Flown has been to Caerphilly Castle with the Lumen Prize Tour and it was great building it in such an ancient setting. We are now planning for it’s next stop. There were great responses including someone who wrote to me to say it had spurred them on to make their own work again, which is just great.
My exhibition ‘GRAVITATE’ is now online on the Baby Forest Site (https://babyforest.co/rolinson_gravitate).
I am very much looking forward to showing these works that have been building up for around 12 months. They will also be exhibited in ‘real’ spaces over the next year and following this, one of the original drawings will go into Victoria and Albert Museum Digital Art Collection.
The drawings are the first step in making new light installations as well as works in their own right. I’ve used simple rules in their construction that I see as a kind of visual mantra. I am still directive and instinctive in how it all unfolds but my decisions come back to a number of guidelines that might define choices of curved or straight lines and colour. By doing this I build up a rhythm of work and try to let go of my thoughts to see what emerges. I am curious to take these patterns into movements to programme light structures and am starting to investigate this with Sean Clark.
A first group of works made as part of this process is being from the 7th – 23rd December at the LCB Depot Gallery, Leicester in Sean Clark’s exhibition ‘A CYBERNETIC ECOLOGY’. They will become part of and respond to the system of artworks in the exhibition.
In preparation I’ve been making a detail cut out surface that is a filigree for a light box. I knew when I started that it would be labour intensive, but to be honest nothing could prepare me for the level of concentration required. I used a simple rule of two types of cuts (made with fine wood carving chisels) each repeated three times. To make a square section of about 40cm x 40cm took around 30 hours of hammering. There could not be a mistake or it would show, so I had maintain my attention.
When was making this I could find every reason to be distracted however, with persistence I intermittently found myself absorbed in the process. The funny thing is that without the light shining through it the work is virtually invisible and at the end I can barely believe it took such concentration. It is now fitted to the light box containing rings of repetitively expanding light, a little like ripples in water.