Graduate show countdown + studio

Next week we begin installing our degree show. It will be open from 6th-9th June, with the PV on Weds 5th.

 

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I’ve more or less gotten everything ready for it, which feels good and am hoping the install goes smoothly. This 5 year part-time degree has been such a huge challenge for me, and I can’t believe I’ve finally reached the end. Managing my uni work, as well as my professional life has been so difficult, and has taken a real toll on my physical and mental health. So it feels right that my final piece- ‘Balancing|Projecting’ is a direct response to this particular subject.

Meanwhile, I’ve moved back into the studio (after a recent refurb) and I can’t believe that after 10 years of living in Brighton, I finally have managed to find a small, affordable space to work in. It’s an ex-boiler room, and I’m sharing with two other artists until the end of the year at least. Fingers crossed we can stay on post-2019.

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A plinth lighting test, ready for installation of my Tightrope Diary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final show prep

| Upcoming exhibitions |

This year, I reach the end of my five year journey and will be showing my work at two graduate art shows, followed by a solo exhibition in Brighton during Brighton Digital Festival.

| June 2019 graduate show at Northbrook MET |

| 3rd – 9th July graduate show at Freerange, Truman Brewery, London |

|12th – 25th October 2019 at Gallery Lock In |

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The final countdown

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Last weekend, videographer Sharon came along to practice with me to shoot the final footage for my final degree show.

I’m really happy with the footage and have been editing all week to get it ready for projection tests.

Looking back over this project, I’m actually really pleased by what I have achieved- learning, within 6 months to tightrope walk and use projection mapping has been more than I thought I could do. I now have just under two months to get the pieces in place for the final installation.

Not long now!

I’ll be uploading the film soon, but in the meantime, visit my instagram for a silly video of me falling off, repeatedly.

 

New displays

As part of my course, I’m encouraged to display my work at college as much as possible.

Since I am creating digital work, this creates a creative challenge for me, since I cannot display projections or film easily in the corridor exhibition spaces. I chose to display stills of tightwire projections in the glass towers area, and documentation of learning tightwire in the display case.

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New projections…

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I’ve been experimenting with projecting on different materials, such as this long curtain (the iPhone camera is not great at photographing projections!) I really like this effect within an installation, and it’s certainly something I can look into for my final piece.

Shoe balance projections- I’ve also been returning to projecting into shoes (using some of my shoe balance clips). However, I need to find a way to get enough lighting in the space so that the objects being projected on can be seen, but not so much light that the projections aren’t visible. I’ve picked up some led strips that I can try out around the plinth or floor…

My next step will be getting some proper footage of a tightrope walk- I have a friend who has offered to do this for me, and this will really step things up a bit!

Balancing Projections!

I put together a smaller-scale version of my projections at uni on Monday for a group crit. The feedback was good, although when I brought the group into the room, my projector had stopped working- I’m not 100% sure why, but I’m going to have to do some trouble shooting in preparation for the end of year show. I’ll need to be confident that I can leave the films running without being in the room…

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Projection test with boxes on a metal shelving unit.
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New tightwire walking angle

Balancing|Projecting …the plot thickens

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I’m just a couple of months away from my final degree assessment, and am starting to put together the building blocks of this project, and how I will present it. This is an exciting and scary time usually- that stage of the creative process where you can’t quite envision what a final artwork will look like, but the possibilities are starting to come together. But as this is the final project in my degree, there’s the mounting pressure that ultimately, whatever I make now is my Final Degree Show.

I’m trying not to worry though as that will get me nowhere.

I’ve been practicing more with projection mapping, specifically with clown face on mannequin. I’ve always viewed clowning as a kind of projection, and as a physical, moving projection it creates an eerie yet peaceful vision.

One of the benefits of the studio I currently use is that there is absolutely no natural light- making projection work a dream! Having an affordable studio is such a privilege, especially when living in the centre of a busy town full of artists.

More projection experiments to come soon.