In today’s critical arts class we started to explore space and place as our new area of practice. Our tutor for this unit invited us to play with a selection of materials we hadn’t previously worked with. The first hands on activity included creating something, anything, with a box full of plastic spoons and forks, rubber bands and push pins. My partner and I both really enjoyed this. After a few initial suggestions to each other we decided to make a game resembling a sling shot. We tied forks together with rubber bands to create a structure from which we could fling plastic spoons. After we made an efficient flinging structure we then created target where we could aim the spoons at with harder targets assigned higher points. We played this together for a good while, perfecting our aiming abilities.
For our second exercise we were asked to connect the wall to the floor using a different set of materials: scissors, paper, staple guns and rulers. Being given specific instructions made me approach this task as a problem to solve, with a more critical and applied mindset. My immediate concern was to make something that was both creative and aesthetically pleasing. My partner and I, having thoroughly enjoyed collaborating together in the first exercise jumped straight into this. We started by exploring how we could make a line made up of rulers and scissors laid out on the floor. This naturally led us to the next question of how they would stay on the wall with the pull of gravity. We precariously tested staple gunning a few scissors to the wall which was a success. Perhaps due to the time-consuming nature of staple gunning many scissors and rulers, we decided to drop the idea of using rulers and multiple scissors to instead, incorporate paper as it provided a more fluid feel. We made sure the positioning and cut in the paper was just right by experimenting with different size cuts and lengths of paper. We decided the one above was just right, and made sure the corner of the paper just touched the floor, adding a delicate and ironical ironical touch.
Our third and final exercise involved clay, a more conventional art material. Our teacher begun by expressing an emphasis in using the clay in ways other the traditional practice of pot making. We were each thrown a slab of clay which were told to divide into four equal pieces. We made each piece into a sphere and then pushed our thumbs in, and pressed the edges to make a pot like shape. Each tentative ‘pot’ was combined with the persons next to us to then make a hollow large egg shape. We were then asked to make something with the pots as a whole group. We begun sharing initial ideas about making a sculpture resembling stone henge, to making holes in them to show their emptiness. This quickly escalated to connecting them to the wall and before we knew it we were each taking turns at throwing our egg like shape splat onto the wall.
The group decided to collectively, specifically target the piece the one group had made in the first exercise which was a model figure of jesus on the cross. The idea of targeting jesus didn’t particularly appeal to me so I threw my clay on the wall next to him one on top of the other.
After we had used up our two pieces of egg shapes by throwing them at the wall, some people left to wash their hands, whilst another removed theirs, wet it, and threw it at the wall again. I removed mine and tried to make a sculpture with what remained. It resembled two faces which I added hair and ears to by sketching over with a drawing tool.