CAN SERRAT ART RESIDENCY in El Bruc, Spain
3 - 24 May 2016
unfinished graphite drawing on canvas
self-adhesive vinyl cuttings wall drawing
stop motion animation
My proposal was selected from 153 applications to receive a 30% grant for a residency with Can Serrat.
The central part of my activity during the residency was to develop a large-scale wall drawing out of grey self-adhesive vinyl cuttings as a temporary visual context for an unfinished graphite drawing on canvas that I brought along from Romania.
By manipulating the documentary photographs I gathered, I produced a stop motion animation, which speculates on the fluctuations of addition and subtraction that I performed while working on the wall. Most aspects of my project were decided with the application process, but I submitted them to further adjustments when I began the actual work on site. The initial idea was to find an area of white wall and temporarily occupy it by developing my drawing. This idea was challenged by the realisation of the generic quality of such background and the newly appeared desire to introduce within my project a particular element that would be identifiable local. Technical aspects prevented me from capturing a wider area, though, with the camera lenses I had, so I thought to allow the changes in the light conditions, controlled by the time of the day and the weather, to take on this role. At some point during the animation, I intervene with artificial lighting and the end is a recording of the night setting in, and these were the methods that I used to make this aspect intentional.
I also assisted the visitors in the making of their own animated short videos, by using similar materials as I did. It is interesting for me to observe these videos in relation with my work, as they stand proof for individual expressions and creativity types. They clearly show how much can be achieved with scarce material resources.
Can Serrat Art Residency
08294 El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain
+34 937 71 00 37