I came across an advertisement in last month's art forum today for an exhibition of sol lewitt's photographic work in san francisco and had a look at some more of this work online. I was immediately attracted by the aesthetic of the piece I saw in the magazine, the black and white aerial image of a cityscape with a large, white rectangle cut out of the picture. Alongside are a smaller rectangle and square. The straight lines of the grided city and the cut out sections exist in contrast to the curving, organic lines of the river that the city is built alongside. The surface manipulation of photographs interests me visually and conceptually as it exposes the two dimensionality of the photograph in contrast to the three dimensionality of the photographed. The cut out sections bring me back to the page,to what is going on in the space around the piece and to my direct, lived experience. I imagine that in the context of a gallery they would bring the viewer back into the gallery space creating a tension between a romanced absorption in an 'unreal' image and a jolting sense of presence that is created by the whiteness of the background and the stark physicality of the walls. Apparently lewitt didn't take the aerial photographs himself but has made the art work his own by his appropriation and manipulation of the photographs.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I have been interested in the placement of form within space for a while and whilst I have been using intuition in my framing of photographs for example, I would like to learn more about the dynamics of space formally.
In past projects I became interested in basic, geometric shapes, mainly the circle and the square and how these shapes related to the space around them and how they might be able to communicate more complex, conceptual ideas.
I started the enclosures project therefore, with the desire to further explore the dynamics of space and the visual and conceptual potential of abstract form, alongside a strong interest in the frame and framing devices themselves.
I find the idea that frames both enclose and mediate space exciting and began with the intent to better understand the relationship between space and frames i.e. how clear delineation of space in a frame can change the way we perceive the fluid space in and around it, thereby creating an emotive or contemplative reaction to the visual content.
Four very simple paper circles with rectangular frames cut out of the middle that I had been carrying around for a while were confirmation of this curiosity. As I had been noticing a drift away from the practice of daily drawing and had been recently inspired by the book 'Vitamin D, New Perspectives in Drawing', I wanted to reconsider drawing as part of my process and practice. From here I began to explore the relationship between drawing and the frame.