Category: Secondary Research

Richard Hamilton, Sarah Sze, Julie Mehretu


The work of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. I love the disordered, hap hazard appearance and how they have used found pieces of paper or rope to create collages mediating on the realness and messiness of everyday life. It is tactile and immediate- unlike most paintings or drawings before them, which seems to make it more relateable, approachable and human.

Hannah Hoch, Doris Salcedo

Hannah Hoch

Doris Salcedo


Sofia Hulten

  • Sophia Hultén lives and works in Berlin.
  • Her works often use found materials and draw on the concept of time and quantum physics.
  • For ‘Indecisive angles’, the artist cut and reassembled found metal trolleys to make them functionless. Such sculptures seamlessly blend together in unusual angles- as if they have been cut and placed in front of a mirror.
  • Likewise, in a more recent piece, ‘Ok ok ok ok ok’ in 2019, Hultén elevated two step ladders joined together with steel bearings rendering them useless. The sculpture seems to tip forward, playing with time, as if about to rotate, and seems to resemble the wheel of a mill.
  • I love how Hultén cuts and reassembles objects as well as her minimalistic approach. Whereas in the past I have largely kept my found objects whole (perhaps excluding my greenhouse sculpture), it may be interesting to experiment taking apart objects and cutting them before reassembling them. It may make my work seem even more unsettled and alien.

Secondary research: Roman Sigmer, Mark Mandes and Chantelle Akerman.

Aktion mit Fässern , 1992. Roman Sigmer.

Ladder with Balloons, 1994. Roman Signer.

Finished Sentence (1998–2006). Mark Manders.


Secondary Research: Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade is a Polish-German contemporary artist whose sculpture and installation based works contemplate the nature off time, space, science and philosophy. Sometimes video photography is used to enhance her work, which also focuses on our perception of time and space. Her works include objects from her everyday life, repetition, mirroring. Her objects sometimes appear anthropomorphic. 

I like the use of metal to space out objects in works such as Paraparticular (2019) and Ambo (2018). Perhaps I could also look into doing so and book a space in the metal workshop to explore using man made and manipulated metal rods to space out my gas canisters. 

I have a slot tomorrow morning so will explore methods of display and material use then!

Primary Research: Words to reinforce?

Today I tried out writing words onto the canisters. I like the hap hazard way in which the letters have been scratched on, as if the writer was in a panic at the time of writing.

Secondary Research: Jannis Kounellis and the Arte Povera Movement

  • Arte Povera Movement reacted against consumer culture and used everyday items to create conceptual pieces. Through their art they attempted to dissolve the boundaries between art and life.
  • Jannis Kounellis was a key member of this movement and through his multimedia work (installation, performance, sculpture) aimed to contrast industrial materials with the pre-industrial. 
  • Used materials not typically perceived as art (everyday objects)

Secondary Research: Fischli and Weiss

  • Swiss conceptual, multi-media artists. Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
  • Brought ordinary household objects to life, conveying a sense of movement and/or animation. The objects balance and collide, seeming to encourage a fresh look at our surroundings and the objects within them.
  • Quiet Afternoon, 1984–5 shows a series of images on the verge of collapse: IMPENDING COLLAPSE. 
  • The Way Things Go, 1987 was a film documenting a chain of a series of carefully placed objects tumbling, colliding, setting each other on fire and flying from place to place. Consisted of a number of short videos of chain reactions produced over two years.

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