I had trouble with this video as I do not find this sort of thing particularly easy to do. However I learnt a lot and am glad for the experience.
A young man walks into a bar and pauses as he realises to his horror that he is the only man not wearing white. As he continues on his path through the room he can feel the eyes of the other me watching him intently. The bar has gone silent and the only sound is his footsteps echoing in the room.
He walks to the bar and sits, he looks around and all he can see are men in white suits looking back at him. He orders a drink and awkwardly stays at the bar, determined not to be made to walk out but very uncomfortable.
A car pulls up outside the bar and a man gets out and walks in. he is also dressed differently than the men in white suits, the man at the bar and the newcomer make eye contact and after a pause in the silent room the newcomer approaches the outside at the bar. All the eyes follow his progress through the room. They meet and pause again, after a small moment of silence they hug and act like they have just reunited after a long time apart. All the men in white turn to observe this moment. They embrace each others differences and leave the bar together to go enjoy their day, while they leave behind all the people who are to afraid to be different.
I have chosen to reflect on Shape of Things as part of my integrated project as I felt that this had the most impact and relevance on the work I was creating, it has taught me new skills that I have in turn applied to the Integrated project in different elements.
We learnt about the creative process and the iterative nature of creating artwork, this is fundamentally a flowing process that is changeable depending on the work you are creating and the nature of the medium you are using. I found this the most applicable and relevant to me when we were making castings as well as how the whole series was about different iteration sequences and processes of one object. This helped me to realise how versatile one specific subject can be if you start to look at it from a different angle and incorporate those ideas into your practice as experimentation and then a potential further line of enquiry or a final piece. I also found that the 3D element of Shape of Things was incredibly helpful in terms of expanding my view point. I had never really attempted to make 3D elements in an art sense before so this experience helped to open my understanding of the approach and prompted me to be not as wary about approaching art in a 3D sense. I found the tactile sensibilities of the work to be one of the most satisfying parts of being able to make something that was tangible.
These ideas helped me in Creativity and Design because I took the knowledge of this iterative process and applied It to my own process of paintings. My paintings became more about how I was creating them and what methods I was using or changing slightly with each work to create a different effect and see if that helped to communicate my view of the Whau river and the abstracted environment and tidal flows. My work also started becoming more about what painting would lead on from the current work to make an improvement or even to slightly change the direction I was heading based on how I felt all the previous works were communicating the idea I had in mind. I started looking at my works as a whole piece rather than separate individual works. Certain families or series started to be able to be seen and I started to prefer to look at them in relation to each other rather than individually.
I started to look at how to work with my mediums in a more tactile way than I had done with any work previously. I began pouring and splashing paint, using more than just the movement of my hand to create my work and having the medium be the changeable and most fluid part of my iterations. I found this a new experience as it was a complete change to how I usually create my work and the methods I use.
I found that Shape of Things helped to influence my Storyworlds part of the integrated project in the ways that I was looking at my research. Because I was using a lot of process orientated work flows in Creativity and Design I found that in turn I was researching and discovering a lot more process driven artists and becoming a lot more heavily influenced by their workings. I found their processes to be the most informative part of my research and was able to explore artists more deeply than usual because I found a couple that had processes that ran parallel to my own.
In terms of the Enterprising Professional part of the Integrated project I feel as though Shape of Things has only had a slight influence in this aspect. I could discover how some artists, collectives, and students had created certain installations or made different 3D works into a publicity attracter or a business. However, I found that this information has not hugely helped to influence my Enterprising Professional part of the brief. I feel that this is mostly because this part of my integrated project has taken a different direction to my artworks, which is something I welcome as it enables me to expand my thinking into multiple directions more easily. I have not found it a problem that these two courses did not fully integrate for me and think it helps to keep my project having some elements that are different and separate from each other.
I found that even though the work I created in the Shape of Things brief was not directly applicable to my work, all the processes and methodologies were very applicable. This brief helped to expand my practice to a new direction that I believe I would not have accessed had I not been through the process of learning all the techniques that I had previously never explored.
I enjoyed the process of learning how to make a rotoscope. I accidentally made a four second video instead of five but to move it i would have had to start again from scratch. I found the process long but entertaining and think it will be a skill that will be useful to me in the future.
We created a movable plastic sculpture using plastic bags and balloons. we attached the plastic bags to a big screen and put the balloons inside. We then fanned the screen from underneath to raise the plastic and make the balloons move around inside. This helped us to explore fluidity of a shape and all the elements in which we could interact with it. I found that the sound of the plastic rustling created an immersive experience, even more so when paired with lying underneath the screen and watching the balloons move. I didn’t expect it to be as tranquil as it turned out to be.
We then waited till it was dark and turned the sculpture on and projected images on to it. This wan’t quite as successful as we thought and it looked quite alien and different from how we expected it to turn out. I thought it would be much more noisy and overwhelming than it was.
I made some bowl like shapes with the help of balloons which I found to have a nice flow and shape to them. I also made some more squiggly shapes using the inside of balloons which I found gave a good physical meaning to quiver. I then tried casting in sand, I created a shape using a paintbrush and then cast into it. I found the result successful and interesting and made me think of tangible ways to create my ideas in a physical sense.