I had a busy day working through ideas on pieces,now I have bit more of an understanding of the site and the GC (Gold Coast). After my bought of insomnia last night a heavy rain and some thunder did come through in at about 4AM.
I got up around six went down to the beach - to onshore blown out conditions and rumbling from the storm-so I didn't bother with a surf but went out for a fun little body surf (Why am I telling you this as artist in residence- well for me that's always been a big part of my experience on the GC and it always has been - the surf - the sea). The beach was empty the sea was a lovely aquamarine, even with rain and choppy water and the water was lovely and warm. It was pretty quiet not as many runners and beach goers I don't think GC folk like the rain, but for me it was perfect body surfing during a thunderstorm - much appreciated by my melancholic aesthetic.
On site I went back to my marker sketches/drawing and conceptual ramblings.
Yes I still draw on paper !!!!
Why one might ask - Firstly its familiar (its my first medium of expression), its fun and also I often need to take a break from the digital medium/tools that I use, (part a health and safety thing - in my commercial practice I have a 50 hour a week average so repetitive strain injury can be a concern). But mostly I work on paper because its not a precious medium, it allows me to rough out ideas unconstrained/unconcerned with the final result.
Anyway I can go on about the irony of working as a a sculptor in a non tactile medium - but I will leave that for another post. I managed to get some initial sketches and ideas out for the following tentatively titled pieces:
- An introduction to AR to the site near the main foyer. A whimsical ( humorous) mandala /abstracted shape constructed from found art souvenirs of the Gold coasts more recent history (based off of the collection from made in QLD - Ode to the souvenir)
Longer Truths site (Name yet to be decided):
- Cubist inspired abstracted piece, colours and textural elements inspired by Longer Truths - multiple cubes floating in 3d space form an obvious shape/object (to be decided) when viewed from a particular angle and a totally abstract shape when viewed from another.
- Overlooking the channel towards the site of proposed bridge towards Chevron island consisting of floating mangrove seeds - found art elements a re-interpretation of a bridge like structure -see sketch on the blog (first and second image).
See surfers (Name yet to be decided):
- Looking out to the east from the peninsular a spinning abstracted mandala of natural elements sourced from flora at Evandale park.
- A fauna based/inspired AR piece situated over Evandale lake, consisting of a merging of water shapes, eels and swimmers (to possibly then spin on an axis?)
- Looking towards where the future precinct will be situated. A collection of abstract patterns and colours based off of the current architectural visions for the future precinct and additional found elements on site.
Since I arrived I have been testing the AR on site using previously published data and a test cube with my face textured onto it - (Oh the vanity of artists - hey I never said it was a pretty benchmark - but it serves its function).
Anyway I have been placing the test AR POIS (Points of interest) on site trying to iron out any technical issues. On this I have been supported by Warren Armstrong the originator and curator of (Un)seen Sculptures.
Warren has also set up the admin server which hosts the layar l3d model files and textures. I will go into a technical process post later on this week.
Late yesterday afternoon I took a whole heap of site photos to be incorporated into the final AR(t) pieces and I was sent a while heap of imagery of cultural artifacts from the GC which I will be incorporating into the welcome AR(t) piece.
The photography went well, (shot in overcast evening light, just perfect for capturing textures), I took some detailed close up of the plants in the park - I still need additional images of the mangroves seeds.
In the process I watched curlews feeding, heard the shouty Lorikeets and got some pretty decent shots of a juvenile Magpie (head pecky parents came to mind whilst shooting).
Late night/early modeling, started with working on working on modeling the geometry on the Bridge AR(t) piece - its still early stages but it should evoke the feeling of past/future that I hope to convey.
I have been getting up at 4 AM to work on my digital practice. I am trying to force myself to keep more of regular sleeping pattern and this seems to be as close as I can get lately - 6 hours seems to be all my body will allow me of late - so I am waking up early and going to bed relatively early (yeah I know I need to sort this out and get a longer sleep cycle in).
Its early morning, my documentation hour - 5:45 AM, time for me to finish up and get on with the day - maybe a beach walk before work?.
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