Brief – Investigate ways in which some contemporary artist use different formats to add significance to their work
HIAO-CHI TSAI – “Corner Explosion” is a site-specific installation in which a corner of the ceiling has been tiled with mirrors. A firework-like sphere of textile pieces is multiplied to infinity in the continuous reflection.http://www.tsai-yoshikawa.com/hsiao-chi_tsai/portfolio/corner_explosion
JEANETTE APPLETON – Textile books making use of a recess in the wall to contain miniature works that refer to an age when records of production and pattern books were recorded by hand. Jeanette also uses a book format for her textile art of wet and needle felting.
CAREN GARFEN – “cotton reels” represent some of 160 women millworkers from the 1891 census, each reel-end holding a memory plaque with the woman’s name, year of birth, age, marital status, and occupation. Details are hand-sewn. The reels making use of the aging brickwork walls.
Katsura Takasuka work uses silk carrier rods, the first sections of silk from a cocoon when reeled onto a spindle and compressed. Katsura Takasuka painstakingly peeled apart the layers of silk and pressed them together in blocks to represent the wasted lives of each silk worm. Block weighing 2 kilos and with its own patterning and representing 2000 cocoons.
MASAE BAMBA – Makes use of a recess in the wall of a building to contain her indigo shibori tsumani. Perhaps trying to contain a body of water that can not be contained due to its force and momentum.
HANNAH LEIGHTON-BOYCE worked with the 38 ventilation slots in the walls. As there were no windows in the factory these would have been the only glimpses of the outside world and are at hip height for air flow only. She used these to install camera obscura, with a kneeler for comfortable viewing.
I found the Cloth and Memory Book 2 very useful to help research artists using different display formats to add significance to their work. My understanding of adding significance would be to enhance/make it more poignant/add to it in some way but still remain the display aspect rather than part of the work. There’s quite a fine line really and I found I easily confused myself as to when something was so integral to the work that is wasn’t a display format at all and when something was simply a utilitarian way to display the work that it added no value at all. Overall I have realised that I need to consider other ways to let viewers experience the work.
…..Hanging / walk through/lighting effects/ taking advantage of natural light/ outside use/ connect wall to ceiling/ span large areas/ shadows/ mirrors/use holes in buildings/ cubes and stands/painted walls/ uses recesses/blend into the floor etc…….