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Studio Research - Week 8 by Ally McGinn

This is going to be an image heavy post. A truly seminal week in the studio this week, that will require a great deal of reflection. It appears that my plan to take time off to focus on context so that i could return focussed on studio was a success. 

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio view.  Empty frames with a balanced aesthetic.

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio view.

Empty frames with a balanced aesthetic.

Ally McGinn (2017)  Balanced Unbalanced  [Placement test]. Materials and size vary.  The idea of balance has come up throughout the last few months, or at least I have become aware of it.  It is found in many areas of life and I wouldn't be surprised if I one day believe that it is one of the foundations of reality.  I have been exploring the idea in the studio, which has brought a subtle vulnerability to the work.  It falls over, a lot. Occasionally onto me, or other works. There was one Rube Goldberg-esque moment in the studio of a chain reaction that I wish I had filmed. I'm unsure whether recreating it would be inauthentic. I'm unsure about inauthenticity.

Ally McGinn (2017) Balanced Unbalanced [Placement test]. Materials and size vary.

The idea of balance has come up throughout the last few months, or at least I have become aware of it.

It is found in many areas of life and I wouldn't be surprised if I one day believe that it is one of the foundations of reality.

I have been exploring the idea in the studio, which has brought a subtle vulnerability to the work.

It falls over, a lot. Occasionally onto me, or other works. There was one Rube Goldberg-esque moment in the studio of a chain reaction that I wish I had filmed. I'm unsure whether recreating it would be inauthentic. I'm unsure about inauthenticity.

Ally McGinn (2017) Presence Absence [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017) Presence Absence [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017) Presentation test [Studio view].  There are individual pieces in my practice, but the second part of their existence involves the exploration of them in relation to other works. This photo is a test of a conversation between the works. 

Ally McGinn (2017) Presentation test [Studio view].

There are individual pieces in my practice, but the second part of their existence involves the exploration of them in relation to other works. This photo is a test of a conversation between the works. 

Ally McGinn (2017)  Potential Process.  Canvas, frame and acorn. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) Potential Process. Canvas, frame and acorn. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017)  pAINTing.  Canvas, wooden frame and paint. 25 x 25 cm.

Ally McGinn (2017) pAINTing. Canvas, wooden frame and paint. 25 x 25 cm.

Ally McGinn (2017) A test of balance [Studio view].  Another conversation test. 

Ally McGinn (2017) A test of balance [Studio view].

Another conversation test. 

Ally McGinn (2017) The equalising qualities of grey painting [Studio view].  Objects of various values, purposes and associations, equalised through process and a reduction of their primary qualities. 

Ally McGinn (2017) The equalising qualities of grey painting [Studio view].

Objects of various values, purposes and associations, equalised through process and a reduction of their primary qualities. 

Ally McGinn (2017)  PAINTING . Mixed media. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) PAINTING. Mixed media. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017)  PAINTING.  Mixed media. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) PAINTING. Mixed media. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017)  Deconstructed PAINTING . Mixed media. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) Deconstructed PAINTING. Mixed media. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) Deconstructed painting continued  [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017) Deconstructed painting continued  [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017) Detail shot of ' Deconstructed painting continued'

Ally McGinn (2017) Detail shot of 'Deconstructed painting continued'

Ally McGinn (2017) Threads on screws - this was an exploration of unifying the screws left in the wall by myself and other students. 

Ally McGinn (2017) Threads on screws - this was an exploration of unifying the screws left in the wall by myself and other students. 

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio View. 17.11.17

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio View. 17.11.17

Ally McGinn (2017)  Reflection.  Paint, tube and photo. Approximately 20 x 20 cm. 

Ally McGinn (2017) Reflection. Paint, tube and photo. Approximately 20 x 20 cm. 

Ally McGinn (2017) Leaning tests [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017) Leaning tests [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017)  Guyon.  Oil on canvas and masking tape, with frame. 120 x 50 cm.

Ally McGinn (2017) Guyon. Oil on canvas and masking tape, with frame. 120 x 50 cm.

Ally McGinn (2017)  Plinth painting . Paintings. 40 x 40 x 60 cm.

Ally McGinn (2017) Plinth painting. Paintings. 40 x 40 x 60 cm.

