A week on from having a tutorial and having worked on the things that had been suggested in my tutorial, I was putting up an exhibition with fellow artist Garry for us to both be critiqued together. The project space in the art studios at the Royal William Yard were quiet as it was evening. We had time to consider the space we were using and time to get things to look right. It was exciting to see how well our art worked together in the space. It was good to have time to paint the walls of the space and to make it all look clean and clear.
Jude Bryson-Meehan, has presented painted windows as her wonderful pieces for art exchange last week and had left the shelving on the walls. I was able to repurpose them for my single object prints putting one 5x5 cm plate on each shelf with a print on the wall above. I also showed the visual books, a large A0 painting on paper and a plastic line and hanging.
We kept the chairs out of the room so people could look at the work first before sitting down to give their critique. It was so helpful to hear what everyone had to say especially having shown the plastic line last week in a rather over produced way. This week things were much more pared back. Anya and Tabatha expressed that they were pleased I had used the art exchange to try something new and brave last week.
Debs Crit Notes
Question 1 – responses
Could the plastic line have been walked on? People are too well trained in galleries.
Anya – The line seems too trite, maybe there could be another way in which to present the plastic?
Carol – The line is meant to be contemplative.
Susan – There is a concern about being too zealous.
Chris – Sometimes dogma/polemic in Art can interrupt the form.
Anya – Think about how people behave in galleries. This work is a good use of the Art Exchange – to test out ideas in a safe environment.
Tonie – there is a sense of nervousness about all the plastic that’s been collected. We have social responsibility to deal with it.
Katy – If you want people to be worried about plastic maybe there should be a lot more of it. Doesn’t feel there is a sense of urgency in the work. Suggestion of making a collograph on a massive scale.
Anya – think about how Art Practice could connect with the solution of the plastic problem. Maybe hook up with the Marine Biology department.
Chris – does Art Practice have to be polemical? Can you do this in your personal life?
Question 2 – responses
Tonie – collecting objects from a river is an act of compassion.
Susan – it depends on how you use the object. What do they mean? What is the context?
Tabatha – the current work is object based. There are sculptural intentions. The work is actually very painterly.
Anya – you are trying to raise awareness. The problem is scale. The island of plastic in the Pacific is so massive (1.5 times the size of France) – you can’t compete with it in the same way.
Question 3 – responses
Gary – really liked the small prints and felt they crystallized what you are talking about in one small object.
Gary – the piece on the wall felt more like a sketch – not resolved.
References – stuff to look at
Artist – Terry Setch makes collographs.
Peter Fend – artist
The Green Museum – website.
Whitechapel Gallery – Armand Dion
Robyn Woolston – artist.
World of Matter – network project to trace source of objects.