Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Assessment Result

I received the result of my formal assessment recently.  A little disappointed that I only received a 2:2.  I thought my essay was worth more than that. My professional artist (i.e those who have masters degrees in fine art) friends have been somewhat more encouraging.  Anyway, onward and upward.  I think my days with the OCA may be over as I am unsure if a distance learning degree in art is exactly what I want, but I haven't made up my mind finally.  I am continuing with my art course at the local college where the tuition is excellent and on hand for critiques when they are required!  It is also lovely to have fellow students available who are ready to encourage too.  I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a good college within easy travelling distance and the time to attend.  I am indeed fortunate!

I will probably continue this blog adding my current work, which includes painting, etching, ceramics and jewellery making as well as digital art.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Submitting work for Assessment

I am in the process of trying to get my work in order to send off for assessment in a couple of days (hopefully).  The window for submitting work for the next assessment date is between 15th September and 15th October, as I am off to New York at the weekend for a short break I am trying to get it all together before I go.  It is proving a bit harder than I anticipated and I'm not at all sure that I'm doing it correctly.  I watched the videos on the OCA site and it seems that all types of submission are acceptable but I still need to get the inventory done and, of course, that can only be completed at the end of the process once everything else is in place. As this is digital art I don't have a sketchbook, only my Learning Log, everything else is on computer or on this blog and can be submitted on CD or may be seen on this site.

I have my Learning Log and my Tutor reports for all my assignments.  I only have the Question and Answer sheets for the last three assignments; I don't know if these are essential but I suppose I will need to call the OCA and find out what the situation would be if the missing ones are not available.

Compiling the List of Contents for each item is probably the hardest thing to do now, as all the art work was completed ages ago.  Is it acceptable just to say for example for the Contents of the Learning Log: Projects and Assignments, or should one paginate the Learning Log and list the page numbers for each one?  I have placed the tutor reports in the digital folders for each assignment so these can be submitted on the CD(s) but I will have to make a list of contents for these too. 

I now wish I had anticipated this situation at the beginning of the course as I am sure this could have been easier if it had been done progressively rather than all at once at the end.  However, having said that, I can get things together when I need to, to a deadline.  So I hope I'll be able to do it again!  I think I need a bit of luck and a fair wind behind me.......

Saturday, 20 August 2011

More Summer Work

I only have working titles for these new images for the moment. The first two are derived from multiple photographs taken in Brittany this year. The second two are pure digital images. All of these images are finished but I may develop them further into new works.  I may also use any or all of them as a starting point to combine with other images. 
Beach Huts 3

Hutss and Hitch 7
Set Square 1
Vanishing Point 3

Friday, 22 July 2011

Summer 2011 Brittany

We had a very wet holidayin Brittany this year and it was not conducive to sketching or painting. I took some photos and have just started to work on them in photoshop. This was a detail taken from the original photograph. I loved these little sailing boats anchored just off shore. The sails just sang against the sea. I'll be doing some more of these and maybe taking them into some paintings later on.
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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Assignment 5 CDA1 Tutor Report received

Very positive feedback received today for my final assignment, strongly recommending I submit this  for formal assessment.  I feel a little bit overwhelmed.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Gabriel Orozco Exhibition at Tate Modern Part 2

This is a link to the Tate Modern blog on this exhibition  It is quite interesting to see other peoples opinions and how varied they are form hate to love.  My tendency is to love although I didn't love everything.  I was not so keen on the shoe box; I didn't really get it and I thought this was just a gimmick, you can say what you like "it's art because I say it is",  etc. etc.  This for me said nothing at all, and Spitting toothpaste which I frankly could not look at..  I was less than keen on "Until You Find Another Yellow Schwalbe 1995" I found it fairly monotonous. 