Ally McGinn (2017) Conversation test [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017) Conversation test [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017)  Stacked Balance.  Paintings on plinth. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) Stacked Balance. Paintings on plinth. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) [Studio view].  Something interesting is happening here, I can't quite define it yet but there is certainly an unintentional conversation that could use some perceptual contextualisation. 

Ally McGinn (2017) [Studio view].

Something interesting is happening here, I can't quite define it yet but there is certainly an unintentional conversation that could use some perceptual contextualisation. 

Ally McGinn (2017)  Commodity  test  [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017) Commodity test  [Studio view].

Ally McGinn (2017) [Studio view].  There is an interesting divide between 'studio' and 'gallery' in the space on Friday.

Ally McGinn (2017) [Studio view].

There is an interesting divide between 'studio' and 'gallery' in the space on Friday.

Note/Thought - Ongoing - Related Words by Ally McGinn

This is a post that will (Hopefully) continue to be updated as time progresses. This is a place for related words, that don't necessarily have anywhere else to go, but their interrelation is interesting nonetheless. 

Aesthetic - Anaesthetic

Universe - Univesity

Reception - Perception

Research - Re-search

Description - Deconstruction

Interface - intervention - interest  

context - creation - curation 

write - right

undo - redo

Decode - decide

Intent - interpretation (one before, the other after. But what is the thing in the middle? The artwork? Artist? Context? Experience?)

Ally McGinn (2017) [Studio documentation] Balance

Ally McGinn (2017) [Studio documentation] Balance

Research - 'Strange Tools' - Chapter 2 by Ally McGinn

Noe, A (2016) ‘Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature.’ Narrated by Tom Perkins. Avaliable at: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Arts-Entertainment/Strange-Tools-Audiobook/B01994KQQA (Downloaded: 24/10/17).

I'm finding I'm writing more notes listening, as opposed to when I read a text. When reading I make annotations (occasionally long ones) and highlight but while listening my thought have been going a bit deeper. When reading this tends to only happen in reflections on the text or when trying to apply that knowledge elsewhere - to this blog for example.

Of course it could simply be that I am finding this text very aligned with my interests in the function of art, although it discusses that function from the perspective of it's process, rather than the function of the art object. This text is one that fits very well with what I am thinking about at the moment.

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Notes from chapter 2

In this chapter the author continues to compare aspects of art to other activities, in a very interesting way. This time, dancing and choreography. Where the artist is the choreographer.

  • we act out of habit but we are often unaware of those habitual activities.

  • The exploration of dancing as an organised activity is interesting for me after a visit to the museum in Exeter two weeks ago where I saw an unexpected traditional gypsy dance, which was unchoreographed and more akin to a conversation than a predictable routine the dancers followed.

  • “If you can read you will read, the sign almost reads you” interesting in term of semiotics. A literal statement that I cannot deny, and I doubt anyone else would. When we see language we read it, and our minds often create words when there are none (number plates that look like other words or names are a good example of this) so desperate is the act of reading when seeing. Once a language is learned it becomes, at some basic level, an automatic activity.

  • If we take the metaphor for art, that the author has encouraged, then he suggests here that art is an organised activity that we participate in but do not create. This would seem to align with Barthes, Derrida and Danto (to varying degrees). Artists nominate and show art, they explore it's possibilities and represent it.

  • A staged activity - one undertaken for a purpose that is supposed to be read, interpreted or enjoyed. An exhibit.

  • The artist's desires and intentions are not the same as the intentions of the activity of art. (The choreographer and someone dancing in a club, have different aims)

  • We are artists, it is an organised activity of which we all undertake. Artists expose that activity and use it to communicate some idea or emotion.

  • We are unknowing artists by nature. Art gives us the opportunity to examine further the depth of art and the implications on the way we use it.

  • Natural/cultural

  • Re-organisational practices.

  • Art is philosophy, revealing something Heidegger called something concealed hidden, implicit or left in the background.

  • Plato - recollection - the author sees this not as a sign that we once knew more than we know now, but a reorganisation of what we already know, including things we don't know we know.

  • Wittgenstein suggested that philosophy is a question saying, “I don't know where I am” basically, “I'm lost”.

  • Different neighbourhoods of consciousness - a nice way to describe the relationship between art, philosophy and other organised activities.

  • Choreographing is the philosophy of movement…..this would imply that art is the philosophy of...something.

    • Not that the two are related, but they are similar activities in purpose and method (to an extent)

  • “They are practices, not activities, methods of research”

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