Week 8 Reflection (Part Two) Falmouth University : Informing Contexts
This week has been enormously busy. I made a decision to conflate the weekly side-theme created by my course cohort of ‘cardboard’ with my most recent shoot and the principal week 8 topic, Enter the Academy, regarding the role of galleries, display and the challenge or opportunity this may present now and in the future for our own practice.
What is shown here is the work flow that started with a visit just after dawn to a pedestrian precinct route through a traffic roundabout dominated by an overhead dual carriageway. It was finished by public artist William Mitchell in 1968 who was commissioned to create a public art wall to the sides of the open area of the underpass using in situ concrete. This is quite a tricky part of Birmingham, so I planned my solo visit with by digital equipment and tripod early on Saturday morning two weeks ago. I measured out a distance from the wall to ensure that I shot each portion with equal scale and distance. Following this I studied the wall in greater detail both perpendicular and obliquely. This follows try newly established shooting technique I have developed which captures the whole then the fine grained detailed parts of built environment. This sits within the overarching topic of ‘Re-Seeing’ places.
I then downloaded the images, stitched them together using Adobe Photoshop, imported into Lightroom and converted the images into a pre-set monochrome editor. These panoramic files were then printed out at 1:100 scale, mounted onto cardboard and formed into a square to emulate the original layout and suggest a gallery screen wall at 1:2 or 1:3 scale. I used a print from Google Earth to form a tunnel into the show space to emulate the overhead road and bent some cardboard to imply a cast of the concrete remade from a mould on site and cast in the gallery to allow children to climb onto it (with a catch mat below).
This was then rephotographed to form a series of views as to show the installation could work in a gallery context, as a taste of how I may in future show the work to potential gallery curators.
I imagined the promotional sheets with a backdrop image and the title Passing Under – Underpass Art.
It was informative to use my work, think of it at scale and how it could be used to re-see in a new context. I am writing a blog (Part Four) about potential locations for this, along with other work.