Weekly Roundup 40

i. This is my last post before the Unit 1 assessment next week. It’s been a useful exercise to sort through and organise my work from the course thus far. I thought I was going to feel somewhat sheepish about my submission but, on reflection, I’ve made a lot more work than I thought and feel confident with where I want to take the project in the next few months. I look forward to my feedback in a couple of weeks’ time.

ii. This week I spent two long days producing test strips for etchings. (I had intended to do this two weeks ago but, frustratingly, there was no access to the acid room at uni due to issues with the ventilation system.) I also completed my first proper workshop session at Bainbridge Print Studios which is equipped for etching aluminium (as well as zinc and copper). This is an exciting prospect due to its inherent qualities (for example it doesn’t need an aquatint) and because it’s so cheap! I’m certain these test strips will become an invaluable reference in the coming months.

  Aluminium Test 1

Aluminium Test 1

  Aluminium Test 2

Aluminium Test 2

  Zinc Test

Zinc Test

iii. I finished the week with a tutorial with Paul Coldwell. It was useful to talk about my practical work instead of my research paper or upcoming assessment. Paul suggested that it’s time I upped my engagement with the project and spend a lot more time drawing at the pub. He suggested I take plates in to work on directly and to consider how I might display them. One suggestion was to frame loads of drawings and prints and display them haphazardly (similar to Gilbert and George’s Drinking Sculpture). I then spoke about my lack of confidence in crits and tutorials (particularly as to how contemporary a body of work it is). Paul told me to stop worrying as I’m not there to seek approval and that I have to convince others of its importance and relevance through the quantity and quality of the work. He also suggested that it links to contemporary life (such as possible associations to the rise in loneliness) but that these connections can only be made by the work. The work is fine, I just need to make more. Things to look into: Eric Fischl, Giacometti’s Paris Sans Fin and Gilbert and George’s pub works.

 Eric Fischl,  Year of the Drowned Dog,  1983, etching, aquatint, six panels

Eric Fischl, Year of the Drowned Dog, 1983, etching, aquatint, six panels

 Gilbert and George,  THE BAR No.2  (detail) ,  1972, charcoal on paper

Gilbert and George, THE BAR No.2 (detail), 1972, charcoal on paper

 Gilbert and George,  installation view

Gilbert and George, installation view

 Gilbert and George,  Balls: The Evening Before the Morning After - Drinking Sculpture,  1972, 114 photographs, gelatin silver prints on paper

Gilbert and George, Balls: The Evening Before the Morning After - Drinking Sculpture, 1972, 114 photographs, gelatin silver prints on paper