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A digital visual diary that documents the process that underpins my work along with the thoughts and ideas generated from engaging in these processes.

Advisor Meeting #1 (18 Oct. 2017)

with Andrew Cooks (Research Advisor) and Jean Marie Casbarian (Studio Advisor)

"Stop Over-Thinking It." These were the wise words given to me during this fruitful meeting and it has helped significantly at this particular point in the process. I needed to hear this as a way of pushing myself to just start. Interestingly enough it was the same advice given to me by a number of people in my critique group also. So I made a commitment to both Jean Marie and Andrew to start the large scaled charcoal drawing I had been planning:

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The Start

My thoughts: "Look at all that intimidating vast white space..."

Andrew's words: "Look at all those square centimetres of potential..."

During the meeting both Jean Marie and Andrew spoke about splicing, mixing, & overlapping, particularly in relation to the history of photography. These are the outlines that came out of the process of splicing, mixing, and overlapping previous drawings and then enlarging them to the scale of the paper.

During the meeting both Jean Marie and Andrew spoke about splicing, mixing, & overlapping, particularly in relation to the history of photography. These are the outlines that came out of the process of splicing, mixing, and overlapping previous drawings and then enlarging them to the scale of the paper.

The start of the charcoal drawing...

The start of the charcoal drawing...

From the discussion around charcoal drawing, Andrew introduced me to the work of Victorian artist Bernard Sachs

Jean Marie had previously introduced me to Robert Longo who also works with large scaled charcoal drawing. 

Robert Longo,  Untitled (Raft at Sea) , 2016. Charcoal on mounted paper, 140 x 281 inches (355.6 x 713.7 cm) overall. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Robert Longo, Untitled (Raft at Sea), 2016. Charcoal on mounted paper, 140 x 281 inches (355.6 x 713.7 cm) overall. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

It was really valuable to compare the work of two artists that use the exact same medium and similar scale and yet speak two very different languages with that media. 


Also, during the meeting, we discussed the ideas behind experimental films by people such as Tarkovsky. This was in response to some of the moving image experiments I have been doing since the Holding Pattern workshop in Berlin. 

Other artists that were suggested to further research included:

 

  • Dieter Roth notebooks
  • John Cage: start anywhere.....
  • Robert Frank Nova Scotia
  • john cage silence
  • William Kentridge - a short film about his process and the importance of walking
  • Bill Henson: Mnemosyne (see images below)