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Studio Research - Week 9 by Ally McGinn

This week has been primarily involved in considering opinions for a crit next week, working in the workshops (please see 'reading a painting' post) and seminars and reading.

Ally McGinn (2017)  Grey.  Paper, canvas, paintbrush and glass. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) Grey. Paper, canvas, paintbrush and glass. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017)  Grey.  Paper, canvas, paintbrush and glass. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017) Grey. Paper, canvas, paintbrush and glass. Size varies.

Ally McGinn (2017)  Untitled.  Pigment on canvas [Installation detail]. size varies.  Reconstructed canvas with pigment. A painting.

Ally McGinn (2017) Untitled. Pigment on canvas [Installation detail]. size varies.

Reconstructed canvas with pigment. A painting.

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio view.  When I removed all of the works from the wall, as I often do (much to the surprise of my studio colleagues who assume it is out of some sense of annoyance on my part. It's not. I'm simply turning to a fresh page of the sketchbook.) I was struck by the positioning of screws on the wall.  When moving into a new space, one that has been previously occupied by another artist, I place screws into places they have been before. I occosiaonally place other screws, when the posititioning of the work demands it.  With all the screws from a complicated installation laid bare, I realised I wanted to highlight them.  These threads are a reconstructed canvas. Reconstructed from some perspectives.  It is more about the placement of the threads than any conversation about them. They are a unifying element, one of three I suppose. The threads, the screws, and the holes in the wall.

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio view.

When I removed all of the works from the wall, as I often do (much to the surprise of my studio colleagues who assume it is out of some sense of annoyance on my part. It's not. I'm simply turning to a fresh page of the sketchbook.) I was struck by the positioning of screws on the wall.

When moving into a new space, one that has been previously occupied by another artist, I place screws into places they have been before. I occosiaonally place other screws, when the posititioning of the work demands it.

With all the screws from a complicated installation laid bare, I realised I wanted to highlight them.

These threads are a reconstructed canvas. Reconstructed from some perspectives.

It is more about the placement of the threads than any conversation about them. They are a unifying element, one of three I suppose. The threads, the screws, and the holes in the wall.

Ally McGinn (2017)  Untitled.  Photographs, basket and labels. Size varies.  This piece is an overly literal representation of the commercialism of the art world. My practice for sale.

Ally McGinn (2017) Untitled. Photographs, basket and labels. Size varies.

This piece is an overly literal representation of the commercialism of the art world. My practice for sale.

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio view.  I adore the intensity of the light in the studio in the mornings.

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio view.

I adore the intensity of the light in the studio in the mornings.

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio view.  Final set-up for the week. My plan is to explore photos of this set-up over the weekend to decide on the final adjusments before crit on Monday.  EDIT - I changed a few elements, taking the two paintings on the left off the wall, I placed them on the floor. I added a pencil line on the wall and to  Reflection.  Which I think finishes the piece. I also added three drill holes to the wall, which look unintentional but are completely aesthetic. 

Ally McGinn (2017) Studio view.

Final set-up for the week. My plan is to explore photos of this set-up over the weekend to decide on the final adjusments before crit on Monday.

EDIT - I changed a few elements, taking the two paintings on the left off the wall, I placed them on the floor. I added a pencil line on the wall and to Reflection. Which I think finishes the piece.
I also added three drill holes to the wall, which look unintentional but are completely aesthetic. 

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.