My thoughts on this brief so far are starting to become more positive. Over the past two weeks I have found this brief quite difficult to work from but I feel like the reason I have found it hard to create is because the artwork I had chosen hasn’t inspired me enough to feel driven to create. The artwork I had chosen initially was a piece by Andy Warhol I had seen in Tate Modern. (Shown below)
What had draw me to this piece at the start was the contrast between the bright and the dark colours. I really liked the thought of using both bright colour and black and white in the way Warhol has to create but I have been finding it very difficult to find inspiration from this piece and use that inspiration to create.
After going back though my collection of photos from the galleries I have visited the piece that I am now wanting to focus on is a piece I saw in the Saatchi by Makiko Kudo. I already have a few ideas that include using photography as a main part of my process to create and am hoping that using my skill in photography to capture landscapes and portraits will inspire me to create work that is exciting for me for this brief.
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.
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?
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
For the ideas lab we each brought in a photocopy of an artwork we liked. The artist I chose to look at was a piece by Frida Kahlo ‘Self-Portrait c.1938’ that I discovered from a book called ‘500 Self Portraits by Phaidon. We then had to pair up and spend 15 minutes creating responses to our partners chosen art work. The piece that Lauren had chosen was a photograph of a busy bridge with queueing cars and large lamp posts. What stuck out to me the most when looking at this piece was the shape the road of cars created and also the large lamp posts. Below are a few of the pieces I created using different mediums like paint, charcoal, ink .etc.
What I really enjoyed about this lab was being able to react to a piece of artwork in a smaller scale of time (15 minutes) and only being able to focus on the things that stood out to me most. When doing my quick sketches and paintings I focused mainly on the shapes the cars created being lined up along the road and also experimented with line work. In my drawings I used lines to create the effect of railings on the bridge and also to create the large hanging lamp posts. I think that this lab was quite successful for me as it made me not think to much about what I was creating, I was able to clear my head and just create instead of thinking to much about what I was doing.
For the next lab we had to create a reaction to the artwork we had chosen and I created this sketch of Frida Kahlo. When discussing everyone’s work we talked a lot about identity and how it is shown in art. With my drawing I created a continuous line drawing of Kahlo but with out the face. My feedback from my tutorial group was quite interesting as we ad previously spoken about identity and by taking away Kahlo’s face I had taken away the most iconic part of her paintings. Looking at the piece you probably would not think straight away that it was a Frida Kahlo piece. By taking away her face and her identity we all started to question who she was.
I found this lab to be very interesting as it really made me think about why had chosen not to draw Kahlo’s face and possibly looking at using identity to influence my own art work.
A week ago I was able to go to London to visit a few different galleries which included the Saatchi and Tate Modern. When visiting the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea I was able to see this piece above by artist Makiko Kudo made in 2012.
What really drew me into this piece was the vibrant colours of the trees and leaves framing around the painting. The colours in person were very bright and eye catching which I really enjoy and the different shapes he uses to create leaves I also like. Another aspect of this painting I quite like is the colour of the river. I really like the colours together and also the shadow the floating island creates on the water.
After looking at this piece by Kudo my thoughts on my first initial response is to experiment with colour and photography. My plan is to visit a few different locations in Cardiff such as Llandaff by the river and Bute Park. In these places I can take photographs using my film camera of rivers and streams and also of the trees to begin working from these focusing on the colours. I also want to link people in with my work whether that’s doing portraiture or candid photography I’m not sure yet but I’m hoping that I can do this by creating a few collage pieces and experimenting with photoshop.
This year I really want to work on including photography with my work and use these photographs to inspire me to create mixed media pieces.