Sixth one-on-one with Jonathan Kearney

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The sixth one-on-one tutorial for my MA with course leader Jonathan Kearney — and, no surprises here, we’re discussing preparations for the final show.

What was discussed

What am I exhibiting? Is it still what I proposed: d7. Yes, something very much along that line. I am contemplating whether the individual sets should be all 36 pieces, or a subset of 25, i.e. going from a matrix of 6 x 6 to 5 x 5. This is because for some sets I don’t have a full 36, and my intent when making them was to do in batches of 36 but allow for a few spoils and hence reduce to 25.

Fixings. A lot of my recent work has been less about art and more industrial design: how to mount the “captures”. The acrylic sandwich is looking very promising, and Jonathan thought it would work well. I just have to hope that the fabrication will be possible (in terms of not only time, but cost).

I saw that Philip recently posted about Symposium 2, and one thing he brought up was that I wasn’t proposing any digital work. The fixing that I am developing are clearly digital, even if the content they would be showing is analogue (or even craft). But, it would be good to also show digital art — perhaps a digital enlargement of one of the “captures”?

(Side note: last year, a few people didn’t do anything purely digital, and this year, likewise.)

Space. A discussion about my use of the corridor for the final show. This was used last year by Aurelie and is a very good location. There are five potential walls, of which:

  • the left-first has a firehose and other things on it, so avoid!
  • the left-second is good run.
  • the left-third has a noticeboard on it; this can be removed (and was last year)
  • the right-first has a flush electrical cabinet near the top
  • the right-second has a flush heating radiator close the floor

We had a look at some photographs that were taken last year when Aurelie used it. The areas to avoid (electrical cabinet and heating radiator) are visible, and given the dimensions of my artworks (very wide but not too high) there should be no issues.

Jonathan said that there is space so it would be possible to show both the original “captures” in their “acrylic sandwich”, and some digital enlargements. Given the configuration of the walls, perhaps some staggering, with “captures” on one side, offset with digitals on the other. If I was to do this, then the simplest way would be to either run off some digital prints on the large format plotter, or to order some digital prints on FOREX. I like the notion of using a material that’s primarily for advertising and exhibition display boards for fine art. Fine art digital.

I will bring strictly pi one to London, and it would be great if it could be snuck in somewhere. The display is rather mesmerising. The LEDs are bright so it doesn’t necessarily need to hide in the basement.

Thoughts about the next steps

Get the drawings for the fixings done… so I can send them to some fabricators to get quotes and then push the order button.

Business cards to do.


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