Tearing the time.
Our project is about TIME and the CITY, we unfold the time ,we responded to this experience of time in London creating a video , and by creating some collages made from tearing the paper.
We form a triangle Charkie, Luisa and the seagull ,we explore three areas of the city across three times: past ,present and future, the three areas are Westminster Abbey, Barbican and Canary Warf .
I will explain the three areas in a chronological way, starting from the oldest area.
Westminster Abbey,is the ancient soul of the place and the way they support the new it is how it looks.
The place reminds me of Fra Angelico. it is a resting place, an oasis of spiritual London, we unfold the time, going back and forward on time everything is happening now. the connection between things. The priest goes up to a 800 years old pulpit and we travel up to the staircase, the building exist then and now. old and new can coexist
we both like the texture of this place , the result of human interaction , the mark making on the stones.
Ptolemy Dean the Arquitect of the staircase of Westminster talks about verticality, I response to this experience of been at Westminster Abbey with verticals and horizontals lines, I tore and stick papers in the middle of the collage that represent the stones of history with marks left behind, they are boxes of information.
The concept of time started at Barbican with a conversation between Charkie and I
At the Barbican we sensed the different speed of the people depending on the time of the day, the movement of the water depending on the direction the wind was blowing , the seagull came toward us and stopped in front of us it remained stationary ,whilst people ,wind and water were moving. The oldest there is at the Barbican is the water and the music, they play Vivaldi, the building is modern and has been built as a beacon of hope for the future.
The time came up in our conversation, time being, the past of London the present and the future of London .
I saw the exhibition of Lee Krasner at Barbican and I was fascinated by the colours, the materials she used and the layering of different papers, this process of working influence me. My response of to the exhibition and the time spend in Barbican, was a collage layering papers that I collected in different times ,and looking for the interaction between the forms and the colours, I used the leaflet of the exhibition ,some papers I found at the Barbican and some old papers I had at home to create a collage, this different papers gives the sense of history of the marks left behind.
this is the connection with the film I have produce with Chalkie. Layers of time, layers of images, and finding the forms in between and the shapes that interact with the color.
Canary Warf is commercial, new, there is no smiles ,is almost sterilize, because there is no layers a of history. We visited the Dockland museum of London and everything was about lines, destroyed bouts full of lines , the deconstruction for the fire, the lines of the past and the lines of the present, we recorded images from the present and we response with a video layering the images from the other areas together .
My response is a drawing made with pieces of a broken etching I destruction the etching and I reconstruct again ,now is a new drawing with the pieces of etching left behind, is the analogy of the destruction produced for the two fires of London .
the Final work in collaboration.
WE produce a VIDEO after this three experience , In this video we are showing opposite places of London at different times , all is happening at the same time in the video, The images that we have chosen are water,air,seagull and buildings ,the first three have been always there,the buildings are new, the buildings of the present,
The bouts, buildings, us and seagulls are cradled between the earth and the sky ,this can be seen in the video how they are situated in between, At the same time the sky is coming toward us forces against one to another ,the opposites.
We are layering the photos to have the feeling that is happening now.
We don’t add any sound because we leave the original sound of what is there at that moment.
. I keep always the art leaflets and once i have read them I destroy them and I collage them or I Paint on it, I’m exploring the interactions with forms and colours, also I’m layering different papers and sometimes I go farther saturating the the image , scratch and write something on it. I like the marks left behind and the history of the manipulation of the materials. Why to broken a finish collage???because taking risks is the way to have new thoughts, also is good for me to broken patterns. Why tearing paper? is the starting point of call and respond process, a paper with no marks doesn’t motivates me, I need to make some marks and from there i can respond with another shape or mark. MARK BRADFORD IS AN INFLUENCE FOR SOME OF MY RESEARCH.