In the words of Sigmund Freud “The more you ignore me, the closer I get”.
Despite being a techie, I’m generally a late adopter and I realise I’m very late to the party as far as laser-cutting is concerned. It’s been around for many years, and is now quite affordable. Access Space got a laser cutter in their Refab Space a couple of years ago, but I must admit I’ve ignored it until now. Not because I’m not interested, but my head is just too full of other stuff. What’s more I didn’t really have anything that I specifically wanted to make.
Until now (video to follow).
I don’t mind admitting my installation is not as visually pleasing as I would normally like. I imagined it much more pyramid-y and less pile-y, but that is the risk of doing something without have done it before.
It’s strangely satisfying irony that I have made something that is very reminiscent of the kind of random-shit-kicked-through-a-gallery-door-and-then-post-rationalised that I am usually very critical of. Or have I over-rationalised that?
I don’t think of myself as a conceptual artist, where the idea is what the art is all about and the object is only there to reference the idea, but I think I have made a conceptual work.
The one thing I did not expect to happen is that I wouldn’t get enough junk to make a decent pyramid, even a small one. The world is awash with unwanted items, but I just couldn’t get my hands on them at the right time. I think I failed to communicate the idea enough during the build and, consequently, the audience was confused until I explained it. However, the time I spent doing this has had some interesting fall out. More about that soon.
I must say huge thanks to Access Space for allowing me to indulge my ill-advised conceptual ellipsis, and particularly to John Moseley whose practical help and technical advice enabled me to produce the manufactured bits. The Refab Space is a place where you can get your hands on a CNC laser-cutter and CNC router, with support, for a very small cost.
The build is officially over, but I think I’ll try to make it a bit more pyramid-y before it comes down on Saturday 9th November.
I also have lots of timelapse video which will be edited at some point.