Entry Point Plus Construction (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls

Graduate Exhibition

After all the hard slog preparing, the Graduate Exhibition was a great success.  We had a great opening night, standing room only in many areas of the buildings.  Approx. 750 people responded with an RSVP and that seems about right.  We also had a great many through during the rest of the exhibition.

Thanks to my fellow artists, RMIT staff and all who contributed and made it a great opening and great exhibition.  And thanks to friends and family for coming to see the show.

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Analogous to Orange

(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Analogous to Orange
Acrylic, vinyl and wool on wall.
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Analogous to Orange
Acrylic, vinyl and wool on wall/floor.
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Analogous to Orange
Acrylic, vinyl and wool on wall.
 (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Analogous to Orange
Acrylic, vinyl and wool on wall.
 (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Analogous to Orange
Acrylic, vinyl and wool on wall.
 
 (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Analogous to Orange
Acrylic, vinyl and wool on wall.

Using a hierarchy of analogous colour and scale, this painting installation comes complete with a suggested order of reading.  The brushed yellow and grey line on the floor is the point of entry, start there.  Up, it beckons, to the illusory space on the left which suggest a kind of interior and draw attention to the light above.  Webs of wool shapes interrupt overhead space, joining left to right wall.  On the right a series of forms and illusory shapes have a closer relationship to the body moving through the space, being of a similar size to the body and closer that the afforementioned shapes.  Then an interruption to the rambling shapes and a leap to a single geometric form painted on the floor.

This work took quite some time for me to be satisfied with.  Every time I create a work, it’s a learning experience.  This has been no different.  I am pleased with the use of the architectural space of the hallway.  It’s an area I’m pretty familiar with and have made a couple of works here before, so I am no stranger to it.  The layout of the work in the space is kind of an outplaying of how my eye takes in the space when it’s empty.  I wanted to guide others through it as I see it.  As well as to use the dominant forms on the upper left to push people back against the opposite wall to influence the way people walked through the space.

An interesting development is that the elements which were painted on the floor were walked over, not stepped over or walked around.  I guess this is indicative of how one walks in an actual thoroughfare – this is not technically an art space, so people continue to barrel through as usual.  Something I could consider for future works – do I want to do something to interrupt their normal barrelling through spaces, or allow their walking over the work to change it?

Other Points of View

 (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Other Points of View (Installation view)
Wool, nails, acrylic paint, vinyl
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Other Points of View (Installation view)
Wool, nails, acrylic paint, vinyl
 
 (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Other Points of View (Installation view)
Wool, nails, acrylic paint, vinyl
 
  (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Other Points of View (Installation view)
Wool, nails, acrylic paint, vinyl
 
 (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Other Points of View (Installation view)
Wool, nails, acrylic paint, vinyl

 (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Other Points of View (Installation view)
Wool, nails, acrylic paint, vinyl

 (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Other Points of View (Installation view)
Wool, nails, acrylic paint, vinyl

  (c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Other Points of View (Installation view)
Wool, nails, acrylic paint, vinyl

Just a little catch up from last week.  Here is an installation that I completed last week.

An installation that sits inside an enclosed room with four walls, only one wall is blank.  From the doorway woodgrain look vinyl triangles are adhered to the floor tiles and project away from the door, toward the radiator.  Grey wool shoots up from the same point as the vinyl at the door and spreads out, attaching to a series of large hooks, already existing in the site, on the adjacent wall.  More grey wool launch from the corner of the radiator and fan out to attach to the opposite wall.  The wool creates a kind of half triangle in the space.  On the walls are a series of geometric shapes in pastel aqua acrylic paint and more woodgrain vinyl.  An outline in graphite of an interior is drawn with an untrue perspective and intertwines with other shapes.  Above the row of hooks is a patch of rolled peach acrylic paint.  Combined these various geometric shapes create an illusory space within the wall and appear to be a series of untrue perspectives combined.

This space had a lot of existing features to respond to, like the hooks, radiator and window.  I focussed a lot on perspective and line in this work, with only a small area for a painterly element.  I like painterly elements.  More painterly elements next time! I like coupling geometric shapes, lines and brushstrokes – or in this case roller strokes.

Dimensions of Space: Documentation

(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Line Drawing Extrusion (Installation view)
Acrylic paint, vinyl, wool, nails
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Line Drawing Extrusion (Installation view)
Acrylic paint, vinyl, wool, nails
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Line Drawing Extrusion (Installation view)
Acrylic paint, vinyl, wool, nails

(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Line Drawing Extrusion (Installation view)
Acrylic paint, vinyl, wool, nails
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Line Drawing Extrusion (Installation view)
Acrylic paint, vinyl, wool, nails
(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Nebulous & Nebulous II (Installation view)
Oil on canvas

(c) 2012 Naomi Nicholls, Dimensions of Space (Exhibition Installation view)

These are some of the photographs from the Dimensions of Space exhibition.  It’s so hard to photograph a work that you walk into and around.  So I’ve captured lots of angles.  I’ve also taken some video footage which I will edit together in the next little while and post up here somewhere.

I’m really pleased with how the work has turned out. The negative space in the room is as important as the work itself – the places in the work that you can walk in to and think about yourself in relation to the work.  The lighting provides additional line drawings add extra punch to the wool ‘extrusions’.  Unfortunately, the yellow wool doesn’t show up very well in the photographs, but rest assured, there was plenty of it. 

‘Extrusion’ is such a nice word to describe what I wanted to do; pull apart a painting so we could walk in.  To extruuuuuuuude the lines and shapes so we could enter.

Exhibition Opening: Dimensions of Space

A lot of string.  Hundreds and hundreds of metres of the stuff.  Each of the three shows at the gallery have string in common and there was a bit of ducking and weaving to be done by the art-goers at the opening last night.  But I think a good time was had by all.  Myself included.

It was good fun to shamelessly talk about my work to people.   In attempting to describe my practice, it helped me articulate it to myself as well, and talking about it inadvertently extends my ideas.  There always is so much to make, but an exhibition gives an even greater boost forward.  Very worthwhile, I say. 
Thanks to all those who made it to the opening.  If you couldn’t get there, don’t worry, it’s open until 5th April (It’s not open good Friday).
28 March – 5 April 2012
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am-5pm

Saturday – Monday CLOSED, Good Friday CLOSED

Location: First Site Gallery, Storey Hall Basement, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne
http://link.rmit.edu.au/first_site.html