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Open Works : Intricate Detail (Space & Time)

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This project is supposed to appeal to all museum and gallery goers. People that appreciate viewing and most importantly understanding art in any form.


This project is a collection of watercolor papers filled with watercolor abstract paintings along the detail of each of the color swatches. Each of the

watercolor papers will be placed on the wall along with the time it took to paint and the time it took to detail. The installation will involve the audience interaction in doing the same with smaller watercolor fragments and timing how much time it took to find all of the detail.


This interaction between the audience and the installation is trying to convey the idea that there is much more detail in a piece of art than what you can see at a simple glance or visit to a museum, you must take your time to be able to see all of the tiniest of details within it.




Quick Prototype:

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open works color swatches (detail)

Examples and Research that relate to my project:



museum activity: http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/trippack/activity_during_30second.html


Mind Map:

Final Presentation:

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Video Aid:

Final Feedback:

* Explain what detail is. Maybe call it color swatches

*Explain the process regarding time

* Have very clear instructions of how the audience should engage with the installation

*Maybe have people tracing a known painting



  1. John Roach · April 21, 2015 Reply

    QUESTIONS: How do you work with the variation that is likely to occur from your various participants? How are you guiding them in the process?
    Is there a relationship in this project to Museum Education which is a field unto itself?
    COMMENTS: Interesting links to experiments in human behavior, pattern recognition and many gestalt practices that relate to the way we understand visual organization.
    REFERENCES: allan mccollum’s surrogates (habits of viewing), Lygia Clake’s participatory works including the cut paper works and metal sculptures that can be manipulated by viewers.

  2. Claire Coleman · April 22, 2015 Reply

    How large will these watercolors be? Do you imagine this happening with the whole class in the room at once or in small groups or one at a time?

  3. sepuv845 · April 22, 2015 Reply

    Question: Will there be an element of time constraint to people having to match it – or time keeping so people how much harder is was then expected?

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