In this piece Alys dragged a blog of ice through Mexico City until it melted. It is very similar to my dragging rock piece in the respects of practicalities and in concept. Alys’s efforts can be seen as completely ludicrous and futile just as my work can be seen as it. In a way they are similar in the drawing they create whilst dragged, in another they both erode away at the surface similar to my agassiz’s rock piece. I believe he is dabbling in the value of art as well, questioning us why we value his futile effort so much. The performance aspect is interesting as usually we expect something to be achieved through the performance; however it is completely pointless. In Dave Sherry’s work he plays with this idea:
Gordon Matta-Clark works in the idea of interventions with the area he is exhibiting in. He likes to disturb the norm
Matta-Clark studied architecture so his work mainly revolves around buildings. This photo is of one of his works were he cut a building in half from the inside. I want my works to interrupt the scenery but in a subtle way, I want the viewer to feel rewarded when they find my piece.
Baldessari’s California word piece is something I found quite inspiring.
That’s a terrible picture, but basically Baldessari got a map of California and followed it to were the letters spelling “California” were in real life: once he got to the area, he made a letter out of local materials exactly were the letter was on the map as if mirroring the map in real life. Blending the virtual world with the real world. I have enjoyed playing with maps throughout my time on Blackford Hill and have used map references to create works such as in “messy” an upcoming blog piece were I utilise an orienteering map to create my own path for the audience to follow. This will take the form of a small slip of paper inserted into the orienteering maps already sold.
Richard Long’s walking pieces
I was really influenced by Richard Long’s way of working – he just went into the environment and started creating works. I was also interested in the marks you can make whilst walking, making large drawings through soil erosion.
Dennis Oppenheim’s site markers are some of his earliest works but they consist of an idea that I really think relates to my project and something I find interesting.
The work goes into finding these objects rather than the production of them. This works with the “messy” piece, you have to create the artwork yourself. Oppenheim’s devil’s Hole’s scale is something that has inspired my work throughout this project, the fact you can only see the whole piece from far off is an interesting idea. It heavily influenced the dragging rock piece.