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09 Sep

MA Fine Art Exhibition: Creative Acts

After each handing in our 10,000 word dissertations in July of 2009, we immediately began developing work for our final group show. Over the ensuing weeks of July and August, the group balanced their working commitments between the development of their final exhibitions pieces and the organisation of the show itself. A Google group page was created to keep the lines of communications open – Ideas were discussed and tasks were allocated: from deciding the name of the exhibition, to leaflet and poster design concepts, to arranging meetings with finance departments and organising refreshments… It was a learning curve.

The MA Group receive instruction from MA Course Tutor Simon Pope before the Private viewing of the group show. September 9th 2009. From Left to Right: Chris James, Jen Lewis, Amanda Blake, Christian Olsen, Spike Dennis, Rabab Ghazoul and Simon Pope.

Guests at the Creative Acts Private Viewing.

It seemed that the space I had chosen to display in was made for my work. Even the Technicians thought so. I had found an area of the sculpture gallery in the far corner – a small gap in the wall in which bodies could pass through into an enclosed square space with a low ceiling complete with holes to situate lighting.  It was my idea to display all seven of my my mirror designs within the confines of the room, but shortly before the deadline for assessment and on the recommendation of a fellow peer, I decided to situate my Eye design as a separate piece from the other mirrors as it seemed well suited to the natural light cast down through an overhead skylight. By situating all the mirrors into one space would be in keeping with the oppresive themes of the work and overpower and bombared the viewer. Moreso,  the viewer could position himself / herself in the centre of the room – thus becoming a cctv camera or the central tower of a panopticon, viewing 360 degrees around the room. The mirror tiles also would allow the viewer’s reflection to become part of the work as well as the viewer being able to watch others without their knowledge.

“The panoptic mechanism arranges spatial unities that make it possible to see constantly and to recognize immediately.” – Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (1977).

The Seven compositions exhibited at the show were labelled collectively under the single title of ‘New World Awe’ and were constructed out of 72 mirror tiles. Depending upon the lighting used and where the mirrors were situated would determine the amount of reflection and subsequently, the mood and aura of each work.

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