Jedd Novatt’s series of *Chaos* works are a collection of loose non-representational geometric forms. Precariously balanced, these compositions embody the ‘almost’ quality that i plan to achieve with my pieces, as close to perfectly formed and balanced as they are to unrecognisable and tumbling.
In the same way i kept the base of the original triangles for the final piece, i’d be interested in having future sculptures contain the essence and structure of their original form. I will experiment with this further before the assessment.
Teaching in the California School of Fine Arts, Peter Forakis moved from painting to sculpture in the 1960’s. Atlanta Gateway, made in 1966 is an example of his interest in geometric form and in particular the tetrahedron (A four faced triangle).
Discussing Peter Forakis during last years Field project brought his work to my attention and his influence is clear in the first stage of my Square bar, painted. His use of Steel, stainless steel tube and sheet give an industrial tone consistent with Minimalism and the fabrication techniques the associated artists employed.
This contemporary exhibition on display at the Royal West of England Academy Bristol is an exploration of circus life and displays both humorous and serious angles of those involved. The exhibition included painting, sculpture and photography, each expressing an array of reactions to the noise and movement of the circus.
A piece of particular interest was Sadie Tierney’s Starflyer, a silk screen print featuring a tightrope walker and trapeze artists in a constructed tent. This print struck me as relevant for its interesting use of light, colour and line with the scaffolding bringing a strong architectural quality to the scene.
Similarly, another of her pieces entitled High Wire I uses minimal line and silhouette to reveal a sense of movement and transience that I would like to incorporate into my own work.
When making pieces in future, both sculptural and two dimensional, I intend to experiment with bringing in similar gestural, simplistic marks as a way of communicating actions.
David Smith is considered one of Americas most influential 20th Century sculptors and has had a large impact on my practice. Smith’s work with welded metal drew influence from Cubism, Constructivism and Abstract Expressionism with the use of industrial materials making his work distinctive.
Smith moved away from the idea of a sculptures central point, instead creating pieces without an organic core. Collage and reconstruction were key to many of his pieces and with the use of pre-existing materials and objects, sculptures like Hudson River Landscape (1951) came into being.
Kazimir Malevich (1879–1935)
While developing my work in the past few months, I have been reminded of an exhibition visited last year at the Royal Academy. Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 was a display of the work produced following the Russian Revolution which overthrew Tsarist Autocracy and led to the rise of the Soviet Union. The movement that stood out from this exhibition was that of the Avant-Garde and the work of Kazimir Malevich. The concept of Suprematism is led by Malevich, the main principle of which is the rejection of reality in favour of art’s existence within a world of its own. The Suprematist work consisted of basic geometric shapes and a limited range of colours, white backgrounds and floating forms were key to the movement.
Following the development of my work into simplistic shape and limited form, i began thinking back to previous interest in the Cubist movement and the artists associated.
Largely based in painting, early Cubist artists sought to analyse and dissect figures and objects until they were entirely removed from nature.
Cubism is known for the extensive works of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque but it continues to influence and have relevance in contemporary art.
Sculptors associated with the movement include Alexander Archipenko and Jacques Lipchitz, whose works depict various fractured forms based in the figurative and material.
Premiums Interim Projects
As i was in the area of the Royal Academy, i stopped to see the exhibition display by the RA Schools, the work on show was that of students midway through their postgraduate studies. Although none of the work struck me as overly relevant to my own, the exhibition layout was helpful when considering our upcoming degree show. Featuring a smaller number of artists, this exhibition gave ideas in relation to spacing, viewing distance and the level of interaction the audience could potentially have with the work.
I will continue to think about how i want my artwork to be perceived.