Now that I’ve settled into (and got my place) at Bournemouth University I considered it may be more apt to post some of the things that I devoted most of my effort to at college, whilst I was working on this blog with content that was more relevant to Digital Media. In as little of the “pretentious art student” stereotype that I can possibly manage, I’m going to write about my intentions and innermost thoughts on these two projects.
For my last two units of my A2 course I had to complete one coursework project and one exam project, the two of which I selected a collage-style execution as I felt I could best express my way of working and explore compositional features this way, which ends up as a great way to show my concept. Themes must be selected for both, so after initial brainstorming for the coursework (top of the image) project and initially looking at human emotions, commercial influence in society and the reason people desire to do things I arrived at the evolved concept of social control through external stimuli; a way in which people can be influenced to change their “path”, or their behaviour, and act differently as a result of acknowledging something external. In this context I looked at road signs, traffic lights, colours and shapes as means of controlling people – as well as commercial features such as large signs in the high street emblazoned with “EAT” or “CASH”, or “WIN” for example. The project painfully dragged out, ending in a significant evolution, from looking at emotions (from which spawned the “Emotion/Reason” piece I earlier posted with no explanation, sorry for this reader!) to a more cliché socio-political “humans are killing the earth” type of project in which I looked at more tasteful and provocative renditions of this idea in Enter Shikari’s music, and the work of Banksy among similar artists. After kicking myself for trying to approach such a level of sincerity with the only purpose of using it in an art form, I found solace in the social control idea, with which I connected much more. The final piece resulting from this was heavily influenced by the work of Neasden Control Centre, http://neasdencontrolcentre.com/ which I honestly recommend looking at if their kind of work tickles your pickle. They have published two (to my knowledge) great books which I worshipped for my A2 year and have no regrets about doing so. I tried to follow a solid sense of composition working in features relevant to the concept, such as traffic lights and CCTV which I have attempted to place and incorporate in such a way to control the composition – coupled with short buzzwords such as “filter” and “end”. The piece was made up of ink, bleach, acrylic paint, pencil, masking tape, and completed on a modified A0 bored to accomodate the wide-screen nature of the composition.
The bottom image-in-the-image is the result of my exam unit in which I was presented with a list of ambiguous words/themes such as “storytelling”, “concealed” and “taped/tied/bound”. I’ll assume its not easy to tell which one I went with so i’ll give the game away by saying about how I chose “taped/tied/bound” as this wasnt for any moral motivation to explore as such, like the first piece, but as I felt It offered significant opportunity to explore the ambiguity of the phrase and I felt as though, again, it offered a good chance to be specific with composition, compared to “storytelling” for example. I specified in more detail – looking at the binding of something designed to move originally, natural and man-made which I represented in the final piece by the restriction of the human hand and the spring in particular. I attempted to employ a specific visual culture of restriction and blocking throughout the piece put in place by many chains, ropes, cross marks, and generally unclear distortion of otherwise clear assets. Again, similar to my other piece featured in this post I attempted to stick to a general colour scheme, vastly two-tone to keep a moderate expression.
Thanks for reading, and If you did read the whole thing I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know via email or via comment if you have any suggestions for improvement!