After my tutorial I have realised that potentially I may be struggling with re-creating my kinetic wire sculpture in a bigger scale due to, too much mechanism that may slow me down.
During my tutorial I realised that my initial idea was to play with light and space. Even though the wire space was great in a smaller scale i could still take it out and place it in a bigger scale. But with roles reversed, and the light bulb being kinetic and the wires static. Meaning that the shadows will change and create different perceptions.
I plan to have this done by next week and see the results.
This is a better video :
After getting to know an Arduino and its potential use in my art I have decided to try out to make a piece based on my influence from seeing Gianni Colombo ‘Topoestesia’1965-70 and Elastic Space 1967-72.
<– Elastic Space 1967-72 was a great influence on what I wanted to create. I was amazed by the moving wires and it’s shadows. But what I was concentrating on at the time of making the metal space was creating a space and I totally missed out the beauty of shadows.
What I planned to achieve was a small model made out of mount board ( alike my previous hologram models). I got some copper wire and soldered it together to resemble a metal grid which aimed to create an illusional wall. I painted it bright blue to make it stand out in the dark space.
In order to make the wire wall move I attached the ends to an Arduino and used the coding example for ‘sweep’. I changed the speed of the motor movement to slower and saw how the tension of movement made the wire move.
What I found to be an obstacle was the power of the motor, it was not powerful enough to really move the wire but it was also too powerful that it was difficult for the motor to stay in place, therefore I had to hold it with my hand.
Today I took part in the Kinetic and Interactive art surgeries workshop in the Techzone with Paul Granjon.
A very exciting workshop. Learning how to solder, use Arduino, code etc. is something that us Fine Artists do not experience everyday. Using Arduino’s in your artwork is something not everyone would like to do. But I do want to find out how I can impose these new technologies that are so easily accessible in my artwork especially now that I know I want to make kinetic art.
My knowledge about Arduinos was basic before the session, but after it I found out just the basic knowledge behind coding and using the examples of functions on the Arduino software, and how I could use these functions in my artworks which was very exciting and motivating.
I have been really fascinated by Gianni Colombo’s work and the kinetic art in general. Before, I never thought about creating physical movement in my art until now. Until seeing Colombo’s work and researching his ideas.
From the start I wanted to create something big, like space that you emerge in. But what Colombo has done is something more than that. he created a space that doesn’t have a sense of movement but it actually is a moving space.
When entering his work ‘Topoesthesia -Three Contiguous Zones’ 1965-70, you were prepared to experience a different environment that manipulated the visitor’s entire body and sense of self.
What I really found interesting about the space was the construction of wires and how they moved. How they created an illusional wall and submerged the space. Colombo has combined his kinetic sculptures with a space and created something dynamic.
Here’s some images from the exhibition that inspired me:
Today I went to London in aim to see the exhibition of Gianni Colombo ‘The Body and the Space 1959-1980’ in Robilant+Voena gallery, before it ends on the 20 November 2015.
Along with seeing Gianni Colombo’s exhibition, I saw the works of ‘California Minimalism’. Including the artists like Peter Alexander, DeWain Valentine, Mary Corse and Helen Pashgian in the Gazelli Art House.
‘The Body and the Space 1959-1980’ :
Left ‘Elastic Space, 16 Adjacent Double Squares’ 1977. Right ‘Elastic Space, 4 Double Squares’ 1975-76.
‘Wobulation and Bieloquence Neg’1970 Videotape 10 mins.
‘Elastic Space White’ 1973
‘Rhythmic Structuralisation’ 1964
Let There Be Light, Revisited:
Peter Alexander ‘Puff’ 2011
Peter Alexander ‘Flo Yellow Leaner’ 2011
Peter Alexander ‘Ruby Box’ 2011