Today was a day almost entirely set aside for the residents to reflect and create based on the provocations made so far this week. Jo Mayes and Carolyn Kennett led a live-streamed heritage walk from Bosilliack, which you can find on Instagram, but aside from this, there has been an abundance of creating and considering and thinking, hence the bumper blog post below!
From Austin Taylor:
Yesterday’s Sun with sunspots. Taken with Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm f/4 + 1.4x teleconverter and using Baader Astrosolar film. Do not try photography like this without using a solar filter as you will blind yourself!
“AstroSolar® Safety Film 5.0 reduces the intensity of solar radiation by 99.999% to a factor of 1 : 100 000 of the initial value.”
Yesterday’s sun at Noon using a neutral density x1000 filter. Exposure was 1/800 f/10 ISO200 16mm lens. It’s dimmer at this time of year when it’s so low on the horizon – it was also partly obscured by cloud. In summer it was 1/2500 f/13 ISO200.
From Becky Probert:
Very pretty moon still visible this morning from Glasgow
And the soft sunlight was equally pretty
and apparently we have a UFO on the horizon too!
Quote from one of my favourite photographers – seems appropriate to this residency: “The studio and darkroom are like scientist’s laboratories. Artist and Scientist both tinker with the known in search of the unknown. Both have a desire to see realities never before seen.” – Carl Chiarenza
From David Bickley and Carolyn Lefley:
Here is a wonderful animation created by David, using four of my moonpool cyanotypes. I made these during the first lockdown when I couldn’t get to the coast, so made my own rockpools in the garden. I used a circular motif to reference the moon and tides. And called them Moonpools. Here they are arranged as a triptych, becoming orbs/planets/moons and bring to mind many ‘threes’. In this context I’m thinking of the sun, earth and moon. The central orb, carries a smaller orb inside. This could reference Mother Earth. Or in Christian theology, the trinity, with God incarnate/intrauterine. Thank you David. Beautifully done!
The music is a set of large tubular bells that are tuned to The Olympos Enharmonic scale hung in my holly tree, and sonically messed with. Mixed with cave sounds — just developing that now — Carolyn suggested womb sounds with out knowing about the cave!
My provocation to others would be to look for The Glitch, something which throws your work in an unexpected direction, something which you can’t fully control. The provocation which I am taking up is to work in a way new to me. I am a visual artist so I am going to try working with sound or words, perhaps combined with my usual work
A cyanotype from yesterday. I always like them more before processing!
From Lewis Andrews:
Some new additions to the ancient furnace series of drawings made this week so far, they will join the drawings made just prior to the start of the Residency and I’ll contuine working on with them until the end of the Residency with some new other artworks and photographs alongside. The drawings look into our sun, other stars and their life cycles, in particular the supernova stage during which most of the periodic table is created.
From Gigi Salomon:
Discovered a chocolate box tray which has great potential for working with John Somers’ diagrams. The tray also in certain like takes on a plasticity which for sculptural photography might be interesting path. Experimenting with opening the apertures and light projection this morning.
From David Bickley:
Here’s a bit of fun, was searching for something using the search engine in Slack and realised I could gather our comments focussed around a topic! So wrote a quick poem using the words near to the search term “light” which is posted below here — really handy for gathering research ideas and pulling all our brilliant creative thoughts into one place, but focused!
Late Wednesday and my head is spinning from so much information. It’s clearly going to take weeks, months and more before I absorb these themes. Needed to get out into the landscape and make marks. Took a walk towards the sunset.
Decided I needed to take on a provocation – I took familiar tools and used them in unfamiliar ways. My familiar tools of charcoal, conte and inks were used but taken into the unfamiliar setting of the pitch black night. sometimes the moon was present in a kind of hazy way but basically I could not see the marks I was making. and then I went completely rogue, dragging the work through the wet grass, hanging it in the dripping trees, leaving it out all night to fall to pieces. Just digesting some of the results.
From Rachel Heseltine:
I like the idea of communications I don’t understand. The graffiti on the communication box. With my partial eclipse image I made yesterday, I enjoy the combination of the two images. The idea that we note the eclipse and astronomers and mathematicians can read the ‘graffiti of the eclipse but no one has the key or where it’s to be found.
From Josie Purcell:
Totally overwhelmed by my (lovely) day job work today. Missing taking part but hope to catch up tomorrow. Here’s another lunchtime layer to my cyanotype, will be adding gold tomorrow to honour the sun.
From Lucy May Schofield:
A time lapse of printing the sun in the dark last night. The first pass in woodblock printing never yields a good result as the pigment needs time to be absorbed and to live in the wood in order to dye the mulberry paper fibres. This process (mokuhanga) is entirely non-toxic, using wood, water, rice starch, watercolour, washi paper. Prints are passed with a hand held press known as a baren, so no mechanical press is needed, just the strength of your body. I have been studying mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) since 2015 mostly in Japan, but am only the equivalent of a tiny bamboo shoot in growth with all the knowledge and understanding there is on this ancient captivating process of mark making.
Mark making with stones last night at Cawsands beach. Looking at where the artificial light hits and illuminates sea.
From Austin Taylor:
I finally managed to catch up with you all and do my own solar system walk this afternoon. Not very original I’m afraid as I was a bit short of time. I had originally intended to multiply the steps by 10 but then I realised it would be impossible to see the rocky planets from 400 steps away! I made all the rocky planets rocks and the gaseous planets, asteroids and Kuiper Belt seaweed. Neptune, I thought should be in the water, on account of it being the god of fresh water! Uranus is also seaweed and Pluto is also a rock! Obviously the Sun had to be big and bright, so my orange rucksack was ideal. See attached annotated photo.
From Lisa Pettibone:
Finally got stuck in to making a few things today after a slow start yesterday. I’m trying to combine cyanotypes of starry skies and shots from Lizard coast, create angular folded sculptures and connect them with thread. Alignments, earth, sky…
The general idea works but I need to simplify and scale up I think as two sheets of paper is very thick. Really loving the blue.
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