This page is meant to look quite stressful, because it was meant to represent all the work I had to do, however, this is also a practical page, working to help me complete work, I have also put my bibliography into this page because I just think that it fits with in this page, it is a page of notes and reminders, websites just fit in this. Overall the plan I made myself at the start was hard to stick to, I didn’t, instead I have had to add other things and make alternative lists to keep things in order. To conclude, as an organised person I did struggle with fitting everything in on time, but, I think I manage overall well because I would regularly go back and look at what I have done and what to do next.
The reason for making a collage of pre-existing assemblages was because I like to look at others work. To influence myself with work, gaining knowledge in how to create an assemblage. I have chosen to present them as small images, to fit more on a page and so, when I look at the page as a whole my eyes move fast over the pictures. From doing this college lead to me doing artist research, especially the assemblage artists, whose work is prominent in the college. I found this activity particularly helpful as I could then narrow down, I have done collages in every project so far and will continue to do so. But to improve I could have done a better title because also of the one I have used has rubbed out.
Again, as a form of ideas generation, I have used this idea which, I have used in previous projects, mind mapping, I think it is the best way to quickly record ideas and be able to show people, how there are many possibilities, however, it shows ideas that could work or could not work. I like using mind maps as it allows other ideas to spiral off the initial idea. Unlike in the previous project I haven’t made a really extravagant mind map, it has been done quickly, showing rapid thought.
For every project now I have done a mood board, the reason being is because they are the best way of coming up with visual representations of ideas, or possible areas to explore. This mood board was meant to show an idea which I was thinking, even in the early stages of the project, something to do with society. But, after the mood board I still used some of the ideas, Polaroid pictures and reaching into Dada. So, in future I will continue to use this method as it is very helpful for mixing ideas together.
I simply thought it would be helpful to writ the definition of the pice of art I am creating, therefore to see if the idea I have fits into the bracket, which it does. I chose to do the title in this format because I think it show what an assemblage is, something which has been put together, like a box, the art has been constructed. unfortunately, some of the letters haven’t turned out so well. I think a definition was important, I referred back to this page to look at which sentence I can most relate the project to.
My final peace used black and white as the main focus, therefore to have a page that talks about black and white colour theory is highly necessary, I looked at yin and yang, the colours individually and how they are used in the world. From looking at the colours I gained an understanding of how to correlate my theory with the per connived conceptions of black and white to a person. I didn’t do a blog post about black and white because I felt that I wanted to put my own spin on the colours, to have supportive drawings, which I can’t get from a standard blog post. One thing that I could have included more of is the historic use of the colours, have they always been around, or is there a specific reason.
Above is the pages where I have recorded my ideas, all of my sketches of the ideas and how I am going to present my final artwork. The first sketches, upon hearing the brief are on the first page, I thought they were important to include as were the very first ideas. Under theory’s the initial idea that I drew after looking at assemblage artists, inspired by only using one colour, then I did a sketch which with the same idea, within the centre would be a collage explaining the idea. Next, the idea, no collage, but, black and white photographs to explain the idea. The final sketch, end of the evolution is the one I have made. It combines the install idea, with photographs and related sketches.
film photography is what I ended up using, I always planned to, as I feel that it is pointless to take photos digitally then make them black and white, and I thought it would add to the human branding idea if I developed the photographs myself. So, as a reference and possible areas to pursue I looked at film photographers, to broaden my knowledge on film photography, how it has changed over time and what was fashionable to shoot at the times. In all I thought by doing simple research I have gained many more names and people that I can refer back to.
Dada, a movement which I have been very much inspired by, I think that the message behind it is very captivating, and from reading manifestos and books about the movement I think that what it stood for can still relate to today, even though it was about the outrage of a world war, I think that the art produced is so relatable today, from images of corruption to the control one person has over society are things for me to look back on. The page above is meant to be my exploration of the movement, using books and imagery, The writings are photocopies of a collection of manifestos, I have written down important information in red, Then there is the maps, where the movement formed, and giving background into the history if Dada. And have defiantly been inspired by the movement, and will continue to use it for inspiration.
It was very important to record the locations of the photos, I planned to take them as I was on holiday, where there were woods, meaning I could have a map of where I was, though some of the picture were spontaneous, so, not fully documented, however, I tried my best to record as much as I could. On the next page is my photograph planning, where I thought is was best to take photographs, I did this the day before, insuring that I could have an idea of what I was shooting. I will continue to do location pages as they are very important for show the idea progression.
