Monday, 30 November 2009
Photoshopped piece of advertising found in the street. The above photograph was taken from a bus shelter advertisement by the mighty MacDonalds corporation. I am interested in the use of language as both a visual stimulus and as a diversionary tactic.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
I arrived in Liverpool at approx 11.30am (it only took two and a half hours for my eventual arrival) and met a few stragglers at the Tate. Nobody I really knew went so I had to stalk a couple of faces I usually say hello to. I then shifted around on my lonesome so I could see and do what I wanted. The first works of note was the obligatory GLORIOUS MACHINES that I think Jon B mentioned to us in one of our tutorials.
The work that grabbed my attention was the interactive collages of ... that worked with a gentle tap of a floor mounted switch. The collages at the start of the show were of (non-interactive) cogs that looked nice but the ones of note involved interpretations of Kandinsky and the Suprematists.
On the second were a rag-bag of sculptures on one side and another equally placed rag-bag of modern art exhibits. Mr redordead curated one that involved the wearing of headphones with cheesy Eighties African Hi-Life music in slot A and quite soft bassy electronica on the slot named B. The concept behind this was to show "youngandvibrant" DJ's and their mixtapes and er...have a dance on a brightly lit dancefloor. Oh! very mindblowing eh, Wayne and Son. I loved the Sarah Lucas Woman-Chair and Jean Arp's sculpture one that I had to draw in my notebook. I love how light has an integeral effect on sculpture and shadow.
The other-side had some notable inquiries, there was some pieces that I have only seen on the television screen or in books such as a Rebecca Horn, a Picasso etc... I enjoyed what I saw and some was quite inspirational such as work produced on stainless steel cubes, the Chapman Brother's castration machine (not really the castration bit but the use of trash to make sculpture) and a conversation that I overheard carried out between a few old ladies... VERY Pythonesque.
They was dissing the Modern pieces and commenting on how the skyline was more arty than any of the junk in the room. It was a good job that they didn't see the shit-in-a-tin exhibit what was standing body height right next to them. They would have had a fit if they new that worth of such an item.
What I really came fifty-odd miles to see was the cathedralesque Seagram Murals by what I consider on inspirational and affecting artist, Mark Rothko. Many detractors of his work has filed his work as rubbish, a con and much worse as easy to produce as a Pollock. What these critics don't realise is the passion and creativity that goes into the thought behind the genesis of such work.
The paintings didn't waiver my interest in Rothko and as I have already said previously, only saw these in books and the internet. I felt breathless when I stood in front of these beings and breathed in the primeval connatations that they embellish. I knew a back story of how some of them were hung upside down at the Seagram Building but that was put aside when I entered and exited the room.
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Can't wait for this one its on in about two month but well worth the wait. This guy is a personal favourite of mine. I saw a documentary of his a few years ago and was instantly convinced of his genius.
> ALAN FLETCHER – FIFTY YEARS OF GRAPHIC WORK (AND PLAY)
Monday, 9 November 2009
This maybe not collage-work but it is of some importance to my work. I am taken by medical and anatomical imagery and have used the heart many times within my creative output.
With the image on the right, the process I used was inks, silkscreening and paints.
This collage was constructed using tonal elements and oblique text and characters. I may use metal, glass and wood when constructing my final pieces.
For this piece I have used an A4 sheet of paper which is of some interest because I usually work on smaller pieces. This may be an indication of working on larger formats.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Instead of printing out the notes and reading them at my leisure, I decided to hand-write them all in doing this I could:
Read as I write...
Evaluate the data...
Debate with friends...
Analyse and research...
I've missed out on the presentation style of said lecturer but hopefully get the gist of what was said.
Thursday, 5 November 2009
There's going to be a Fire outside of my house again, well, it's the same neighbourly and communual thing every year. I love it, the noise, fireworks, heat, people and mess.
There is a few pieces of wood and metal that I've got my eye on though. The wood is piled up in the neighbour's yard and I've got a few infiltraters within the fire building camp, they'll keep some pieces for me. I can't wait for the burnt out metal that'll be left in the morning. I need to get there before the council come and clear up. They'll be great for either sculpture or collage.
We had Cross-Course Crit today. I was a little late so I had to give my talk without knowing anybody. It was a challenge but what the hell, I like things that way. They were favourable with me though, been given Sigmar Polke to work with.
The Maintenance Grant has come in so now I'll be able to buy copper and do my disintergration experiment thing and start work on the sculpture. That had a good response within the Crit session.