Introduction to systems

  
At the beginning of my studio practice, I decided to continue on with my previous study of systems from second year. In my second year, I worked with geometry and number generator to create a system that helped the process of my painting. 

The photo above shows the system I decided to use first which was created with the use of a secondary source (a random page out of a magazine) and a grid. I created the grid accordingly to the size of the picture. I then focused on which colour was primarily located in the box and this would indicocate what colour to use. I created the painting on an A3 shop bought canvas which meant I had to create the grid in a larger scale on the canvas. I aimed to achieve a flat plain of paint which was quite hard to gain on a shop bought canvas due to the texture of the surface. It was from this painting that I decided if I was to create any more paintings with acrylic paint, I would either paint on MDF or a handmade canvas. This method of painting had relativity to pixelisation as well as the use of a grid-system. The painting reflected a simplified version of the image due to the placements of the colours. 

During the creation of this painting I realised the system could not be identified without a method to inform the viewer of the process. I began documenting each step I was taking, even documenting brands and sizes of paintbrushes, different makes of paint and mixing on paper to retian the palette. Also which colours and paints I was using to create secondary colours. I decided to do this as, in my opinion, it helps identify the process and it’s an interesting aspect to go alongside the painting. 

  
I looked at artists such as Keneth Noland and Frank Stella along with the ‘Color field painters’ at their methods of staining canvas and interest in geometric shapes and stripes. 

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Proposal Critique



Name:
Charlotte Jackson

Project Title / Area of Focus: [What is a system?]

For my main practice I aim to create a series of paintings to help me and my audience gain a better understanding of “systems”. To achieve this I will explore systems that are already in place, as well as creating my own. I am going to use acrylic paint on different types of surfaces to create systematically developed work and log each step I take so I can record the process. I also aim to make my own canvases rather than using shop bought ones due to the fact that bought canvases are too textured for some of the pieces I want to create. Home-made canvases will be better quality to paint onto as the material used is quite smooth and flat.

Research and Development Blog address: charjack3.wordpress.com

I am going to use my blog to document what I have (or haven’t) achieved each week and use it as another way to log each step, research artists and reflect on my progress. I will make notes on information sourced from the internet and create a reading list to gather more in-depth research.

After Christmas I am going to travel to London to visit the art galleries (National Art Gallery, Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery…) and hopefully other places such as Manchester, Liverpool and Wakefield.

The books I am currently reading are:

  • “Colour for the Artist” – Hans Schwartz,1968
  • “Theory And Use Of Colour” – Luigina De Grandis (Translated by John Gilbert), 1986
  • “Abstract Art” – Mel Gooding, 2001
  • “Colour After Klein” – Edited by Jane Alison, 2005

Others:

  • “’Systems’ Whitechapel: Documents Of Contemporary Art” – Edited byEdward A. Shanken
  • “’Failure’ Whitechapel: Documents Of Contemporary Art” – Edited by Lisa Le Feuvre

 

Since writing this proposal, I am not longer creating paintings, instead i will be creating a sculpture. I created two pieces after this work which can be seen in other posts. however, it was after this process that i realised i didn’t fully understand systems and the difference between systems and process art. So i began researching Natural systems as i had been thinking about looking at weather patterns and seasonal changes and came across the natural system murmurations and changed how the body of my work will progress.