The Function of a Studio

To me a studio has always been seen as a place to work and also to display work. In my eyes the studio had to always be a neat, tidy place which is very hard to maintain when your me as I’m very good at creating a mess and not wanting to tidy it up.

From the Key Concept Lecture I have learnt about the two types of studios and how both are a private place for an artist to be free to create and be able to create a relationship with their work.

I have always found it quite difficult to work in a studio surrounded by other people, I do not have the best attention span and at times can be easily distracted when working. I want to find a way to change this as learning about the studio and how an artist can really thrive working in their own has made me think of the posibilies and the direction my own work could go in if I were able to concerntrate more.

I think what will help me do this is by turning off my phone and keeping myself off any type of social media. If I am able to block out the Outside work and just concerntrate on keeping focused on my work I feel this will benefit my work more. I can do this by going to the library more instead of using my iPad to do research as I will not be subjected to getting distracted by noticifations. Another way of doing this is listening to music on cassette in my studio space as then the music will be a background noise and I won’t be able to change the song and then keep skipping.

I also need to get out my head that a studio has to be tidy all the time. Working in an absolute mess doesn’t always work for me but if I keep my area organised and do a clean out then I this can help me enjoy my studio space more.

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Andre Stitt and his studio

Images above of Jackson Pollock in his Studio.

For one of our tutorials instead of meeting in uni I was able to go to Andre Stitt’s studio and see what environment he liked to surround himself in. The studio space that Stitt works in was a very spacious garage conversion that he had spend time creating. There was an area where you could cook, clean and eat, and room for painting and a small staircase which lead up to another floor big enough to house a storage for artwork a desk for working and a sofa. Seeing Stitt’s studio space for me was very eye opening as I feel as if a studio space is a very personal space for an artist to go to and feel inspired to work with no distraction.

Looking at Stitt’s studio space reminded me of images I had seen of Jackson Pollock working in his studio. It also made me think of my own space at uni and how neglected it looked in comparison. What I have taken from this experience is to try and find a way that I can work in my own studio space more often with out being distracted. Often when I am in a space working closely near other artists my mind wonders to what they are creating and often leaves me just sat thinking. I am hoping that maybe spending more time in the studio will help me to train myself into not being easily distracted and to improve my concentration on my own task.

Andy Warhol and Identity

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Above is a piece of work by Artist Andy Warhol called ‘Marilyn Diptych’. I saw this piece quite recently when visiting Tate Modern and was instantly drawn to the contrast between bright and monotone colours. What I find very interesting about this silk screen painting is Warhol’s choice of colours. In this piece the colours to the left are very vibrant, they are very eye catching and grab your attention right away especially with the white Gallery wall as the background.

What I drew me into this piece by Warhol was the face’s of Marylin Monroe. This piece made me think about what was discusses in the ideas lab about the concept of identity.

Would you know who it was if her face was taken away? What would be left of her if you were to take away her face? How would the viewer see her?

What brought me back to the ideas lab and the the subject of identity was the fact that people will know straight away who this painting is by just by seeing Marylins face; and if you were to take that away would you be able to recognise the painting?

What would I really be doing if I were to take away her face? Who would she be?

Saatchi Gallery, October 2017

This month I was able to go to London and visit the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. The Saatchi is one of my favourite galleries as I find the work shown there is very eccentric from many other galleries. The show on at the moment had a wide variety of different styles including textile, mixed media and abstract pieces. Below are a few pieces that I really enjoyed seeing at this Gallery visit and in particular were a few pieces by an artist called Makiko Kudo.

The three paintings that were exhibited by this artist all used a different range of colours. What I really enjoyed about his work were there are no harsh lines sererating tree from tree or and object from an object. Kudo has used different tones of colour to create a quite obvious barrier in quite an abstract but obvious way.

Another artist who’s work was very different from Kudo’s interested me which was the work by Philip Colbert which included a variety of paintings staring a lobster dressed in fried egg pyjamas. What I found interesting about Colberts work was that in his pieces he plays to our fears and hopes by highlighting the fact that social media is a very influential part of our lives. He incorporates emojis and social media logos into his work in quite an outspoken way and made me think of how his work reminded me of the cyborg constellation Lecture I had last year.

Work by Makiko Kudo above

Robert Rauschenberg

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An artist that has inspired my second final piece for Outside/Inside is the work of Robert Rauschenberg. What I like about this piece above by Rauschenberg is the movement of the paint and the mixture of colour. I find this to be a very effective technique by spreading the paint in different directions and creating patterns. By doing this Rauschenberg leaves the piece with a very simple but detailed look which I think adds quite a lot of character to his work. For my own work I want to recreate something like this but one a much smaller scale. I want to be able to spread colour but also let the colours mix to create lighter and darker tones much like this piece above. Even thought the paint is one of the main aspects of this piece it does not take away from the collaged photography pieces in the background. With my own work this will be a similar technique for me but mine will be writing. Applying paint on top of the writing I think will leave a very cool emboss looking effect and also add a detailed look.

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To the right of this photo are two examples of what I want to achieve. I want you to be able to see that there is writing, maybe be able to read a few words but leave the rest unreadable and covered with a mask of paint which will hopefully be a clear representation of hiding behind a wall when we think, feel and when we speak.

A Key Moment for Me This Year

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Two Pieces Above by Dieter Roth

A Key Moment this year for me was finding the work of Dieter Roth, a Swiss artist who is well know for his artist books. (Shown Above)

Throughout the start of this first year I really struggled with what I wanted to work towards for my final pieces and also what theme to go around for Outside/Inside. When I had realised I wanted to base my work around my thoughts and feelings finding the work of Dieter Roth really inspired me to create the pieces that I did. What I really enjoy about his artist books is that it is a visual diary. He uses words, diagrams and colour to create these pieces and I think is pieces are simple but quite beautiful. All of the colours together create a very welcoming look and the colours that bleed through the pages leave quite an interesting effect. Another aspect of these pieces that I really love is that each page is dated.┬áThis relates a lot more to my first final piece then my second as on the back of each card of my first final piece is the date I had completed it and also they are displayed in order of date like Roth’s work. I have used a similar technique to Roth’s pieces above by applying colour over my writing. Doing this on my own pieces has partly masked the writing which I think speaks very loudly to the point I’m trying to make about no one really knowing how anyone is thinking or feeling. You think you know but you never will know. This leaves quite an effective look I feel and gives the piece a layered look.