Throughout the whole making of this project, and throughout the entire part two phase of the course in general, I've realised that there was a big part of it that I've adopted that taught me how to create art in a way that I haven't before. This was partly to do with me being inspired by Tomma Abts paintings since the beginning of the realism project. She has inspired me to paint with a new sense of direction. I used to Come up with ideas on the meaning of each piece and compositions for it carefully before making work. However since I have discovered all of these artists and especially her, that create art while putting focus on the creation itself and less on superficial meanings I have become more and more like this while at the same time enjoying the process of creating art much more.
Also by reading interviews such as Robert Ryman's interview I have become more aware of the surface that I am using to create paintings. Before foundation I would have only used paper and canvas to paint. However now that I realise that even the surface becomes not just part of the painting but becomes the painting itself I have experimented with many surfaces to create several effects, and for this week I thought that using wood that I have created myself as a panel increases the delicate nature of my work and makes it more precious somehow.
I proceeded to make three panels and smoothened it down to see if this was a better surface to paint on than canvas. In my opinion, I think that it worked better, and also the three small identical squares were a better composition than one larger canvas and I enjoyed working in series. Again, today I painted purely by looking at my ceiling mobile creation and imagining the possible shapes I could paint using that as a base. Also, today even though I looked into what shapes I could paint but I was more interested in the COLOURS that I used. This was because of the colour workshop and I've learnt how complimentary colours and contrasting backgrounds could possibly alter the way that the same colour is portrayed. I found this very interesting so I figured I would test it out myself. For instance. When I lined light pink on top of the light yellow background it appeared to me as if it was a darker shade of pink than when I lined the same colour onto the dark red areas of my painting. I feel like this somehow created more depth and different points of focus for my paintings.
Also, throughout the day I realise that I am subconsciously developing from my previous project where I used tracing paper in the realism part of the project. The colours and delicate nature of my work remains in these sets of paintings therefore I tried to combine the elements from that set of work and turn it into a painting. I wasn't sure about how it was going to turn out because as a scanned image it looked very clean and crisp but I wanted to try anyway.
After I have seen potential for my photographs from last week to become paintings, I started off by painting on of the compositions onto canvas. I chose canvas because although it is the "traditional" surface to put paint on, I've realised that I have not once painted on a canvas yet throughout the whole foundation year! I've been busy exploring with different materials so I thought I would come back to trying canvas.
I thought that the painting was a nice experiment as I tried to play with different opacities and layers. However, because my work has a delicate nature I thought I should try a new surface that is smoother. This is because the canvas has grains and it may not be optimal, and with the time I have I would like to try further so I created panels and will smoothen it down to see how my painting applies on that.
Painting without paint was the last one day project and instead of starting something new I wanted to develop from the pieces that I have produced on the painting with light project. Sticking with what I thought was successful on the other day, which was experimenting with three dimensional compositions. Therefore, today I thought of incorporating the same shapes and materials but transforming them in some kind of tangible object instead of a projection on the wall. I thought that my work had this child like and nostalgic quality to it, resembling a ceiling mobile. So, I hung them in a form that would look like a ceiling mobile.
I liked the outcome of today, however I saw more potential in my work after I photographed them from many angles. I am thinking about turning it into a painting because I found the compositions interesting, and this may be a way forward for the Park project for me.
At the start of Painting with light project, I honestly had no idea on what to do at all because it was something that I have never done before. However, after looking at artist and letting them influence my work, along with looking at what equipment what I could use to play with light ideas started to came along as the day progressed. I started this project with a really open mind and I was ready to do something I have never done before. I was interested in using the projector as an equipment and I just thought about transparent materials I could use.
For the majority of the day I created without any preconceived idea of the finished product, working purely on intuition and personal preference. This felt very liberating and it felt very energised to be working with an open mind. I tried quite a lot of variations of how to layer shapes and textures onto the projector within the span of a few hours and I felt like I had more energy to keep making more and more art. First I was happy with my results when I only experimented with making 2D compositions, but then once I looked at the fishnet material and saw potential in it becoming something 3D because it is so malleable and light permeates through it so well, I thought I would try creating 3D compositions. I felt like this was the step that I needed to take as now my work has more dimension and is more interesting this way.
Overall I felt like these one day projects really made me work out of my comfort zone more in order for me to know the possibilities to put in to the park project. After completing this one day project I now have a vague idea of what I would want to do for my park project. I feel like my work from today has a very graphic element to it and I would like to edit it in photoshop and see how it looks from there, if it has any room for development.
