Final Major Project: week 2

Although this post is extremely delayed, I decided to keep to my word and continue with the weekly documentation of my Final Major Project.

The week began with the private view of the Aleatory Project exhibition, the one that I prepared for the previous week. I was surprised how professional the work and space looked. I have attended private views for final year students at universities in the past, so it was strange to see my work in this context. I found everyones work very inspiring and a source of encouragement to pursue a high standard for my final major project. To see my work alongside others forced me to draw comparisons between them. Seeing my piece amongst everyone else’s work made me feel it should have been a little less simplistic and I ultimately used other peoples work rather than entirely creating every element myself. It made me reflect on how I wish I had experimented more with various ideas and media, as other students had, despite the week-long time limitation. Therefore if I had to repeat the creation of my piece for the Aleatory exhibition. I would have produced a range of different responses and may have even attempted using other collage materials rather than just magazine photography, such as postcards, patterned paper and old screen prints. However overall I feel it looked intriguing when on display and linked with my project theme.

Below shows my final piece on display, with the caption ‘This piece is an initial visual montage in response to the relationship between fashion and death. Fashion magazines, National Geographic’s and my own imagery were used to create this piece.’

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The exhibition was held at ‘The Island’ a gallery space in Bristol. Despite having an ambiguous entrance, once inside it was a surprisingly good space, although it seemed quite small it managed to fit everyones work in, whether on the wall or suspended in the middle of the room. The work produced by everyone on our course was so diverse and none were alike, despite following a similar brief. That being said, I feel many ironically ignored the ‘Aleatory’ part to the brief, (me included). Aleatory is defined as something caused by chance, a definition which was supposed to influence the outcome of this project, I feel my piece didn’t really intend to represent this, however it could be argued this could be found in my work, and everyone else’s. You can find out how I created my final exhibition piece here.

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I really enjoyed the experience of being involved with an exhbiition as I found it interesting to be part of a collective, and it was definitely something which I’ll have to get used to when at University. Therefore I feel it was a great opportunity to experience what it is like having to have your work on display, however in the future I hope to take part in the actual organisation and display of the exhibition as this is a role which I have yet to explore.

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After the exhibition myself and my friend Lucy went for a much needed meal at Wagamammas. Above you can see Lucy’s very visually appealing Seafood Ramen, however I doubt it compares in taste to my favourite Chicken Katsu Curry! Delicious food is always a good end to any evening.

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Lastly on the Sunday I went up to London to visit my brother on his birthday. Whilst there we managed to squeeze in a visit to the Tate Modern, where I saw the amazing work of Fujiko Nakaya, who had created a ‘fog sculpture’ on the terrace. It was one of my favourite exhibitions Ive been to, you can read why in my previous blog post, here.

Overall, it was an excellent week, however I definitely feel I need to increase the amount of work I’m putting into the research of my Final Major Project, as I may be taking it too lightly so far.

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