I am starting a new Art Movement – the Boxed Art Movement
I have written a manifesto explaining the evolution and philosophy but for now, here are the abbreviated steps for producing the art.
- Put collected objects in a shallow-sided box and place on paper.
- Mark a registration plate showing the orientation to ensure consistent lighting throughout the sequence.
- With the camera directly above the centre of the box, photograph the objects in the box (if possible have the camera set on a tripod; if not, note how much of the box is in the frame and include the same in every picture).
- Move the objects in the box without direct manipulation (e.g.shake, toss, swirl) then photograph in the same manner as the previous frame.
- Repeat step 4 as many times as is necessary to procure enough photos for your study grid. I used 30 frames in my first study. See below.
- Arrange photos in a grid, laying them out in rows in the same sequence in which they were taken.
- Make a poster print of the grid and laminate. Print and laminate individual photos or groups of photos to accompany the poster.
- the part chance plays in design
- variance in line and layout
- distribution of colour and textures and the lines, shapes and shades created (consider how van Gogh used juxtaposition of colour and the viewer’s eye to mix colours).
- the effect of position, orientation and juxtaposition on how an object is seen (as a metaphor for society?)
- discovering if preferences in arrangements or orientation arise and considering the reason
- as a tool to develop and exercise skills in observation and discernment of content (could also be a learning tool for young children)
- using the accompanying individual prints, viewers could layout the photos in a replication of the poster grid. They could also consider the effects if laid out in a non-sequential order.
I intend to make more Boxed Art using other types of objects, exploring colour, shape and textures then applying the technique more broadly. I can see opportunities to use the art in school and community settings, especially in multicultural inclusiveness projects celebrating commonalities and differences.