I was mad to go into the studio today, with what is looking like freezing snow outside. I was determined to go in if the roads were clear. So they were and I did. My main focus of the day was to reinforce the fourth plinth, which is by far the largest of the set. I’m struggling to find space now in my studio space.
With the gum-tape in place I decided to see how it would look paired up with other model miniature. Looking at the two together I could see a massive difference in height. The larger piece dominates it without doubt, which really concerns me. I was considering how it would look with the viewfinder in place, how that would change the piece, giving more power to the larger one.
I had to see how it looked, and it just took all the attention away from the smaller one which just cowers away in comparison. I need to see how they work with projections, how will that change things. I’m starting to lean towards removing the viewfinder completely as much as it draws the audience in, the envelope like screen that it cut out to reveal the violence is something that could work on it’s own without the other piece.
I’ve spent longer than I expected to on this piece in the studio today. Just showing that even with all the material I have to hand. I began by sourcing the longest box (when flattened out) which measured to just over a meter. Thinking that I may have the tallest plinth on my hands here. As the day progressed I was searching for pieces that matched the original box. I couldn’t, settling for two varied sizes, which ultimately took the height down to just under a meter.
With the height fixed I began to get the pieces cut to size, slowly in place and fixed together. There are support strips of card on either side of the with some of the sheets that are forming the plinth. I have to make do and carry on the best I can with some pieces. Once in place I began to reinforce with the standard triangles on the 90 degree angles, it was the those of around 120 degrees that needed a different approach to ensure they did the same job.
As I’ve had with the other plinths, the model miniature slotted in with ease once more, allowing me to see it raised and supported. All I need to do now is add the gum tape for extra strength before pairing it up with the other piece. I’m glad that all four plinths have been constructed, bringing me a step closer to drawing this piece to an end. Moving forward I want to see how this pair looked when projecting together too. Before that happens I need to buy more kit that will streamline what I already have, making further tests and ultimately installations an easier process to set-up. Lastly I need to see how the projections work with both the viewfinder in place and without. I’m also concerned how it will look alongside the others which have so far not needed one. All these decisions still to make.
It’s been a very successful day in the studio. I set aside a full day to look into any possibilities for the plinth I was going to make today. Not sure of what I was going to encounter. My worries were thankfully short-lived. As you can see from the image above, it’s not exactly a straight surface to build on. The tracking is reduced to ensure I’m on a flat enough surface. As per normal the pieces slotted in and began to come together, shaving small amounts off to take into account the other pieces. It wasn’t long though before I decided to see, just what I was working with after lunch. Turning the work the right way up, I was pleasantly surprised to find the plinth was taking all the weight and continued to for the whole day.
I carried on after lunch, applying the gum tape to further strengthen the plinth. My only guess that even with all the weight at the top, I think that the inclusion of the beams, the balcony wrapping around the interior must be working in my favor.
Now that I have three plinths constructed I had two see how the two responding to Unforgiven (1992 & 2013) work together. There’s definitely a height difference, which was determined by the boxes I used. I won’t be going any smaller for the last one. I really want to see them working in the dark to know whats going on. I can then start to look at timings of the work, how audio effects the opposite piece and just how far they need to be apart for them to project. Hopefully I can see that next time I’m in the studio, thanks to a delivery I received tonight, allowing me to play once more.
I’m now at the half-way mark of having all my plinths in place. I began t he day by working with the cardboard I had pre-cut to work on today. Bringing everything together with only a few pieces needed trimming as the pieces went in. I then moved onto strengthening the two pieces with gum tape which has ensure they last.
With the second one now in place I have been left with a challenge to tackle, the Japanese model miniature which is by far the heaviest. The plinth tracking its set up for a narrow piece, which I’m not sure will take the weight, I may have to make some adaptations to allow it to hold. First lets see how it looks and holds, if I need to I will work on support in the rear and work off observations.
Even though it feels like I’m spending less time in the studio – a change in my routine to fit the gym in I’m still finding my time there really rewarding. As I plan out a rough idea of what I want to achieve I’m able to go home satisfied knowing I’ve accomplished all I wanted to do that day. Making me feeling content in my making. I never thought I’d be taking the idea of making plinths possible. I took an idea and ran with it.
Laying the track down for cardboard to slot into and hold up the model miniatures. Beginning today I found two boxes that I had been storing in my space, they have never been folded into box form, they never served their function, making them fresh piece of cardboard – something I rarely do. In my work nothing serves its intended function, instead recycling them into something far mote exciting. I took the boxes – unfolded and pulled it apart to lay flat, able to measure out the pieces before cutting them to size.
With the first two pieces ready and a set of pre-cut strips I began to bring the piece to life, sitting in the slots so it would be made exactly to fit. I noticed as soon as they were complete that an internal strip was on show, I was thinking about undoing the work, before realising this was a happy accident. I had already showed the strips around the corner, it was a natural extension of the language, why hide that part of the illusion. I carried on to bring the piece to be a complete plinth ready to test out. It didn’t take long to see the result, holding up the model miniature, all I had to do was properly secure it to stand long term in a space.
I cut 8 triangles of similar size, 4 at both ends which instantly made a real difference to the structure. I now have a method which allowed me to make a start on another plinth, using a similar size box. I have also let the height be determined by the box, not altering it, partly to keep things loose and also to not affect the fit. If I were to trim any off the top I may make it uneven, leaving them smooth I’m allowing for a better fit. I’m really happy with the progress of just one plinth, I could even using this method with future works.
I’m excited, by just looking at Wafa Hourani’s works, the presentation of the city section, depicting an apocalyptic view of his Palestinian home against the West Bank Security Fence. This gives me idea for the presentation of my work for the degree show.