After finding the last work by Alain Benini and Christophe Cano (Les Yeux de la Nuit/Eyes of the Night) I looked up more of their work together and found this fantastic piece! It appears to be the same sort of concept as the last piece, but this time I think the lights are hung from a building. This piece is also done on a slightly larger scale which makes it slightly more impressive, except you cannot walk through this work, I believe.
This piece has also made use of the reflection of the water below, adding a new dimension to the piece. This helps make up for the fact you can’t walk through this piece like you could the tunnel.
More artist research for FAL210! This fabulous piece, which I first found on Tumblr, has inspired and helped me to create a mental image of what I hope my black wall will soon resemble.
This work was created by Alain Benini and Christophe Cano in Geneva in 2006. As it was created by two Swiss artists who speak French, it has a French title, Les Yeux de la Nuit, which translates as Eyes of the Night. It is a tunnel of lights across a bridge, with walls which are not solid (they only appear to be solid black because the photographs were taken at night), so from the bridge you can see through to the surrounding area, and outside spectators can also see the lights!
I really like this piece - it looks amazing! The interactive and engulfing nature of it really inspires me - it must feel fantastic to walk across this bridge! I also like that this piece is meant to be viewed at night when the sky is black and the lights of the surrounding city can be seen. During the day this piece would take on an entirely different form. Responding to this work, I really wish I could make my piece with tiny LED lights like this, but I realise that is impractical. On the contrary, this piece encourages me to use particularly bright colours.
Back again with more artist research, but this time for FAL210, the module we have just started. We are now in Semester 2 of our second year, so we are exactly half way through now, scaaaaary!
Before Christmas I started thinking about what I was going to do for this Semester and I came up with a few ideas to do with science. I always liked science at school, and was very good at it, so after seeing a science programme on TV (Science Britannica) my love for the subject was sparked off once again. I watched a few more science programmes and even got a science book for Christmas (The Wonders of Life by Professor Brian Cox)! All of this stuff got me really excited about science again and I learnt so much, but yet still have loads of questions, which is what science is supposed to be about - answering questions and learning!
The main point of all this, however, is that I got loads of ideas about science which I can make art with! It’s all very exciting!
This artist relates to the first idea I had, to do with the universe. After watching loads of science programmes I found my copy of 1000 Questions and Answers, a book written in the 80s which covers loads of subjects. I flicked through to the science and technology section, and started reading all the interesting things to do with science. The main question and answer which stuck out to me was about how stars are not just white, they actually vary in colour from white/blue to orange/red. This is really fascinating to me, but because the book was written such a long time ago I wasn’t sure if I could trust the information. I looked up stars on the internet and found the National Geographic webpage about it, which confirmed what the book told me.
So, I started planning how I was going to use this information. I decided to do a really big piece using the whole of my wall where I would paint the stars in exaggerated, bright colours.
I started looking at artists who used stars in their work and randomly found this piece by Lita Albuquerque via Jared Leto’s Twitter account. He Twitted this article about Antarctic art works which talked about this piece, Stellar Axis, the South Pole’s largest art installation.
In this work a series of blue spheres were laid out to match the night sky above, creating this landscape of dots.
You can read all about this work and its creation here.
I am inspired by this work for its large scale and simplicity. It creates an entirely different view of the stars. Responding to this piece I am inspired to create large work like this using the universe, however, if I were to change this work I would have used different coloured spheres in accordance to the colour of the stars represented.
This is what I have started to do - I have painted the wall black and will now recreate the night sky with exaggerated, accurate stars.
I am especially happy with this cushion as it is definitely the most successful! I really like the shape it has and I really, really like how some fibers from the wool have stayed on the surface of the plaster due to the small amount of varnish I used. It had a lovely colour and texture to it.
This is probably my favourite thing I have made this semester, and I call it the “brick baby”.
I basically created a “jacket” to fit a brick and then stitched it around the brick and filled any empty space with stuffing. Originally I have wanted the jacket to be really tight, so that it would keep the shape of the brick, but after I stuffed it and the jacket stretched (and was too big), it became very soft and squishy. I like this outcome even more than I thought I would, which I think is most likely due to the emotional attachment I have to it.
It has the weight and feel of a baby, which makes it a very lovely object to hold, as many people have proved when they hold it for extended periods of time and treat it as you would a baby.
This is my next attempt at knitting a cube, where I created 10 small squares of knitting then stitched them together to form a cube. This was slightly more successful than the last attempt as it keeps it shape a bit more.
It was suggested to me in a tutorial that the two small blue cushions stacked up on top of each other looked like Brillo pads, so I decided to go and buy some to play with!
However, I didn’t know what Brillo pads were, so, thinking they were just sponges, I went and brought a pack of sponges. I then Googled what Brillo pads were, thinking I had brought the wrong thing, and went and brought a pack.
I knew I wanted to stack them up somehow, but I needed to find a method. They wouldn’t free-stand, and I didn’t want to use a glue gun at risk of ruining them. I then decided to stitch them together using fishing wire! The thread would be invisible, so they would appear to free stand, and the act of stitching them together feels very “me” at the moment.
I quickly found I didn’t very much like working with them. They felt and smelled horrible, and made a lot of dust and mess. This leads me onto “abjection”, the desire to get rid of something, to not like something. I definitely abject Brillo pads. This is very ironic due to the fact they are a cleaning product, but yet I was constantly washing the dust off in disgust!