On the last day of the Spring term, Zig gave us the outline for the Summer term’s project. Called ‘Transformations’, this unit is based on ‘visual recording in art & design’.
The purpose of this assignment is to:
“extend my ability to select & visually record from a range of sources in order to communicate information to different audiences, using appropriate presentation methods & for a range of specific purposes.”
I will have to:
- know how to identify sources for visual recording
- be able to record visually
- understand visual recording in other’s work
- understand own visual recording
- be able to review & develop visual recording to produce outsomes
The transformations Zig has suggested are:
- a complete or marked change in appearance, character or condition
- a complete or marked change of physical form, structure or substance
- a sudden dramatic change of scenery on stage
- a change caused by supernatural powers
I am to use photographic techniques (studio or location) that I have explored during this & previous courses in order to produce a set of images for this project. I am expected to develop a body of work showing an experimental approach to exploring & analysing materials. I need to show my investigations clearly in my sketchbook as well as my editorial decisions.
The project has been broken down into five tasks:
Task 1 – research artists who have used ‘transformation’ within their work. Analyse the way materials & techniques have been used to inform my own practice. This task is on-going throughout the project.
Task 2 – develop my ideas of ‘transformation’ using primary research as my starting point. It will involve making a series of test shots, & analyse these in my sketchbook.
Task 3 – further develop my ideas within my sketchbook & be inventive with my visualisation. Experiment with materials alongside my developments of ideas, recording my observations & tests. Be exhaustive in my development of ideas recording my observations & tests. Be exhaustive in my investigation of materials & techniques & continue to research artists & designers.
Task 4 – complete & present the series of works from my developed ideas & material research. These works should clearly communicate my intentions. Consider & explore alternative presentation & printing techniques.
Task 5 – evaluate my outcome: consider the process, my use of materials & how the work evolved, including any technical issues.
At the end of the project, I will present a series of at least six images along with annotated research into photographers & artists relevant to the theme. My sketchbook should show the development of ideas & my editorial process such as analysis of contact sheets with annotations, etc. I need to experiment with different ways of making & presenting the work through investigating materials & media.
The sources of information I should look at are: libraries, internet, site visits, exhibitions, etc.
The photographers suggested for research are: Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson, Duane Michals (Study of Holograms series), Sam Taylor-Woods, Francesca Woodman, William Eggleston, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sarah Moon, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Joel Sternfeld, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Nick Waplington, Martin Parr.
The fine artists suggested are: Claes Oldenburg, Anish Kapoor, Andy Goldsworth, Henry Moore.
Right, that’ll keep me busy until July…