Masters of the
While I have already made a digital collection of my prints in book form, each of the pages baring a quote that is different to read, my next evolution of my work would to take the wire quotes from the canvases and to compile and compress them into a form where texts are commonly found: book. This new form will contain pages all of which will have a minimum of two words, sewed in with wire onto black fabric pages, and bound together with thick black thread in a Japanese style binding. The quote that I will be selecting will be not one of an art quote, rather a quote by Winston Churchill, it will read We Are Masters of the Unsaid Words, but Slaves to Those We Let Slip Out. Without baring a cover the first words in view sharply reads out, We Are, this serves to draw the viewers and readers in and to question: we are what?
The words We Are, will encourage the reader to touch, open and turn the pages, this feature differs from my previously works all which are canvases upon walls, only to be looked at. Each minimal style and wording and the bright bold colours of the texts draws and absorbs the reader’s attention. Each of the pages of texts will bare its own colour. The words of the pages are hidden unless the participant is willing to continue reading by turning the pages over, the next words within the sentence will be left unknown; this again differs from the usage of the canvases, as they are seen like any painting upon the wall, the words strong and portraying a message.
It’s interesting to note that because each of the individual pages contain fewer than three words, the reader will read the words with sharp pauses rather than reading the whole message with a simple flow unlike the canvas works upon the wall. The entire quote is broken down, no matter how short it may be. This shows that the format would not only serve to separate and breaking down the quote but it also happens to change the way the words are absorbs and taken in.
Okay, I have said that I wanted to create a collection of my wire writing and here is what I have made so far in it’s canvas form.
Some of these are close up of the wire text stitched upon canvas, depending on the size of the quote. The third piece the biggest one of all fills the whole canvas, again all these are large A3 canvases.
(Better image to come)
Moving on, I have been working with large scale canvases, those that I am not used to. Usually, I work in sizes of A4 or A5, the next project that I undertaken is stepping away in my comfort zone in the form of a large A3 canvas. The A3 canvases although simple and very minimal can be extremely time consuming, they also remind me of advertising billboards that conceptual artists take for influence. While the size is intimidating, I have found that the new colour mixes and engages well with the size and structure of the canvas as a whole. The quote reads, Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art, this quote is by Pop artist Andy Warhol. The idea and what prompted me to fill up the large canvas with text was first inspired by the artist Bob and Roberta Smith, in which his painted letter towards Michael Gove inspired me to create a large piece and fill up the working space as much as possible.
Substituting embossing powder for black wire, the quote I used is The Job of the Artist is to Deepen the Mystery, this quote is by Francis Bacon, which is painstakingly hand stitched. This quote reminded me of the way art has changed over time, particularly abstract art, and how the Modernism has changed how art is seen and paving a way for new art and new exciting formats and experimentations. I felt this quote was appropriate as this is another of my experimentation of the visibility of text and how readable it can be. Like the canvases mentioned before, they make the viewer or reader to concentrate and get close to the piece in order to completely understand and decode what is written there, the words are near invisible when looked upon at a distance.
I have a fascination in the visibility of text, and how readable the text can be.
This series of small A5 black canvases is the product of that fascination and experimentation. When face to face to them, they aren’t as visible as the images shown, rather their visibility and ability to be read depends on the height in which they are displayed and the shade of the lightening, as well as the angle in which the viewer in peering from. Its good to note that reading the text upon this canvas is near impossible at a distance, to be read and to be understood, the viewer would have to peer close to the pieces. The text has a sort of shiny reflection when gazed at from certain angles, which is sure to catch the viewers’ attention.
Those pieces were created by experimentation of minimal approach and construction, an example of this would be the small sized canvases were constructed with only two materials, paint and embossing powder, both of which is the same colour. Like Edward Rushca, the piece is only of colour and text, and still manages to portray its text and message in a bold sharp fashion.