After an intense brainstorming and idea day last Friday I have a lot of concepts for both “child” and “may” but not really any more for “old” which was the first word I started to think about. What I have is the research I did with lines and string but I don’t know how I am going to make it into gifs or if all my gifs for that word should be line based. I also keep going back to thinking about how all the gifs will look together and how they will relate when the words are so different and will be made in different ways. It’s blocking me a little bit.
Opting for the “just do something and see where it goes”- technique, I put needle and thread to paper and just started doing. These are the yarn sketches I made and the things I learned from doing it:
Embroidered sketches, by Lisa
Looking more into GIFs! Something I hadn’t really thought about making gifs using photography but finding artists like Francois Beaurain (below and featured image) I’ve decided it’s something I’m going to use for my gifs as well cause it’s super cool. Just can’t stop staring at it.
Ben Branagan, Inca Starzinsky and Sophie Smallhorn- 3 practitioners I discovered today and not being able to decide who to write about I decided to do all three.
Ben Branagan is a south London based artist and designer making really interesting collages using found photography or pictures he’s taken himself, cutting out and overlapping images to create a sort of surreal vibe where you are looking into several dimensions at once.
Looking into type for the show I think a good way to go about it would be to make our own typeface for it. That way it’s original, can relate to the style of the exhibition better and we don’t have to think about copyright stuff. Incorporating cardboard and gaffa somehow in the typeface (either that we make it out of the materials or use it as markmaking, printing with the cardboard or drawing with it maybe) would tie the design together and would make it really personal to the show.
I found some nice inspiration for this, my favourite work being that of Kellenberger- White for the Glasgow Festival of Visual Art 2014.
Diving further down into my three words, I decided to explore other ways to make them visual and began playing around with stamps and letters to see where that led me.
For this, I started to write the single word first somewhere on the paper and then developing it into something else after reading the word over and over and capturing what I felt while reading it. I thought it would be good to see what associations I made after actually constructing the word myself, putting the letters down with my own hands.
Today I have been working with kinetic typography and making a video reflecting my movement. Started out by researching kinetic typography and found the Swiss designer Dominique Schmitz very inspirational. Similar to the Zero movement his work is full of lines and overlapping elements creating vibration and movement and I especially liked these two seen below. Even the colours are right. Initially I wanted to create something like the left example as it feels like a modern spin on what I am looking into but then I started thinking about type as image and got more interested in how I could use type to create pictures and started sketching with the letters I, Z and O.
Work by Dominique Schmitz
Next task for this brief is to choose one movement out of my three to develop further and base this project on, looking into typefaces, posters, textile, sculpture, architecture etc surrounding the movement. Feeling the most drawn to Washington Colour School, I researched that more but as it was so narrow I couldn’t find all the information I needed cause it simply doesn’t exist. So I changed to De Stijl as I felt I can work with that better and the movement is so much bigger, but looking into that more I realised I couldn’t engage with it fully as I didn’t like it whole heartedly. The typefaces used looks really bad and don’t inspire me at all and well.. all the information felt too accessible and too easy to find and it made me feel like a robot doing research as I didn’t have to think much myself.
So, standing in the library I glanced at a book by chance because it was next to the Dutch art books, picked it up and couldn’t leave without it.
It’s a book about kinetic art through the 1900’s and looking through it I saw names I came across while researching for the Google Engage project (LeParc and Morellet) and felt like I had to look into this more as I find it very interesting and inspiring. Reading the book, it mentions some of my Zero movement artists such as Otto Piene, Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein. So that’s how I decided to choose Zero as my project. It’s weird but challenging and inspiring at the same time and I feel like I can interpret it in so many ways which is exciting.
This project has been on hold for a while for several reasons but the main one being that I still wasn’t happy with my idea and that has made it really difficult to continue with it. Doing more research, I went back to some of my original inspirations: Jessica Walsh and her usage of bright colours and a lot of blue, pink and purple, architectural photography focusing on geometry and angles (but this time I looked more into colour and minimalist photography) and text.
Moodboard, by Lisa
Deciding I want to create my pastiche digitally I went back to a screenshot I saved months ago when starting this project. It’s taken from the website of A2/SW/HK and is the visual identity they did for an architecture firm. It’s not visible in this picture but the black negative space of some of the letters that by themselves create abstract forms, move up and down, sort of floating in space.
Work by A2/SW/HK
This movement and the shapes to me really breathes Calder but in a more “modern” way if you want to call it that. The shapes have a weightlessness about them that embodies the whole way Calder looks at form and how sculpture does not have to be static. Nothing is pulled down by gravity but rather living its own life- moving in a random way and every shape has its own personality. This is what I am basing my video on.
Diving further into the art of the cover I made this moodboard with some designs I found inspirational. I chose these covers simply because I like them but it’s funny how much they say about me as well. This moodboard actually sums up my own aesthetics pretty well because of some of the things I like that keep re-accruing unintentionally like geometric shapes and colour or minimal designs with lots of white space. Some of the covers are almost architectural, some are only type and some are more rough (but not messy). Basically me, hah. I’ve also finally decided what size I want my book to be: 20x25cm portrait which means I can start designing it now 🙂
Moodboard, by Lisa