School opening on Paper

School opening on Paper

The front gallery has a large window that looks on the street. This is the space where our main activities take place. On the main gallery there is a rectangular area on the floor which is marked out and covered with paper. This ‘island’ hosts necessary equipment for the opening night that could belong to a movie set or a cleaning service. These include amongst others: a spot light with stand, a step ladder, an OHP, a trolley with a computer and printer, boxes of tools. The front gallery is connected to the ‘island’ in the main gallery by the movement of equipment back and forth. At 6:30 the shutters of the window of the front gallery are rolled up. This is like a curtain opening to the street and from this point on, people outside the City galley are as much witnesses to the opening as those inside. At this time the only object in the front gallery is a large box.

 

Main Gallery space

Main Gallery space

 

 

 

We bring two long rolls from the island to the front gallery. We unroll the first; it’s a long sheet of yellow transparency.  We place it on the window and draw the outlines of shapes outside. We cut the outlines and a house on the left, a car, the pavement, become one yellow shape; and part of the road on the right another yellow shape. We unroll the second transparency; it’s blue and we spread it on the window on top of the yellow shapes. A bicycle, a car and some pavement become three blue shapes and where yellow and blue shapes overlap we get green coloured, pond looking areas of overlapping bits of outside.

 

Window Space

Window Space

 

 

 

Meanwhile a grid is being installed on the large wall using black tape. The areas marked will be later used to create the pages of the School on Paper document-newspaper. The big box in the middle of the front gallery is been deconstructed. It becomes a flat shape and it gets stuck on the side wall. Part of it lay on the floor and the largest part of its body reveals the text ‘First step, then assess and process…’ which is at the heart of the project.  A long roll of white heavyweight paper is brought from the island. We hang it from the wall, let it drop to the ground and stretch it along the floor. The OHP is set and boxes of drawing equipment are also brought along. The Dalry newspaper is spread out on the wall and we paint it red with a small roller.  It looks a little bit like a cut on the white wall, but soon the attention is drawn elsewhere.

 We are ready for a drawing activity. We bring the shutters down and it gets darker. The OHP is turned on now. We place a flattened throw-away object on the OHP; its shadow becomes a surprisingly large comic creature shape on the wall. We react by painting the bright bits red and follow the outlines of the shadow with green tape and a blue marker pen. Next box is applied on the projector. This shadow is longer and more abstract and we react to it again. The shadow goes all the way to the floor and part of the wall not covered by paper. Last box on; this one has a large curve-arch and the drawing is now growing away from the paper. Meanwhile the used flattened boxes travel to the island in the main gallery. They are put on the floor and we screen print on top of them. We set two signs around the island like buoys, to protect from wet paint; slippery surface and cleaning in process. People gather around the island to watch the red shapes -flattened box negatives- appearing on the white floor, momentarily caught in a surreal moment of action next to precious works by John Latham and Michael Craig-Martin.

 

Wall Drawing

Wall Drawing

 

 

Screen printed floor space

Screen printed floor space

Back in the front gallery the red scar on the wall is partly dry and we pick and peel off the outer layer of transparencies (now covered in red paint) to reveal a red SCHOOL ON PAPER writing on bare newspaper. Some of the now discarded red transparencies are stuck on the gird. So are cut outs of yellow and blue transparencies from the material used on the window. The boxes used for the screen printing are also stuck on the grid with coloured surface facing out. The grid now hosts samples of material -turn shapes- from the activities of the opening. The grid is not to be the resting place for these shapes; they will be moved around, taken off, covered. If the grid is their resting place they are its restless bits. The light from the street brings into the front gallery the colours of the transparencies stuck on the window; we light up a flood-light in the gallery and direct those colours back outside. From the street you can see yellow and blue shapes and green coloured pond like areas of overlapping bits of inside.

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Space Panorama

Space Panorama

Newspaper Grid

Newspaper Grid

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1 Response to “School opening on Paper”


  1. 1 Patrick July 19, 2008 at 12:52 am

    What a great evening!!


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