Tony Godfrey’s ‘Conceptual Art’ was such a major inspiration for me during my foundation. Completely transformed my practice. I’m hoping reading it again two years later will have the same metamorphic effect again. Here goes!
Daniel Everett’s Departure Series.
Everett beautifully captures public spaces with huge foot fall in perfect moments of isolation. On the other hand, Brian Henry (below) has taken inhabited spaces that have been left derelict and although they are photographed empty, one still gets a strong impression of human involvement.
SEE DANIEL EVERETT POST ABOVE
Matthew Darbyshire: T Rooms
“That elements of Matthew Darbyshire’s collaborative installation ‘T Rooms’ can feel sterile and soulless is a compliment rather than a criticism. In his social exploration of urban architecture and design, the artist has divided the gallery spaces using hoarding-size, vinyl panels, printed with generic, modernist architectural details, including a strong nod to Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The impression is of the exterior facades of buildings. Devoid of any human presence these fake frontages are both blank and comfortingly familiar.
At the centre of the installation is a video with deadpan narration by writer Owen Hatherley which explores recent housing design in relation to our conflicting desires for what’s both ‘mass-produced and individualist, ultra-modern and traditional’. The video plays within a room-like setting, where Darbyshire has arranged objects which include art, ornament and high-street products. That they visually mirror each other – the plinth of an abstract sculpture echoes the shape and colour of a pair of imitation leather footstools, for example – is a clever illustration of the merging of all these ambiguous elements of art and design.
Modern stores may be full of stylish objects with which to furnish a smart new home, but what ‘T Rooms’ cleverly reminds us is that when it’s already been selected and adapted to fit our social and economic demands, perhaps it isn’t much of a choice at all.
The Bottom Line: The design pros and cons of flat-pack urban living.”
Long overdue, these are shots taken from my piece at the exhibition at the start of the academic year. Looking at the absence of presence and leaving traces. Simply- the cigarette has been acted upon because it has been lit and smoke, equally it has been left and displayed. Both impossible without human interaction. I wanted it to be simple and understated, almost unnoticed as if it was just part of the background, questioned if it is art?
Paintings that appear geometric only when looked at from a specific angle.
“Cite surprise, cite surprenante” by tri-oh! ateliers
There’s a great amount of excitement to be found in this piece and I think it might partly lend itself to the use of cardboard boxes - a completely under rated artistic tool. Placed at different heights to encourage different framed views.In all fairness they could be angled at anything, positive or negative, but with the human interest in exploring and trying new things out of course we’re all going to give it a go and hope for the best! I also enjoy the fact that there is such a large frequency of boxes at different heights with different sized viewfinders, some that would presumably be impossible to look out of without help from another or an inanimate object.
Lorenzo Vitturi, Neon Intervention.
Through out my practice i’ve had a strong interest in framing the gaze. For me, Vitturi’s work is the epitome of this. Challenging the viewer to hold their gaze and focus on things that aren’t even necessarily an obvious target to view.The added element of neon tubes as opposed to using dull frames adds an extra pull of focus. In these dark rooms it only aides drawing in the viewer’s gaze.
“White” by Jan Imberi
I have always appreciated drawings that use depth of space to create a perfect illusion from a single angle. I’ve always wanted to try it myself but unfortunately i’ve been limited by not having a projector myself. I did try it out on my foundation but by physically mapping out the edge of the camera’s gaze manually with masking tape and it frankly wasn’t perfect. Footage of this experiment can be found here and a post will follow at some point.
Loving interior/exterior contrast and it goes hand in hand with traditional(home)/modern(exterior city). This piece performs the latter two perfectly- not to mention the quaint relocation to perfectly emphasise the juxtaposition against the stark white wall and the height. Evidently this piece speaks to me on almost every relevant level within my practice at the moment!
Christo Suspends Project
Artists Christo has suspended the large-scale Colorado-based Over The River project.
On July 31, 2012, Christo announced that due to pending litigation, he will temporarily postpone the exhibition date. Site work scheduled to begin in February, 2013, will be delayed until two lawsuits and one administrative appeal are successfully resolved.
Christo plans to suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels high above the Arkansas River along a 42-mile stretch of the river between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado.
Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil: Le Cercle Fermé
As you know i’ve been enjoying common objects found within the home, particular bedside cabinets. Feipel + Bechameil take the common and familiar and make is strange almost surreal. It rings alot of bells with Freud’s ‘Uncanny’, Despite being considered art objects and installations one can relate somewhat to the familiar nature of the interior yet the more you think about it the more strange you actually realise it to be - seeing such bizarre distortions of everyday objects.
Palíndromo Mészáros, The Line I: The Dive. 14th of October, 2010 at 12.25pm in Ajka, Veszprém county, Hungary: around a million cubic metres of toxic waste were released after the burst of the retaining wall in one of the reservoirs used for the accumulation of MAL aluminium company rubbish. This photos have been taken six months after the accident when the silence takes the place of the headlines and just The Line is left.