While on a mission to complete one of my many assignments dues these next couple of weeks, I stumbled upon a more formal presentation of art. It was in my local library that I found this intriguing, clean cut, and though pervoking display. The art seemed to consist of 3 large light installations. One of the light signs said “moral hazard”, and another read “lost cause”, and the other read as symbols. Initially I was unaware of that the symbols stood for, I though maybe it was another language. One thing I did assume to be true was that the art had something to do with the modern world. Maybe it even had something to do with modern society, I know many people can feel that our society in 2015 is a moral hazard and a lost cause. But what was this installation really about? I turned to the artist statement outside the small gallery to learn about this art and the strict behind it.
The work was done but Robert Troszkowski, and it is titled: The Conversationalist. As I read the statement I find that this work is open to almost complete interpretation. There is some literary meaning behind the work, but yet the thoughts they provoke will be different for each individual viewer. After reading the statement I came to realize that my prior thoughts to reading the statement where predicted by the artist in a certain way. I love the crisp and cleanness of this work. I love the reflections of the shiny floor. And most importantly I love what this work provoked in me.
After viewing the work and bringing my journaling about my discovery of this art I am begetting to understand the importance of researching artists. In every art class there is always a requirement to view art and speak about an artist that you have discovered for yourself. As artists it is important to constantly and consistently research and surround yourself with creative processes. I think of the saying ” you become the company you keep”. When you surround yourself with creators and creative minds you are somewhat forced into keeping your creative juices flowing. Inspiration is fuel. Diversity amount artists in your community and around the world can help fuel creative processes.
Over the course of my weekly creative practice I am seeing my Practice come full circle. And I am truly seeing the value of reflecting on things I notice and directing them in and artful way.
Driving around and back and forth in the ring road that surrounds Regina is an almost everyday accurate for me. Whether I am on my way to school, or on my way out to White City, the ring road is always my main route. On this main route it is not out of the ordinary to be graced with the immensely unwanted presence of a train. These trains carry a number of items and using these items are unseen in between two metal walls which make up the train cars.
Whenever I am faced with the angering, annoying, and incontinent presence of a train I usually just sit I’m my car and wait. But for some reason I watch each train car go by. I began to notice these pipes or tubes. I’d never seen these pipes be carried on this track before. I began to wonder how long it would take to load the pipes in the train, and what would happen if they fell off, and what these popes where going to be used for. I began to notice the straps that held these pipes together, and the pattern they formed. I found it interesting that there seems to be some visual organization/value to the way this train was loaded. I came to the conclusion that visual patterns can be found everywhere.
In connection to my previous creative practice I find a connection in looking deeper into everyday places, spaces, and items, and finding visual data. This visual data can act as inspiration to art Practice or it can simply visually please the eye of the beholder.
I have always loved to visually disect everyday items. From door knobs to coffee mugs there is always something to interesting about the shapes, colours, lines, and forms that make up our everyday lives. Though some of these objects may seem mundane, there had always been a desire in me to recreate or reimagine these objects in my own artful way.
I noticed in my kitchen that the tap was dripping, and I thought to myself “oh here we go, yet another thing that will need to be replaced”. However as I stood there trying to adjust the tap in the perfect position, eliminating the dripping, I began to notice the water droplets a d the way they would hit the sink. I became fascinating with the fact that every drop created a different splash, leaving a new form of the puddle of water. I thought of snowflakes and how each flake is different, and finger prints. The uniqueness of this “mess” of water caught my eye. Watching the water I began to research the tap and the form of my sink. I found the shape, light, and sound of the water droplets created this functional working art installation.
In connection to my previous weekly practice I am noticing that I am looking more to normal, everyday objects, rather than grandiose obvious objects. I think that I were to delve into an art practice right now I would work with everyday objects making them extravagant and unique to my personal ideas.
As I start to connect my thoughts and patterns of want seems to catch my eye, I am realizing that colour (especially within nature) is something my eyes favour. In realization of this fact I have tuned into my thoughts about colour. Colour is a basic element within art. I love that colour has the power to convey a mood or feeling. Colour is used as a way to prompt so many things in the human world (traffic lights for example, and hot or cold lakes on taps). This past week I have expanded my search and analysis of colour.
I looked high and low for a subject that would allow me to explore colour in a less- than – normal way. When I looked down to the floor I found an illusion if colour where I had least expected. I found my socks. My socks featured a black and white Heathered /peppered knit. I noticed that up close my socks were evidently a mixture of white and black. However in a further away view the socks would appear grey, as if the two colours has mixed. The illusion of two colours mixing became my focus. This optical illusion is called optical mixing. I began to realize that many fabrics found day to day fit the colour disruption of optical mixing or optical blending!