Part of the foundation art course included two trips that are created to inspire and inform students from existing art. During the London art trip, we visited the Space Shifters exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, the Shape of Light exhibition at the Tate Modern, the Turner Prize at the Tate Britain, Fashion from nature at the V+A and a UCAS exhibition that introduced the possibility for further education for a future career in art.
Seeing all the different possibilities and the history throughout art in each of the galleries really inspired me to be more versatile with my art. The exhibition that inspired me the most was ‘Space Shifters’ that took place at the Hayward gallery. The installations that were placed around the exhibition really toyed with your awareness of the space around. One in particular that played with my perception of space was the 20:50 oil installation by Richard Wilson.
‘The surface of the dark, dense substance mirrors the space above it and creates for the viewer the vertiginous impression of being suspended within a curiously doubled and seemingly infinite environment.’
‘‘We all have preconceptions about architectural space, about rooms, about buildings – whether they’re galleries or museums or not’, Wilson has said, ‘– and if you can do something that unsettles those preconceptions, you can generate a whole new way of understanding your place in the world.’’
I was really blown away by the shape of light exhibition and all of the different perceptions and ideas that was shown with the same concept but different ways of looking at it. I particularly liked how effective the paper photography was. It gave an impression of huge sculptures when reality it’s just a folded up piece of A4. It really gave me the realisation that the perception of something can be completely changed due to the way something is photographed. E.g. the contrast of light and dark.
^Shape of Light exhibition
This paper image (middle) and many that were in the exhibition reminded me of the paper sculptures that I had made and photographed in my sculpture workshop. The first picture that I took really changes the way you perceive the tiny paper sculpture that I had created and then photographed.
I think that, instead of producing a banal representation of a place, I’d rather take my handkerchief out of my pocket, twist it to my liking, and photograph it. – Man Ray.
^ Shape of light
The way perception is perceived and photographs really intrigue me. The way the height of things seem exaggerated in the first image and the way distance is exaggerated in the second is something I may like to explore further with. The amount of things within each image also creates a very different feel in both the pictures. For example, In the first image it looks very crowded with lots of different things going on, opposed to the right image where it has a sort of lonely, straight feel about it.
^ Shape of Light
A series of pieces that really struck a chord in me was the pictures where a photograph of a body had been taken but out of context. At first glance, I never would have noticed any of these images was a human form, it took a double take until it clicked that actually it was a human form. These pictures had been taken disregarding the idea of the body as a thing in itself but rather the shapes and the way the light could hit it to create illusions. The idea of turning something into something else that people don’t quite relate to that object really intrigues me, its that double take at a piece of art which is what I really crave and want when creating my own works.
^ Shape of Light
These three images above are a very good example of how light can be used to create an abstract piece with a true sense of dimension.
^ Shape of Light
These image really represent the fluidity that the shape of light can create. The bottom left picture was created with the idea of music in mind and how musical notation looks of a piece of manuscript. The artist wanted to create a piece of art that really captured the essence of music purely using monochromatic colours and basic shaped. I though that this example was very effective and made something already beautiful even more so. They added fluidity and changed the idea that usually structured looking music was perceived.
Another thing I took away from this trip was that there are so many pathways you can go down with the route of art. We visited a UCAs event which allowed us to speak to universities which we may choose to go to. From this, I learned that a pathway that I may take is film, animation and photography. I really liked what all of the universities had to offer and what they had in store within the course. Being in London really gave me a taster of the possibilities within art and how places such as London have much more of a higher demand for artists such as myself. The city thrives from product design, window displays and advertisement. Every where you turn there are beautiful structures and sculptures. I think that after visiting, it would be very possible that I could further my practice in a big city such as itself.