes. Although these works are from the 1970’s they remain fresh and current with society of the present day’s compulsion towards selfie taking. Bibliography Schultz, C. (2018). LUCAS SAMARAS: Photo-Transformations. [online] The…

Camera-Less Photography

I decided to look further into the techniques of Camera-less photography. These techniques may have the potential to give me the essence of objects that once were there but no longer. They show an image that never really existed, from the light dark and shadows. Always an original and not made from a negative. “Encountered as fragments, traces, signs, memories or dreams, they leave room for the imagination, transforming the world of objects into a world of visions.” http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/c/camera-less-photography-techniques/ Chemigram: made in direct light through the manipulation of the surface of photographs using varnishes, oils or photographic chemicals for creative…

London Gallery Visits

Leake Street Arches Street art at its best – a continually changing space where street artists present their work. Hayward Gallery Diane Arbus: A comprehensive collection of photographs from the early career of Diane Arbus, fifty of the 100 photographs have never been shown in Europe. Most of her images depict urban life in the 50’s and 60’s and she creates very striking photographs where the subject may be in the midst of city life – yet can appear almost solitary. No Photographs allowed unfortunately. https://www.artfund.org/whats-on/exhibitions/2019/02/13/diane-arbus-in-the-beginning-exhibition https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery Kader Attia: An exhibition depicting over twenty years of the past twenty years and…

London Gallery Visits

On arrival in London the day before the MA Fine Art Digital Low Residency, I spent some time at the V& A and the Saatchi Gallery before finding my accomodation. V&A: Trajan’s Column As I had some time to kill I decided to visit Trajan’s Column, this is an exhibit that always impresses me by the sheer scale of the work. Comprised of reliefs made from plaster and built up in sections they cover the outside of a brickwork column. The reliefs are each numbered so that they could be reassembled easily at the V&A. I have only seen the columns…

Latex Observations

I spent some time re-discovering the use of latex as an artist medium. Below are some observations.  Latex Paint can be thickened. You cant apply latex over someone’s skin. Contaminants interfere with the latex when curing, though as an artist this is probably of benefit. Brush Latex on in thin layers – Ensure there are no air bubbles Each layer takes approximately 30 minutes to dry Four or Five Layers minimum, up to 10 for larger items. Poured latex will take up to 24 hours to dry. Use loosely woven fabric for reinforcement. Don’t reinforce areas that need to stretch…