MA SHOW – UPDATE

While I still like the A3 screen prints and very much enjoyed making them, I have to agree with some of the tutors that the scale is too small to look impressive in the large space I’ve been given. This is a snapshot of how they looked on the unpainted boards; I have subsequently painted the supports white which looks much better than the natural wood. The post-it notes were used to identify which print went where on the boards: the dimensions had been worked out to the last millimetre so that the felt nails I used were in the right places for the small magnets.

 

 

 

I’ve therefore been testing a different approach: bombarding viewers with one single message at a far larger scale – A2 – screen printed with white text reversed out of a bright red background. This looks good and yesterday I made around 20 copies of this print on both cartridge paper and newsprint and pasted them to one wall.

This morning it was obvious that the newsprint support worked far better than the cartridge paper. The newsprint has shrunk slightly as it dried, giving the appearance of a good solid bond with the brickwork. The cartridge paper, on the other hand, had not stuck as well and had come away from the support in several places. It had no shrunk either, which meant that air bubbles and ridges were still visible.  I am not aiming to achieve a perfect flat surface as I am not attempting to wallpaper a dining room, but even so I feel the imperfections are a tad too much. I have therefore spent most of today printing another 70 copies of the 67% of your concerns text on newsprint, with the intention of plastering both walls with these.

 

I have recruited a friend to help me with this tomorrow and we should be able to start in RO3 before 10 am.

This development has led me to question the location of the A3 screen prints which are attached to plywood boards by magnets. The neon pinks, greens and yellows  I used do not sit well with the scarlet of the A2 prints -in fact, I think the colour schemes detract from each other. I am therefore going to investigate the possibility of placing the boards in a different location – perhaps in the small corridor leading to RO3 from the Linear Gallery.

The experiment with the text on the floor did not work unfortunately. The acetate looked too shiny and I think with hindsight that a better effect would have been achieved with vinyl – but that is much more expensive. I will chalk this one up to experience – this is supposed to be a learning exercise after all. Next time I will bite the financial bullet and order vinyl.

The 3 X-frames work really well. The complementary pair saying Finish the Course and Don’t Finish the Course dominate my floor area- and are suitably ambiguous.  Their stark, authoritarian appearance works very well with the A2 screen prints, and the appearance of the black against the red looks semi fascist – and definitely authoritarian which I like. The effect strongly reminds me of the work of Barbara Kruger in the 1960s which I like as well.

I have also had permission to site the Breathe Responsibly – go to Room RO3 X frame between the double doors at the entrance to the Linear Gallery. This is a great location as everyone passing through the main corridor will see the sign.

I am also pleased with the 1 metre by 1.5 metres canvas banner I have had printed with Rock that Algorithm on it. The banner has been finished with tent pole pockets at both ends to give good hanging options. I have prepared two poles drilled with holes for string in case I choose to hang the banner from a support.

I am again considering where exactly to cite the banner: the other part of the MA show in the photography area is a possibility and Cate Field, one of the artists exhibiting there, is keen to have it close to her area which is good news. I will investigate this tomorrow.

 

WORK IN PROGRESS – AUGUST (3)

I am continuing to think about my plans for the MA show which have changed considerably in recent weeks from the mirrored room idea to the display of screen prints and text messages. I understand, though, from guidance from a tutor that this is to be expected as a result of moving into the larger space. But I am very concerned that my thoughts regarding printing on the floor and putting vinyl messages on the wall are too ambitious. They will definitely be very time- consuming and I am keen to have everything in order for the hand-in time without causing myself too much stress at the last minute with the practical work. I do, however, feel confident that I have plenty of work to show and that it is strong. This is exactly what one particular tutor said to me last week so I am keeping these comments at the front of my mind. I also have lots and lots of experimental work to show, from the large A2 screen prints which didn’t work to the old lap-top covered in tarnished silver leaf. I also have three new signs on X-frames, two of which refer to the recent contradictory advice regarding finishing courses of antibiotics and as such will be displayed in my space, and one which has been designed to lead people to this space by promoting my work in Room RO3. (There does seem to be some confusion amongst the students as to what the room number actually is but Andrea sent me a floor plan of Room RO3 with my space highlighted so  Room RO3 is what I’ve gone with for the sign. I am also wondering how to use the tee-shirts and metal Office for Global Improvement badges which I have had made.

I have also explained to my tutor that I will need a practice run with TurnItIn as I have never used it before and have no idea how complicated it is nor how long it takes. I believe it does give you some kind of ‘score’ indicating what percentage of the text consists of quotes or could be plagiarised. I need to check before the 22nd what my score is so that I can adjust the text if necessary.

WORK IN PROGRESS AUGUST (2)

I am two thirds the way through my research proposal so I feel I am on schedule with this. I need to include some references to Foucault, though, as he wrote a great deal about power, which lies at the heart of my concept.  To achieve this I took Foucault’s work Power/Knowledge out of the library yesterday and will read it this afternoon to see if I can find some suitable quotes.

I am also awaiting delivery of my copy of the April/May Frieze magazine which I ordered ten days ago. Had I realised that it would take this length of time I would have photocopied the relevant features from the copy in the library.

 

MA SHOW PLANS

The MA show is coming up fast and I have had lots of options and advice on curation and display methodology.  I think that I have now resolved this into:

Rear wall: to feature the screen prints already made and some more, in different colours and sizes, to be produced this week. The prints will be trimmed and arranged either tessellated or in a more random manner to mimic fly-posting.

The side wall: covered with photographs of the car stickers taken all over the country, the prints ‘fly posted’ in the real world; and people wearing the Office for Global Improvement badges and T shirts which I will pick up tomorrow. This is a scan of the metal badges which have come out well.

 

 

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The floor: possibly either custom-made fabric, printed with some of the digitised screen prints; or vinyl or linoleum flooring printed the same way. The final decision will be governed by both aesthetics and cost.

A table to hold the T-shirts, car stickers, badges and (maybe) questionnaires. Maybe this should be in the space allotted – or maybe in the main foyer if this wold be permitted. I like the idea of issuing people with badges as the come into the exhibition – maybe I could even get them to fill in a short questionnaire about their response to the project and their views on fake news and over zealous advice. These responses could well form the basis of another tranche of work post graduation.

Another thought was to take some of the screen prints and have them digitally printed on either fabric or wallpaper. I’m favouring fabric as I do not have wall space to spare and the wallpaper would not last long on the floor. Fabric, however, could be draped from, say, a dowel attached to the studio ceiling, and either attached to the floor in a similar way, or tied, or draped. This appeals to me and I’m following it up. I’ve included these developments in the documentation I sent to the University tonight. I will talk tomorrow to consultants at imagegroupuk.com as this company seems to offer a plethora of options. They also have experience of installing printed materials in galleries.

www.imagegroupuk.com

I need to measure the room either tomorrow or Tuesday as we have not been given dimensions – only a sketch of the proposed layout of the show. According to the promises made on various digital printing websites, however, it seems that turnaround can be quick- two or three days from receiving the order so whichever I settle on- fabric or wallpaper – provided it’s this week I should have the material in time for the show.

 

Some of the dozens of screen prints I’ve produced recently.

 

Having talked to the technician today I have decided that the best way to fix the prints to the wall is by using special magnets and either screws sunk into the wall or steel whalebone. Following advice from the last tutorial I will aim to tessellate the prints so that they seem to bombard the viewer – which is what I want to achieve. I may also investigate turning some of the digitised versions into large format prints – I’m considering giclee – as this has also been suggested.