However in this room there were truly inspiring pieces; "Four Bicycles (There is Always One Direction) 1994",  "La DS 1993" and "Elevator 1994"  all of which were found objects but reinvented.  Bicycles was a work of 4 bicycles connected together by handlebar connection to seat connection. none had either seat or handlebars but instead another bicycle was attached.  Don't know if I have made this very understandable.  I liked this a lot and thought the way it occupied the space was fascinating trying to work out how it was all connected and he shapes it made.  All the circles in three dimensions formed by the wheels and the cogs intersecting in space.  The DS was another favorite; the streamlining even more extreme than in the original and the perfect execution of the object to make it look as if it had always been like this.  The lift was another interesting object.  It may not have been so obviously aesthetic as the previous two items ; however it was interactive , in that one could step inside it.  The lift cabin had been reduced in height as a section had been cut out of it (rather like DS) and re joined, the lights were on and the doors open.  It made me feel reticent to walk into it because I had the feeling the doors may have closed and not let me out again.

One of the most interesting pieces and the works emerging from it was "Horses Running Endlessly 1995".  This consisted of a giant checkerboard with knights alone placed on it.  The knights are only permitted to make the usual L shaped move.  The different moves were plotted and the permutations transferred to grids in order to make patterns.  Orozco is fascinated by circles and these diagrams use circles and intersecting circles to describe the knights' movements "Samurai Tree Invariant paintings 2006-7" a selection of which were on show here; these were executed in only 4 colours each.  These are a collaboration between Orozco and a Paris based assistant.  These were lovely paintings in their own right but he calls them diagrams.  There was a tonal diagram in graphite pencil and this was quite beautiful.

The final room had the game "Carambole with Pendulum" apparently a French version of Billiards, which Orozca has reinvented and asks people to invent the rules for themselves.  The billiards table is oval and the red ball is suspended from a thread attached to the ceiling above directly above the centre of the table.  there are two white balls, cues and chalk available to play the "game".  This is another of Orozca's interactive pieces.

Apart from the very varied media  used by Orozco, clearly photography is one of his great loves,  The photographs are beautiful notably "Breath on Piano 1993", "Extension of Reflection 1992" and "Island within and Island 1993" amongst others, the last is particularly poignant as it shows the Twin Towers on Manhattan from a derelict island; a portent of things to come!  What I found most notable is that each of these photographs gave me a feeling of the solitary.  They were all very strong images and I carry them with me in my mind's eye.

An important exhibition perhaps not given the publicity it deserved.  I could so easily have missed it.

Gabriel Orozco Exhibition at Tate Modern Part 1

On Wednesday I went to the Mexican Artist, Gabriel Orozco  exhibition at Tate Modern.  This as a thoroughly enjoyable experience; I felt it was a very well curated exhibition and a great opportunity to see his most famous and memorable works. 

The first piece was My Hands are my Heart (1991),  The double photograph of the man compressing the clay between his hands and then showing the resulting piece, this then exhibited alongside the fired clay "heart". This is apparently brick clay an everyday material rather than a specialist clay.  This is supposed to represent a "moment of creation".  This is a work on a small and personal scale, I found it rather moving; I had not realized that the clay piece was included in this as I had only been aware of the photographic piece before going to the exhibition.  In the same room were a series of folded paper and oil paint "Rorschach" type images I think they were called Paris.  The folds had been executed in different ways and the resulting images were dependent on the folds and the colours of paint used,  I went with three friends to see this show and we compared notes on each of the images to see how our interpretations differed.  This was a very interesting exercise; we all saw different things in the resulting images but agreed that we mainly found them quite phallic or sexual.

Black Kites (1997) was a human skull which was a found object; it had apparently taken him several months to complete the very painstakingly accurate chequer-board pattern inscribed on it with graphite pencil. This occupied the central space in this small room and the surrounding walls were covered with banners "Obit" with the first lines of obituaries from the New York Times written on them in scripts and fonts reflecting the originals.  These were often amusing but my favourite quote was "He was eccentric even for an Englishman".   The juxtaposition of the skull and the obituary quotations and the association with mortality is obvious.

Lintels (2001) is an installation of dryer lint from laundromat dryers hung on wires rather like washing.  these delicate pieces seem to represent the detritus of life or represent a sort of death.  They are grey felted and almost amorphous sheets of varying sizes; hung in pairs or alone and quite far apart.  One could walk under them but not touch them so it was interactive yet not tactile.  This was originally hung in New York just after the destruction of the Twin Towers and one can sense the poignancy of this instalation in this context. "For me what is important is not so much what people see in the show, it's what you see your perception of reality is changed… " GABRIEL OROZCO

To be continued......

