About my thoughts

I have been exploring the connection between the work and the exhibition space. What impact can these connections have on the audience?
These questions have always driven me to explore different materials and ways of presenting works.

I started my MFA course in September 2019. On the basis of continuation of traditional clay sculptures, we are looking for some new materials to create works. Such as paper, pulp, wire and so on. After trying, the effect was not as good as expected. I am still limited to the work itself. I overlooked the connection between the work and the exhibition space, so I tried to solve this question. I have seen the works of many outstanding artists in libraries and on the Internet, such as Antony Gormley’s ‘Quantum Cloud’. I was very inspired by this work.  I thought about the extension of the work in the space. After visiting and inspecting the "Stars and Shadows" cinema with my classmates, the work "Grids and Lines"  has a clear idea in my mind. I hope this work can participate in the exhibition space through the surface composed of various lines. When the audience passes by the work, they also participate in the process of this space being cut. It means to treat the audience as one of the objects in the space. From a different perspective, the audience's body is also divided by grids and lines in the work. (Therefore, I chose the corridors that people often pass.) After the works are exhibited, there is still a big gap between the actual effect and the expected. The work is suspended from the ceiling with fishing lines. For safety reasons, the size of the work was reduced by half. The audience does not seem to be able to directly participate in the interaction of the works. This also made me think clearly that the work not only needs to be exhibited, but also responsible for the safety of the audience, so my second work chose the traditional way of display. Put them on the cabinet for display. For the ‘unnamed’ series, I am still exploring the spatial extension of my works. This time I used plaster to make the balloon look smooth. Then destroy it and make it flawed. On this basis, let these incomplete spheres continue to break the original shape of the square grid. This process of mutual influence makes me feel interesting. I am curious how the audience will respond when they see them. That is one of the main aspects of my work deals and main interests.

Work post March 17

After March 17, 2020. I have stayed in my room because of the epidemic. I have no access to the outside world. I can only face my house, windows and electronics every day. Because the workshops in the department, I always lie in bed and try to recall the scenery and objects I have seen before. So, I used the printer to print multiple identical black and white photos. Then cut them into small pieces. Finally put them together in my way. Want to create a fragmented and chaotic picture. Make them look like I remember. In my way, sometimes it is very random, they are layered on top of each other. Sometimes suddenly I remember a certain segment clearly. Sometimes the collage is not very successful, I use the pen directly to help it complete the structure of the picture. Of course, this traditional method cannot meet my initial requirements for a complete work. I still hope that the way the work is presented is more contagious. I want to make these pictures into installation works. I was inspired by David Hockney's collages or what Hockney often called ‘Joiner photographs’. The colour saturation of the picture made by the tablet is higher. I tried to use Sketches to draw, crop and collage pictures on my tablet. Regarding the colour of the picture, I try to debug the colour of the picture with Lightroom. In the early days of creating collages, I just made some random collages. When you take beautiful pictures, use them to create collages. But they do not have a clear style. In this process, I am grateful to my tutor for suggesting that I find my own style. What impressed me the most in my room was the bottle. Because it is everywhere. Slowly the bottle became a key element in my practice. Most bottles are transparent. When they are stacked together, there will be a fuzzy feeling of layer upon layer. Each bottle is still a small and closed space. It's like a small transparent universe. Cut their pictures and rearrange them into a new, chaotic image. However, the image alone does not make me feel that it is enough to support a complete exhibition, so I created a short film about bottles in early August. The entire short film is simply black and white. Compared with the colour collages I created at the beginning; their colours are very different. In fact, I only like black and white. And I am not good at using exaggerated colours. When I started making collages with exaggerated colours, I just wanted to try something that I could accept but didn't like. The film was inspired by a daze in me. I looked at the pile of bottles in front of me, and slowly felt trapped in them. The whole process of the film is like a daze, without beginning. There is chaos, fragments, falling, chaos, being interrupted suddenly, and returning to the beginning again. In this short film, time is a closed tunnel. Maybe it is really boring. But the boring process is also a complete process. I expected to show them with a projector and put them in the same display space. Because of the sharp contrast, the works are contradictory. For more ideas, I look forward to feedback from the audience.

Because of the impact of Covid, I cannot enter the studio to practice the practical problems that the projector will encounter in a larger space, such as the clarity of the projection, whether the distance between each screen will affect the look and feel, and the light Control and so on.

I will continue the theme of the bottle in future works. And explore more practical ways of using space and works.


 © 2020 by Zhu Yu

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