New current for offsite show and the visit to the Jamaican Hidden Histories exhibition

I have chosen to change my idea for the offsite show because something wasn’t working with the other experimentations that I have recently created. I’ve decided to move from the idea of figuration and focus more on surfaces and textures and look at the idea of movement within this. I have been looking at a variety of different artists who deal with the idea of textures such as Amish Kapoor, Sterling Ruby, Matthew Smith, Richard Diebenkorn, Gerhard Richard and see in what ways they deal with the idea of surface and texture. Recently I have been exploring the roughness and smoothness of textures and surfaces and see in what way they could correspond with each other. I have chosen also to play around more with the materials and processes that I use for example, foil paper, cardboard, ripping cardboard, crushing foil paper to see how the structure suddenly transforms itself into something out of the ordinary.

I have been questioning myself lately on the previous experimentations that I have done to do with the idea of figuration and seeing in what ways I could create something out of the ordinary wit the use of different textures and surfaces. I have been asking myself questions such as:

  • In what ways would I like to rip the cardboard and how would I like to transform it into something unusual?
  • How many materials would I like to use and why?
  • Do I want to make it a simple piece or a complex piece?
  • Would I like to overlap or combine different textures and surfaces together and why?
  • How would I like to show the sense of freeness within the piece and how could this be done?

By asking myself these questions it has allowed me to not follow a specific structure which to me would be quite restricted. This is because I felt like within my recent pieces I tended to show the idea of restriction quite a lot and always seemed to pressurise and judge myself a bit too much do to the ways that I created the piece. Within these new developments that I have recently created I have chosen to introduce ideas such as the sense of chaos, destruction, manipulation and freeness and see how the piece can transform itself in this way. Here are some images of the recent ideas that I have come up with. These ideas involve the materials such as, foil paper, cardboard, ripped and areas taken apart on an A2 canvas.

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Furthermore I have recently visited the exhibition at the OXO tower gallery based on the Jamaican hidden histories exhibition which was quite fascinating due to looking at the histories which involved the sense of independence. To me this inspired me towards my current development of my work which I would like to have the sense of independence going on within the work. This means allowing the work to create its own role, it’s own structure and it’s own mind set. ┬áHere are some images from the exhibition.

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