Izel and I begun todays class by going straight to the black box and beginning to set up. From last weeks feedback we decided to put the jars right next to each other as oppose to having the 15 cm unnecessary gap. We brought a wide variety of fruit and vegetables and different sized jars to make it look a little more interesting. We lowered the table by eliminating a plinth as we believe it was too high last week to formally study in detail.
We also altered the work so it was off the wall as opposed to against it which we believed opened it up, not making it look like such a kitchen display but a scientific experiment. The projector was mounted to the ceiling and was hooked up to a dvd player, we inserted the usb with the code footage into the DVD player, and played it on repeat. We are still going to partially fill the jars up with water but didn’t this week so we were able to use the food for the assessment. To make the jars look more experimental we researched the scientific names for each of the fruit and vegetables and wrote it on labels which we stuck on the jar. Each item has its own individual quirky name so we believed by displaying these it would have a positive aesthetic affect on the work. For example, according to everyday science pumpkins scientific name is ‘cucurbita Moschata'(everyday science, 2011).
As shown in the photograph above with very little light it is difficult to make out exactly what is in the jars. We thought perhaps having one light on in the black box during the exhibition will best as that way the audience can gain an insight into the detail of not only the produce but also what is written on the jars labels.
Our work was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s Still Life with Vegetables and Fruit 1884 and the work of Patricia Piccinini.
Van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is arguably one of the most famous artists in the world. According to Martinique during the period that his work Still Life with Vegetables and Fruit Van Gogh was experimenting with colour, light and techniques that he had learnt from other modern artists (Martinique, 2017). He admired how the light would fall on across the fruit and vegetables and believed the dark colours were more mature and realistic (Martinique, 2017).
Our work is similar to a still life such as this but to some degree we have taken it out of the context of art and have categorised it as being a scientific experiment, acknowledging modern day society and how times have changed since the 1800’s when Van Gogh’s paintings were created.
Patricia Piccinini is an Australian artist who works with a range of media, according to the MCA her artist practice is heavily influenced on how she believes technology impacts life (MCA, 2017). Piccinini explores the contemporary ideas of how nature and the artificial are changing society and the way we live (MCA, 2017). These ideas make reference to our work in the fact that it explores how scientists are utilising technology to overcome the nature associated changes we are being faced with.
Everyday Science, 2011, Scientific Local Name of Vegetables and Fruits, Everyday Science, viewed 31st May 2017, <http://everydayagri.blogspot.com.au/2011/10/scintific-local-name-of-vegetabls.html>
E, Martinique 2017, Still Life with Vegetables and Fruit, Widewalls, viewed 31st May 2017, <http://www.widewalls.ch/fruit-paintings/vincent-van-gogh-the-still-life-with-vegetables-and-fruit-1884/>
MCA, 2017, Patricia Piccinini, Museum of Contemporary Art, viewed 31st May 2017, <https://www.mca.com.au/collection/artist/piccinini-patricia/>