The following shows a range of drawings, mainly ranged around thinking about possible pieces of work. There are a range of media included, and many of the drawings are referred to in the Projects for this part more explicitly.
On reflection, I have been doing a lot less drawing, in my sketchbook and otherwise, for this part than I probably should. My tutor has commented on this (Thompson, 2020) and it is an area I need to focus on to help my progression. That is as true for general sketching as it is for the development of ideas.
Cragg’s sculpture is often regarded as the ne plus ultra of what was once called concrete abstraction. The restless interplay of shapes and spaces and his use of a range of materials, some with a longer history in art than others (stone, wood, and bronze in contrast to fiberglass, Kevlar, and stainless steel, which are sometimes vividly painted), support this. (KUSPIT, 2004)
The clay modelling project was both interesting and enjoyable. I experimented with a fairly wide range of forms and approaches, and produced a number of works in different forms. I also experimented with a range of different finishes. The main five works are shown below, and detailed in the post for the project. (Howard, 2020)
After my Part 2 feedback (Thompson, 2020) I am expanding the scope of this to reflect my sketchbook in a larger sense than just those sketches that feed into the sculptural work for the projects.
As with the previous part my first step on the main body of the project was to start with a series of initial sketches and thoughts for ideas. The early ideas and ideas that weren’t progressed from the previous project, as well as previous sketchbook ideas, are also implicitly included in the scope of what I might consider completing in addition to these.
When I started considering Project 5 I quickly realised the the amount of clay being talked about was significant. A cube of 35cm on each side isn’t small, and clay is dense stuff. I looked at two different ways of calculating the amount of clay needed. The first approach was to measure a 12.5kg bag of clay – 45cm x 18cm x 6cm which is just under 0.005 cubic metres. A 35cm side cube is about 0.0.43 cubic metres – so just under 9 bags, or 112.5 kg.
I have been reflecting further on my tutor feedback (Howard, 2020) and how I apply myself to my work. I am starting to think that there is a concept in art that is similar to Planned verses Emergent strategy in business. (Riley, 2020) At one extreme art works can be meticulously planned and executed, including reams of preparatory drawings and other work. At the other extreme one might only take an initiating action and the outcome is essentially emergent based on relatively uncontrolled factors. There is clearly a host of possibilities in between.