Today was HUNT DAY! I applied for 1 job today, at the national portrait gallery. I would have managed at least 3 today had it not been for all the forms involved with applying to these kinds of places. You cant just send your CV and a letter, you have to rewrite your letter within an application form, a bit of a pain but its a nice little part time job! Wish me luck! Now Im off to work, those cakes aren’t gonna slice themselves!
Even tho evidence suggest otherwise!
I’m working really hard lately… at work…
The result is this increasingly post deprived blog, and a brand new empty sketchbook, usually an incentive to start drawing, but now just a reminder of my lack of energy.
I’m actually enjoying working full time, its exhausting but every once in a while i do get time to unleash some creativity, like on Halloween! I made my first ever pumpkin, then another pumpkin and then a somewhat failed attempt at red velvet brain cupcakes:
On Wednesday we had our first meeting after Easter break and we had a bit of a talk about the upcoming unit and the final show. It’s now only 9 weeks left until the project should be finished! Its really scary and exciting at the same time. I have started making a plan of what ill be doing over the next weeks, and ill make a calendar so i can have it all up on my wall to remind me daily that its not ok to just sit around all day!
The first thing i want to do now is this:
-make the calendar
-buy a new note book!
then im starting (continuing) face 1 of the final piece:
– Systematically making time lapses for the final piece (taking photos of flowers, fruit, sweets etc going off. Each shoot should take between 3 – 5 days depending on what im shooting, and ill put maybe 2 – 5 different objects in each shoot to maximize the output)
– I might also do some shorting shoots of squid or shrimp or meat is animated
– While the pictures are taken I can work on after effects (the main thing i want to do is learn to animate my drawings so they appear to be growing)
– Research screens, dvd players, projectors etc needed for the final show.
– Edit together the drawings with the meat and the rotting food, flowers etc.
– Play with the symmetry
– finally creating a final piece of substantial length
– deciding on and buying/renting equipment
– Render final piece
– Make sure everything works with the equipment
– Set up show!
On top of all this there is also:
– Preparation and execution of the Symposium
– Writing the Essay
– Preparing and organizing for the final show
– Writing my CV, Artist Statment etc.
And there is probably more as well, but it will all be OK!!
I made a pretty quick power-point presentation for my mid point review, but i forgot my adapter so i couldn’t connect my laptop to the projector. So i just rambled on using my blog to show the images and films. As most people had seen my work before i think they got a pretty good idea of what its all about, tho some of the part timers seemed to miss the point.
I showed the trial videos from vimeo where i layered the mirrored timelapse of the sky with parts of an old print of mine, and Ethel mentioned that it might be better if the image on top was more see threw so that you could see the sky in the background better. In an attempt to show of the background better i put this together today:
i used smaller images on top, so you can see a lot more of the background. But I dont plan on using the time lapses of the sky in the final work, i want to try to use images of things either rotting or growing.
Another thing that came up during MPR was the theme of my work: Disgusting/Beautiful. Someone mentioned that they did not see the disgusting side to it, but i blame that on the poor projection. I didn’t choose the subject matter first and then make the work to fit it, it was something that developed naturally threw the previous years and i dont see a need to change it, it might evolve further in the future but forcing it would be a bad idea.
Playing with the symmetry in the work seems like a more interesting idea. I have made unsymmetrical work before, like with this one:
and with images mirrored in different ways like with these circles:
I plan to try and do some work mirrored more like the circles, and play with the kaleidoscope effects, without having the images move just like a kaleidoscope would. It was mentioned that maybe it would be good to have the image move in a way the changes the symmetry in them, maybe having them slowly turning asymmetrical. Someone also mentioned using super super slow motion or super fast fastforward/timelapse. I really like the idea of making something that moves so very slowly that you dont notice it moving at first, maybe something that when you come back to see it 15 later will barely have changed.
After Effects was mentioned as well and it was said that i could do what i have been doing a lot easier in after effects, witch i dont doubt, but i need to learn it first. It was mentioned that i could very easily ad sound aswell in after effects but i have decided i wont be using sound with the work, i find sound is often very annoying in a gallery space unless its amazing, and if i want my work to be more like a print then an animation that sound is out of the picture. When working in after effects i could also work more 3d, and take advantage of the fact that my work is often a 3d thing laid out on the floor. It would not always have to be a flat almost static thing… But doing something just because the software allows me to doesn’t mean that doing so make the work any better. Next thing i know ill be using lens flares and putting little yellow rubber ducks everywhere.
Reading threw this i feel i come off a bit negative and even resentful towards some of the comments made during the mpr, but im really not, it was very interesting to hear what people have to say and i think it made me realize how much more work i need to do, and also that i need to work on my presentation skills and try to make my ideas clearer. I’m gonna blame the negativity on the fact that i had two of my wisdom teeth removed yesterday and it still hurts a lot!
So mid point reviews was today and i rambled on a bit to much and probably didnt make much sense but i’ll get back to that at a later point. I did get some good out of it tho, even tho im kinda ignoring most of what most ppl said today.
I have had an idea of what i want the final thing to look like tho, I was talking about how i dont want the work to be like a film or an animation, more like a print, so i was thinking of making like an almost static image on a screen, but then slightly changing over a long time, i dunno who mentioned it today but i think it sounds pretty cool. So you would look at it and not really detect the movement right away… maybe, i dunno. something.