The Everything at Once exhibition was held at the 180 The Strand Gallery which I visited as part of the London trip on 15th November.
This public display is “an ambitious group exhibition inspired by these words, which could very well apply to our current anxiety-ridden age of ceaseless communication”. However, EVERYTHING AT ONCE is not a show of art throughout time but it does incorporate time and space while invoking an effect and experience for the audience. The gallery supplied a range of materials including painting, drawing, sculpture and video.
For me the best part of the show was the last piece which was a roof top video whose created and titled is unknown. This was my favourite piece because it showed the struggle of black communities in America. It was an emotion piece of art and expressed a great deal of pain for the people involved and raise awareness and thought for the audience watching it.
Who Decide is an exhibition currently on show at the National Museum in Cardiff which consists are many different artists including Mark Boyle and Dan Rees. The exhibition contained Mayne different types of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, video and mixed media with a range of meanings some of which were personal and others were simple. Dan Rees and Terry Setch are two artist in the exhibition which created their pieces of artwork that are inspired by family memories.
Terry Setch produced an abstract painting using oil on a canvas titled Axminster II. It was inspired by his family Christmas tree and the lights and colours on it. The greens, reds and yellows give a warm calm atmosphere which gives a festive feeling to the work and is well suited to this time of year. If there was no written definition of the piece it could be interpreted as flowers or countryside or possibly fireworks. As the exhibition states ‘who decides’ what is art, the interpretation of the pieces of art in this show can be of a variety depending on each person.
Dan Rees is another artist in the show who produced a piece based on personal memory titled Art Painting. It was inspired by his grandmothers home in Swansea. The description of the work then asks the audience what their earliest memories of home are which got me thinking… my earliest memories of home are chaos, animals and laughter. I grew up in a crazy family with many animals and older siblings who typically treated me as the baby my whole life. I have loved my upbringing with the ups and downs.
Mark Boyle and Joan Hills exhibited the Liverpool Dock Series which was a collection of pieces from their travels. The pieces of captions of earth recreated using mixed media. I have known the Boyle Family’s work for a few years and used them as inspiration during my GCSE and A Levels because they created very textural realistic works.
The exhibition had an area near the beginning which allowed the visiting audience to vote on what was exhibited in the gallery by writing the number of the piece down on a piece of paper along with a comment explains why you would wanted it to be shown. This is the first time I have seen this style of curation and think it is an extraordinary idea because it allows the public to get more involved in the artwork and the gallery especially art students at the local universities. This exhibition was so fascinating and is definitely one of the best I’ve been to because it had a range of people curating the work including everyday people such as a management officer in Cardiff.
I am interested in human biology and the way we work so I decided to look at Da Vinci’s sketches and anatomical studies. Da Vinci is very well-known, particularly for his paintings including the ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘The Last Supper’ however, I am focusing on his anatomical sketches especially those “made from an ox heart around 1513”. The studies are very detailed and show veins and arteries leading to and from the heart including the major vessels – the aorta and vena cava – as well as some the more intricate vessels which provide the heart with blood. Da Vinci uses cross-hatching to create very experimental rapid drawings. He is focusing mostly on the important parts of the heart and gives a “three-dimensional visualisation” by studying the movement and action of the organ. As he was unable to see the flow of blood – awaiting modern techniques and technology – so he used his knowledge of water motion and scientific practice to determine the process of blood flow through the heart.
I am fascinated by the way Da Vinci’s presents many sketches on one sheet of paper because it shows the development of the work and the analysis of a mammals body. Each image has a different drawing technique but they all interact with each other and add to the creative atmosphere of the overall piece.
 Leonardo Da Vinci, Experience Experiment and Design, Martin Kemp, pg. 61
After discussing how I would hang the pole with my project tutor, I decided to hang a piece of string around the girder to attach the pole too. I wrapped it around the girder a few times and masking taped it down to stop it from slipping. Having the pole hanging down rather than my original idea of having the pole on a stand makes the participant concentrate more intensely on the work and their actions. By balancing on your non-dominant foot the participant must focus on their centre of gravity and concentrate on what they are doing. This may create wonder and thought for the participant and allow them to question the meaning of the work.
The box will be against the pillar to stop it from slipping when stood on and to stop any accidence occurring.
As a group we decided to write notes about our own work which would be displayed together at the beginning of the exhibition and provide the audience with an insight of what to do during the show and how to get the most out of their experience. However, this was not carried out so everyone either had their own notes or didn’t and allowed the audience to interact with the art in their own way. For future group exhibition I think we need to work together more to have notes at the beginning of the exhibition to inform the audience of what the art is about and how to interact with it.
My idea and purpose of the artwork was for people to challenge their centre of gravity by stretching for the hanging pole which would have a different level of difficulty for different people depending on their size and balancing ability. For this reason I have called the piece ‘Changing centre of Gravity’.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this project because it was something I was apprehensive about and took me out of my comfort zone by looking at the support for artwork and how I could involve the audience in the artwork and challenge their senses and emotions.
Andrew Gannon is a contemporary artist who I was introduced to as part of my third workshop project. He produces graphic illustrations of movements he wants the audience to carry out with instructions of how to do so.
Gannon’s technique of giving the audience instructions means they involve themselves in the piece of art and forces them to think about the work during and after their interaction with the piece. Involving the audience in the piece of artwork can help with their understanding of the work and interpret it in a way which is tailored to them. Allowing the audience to interact with the art means it is more accessible to all kinds of people with different artistic interests and understanding.
I decided to remake the box because it was made badly and was not supportive enough for people to stand on and balance. I changed the measurements of the box by making two of the sides – opposite one another – 4 cm longer than the other two adjacent sides. This meant they would cover the 2cm width of the smaller sides. I decided to piece these 4 sides together before cutting the top and bottom of the box to make sure the measurements were correct.
I was originally going to use a circular pole on a stand for the audience to hold or stretch for but I decided to use the spare wood and found a rectangular with a quirky burnt holes through the top of it so I decided to change my idea and hang the pole from the ceiling which mean the audience would found it harder to balance on the block and would be more involved with the piece of art.
Erwin Wurm is a multi-disciplinary artist who I discovered at the Venice Biennale and have used as inspiration for my support structures project. He has used installation, photography, sculpture, drawings and video as part of his art however, “at heart its lies a concern with exploring and expanding the concept and principles of sculpture, through the prism of photography and video”.
Wurm’s installation at the Biennale was a caravan where he had cut shapes out of the shell of the van and written notes instructing the audience to place certain body parts through the holes. By placing body parts through holes in the sculpture, Wurm is challenging the concept of conventional sculpture and how historically sculpture has not been interactive whereas now it can be and shows that the boundaries of art can and are being expanded.
Wurm is known for producing what are know as “one minute sculptures” which are formed in streets, in the home, in galleries and a number of other situations. They are usually humorous and sometimes ridiculous because he uses himself or models and placers them in the sculptures as they become part of the artwork. The models are either holding the artwork or supporting it which is why Wurm is relevant to my project where I to am attempting to involve the audience and allow them to interact it their own way with the art.