Unit 1 Assessment
MA Digital Arts 2012 -14, Unit 1 Assessment
Student: Terry Long / LON13380834/ Course Leader: Jonathan Kearney
Project Title: Mandalas of Light / Kinetic Drawing with Light.
1. Develop your Project Proposal to plan a challenging and self-directed programme of study
2. Demonstrate a critical engagement with practice-based research and contribute actively to debate and discussion
3. ￼Articulate a clear understanding of the methodology and context of your creative practice in both written and verbal forms
- The main aim and objective of my “Mandalas of Light” project is to create and produce spiritual and meditative artworks that bring balance, harmony, and a sense of inner well being to the viewer. Instead of using the traditional medium of sand for my mandalas, I chose to use light. As both artist and photographer, it was natural for me to use light to draw and paint with, and allowed me to work in a much more spontaneous and gestural way, giving a luminous and ethereal effect. It also infused the mandalas with a Zen-like quality, which is what I was seeking.
- Since starting my MA blog… https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/ …I have written and published 130 posts illustrated with over 290 examples of work and study. Of those displayed, 132 are digital drawings and paintings that I created for my MA project using the medium of light. Here are a selection of eight posts with examples of work showing the various methods and the variety of my approach… https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/petros-mandala-no-5/petros-mandala-no-7/ https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1684&action=edit https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1208&action=edit https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1194&action=edit&message=1 https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=197&action=edit https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1361&action=edit https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1048&action=edit https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=482&action=edit
- My recent MA Digital Arts paper https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/ma-research-paper-kinetic-drawing-with-light/ along with the research for it directly relates to my MA project, and has contributed to a fuller knowledge and understanding of my chosen medium and subject. Barbara Morgan was the chief subject of the paper, and my discovery of her Zen like calligraphic images during this course has been a big influence on my own work.
- To assist me in my research and study for both my MA digital art project and relating MA paper, I purchased the following books, and also wrote about some of them… Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism, byMartin Brauen, Arnoldsche Publishing & Rubin Museum of Art, 1992 / Concerning the Spiritual in Art, by Wassily Kandinsky, Dover Publications, 1914. https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1556&action=edit / Light Show by Philip Ball, Cliff Lauson, and Anne Wagner, Hayward Publishing, 2013. https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/art-with-light/ / The Art of Light and Space by Jan Butterfield, Abbeville Press, 1993 / Picasso’s Third Dimension, by Gjon Mili, Triton Press, 1970 / Photographs and Recollections: Gjon Mili, by Gjon Mili, 1980 / Morgan: Masters Barbara of Photography, with essay by Deba P. Patnaik, Aperture Foundation,1999 / Barbara Morgan by Barbara Morgan, Aperture, 1964 / Barbara Morgan: Photomontage, by Barbara Morgan, Morgan & Morgan, 1980 / Barbara Morgan: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors & Photographs, by Curtis L. Carter and William C. Agee, Patrick& Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, 1988 / Notan: The Dark-Light Principle of Design, by Dorr Bothwell and Marlys Frey, Reinhold Book Corporation, 1968 / Symmetry: The Ordering Principle, by David Wade, Wooden Books, 2006. I wrote about two of those books on a post here…
- My research and experimentation into drawing and painting with the medium of light has also been helped by recently acquiring a selection of equipment and materials to select from, including the following items: DSLR Nikon D700 camera with a full size sensor / 8mm fish-eye lens / 17 – 35mm lens / 150 – 500 lens / pin hole lens / prisms / an assortment of over 90 clear and coloured LED hand held lights. / Halogen lights / Stringed lights / candle light / fibre optics / Infrared filter / Neutral density filters.
- The following are a list of techniques I have been experimenting with for drawing and painting with light: Single and multiple light combinations and formations (using single or both hands) / drawing and painting in the air in front of a tripod mounted camera / drawing and painting in the air above a floor mounted camera (similar to Jackson Pollock’s technique of painting on the floor) https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/aerial-dance-no-7/ / drawing and painting on a flat and curved surfaces. https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/plumes-of-light/ / Suspending the camera from above the action painting area / Swinging pendulum light / Drawing with the camera / Dancing with the lights ( very similar to Chinese ribbon dancing)/ Refractographs (refracting light onto camera sensor without lens) / Using photoshop, I have added further layers and sections to many of my artworks, from 1 to over 24 layers and sections https://terrylongimagery.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/layers-of-light/
- At the same time as I was beginning this MA digital course, I was invited to join a local philosophical society where I live in Southern California. Since joining the society I have given 2 lectures so far to the members, What is Art and Icons in Art. Both these lectures related to my digital MA studies, and were heavily debated by all society members. I am planning on giving my 3rd society lecture in January 2014 based on my MA paper. I will also be giving a similar lectures next month (November) to my drawing and art history students at the University of Redlands where I work.