The image below shows how I initially shaped my sculpture/painting. It did not physically connect with the corner of the table because I was simply just using the corner to work with, and I didn't intend to use It at first. However, the second image shows after I have considered to use the corner, so I added more clay to actually mould the shape into the table. This was a very site specific quality of the experiment that I've tried today.
If I had more time and had this not been a one day project, I would further my work by physically enlarging it. Spreading more onto the table, or maybe even think about spreading it across the whole room. Also, from this project I have learnt more about the air drying clay as a medium to create art. I had a bit of difficulty with it drying within one day because painting onto of the wet clay made the paint seem more translucent. However this was not a major problem and I think I have overcame it pretty well, now knowing what clay is capable of.
This work is definitely more of a development from the reality project than a continuation because I feel like I am going out of my comfort zone more and more as a new project comes along. This one day project did not have to be 3D but I wanted to try something new and it is definitely making me feel more capable of expressing in different ways.
Overall I thought that this one day project made me consider my environment even more than before, creating something that only fits in one space rather than being placed anywhere.
For the one day project of "painting for a corner", I initially wanted to paint something for the corner of the window. I wanted to create an organic form that looked unusual and unknown in order for people to pay attention to neglected spaces more. I intended for the purpose of my work to be to bring life and colour to a dull corner. This was to be done using clay and I wanted to mold it into something that looked animate.
However, as the day progressed and I started to paint on my clay model, I started to absorb in my surroundings more and the paint marks that had always been on my table caught my eye. I then used those marks as an inspiration for my work, as each paint mark on the table was created by accident, during the process of creating other works that meant more to the person. This made me want to dedicate my work to the accidents that happened, giving them more meaning and by using the unusual form of my work it was like bringing those paint marks to life.
Start of PAINTING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD reflection
Today was the start of the new project. At first I did not have any idea on what to make as a result on the park project but once we were introduced to the site I now have an idea of the scale and type of my work that I should and want to create. In my opinion, the space is quite limited and the walls are segmented in quite awkward sections I think that I would like to create a piece that is small but detailed, as a new contrast to my work as for the first painting project I did two large paintings. I'm also interested to use new surfaces to paint on such as acetate but I will have to see how things go on the workshops this week first.
First, I thought about putting my work up on the wall. However, once I was at my desk on the final day, I realised that I could put it up on the window, especially because on this day it was raining and I thought that it would be interesting to see different kinds of light coming through and also rain to create shadowy forms on the work.
Through the crit, one of my peers gave feedback that my work reminded him of an artist called Remi Rough. Once I looked up his work I could see where he found the resemblance. It was through the use of colour and also the sense of geometry that my work has, because of the triangular shapes.
Also, they noted that they found the window and the use of natural light was effective for my work, and they were in to how shadows form. This was much like how I decided to put my work as we found the same effect interesting.
Secondly, they liked how even though my work was abstract, it was not random as it has a story to it. This was because these forms I created aren't random but they were in fact created from my initial experiment where I folded a piece of cloth and found the form interesting. Also, although some had realised that the shapes of each "painting" were of the same outline some of my peers thought the shapes were random at first and they were amazed when I told them that the pieces were all equal in shape and size so when I layered them they would create a perfect fit.
Personally, I thought that the scans of multiple layers of my work was the most appealing and interesting. However, I thought that it looked the best digitally but it did not look as interesting if I were just to print paper and stick them onto a wall. Therefore, I resolved this issue by using the actual tracing papers alongside with the printed layered ones in the final crit presentation.
5.12.17 reflection + Robert Ryman Text
After reflecting on this week's discussion on the Robert Ryman's interview text, I found that it affected my way of working. This is because I've become more aware of the technical aspects of my work rather than focusing on making every action have a deeper meaning. I've learnt that everything counts as the piece of art, including the way it is installed. In my opinion, I think that Robert Ryman's work could be argued as both conceptual and realist. Although he claims to be realism which is partly accurate because he is using paint to recreate white paint, however I think that there is no denying the fact that there are conceptual procedures that he took in the making of the painting, for example thinking about the way the painting is presented and the process of that too. However, in my opinion it is an ongoing debate that will never end because it is very subjective. There isn't a clear line between what is conceptual and what is not.
I just let my mind think less about what I am doing but I made sure that I was constantly doing something instead. After painting the ones with the small upwards vertical strokes it reminded me of stitching. This was an interesting resemblance therefore I tried to create paintings out of stitches and sewing. This was a way forward for my piece as now I am experimenting even more using different thicknesses and patterns of stitching. I found it a new experience and enjoy creating without thinking but instead experimenting with ways of making. I found that it made me focus less on making my work perfect but instead focusing on developing it further through the use of using many mediums.
