after the presentation I was most interested by the title 'ORDER' particularly the theme of order out of chaos. I began to think about the different things I could order. particularly looking at artists like Dan Tobin Smith and Song Dong.
An extract from my project proposal:
I am looking forward to this project, as large the amount of time we have to complete it will allow for a lot of development and should also mean the final piece/pieces will be more professional. I am interested in the theme of order, particularly order out of chaos. I am inspired by artist Song Dong, and I would like to catalogue every single item in my house. Then find an interesting and obscure way of presenting the list of items, perhaps in some sort of graph or spread sheet. I have begun looking at the book ‘Beautiful Evidence’ By Edward Tufte, which is a book on ‘The visual display of quantitative information’. It shows hundreds of different ways people have recorded and presented information throughout history. Some interesting ways of presenting the list of items, could be by colour, use, value, sentimentality, materials, size, weight, mileage from where it was made, or themes. I need to continue to seek inspiration on the different ways of presenting my inspiration, this will include going to galleries, talking to people, looking at scientific and technical approaches to recording data as well as artistic and historical methods. Eventually I could create a book or series of illustrations, photographs or graphs to show my findings. I will begin the project by cataloguing smaller things, like my wardrobe, book shelf and makeup bag. Then I will continue to do larger spaces, like my room. Hopefully this will lead to me being able to record my whole house. Providing an insight into what makes up a modern family household.
This graph shows the deaths of the French Army in Napoleon’s Russian campaign (drawn by Charles Joseph Minard).
Above - Ursus Werhli 'The art of clean up'
I think I was attracted to the title ORDER because I often seek order in my own life, as I have OCD, so I thought it would be interesting to explore further. I liked Werhli's work as he takes an extremely literal approach to order, similar to Song Dong, but taken to an extreme level. Where I was looking at creating ORDER OUT OF CHAOS, Werhli's work seemingly creates order in every possible instance.
I have began to introduce more colour to my illustrations, as I always tend to do black linear drawings. I began by using colouring pencils when drawing figures and furniture. The on a 3D task, I explored using colourful Fimo clay to then create figures and mini furniture. I also enjoyed designing figures that would be made out of folded paper. I would like to develop the 3D aspect as it is something I haven't done much of and wouldn't ordinarily chose. Particularly as during one of the lessons in the morning I also cut my finger and had to go to Hospital to get stitches, so I missed most the day. In the past Week, I have enjoyed exploring colour very much, however it has also meant that I am focusing less of creating graphs and diagrams, and more interested in created drawn illustrations to show the information. In the future I would like to explore ways of combining these two to create an interesting Graph that includes beautiful drawn illustrations.
For example the image to the right that I took out of a book called 'Informational Diagram Collection' I like the use and mixture of an informational factual graph, with the beautiful illustrations and the use of colour and pattern. It transforms the graph into much more than that.
The above image is by Francesco Franchi, its a visualization about military spending and armament. I thought it was a beautiful way of combining beautiful images and illustrations with factual informational graphs, much of Franchi's work is similarly beautiful. I thought I could create a similar image on showing all the items in my house, combined with informational graphs, that make you look at the information in different ways, for example there could be a graph showing which room items have the most mileage. or which room has more decorative items, or which persons bedroom has the most clutter ect.
The image above is an illustration by William Grill,an artist who I was inspired by when doing my colourful pencil drawing. I was also inspired by his layout, and would like to take it further by creating a series of small pencil drawings of the contents of my house and present them all on one piece of paper similar to Grill.
This image on the right is a drawing by Suzanne Treister, I was inspired by the work i found of hers in the book 'DATA FLOW'. They inspired me to create a map/large drawing of my family, my house, and some of the objects in my house, accompanied by written words. I thought this would suit my style of linear black drawings, and I thought it would be interesting to look at. I think it is successful and I have received a lot of compliments. The most successful thing about it for me personally is the fact that it draws the viewer in to look at the detail and the drawings and the writing, which i found happens as i show it to my friends and family. But i also think it looks nice from affar. However i feel i could of made it look more like an actual overall drawing, like Treister, instead of a jumbled mess of indicidual drawings, which is how i feel it looks a little.
The image above is of a piece I created by drawing in a style inspired by William Grill. I drew out a large amount of items in my house then presented these in a simple yet visually ordered way. If I had more time I would of like to have draw out each item in my whole house, but because of my lack of time I only drew a select few, I chose to draw the ones I knew would look good. If I were to do my whole house however I think it would of looked good if the drawings were very small so they looked less like drawings and more like icons. Also because there would of been so many that they would of had to be small, and it might look more effective small so that from afar you cannot tell what all the objects are.
Both artists deal with the idea of ordering chaos, which was something I was particularly interested in and decided to focus on for my own work. I want to eventually order my own house, but for now I began by ordering smaller spaces, starting with my makeup bag, and living room. I catalogued every item and then I have to present it in an interesting way, perhaps using a graph.
As the project has developed and continued I have thought about my idea from a more psychological, sociological perspective. I've been thinking about how much 'stuff' I seem to have, but how little of It I actually use or need! These thoughts have been furthered by something I recently saw on Tele called 'Tiny House Nation' about a fairly recent craze in American, with small homes. The Advert showed a woman saying that she never wanted more things that the ones that can fit in her car. I think it would be interesting to explore this idea in my work, to somehow evoke thought in the viewer and to make them question.
It could also be an interesting project to create a visual profile or graph, of how many object I have, use, need or love then compare this to other people and see the different results.
'We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like' - Fight Club
I have found the real struggle to be how to present my information in an innovative and interesting way. To evoke thought in the viewer and make them think about the objects that define a modern person. And what the object we have say about us.
As the project progressed I began exploring other means of presenting the items in my house that appeared less 'orderly', I drew diagrams that had arrows pointing all over and drawings mixed with writing showing the stuff in my house. I enjoyed this style as I found I could be more quick and free, and much less meticulous. This style however transgressed from my original proposal that aimed at creating 'ORDER OUT OF CHAOS' instead I was taking a seemingly ordinary area like a drawer and revealing it chaos, so perhaps my aim had swapped from creating order out of chaos, to revealing the chaos, in order.
Above is a diagram illustration I created inspired by Suzanne Treister, each area is assigned to a certain room, at the bottom is the kitchen, living room, bathroom and garden, at the top is the different bedrooms. However it looks completely chaotic and no order is apparent until you look more into it. Much like Treister's work. I thought this was an important element, as the cluttered and busyness of the artwork reflects such in my own home.
Above - a piece by Fiona Banner. I was inspired by her use of text, although I did not have the means for which to write each item out in an actual room, I emulated this in my outline of rooms, on which I wrote out all the items. If I had more time I would of like to of experimented with projecting the text onto walls, perhaps on top of the furniture too.
Today I began on my final piece, on an a1 piece of white card I drew out the floor plan for each room in my house and arranged them in columns, then next to this drew an image of the room as if it were a 3D model. I would then write each item in the rooms. Although a relatively simple image, together I think they do look very interesting. Someone remarked that when I drew just the room layouts without the writing that they look like a letters, so I created another version, with just the room layout on acetate.