chairman's project 2017
The title of this year’s Chairman’s Project was The Order of Things.
For a report on the results, go to the Blog of 20th April.
Here is a detail from an engraving by Albert Durer called Melancholia which is in the British Museum. The definition of Melancholia is the contemplation of infinity without order.
There are many signs and symbols in this engraving and much dispute as to what they mean. I have included just two of them here. The bell is a symbol of pitch and harmony. Beneath the bell is a grid of 16 numbers which add up to 34 when counted across each horizontal row, down each vertical column and along the diagonal.
An exhibition called Some Organising Principles devised by Peter Greenaway the film maker was held in Swansea in 1993. The subject of the exhibition was organisation and our need to count, map, number and measure. The objects in the exhibition were all very modest objects you would use in daily life.
This is a starting point you may want to consider. It could be a still life painting in which you change the order either by moving round or moving the objects themselves ending with a series of images, it could be producing the same image but changing the order of colours as you use them. I am sure that you will have lots of ideas of your own. Your interpretation can be as broad as you want. It can be abstract or 3 dimensional. The work can be any size and any media. It need not be a finished piece of work. You may have a number of different images which show how you have developed your ideas. Having said that it is always good to have a piece of work which can be shown at one of our annual exhibitions.
I hope you enjoy doing it. I look forward to seeing and sharing your ideas with everyone.