One of the first artists I looked at connected with Shadows and Light, was a guy I discovered when looking at the Ready-Made, for Visual Culture; French artist Christian Boltanksi.
I am posting this photo here because I love it… I have looked at getting photos onto large sheets for our project but it is not something that can be done on a low budget, but I will bear this one in mind… it reminds me of a hospital ward, with the wheeled screens, like the ones they draw around beds for privacy. I considered projecting images but then to do something like this you would need several projectors, plus a lot more space than we have available. One can but dream…!
This guy works a lot with light and he is definitely one of my influential artists.
Image retrieved on 20/5/2014 from: http://www.mariangoodman.com/exhibitions/2001-03-21_christian-boltanski/
This morning we presented our concept for Light Nelson…
It was a crazy busy day and I am totally exhausted now but my brain will not sleep. I thought over and over about our concept and I really think it may be taking on too much, especially where the construction of the “tent’ which will form the heap is involved
I also took on board some input from the tutors concerning the use of treated wood and maybe using books could be taken wrongly by some people and give a different message to the public. Even after deciding not to use books and to only use gum branches from my garden or other natural, untreated wood, I am still not happy,
So… I thought more about light, and years spent photographing light and how it creates it’s own art. I remembered a photo I took a few years ago:
Unfortunately I am unable to find the original image at the moment, but you get the gist, it is an image of myself taken from the top of a flight of steps , but I appear at the bottom of the steps as a ghost or shadow. I love stuff like this and I got very excited about using shadows and light for the project, and concentrating on the concept of light and shadow rather than having to worry about building safe teepee structures. I also think it is more fitting for the brief which is after all about working with light, and not using light as an aside to the main focus as it were.
So in the dark hours of insomnia I have been researching artists to inspire these thoughts, and I found this:
And this is what I want to create. Will approach the guys tomorrow :) Now for some sleep…