Site Specific Art Work 

Or artwork that is integrated into a (usually) outdoor environment is getting more and more common.  

    
   
At large or small scales, site specific installations are usually conceptual and pretty interesting. I’m pretty excited to do this project.  I should have known our materials were going to be limited, but I had hope. My hope was crushed!!! I think I’m going to use card stock because it’s easily manipulated compared to cardboard/foam. I think using card stock would be a the smart thing to do when taking craftsmanship into account. 

I was thinking about all the trees we have on campus and how cool it would be to have an installation(s) in them.  

 
I was thinking about an octogon-like orb that was hollow in the center, so it appeared the tree was going through it. If it were an actual installation, I’d like the orb to be made of sheet metal with laser cut designs on the sides. It would be nice if it was lit at night too? I’m going to edit multiple images of the same prototype onto the trees by Taylor Hall. 

“Hyper”

I defined hyper as “full of energy, bouncing off the walls, excessively energetic”. 

Dictionary.com’s first definition was similar to my own. 

  
However, the second definition of hyper tends to be used as an adjective to describe an excess. 

  

ORIENTATION – Is the word vertical or horizontal? Why?

I think hyper has a vertical orientation. Vertical objects can move up and down which reminded me of jumping or “bouncing off the walls”. Hyper is climbing, jumping, and moving quickly- I think this word having a vertical orientation would definitely benefit my presentation. 

BALANCE – Does the word have symmetrical, asymmetrical or radial balance?Why?

Hyper definitely has asymmetrical balance, nothing’s matching up and I imagine my composition to be pretty chaotic. 

CONTRAST – Does the word have high or low contrast? Why?

I think hyper has a fairly high contrast because it insinuates lots of movement/action. 

MOVEMENT – Does the word move fast or slow? Why?

Definitely fast! Hyper meaning excess energy- enough energy to move quickly and often. 

PROPORTION/SCALE – Is the word big or small? Why?

I think hyper can be perceived as either big or small. Hyper can be big in terms of large amounts of movement (like a large fish out of water) or small in terms of many small movements (like an insect in a jar). 

Cardboard Installation: Exquisite Corpse Critique 

After we finished our 1 to 1 individual sculptures, I was thanking god my experimentation with cardboard was over. Little did I know, that was only the beginning! As a class, we brainstormed ideas for a larger scale, collaborative cardboard installation. A few thoughts were thrown in and I was fairly open to all of them. We decided on making some type of abstract human form. Each of us chose which group we thought we belonged in: head, torso, or legs. Then the groups got to work with little interaction from one another. The finished result was better than I had hoped!


  

I was in the torso group along with Courtney, Marcy, Melanie, and Rayne. We all chose this group because our individual objects related to the heart, whether it be our own heart or just the idea of a heart. Preliminary sketches look surprisingly similar to the finished result. We all had agreed on a female figure with wrap-around ribs, but to push the anatomical aspect, we also included a spine. There was some debate on how anatomical it should be. After I made the heart for the jewelry box, it was easier to imagine our objects along with it. We decided to keep it fairly whimsical, as long as we kept the fact that it was a human form obvious. Shelves were also always a part of the plan; Courtney touched them up later on and made them 3D- adding some dimension to the torso. Rayne made cardboard gems to go with her jewelry box and Melanie made Polaroids to go with her camera. As a finishing touch, Courtney and I made a frame of Polaroids to place underneath the bottom shelf of the torso, I think this helped with both craftsmanship and composition.

We were constantly reminded of the metaphors the torso represents, while it was under construction. All of our pieces related to the fondness of the heart. My own piece represented the carefree, unconditional love that is my relationship with my mother. Marcy’s represented the love or nostalgia for one’s innocent childhood. Melanie’s represented the fondness of memories. Rayne’s represented the sentimental value of the things she kept in her jewelry box. We put the heart inside of the jewelry box; this represents the metaphor of protecting one’s heart. The heart itself has clock hands and digits surrounding it. This is the represents the metaphor of one’s ticker or heart beat. When you run out of time, your heart stops ticking.

When it was time to install the torso, we debated between hanging it and setting it on a pedestal. We actually had a petastal made, but then decided to try hanging it. Hanging it turned out to be much more interesting! We skewed the angle at which it hung in order to play into the idea that the body was putting itself together again. After that, we attached our pieces with the double sided super tape. We’re hoping that the tape minimizes the damage to our individual pieces.

This project was tough due to its scale and concept, but I’m really happy with the final result.

Good job, everybody!!!