A lot going on this summer. While recovering from my hand injury was top priority, I have continued my endeavor to grow as an artist. The injury left me unable to effectively grip anything with my left hand. However, functionality is at about 95% now, and I'll return to completing those pieces beginning the 8th of August,
I've been reviewing a bunch of artist, including John Edmark and Leonardo Drew. Applying for fellowships, residencies, and prepping to submit work for a couple of exhibitions. Also, been spending time with other contacts I have in the art community. I am expecting to have access to a gallery in Plano, TX this upcoming February and would like to have that be the exhibition that is part of my MFA requirement for such.
While that interview was not extraordinary, it included some key takeaways that were points echoed by my art professors ad nauseum throughout my art education (and my therapist). One particularly impactful, yet challenging to adopt, axiom is that failure is an intrinsic part of the process that creates growth.
However, I have had plenty to turn to. I've developed my engagement with the Dallas Makerspace organization, and begun developing relationships that will become quite meaningful with regard to my ongoing art making. Also, I had been planning to investigate some 2D executions of ideas that I had created sketch studies of. I've come up with an interim name for the form that I am using as the focal main character represented in my current work. I am hoping that inpyha and empyha will work. I have to do some writing and test this out. A pyramidic geometric form is a mathematical or technical description for the form that is a core component of my artwork, however, I feel that I need to create more of an identity for it. The name will aid in that process, and ultimately aid in the story/message that it supports.
My summer's investigation into how I can expand a 2D concept I had, culminates with these studies which include a video titled To Be Black, and,a series of print studies, exampled below. Getting the levels right for the current audio is proving to be quite tricky even with my extensive audio recording engineering experience. I no longer enjoy sharing unfinished work, however, this post is for the benefit of my MFA committee, in order to facilitate some summer's end discussion.
My next rendition of the video will be landscape in orientation and audio-wise will most likely feature the current audio track adjusted to sound like it is deep in the background, and I will record a flattened narration of my voice up front in the audio track. I am writing the narration text as soon as I complete this post.
Also, as I work toward resolving some of the problems that I see, I will favor the higher resolution example (bottom row left two images), Modifying the images to be 16:9 or 4:3, have to test print. Also, still working on better result for the text version of an inpyha form (the red background image).
During this semester, I'll be doing my best to detail the processes I apply to the works I am making currently. I will be aiming to complete some of these works before the spring critique, and some are ongoing. I will be making updates within this blogpost for each of the projects that I am actively working on.
Multiple projects, each with sequential updates within its own project titled subsections below.
books, wood, steel, bronze, urethane
the American Spirit Awards
These pieces shown below are collectively a series...
steel, polyester-cotton, raw cotton, raw sugar, tobacco leaves
the Ingrata Persona Award
wood, imitation gold leaf, oil-based paint
the Playing Field's Fool Award
kiln melted glass, wood
the Bullet Dodger Award
pigment colored urethane
Ideas and designs...
More of a challenge than most, including myself, would expect. There are many types of pyramids, and for this project I have chosen the triangular right pyramid. Mainly to minimize the weight, as they are made of sheet steel, but for fabrication simplification as well.
The steel pieces will be suspended as invisibly as possible, and will have a window that has a material capable of catching some projection video. The design includes downward projected video, being projected onto a dome-like surface with the suspended inverted pyramids suspended over that surface.. .
The summer concluded with my brief investigation of blending clay with acrylic painting.
The fall semester begins with my remaining questions about that investigation. Understanding the medium enough to be able to work with it effectively, regarding expressing an idea, is like with anything going to be difficult because my vision exceeds my skill at working with the medium.
Even though I've sat through a number of classes with Professor Wascovich, whose favorite thing to say or talk about (it seemed sometimes) was the fact that one really needed to make 10,000 instances of a thing in order to master it. Whether or not he meant that literally is beside the point. I agree that one cannot effectively decide whether they should continue to work with a method or material with only a few attempts. At least, perhaps not on the basis of whether their initial studies were successful or not. The results are not likely to be adequate for making such a decision.
However, this being grad school, I think I have to bring something else into the decision making process (or perhaps a few additional factors for the purpose of decision making). For me at least one thing is a certain resonance. I'm looking for a resonance at a meta-physical level. To some degree lack of familiarity is a barrier to that resonance; a barrier that might become more permeable if I gave it some time...but again, this is grad school and I do not have a couple of years to give over to pure exploration.
I'm looking at materials and methodologies that I connect with more immediately. I am looking for a medium that my hands and mind seem to want to work with, and my heart almost immediately feels inclined to want to continue to experience. At this point, acrylic is not it. However, I am not leaving it behind. I want to see what the blending of a 3-D form, and the 2-D painting look like and what kind of emotion comes from the initial pieces that I produce. Perhaps over winter break.