I was experimenting with paints to look for different patterns and meanings with what I was doing but here’s a brief introduction to the series of things I’m thinking of and the colours I want to play with! But this was just layering stroke over stroke with strong colours. I would title this series blood for blood as it used strong bold colours and the vivid and large chunky strokes that splash a cross reads this imagery in my mind. Also I was watching a law case at this time of painting and it further shows the mood I was in.
I took to editing and playing with photoshop to further enhance and create different imageries for this series.
By Amadea, Ryan and Zoe
We’re back with the last project and it’s a group one. Our project titled The Ringing is a performance piece that’s based on the myth about the bell curve and “the bell curve god” as many like to call it. Attached above is the PDF of our proposal.
The bell curve is an essential aspect of the grading systems in most of the educational institutes that we have attended. From Secondary school through to University, the bell curve will mark and affect our grades and thus it is important and a relevant topic to many.
We started with the preparation of the shrine and added on the addition aspects.
In the process of making this installation, there were certain things that we had needed to consider.
As we look for suitable materials for our installation structure, we made a few improvisations to use materials that varied from what we had initially envisioned. Wooden sticks and poles found were mostly too thin. Though we had considered building two diagonal sticks forming a cross at the back of our structure as a stabiliser, we were concern that the sticks may be far too thin to hold the scale of our structure. In addition, having additional sticks may not be as cost-efficient as we would like. After further explorations with other materials, we picked up wooden frames sold in pieces that were very firm in thickness. The measurements of these wooden frames were in consideration of the length and bendability of the canes used as the ‘bell curve’ at the top of our structure. The main bell was improvised in using smaller bells with regards to cost, they were very effective in allowing the audience to create a longer ‘ring’ as the bells were pulled. A thin canvas was used for the base of the structure as other materials did not have a good size to match the length of the wooden frames.
Another concern that we had was the attachment of the bent canes to the wooden structure; whether or not the bent cane will be stable in holding its position upon being pulled, as needed in the process of the performance. Two options that we were considering to use was glueing with wooden glue and drilling. In the attempt in drilling holes into the wooden structure, the bent canes were unstable as the holes made had rooms for the canes to shift. With a smaller drill bit, the canes were able to hold a firm, bent position. The holes were drilled three-quarter into the wood so that the cane will not slip through.
-The ‘Midnight Oil’ Candles
In our first approach in setting up the wicks with olive oil in small jars, wires were first used to secure the wick at a level slightly above the olive oil. Though as we light up the wick, it had were burned off completely in seconds. With cautiousness in a safe area, we then attempt to light the wick partly submerged into the olive oil. The wick lasted longer in this way and there were no troubles.
We took to create a mock session and filmed it for our documentation. In it, you can see the details of the altar and process of a procession. Also, it allowed us to see the difficulties and errors that we might have encountered that was have been reflected above.
We present to you our video here.
During the performance piece, we observed that everyone was laughing and found the project amusing. We acknowledge the absurdity of it and wanted to bring to life something that is seen to be fake and also show the extent to see how willing students are to go to lengths, such as some of our examples, in order to secure and hold on to their grades. We also wanted to perform and end the semester on a lighter note with this performance. Doing something very relevant to students around us helped the performance. Also, seeing everyone participate in this knowing that it was a hoax-ish cult ritual encouraged the performance work and the bring it through to the end.
This performance installation brought to us new light and new experience in creating and doing performance art. Furthermore, we were able to engage the audience and bring them into our entire performance such that they also became performers in their own right. I think this experience taught our group a lot about performance art and installation.
Here I present to you the printed drafts I had for my final project. Each draft contains a different edit and a build up to what I’ve achieved today.
Draft 4, 5 and 6 helped me choose the paper that I want after seeing them in print. I finally choose to have my final print in Monet, 115gsm as I felt that I didn’t want the paper quality to be too thin even though it’s a personal zine because I want the structure as it is a poetry zine. The thicker paper also suited the colours from the contrasting toned images of my zine. The other people didn’t feel as solid and neither did it really bring out my vision.
