Art Foundation Week 9

Materials

For this week, we were told to bring in a jacket (with or without sentimental values) and transform it.

Me being me, I obviously turned up on Monday without a jacket to transform, but this didn't stop me from transforming the jacket.

I read Michael Craig-Martin's book 'On Being An Artist' over the weekend and whoa, was I blown away.

I could easily write an essay (which I shall do when I do a review on a collection of books I've been reading), but what struck me the most, was Craig-Martin's piece 'An Oak Tree' (1973).

In his book, he wrote that he was trying to address a question that preoccupied him and many other artists at the time: is there something, an essential bottom line, that distinguishes a work of art from other things?

He thereafter taking apart a work of art, claims that its single basic and essential element is BELIEF: "The confident faith of the artist in his capacity to speak, and the willing faith of the viewer in what he has to say."

I felt very inspired by the idea of belief, and I thus dedicated this week to testing the boundaries of belief.

This is how the project developed

Monday:

AM: No jacket. Came up with this challenge 'How do I convince/make some believe that I have transformed a jacket without them seeing or touching it'. Asked around what makes something believable - people agreed on 'narration' (with the idea of religion in mind, this would be the sacred texts that explain the origins/myths behind the belief). Spent the rest of the morning meditating, thinking about the humble origins of my invisible jacket.

PM: Spoke to one of the tutors, who brought me to the fabric room and convinced me there was a jacket without me 'seeing it': what I heard was the unchangeable, essential qualities of a jacket, and this gave me inspiration for Tuesday

Tuesday:

recorded some sound extracts at home, of me not only preparing breakfast.. washing dishes... wasting water... boiling the kettle...but also beating the hell out of my pillow, jumping onto a pile of clothes, accidentally hitting the lampshade...I used anything but a jacket.

I don't remember who I spoke to, or maybe I was dreaming. Basically I was told (me to me??) that in a real world, shadows are always present. If the shadow is there, then the subject of the shadow must be too... I slept on this idea.

Wednesday:

I recorded some more sounds in the fabric room and edited it into the final audiopiece, which you can listen to here.

Thursday:

I decided to make the shadow of a jacket. I was initially going to tape up a silhouette/shadow distorted across the pavement and the wall, but as I realised how difficult it was to do so without reference, and so I got an overhead projector on which I used the newly bought, incredibly smooth electrical tape to make a jacket (in my head, a jacket is a coat, so essentially, I made a coat...)

I was going to tape up the actual shadow that is projected, but I felt that this unexpected piece has a lot more presence than a fake shadow, even though it has gone a little astray from my initial idea of there being no physical subject to project.

#artfoundation #reflection

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