Swallow Crystals and Laugh Prisms.

Monday, March 2, 2009

okay whaddup way too much art stuffff is happenin today


Also, there's been a major change in my degree project installation.

I met with my friend Serena, who is in 3D design and has a lot of experience in building structures. She told me I needed to think more about what I want to communicate with the structure and come back when I have that really figured out. I wrote a list of how I feel at shows and marked the subtle delineations between the feelings of exhilaration and the inner peace. I found that my purpose was to communicate this dichotomy of feeling. It is imperative that the environment be overwhelming, but not in a negative way. I also want participants to experience my project in a profoundly solitary way.
Weeks later, Serena and I met for breakfast during a snowstorm. That Monday we’d gone to see Earthless and Witch together. Inspired by our shared concert experience, she told me she envisioned the structure being my leg in my striped pants. She opened my mind to thinking about transforming the space completely, instead of just adding elements to a pre-existing container. She drew out a tunnel and a plexiglass floor supported by wood beams with coloured fluorescent lights running along underneath between the beams. The room would be a tunnel of striped fabric, with my images projected onto the tunnel walls from outside, fans enabling the fabric to undulate and vibrate, with lights with coloured gels, oranges and greens. At the end of the tunnel where it met the wall, there would be a strip of wall on which some of my pieces would be attached and there would be programs that were massively over-sized and comically larger than life.
I sat with this totally new spin on my original idea and something wasn’t right, I felt constrained by the tunnel and that wasn’t what I wanted to communicate at all. I’m now thinking about opening up the top of the tunnel and winding it so that it opens to a space people can relax inside. I imagine a fake fur rug and many feathers tied onto strings that are hanging from the ceiling and brushing the tops of peoples’ heads. Maybe one wall has a projection of one of pieces. Throughout the path I want to project pieces as well, but they will be harder to concentrate on and less clear. Conceptually, this actualization fits much better than my original vision.

Here you can see my initial idea (which is just a boring gallery idea):

Serena's idea:

needing to keep the top of the tunnel open...
winding the path
possible bird-eye turns

sketch of a detail of a sketch for a copper etching for printmaking:

it's kind of part of a ritual of letting go, but all drawn-out because it's so rare to meet people you feel not only match you, but can push you to grow as an individual. anyway it's sort of an ode... lemme do it i don't wanna give a shiiit.