Autumn Week 9

Week 9…week 9 was a fairly calm and reflective week in which we began to think about the pieces we’d submit for the exhibition. I was very pleased with the success of “Nuclei” in Week 8 and wanted to expand on it for my exhibition piece. To consider    

Anthony McCall

Shown above is Anthony McCall’s installation, “Solid Light Works.” Only a glance of this gives an impression of how beautifully ethereal the piece is. We think of light as something that is impossibly fast and completely intangible, so this piece completely challenges our perception of light. Adding the smoke effect transforms it into something solid,…

Jim Lambie

Shown above is an installation by Jim Lambie. The floor is completely covered in coloured tape to create a geometric pattern. This is surely the epitome of responding to the space you’re given. Not only is the art tailored to the specific site, but the art becomes part of the site. The art is the…

Stan Douglas

Stan Douglas is an artist working in film and video installations, as well as photography and television. Born in 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, he was educated there at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and has since exhibited widely. Douglas’ work was recommended to me by my studio tutor. Although his practice…

Boyd Webb

Boyd Webb is a visual artist working mainly in photography, alongside sculpture and film. He was born in 1947 in New Zealand before moving to the UK to study sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London, from which he graduated in 1975. Webb’s work was recommended to me in response to my practice. Although…

Matthew Barney

Some art is weird. Sometimes, art gives you a sense of wonderment; a sense of fairytale-like puzzlement, and sometimes it makes you completely uncomfortable. Even a mere snapshot of Matthew Barney’s art films can achieve this effect. Matthew Barney was born in 1967 in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Yale University in 1989 and now…

Autumn Week 8

This week, I aimed to further experiment with my week 7 piece – Nuclei. Nuclei had potential, I believed. I think the perspex is an interesting continuation/progression from the paintings I had been doing previously, and I think the reflections that move autonomously around the setting have an eerie, ghostly duality with the main projection….

Autumn Week 7

Week 7 was a period of questioning. So far I had completed four pieces of art involving one or more paintings with abstract animations projected onto them. The feedback I had received in week 5 invited me to question this rather rigid format: what was the function of the painting? How do all the elements…

Elizabeth Peyton

This painting of the late David Bowie by Elizabeth Peyton takes you as close (if not, closer) to the artist as it does to the subject. While it captures him and his stare extremely effectively, showcasing the redness of one of his many hairstyles, the differing sizes of his pupils, and his pensive expression, what…

Chris Ofili

Shown above is one of Chris Ofili’s paintings, “Blossom.” Ofili’s paintings strike me as having an extremely distinct and unique style. I suppose we could classify this piece as a portrait, however the person here does not suggest a real person more than it suggests a character; or an impression of a person. Look at…

Lisa Milroy

Lisa Milroy was born in 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is known for her series of still-life paintings depicting everyday objects placed in lines or patterns. Milroy’s work was recommended to me by my tutor in Week 5, following my submission of Celestial Spheres for the Maud’s Cabinet of Wonders exhibition. My tutor was…

What is Art? A discussion of objects at the V&A

This post serves as a diary entry for my artistic research, and shows my favourite pieces from my visit to the V&A. It also discusses one of the hardest questions to answer – what is Art? What does something have to be in order to be considered a piece of Art? Through a discussion of five objects,…