4.12.17 reflection, start of abstract part of project
Today I started off the abstract part of the project. From visiting the gallery I really wanted to do something with cloth/ fabric or something malleable. So, I started off with using paper to create texture onto wet paint. This created a fabric like effect and although it was interesting, I found that I was more interested in the paint marks that were left on the paper I used as a prop. This was a good experience for me because I found something interesting from the process of just making without thinking. Now I will develop on that idea instead.
Therefore, I continued to then use felt and I played around with shade and shadow of the creases it creates, because that was initially what caught my attention. Although I found the cloth itself interesting, I wanted to experiment with even more ways of using paint, so I use the cloth model's shape and form as a starting point to create a set of experiments.
I found that this worked more than just using cloth. I also found myself developing from the figurative side of the project where I focused on the forms of the projects, where here I am also looking at the forms but presenting them in many abstract ways that may not be obvious that shows the form.
I'm not completely used to creating abstract pieces of work with no intentional meanind behind it but I am getting used to it as a go along the process. Although it is a bit difficult for me to create something purely because I want to experiment, but I find it an interesting experience not having a fixed idea in mind. I feel like this project will help me with the process of developing my ideas into future projects.
As for my approach to next week's abstract part of the project I am planning to try different surfaces to work on. I will prepare some canvases and also I am really interested to work on cloth after going to see PACE LONDON'S exhibition.
Also, from going to many exhibitions I have realised that I can write more about artist's works and my opinions about it more when I have seen it in real life. The feeling of getting to see art work first hand and spending time to absorb the artwork provokes my thoughts more than just seeing artist's work from photos.
Some people could tell what it is straight away, and some did not know what the image is. After I told some people that did not know about what it is, they immediately recognised the forms and they said things such as "I see it now!". This supports my intention to make the familiar objects seem unfamiliar, and I am overall very satisfied by this project.
It reminded someone of gerhard richter- my painting has a photographic quality to it.
The painting reminded one of my peers of one in an exhibition at the charlie smith. She thought that I got inspired by that and then tried to reproduce it but I haven't seen it. I think it will be interesting for me to go see it in person to see the relation between the work.
Also, from looking at other people's work I've noticed that although the project's starting point is about realism, nobody in the class created an outcome that fitted the definition of what I thought realism was initially. Initially I thought realism was mostly about creating paintings that reflected something in a very detailed and realistic way, so I expected some people to paint realistic looking paintings. However, it turned out that most of my peers adapted to a more abstract style which I like. There were many surfaces and mediums used and there were people that approached some themes around the project that I didn't. For example, one of my peers had used sound and audio to enhance his painting. Even though this is the 2D pathway but I found that we aren't restricted to creating something 2D at all. By using sound I found it very effective for his work as it made the piece seem even more melancholic. However, an interesting effect I found is that the crit now had a background music and this person's soundtrack had affected everyone's piece in the room and created a new atmosphere of viewing work.
As I have already finished my two paintings but still have a bit of time before the crit on thursday, I wanted to experiment more. I've never used wood as a medium to paint on before so I chose that, and both of my other paintings were monochrome so I decided to use colour for this experimentation.
As the painting progressed I realised that I really like the way that I painted it, when the paint is so thin that it seems translucent, almost transparent. I still kept the theme of making the images a bit blurred, focusing on making the forms seem ambiguous. I adjusted the composition to make the forms seem different from it's original reference, for example where I made the lettuce in the tacos seem like plants. Also, I hi lighted some parts of the painting and left some parts almost too transparent to see in low light to catch the attention of viewers at various points in the painting.
Throughout the day, it was interesting to see how my peers interpret my drawings as. One of my peers thought it was some kind of internal mechanism like DNA and cells, showing how my painting allows space for the viewers to use their imagination.
reflection on after medium specificity
It was certainly fascinating to be in the discussion about the text we were told to read. This was mainly because although we were given the same text we are all free to interpret it into any meaning we want to. An important thing that I noted was that even if people disagree/ were annoyed by some of the things the author wrote it did not mean that we can't respond to the text.
Personally I did not agree with everything, and I think that there is no need to categorise art into medium specific groups because artists are now free to use whatever medium they want, and as many mediums as they want too. Although it is understandable because the text is not recent, meaning that it might have been relevant back in it's days. To conclude, even if I don't fully agree with the text I still appreciate it because it has sparked many debates and points to discuss.
Today I continued to work on my second A1 painting. As I got to see my completed painting before taking the masking tape off, I found that looking at the image as a whole was also interesting. This gave me the idea of maybe trying to experiment on a smaller scale but a portion of a full image, without any grids dividing the painting.
