this is what I’ve been busy doing, aside from college work
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this is what I’ve been busy doing, aside from college work
A fascinating look into Grayson Perry’s process for making his vases. I completely agree with his thoughts on drawing though, it’s so much more enjoyable when you aren’t stressing about making it realistic nor perfect.
With all the excitement of the Generator 013 Exhibition and my offer from Goldsmiths, I completely forgot to post about this wax piece I made in collaboration with Ellie.
We found this great hunk of wax in a box, which apparently an ex-student had encased a piece of hessian inside, and so, being the loving art students we are, we smashed it open. Once it was open, we realised how much it resembled ice, and so we tried melting it back together. As it melted, the wax sprayed everywhere, so I suggested putting paint in, to see what’d happen, and well, you can see the results above!
For us, it’s a comment on consumerism, how we are obsessed with consuming things like money and cigarettes, whilst our world, the ice caps are melting around us. Our consumerist lifestyles steal the spotlight, they decorate and keep us comfortable in the face of the broken.
At my Slade interview, one of the women said it was more about sexuality for her, with the lipstick on the cigarette, and that the paint was almost a suggestion for make-up. But I explained to her, we did not create this piece with a concept in mind, we created it through playing with materials - and so, any meaning that can be projected onto this piece is fascinating to us.
Anonymous asked: how long do you take on your moleskine drawings? :-)
They’re generally quite quick sketches, as I tend to draw late at night - my drawings are usually posted on my instagram before I put them on my blog :} x
Moleskine drawings, 2013.
Top drawing is inspired by the bands Casual Sex and The Velvet Underground. Bottom-left is inspired by the song Monday Morning by Pulp. And the last one is Lol from This Is England. I’m really getting into using hints of colour in my drawings now.
Forget Your Kiss, 2013.
I’m really enjoying using highlighters in my drawings recently. This is a present for a friend, you can’t go wrong with a scantily clad drawing.
We had the Generator 013 Exhibition last Thursday, and it went incredibly well, far better than any of us had hoped! Within the first half an hour we had pretty much run out of wine and nibbles, and you could barely move around for the amount of people that had come to see our work! There’s some photos from the event on the Generator 013 facebook page, but here are some vines I did today just to document my installation and other things.
Interactive works are so much fun to film, in fact they almost need to be filmed to be documented. Ben’s kinetic piece was one of those, and we sort of named it a high five machine. It has rubber gloves attached to the wheel, and it’s worth taking this one off of mute, it’s got quite a wonderful noise to it:
Finally, these are Anna’s balls (the amount of jokes that have come out of talking about her piece is ridiculous). Each plaster ball is suspended at head height, and within each one there’s a scented candle, so we were all sniffing Anna’s balls. I think they were citrus, spice and cotton scents… it’s a shame that recording smells hasn’t quite been invented yet:
But I simply cannot believe the sheer amount of people who turned up, the place was completely full, and stayed rather busy until the close! Such positive responses we’ve had back too, and a lot of people amazed at how professionally our work was presented. I’m certainly looking forward to the final exhibition now, and to hopefully go on to own my own gallery one day!
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Richard Prince at Sadie Coles. I went to visit on the 7th March, after my the Slade interview, intending to see the Sarah Lucas room on the first floor, but instead I found myself absolutely loving these collage pieces. The paintings that were also on show were brilliant, due to the technique of using a printed canvas then painting over the top, but the sheer offensive nature of these photographic pieces really caught my eye.
There’s something very deliberately vulgar about them, and it’s this deliberation that makes them powerful. There’s no pussyfooting around, for me there’s almost a satirical message in these works. He censors and obscures each of his subjects (sometimes sloppily, which I love), using titles of cult albums and films. I was curious as to why he used these particular titles. It’s amazing to me that pieces are so in your face have these more subtle undertones to them, what exactly is he trying to say with this mash of pop-culture and cult followings?
Perhaps he’s saying that everything’s a commodity, and that in itself can be rather crass and vulgar. The body, sex, is just as saleable as an album on the shelf of a music shop. Or maybe he’s saying that these industries all have seedy foundations underlying them, that they’re held up by the pornographic, the sleazy? We only see the finished product, the shiny shallow image, but we are not told about the “quite hideous” things that undermine and yet support it.
Are we all voyeurs in the modern age? What makes something right, and acceptable? We separate ourselves from reality by losing ourselves in music and film. Exploitation and pornography can be given to us under the guise of an entertainment product.
(NSFW, it’s still a bit porny, saying that, this should probably go at the top, oh well, ART SHOULD NOT BE CENSORED and all that)
I’m a bit obsessed with punk zines at the moment, so I love how grainy the piece has come out. I had to persuade my boyfriend to buy me Nuts and Zoo magazines though, he wasn’t best pleased (thank the lord for self service checkouts eh?). I collaged the boob cut-outs by hand, then scanned it into photoshop. I was probably also inspired by the Richard Prince exhibition I saw at Sadie Coles the other week, his photographic works are wonderful.
You can download the font I used here.
Some more drawings I’ve done in my moleskine. 2013.
I was just making a nice Mother’s Day card, with nice text on it, when they sort of went a bit haywire. You’re more than welcome to print them off yourself, and a very happy Mother’s Day to all. (click for larger image):
Jayne got this lovely photo of me showing the Dreamachine to the rest of the group. This was the first time it’d been in college as a complete set up, and now all of us cannot wait for the Generator 013 Exhibition!
My interview for UCL (The Slade) is tomorrow, excited about it, especially after photographing the MyPlace conference at DCAS over the last two days, where I brought up the problem of the lack of visual arts within youth centres (but that’s something I will expand on soon enough).
Amazing photograph of Conrad Shawcross’ Slow Arc Inside A Cube IV, which I have written about here.
I’ve posted about Sergei Vasiliev’s work before, but I went to the Saatchi Gallery again last Friday and just couldn’t help but be awed by his work.
I can’t help but fall in love with the posing of the men in these photographs, and I felt his work related to my current project. Just a stunning series of photographs, absolutely stunning.