I am still uncertain as to how I will use the rest of the space. It is a large wall section, quite high and I am keen to use that height. I know I want to focus on using the new pieces, not necessarily the works that were already on view in the Andrew Grant Corridor. However, if as is the intention, I use the rhythms of the space, the long rectangular columns of the first triptych would flow well around the door which links the two studios.
I came to the conclusion that the squares and rectangles had to be gracefully retired. This was a show all about the triangle. Time to be bold and make a statement.
Harking back to the stimulus for these paintings, the shards of glass; they are found in a random manner on the beach. I decided to try to emulate that randomness with a dash of the theatrical thrown in. I sought an arrangement which would act as counterpoint to the composition under the window. Chaos versus order, explosion versus containment. The paintings under the window followed the rhythms of domestic glass, I wanted the wall to conjure the destructive powers of nature.
I experimented by laying the pieces out on the floor, striving for equal measures of randomness and balance. A tricky thing to do. At one point I worried about not having enough pieces to make it work, but by using the entire height of the wall and strategically placing smaller works on the perimeter of the larger ones which gave it ballast of a kind, the drama unfolded.
The sink cover on the right will be painted and made good and I can use it to sit my professional practice documentation on.
The last task is to to finish painting the covered sink area. The gum tape was not behaving today so I will be back tomorrow to fix it. Part of me thinks that it would be better just to buy some proper white card and cut it to fit the top of the box shape.
Once that is done, I will properly photograph the room. With the adjoining door open there will be an interesting juxtaposition with Sophie's strong and visceral wallpaper collage paintings.
I had brought in my professional practice documentation so tried it out on the box to ensure it would look ok.
I had further arrangement advice from tutors Charlie and Colin and have acted upon it. The window section was rather heavy going in comparison to the rest of my display and the window spaces in general. The tweaking of that area was easy and I took down four paintings, patched things up and re-hung two as suggested. It does make a heap of difference.
Tomorrow morning I am going in to meet with the tutors and add to the paintings on the wall to maximise presence and flow.
This is what the walls looked like before the tweaking of the space under the window.