Museum of Manchester
Exploring the ancient Egyptian exhibition
Interest in how my work is inspired by ancient artefacts and construction processes
Interest in the neolithic and ancient stone fragments and flint arrowheads - exploring the textures of materials, the webbing within stones, the colouration and fragmented forms - these can inspire my own sculptures through the use of materials, forms, colours and aesthetics.
Whitworth Art Gallery
David Batchelor, Plato's Disco, 2015, stainless steel, laminated glass, motor
Motorisation allows this piece to slowly rotate - takes on a new life - allows it to interact with space - picks up the light reflections - becomes a wall piece with the bouncing light
An illustration of Plato's Cave.
The title alludes to the allegory of Plato's Cave, which adds quite a metaphorical and mystical element connecting to history and phycology. The allegory tells of a group of men who live their whole lives in an underground den, chained to a wall, only able to experience the shadows of people behind them, considering how what is seen as true can always be a reproduction of the original.
- it is very inspiring how much research has gone into the concepts of the artwork - linking to history and allegory to reflect the shadows created by the sculpture - looking at metaphysical ways of being.
- It could be useful to consider my own titling of artworks and how I could relate them to a place in history and add more meaning.
Link to nature
Time based works as the fruits will slowly rot away
Multisensory and immersive - immediately greeted by the sweet smell of fruits - this will change over time as they begin to rot
It is worth considering ways in which my own technologically based artwork could be multisensory in any way - e.g. such as perfumed wax that could melt or having something decomposing or growing from the surface of an artwork?
Penelope by Jorge Pardo, 2002, steel with plexiglas spheres.
A unique public sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Jorge Pardo is now located in Wolstenholme Square. Initiated by Tate Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial 2002 and commissioned by the Liverpool Rope Walks Partnership, Penelope is Liverpool’s most colourful sculpture, comprising a ten metre tall creation of twisting steel stalks, ending in brightly coloured, illuminated Plexiglas spheres (Tate, 2023).
Impactful scale - sense of otherworldliness
Idea of Ruins, urban decay - objects left to rot - has a great sense of history - like they are lived objects
Exciting to see how large scale installations can be situated as site specific public sculptures
Both sits within and outside of the area - like it does but doesn't belong.
Exciting curation - creating a dark space where projections serve as lighting
Interesting liminal spaces - looking at materials, space, quiet and self reflective - links with the themes within my own work
Kent Chan, ‘Hot House’ 2020-ongoing.
Combination of smoke machines, constructed box room, 3D printed artefacts and a film
I was very taken by the film - through its intense use of sound and comedic aspects.
The film was able to create a narrative based on a museums artefacts - looking at the events of a museum fire from the perspective of the artefacts.
This was an interesting way of displaying information, adding humour and personifying the objects.
It showed how a film piece could connect to sculptural works - perhaps this could be a method of me presenting my research in a film format alongside my sculptural work.
Wall reliefs in barbican
Taking inspiration from the Post-Modernist and Brutalist decorative motifs and reliefs in the walkways between the buildings.