In order to ensure that I could actually perform what I had in mind, I needed to consult with Glen whom provided me with the butches paper, tarp, the camera, tripod and paint tubs. He also organised for me to perform in the downstairs carpark which he had sectioned off for me so that I had sufficient room.
I set everything up and intended to have the pant tubs lines up before each new row of butches paper with a paint tube at each of the four starting points for the dance.
I’ve decided to source music that does not have a sound, yet, at the same time is very dynamic. After a few hours of searching I found the song Sand.
The song starts our slow then intensifies. I want to subtlety express this in the paint.
My inspiration for this piece stems from an artwork I was shown in the lecture by Jackson Pollock with the art period of Abstract Expressionism.
This artwork stood our for me within the lectures as it is unconventional yet displays the ideals of repetition of the strokes to create a variation as a whole. This art form as a whole emerged in the early 1940’s where artists escaped from the norms of art making practice and style to produce avante garde artworks which convey the inner psyche, vulnerability irrationality and anxiety amidst World War II. Pollock abandoned the use of paint brushes and used raw paint to dab and splatter across the canvas–this challenged the classification of art as this practice was never seen before.
I wanted produce something similar mimicking the scale, size and intent whilst using the technique of dancing which futher stems away from the conventions of artmaking practice.
After further research, I came across this artwork which seems to be in sections from left to right (in three columns). I wanted to do something similar so instead of the individual pieces of butches paper, I spoke with Glen from tech support who was able to provide me with large pieces of butches paper in a roll. With this in mind, I created a dance which is somewhat within the confines of a small dance space so that there is a subtle indication as to the sections on the paper between dances. However, I also wanted the dance to overlap so I choreographed the dance so the my arms would flick paint further and my feet would smudge paint int a new section–thus mimicking a flowing dance which has no start or finish.
As the final assignment for Meda102 is fast approaching, I discussed with my group the ideas that I had. Initially, I wanted to do an iteration incorporating dance, so had 2 options.
I would perform a dance repetitively using paint on butches paper.
I would dance with pieces of paper that but the end of the dance end up crushed.
Both of these iterations would have a recording of me dancing to go with it.
I discussed this with my group and we decided that the first option would be the most effective. They also suggested that while recording the dance that will go with the painted butches paper, I should wear the same clothes which will be covered in paint to merge the gap between the paint and no paint.
We also decided that the music should be played also as the music is a big element which influences movement.
Therefore, the repetition will be in the process of the dancing on the butches paper where the variation will be produced on the paper by the paint as the paint will be smudged and used in different ways throughout the repetition of the dance.