The meaning behind this page was simply to show people that I documented the weather and the conditions that I took my photographs in, I wrote theses down in a note-book that I was using when the photos were taken. I thought is was important because, for example, if it was raining, there may be more colour on the floor, rather than if it were dry, leaving the floors colours as usual instead of emphasized. The layout of the page just shows ripping because I thought I the note-book pages are ripped so should the background be. From documenting the weather I have learnt that it is always good to write things down, however, I didn’t constantly record the numbers on the camera, which would have been really helpful to do.
I found using a film camera relatively simple, I have used one before, so, had experience into how to take photographs on the camera. I have include annotation on the page indicating further findings and how I used the camera. But, the page also shows progression and flows to the next page.
A Polaroid shape is what I am using in the final images because I think they have a good frame size and they add to the black and white colour scheme. The page in my sketch book helped me to find the perfect image size, I have looked at a range of sizes, the intax Polaroid size, an original Polaroid shape and a larger sized print. On this page I have also recorded the dimensions of the prints and made a template, which assisted me in the darkroom.
The only reason I have included the page above was to show the story of how I took the pictures, I have chosen to display them as a book as I wanted the page to appear simple. Also, the only other way to look at the images in the sketch book would to be to look at the film, so this way I could look back at the images clearly.
After going to the Tate Modern in London, this page in my sketch book was made to show the photographs I took and some maps of galleries that I visited, the purpose of having this page in my sketch book was to show the story of progression in the book and to make it look like a journey, rather than stuff in a book, in no order. I have also written a post on my blog, documenting my findings within the exhibition of 100 years of photography as well as another gallery that I visited. I presented the page in this way to show it as findings, meaning snapshots of where I am, the maps add to the overall experience of the gallery, instead of their practicality.
Simply used to record things I brought for the project and why I had used the items that I did, I chose to present this my page in this way, messy to reflect a construction type look for the page, next to the title is a collage of items that I have now painted and put on the final product. It included, clocks, cardboard and toy animals. All of which will be painted black and white to show the worlds branding.
This was necessary because at first I didn’t understand what I was trying to show in my artwork, so throughout the project I have been going back to this to record the best summary of my idea. I thought it best to record it in a sketch book as I cold refer back to it better than if written on the blog.
These are my first photo experiments, I went in to the darkroom to see what I could make and way of showing my photos to an audience. The paper used in these images different to thee one in the final, it wasn’t my paper, however, I am glad that I used my own paper because I think this would be too obstructing, the shinny-ness wouldn’t allow the photos to be viewed. The experiments were very helpful, as I learnt many new things as well as how to make the photo edited without the use of Photoshop. In conclusion the experiments are something I am going to continue to do as they add to my knowledge and wont ruin the final thing.
Another experiment page, but, this time I tested out all the medias I could find, the reason being to find the best way to cover my cardboard, though I have only used black paint, I didn’t really have many white media, so, I have put myself at a disadvantage, however, I still think it is necessary to explore all the media I can, I looked at different types of paint and pens, in all I found acrylic effective as well as spray paint. I have explored the string technique and looked at black and white photography, in favour of digital.
I am intending on using the colour red in the final , to show anger, or rage, therefore I see it fitting to look at the colour in detail, understanding other meaning, so, not to clash any ideas together, resulting in the best possible meaning. From reaching the colour, and recording my own understandings of the colour I know that red is also the colour of a new world as well as, to show power within a place. I chose to only use the colour red on the page, so, to show how effective the colour is, immediately feeling alert and looking directly at the boldest of the words. I will continue to use colour research pages when needed as I have learnt many different connotations.
Theses are pages of dark room experiments, it was important to do many experiments in the project as I needed to show that I had looked at other outcomes, not to limit myself creatively. As I had already done some experiments I found it harder to up with other ideas, however, I learnt new thing, such as how to make a negative, to tilt the frame and to reflect water onto the photo, all of which worked out well as I am going to use some of the techniques in the final images. In all the use of experimentation is very helpful, and enjoyable because I have learnt a lot of new developing methods and new ways of solving problems.
This is a page is dedicated to peer reviews and my reviews or understanding of other people’s ideas. on the fist page are tutors progression suggestions. I wanted to include these pages in my sketch book as I feel they help to tell the story of how I came about making the final thing, they also add to my own understanding of what others are doing.