Nichola Pierpoint

BA Hons Fine Art Lincoln Uni

This blog is a collection of images produced during my Luminous Mark Elective, as well as inspirational artists.

Please note: I've edited the times and dates on the post to get them in the order i wanted; with the oldest posts at the top so it reads in order and as you scroll down, with the most recent at the bottom.

 

Welcome to Nichola Pierpoint’s Luminous Marks Elective Blog

Welcome to Nichola Pierpoint’s Luminous Marks Elective Blog

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Over the next few days a series of research blogs will be created by participants in The Luminous Mark Elective and will appear here.

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

For our first Elective we were asked to find 5 objects to bring with us; Transparent, Translucent, Opaque, Flat, and 3D.
Here is a couple of photo of the objects we as a group collected. 

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One
During the first Elective, we were using a 35mm slide projector as our light source, while it was being set up it reflected this rectangle of light onto the bottom of the wall which i took the liberality to take quick photo of.
Although it was never intended to be used for anything but a canvas, i actually really like this photo, the was the light shadows slightly on the the wall next to it as well as its reflection in the glossy floor, almost giving the illusion that it carries on beneath the floor.
P.S There’s an artist that someone brought in the week after this elective that does very similar work, only obviously intentionally  only I can not for the life of me remember their name, if anyone knows can they drop it in my ask box please!

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

During the first Elective, we were using a 35mm slide projector as our light source, while it was being set up it reflected this rectangle of light onto the bottom of the wall which i took the liberality to take quick photo of.

Although it was never intended to be used for anything but a canvas, i actually really like this photo, the was the light shadows slightly on the the wall next to it as well as its reflection in the glossy floor, almost giving the illusion that it carries on beneath the floor.

P.S There’s an artist that someone brought in the week after this elective that does very similar work, only obviously intentionally  only I can not for the life of me remember their name, if anyone knows can they drop it in my ask box please!

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

These pieces are showing the projector at one end of the group of objects, projecting their shadows onto the opposite wall. as you can see, the shadows have different opaqueness’s depending on how translucent the objects they are going through are, creating a range of shades. We also stretched a piece of cling film over the front with people sitting either side shaking it to create a wave effect.

We played around with these objects for a while, moving them further away and closer to the light to to see how it effected the picture that was being created on the wall. Obviously, the largest things are the closet to the light source and visa versa.

Due to the glossy floor an extra element is also created of the reflection of the shadows in the floor. Someone had cling film with them as their transparent object, as you can see in there’s photos, we tried stretching it over the frame of light about a meter away from the wall, creating an extra texture.

A lot of this stuff is common sense, the further away from the light something is the smaller it is, the more opaque an object is the darker its shadow will be; however it was very interesting and frankly a lot of fun to see it first hand and have a lot of control over it with an artistic state of mind.

35mm slide projector as our light source,

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

Here is a short video of the photos in the previews post.

In the video unlike the photos you are actually able to see the movement of the wave as well as the different textures created in it as the light hits it. I love how delicate and organic it looks, it really reminds me of water.

It’s also very interesting that if it wasn’t for the light reflecting off the real cling film it would be very hard to distinguish between the solid and the shadow created by it, with it being transparent they appear very similar.

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

Here are a couple of photos of the cling film after we moved the objects, experimenting with it on its own. Again, the tension in the cling film leaves an interesting texture and with out knowing what it was, it could be mistaken for a painting. However the photos them self really don’t live up to the stunning effect of the movement when standing watching it first hand.

35mm slide projector as our light source

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

Here is a video of the waving of the cling film without the objects in the background, as you can see I’ve also rotated it. With it being the other way round, it looks even more like running water, like its running out a tap, or with the way it moves maybe more like a hose pipe being moved a little. The effect is just so smooth, and fluid and gentle on the eye, its mesmerizing, I could stare at it on repeat, being drawn in and just forget everything around me for a while. 

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

Using Windows Live Movie Maker, I had a play around with the previews video. This Visual Effect called ‘Edge Detection’ caught my interest. I do think it looks a little tacky, reminding me of screen savers, however at the same time something interested me about it. Again the movement is very fluid, even when you can only really see the out line. The simple white and grey of it also reminds me of an animated sketch; looking at it, unless you were already aware, I highly doubt any one would guess it was created using cling film.

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One
Another simple clingfilm photo, some stretched over the block of light while a screwed up bit is hanging in front. If you look at the shadow on the wall, for some reason it reminds me of the shadow on the floor when the sun shines through a window and leave the pattern of the thin curtains behind on the floor. Unlike the waves created in the cling film, I found that using it in this way, the photos looked much more effective then the videos.

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

Another simple clingfilm photo, some stretched over the block of light while a screwed up bit is hanging in front. If you look at the shadow on the wall, for some reason it reminds me of the shadow on the floor when the sun shines through a window and leave the pattern of the thin curtains behind on the floor. Unlike the waves created in the cling film, I found that using it in this way, the photos looked much more effective then the videos.

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One
I believe this photo was taken with people playing with green and red glass objects in front of the light, whilst the cling film was being cleared away; the camera wasn’t focused so i apologize for the blurriness  but decided to post it anyway as despite this as the shadows and different colours are still pretty interesting. 

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

I believe this photo was taken with people playing with green and red glass objects in front of the light, whilst the cling film was being cleared away; the camera wasn’t focused so i apologize for the blurriness  but decided to post it anyway as despite this as the shadows and different colours are still pretty interesting. 

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

This was made, as you can see, simply by someone lying in front of the light source, with very simple and obvious, yet effect outcomes, of a perfect silhouette. In the top one, I find it strange that due to the glossy floor, if you tilt your head to the right the reflection in the floor creating a mirrored effect, it appears that there are two people standing back to back.

I also find the last one very interesting, as without being able to see the head, it’s no longer obvious that its a body, in fact seeing it, if it wasn’t for the person visibly laying in front of it, most people would assume its the silhouette of a landscape  especially if the slide had something like a cloudy sky to it to add to the illusion.

Also, if you look closely then you can see above the legs on the first image as well as over the whole body on the other two, that there is a secondary, very light shadow above the obvious darker one that can often be over looked; I look at this image way to many times before noticing them.

Luminous Mark Elective - Week One

Here a couple of photos of us all as a group standing in front of the block of light. What I find so interesting about this is how the light casts secondary shadows and splits them making the legs appear deformed and disfigured, more like wavey strips in different shades of gray then legs; similar to the effect made when you leave inks to drip or blowing them down the canvas. Something about it also reminds me of tree trunks in a dense forest. No offence guys!