This blog post brings together the artwork selected for my final exhibition that has been completed over the last 2 years for my International Baccalaureate Art course. The exhibition took place in The Pie Factory, an art gallery in Margate, Kent. The exhibition was open to the public and saw north of 250 people coming in to have a look around. The entire experience was a first for myself and I feel far more confident in articulating the reasoning behind my work to strangers, I feel this is a worthwhile skill to work upon.
To begin I have my exhibition description which hopes to explain my thinking that underpins my overall exhibition and brings together each of the individual pieces together into a harmonious art installation. Alongside the images of each piece sits a section of text that allows for greater clarification and understanding of the work that I have completed by offering further information.
With an untrained eye, one may see a singular beautiful thing. A trained eye, however, will see a hundred beautiful things. It is not what you are looking at, it’show you look at it. A simple building may appear to be rather plain and unappealing, but upon closer observation, one can see the interesting placement of windows, the patterned carpet and the ornate doorknobs. Only those that consciously seek out the finer details begin to deeper appreciate their surroundings, only then you can say you are fully immersed within a space.
My thesis statement for this exhibition is simply: Stop, look and listen. This serves as a constant reminder to step back and consider the finer details in the world around us. This is something that I have found myself having to consider as I found myself wrapped in my school life and was losing perspective and clarity within my mind leading to a deeper, personal connection with my work.
Une petite cathédrale
The upcycling of used, defunct sporting equipment that utilises the general form of flying buttresses found in cathedrals creating a useful and exciting lighting piece.
A group of young children were asked to respond to the task, ‘draw a city skyline’. The responses were very similar, with simple shapes drawn. Taking these simplified forms, I tried to reflect this ideology in my sculpture. The sculpture is focused on stripping back the confusion of our cities and focusing on what is beneath the surface. A group of young children were asked to respond to the task, ‘draw a city skyline’. The responses were very similar, with simple shapes drawn. Taking these simplified forms, I tried to reflect this ideology in my sculpture. The sculpture is focused on stripping back the confusion of our cities and focusing on what is beneath the surface.
The Wheel of Colour
An inspired piece from my great-great-grandfathers sketchbook showed also. This is a presentation of my exploration into colour via the creation of a colour wheel with the design being made up of interior designs that have piqued my interest. This construction expresses a metaphor, the blurred colour when the wheel is spinning represents normal, fast-paced life. When halted by the hand it signifies the clarity that arises when time is taken to ‘Stop Look Listen.’
The Search for Obscure Beauty
A collection of carefully selected photographs that seek to explore the finer details within the surroundings of my ‘town’. The aim was to try and find beauty in places where they are least expected and are missed by many that choose not to look.
Inside/Outside – 50%
An exploration into the manipulation of the pencil to depict a dissected shell. The shell has been cut in half to expose the inner beauty that is hidden to those that never look. The halved shell is present for observation.
The 16 Hour Clock
An inspired piece from a finer detail that piqued my interest which I observed in the British Museum in London. The intricate patterning of the observed window was divided into 16 sections which led to the aptly named ‘16 Hour Clock’.
The Johnson Table
A resting place for my collection of my ‘City That Never…’ pieces but remains relevant as the legs hark back to Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of the ‘Johnson Wax Headquarters’.
Jet Black Tub Chair
Adding to this collection of soft furnishings this tub chair takes inspiration from the circular forms and ‘faux’ trees found in Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Johnson Wax Headquarters’ in Wisconsin.
The City That Never Sleeps
Through the exploration of these simplified forms and shapes, I created a design that takes a simplified skyline and I have stitched it onto a self-made soft furnishing which adds further context to the ‘Jet Black Tub Chair’.
The City That Never Reads
The utilisation of a book signifies how important it is for us to maintain a habit of reading. In today’s age, social media has infatuated our minds of sometimes useless information and we must make a conscious decision to take back control and read more. The simple skyline represents a stripped-back reality, and this simplified attitude to life is something to consider.
The City That Never Drinks
An exploration of an alternative artistic technique whilst maintaining this design of a simplified skyline on a mug as explored in various of my other pieces.
These words formulate my thesis statement, tying together all of my exploration pieces and consolidating them to this idea that we as people must slow down at times and take time to ‘STOP and LOOK’ for those finer details that go missing in our everyday lives.
A simplified replication of an arch found in Canterbury Cathedral allowed me to bring a large scale construction, capturing the shapes and forms observed by myself, inside the Pie Factory. The ivy, however, reminds us that these human forms are derived from nature.
All together these individual pieces came together to make up my exhibition, I was very pleased in the way that it all came together and I am proud of the hard work that I have put in over the last 2 years. I have enjoyed the exhibition experience and look forward to immersing myself into similar situations in the future. I think I will have access to similar situations in architecture school which I am looking forward to.
I see this exhibition as an example to myself the necessity of long hours and hard work to see successful results.
To many more long hours before the end.