Adjusting the image

For the exhibition I plan on printing out some images of the dolls where I have placed them out doors, and framing them as final pieces. I have therefore decided to experiment with photoshop, in order to enhance the colour and contrast of the image – to hopefully make them more powerful and vibrant.

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I decided to experiment with different ways in which I could enhance the images to base even more enthusiasm on the brightness and vibrancy of the doll, using Photoshop.

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Creating a new e-mail & adjusting the not left with dolls

As I failed to gage a response from the finders of the first two dolls I decided to create an e-mail address, as Jo suggested, in order to be able to make the chance of a response greater – as more people have access to an e-mail account, than they do a Twitter or Instagram account.

The new e-mail address is:

vividiurbanart@hotmail.com

I will include this in the note which I attach to each doll left outside from now on.

I plan on changing the note which I previously planning on leaving with the dolls. It will now read:

MOVE ME!
Send a picture of me in my new destination, along with a note of your name and age to:
vividiurbanart@hotmail.com
or tag me on Twitter on Instagram @vividiurbanart

Placing doll’s outdoors

With placing the doll’s outside, my intention was to create an interactive audience, which would then take part in the project, by moving the dolls and sending pictures to me of them in their new destination. In order to do so, I figured that it would be best to leave each doll with a note for the person who found the doll to read. I wanted to make the instruction concise, so that the viewer was more likely to read the whole thing. I wrot the following in each of the folded notes:

‘Move me somewhere else and take a picture of me in my new destination. Tag the image to: @vividiurbanart on Twitter or Instagram.’

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‘Take me somewhere dull, to make it colourful. Send a picture of me in my new destination to @vividiurbanart on Twitter or Instagram’ 

I decided to use first person, concerning the dolls, on the pieces of paper, in order to create a more surreal atmosphere and to engage the audience further with the personification of the dolls.

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As I have an ongoing theme of bright colour, I decided to cut small rectangles of paper, and spray paint them with the same paints which I had used to spray the dolls. I would then be able to contrast and correspond with the dolls, extending the theme of block colour.

I cut the pieces of paper into small rectangles, to be attached to the dolls, which would make it look like the dolls were carrying small books.  By doing this, I am adding to the personification of the dolls, and making the pieces seem more surreal.
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Once I had painted and folded the pieces of paper, I wrote the messages of the inside of them. Given that the weather in Blackburn is often very wet, and I plan on leaving the dolls in outdoor destinations around Blackburn, I decided to buy some adhesive roll (book film) to coat the pieces of paper with a waterproof layer.Once I had completes this, I punched a hole in the corner of the folded mini booklet.

I then collected some colourful threads which could be use to tie the note around the neck of the doll.

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Each note took approximately five minutes to complete entirely.

After completing two of the notes, and attaching them to two of the dolls, I decided to take them outside and ‘plant’ them.

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I placed the dolls in areas which I felt looked dirty and unpleasant, in order to brighten it up.

I waited over the weekend to wait and see if I was to hear any responses. I have not yet heard responses from either of the placing of the dolls. Though this was not a major problem, as I have the images of the dolls as they are in situ, I feel that creating an interactive body of work with responses and movements would be much more interesting and exciting.

I decided to speak to Jo about the problem. We decided that only using Instagram and Twitter as the sites to which the finder of the doll was able to respond, was limiting the project and the likelihood of the ‘finder’ responding. I therefore decided that I will create a new e-mail address which I can also attach to the dolls, in order to gage a response from the audiences.

15 Dolls, Painted

Upon completion of the painting of the dolls, I wanted to take place them in a shoot, contrasting them against a white background. As a group, the dolls looked great. A student commented that they looked like something out of a horror story, but a ‘fun’ one, which I felt summed them up perfectly.

All of the dolls gathered together created a brilliant and bright aesthetic.

We set the studio up with soft box lighting, to maximise the intensity of the colour of the dolls, with the illumination of the room.

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I set the dolls up, as though they were having a school picture, or a family portrait, in order to personify them.

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‘Filling Holes’

With my project I am hoping to gather a body of interesting work which all subtly links. I decided to revert back to the direction in which my project was initially going, with ‘filling holes’ – which were mentioned in The Beatles song, ‘A Day In The Life’.

Tutor Kim give me a box of small plastic colourful cubes. I wasn’t sure what their purpose was, but instantly (after seeing them spill), I thought of how they may possibly be a good filler for a hole.

