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,…

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…

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…

Lisa Milroy

Painting has been quite a significant part of my process this term; however, it is not something I’ve paid the most attention to. My paintings have been abstract, in order to reflect the animations that go with them. It is interesting, therefore, to see where people are going with painting in the world of art…

Francis Alÿs

This video/performance piece by Francis Alÿs is deeply enigmatic and atmospheric. The entire video is punctuated by a rhythmic bell chime, which brings in the abstract idea of the passage of time. Time seems to be very important here, partially because it’s a long, monotonous video – the passing of time is something the viewer…

Stan Douglas

What’s going on here? This photograph by Stan Douglas is another artwork that is full of questions. You have to wonder where these two people are – what room are they in? It looks like a social place, like a bar or function room. More importantly, it looks as if a party or some kind…

Boyd Webb

This image is simultaneously simple and complex. On the face of it, there seems to be fairly little going on; however as with most great artworks, the more you look, the more ideas spring off it. The man is walking amongst two enormous pieces of cloth (carpets? tapestries?), in front of a blue, cloudy background….

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. Take this screenshot from “Cremaster 4,” a film which is part of the nine hour long “Cremaster Cycle”…

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….

Doug Aitken

Shown above is Doug Aitken’s The Garden, in an Aarhus warehouse in 2017. Although not entirely clear from this image, the central room of the installation is an ‘anger room.’ This is a space where people are handed batons and invited to vent their rage by destroying the room’s contents. What are my first reactions to this…