The third group of images from the resulting film – Sheeler for this weeks Charles Sheeler inspired Kick about on Red’s Kingdom. As always the yearn to see these images large scale on a crisp white wall is something I daydream about, as well as seeing the film projected on multiple walls to feel transported somewhere else
A second set of shapely images from the resulting film – entitled Sheeler created for this weeks Kick about on Red’s Kingdom. Galvanised by the art of Charles Sheeler, I had this film in mind, aiming to see those geometric shapes moving through space accompanied by lots of colour that interject and melt into each other. It was a joy to create and felt as though everything flowed and fell into place better than I could have imagined.
Charles Sheeler being the muse for the latest creative Kick About over on Red’s Kingdom stimulated me to create a film. Sheeler’s modernist work makes me ponder the industrial revolution, the building up and tearing down of sprawling metropolises in all their in-betweens of metal, cement and beams. The shapely blocks of colour makes me think of movement, like a time-lapse of something that is always being altered. I created my film by modelling quick and dirty shapes in 3D, then tinkered with the camera to pull the focal length back and added many of the shapes in a line, through which the camera cranes. I added little movements here and there to the shapes to make things feel dynamic.
Pom Pom #2
A second set of images created from the inspiration of textile artist Sheila Hicks. This set focusing on the lurid red that tinged the pom pom’s and changed the tone of the efforts. One thing I really attempted to achieve was the scale of Hicks’s pieces, I tried to mimic that by zooming out of the set and photographing wide angled while placing the viewer as low to the ground as possible
Pom Pom #1
This weeks Kick About over on Red’s Kingdom is the textile installation art of Sheila Hicks. After having to buy a new washing machine, I kept some of the styrofoam that came in the packaging. Call me a hoarder all you like, but I knew I could make something out of the grooves and shapes warped into the styrofoam mirroring the details of the machine. So I spray painted the styrofoam black and bought a bag of colourful cotton pom-pom balls to design the set of this miniature Hicks installation then lit it ablaze with some dramatic lighting and documented the process. Things took a more sci-fi, macabre turn when I decided to use some red gels – more of those attempts to come.
This week’s Kick About on Red’s Kingdom is an excerpt from part two of T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. I thought about doing an illustration of a grand hall worthy of a queen, pooling with rim light, but I really wanted to do something physical and with my hands, mainly to crack into the little art studio I have revamped so that I don’t turn my bedroom into a catastrophe of shite while doing Kick-Abouts late into the night like this, so some still life photography it is then! Something about the grandiosity of the poem, the spectacle of the conceitedness, signified a sense of danger and something uglier underneath. With these photos, I wanted to tell a story – they may look aesthetic and familiar, but things are not as they seem – much like those in power, littered with gold and jewels, but who are usually the most corrupt imposters of all, and wear their porcelain masks to hide behind a facade. I took and borrowed elements of my own and my roommates, including my jewellery, my favourite wine glass I accidentally smashed and plucked out of the garbage, silk pillowcases, lots of fruit, and trimmings of plants I nicked on my neighbourhood runs.”
A second offering for this weeks Kick About relating to the art of Ruth Asawa. This set of images and the occupying videos also inspired a different set of videos that didn’t make the cut – transpiring from a filmic method used for this slew of static images documenting the chemical reaction of household ingredients.
This weeks Kick About on Red’s Kingdom is the artwork of Ruth Asawa. I was reminded very much of the fluid melting magic of lava lamps and, in certain elements of Asawa’s creations, I envisioned eyes that reminded me very much of Hitchcock and Dali’s dream sequence in the film, Spellbound. My images were created from photographing melted wax accumulated on a wine bottle over a period of time, with a couple of videos of my own eyes overlaid on top to pay homage to that surreal dream sequence.
A second set of compositions created as part of the Cephalopod kick About prompt over on on Red’s Kingdom.
There was a few failed attempts at different iterations for this weeks Cephalopod kick about over on Red’s Kingdom, one of which was a lot less colourful and leaning towards the macabre. I decided to salvage one of the 3D models from that attempt and use the gooey textures from another previous kick about and laid them onto the 3D models of Octopuses. Things started to take place when I composited the Octopuses on-top of each other – as if the octopuses are in some sort of lethal dance together”