The showers of May brought a showering of tape as well. As you all know I have been working with The Town school on an installation. This installation was completed some time ago, however there was another part to this project that would involve student reactions and interpretations of space using tape and a simple assignment. The assignment was to make 3 shapes with 3 colors using a space within the School. This assignment was given to every age range from Pre-K to 8th graders. The results were astounding. Every student had a different interpretation and the energy level that vinyl tape can bring out in students was surprising. There is tape everywhere in the school now, so much so I began to worry if it was too much, but to my surprise and delight, everyone in the community loved the reactions and were sorry to hear they would be coming down in a couple of weeks.
I worked closely with Alison Koss, curriculum coordinator and art teachers Hillarie Goodenough and Cynthia Davies instructing the children about the how to use space and how different space is from canvas and other traditional art materials. The best example I could think to offer was how when your drawing a line and your pencil goes off the page, the edge of the paper "edits" out part of that line. With space this is never the case because the space has no edge. I explained, "in space your only limited by yourself, there is no edge and therefore no to limit your ideas, so it is upon your creativity and your very own self to make your own edges, starting and stopping points." I think it got through but I will let the many pictures speak for themselves.
Stay tuned for the next post which will host my drawings for my show at The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park slated to open September 1, as well as a very special piece done by the Pre-K division at Town school using tape and paint.