THIRD Year INFLUENCES
Having played around with photoshopping onto my face, I started looking into artists that actually paint onto the face/body. Trina Merry was one that inspired me greatly, through her exploration of the human form as a canvas and the idea that as the canvas moves, so does the art.
Bogi Fabian creates intricate large-scale ultraviolet works of art. She transforms whole rooms with UV paint, creating these amazing UV environments. She paints the walls and ceilings so that the room takes on a different form depending on whether it is immersed in natural or black light. What I enjoy about her work is that entering these rooms becomes more of an experience as opposed to just simply spectating a large painting.
What struck me about Almeida’s pieces was the obvious isolation of colour, something that resonates with my own work. This simple gesture of colour appears to consume the whole piece despite only being a small portion of the image. In a way, the strokes of blue seem to breathe new life into an already existing image.
Beware Wet Paint
During Enhancement Week I visited the Beware Wet Paint exhibition at the ICA as, not only do I have an interest in painting, I also thought it would tie in nicely with the painting seminar I recently attended.
This exhibition incorporated works from artists who seek to use art in a more contemporary manner, straying from convention. I found that, owing to the contemporary nature of the pieces on display, they were highly controversial drawing both criticism and praise from everyone.
By far my favourite pieces from the show were by Korakrit Arunanondchai. I loved the elements of destruction in the pieces and the impact that this had aesthetically. His work was energetic and engaging to look at.
A particularly controversial piece of work was by David Ostrowski (unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of this one). His work consisted of a huge white canvas with small traces of spray paint in the bottom right corner. I found this work to be rather contrived and even lazy to an extent. I didn’t think it was offering much in terms of contemporary art in the way that the others were
Ruth Beale (visiting artist)
Ruth Beale’s work mainly features the mediums of drawings, prints, performances and installations. Her work tends to intricately linked with language words reading and libraries. Libraries in particularly are a source of inspiration as her work both utilises and makes reference to them.
Ruth’s exhibition Book Bed serves to explore current thinking within culture, education and society.
Kevin Berg and Jamie Beck
Whilst researching GIF artists, I came across Cinemagraphs, something I’d not heard of before. The process was created by graphics artists Kevin Berg and Jamie Beck who aimed to bridge the gap between video and photography by making in-motion photographs.
I absolutely love this idea as I think its so effective aesthetically. You are able to isolate any part of the image and immediately the viewer’s eye is drawn to it
Dain is an artist whom I previously looked at for inspiration when making my collages last year. I am quite drawn to the graphic nature of his GIFS. The first GIF kind of looks like the visual version of a record getting stuck
I love the hypnotic and mesmerising aspect of his GIFS, I could stare at them forever! He plays around with time-lapse and masking in order to create them.
– Simon Williams
I found this seminar particularly interesting as I love to paint and found out a lot of useful information about artists I already knew about and also artists who I’d not yet come across. It was extremely beneficial to hear from someone who had such a wide knowledge base about painting as well as different techniques and equipment I had never considered using before.
Particular artists who stuck out to me included Gerhard Richter, Barnaby Furnas, Michael Bauer and Katarina GrosseBarnaby Furnas
Furnas idiosyncratic work manages to retain flat areas of paint, almost as a background, whilst creating a sort of fluidity with the gestural layers on top. I really enjoy the graphic element to this piece.
Bauer uses gesture to create allusions and suggestions within his work. I really like the infinite element of this work, your eye isn’t necessarily drawn to one thing immediately and everytime you do look at it you discover a new aspect of it.
Grosse seeks to use paint beyond conventional methods by looking at the relationship between colour, form and structure. I love how in this piece, the paint and colour invades the entire space creating an entirely new atmosphere
Last year I visited the Saatchi gallery and recently I was reminded of one of the exhibitions that particularly stuck out to me.
His work consists of installations whereby hundreds of ants completely invade a space, his intention being to portray how the world tends to view migrant workers/ the displaced. The aspect of this work that I particularly liked was the fact that each ant, upon closer inspection was made up of human skulls, possibly a hint toward the connection between life and death. Seeing as I have recently become interested in a slightly horror-esque aspect to my work I quite liked the idea of taking something as insignificant and small as an ant and making them human sized
Yago Portal’s work particularly caught my eye as I was interested in the graphic nature of his work. His pieces seek to incorporate wildlife and fashion. Personally, I think there’s something rather sinister about these images. The combination of human bodies with animal faces creates, for me, connotations of mutants and horror.
