After visiting the MAC in Birmingham and seeing the Walk On, 2014 exhibition, I noticed some similarities between some of the works on display. Particulary what I notice was the types of works, books, drawings, objects, sketches and maps and how they presented them, in various displays.
Images of various works at the MAC.
I thought it was interesting to display say an artist’s sketchbook or rough drawing, then again it resonates back to what Steve Swindells said to me in a tutorial that ‘everything you do is art’. These pieces are just as important as everything else an artist does.
So I thought it would be nice to display a collection of development/art works along the way piece, in say a table display, thinking about my maps and my many photographs, with some notes of thoughts.
Due to the fact that my main art piece Cleansing will be outside the gallery space so it would be nice to display something in the exhibition as well.
Something similar to this table, above image, would be something nice to incorporate into the exhibition, however while thinking about how to make a wooden box with plastic cover, I thought firstly about how much is was going to cost and also how to ensure that it connects with the message of the rest of the work.
The way I present my work relates to what my work is about. My practice is heavily based around the found/waste objects and I do like the idea of creating something new but rather using existing material to use for display, such as this glass cabinet I’ve used many times to present objects inside of, found around the university.
So I had the intention of using something found, a pre-existing table with a glass top to insert images and document underneath the glass.
However this is something rather specific to hopefully come across on the streets of Huddersfield, so I was prepare to make something similar out of found material.
Luckily I heard about a collection of rubbish at Queen Street Studios in Huddersfield, so instinctively I had a nosey down.
There was many table tops, in all different sizes. I didn’t need anything too big but equally big enough to show a decent display of work. I was draw towards the square classroom desk, as it had existing working legs. However the square top was rather small. I needed something bigger or something else I could swap the table top for. I found this architects board.
So I had the main parts to create the table, but I was still on the hunt for something to protect the work once laid out on the table.
Instead of swapping the table top, I thought I would be easier and to save time to simply place the architects board on top of the desk and use something to hold it implace but also removeable when needed.
Using some found nails I attached them to the architects board, so that the desk would slot between them.
I managed to find some Perspex, that belonged to an old clip picture frame in a store cupboard, to be used as the protective cover of the table display.
Once measured up against the size of the table.
I Manually cut the plastic using a saw, I had thought about using a laser cutter to cut the plastic however this would have taken up time, to design the template on the computer, book the laser cutter, using the laser cutter ect.
I sanded down the edges and corners to ensure that no one would cut themselves.
I have been thinking about maybe securing the plastic somehow to the table, but not sure how to do this at the moment or if it will be need as it is quite secure.
Next step is to decide what to display on the table!