Photographed here is my final piece for the Degree show exhibition titled Square Bar, painted. The layout has worked successfully, the surrounding works interact well with the optical nature of each sculpture and the overall effect is that of what I had hoped to achieve. When placing the work I tried to consider the audience and their movements when the show takes place and the large number of visitors to the exhibition meant safety had to be considered.
My decision to include the smaller experiment was a recent one. As my main focus has been the show of development throughout this piece, the inclusion of the starting point seemed necessary as a display of the continual process Square bar, painted has gone through.
When choosing the positions and angles of the set up, it seemed important to avoid anything too structured. The layout instead avoids falling into a square or being overly predictable.
One point that I hadn’t expected was the correlation between kitty’s work on the wall and my own, the boldness and priority of form in her paintings worked well as a companion piece to the sharpness of my sculptures.
Drawing from a number of influences and ideas, Square bar, painted exists as a clear display of process and artistic development.
Distinct lines and an undercurrent of geometric form allude to early 20th century movements such as Constructivism and Cubism, while the use of line as a means of dividing and manipulating space displays obvious influence by the sculptural works of Caro, Smith and early Picasso. The continuing relevance of these concepts are seen throughout the contemporary art world.
The piece exhibited presents a disordered form, welded, cut, ground down and reassembled, in this way it is a step in the continual process towards personal satisfaction and potential finality. The rework-able nature of steel provides endless sculptural possibilities and opportunity for growth.
Square bar, painted is a frozen moment in an unfolding practice.
As i will be displaying without a plinth, the floor will be a large part of the piece when exhibited. I did what i could to get rid of paint, masking tape and any other distractions.
Due to the nature of the work i’m displaying in the degree show, i thought it best to get insurance to cover myself in case of sale or damage. I chose to do this through a-n.co.uk as it had been the recommended site and decided to sign up for the full yearly membership (£39.00) so as my future work and sales would also be covered.
These newly deconstructed and re-welded triangles are now my final piece for the degree show. After deciding that the previous shapes were unfinished, I went down to the metal workshops and started thinking of ways to improve them.
One element that made for successful pieces in the past was a spontaneous approach and because of this I avoided planning too much, instead believing the best route to be just start cutting. Using an angle grinder I ground off much of the paint I’d applied and removed chunks, lines and corners of each piece, reattaching them with a seeming randomness. The results are a variety of shapes, each with a clear geometric foundation but individually flawed or incomplete. These pieces give the impression of being mid change or development, as if they had glitched while transforming into a new and undiscovered shape. This line of thinking is encouraged by the varied finish, from matt black paint to silvery metallic.
The above photos are the finished piece for the degree show, a collection of geometric triangular sculptures welded into various positions and painted with a matt black Hammerite.
The intention of this piece is to experiment with the ways in which line can be used to create the impression of weight, depth and balance. I believe this is achieved but after placing the work in the intended space and environment of the degree show it seemed the overall effect was lacking something.
After a tutorial with David I became certain that they were incomplete. During the tutorial the differences between this piece and other past, more successful works were discussed along with the ways in which this one could be improved. A large part of what has made these appear unfinished is the closed off natures of the shapes, the simple design means there is little room for curiosity or thought from the audience.
While making these I had also been experimenting with small projects, cutting up old sculptures and reassembling them, one piece in particular had an impact and led to my decision to remake parts of this previously finished collection of sculptures