Saturday, January 26, 2008

Happy Australia Day!

It's Australia Day today...woohoo!
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Preparing for upcoming exhibition Pt1

This week I received some more good news about Like Weather, my flag book. It has been accepted into the Stanthorpe Art Prize, another national juried art competition. Of course this means I'll have to put together another copy to send off before I leave for Melbourne in about two weeks, but I think I've got the process sorted out now.

I've finally been able to make a start on some of the work that needs to be done to prepare for the exhibition in Melbourne. I have shown this installation Wraith here in Brisbane in 2006, but it is an ephemeral work using unfired clay, drawings and a projection, so this show will involve re-making a lot of the piece.

The first step has been to take another look at the projection. Last time I only had access to an (analogue) slide projector. During the time the work was up, (about 10 days from memory, but able to be viewed 24 hrs/day) I replaced the slide at least three times because it kept fading. I know now I could have had a glass slide made which would have lasted for the whole time.

At Kings Gallery I'll have access to a digital projector and DVD player, so I wanted to check whether there is anything special to do to prep an image for this. I used this article as my reference. According to the author, it's really not that complex but there are a some things it's wise to do:
1. make sure the size of your image (in pixels) is within the native resolution of the projector. I found this by searching online for the specs of the specific model the gallery uses.
2. set the dpi at around 96
3. if the projector you are using is not an LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) then increase the saturation of your image by 10%. The one at Kings is LCD, so I dutifully took this step.
4. sharpen your image tastefully. Always better to under-do, rather than over-do, in my opinion.
5. convert the colour space to sRGB IEC61966-2.1 because this is the colour space the projector will presume has been used. Leave your image in another colour space and the colours may not be as you expected.

So now there is only one other step. As the gallery uses a DVD player to provide the image to the projector, I have to save the image to a DVD in a file format that the player can read. To be honest I have to check this with the gallery, but I used Windows Movie Maker to save the image as an avi file. MM came with Windows XP and may also come with older versions of Windows, I'm not sure. It is incredibly easy to use, and amazingly I just gave it a try for the first time a few weeks ago when I made this video. At the time I thought I was just playing around, but it turns out that the couple of hours I spent then were actually really useful yesterday when I wanted to save this jpeg as an avi. With art, you just never know when something you've done "mucking around" will turn out to teach you exactly what you need to know.

So that's it so far. Well, all except showing you the image. So here it is, as it will be projected.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Staring at this view!!

Since my last post I've working away on two more editions of "Like Weather". The first was to send off to Mackay for the Libris Awards by this Friday just gone and I want to get another copy finished to take with me to show my supervisor in Melbourne when I go in February. I also had to prepare a press release for the exhibition at Kings ARI in Melbourne.
So I've spent a lot of time in my little studio and unfortunately this is the view! After seeing how lovely azirca's studio is, I have been wondering what I can do to make mine more of a space that draws me in.
Functionally the space isn't bad, and I am continuing to tweak things as best I can given space/money limitations. It is just the "ambience" that is lacking! My original idea was to plant creeping vines to cover the fence/s outside but that won't work. The area is for drying clothes and there's a cement slab, so any plants need to be in pots. We are in the grip of a drought and have Level 5 water restrictions so it's just not possible to maintain pots. I've thought of covering the window with "something", but what? And it is the source of natural light, so I don't want to reduce that too much.
Somewhere on the web I saw some sort of patterned "wallpaper" for windows. It seemed to give a sort of frosted glass effect, and I thought it might work, but now I can't find it anywhere! If any of you have seen it I'd really appreciate it if you could send me the link. Or if you have another idea, I'd love to hear it.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

My New Year Resolutions

See if you can work out my resolutions from this video I slapped together this afternoon. It's my first one and it's very rough, but it was fun!

Edited 2/1/08

Woops! Forgot to credit the music: by Sallie Campbell and Ian Thompson. Many thanks!