This is my interpretation of the towel close up. A fine grid centered with a loop. In order to create tone I have not included the loops in all boxes. I got to this by thinking about the multiple small lines in the work of Alex Chambers, but along the way I remembered John Franzen and I know this influenced the grid. He creates wonderful drawings made up of multiple vertical lines, each one feeding of the imperfections of the line before. It’s like a meditative process by which he imbues his drawings with his feelings and emotions, as well as bigger concepts related to the cosmos and infinity.
I’m just doing thumbnails to start with, to see what works and then I’ll move on to bigger works. My small drawing looks clunky, but I wonder how it would look on a much bigger scale. Other things to consider are that although the paper is light it is not white. I think that the bright towel would be better reflected with a clean white background.
It is not titled on his site but I can see that the size is roughly 1m by 70 cm or something like that, of which this is a detail of about a quarter of the work. It’s a bit difficult to see in the photo but it is comprised of straight lines creating geometric shapes. The lines are alternatively closer or further apart creating areas of increased density of line and therefore tone, creating a textural surface.
I’m a bit concerned that my choice of objects is too literal and more about the actual object than its qualities. For example for swimming I am choosing a towel. It has a link with swimming that is not really related to its formal qualities but more related to its use. I have however chosen a towel that has a flowery tropical pattern on it, typical of a souvenir tourist towel, so in that way it represents the bright pattern associated with tropical tourist.
To represent tacky souvenirs, I have simply chosen a snow dome, to me the quintessential tacky souvenir, so in this case I guess it does have the formal qualities of shiny, bright and clique-ed content that I associate with tacky.
For brightsunlight I am using the yellow massage ball. This is better because it’s not as literal. I have chosen it because of it’s qualities of bright yellow, pointy bits radiating suggesting rays and round shape.
I’m thinking I’ll combine lush rainforest and humidity in the one object now by stuffing a carafe full of local fern from the garden. In that way I hope to convey the oppressive feeling of humidity in a tropical jungle.
Cocktail glass with blue cocktail represents the qualities of blue-green tropical waters on its surface, whilst encased in the form of a cocktail glass, the essential tourist drink.
The detailed pattern of shells and coral will be represented by actual shells. This is just literal but adds a necessary component to the collection.
Actually looking at these I think they should meet the brief and perhaps I should stop procrastinating and actually start some work 🙂