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Week Five – Reading Week – Oscar Faulkner

My project feels quite fragmented this week, with different ideas coming and going. I experimented with fabric and mirrors to manipulate the projected image and did not create any drawings. I tried to visualise my project in the space of a room or multiple rooms where you have to walk through the work. I am currently struggling to know what I should include and exclude of the receipts, how to combine the 2D and the 3D, and maybe broadening the project to look at more technological symbolism from modern everyday life.

Friday 04 November

Planning the ideas for our workshops. I listed words related to the senses of touch and taste because of the Rirkrit Tiravanija workshop.

Tim Head

Tim Head (1946 – present) is a British artist whose work explores contemporary reality across multiple disciplines.

Displacements, 1975-6, Slide, 4 projectors, chairs, mirrors, bucket, clock, ladder and tape-measure.

His installations disrupt space by creating illusions, distorting the shapes of objects with light/ shadows and mirrors. Images of objects projected onto the real objects, combining mechanical/digital with tangible space. I find the contrast of the real and the image intriguing, but how could I make a real receipt work in the same way? The receipts are small and I am enjoying the process of enlarging them.

‘The digital dimension is a clean shadowless place lit by a treacherous light.
Bathed in its insubstantial glow we absorb its pale agitation daily.
Even though the tick of its binary pulse is out of sync with our own, we are addicted to the giddy rush of its fevered indifference.

Alphaville 2, 2013, Inkjet print on acrylic.

‘Overlapping circles of translucent spectrum colours plus black, stacked in sequential order over a grid, embroider a numerical weave of weightless abstractions, fabricated within the remoteness of digital space and falling to earth as a fine deposit of dried inks.’

I like the symmetry of Alphaville 2. Pattern and repetition in everyday life. I can create symmetrical imagery by extracting parts of my receipts. I also like the method of the photographer, Daniel Teafoe, who flips his images, having a 50/50 split of the original and a reverse.

Projection experiments.

Manipulating projections with mirror shards. The light forms created by the broken edges is similar to the creases of the receipts themselves.

Projecting onto Fabric

The image of the receipts is projected onto the fabric but also passes through to the wall behind.

I have used a vice and string to attach ends of the fabric roll in the middle of my room. This creates three planes of image, the fabric having two sides, meaning you can walk in-between the images. If I used more than one layer of fabric I could have a gradient of fading images, but I need to work out how to attach the other sheets.
Combining still imagery, projected video, layers of these projections larger than the body, which you can walk through. Ultimately, the familiar everyday language and symbolism is made unfamiliar, chaotic, confusing, and meaningless.

Following seeing Carlo Bernardini’s installations I thought of the red light of barcode scanners. I found out that they are red for economic reasons, the light is a diode laser and the colour red is cheaper and more simple than other colours.

Carlo Bernardini

Carlo Bernardini (1966 – present) is an Italian artist who makes light installations using fibre optics. His work explores the boundaries of spaces, the negative space is as much the subject of his work as the cables of light.

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The fibre optic defines an ‘illusory form’, in which ‘you lose the dimension of space’. The structure appears to be intangible at first but the light is contained in physical spaces, tubes.

I think it would be interesting to try and refract light instead of using the fibre optic cables, as refraction seems more natural, you can also walk through the beam of light.

Reflected projection from a circular mirror

By the end of the week I have determined some more potential areas to explore…

  • Scan more receipts
  • Experimenting with clear plastic sheet and the projector
  • Try layering fabric sheets to create more image planes
  • Extracting language from the receipts, taken out of context, perhaps revisit Ed Ruscha.
  • Introducing beams of red light, reflecting, refracting
  • Filming the receipts rolling like film credits. Making something like a pulley to allow them to be filmed smoothly.
  • Research Dadaism (if found to be relevant), and try creating 2D or 3D work influenced by their style.
  • How do Dadaism and Absurdism relate to the Everday?
  • Look at Networks (Documents of Contemporary Art)
  • Daniil Kharms (absurdist poetry)
  • Fred Sorrell – Ember

1 thought on “Week Five – Reading Week – Oscar Faulkner”

  1. Really great ideas and research. I would look at Abish’s experiments for lighting. That and the patterning is probably the key to this project, I really liked the hidden projection on fabric and the use of colour. There’s a lot in this project and I can see how this could develop in totally different directions it could become totally absorbing.

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