Fuck The Government – Creative Futures

This is a piece I am working on with regards to the Austerity Debate Exhibition.

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I have photographed the painting at each stage. I am applying lots of layers as I want the painting to breathe.

The latest coat Red acrylic…

It’s taking time because I put the paint on thick and I have to wait for it to dry.

The latest coat in pale blue acrylic watered down a little so it’s able to ‘drip’

With Spring Green ink…

Above are the various stages of the painting. I applied the paint thick. I wasn’t really thinking about the ‘austerity theme’ and the fact that this was quite oppulent as paint is expensive. I was more interested in creating the drips. The idea was ‘The shit hitting the fan when things go wrong’, the Brexit for example.

Above ‘Abstracts of an artist’s work’ M.E.A

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LIVE! IN! ROOM! M.E.A

The great austerity debate exhibition

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‘Fuck The Government – Greetings from the future’ M.E.A

The great austerity debate exhibition

I entered three pieces of artwork into the exhibition. Each piece is different, as if made by three different artists.

My work is diverse. This is how I work. For this exhibition only three pieces were entered. Had I exhibited twenty pieces of artwork however, my work would become more recognisable. I don’t want to be pidgeonholed. This would block my creativity and I would be easily bored. I like the freedom of creating a wide range of art. Some photographs are able to be manipulated more than others. For example, Abstract and Out of Focus photographs have leeway.

When I say ‘manipulated’, I don’t mean photoshopped to death! erasing people or objects… I use Lightroom which is a tool favoured by professional photographers. Here we are able to ‘tweak’ our images. This has been done almost in the history of photography. In the darkroom Ansel Adam’s ‘dodged and burned’ his photo’s. I do the same with my out of focus photographs and abstracts.

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Evaluation for each learning outcome

Michelle Elaine Ayers

1A21222 Creative Futures

Formative Assessment

Friday 9thNovember 2018

1:

  • I attended group meetings where we spoke about what we needed to do.
  • I thought about the theme and what I would do.
  • I needed a few weeks in which to contemplate.
  • I had an acrylic print made of a photograph I took of the back streets of Accrington with buildings in the background.
  • I had an AO poster made of a photograph of a child giving me the finger with the words “Greetings from the future” emblazoned across the bottom.
  • I used a large wood panel and painted the words “FUCK THE GOVERNMENT” on it. This painting took a while, because the words needed to be painted over and over again, each time, turning the board so the paint dripped in all four directions. I also used Ink to create depth and another dimension to the painting.
  • I helped to paint the gallery space ready for the exhibition.

2:

  • At first, it took me quite a while to take it all in. I tend to panic first, but then eventually come up with ideas.
  • Because of this, I tend to waste time on ideas that aren’t so good, but I overcome that over time.
  • I tend to ‘overthink’ things, being a photographer, I think I am making life ‘too easy’ for myself by using the photographs I have so I try to overcomplicate things.
  • I decided to have an Acrylic print made for one piece, it was quite expensive but I wanted the print to be professional. The other two pieces were relatively cheap.
  • Despite the sleepless nights in the beginning, I think I did well with regards to my artworks.
  • I did not do well with regards to the overall planning and organising. Apart from painting some of the walls, other students worked together preparing the posters, the gallery space and general organising of the event.

3:

  • I can improve this by taking on roles such as Marketing, for example, through our University marketing team, which is something that I did not think about.
  • I could send Emails to the local Telegraph asking if they could publicise the event, and to come along on the opening night to take photographs.
  • I could get in touch with the local radio to ask if they could announce it.
  • I can also learn from Susan.
  • I am not able to do much of the physical side but I could take on such events as suggested above.

LO3: We began by having group meetings and discussing what needed to be done. We also used our private group, Messenger to communicate to each other. First on our list was to visit the Bureau to have a look at the space in which we were to exhibit. I was in Berlin at the time so students from our group who were available visited the Bureau and took photographs. A floorplan was obtained and the names of students and their allocated spaces were written onto a copy of the floorplan.

Susan also arranged for measurements to be taken of the wall space.

During group discussion we talked about having posters printed, Leasha designed the posters. We decided that one of my photographs would be used as part of the design of the poster just to make it simple. Leasha also paid for twenty posters to be printed.

