My chosen artwork by Maria Bartuszová, Untitled, 1973, has very prominent shapes which suggest male and female body parts. As part of my responses to the artwork, I have been paying close attention to the shapes found.
While creating the shapes inspired by the artwork, I found ‘a nest’ forming. The 3 breast like shapes are huddled together like eggs, the circle platform is like a nest, ‘protecting’ them. This also linked to the maternal asscociations that Bartuszová has said are within the piece.
`My next move now is to attend life drawing class to get a better referance of the human body.
I originally chose Josh Faught’s, Untitled (I), from BE BOLD For What You Stand For, BE CAREFUL For What You Fall For, 2013. I saw this piece of work in the Saatchi gallery and was instantly drawn to the scale of the piece and the colours. The tapestry and added objects such as the books, plastic snacks and books made me want to find out more. However, I could not find an awful lot on this artwork online or in the library. I did find out that this piece was made to highlight the queer community.
I decided to go with my first choice and try to make artwork inspired by Faught. I found it difficult to make artwork and know where to start. I then had a group tutorial and was asked to explain why I chose this artwork. I struggled and came away feeling like I did not connect with this piece of work. I realised I chose the work because the colours, scale and materials was something I enjoyed, I couldn’t make work from the internal aspects of the work and that is important to me.
I have now chosen Maria Bartuszová’s, Untitled, 1973. This piece of work carries both maternal and erotic associations. It also suggests the body but does not represent the body. The human body has been a big part in my work in the past and I’m excited to explore Bartuszová’s artwork as of now.
This was the final response to my response and Margarida’s response to Fountain, 1917, by Duchamp. I have tried to combine as many elements from the responses into one piece of work. I used cardboard because it was used to make the sculptures, and orange paint because orange cellophane was used in the sculpture by Margarida. The white lines are imitating the action Margarida wrote about the artwork. In her action, she instructed the reader to draw a box on the floor with white chalk and lie in the drawn box with an orange t shirt on.
I focused on the shapes found in Fountain, 1917, and in both mine and Margarida’s responses. I also signed the artwork with, ‘R. Mutt 1917’, to keep parts of the original artwork in the final response.
I enjoyed this task as we had such a short amount of time to think about what we were going to do that it allowed me to think of ways I wouldn’t have with the artwork. It also allowed me to not be so precious over the artwork I created because it was very fast paced.
During this lecture, we explored artists’ studios, such as Jasper Johns studio space and Francis Bacon’s studio.
Sean Edwards also talked about traditional European studios having high ceilings with big windows, American studios are like factories.
The lecture also introduced the artist, Daniel Buran to me and what he thinks a studio should be. Buran says the studio should be ‘1) a place where work originates. 2) A private place, an ivory tower. 3) A stationary place where portable objects are produced’. Another artist, Marcel Duchamp, has an idea of a studio being like a laboratory.
This lecture was interesting to have an insight into artists’ studios and to understand what a studio means.
Here are photographs to document my work up in its exhibition space. I think the space is just right for my subject work as there are a lot of paintings all different sizes and shapes and the sculpture is a life size piece, taking up the full length of the board. I have nailed the paintings in at a slight angle to show that the message is not portraying a perfect life, like a homeless persons. The arrangement of the paintings has worked out well I think and the amount of paintings I created was just right.
The sculpture looks out of place in my opinion, I’m not sure about it. I added cardboard on the floor around the sculpture to make it look more natural. The two subject pieces tie together well as they are both made out of cardboard, linking them both together in a suitable way.
The field final piece is very small on a very large wall which in a way overpowers it in my opinion. The white wall brings out the colours in the fabric which does the piece justice.
Theres quite a diversity in the 3 pieces which is why I’m glad I had the 2 walls to divide subject and field.
It looks professional and how I imagined it. I also loved setting the exhibition up as it was a great atmosphere in the studio, people helped each other and we all wanted to get everyones work up to the best standard.
The second final piece was inspired by Maxwell Rushton’s piece, Left Out. He created a sculpture to see publics reactions, if people would try to help the sculpture or just walk past like people do to the homeless.
I decided I was going to make a sculpture based on a homeless person using cardboard. The cardboard is reference to the homeless using cardboard to sit/ lie on. The ‘person’ is made from plastic bags which are filled with newspaper. I draped cardboard on top to blend the sculpture into the cardboard the sculpture is lying on. This is implying that the homeless person is part of the cardboard, like they are invisible. The studio floors are a light brown colour so I’m hoping the cardboard blends into the floor even more.