Proposal for An Advanced Art Project


First off, I need to propose my theme that will encompass the
majority of my art works in my stated media. Out of painting, print making
and sculpture, I am choosing to work with the latter for two main reasons.
One, I'm not that great at capturing visual ideas on the somewhat
two-dimensional surface of paper or canvas. Adding to that I thought that
sculpture would allow me to have a greater release of creativity as my work
can explode into the third dimension with many added features. After
pondering upon ideas for a theme, I hit upon four major factors that I want
to incorporate within my work. Firstly, I want it to make a definite
immediate visual contact with the viewer through use of thought provoking
forms and features. Next, I may wish at times to incorporate audible
stimuli to further draw the viewer into my work. Thirdly, I want some
interaction of the sculpture with the viewer, so that they can make a more
intimate contact with the piece through tactile and kinesthetic action, so
that they thus may "get into it" more and begin to experience some of the
passion & feeling that I put into my work as it is thus conveyed to and
impressed upon them.

As a title theme for my year's work I have come up with "Multifaceted
Interactive Involvement With The Electro- Magnetic Spectrum." This
includes many different forms of radiation, light and waves. I am also
integrating sound to give an added flair. Some practical project examples
that I intend to carry through and actually construct can be found in ideas
11 and 12. As my topic theme is fairly limiting, this is quite
challenging, but great, as it allows me to create many different forms of
work, all tied in to a common specific point. I thought it also might be
interesting though if I deviated slightly from the main theme and as a
secondary little theme chose something to do with the people in the class
surrounding me. There are six in total, including myself and the teacher.
There are six sides on a cube and this gave rise to idea for a project.
The final result of this co-relates to idea number 9. Soon after, idea 10
followed as I got to thinking about the "average" student of art. This can
also include the teacher, because no matter what level we are, we still may
always learn more.

One thing I seem to find is that by working around the late night/early
morning period, my creative juices just seem to flow better and I get a lot
more productive work done. Also I need many special tools and thus maybe I
will spend the majority of my project time in my room where I have all the
things I need all around me. That way I can also work in bits and pieces,
working whenever I get the inspiration to do so. This way, my art will
benefit in the fact that it was made in the most fruitful portions of my
labour. It can also be made more enjoyable this way, if I know I don't
have to work within a structured time on the project. Maybe the time I
spend in the classroom can be spend on finishing touches with paint and
other items that I don't have available to me in my room. Also I can do
sketches and drawings of improvements and modifications to existing
proto-sketches.

I have had considerable difficulty finding a main mentor, first of all
because I think my style is fairly obscure, and I also use such a variety
of materials, that I couldn't seem to locate an artist that I could relate
myself and my work to. By a twist of fate, while looking through Canadian
Art magazines, I came across an article titled "The Body Electric." This
article describes Jana Sterbak, originally native to Czechoslovakia, she
came to Canada in 1968 at the age of 13. She has been educated in New York
and Vancouver, having also lived there and now shifts between Montreal and
Toronto, where she frequently exhibits her work. In a way she reminds me
of Van Gogh in that she creates her work for herself, and then attempts to
impress the vigor and zest that she feels with her work upon others in an
enthusiastic way. She utilizes many different forms of materials, and
likes to use electricity to her advantage to bring some life into the
piece. One piece of her