Out of the ordinary repeated model
“Colors meet and interact.
Complex lines together define three-dimensional form.”1
“The field that seems best suited today for thinking through homelessness is neither literature nor philosophy but art. Art is, and has been for a long time, an insecurity, a discourse able to define itself only through a set of negative (‘art is that which has no use value,’ etc.) and only in relation to a set of institutional frameworks (“it is art if i say so”) These definitional ‘shortcomings’ have helped make art into the almost indefinitely elastic field of activity that it is today.2
I would think that certain motivations lead to the above composition. They are entirely my own conversations with myself. Perhaps, the individual had some left over materials. Perhaps this individual got bored one afternoon and had to do something. Perhaps the individual was keen to conceal portions of the house. Perhaps the individual wanted to decorate the house. Perhaps the individual wanted to stand out from the rest. Perhaps the individual was disorganised, however careful examination will see some form of pattern emerging and color coordination. Perhaps this individual likes the sound of fabric tape or the texture of the tape against the smoothness of the paint. Perhaps this individual was trying to fill up the big gaps with much smaller gaps in between.
We can see the order of the person’s arrangement of the layers of individual elements that formed the overall structure of the piece. We can easily see that the orange tape overlay the silver tape, Furthermore, the plastic and metal mesh was taped into its place. There is a contrast of hardness and softness from the fabric tape and the metal grills in comparison. The lines expressed by the grills and the fabric tapes are thin or broad. At the same time, the industrial quality of the materials present a smooth visual ‘flow’ from the metal grills to the mesh. The impromptu composition with the various small pieces of industrial materials complement the semi-permenant structure of the everyday life object of the home owner. Do we really own something, or do not own it at all? Do we have the ‘space’ to create something entirely to be our own?
1. Bakhtin and the Visual Arts, Deborah J. Haynes
2. What is research in the visual arts? : obsession, archive, encounter, “Cut the bean: curiosity and research in the pages of Cabinet Magazine/ Sina Najafi” Pg 143
3. On the intention of Modern(ist) Art, Fred Orton