Analogue Coding

The starting point for my work took place through the inspiration from the artist, Elodie Antoine. Antoine uses flexible and textured materials to create conceptual art where the peculiar pieces and objects seem to be in progression. In coordination with my design, I took inspiration from the movement and progressive nature of her designs, particularly the consistently seen black scribbled lines flowing from the objects from her collection ‘lace’. In agreeance with Sol LeWitt’s belief that, “successful ideas generally have the appearance of simplicity because they seem inevitable”(1967), I attempted to adapt this form of simplicity to make an aesthetically pleasing set of instructions that executed the intended design and it’s form. However, my success in completing this could only be concluded after the instructions have been completed.

Sections from Elodie Antoine’s ‘lace’ collection using bobbin lace,

 

The instructions:

  1. On a portrait piece of paper, in the top section of the page, draw a soft drink can as if its contents was being poured out, using pen.
  2. Inside the shape, draw slightly curved lines, crossing the shape organically.
  3. From the open end of the can, draw consistent dark black lines flowing down the page in a scribble like manor, and in clusters.
  4. Among the lines, make each line is not neat and perfectly straight nor messy and too scribbled.
  5. Take a photo of your work.

The outcomes,

 

Upon analysis, the form changed when abstracting the work into instructions. My main concern was trying to adapt the aesthetic of the dark lines spilling from the artworks. “The idea or concept is the most important part of the work” (Sol Lewitt, 1967), so I tried to take great care in to execute this with this task. However, I determined that if the instructions were too critical and precise this design would not work, after first few attempts at writing. Though, seeing the outcomes of the participants I feel as though my instructions were not correct in attempts of recreating that aesthetic. I also found that my instructions describing the lines inside the can (step 2) were not clear and caused confusion among the participants, possibly adding in ‘cris-crossing’ would have made drastic changes to the outcomes.  The form was also effected by the execution medium such as the type of paper used by participant one, includes a more textured look making the art less simplistic with a more rustic aesthetic. As well as the utensils used to complete the work, simply the instructions of ‘using a pen’ (step one) were not precise enough to successfully complete the intended aesthetic. Instead I should have asked, ‘using a black felt pen, on clean white paper’ to improve the similarity, however using the same materials as Elodie (lace) would have achieved the best outcome.

Overall, the completed designs executed the aesthetic intended to a degree, however under further critical word choices and the vagueness of some steps throughout, I feel as though the form fell through. Although each design from participants are more similar as a set of three excluding the orginal piece by Antoine. Therefore leading to the conclusion that my instructions were successful to a degree because they were able to be followed by three different participants and undergo the similar aesthetics when not in ccomparison with Elodie Antoine’s works.

 

References

Lewitt, S, 1967,  “Paragraphs on Conceptual Art”, ArtForum, viewed 22 August 2017, http://www.corner-college.com/udb/cproVozeFxParagraphs_on_Conceptual_Art._Sol_leWitt.pdf>

Antione, E, 2013, “Laces”, Elodie Antoine, viewed 23 August 2017,   http://elodieantoine.be/laces.html;

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