Saturday, March 28, 2009

MC Escher YouTube video;

I chose this video as it is mainly funny but also because i shows how creative stairs can be. I would love to be able to imagine staircases like this and then apply them in my SketchUp model!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

36 Custom Textures;

Below are my 36 custom textures that were created during the week three tutorial. The first 14 drawings are relating to my above ground section in my second SketchUp model. The next 11 correspond to the datum whilst the last 11 reciprocate the below ground area.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Artists' Practise, Fiona Hall and Rosalie Gascoigne;

Rosalie Gascoigne;

"Canary Bird", 1996
retro reflective road sign on wood, 75 × 60cm

“Art doesn’t come from nowhere, it comes from a long line of human experience, and I like to think that I can pare things down to conform with a sort of classicism.” – Rosalie Gascoigne

Gascoigne believed that she could neither draw nor paint but rather assemble. Her artist practice, influenced by her previous profession of ikebana (flower arranging), is to select and arrange found industrial debris. The debris used within each of her works has been collected over large periods of time and each found object portrays a physical effect from the environment Gascoigne found it in. Without treating or altering the debris- except cutting it into fundamental shapes- rectangles and squares, Gascoigne structures her work tighly within a grid. Throughout her works she uses repetition and patterning to portray movement and rhythm. Within “canary Bird” Gascoigne uses a found “retro reflective road sign” and assembles it on wood using the above practice.

Fiona Hall;

"Castles in the Air of the Cave-Dwellers", 2008
resin, 12 objects, various dimensions

Fiona Hall delves greatly into the scientific nature of animals, plants and humans and this reflects in her works. Many of her pieces have extensive research and a precise nature which steams from her scientific explorations to various parts of the world. Materials and ideas for “Castles in the Air of Cave-Dwellers” came from a 2007 trip to the Amazon basin which is rich in biological diversity. Plant and animal specimens provided the inspiration for this work. “Castles in the Air of Cave-Dwellers” is an installation of 12 larger than life sculptures of human brains which are tumorous with various hive constructions. These brains are made from resin and produced by setting the resin in brain shaped shells.

I commented on Arlene Binarto's blog here;
Stair Sections for my two SketchUp Models;
Below are the four stair sections for my first SketchUp model created from the sections of parasite and dense.

The above section shows the stairs that join the first floor to the second floor. The framing for the stairs would be made of steel and the treads made from stone.

The set of stairs that joins the ground floor to the below ground level is shown above. These stairs use the columns of the design of dense as a sort of “stepping stone” with steps joining each pillar. These wooden “filler” steps twist and turn and even wrap around the columns of stone.

Below shows the 4 sections for my second SketchUp model’s stairs. These stairs are to be introduced to the SketchUp representation of commotion and parasite.

This first two sections portray the circular stair case that extend the first floor down to the second floor. The stair case its self is to be a centre point in the gallery space. I chose a spiral stair so as the patrons walked up they would be allowed a 360 degree view of the gallery area. These stairs would be made of recycled and found timber and wire banister that also acts as a support for the stairs.

The section above shows the steps ajoining the ground floor to the below ground studio. They are a set of stair cases merged together to make a larger stair case that has numerous routes to reach the bottom. The width of the stair case allows for a more open entrance and the patron would be able to see the entire below ground studio from here. They are to be made from glass which is lighted from below.

SketchUp Model Two;
This is my SketchUp model of my second section. I tried putting it into a landscape but had heaps of trouble!
The top artist space is Rosalie Gascoigne's and is described by commotion. Fions Hall's artist studio is represented by parasite and is the below ground space.

Below is the section that the above SketchUp images are based upon.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Step Sections;

Below is a picture taken from the Thursdays lecture and my two sections of the stairs within the picture.

SketchUp, Week One;

Directly below is the section i choose to interpret for the first SketchUp task. The descriptive word for the above ground section is parasite (Hall) while the below ground section is dense (Gascoigne).

Although it looks like I did not spend much time on this design it actually took me my whole weekend. I had so much trouble trying to just get the hang of SketchUp. I was following walk-through tutorials on how to use SketchUp and its tools the whole time but I am still uncomfortable with using this program. In the end I got very frustrated with the whole design and ended up leaving it as it was.
However I still believe that the top does look like a parasite as it feeds off the gallery and the beneath ground studio. The underground artist space was inspired by my dense section and if you look closely the entire roof of the studio is made from different sized wood pieces that are extruding from the roof into the space. I tried this approach with the underground studio as I believe the extrusions make a more claustrophobic feel to the studio. Overall if I was to use this for my final model I would have to work hard to lift it to a better standard.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My 18 Sections;

The words that the below sections are based on are Parasite,contrast, scientific (Hall) and Commotion,recycle,dense (Gascoigne). The first couple of section dont really relate to the datum very well as i was unsure of what the actual task was asking, (to be honest I hadnt read it thoroughly). But for the last couple I tried thinking about how the words could be formed into the three spaces (above, below and on the datum).

Monday, March 9, 2009

My Creative work;
"Tall Tales" 2006
Acrylic on board

These works were completed at the National Art School Intensive Art Program in late 2006 when I was in year eleven. Really these were the first paintings were I explored colour and the ideas of many unrelated images forming one fluid piece of art. I was mainly inspired by Susan Norrie and did most of my art work when I was on the verge of exhaustion and threw caution to the wind, which allowed a sense of volatility. I tried to tap into these ideas and the method I used when I was creating my year twelve body of work but was never really able to produce the same kind of art. I'm afraid that it could be a one off thing as I still haven’t been able to produce something I like as much as these art works and this thought scares me.

Colonia G├╝ell
Antoni Gaudi 1852 - 1926
Santa Coloma de Cervello

Antoni Gaudi is a very well known architect and it is my dream to some day travel and live in Barcelona surrounded by his architecture. This is my favourite of all Gaudi’s works due to the raw energy it expels. His inspiration from nature and his thoughts that architecture should grow from the ground, imitating nature, can be seen throughout this small crypt and is one of the reasons why I am so draw to it. It was one of his first works and it is not only beautiful but has complex constructive elements that were years ahead his time. This greatly fascinates me as I am studying civil engineering and it is always interesting to see how engineering and architecture can co-exist in something so beautiful.

The Crooked tree;

This is a tree on the side of the road, I can’t exactly remember where. My boyfriend and I were driving and I saw it and fell in love, so much so that I made him pull over and chuck a u-turn just so I can take a photo of it. It’s not exactly the greatest picture, but I just thought that it was totally remarkable how a tree could grow this way. I'm not sure how or why it grew this way but I just think it’s utterly beautiful and remarkable and it reminds me of the phenomenon of Mother Nature.
Fiona Hall;
"Castles in the Air of the Cave-Dwellers", 2008
resin, 12 objects, various dimensions

Parasite,contrast, scientific

Tracey Moffat;
"Doll Birth, 1972", 1994
Series of 9 images, Off set print, 80 × 60cm


Rosalie Gascoigne;
"Canary Bird", 1996
retro reflective road sign on wood, 75 × 60cm