Contemporary Fine Art Degree Show
Autotelic is defined as something ‘having a purpose in and not apart from itself¹’. This concept applied to the context of a standard white cube space, became the study of a installation for the Contemporary Fine Art degree show at Sheffield Hallam University.
Painted in black, five statements of arresting and condensed uppercase type span the walls of the space. Alongside these, a further five run parallel in white on a large black silkscreen print. Laid out on a table, and made in proportion to the space, this unfolded print takes on the resemblance of the map. The text in both scenarios performing as a dialogue against each other – opposing, completing and cancelling one another out.
As the content and aesthetic are established through repetition and contrast, the work’s sole concern is being complete within itself. In doing so, the installation becomes justified on its own terms. Noting its own state and position, the text is merely a framework through which audiences are able to negotiate the space.