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    Fine Art Document

    by David Leal

    Fine Art Document (VIA 305) - May 2012

    Unit Leader: Dr. Nicola Chamberlain

    BA (Hons) Fine Art - Level 3

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    CONTENTS:

    I. Period One (page 4)

    II. Period Two (page 5)

    III. Final Exhibition Works (page 6)

    IV. Illustrations (page 7-18)

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    I

    Period One

    During myrst period I started of by idealizing some video-works and sculptures. e video-workswere purely experimental and never left the paper, as did for some of the sculptures. Tri(ngulo) (g. 1)

    consists of two boards of plywood on top of a mirror with a golden frame. It represents a rectangular

    hole through which we are allowed to see the object as a whole.ngulo in Portuguese meansAngle. e

    object is only complete when the real object meets its reected other half, creating a variable shape

    always changes depending on the viewers position and angle.is piece also refers to the self-reection

    of one in order to meet its complete form. It is a link between the material and immaterial, what it is

    present and what a reection.

    Alongside I also developed a few photographic projects entitled Diet(g. 2), Stairway To (g. 3) and the

    series of manipulated photographyUm; Mais Um; Doisamong other experimental projects. In Stairway

    Towe nd a physical limitation. At the same time the viewer experiences a suggestion of a beaten path

    and its interruption, in another word, its end.

    I can conclude that myrst period was a period of deep reection as an artist, in which I urged to

    dene and determine what I wanted to create. Consequently this led me to start using photography as

    an art medium as well as dening myself as a conceptual artist, who, through art, materializes thoughts.

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    II

    Period Two

    My current line of work is inspired mainly by artists between 1960 and 1970 such as RobertSmithson, Richard Serra, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Morris, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Donald

    Judd while I am regularly observing and studying the current movements and debates in contemporary

    art. When creating sculpture I am taking advantage of minimalist aesthetics, while inserting a

    conceptual value. Minimalism, in my view, is the denial of the existence of the objects experience.

    Normally I represent paradoxical situations within the object so that the subjects consciousness can be

    activated.

    On the second period I carried on with photography projects such as Tide(g. 4), Double Pier(g. 5)

    and Ventilation Wall(g. 6). ese pieces are what I call of Rhythmic Photography. rough repetition

    and by displaying different patterns the photography gains a certain rhythm that can be interpreted

    freely. is motion is noticed by the patterns between specic elements that exist in the images. It

    represents the meeting and compensation of multiple forces therefore generating a unique sense of

    balance and harmony.

    Meanwhile I also collaborated on two other projects from two course-mates. I performed as the main

    character in the video piece Seven Deadly Sins and the Sun by Monika Kowalczyk (2nd year student),

    and participated as a model in Lisa Taylors photo shoot for her 3rd year work to be presented in theDegree Show.

    In sum, throughout this year, I have started developing my own personal style and path as a ne artist.

    Overall I have gained new capacities and independence as well as a new medium to work with besides

    sculpture, photography. I found myself capable of working in different places such as Lisbon, London,

    New York and Southampton. In what I do, objects or interventions can embody anything at all.

    Inspiration can derive from everything. What strikes me as interesting is then later on mentally crafted

    and put into conceptual artwork, serving as an intermediary between the idea and the subject.

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    III

    Final Exhibition Works

    For the Degree Show, I have chosen to present two photographs, Dietand Hudson River Doubts(g. 7) as well as three sculptures. Dietconstitutes a manipulated table set with a meal ready to be eaten.

    rough the eggs I found the best way to represent a substance and its shell. It alludes to a needless

    importance given to superciality rather than its content, represented by a possible ingestion of egg

    shells instead of its cooked yolk. It makes audiences perceive it as an act of pure rawness. I had the

    collaboration of Katelyn Olivia Cooper, a Goldsmiths University of London student, when taking the

    photographs.

    Hudson River Doubtsis a series of 25 photographs presented in a 5x5 grid, containing a narrative with a

    mysterious ending. It shows a constant change of the waves under the feet, except for the last picture

    where the feet can no longer be seen. My attempt was to impose an intimate question to the subject

    that only he can answer. Do you have doubts?.

    e sculptures are called Unparalleled (g. 8), Circumvention (g. 9) and Layered Face (g.10).Unparalleled is an object that generates a peculiar space embodied in the object itself. Within this

    generated space, laws of physics like gravity and balance are challenged by the composition and concept

    of the object.

    Two series of Light Drawings was another one of my experiments during the year, that were based on

    my curiosity towards their creation after analyzing Pablo Picassos (1988-1973) Drawings. My main

    objective was to practice and thrive my competence on controlling both time and line, as well as to

    develop my awareness of space whilst drawing in it. Two abstract series were created: Bodies(g. 11) and

    Faces (g.12). is process of drawing with lights made me question myself what if I did a light

    drawing in sculpture?. Based on my previous light-works I have created a deconstructed face in space

    into four layers in which every plain is in parallel except for a big circle that surrounds and limits all the

    crucial elements.

    Circumvention is an assemblage made of a brick wall and a squared door. e idea was to shift every

    material used when building a typical house: the door made of bricks, the window made of wood and

    the house made of glass which I opted to represent as invisible (in order to suggest the notion of

    innity). At the same time, Circumvention is both an obstacle and a passage. Meaning in fact that

    depending on the surroundings of the piece, other paths are created, except through it. is work is

    everything else but itself.

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    IV

    Illustrations

    g. 1

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    g. 2

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    g. 3

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    g. 4

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    g. 5

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    g. 6

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    g. 7

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    g. 8

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    fig. 9

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    g. 10

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    g. 11

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    g. 12

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