the playful and subjective methods of the surrealists, Dubord
Interactive vocabularies (Clark and Hélio Oiticica: A Legacy of Interactivity and Participation for a Telematic Future, Simone Osthoff) audience interaction creating a dialogue between viewer and artist
Exploring the complimentary aspects of positive and negative space (Osthoff)
From work to event. We are the mould, it’s up to you to breathe substance into it, Frieze art review on Lygia Clark
Ce sont les regardeurs qui font les tableaux (it is the viewers who make the pictures) Duchamp
It’s an opportunity for people to involve themselves with the work, become aware of their own bodies, gravity, effort, fatigue, their bodies under different conditions (Robert Morris, discussing BodySpaceMotionThings)
My theoretical research has been very orientated around the notion of the viewer interacting with the art. I feel that by interacting, the viewer is then commencing into a dialogue with both the art and artist. The works I produce are almost autobiographical representaions of myself, , my sense of place, and have become to develop into a language (my own language, created to substitue my loss of spoken language, the Sculpture in a Pocket heiroglyph idea etc), and so this dialogue between artist, art, place and viewer is a key element.
For the exhibition, I have decided to exhibit my orange sculpture, as it has been a key work from this term and has expanded my ideas. I will exhibit the photographic image of the sculpture at the Savanna, and then have a television screen at the centre of the sculpture showing a video of the savanna, the back and forth converstation of the sculpture being out of context when placed in the environment to the place becoming out of context in an art environment interesting to me.
I will also be exhibiting selected imagery from the Sculpture in a Pocket series as I feel that it is important to display this starting point of my practise in Reunion.
Inspired by by both my own manipulation of the Sculpture in a Pocket fabric and the research I have been conducting (Claire Bishop, Richard Morris, Lygia Clark etc), I have decided to cretae a large 3D fabric piece to be manipulated by the viewer. Inspired by a quote by my tutor in regards to the the Social studio that I created in BA5; its furniture something to use but also to be viewed, and a sculpture can also be a situation, I decided to create a large ‘bean bag’ sculptural form to be manipulated by the viewer, whether through playing, moving, or just the change of shape left from the imprint of their body after sitting. I am interested to see whether people in a formal gallery situation will let go have fun with the piece or whether they will keep in decorum with a sense of formality; as discussed in my previous essay, when interacting the viewer not only in a way becomes the artist, but also the art; they become part of the piece viewed by those who dont interact-their actions/reactions to the piece are as important as the piece itself.
I used blue fabric as it symbolises the commence of the blue and orange collaboration I have begun with Kelly, as well as drawing inspiration from the research this collaboration has led me to commence into colour phychology: blue is a colour of stability,clenliness, faith, associated with depth, power, tranquility and a higher level of intelligence/perspective. This will hopefully lead the viewers to phsychologically feel at ease to interact with the piece; blue is also the colour of the posters for the exhibition, and I have purposly used the same fabric as used for my orange sculpture to aethetically link the two works further then their colours already do.