Experiments, failures and other work…

Some of the less finished or less successful work I created…

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Seventeen seconds

This piece re-organises itself every 17 seconds – the median time that a gallery visitor spends in front of each art work.

by Tom Davis


Tom Davis: Day 6

Some more partly finished work to show!

The printer windchime is now coin operated.

I’ve been working on a piece with a Dust Devil hoover. This evolved out of trying to make something with computer cooling fans.  The idea is that it looks like a self sustaining snow globe. As you can see it still needs a lot of work.

Finally, today I started something with the scanner part of the printer. The finished idea is to have the lights moving in opposite directions constantly rearranging themselves in new ways. This will hopefully be further developed next week.


‘Constructing the New order- part 2’ – Beata Kozlowska

Beata Kozlowska, The New Eldorado, Outdoor installation view, Aspex

Beata Kozlowska, The New Eldorado, Outdoor view, Aspex

The second week of my work became more settled , I gradually started using materials I chose in the first week to have a good process of figuring out/ putting elements together in the new order….  My work seems to be very controlled in many cases. But this control is derived from utopian aspiration to Harmony and balance…
The first series of work I called ‘The New Eldorado’ as a reference to pop culture and the myth built around the golden age of prosperity. Golden plastic lid, purity of blue, orange and White… Colour is another indication of unifying and enabling symbiosis within the object.  I was also experimenting with already existing natural ‘presupposition’ of brought objects. I use them in assemblages, mini- installation, Solaris, with mirrors, metal bars, round shapes of the records, lampshades…
Beata Kozlowska, Solaris, installation details, Aspex
Beata Kozlowska, Late One Evening, Aspex

Beata Kozlowska, Late One Evening, Detail, Aspex

The elements are assembled and constructed in a particular way, they may resemble maquette of the city, dysfunctional furniture or imaginary design subliminally referencing modernism, Post-Duchampian tradition of ready-made, interior design of Bauhaus and domesticity…the references are endless, the objects are open like a text for further interpretation…The Game is never-ceasing, established rules of having limitation within plurality was a great experiment…
Beata Kozlowska, Neue Sachlichkeit, Aspex

Beata Kozlowska, Neue Sachlichkeit, installation detail, Aspex

Beata Kozlowska, Neue Sachlichkeit, installation detail, Aspex

At the end of the week I was tempted to create ironic harmony, merely maintaining a balance within the assembled objects. Orange mini columns, reminiscent of negative furniture, are fragilly supporting each other balancing on the red string…

The process of creating my work was so similar to the process of my usual art practice. I found the project relieving and inspiring.  Also I had a chance to collaborate/ or rather interact not only with fellow artists ( Nicola Dale, Jason Tylor, Andy Parker), but also with enthusiastic audience.


Tom Davis: Day three

A bit of a frustrating day today. Mainly as I did’t have the right technology to implement the ideas I had. That and the hard drives wern’t playing ball. More on that hopefully in the coming week. My ardunio however arrived and after a trip to Maplin (my third this week) I had it up and running with some basic controlling of the printer windchime. Video posted below.


Tom Davis

Day two and I’ve sort of got my head around this way of working.  I’ve managed to produce something fit for ‘the wall’ – a semi exhibition space in the gallery.

My piece is a printer activated wind chime ,which works in principle but needs a bit of fine tuning.

A video of it working properly will hopefully be posted shortly.


Ghosts

  

LOOK INTO THE LIGHT FOR A CLEAR VIEW said the S. Mark Gubb public artwork just outside Portsmouth Harbour station. I obeyed the order. During my week-long stint at Aspex I was rewarded with a sky of blue, hot sunshine, a rollercoaster, the Spinnaker Tower and fresh sea air.

The public had been very generous in donating their unwanted items to Working Title. I spent the first couple of days reveling in the Aladdin’s cave of junk. I decided not to make concrete plans immediately, just to react to what I found. In order to warm up, I made a few small works quickly: a little landscape made from jar lids, deflated balloons and images of bonsai; a toast rack of 2D trees; a fire extinguisher which sprayed out a rainbow of colours; a laptop with the keys replaced by upturned rusty screws; a book turned into a laptop with the leftover keys; a dying tree made out of brown paper, copper piping and tyres. It was difficult not to get giddy with all the possibly-maybe useful stuff. I admired my fellow artists (it was a pleasure to work alongside Beata Kozlowska and Andy Parker) for their far more considered approach, which rubbed off on me eventually and I calmed down…

By accident I found that some white tent poles I had hoarded fitted exactly onto small white plastic bottles. I had also been attracted to a large roll of white material (possibly carpet backing). Using a tent pole base as a stencil, I cut circles out of the material. Once threaded onto the poles, I found I had made strange looking structures inspired by my surroundings – they were spindly like the aforementioned Tower, but oddly organic like something growing on the seabed. The structures’ individual elements were no longer useful – but at least I had rescued the material, the bottles and the poles from oblivion (even if only for a short while). The structures were hazy, shadowy things, hovering in the crevices between use, misuse and disuse  – I think they might have been ghosts of sorts.

Nicola Dale