John Heartfield was an artist who indulged in the use of art as a political weapon, with many of his works including anti-Nazi/anti-fascist statements. Heartfield particularly favoured the use of photomontage within his work in order to expose the Nazi regime.
‘There are a lot of things that got me into working with photos.The main thing is that I saw both what was being said and not being said with photos in the newspapers… I found out how you can fool people with photos, really fool them… You can lie and tell the truth by putting the wrong title or wrong captions under them, and that’s roughly what was being done.’
Adolf the Superman, swallows gold and spits Junk
Heartfield would use irony and satire to expose the flaws with Fascism i.e. Hitler was abundant with wealth that he would serve no worthwhile purpose
A Nazi swastika made out of bloodstained axes
– to portray the bloodshed that was taking place under the Fascist regime
By manipulating Nazi propaganda to form photomontages, Heartfield was able to send the exact opposite messages intended by the original posters.
Richter was the first artist to look at how photography works within paintings i.e how they’re represented and the consequent narrative that develops. I particularly love how Richter develops a narrative within his pieces through his use of gesture.
SPRING AND SUMMER TERM INFLUENCES
Giuseppe combines photography and photoshop manipulations in order to create expressive images focusing on the rawness of the human body. He uses nude humans as the models and many of his works include skin tones merging from light to dark, allowing the audience to question the ideas of equality and social identity.
Parcero’s work combines images of the human body with anatomical diagrams and maps, thus allowing her to explore inner and outer spaces, not constricted to just the skin. The concepts of identity, memories, history and territory are considered in her powerful artworks.
Rosanna’s work explores how appearance affects identity; how we feel about ourselves and how this impacts upon how others perceive us. Each of her compositions consists of a mix of paints layered on top of a digital photo collage. Her work looks at the idea of disfigurement and beauty, with some of her pieces presenting attractive people who she has given ugly features, thus displaying how quickly someone’s identity can change with one slight alteration to their appearance.
Natalia created these pieces under the title ‘Dismorfobina’. She winds elastic bands around her model’s faces in order to morph and disfigure them, thus allowing the viewer to question the idea of imperfections. I think these pieces are particularly effective as because they morph the human form to create these ‘ugly’/unexpected representations of people
Levi Van Valuw
Van Veluw explores the concept of identity whilst considering the notion of his face as an object, modifying it to create impactful images. His work tends to involve using everyday objects to transform his face, giving it new meaning.
American artist Danny Evans has created a series of photos of celebrities photoshopped to look like ordinary people as a response to his frustration over how much celebrities are retouched in the media.
Simon O’Sullivan is part of a collaborative art project entitled Plastique Fantastique, along with David Burrows encompassing all forms of media, such as comics, performances and installations to name a few . The project investigates ‘aesthetics, the sacred, politics and popular and mass culture’. Simon described this project as a ‘fictional collaboration’…imagining the transformation of the world through fiction. To him collaborations are not only ‘of you’, but they also ‘speak back to you’.
Last week, I attended a talk by visiting artist Francesco Pedraglio who mainly spoke about the notion of ‘Casting and Re-enactment’. Pedraglio is of the opinion that art is a constant movement of thought and this is evident through his performance and story-telling pieces.
Pedraglio made a particularly interesting point when he said that ‘a show is a person/action’, in a state of constant existence with physical and personal characteristics. His exhibition Frank! exemplifies this notion. It is a used space containing different media and different viewpoints, taking place during so-called office hours, ‘constructed as a series of scenarios re-enacting the psychology of a character’.
One idea of his that I found quite interesting, in relation to the idea of Casting, was when Pedraglio spoke about a recent trip to Pompeii and how he’d observed the castings of preserved bodies from the volcano eruption. To him, these castings appeared sculpture-esque and served to preserve the moment of death, capturing the victims in their final moments.