The beginning of my Photography domain.

Site-Specific Work/Art

Although I have previously mentioned the term ‘site-specific art’, I felt it appropriate to include a post on it’s history and reasons on why I am considering its use within my FMP.

Site-specific art is an art form that consists of being in a particular place. The location being used is mostly taking into consideration when the artist is in the first stages of both planning and creating what he or she is producing their project on. These characteristics are also apparent in other forms of art that are site specific such as; site-specific dance, as this is also created within a certain place. Both site-specific art and dance are generated through in-depth research and an interpretation of the place in which they are being held at. It’s characteristics and uniqueness are taken into account, as there’s the thought of the place chosen is going to have that hidden meaning in the reasons for choosing that particular space for the project at hand.

The term of site-specific art was actually first used by that of an artist called Robert Irwin, but it was also more apparent when used in the mid 1970s, to where it was in fact described as some sort of movement by a critic named Catherine Howett.

Its first appearance was shortly after the use of modernist objects, from a reaction given from artists. It has been that since the late 1960s artists in the right mind and still to this modern day, are trying to find new and unique ways in producing works of art. This in the 1960s was doable as they gave their attention to sites in which to showcase the art and the context that followed from the site chosen.

When looking at site-specific artworks outdoor, this is often shown through landscaping combined by sculptural elements. As referred to above, these also can be combined further through the use of dance. This drawn by an example would be certain buildings could be classed as forms of site-specific art. One famous one that comes to mind is the Liberty Statue in New York, being that no matter who you are when you see a reference to that very building you know where it is. Again with the likes of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

statue of liberty eiffel tower

Site ultimately refers to; a current location, which then contains various physical elements such as: depth, length, weight, height, shape, walls etc.

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An artist I felt withheld relevance to what I am planning on doing for my piece was that of Helen Poynor. As she specialises in a combination of natural environments with site-specific art, along with also autobiographical and improv-performace. All elements in which for my exhibition I am in some way trying to collaborate. She also embarks on the use of installation in her work which also withholds further relevance to my own project.

helen poynor ‘Walk of Life’

Looking at some of Helens work inspired me in the planning of the creation of my own. Although I am continuously researching for my project I do intend to shoot my photographs soon, that will ultimately be used in my exhibition. So seeing the way an artist such as Helen combine many elements that form her overall art piece inspired my own work, as I want to be able to use a collaboration of different works, through the beginning of using both photography and installation there is so much more I could possibly do, and the possibilities excite me.



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This entry was posted on February 25, 2014 by in Final Media Productions.
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