Post Bacc: Week Two: Project

This week, instead of making an actual project, I actually brainstormed a lot on materials and their physical properties as well as their conceptual properties/cultural associations as a way of seeing options for future projects and actually thinking them through.
Azevedo’s piece was made out of ice, which provided a really temporary form; Although a lot of his piece in terms of it’s actual play out would have preferred an “in person” experience of watching the ice slowly melt until all that’s left is pools of water (that they, themselves, evaporate), he chose materials whose deterioration would be easy for an average non-present viewer (who would be viewing documentation of the work or merely reading about it after the fact) to predict/understand. The ice, while serving as a metaphor for the human condition, also served to reference his larger framework regarding the environment by conjuring thoughts regarding the polar ice caps, whose shrinking has been noted and doted on by “green” scientists in the media for years.
So I took some time to think about some materials who would degrade similarly:
  • Soap (& Water): The soap would slowly dissolve, denigrating the form until it is gone. Soap and water is first seen as a method of bathing, but is also used as a punishment (Wash your mouth out with soap)
  • Wax (& Fire): After being lit, the wax form would slowly melt, leaving a pool of wax that would re-harden or be able to be molded into a secondary form. This would more than likely conjure a reminder of candles, which are used in seance activities, romantic activities, and celebratory activities.
  • Ice (& Light/Sun): The ice form would slowly melt, leaving a pool of water that would later evaporate, removing all trace of the piece.
  • Balloons (& Air): The balloon(s) would lowly deflate, losing form but still maintaining its inherent properties (The latex would still be visible). Balloons are typically associated with celebrations, like birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties, etcetera.
  • Water (& a container of sorts): Would slowly evaporate, leaving no trace of its existence. Water can be politically loaded (access to clean water is seen as a top social justice concern) and religiously significant (from a Christian perspective, the flooding of the earth, Jesus as the Water of Life, baptism, etcetera).

 I liked that the both the wax and the balloon would lose some of their original properties, while still remaining in existence in another form. For me, this seemed to best capture the rejuvinating/ressurectional properties found in my studio practice as well as Gonzalez-Torres’s work. The balloon can continually be re-blown up, or at least continues to exist in many forms even if it pops, and the wax can continue to be shaped and formed/re-formed.



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