Early last week we began the installation of Judy Millar’s Giraffe-Bottle-Gun.Giraffe-Bottle-Gun was Judy’s project for the last Venice Biennale and was on show in Venice, Italy from June to November 2009.
The works are scaled up versions of her paintings – scanned and enlarged by computer, then printed onto the same vinyl used for billboards.
Judy had specially made shaped plywood frames to stretch the vinyl over. The works are between 5 and 8 metres on their longest side. They are made to be installed almost any way and there is not necessarily a right way up.
When installing them Judy works with the space to engage with the archtitecture and create a situation where the works are responding to the pecularities of that space and of the experience of being in it.
The other major part of Giraffe-Bottle-Gun is the cylindrical painting. It is made by the same proces as the other works, but the vinyl is stretched over a 5 metre high and 6 metre in diameter wooden frame to make a towering cylindrical structure. It’s not quite a cylinder though – there is an ovelapping part. The shape is based on a curled strip of paper.
Scaffold is assembled inside the cylinder and a scissor hoist is used outside to attach the ply panels.