Note/Thought - It is Art! by Ally McGinn




This document is long! 2470!!



That number is a lie! 2476



I need to sleep 2482






Blog posts as art.



I've been thinking more about formatting, and the visual look of small thoughts. (Like the one above) Is that not art?


Context nominated through aesthetics.











Is it art because I nominate it as such? (And arguably I've spent the last 72 hours focussed on researching and thinking about artistic context so I am most definitely an artist at the moment) or is it not art because I'm bloody tired? Or is it that I simply can't stop thinking?



I think it's the last one.












I have assimilated the knowledge of the definitions of epistemology and ontology. (That's a very long sentence!) I can call on them at will. I remember them.












I should definitely put the phone down now












I've decided it is art































Note - this is a section taken from a document i keep on my phone titled 'reflective throughts'. I try to write in the document at least once a day, but sometimes its more often.

Note/Thought - Site Specificity by Ally McGinn

Not all site-specific art is installation, but I am hoping to articulate here the idea that the two are so linked that installation art is site-specific, by nature of its medium.

I would argue that there are three main types of site-specific art.

  • There are those that are site-specific, although they might not be defined as such because they cannot be moved; works by Robert Smithson for example. They are specific to that site.

  • Then there are those that are site-specific because they respond to the site, they are indelibly linked through subject as well as presentation. (This is the traditional definition of site-specific art)

  • And then there are those that can be defined as site-specific because they change and shift based on the site in which they are presented (which could be argued to be a response to the space, but it remains distinct from the previous type.) Each incarnation of these works is specific to that site because it relies upon it.

Installation comes into this category, although it can certainly fall into the others as well. Installations, at least in my work, are a collaboration between artwork and space. They are temporarily site-specific.


No bibliography for these notes, they are thoughts occurring alongside or inspired by my research (primarily 'studio research').

Note/Thought - 're' by Ally McGinn

The word, ‘re’, when placed at the front of a word is tantamount to ‘process’

‘Re’ implies doing something to a thing that already exists - it is a process.


This brilliant website - gives a long list of suffixes, leading to some new possible titles for works. 

"-ade  act, action or process, product"

"-age action or process"

"-al relating to"

"-an (-ian)relating to, belonging to"

"-ance state or quality of"

"-ar of or relating to, being"

"-ese relating to a place"

"-esque in the style of"

The list could go on. Something to come back to.