A group of third year BA (Hons) Fine Art students took part in an interesting new workshop regarding reconfiguring reality and surfaces between 2D and 3D surfaces.
Run by Richard Waring, Fine Art Course Leader, the workshop was focused around the text The Flatbed Picture Plane (Leo Steinberg). The text looks at the way painting and surface has changed from being respective towards the human posture and the visual experience of Nature, towards operational processes and opaque horizontal flatbeds.
After reading the text in a seminar group, the students were asked to take photographs in ‘the real world’, which they would reconfigure and transform into a three dimensional surface using Protopaper.
The aim of the workshop was to encourage students to think about the surfaces, form and content, structure and the relationship between 2D and 3D surfaces within their practice. At the end of the day the work was presented as an Exhibition in the Fine Art studios, open to all.
On the Fine Art course, students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of media in their practice, but also think about the history behind the materials and context of their work and how this can be pushed and shifted to extremities.