Pre tutorial -Chris Cook

Re tutorial with Anya: constructions which articulate the space created between and because of a dialogue, AL suggested that I continued with the drawing out of the ideas and developed a series of printed drawings as a start to the project rather than focussing on an end product at this stage.

I have drawn some more images and made a first attempt at drawing one in wire and several new drawings since then. I am enjoying this process and seeing how different shapes create different connections.


I have look at the shapes people are making in a conversational encounter in life and as depicted by artists and journalists and will be using these and found images to create not only more drawings but possibly some collages.

I have also thought about printing off some of the imagery I have been collecting and using water on them. I may then use some of this material in my printmaking as Chine-collé or as starting points for creating the surface patterns of my prints.

I have bought a large roll of translucent paper to work on as a continuous piece and several shorter rolls of rice paper which has a softer and more opaque finish. I intend to create a larger space cage and cover it with these papers using rice glue to paste them to the frame.

I will make several small structures to use as ideas or sketches. I have some solder to make neater joints and hope that it will mean I do not distort the structure so much as I make it. I will also make a start on the printmaking in the next few weeks. This is so I can continue my sketches onto a pre-marked surface to see how this affects my structures.

I have created a group of nine conversational snippet contributors to make a start on creating a text which will describe the possibilities in a conversational dialogue. I think I will also organise an event which will generate more text or expand the collected text. I will develop a second book to fix my gathered texts into. These may be the extent of this part of the project or it could be the start of developing these elements.

I have been looking at:

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Naum Gabo-1890–1977 Constructions Depicting Space. Intriguing, and progressive structures. I like the way his structures have an ephemeral look and feel. His use of materials was progressive at the time and this makes him an interesting artist. Whilst the forms were sourced from Ganbo’s interest in geometry they are interesting depictions or could be read as forms describing the space that they inhabit.

There is a link between his work and John Creighton, a contemporary digital printmaker, whose figures appeal both on a figurative level but also through Creighton’s use of surface pattern and his reference to the form as space.Screenshot 2019-10-21 at 07.27.25

and NicholasWilston who works on numerous paintings at the same time and uses redaction as part of the process.

Eva Ikasen’s use of layering and the way she builds a narrative into her painting and printmaking is very interesting.  I particularly like the use of tissue thin papers which can be arranged in such a way that one print affects its neighbours because of the say several images are seen as one.

and Nick Caves Sound Suits, whilst not philosophically on the same page as my framework, have a visual connection to my thinking at this point.


Previous relevant research blogs

1930s artists and figurative groups 

looking at the voice of the narrator – Rachel Dobbs lecture last year = Rachel Cusk – telling other peoples voices and Ursula Le Guin Telling is Listening – .

Discussion and Questions:

Collecting and developing the radom texts further?

Random pattern generation, jelly prnting and use of figurative imagery?

Experimental finishes to paper prints, use of construction, creating layers. finishing with laquer, wax, anything else which would create a translucence to the papers?

Academic writing – Practicing deeper consideration of specific art works? – trying to look at prints and installations in terms of the artists intent or outcomes which reflect the idea of space between in the encounter.