Also, I didn’t bind it together as I wanted a raw authentic feel as the pages are flipped. I didn’t want the rigid feel of the papers sticking together.
Thus, this concludes my progression over the past few weeks while working on this zine.
Hope you enjoyed it.
ANNDDDD THIS IS THE LAST! There were some slight adjustments and this is the final piece that was submitted. Initially I wanted to omit the stapler binding and leave it as it is but bind it with a string, but just to follow and be aligned with the brief, I decided to stapler it on top of the string binding.
This process was a fun and pretty relaxing one. From visiting the site to changing my layouts of the zine. The printing process was an eye opener to really see the zine come to life and to see how layouts and designs work. I learnt to stick to my gut and really follow the design instincts in me, play with colour and make sure things are consistent. I felt that my eye for things were slightly more trained with this project and I look forward to more projects as such.
This was my second final draft.
Mimi suggested that I should add colour tones for p2 and p3 as it would be more visually coherent as all my pages were coloured already. I tried to find a consistent colour tone and thus achieved the spread from p2 and p3 as seen in the second image below. Also, on p2, the credits was a bit too jarring and out of place for that page, thus if it were to be place at the back it would be more seamless. Also, the black borders on p6 and p7 were to visually jarring as the blacks stood out far too much, especially on print, thus alot of the black lines in my zine were asked to be tonned down. I understood the reason and felt that if it were to be more visually appealing, it’ll have a more coherent look and the zine will flow better.
The final draft.
I had actually arranged my prints to be printed out in the format below, however, after looking at it in that manner, I felt it was a bit plain. I decided to add faint grey lines to give the zine a bit more structure and I felt it suited it visually. So you can see below the lines that I added that gave it more structure imo. In my previous post, you saw that I added paint strokes, but that felt contrastingly distracting but with the faint grey lines, i feel it appears to give good visual direction. The other changes I mentioned above can also be found in this draft.
And this, this was the final draft which I sent for printing.
In my next post, I will show you all the visual copies that I have for this project.
I’ve started on my final project for my drawing class. I’ve researched on three artist as can seen above. I like their paintings and I’ve fallen in love with the ideas of collages and putting them together in different ways and forms. The different elements (landscapes, cityscapes and water) and i’m playing with the space of how to align them and organise them in one way or another. I have put together two collages above in hopes to depict what i’m trying to portray in my head. Hopefully i’ll be able to research more, collage more and choose my final design for my painted pieces.
Meanwhile, i’m playing and sketching different landscapes, trying to explore paints and how to achieve the textures, tones, colours if I were to replicate my digital collages.
Here’s another update, I played around with the paint strokes that I created hoping to add a little spice, design element and spontaneity into it.
However, as it was going for a simple, classy poetry book, Mimi suggested that I don’t distract the viewers from the images and text with the paint strokes.
Also, working with the colour tones of the photos was fun in trying to create a balanced overall look to the zine.
I’ll be working on the next design in the meantime.
As some things didn’t work out for my initial first draft print, I made several changes.
First, I converted the paint strokes digitally and made a range of colours to see how it fits.
I scanned these strokes in so I could play with the opacity and see which colour range will complement the images.
Also, as some images didn’t work out, I play around with formatting to see which would fit better.
For this spread, I wanted to play with portrait images, however, when I tried to play with the landscape images in the second image below, I felt that it conveyed and helped bring out the idea further with the landscape images. Thus I would prefer the landscape images.
My center spread was initially a full image, However, I wanted to play with more images and dimensions in my zine, so I tried another layout, as seen in the first image below. I’m still trying to work out where the text will go for the first page in the spread.
For my cover page, I wanted to play with different formats. I tried to align my title in the center of the page but I felt it was a bit plain, so I decided to add a minimal design to it. Thus I feel that aligning the title to the left would be visually better.
As compared to my previous picture for the end of the zine, the colours didn’t match the images and there was a lack of consistency, thus I changed it with a image that spoke to me a lot about the environment and surroundings to end it off. I thought of adding a small excerpt to give a final explanation about the message behind the zine.
I have yet to explore further with the paints and colours that I can play with. I would be doing that soon!