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Just Moving on

I have been working on some other things recently and will be posting these from now on as I have now completed the OCA CDA1 course - At last!  I am now just waiting to get the final report from my tutor and decide then whether or not to go for assessment. 

This is a bit of pure abstract digital art I have been having fun with.  I hope to be taking this a bit further and produce a painting or print based on this abstract image.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Modern British Sculpture Exhibition

I went to the Royal Academy yesterday to see the Modern British Sculpture Exhibition.  I had heard very varied and mostly negative comments about it from people who had been to see it and was not expecting to like it a great deal.  It goes to show you should never take any notice of anyone else's opinions and you should always go to see something and form your own. 

This was a great exhibition of sculpture from 1900 to the present day. It was very well curated; in the second room they showed ancient art in juxtaposition to contemporarty work in order to show where inspiration had come from for various pieces;.  It was in near enough chronological in order, thus emphasizing the temporal development of abstraction in sculpture.  It was not comprehensive in that there was limited space and there were mainly small works, with a few exceptions.  Some foreign artists who had spent time in Britain were shown where they were relevant to the development of British sculpture. 

I loved the more contemporary works but I couldn't really sketch them.  I would need to go back and spend more time there; I may if I can find the time before it closes on April 7th.

A great piece which I could not have sketched was Environmental Construction by Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton as exhibited in 1957.  A wonderful piece of perspex sheets coloured and clear hanging vertically and horizontally from fine steel wires.  This gives a real feeling of contained space; you just have to experience it to appreciate it fully.

Another piece I loved was "Stack" (2011) by Tony Cragg.  This was a huge cube of layers of "stuff" inculding matress, cardboard, cards of threads, old bowls and all sorts of waste and rubbish; the detritus of living sandwiched very neatly between, what appeared to be pieces of wooden pallet. It was like a piece of archaeology.

I did some very quick sketches of some pieces I particularly liked to remind me when I returned home.  I sometimes work these up from memory, by referring to these, in a larger sketchbook if I feel like it, or if they are relevant to work I am doing.


Friday, 18 March 2011

Assignment 5 CDA1 part 2

I have now just about finished the writing up on development of my ideas, which includes my second image of entitled Vases the first image being called Ghosts.  the first image was created from a number of scanned objects which were then manipulated and changed; whereas the second image was derived from a photograph from which I made a more abstract painting.  I developed the painting further into a more absract image and used photographs of this to create an abstract digital art image for this project.

Thi initial photograph was one of chimneypots taken in France last year.

This is the first painting made from this image but with one degree of abstraction.
The painting was inspired the Italian atist Giorgio Morandi who painted mainly still lifes in a limited pallet of indigo, yellow ochre, Naples yellow, burnt Sienna and white. 
The second painting with a second degree of abstraction with the same pallet as used above.

This is the digitized image derived from this painting and the third degree of abstraction along with the black and white image required for completion of the assignment.

The tonal contrast is evident in the greyscale version as well as the color version the difference in tone is graded from the background to the foreground giving an impression of depth.  This is aided by the framing of the objects with a darker tone on the left hand side and bottom third of the image behind the "objects".

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Assignment 5 CDA1

I am just about ready to submit the fifth and final Assignment.

The brief was to create an image for a magazine using (Photoshop Elements techniques) that works in colour and black and white on the theme of Metamorphosis.  In addition to this, research into metamorphosis in historical terms was required as well ascarrying out research  into the theme in visual terms using drawings / sketches and other visual methods to develop ideas.

Ghosts - Final Version

Ghosts - Final Version B/W

I have written an essay on the history of metamorphois in art covering Cubism , Surrealism, Dada, Futurism and Bauhaus movement and placed these in a wider historical context.  I have researched the theme in visual terms giving examples of how I developed my ideas. And I have written up the way I developed my image and looked people's work who have completed the same course.