Also, as I tried to install my paintings onto the wall I found that it enhanced the painting as a whole and became a very powerful painting, especially with the harsh paint strokes. In addition, looking from afar the scale of the painting was another successful factor of it, in my opinion.
Work in progress
I started working on a large scale, on A1 card, and managed to finish one of the pieces. I really liked the outcome, as the image of the burger was somewhat unusual and blurred but I felt like the forms were still clear that it was burger and fries. Maybe this was a good sign but after seeing my first outcome I am also thinking of other ways to resolve the presentation of my work. I tried to look at my work from one grid at a time and I think that it looked more interesting than to place 3 grids next to each other. However, I am not sure yet about what I should do about the layout of my work so I started another series but this time the painting will be divided horizontally into strips.
Through the feedback of my friends, they were able to tell straight away that it was some sort of food, and some knew it was burger and fries. I thought this was a good sign that I managed to paint it well but maybe that goes against my initial intention. I would have to go through more planning to find out how I will resolve this project, either making it look "real" or finding ways to abstract the painting more.
Yesterday, I tried ways of painting the pixelated image in an abstract/ different way, because I liked the way the black and white painting looked I continued to work on it. I decided to alter the image further by dividing the images into 9 sections and painting the burger in a style that may make the viewers not know that it is a burger, with thick and quick paintbrush strokes.
Thinking about my work, I found that the monochrome paintings worked because I think that there is a contrast between how we usually see processed, fast foods. We are often used to the overly photoshopped and unrealistic representations of fast foods that differ from their true forms. By stripping those aspects out of the foods I wonder if people will still feel familiar with the familiar foods they see all the time.
As I experimented with different compositions such as 9 grids and triptych, I decided that I wanted to bring my work on a larger scale, representing how fast-food media and advertisements are usually bold and "in your face".
I intend to continue to develop the monochrome paintings and try it on a large scale. I think that I like the triptych more than many grids so I might go with that layout for now.
I started out again with a pixelated image of burger and fries. First I didn't think much about the picture I just found it on the internet and thought that pixelating it would make it look interesting.
I proceeded to experiment with the photo and cut it up into grids. When I looked at the grids individually it made me realise that the burger did not look like a burger at all when you change the way it is presented. As a result, I tried to draw outlines of the shapes and form in each grid and that resulted in an entirely different set of work. Through experimentation with abstraction and looking at the objects as a shape or form, not as the actual object (eg.burger, food) it gave me a new perspective and I am going to delve deeper into that area.
This gave me an idea of how us humans are consuming processed foods all the time but they may not be sure of what is actually in their foods, similar to how the shapes and forms of the blurred out items seem unfamiliar yet they are something we all are familiar with.
Also, after looking at artist's works such as chuck close's portraits I was inspired to create a work that were series of individual works placed together to form one collage.
incorporate the idea of realism..
Reflection on my visit to the Photographer's Gallery
Wim Wender's Polaroids
After reading the ways of seeing, I went in to see this exhibition with a different mind. In the chapter there was a test to see if one sentence had changed the way we looked at a painting (of Vincent Van Gogh's last painting) and it greatly affected me. So, when I went to look at Wender's polaroids I tried to look at the images first and then reading the small texts that he named the set of polaroids with. This way of seeing is interesting to me because my initial ideas on a piece of art will alter. For example, some titles in the exhibition were self explanatory, where the title relates directly to the images but some weren't and made me question a lot of things. For instance, there was a series of buildings and architecture but the title was "24) A Man Named Dashiell". This made me question: "Who is Dashiell?" "Do these buildings remind the photographer of this man?" and all sorts of new ideas came flooding into my head.
start of INTERROGATING THE REAL reflection
Today was the start of the first project in the 2D pathway, where we explored the meaning of realism and how it can be interpreted in many ways. Prior to this lecture I may have had an idea of realism to be something like life-like drawing or paintings that mirrors the real world. However, after the lecture I realised that there are so many ways to interpret realism and each way provokes thoughts in different ways. For example, hyper realism is overly exaggerating the realism into an ideal-like painting that does not reflect reality anymore, making us question what is realism in the first place?
I chose to use two photographs that I took myself and I chose this because the memory of the photograph brings me joy and I like the aesthetic of it. I manipulated the images through the use of cutting and collaging, also tearing and painting. By collaging the image I created a context for my work and it seems like am only manipulating the background and "city" of the image but I did nothing to the people in it. I wanted this to symbolise the constant change in time and how different cultures and movements are evolving and how we have to adapt to it.
Overall, it is very interesting to see how manipulating an image could change the meaning of the work. The image is completely transformed into something new and it has more depth to it.