Thursday, June 10, 2010

Project 3: Model

Section cuts

Front section cut


Project 3: Final Design

The client: The client for this gallery is a screen printer who requires a contemporary art gallery to sell featured artist screen prints as well as a variety of installation and sculpture work.

-As a result the gallery spaces must be flexible and versatile
-there must be a large studio area for screen orienting artists to work and collaborate
-There must also be a small studio apartment for which the client can live
- A cafe and shop must be included
- An appropriately sized storage area and double height function room for large installations must also be provided

The artwork: Specifically screen printing. The featured artists will be those mentioned above Tracy Kendell, Patrick Thomas and Martin sharp as well as local artists. There will also be a focus on sculptural installation pieces.

The concept: The overriding concept for this project is the idea of the ‘frame.’ The frame is the most important and fundamental tool behind screen printing.
Essentially the gallery is a rectangular bloc cut separated in half. As the site is boxed in from three of four facades, getting enough light into the gallery posed a very important problem. As a result glass frames 1.5 m wides) slice through the gallery, intercepting light and funnelling it down to the gallery spaces. Each glass frame creates a gallery space and is slighting titled, making entry through each gallery skewed.

The journey: There is a public and private circulation path for the gallery. Artists and staff can approach the building from the laneway behind the building which directs them first to the storage area on the ground floor, gallery spaces on the first floor and finally the artist’s studio, conference room and client apartment on the top level.

The public circulation begins on the King Street facade. The building is set back et to interrupt the flushed continuity of the streetscape and cause pedestrians to stop and wander in. The sculpture courtyard is in this front area and will house a large ‘feature’ installation to attract pedestrians and communicate the fact that the building is a gallery.

They are then directed indoors to the reception desk, then through a series of small gallery spaces which allows access to the large double height installation space/function area.

A set of stairs lead to the first storey which houses another series of gallery spaces. From here people can look up the second floor and see artist at work on the second story. From this space the people are channel to a cafe which overlooks King Street below. This cafe acts a reward for gallery goers after the series of gallery spaces. It is a place to sit, recover, eat, enjoy a late and discuss what they have just seen. From the cafe, gallery goes can take a set of stairs which lead to the second storey where a shop shop sells the artworks that are on display. It also gives people direct access to the artists and encourages observation as well as interaction.


Project 3: Draft design drawings

This client:

The client is a keen screen printer who lives and breathes his work. He wants a gallery that not only houses and sells screen print art but also has alot of studio space for a number of other artists to meet and work. He also wants to live at this gallery, have enough storage for supplice and artwork, a large 2 storey gallery space for large work and function area, plus a kitchen and office.

The artwork:
The artwork for this gallery is specifically screen printing. A process that is commonly used for t-shirt design. It is kinda cool and a bit funky and (i'm assuming) extremely popular with the artistic young folk and groovey types that hang out in Newtown. The gallery will show the works of 'featured' artists mentioned in earlier blog Tracy Kendell. Patrick Thomas and Martin Sharp as well as work by local artists

The concept:

The basic concept behind the design of this gallery is based on the 'frame' which is the primary tool used in printmaking. I have played with this idea of the frame to come up with some intersting spaces.

I have places shardes of glass which slice through the building to create a series of rooms aswell as allow concerntrated light into the spaces. The idea was to use this light as a 'cleansing' transitional' space for a person as they walked through each room.

Thess shardes of glass trap the light and funnel it down to the lower floors

I have set the building back from the pavement to disrupt the flushed street scape and cause people to stop and explore the front courtyard. From this courtyard they are taken into a large double ceiling gallery for large peices and then a series of smaller spaces. the storage and apartment areaw are also located on this floor. The second story houses the studio's for the print makers

NOTE: This design was justa a draft and consequently not fully thought through. After taking the following drawing to my tutor I was much better equipt to contine with the final design process.

Ground Floor 1:125

First Floor Plan 1:125

Second Floor Plan 1:125

Room Plan rendered 1:50

Room Plan Setion rendered 1:50

Like my tutor, I think that these rendered drawings look more like artwork than an actual room showing light, shade and atmoshpere. These drawinsg tlook flat and a little uninteresting. It was suggested that I chose a room that is more of an arhitectual feature, that includes furniture, artwork or even a person to make it easier to render and more interesting to look at and explore.

The overall verdict:

I had a good old chat with my tutor regarding my design and in return recieved some constuctive criticism which I will attempt to take on for the final project

-The thin slices of light I made are definitely not enough for the appropriate amount of light o come through.
-The apartment was not well through about and should be located in an area that get more sun, ( top level north east corner gets most sun)because after all the client must be able to comfortably live there.
-Maybe there could be a cafe conveniently located to draw people into the front entrance
-Stairs- sort them out
-Design as is, would be outrageously expensive to build
-How does the gallery goer ‘feel’ in the space?
-How does the space interact and shape the experience of the gallery owner?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Project 3: Patrick Thomas

Patrick Thomas

English artist Patrick Thomas (Liverpool, 1965) is an iconographiste. His graphic art is rooted in popular imagery that is routinely repurposed and recomposed; he transforms the most common visual artifacts into uncommon commentary on society and politics.


UK Gun Crime

Brocken Icon

The Bewick Fox

K&R Black

Project 3: Tracy Kendell

Tray Kendell
Tracy Kendall is a clever and seasoned screen printer, first doing her fine art for a degree in Manchester and then working at the Royal College of Art and doing her MA in London. All the prints are hand produced by Tracy in a small (but long!) South London Studio.



Project 3: Artist Martin Sharp

Martyin Sharp

Martin Sharp (born 1942) is an Australian artist, underground cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker. Sharp has made contributions to Australian and international culture since the early 60s, and is hailed as Australia's foremost pop artist. His famous psychedelic posters of Bob Dylan, Donovan and others, rank as classics of the genre, alongside the work of Rick Griffin, Hapshash and the Coloured Coat and Milton Glaser. His covers, cartoons and illustrations were a central feature of Oz magazine, both in Australia and in London. Martin also co-wrote one of Cream's most famous songs, "Tales of Brave Ulysses", and in the 1970s, he became a champion of singer Tiny Tim, and of Sydney's embattled Luna Park.

Martin was born in Sydney in 1942, and was educated at the National Art School at East Sydney.. In 1961, he enrolled for two terms in Architecture at Sydney University before returning to the NAS.

Project 3: The art

Screen printing: is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A roller or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas.

Screen printing frames

The process

Screen printing press