Mini-Series 1

Informing Contexts, MA Falmouth University.

I am writing about my images that fascinated and reference other artists but do not make the final edit into my work in progress portfolio.  Here work that references Becher & Becher.

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figure 1

In seeking out opportunities for accessing buildings that are at peril, once successful in the negotiations, the finds are really fascinating and engaging.  I have developed a method of categorising images as I move through spaces.  I will collect details, vistas, material intersects, light, shadow, darkness and particularly the human trace that is present, whilst human activity is passed by, often for ever, a building soon to be no more. As Sontag notes “Humankind lingers unregenerately in Plato’s cave, still revealing, its age-old habit, in mere images of the truth” On Photography. Dell Publishing Company, New York, 1977

This is the case here in this mini series, figure 1.  These eight stools have stood decades of service at the Birmingham City University Conservatoire.  Having enquired about them the Assistant Principal told me that pianists tend to not only wear away the stools through the many hours of practice seated at the keyboards, but as their digits are always in need of exercise and movement there is a tendency to, perhaps subconsciously, pick away at surfaces, thus as soon as a crack appears in the surface, this is opened up by busy fingers to reveal the material edges and the foam within.  This is highly visible in these 8 stools. 

Perhaps it is undeniable to admit that the work of Bernd Becher and Hill Becher was on my mind as soon as my eyes were drawn to these pieces of identical but different pieces of furniture.  They had to work considerably harder to capture their series on water towers and other industrial installations. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/bernd-becher-and-hilla-becher-718 (accessed 13th April 2017).

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