Wednesday 25 April 2018

Wednesday 25th April: "Harmonics In Space" at NOW Gallery = Work In Progress cont.

After a lengthy hiatus here, I'm back!  The exhibition has been all-consuming and now as the final run draws to an end I can catch up with documenting it.  Here is a visual diary of snaps from installing with exhibition design team Install Archive.  First of all we worked offsite in a nearby warehouse preparing components which were then transported to the gallery for the site-specific build.  For example here you can see the foam tiles being made for the tessellating floor and the steel frame joinery being polished and painted.  There were so many elements, materials and mechanics to assemble that it was like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle.  
We first had to construct the origami cardboard sculptures to get them suspended with lights fitted and hoisted on their spinning motors.   This then gave clear ground to lay down and make the pyramid entry screen to be raised up in place and tied into position.  Once the floor was finally free the steel stepping-stone frame could be fitted into place starting from front to back.  With the foam tiles slotted into the colour order of the path, the last stage was to add the free-standing sculptures and wire everything in.  In addition to the lighting and hidden trigger panels we also had to devise and conceal a bluetooth system to run 25 separate wireless headphones.  Last but not least, apply all of the vinyl from the text on the walls to my hand-cut iridescent polyhedra on the windows............... 
Every detail was intricate and linked.  Even the individual cardboard panels were coded with pop-out shapes which collected as cosmic confetti and didn't get swept into the bin but carefully collected for my scrapbook.  Here I am captured trying to explain all of this verbally for a couple of the numerous interviews I had to eloquently deliver after completion.  See my interview with The Peninsulist here.  

Wednesday 25th April: "Harmonics In Space" at NOW Gallery = Origami

As part of my exhibition there is a space to take time to make origami. I have created an exclusive colourful mystic mascot to match your mood. This extra dimension to the immersive experience was included to give visitors creative space to switch off, contemplate and make. Whilst learning the lines to fold this finger puppet you can simultaneously get a taster of how I first designed the origami shapes which became the final sculptures.  Each paper sheet is colour coded with definitions to pick the hue which best describes you.  In addition to this, there are stickers to customise your cosmic creature to keep as a magic memento of your day.
Thanks to OhhDeer for the collaboration on the sticker sheets which was a dream come true as I'm still as obsessed with collecting stickers as I was when I had sticker albums as a kid!  Check out their full range here.