Tracing entropy

Cumberland, Kelly (2020) Tracing entropy. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

The output is an exhibition bringing together the work of Kelly Cumberland, Hondartza Fraga, and Eirini Boukla. Cumberland constructed new work responding to the space, comprising of a video accompanied by a site-responsive installation. Research process: Practice research investigating systems, material executions, and expanded definitions of drawing. Through employing 'tracing' and sequential methods of reproduction, the work plays host to its own systems of entropy and breakdown reflecting spatial and cognitive thinking. The research explores biomorphic elements referencing naturally occurring patterns or shapes reminiscent of living organisms with a focus on microbiology. Material research was undertaken on-site as Cumberland employed new fabrication methods. Research insights: It was found that in the work ‘Stitched’ 2019, the mix of analogue and digital technology allowed the work to be reconsidered across nine screens. The digital version, of the original projected piece, enabled expansion of the serial aspect to create a new body of work by recording the gradual material destruction, capturing the history and narrative of the decomposition of the original concept. In addition to this, repetition and systematic methods of drawing were employed throughout a 45 metre drawing on aluminium cinefoil, ‘Vestigium Pulvis [ffoyle]’ 2020. Responding to the format of existing vitrines, the material research and presentation remains fluid and open ended. This resulted in the drawing being seen as an object or a material to make marks in space. This sequential work is manipulated from two-dimensional to three-dimensional forms, retaining the ability to revert back to a two-dimensional presentation. Dissemination: The research was disseminated through an exhibition in January & February 2020, Tracing Entropy at The Foyer Gallery, University of Leeds. The work was also disseminated at an Art-Design-Technology taster afternoon event with Artist Talks and a closing event in February 2020 in the Foyer Gallery Exhibition.

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