Paula volunteered to be in charge of Social Media. She created a page on Facebook advertising the event with options for people to say whether they were able to attend etc… The Bureau also tagged us in their advertising space on social media.

We spoke about whether to get vinyl lettering for the event. Some said no, but I reminded them that even though it was a small exhibition in Blackburn, we should treat it as if we were exhibiting in London. For this task, Gareth volunteered to sort out the vinyl lettering which he had made at The Making Rooms in Blackburn.

LO4: During group discussion’s we also spoke about whether or not to lay on a buffet. We decided to buy cheap smart price snacks as it fit in with our exhibition theme. Kristy contacted ‘Night-safe’ and organised a collection box. Susan printed a poster asking people to ‘enjoy our austerity snacks, any items that are left unopened would be donated to the we were to exhibit. I was in Berlin at the time so students from our group who were available visited the Bureau and took photographs. A floorplan was obtained and the names of students and their allocated spaces were written onto a copy of the floorplan.

Susan also arranged for measurements to be taken of the wall space.

During group discussion we talked about having posters printed, Leasha designed the posters. We decided that one of my photographs would be used as part of the design of the poster just to make it simple. Leasha also paid for twenty posters to be printed.

Paula volunteered to be in charge of Social Media. She created a page on Facebook advertising the event with options for people to say whether they were able to attend etc… The Bureau also tagged us in their advertising space on social media.

We spoke about whether to get vinyl lettering for the event. Some said no, but I reminded them that even though it was a small exhibition in Blackburn, we should treat it as if we were exhibiting in London. For this task, Gareth volunteered to sort out the vinyl lettering which he had made at The Making Rooms in Blackburn.

LO4: During group discussion’s we also spoke about whether or not to lay on a buffet. We decided to buy cheap smart price snacks as it fit in with our exhibition theme. Kristy contacted ‘Night-safe’ and organised a collection box. Susan printed a poster asking people to ‘enjoy our austerity snacks, any items that are left unopened would be donated to the foodbank’. We also asked that people bring in any unwanted food items that would be suitable for donating to charity.

As a strong close group, we were always aware of each other’s art projects. Those who were ‘stuck’ on what to do were given ideas during our group discussions. We support each other.

There were no arguments and each were flexible about where our work would go. We knew that we might have to make last minute changes and we were fine with that. I think the group meetings were a good idea and it helped us to talk about any issues and resolve them as a team.

There were concerns about Paula’s work, as it was being played over speakers from a pressed vinyl and had quite a lot of swearing in it. One student did not want it playing as his daughter would be there, but we overcame that by keeping the door closed whilst the vinyl was being played with a notice on the door warning of strong language.

The Bureau agreed to open the Bar so alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, tea and coffee were available. This helped us to save money on what otherwise would have had to be spent on refreshments.

Maia offered to print out our artist statements. We were given a deadline to have our statements emailed to Maia so she was able to print them. Susan very kindly reprinted our statements onto photographic paper and stuck ALL of them to black foam board giving a more professional finish.

A large group of us were involved in getting the gallery space ready for installing our work. We bought paint rollers and white paint, fine sandpaper blocks were used as the walls needed to be sanded before we could paint. Amy did a fantastic job of sandpapering all of the walls. There were quite a few of us available so the painting was done relatively quick. Christian did the cutting in so we were able to use a roller for the rest which enabled us to work more efficiently.

Susan Brazendale was a huge help as she used to run her own gallery so knew exactly what needed to be done. She helped a lot with the Planning, Organising and Staging of the exhibition. Whilst Susan was on holiday, Christian bell took over her role until she returned.

LO5: All in all I think we worked effectively as part of a team. Each student in our group has their own individual strengths and weaknesses. Susan’s strength was being a gallery owner and doing this job for a living. Susan oversaw the process from start to finish with precision and great attention to detail. Susan has had a huge IMPACT on our learning, we are lucky to have her on our team and we all have learnt a great deal from her. She told us what needed to be done and those jobs were handed out accordingly.

Although I did not have a lot of input with regards to the Planning, Marketing and Organising of the exhibition, I did manage to paint two walls ready for the exhibition. My weakness is having the ability to plan or talk about my work. Each student took on specific roles that they knew would be feasible for them to accomplish. Because of this, we were able to complete this brief to the best of our ability.

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