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When I began adding the cubes to the broken down post (above), I initially planned on completely filling the chunk which was missing. As I was added more pieces, I realised that I did not have enough cubes to completely fill the space. I also found that the adhesive which I was using (silicone gun) was not the right one for such a large space.

I decided to stop this one and photograph my progress. I left it at that point and carried on searching for more holes to fill.

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Filling the pavement cracks was an automatic desire, as the size of this crack in particular seemed to be the perfect size as I walked over it. The pieces slotted in this space very accurately. I felt that if someone was to walk past and see it they would be left questioning the installation.

Though this piece created enigma, I did not feel that it was as impacting as I had hoped.

I saw the two holes in the pavement (below) and was confused as to what their purpose was, or why they had been left there. They looked as though they had been left mistakenly in the ground, like cue dots on a film screen.

These were good holes to fill. As it was on a busy path they were small enough to fill within a matter of a few minutes. I got many funny looks, but that’s all part of the performance.

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Adding a series of these small installations is part of my project to create unexpected moments of happiness within the public.

Creating a body of work

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Jeppe Hein’s project massively influenced me to come up with an idea which I feel is more interactive and exciting, similar to his ‘Please Touch The Art Work Project’.

I come up with the idea of leaving multi-coloured pot dolls around the centre of town (as I have had many pot dolls donated to me). The body of work will all be connected and people who see the dolls will be invoked to create conversation. I plan on leaving a note with the doll, in order to encourage the public or the person who finds the doll to place it in another place and take a picture of it there, which they can then send to me, so that I am able to record the movement and activity of the doll. By doing this I will hopefully gain an insight into the activity of other people within the town.

Social Media has become a massive part of our lives in the 21st century with:

  • Around 14 million Monthly Active users for the UK on Instagram, with 39% of its UK users being aged 16-24.
  • A figure of 12.4 million in the UK active on Twitter.
  • Around 30 million people in the UK active on Facebook.

After researching these statistics I am assured that Social Media is a brilliant platform to interactively discuss and share my art work – creating an exciting project which regulates unique and random discussion.

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The process of undressing, spray painting the doll, spray painting the clothing and then redressing the doll is extremely simple and quick. I was able to complete the above 5 dolls in a time period of five hours.

 

Project review and self assessment

From the beginning of FMP I have desired to create work outdoors. After looking at the NY Times ‘getting the art out on the street article’ I felt I understood the importance of engaging with viewers outside of the gallery.

Originally, I planned on transforming large depressing sites within Blackburn. Now my plan has changed. My ideas are now more focused on engaging with the viewer by creating unexpected moments of excitement and curiosity – similar to Steve Wheen with his pot hole gardening. I was also initially planning on carrying on with my weave project (from Unit 5), where as now I wish to carry on with objects which are recognisable to people as being a household item – though still bringing through the theme of vibrant colours.

Recently, I was given a box full of pot dolls by a family member. At first I thought that I would have no use for them, but them I thought of the potential juxtapositions which could be creates. So far I have experimented with placing and building many objects outdoors such as:

  • Plastic cubes
  • Plastacine
  • Banana skin
  • A telephone
  • A painted brick
  • Colourful pourings of plaster
  • Minimalistic graffitti
  • Painted rope weaves
  • Ready made brightly coloured plaster casts

Placing the telephone on the wall created the more comical imagery.

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Placing an item which we would usually consider as in indoor item outdoors creates a juxtaposition, which I then exaggerated with the bright garish colours. Adam Batholl’s USB stick in the wall (below) inspired me to experiment with materials such as the phone as it a humourous and surreal installation. IMG_8495

After feeling success with the imagery which placing the telephone has created, I have decided that I will use the dolls to create a body of juxtaposing outdoor work. All of the dolls are of traditional pot doll dress, and look really dates and Victorian. I plan on using the vibrant colour schemes which I have previously been addressing within my project to decorate the dolls and make them more contemporary and strange.

Within my project I still wish to create interactivity and involvement from the public, as I wish it is  something which I have succeeded in so far. It makes the project more exciting and narrates a movement of the project. As I plan on leaving the pot dolls outdoors, I will attach notes to them which encourages the finder to move the doll, and respond to me via social media with an image of where the dolls new destination is.