While creating the drawings of silhouettes and shadows, there was a layering theme that looked very abstract. When creating the 3D collage, myself and my group looked at the artist Ben Nicholson. The work looked very much like his still lives which was interesting to see.
Our paper collage and 3D collage is shown below.
The still life by Ben Nicholson called ‘1945 (still life)’, 1945, has similarities to our collage as there are elements of layering, it’s very spacious and abstract in places. The darker colours help define the objects that are grouped together, the colours are quite subtle but has areas of brighter colour like red and yellow. I really like small amounts of colour and would like to experiment with this task again to add colour to the collage.
The 3D collage we made as a follow-up from the paper collage was very spacious, but everything had a relevance. When making a clay version of the 3D collage we made a very clustered work which did not represent the work in our collage.
We decided to downsize some of the forms from the larger clay sculpture. We took elements from the first clay work and collage which we thought worked best.
My group was told about the artist, Anne Gibbs. This was the inspiration for the work shown above.
Anne Gibbs visited Philadelphia and St. Fagan, this was the inspiration for the work above.
The work is very spacious and small, everything seems to have a place and the colours compliment each other very well. I think there are similarities in Gibbs’ work and our sculpture as they both have the simple slab of clay to hold the sculptures and everything is neatly placed.
During the Field module, I will be working in different labs and disciplines over four weeks.
Silhouetted Still Lives
The first lab workshop I have been inducted into is Silhouetted Still Lives. To begin, I have been put into groups where we will look at still lives and light using lamps and projectors.
The still life is shown above. My group and I played around with objects to put into the still life to create different shapes and shadows.
We then drew over the shadows, and turned the page onto its side and upside down. We used pencils and charcoal, creating an outline on some shadows and blocking in shadows to create a contrast between shading and a simple outline of the shadow.
The final collage of shadows and outlines looks like this.
I really like the shapes in the collage and how some areas are very dark and some with just a simple line. It is difficult to tell what the shapes are but I think the shapes that they have made create a different, more intriguing shape.
The next step was to create a 3D collage based on the shadows collage. We wanted to take shapes from the collage and apply them to the 3D sculpture.
We wanted to apply 3D elements that stood out to the viewer, but also get further away from the viewer. The image above was inspired by the stand on a microscope. The arches are layered to create depth.
This was the end result of the collage. I like how spacious it is and how we have used parts of the drawings from the original collage. My favourite part of the collage is the circles inspired by the tape we used in the still life, I think the circles layered on top of each other look like a chain.
Today, there was 3 workshops the class took part in. The workshops were all to do with light.
The first workshop was with Shaun. We looked at many different artists who look at light and installation.
Then, I was able to have a go at playing with light to get different outcomes. I used water and a projector which created interesting outcomes.
The projector was able to show the water as water is clear, the outcomes looked like something from a science experiment.
The second workshop I did was with Chris. This workshop explored darkness and how darkness makes a person feel. We did a number of activities in the dark, drawing and writing how we felt/what we felt/ what we could see. We looked at using a candle to create a source of light, and using a millisecond flash of light to memorise what we saw. We also looked at a camera obscura which was very fascinating. Here are some of the outcomes of my work, I couldn’t see a thing so the outcomes are interesting.
The third workshop was with Sue. This time we looked at shadows and light.It was based on, ‘In Praise of Shadows’, an essay on Japanese aesthetics, by the author and novelist, Jun’ichiro Tanizaki.
When presenting our work to the class, we was asked if the tape annoyed us. At first, I said yes because it was making the work looks like a mess. However, when the class gave us feed back, they said that the coloured gels are lined up perfectly, which could represent the ‘perfect society’, the tape represents reality. No society can be perfect as there is so much trouble in the world and general problems. I never looked at the work in this way and found it interesting and inspiring that they found a meaning from the tape. Looking at it now, the work means something instead of being just an abstract light projection.
We payed attention to the criteria and used light and sculpture in the work.
The artists movement we were inspired by was De Stijl. De Stijl was a group of Dutch abstract artists who promoted a style of art based on strict geometry of verticals and horizontals.
Theo Van Doesburg
One artist that inspired the different coloured blocks was Theo Van Doesburg. I looked at his painting, Composition XX, created in 1920. The media used is oil on canvas. The blocks of colour with perfectly straight edges was the main aspiration of the sculpture my group was creating. The different squares and rectangles is very similar to the plinths and projection of light.
This is a sculpture based on the style of De Stijl and was created by Georges Vantongerloo. It is called, Composition from the Ovoid, 1918.This is interesting to me as it isn’t just a painting of structural blocks and lines, it’s an actual sculpture which reminds me a lot of how we have used the plinths to create a shape. The way one colour finishes as it reaches an edge and then a new colour carries on is what we have tried to do in our sculptural piece.
As part of the first week of field, the group had to create an installation to present to the class. My group used bananas as the main theme in our project. We decided to continue this and create a piece using bananas. The last theme we used in our presentation was quite dark and had a deep meaning, for example rape and mental illness.
For this presentation, we wanted to portray the banana in a more fun way. The group decided that the image of a banana is quite playful and is often thought of as a sexual image to young children. It is also a bright, yellow object which to me is connected to joyfulness. The banana features in Andy Warhol’s work, Banana, created in 1966, screen print on styrene. Also, the banana Warhol created for ‘The Velvet Underground and Niko’ album cover.
‘The Velvet Underground and Niko’ album cover
We had one of the glass boxes to create our installation. The group decided to cut out bananas and paint them bright yellow and black, like Warhol’s banana, inspired by the pop art movement. We also looked at readymades and found images of cartoon bananas to print out.
The group stuck the bananas on the walls and created ‘banana bunting’ which was strung all over the room.
The room was eventually filled with bananas which was inviting, I feel. I think the bright colours invited the class in, it wasn’t a serious piece of work like the previous presentation we created. There was no violence here, instead a playful atmosphere.
Jenny Saville is a contemporary British painter born 7 May, 1970. She is most well known for her large- scale painted depictions of nude women.
Saville’s is very controversial and shows the body for what it is. Saville doesn’t paint the body to look beautiful, it looks very ugly. The painting is true. My favourite type of artist movement is realism, and this is like a modern realism painting style of the human body. I also love life drawing which is the subject for most of the paintings by the artist.
An example of Jenny Saville’s work is this painting called Branded, 1992. The subject of this painting is a naked woman, who is painted very true as the model is not painted to be made skinnier or to look desirable. The pose is also very unattractive as the model grabs her stomach and looks at the viewer. The colours are realistic and the shadowing really enhances the curves of the females body. There are words faintly wrote over the models body, for example, ‘support’ and ‘delicate’. This is her way of showing the difference between her own body and what the social expectations of what people think a woman’s body should look like today. Saville is showing the viewer a body that is the complete opposite of a body you would find in a fashion magazine.
Plan, created 1993 by Jenny Saville. The angle is not very attractive of the woman. The composition is centred, the exploit image also grabs the attention I think. There are lines drawn all over the body that curves around with the natural shape of the female body, the lines imply a plan, the title of the work further suggests this. The colours of the painting are quite dull and gloomy but very realistic.
I love Saville’s work because it makes the viewer question their own expectations about the body as she confronts them with the reality of an imperfect body. The work is important to me as it features the human body, something I am thinking of using in my outside inside project.