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VSW100  -­‐  SP1  -­‐  Module  1(a)  

  Exploring  a  Cardboard  Box      

Gillian  Perre6   #  16775938  

A  Box  …  or  Some  Cardboard?   •  I always thought a box meant rectangular space. Empty or full, but space. However, it’s also cardboard and cardboard isn’t space. •  When I saw the “Artists’ Examples” I had a breakthrough. While the first couple of examples shown are great artworks made out of boxes, some others are artwork fashioned from cardboard that was once part of a box. It may be a point of semantics, but I thought I was meant to be working with the concept of ‘box’; now I think it’s actually ‘cardboard’, This opens up the whole area considerably! I don’t think I want to make a cardboard portable typewriter, but I do want to applaud the person who did!!! •  My photos on the next slide are more box than cardboard: “Box up a Tree”, “Box on a Roof”, “Suspended Box”, “Box as a Garage”, “Box in a Parcel”. •  My actual productions will be from cardboard, not boxes.

Top  Five  Box  Photos  

Some  More  Photos  

Five  Ideas   1.  A three-dimensional maze. 2.  A mobile (Birds? Butterflies? Stars?). 3.  Cardboard collage, with different textures. 4.  Molded bas-relief. 5.  Respond to a known artwork (Picasso? Matisse? Cézanne?).

Mind  Map    

Contour  Drawing  –  5  mins  

Sketch  Drawing  –  whole  page  

Detail  Drawings  

Line  Drawings  

Block  Drawing  

AcIons  on  my  Box   !

! 1! ! !!!The!box!…! !

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! !!!!2! ! ! …!opened!at!one!end,!!

! !!!!!!!!!3! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!…!cut!and!lift,! !

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! !4! ! !…!open!right!out,!!

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! !!!!!!!5! !!!!!!!!!!…!pile!back,!

! 6! ! …!curl!one!flap,!

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! !!!!6! ! !!!!…!tear!and!cut,!

! !!!!!!8! ! ! !!!!!!!…!compare!angles,!

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! 9! ! !…!add!a!wave,!

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! !!!!!10! !!!!!!…!zigzag!strips,!

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11! ! !…!tear!up!curls,!

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! !!!!!12! ! ! !!!!…!tear!flat!flakes,! !

! !!!!!!!!13!! ! !!!!!…!cut!small!triangles,!

! ! !!14! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!…!assemble!all!the!bits,!

! !!!!!!!15! !…!scratch!the!texture,!

! !!!16! ! !!…!add!water,!!

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! !!17! ! !!!!!…!a!pussy!cat?!

! !!!!!!!18! ! ! !!…!contrasting!textures,!

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! !!!!!!!20! ! …!soak!papierHmåché.!

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! !19! ! !…!into!a!bucket!…!

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20  Uses  for  a  Box  

Ideas  1  -­‐  3  

Ideas  4  -­‐  7  

Ideas  8  -­‐  10  

No  2:    Slam  Dunk,  square  box  in   a  round  hole  (conceptual  art)  

Slam  Dunk  emerged  from  the  Week  One  photography  acHvity.  

No  4:    Weaving  (folk  art)  

Weaving  emerged  during  the  final  Week  One  acHvity,  acHng  on  my  box.  

No  6:    Tortoise  (naïve  realism)  

At  the  end  of  acHng  on  my  box  I  leQ  papier-­‐mâché  soaking.   The  next  day  I  made  this  tortoise.  

No  3:  ArtBox  One  (abstract)   Artwork  One  asks  quesHons   abut  what  it  is  to  make  art.     The  idea  was  born  in  response   to  Picasso’s  S5ll  Life  with   Guitar,  it  is  more  strongly   influenced  by  the  work  of  Tara   Donovan  and  El  Anatsui  with   their  repeHHve  and  interacHng   rhythms  in  the  materials,  and   also  by  El  Anatsui’s  use  of   materials  that  are  to  hand.     The  arHst’s  palate  is  included   partly  as  a  visual  foil  with   contrasHng  tone  and  partly  to   emphasise  the  quesHons  asked   by  the  work.  

No  7:    ArtBox  Two  (pomo)   ArtBox  Two  is  a  response  to   MaHsse’s  Snow  Flowers   (1951).    MaHsse  was  one  of   the  last  modernists.    He  had   assistants  carefully  colour   his  collage  materials  with   gouache  and  move  them   around;  in  their  simple   construcHon  is  a  sense  of   possibility.    The  postmodern   arHst,  in  contrast,  works   with  fewer  opHons,   remixing  found  materials   and  commenHng  on  our   consumer  society  at  the   same  Hme.    

Henri  MaHsse,  Snow  Flowers,  1951.    Watercolour  and  gouache  on  cut  and  pasted  paper,  174  x  80.6cm.      h6p://    

What  I’ve  Learned  …   •  The value of connecting with the emotional sources of creativity. •  Heuristics for generating ideas, like mind-mapping, brainstorming and random sketching. •  Using sketches to ponder a material or form. •  Re-presenting ideas that fall into a diary in random style. •  Recording everything, even ideas that seem useless at the time. •  Starting early and working slowly, to allow new ideas to pop up over time. •  Skills in compiling a digital portfolio. •  Dawning awareness of Curtin’s expectations of Fine Arts students.

Exploring a Cardboard Box