As well as my blog I also have a WordPress website (https://jessicawilkinsonart.wordpress.com/art-work/). Here I am going to reflect on the effectiveness of my website and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the format and the content. The current theme I am using is Sketch. The title of the page is my name, this is the first thing you see as you open the page, it is clear and bold the font I have chosen is spaced out and in block capitals. You also see the header image this is a banner straight across the top of the web page, I have selected 3 images for this to display a range of my work. At this stage there is also a menu icon, this drops down and gives more options to easily navigate around the webpage. As you travel down the page you see the artist statement which again has a clear font that the audience can read clearly. Down the side of my webpage there is a search bar and images of my work to give the reader a small insight into the work I make. Under each images there is a small amount of information describing the piece and materials. On my ‘Art work’ page I have displayed different series of work. You can click on the icon image and continue to further images from the series, with each image I have also included small descriptions. On the third page I have included all my contact information including links to my Facebook page and blog. However using this format would not allow the images to run in a slideshow. Which means the viewer must look through each individual image series. I think my image selection represents my work very well, the images are professional and some have been taken in an infinity curve, others where taken during exhibitions and assessments. With each of my images I have included clear and precise information about the piece and the materials used. My artist statement gives an overview of my working process including the transformations my work goes through, the techniques and materials I use in the making stage and artists that interest me. I also disguise the topics I am interested in and the reasons I make work. All my content is formal and clear. I want to give the reader enough information to understand my work without overloading them with too much information. I also tried to keep the language understandable without including words or phrases that the general public would not understand. My target audience is other people with in the art world as well as friends and family. I shared my website on my personal Facebook page as well as my art page. I have also asked friends and family to promote my website. To develop my website further I would update my page regularly to promote current and up to date work.
I feel it is important to have an idea about what you want to do after you graduate. Making sure you research your options and making sure they are viable for you at this stage in your life. I personally have been researching PGCE’s. I have always been interested in becoming a teacher, I have also been considering taking a year away from studying to work within the art field. I particularly enjoy organising events and working with children. Possibly organising workshops or with a festival team. The arts council website lists opportunities for artists. Below I will list opportunities I have looked at.
Do they have a website? Or are they represented on a gallery website?
Searching Mikhail Karikis on the internet straight away I found his website and other webpages about himself and his work.
Do they have public social media accounts?
After typing his name into Facebook I found a public account where he makes regular updates about his own work as well as promoting other artists, exhibitions and news reports. Taking inspiration from Karikis online presence, I will also make regular updates on my own Facebook page. I will promote myself on my Facebook page, adding new works and information about my working practice. As well as promote exhibitions that interest me and that I find relevant to my work.
British art show 8
Aim: To consider how the presentation and ‘framing’ of an artwork in the gallery and online supports or detracts from the experience of the work. After walking around the exhibition I chose 2 art works to consider further. The first was a film piece by Mikhail Karikis Children on unquiet 2013-2014 the second piece again worked with film by Patrick Staff The Foundation 2015.
The Children of unquiet is set in the Devil’s Valley Italy. Where the worlds first geothermal power station is situated. In the 1070s many of the houses where abandoned. The piece is a child ‘take over’ where the children imagine new uses for the industrial village. Together they recreate the sound of bubbling water, the hiss of geysers and the roar of the factory pipes.
The foundation preserves and brings recognition to the late artist Tom of Finland’s work. It explores the relationship between gender, inheritance and cultural memory. The film includes documentary footage with interviews and experimental dance.
Both pieces where separate to others around them and could be viewed in a viewing room with large cinema screens. The Children of unquiet had 2 small benches to view the film whereas foundation had 2 rolled up pieces of carpet to sit on, both film rooms had very little space to sit which made some people leave before experiencing the whole film. I feel that if the artist had considered the seating aspect other visitors would have spent more time experiencing the artworks. I found that in both pieces the text labels where very informative and aided the understanding of the film instalation
The Tetley is a gallery space opened in 2013 as a centre of contemporary art whereas The Pavilion is a visual arts organisation first developed in 1983 as a feminist photography centre.
Both The Tetley and the Pavilion work with contemporary artists helping them develop work and become more announced in the art world.
The Tetley owns its own art space where they exhibit work whereas the Pavilion is a producer of work and helps the artist find commissions.
The pavilion works mainly with photography and film based work whereas The Tetley considers all art forms.
The Tetley is open 7 days a week for the public to view the exhibition and also runs a bar to help sustain extra costs.
In small groups work to devise an event/activity. This event will not take place but will enable me to work on my event planning skills. There is a choice of 3 venues,
- The upstairs gallery space Brunswick pub (Pavilion)
- Somewhere inside the Merrion centre
- First floor gallery space in The Tetley.
The project theme is Recording Britain now society. My groups idea was to invite the public to create work about Britain this could be using any medium or formate. The event will take place in the first floor gallery space in The Tetley. We will have 6 weeks to organise the event and then 1 week in the space.
In the first week we will promote the event through fliers and social media, participants will be asked to email us and give us some information about the piece and how they want it to be displayed. There will be a date set for when the work must be delivered to The Tetley. In the week we have The Tetley gallery space the first 3 days will be dedicated to displaying the work and getting the gallery space ready, the next 3 days will be dedicated to the public experiencing and viewing the exhibition. The final day will be taking down the work and sending it back to the owners and making sure the gallery space is left in the same way as we received it.
This will allow all artists/public to be involved in an exhibition which would be great experience for students and post graduates as well as being a great event to be involved with.
Exhibition at The Tetley Feast wagon- Kerry Harker, Zoé Sawyer, Irfan Shah. An interactive piece inviting the audience to move the wagons in the space.