Marta Bartuszova-Folded Figure 1965
After space gallery Vanessa and I decided to go to the Tate Modern Gallery to get some inspiration for our own works. Whilst there i noticed the above piece that displays a relationship between forms, the piece depicts the elements interlocking.
To me the piece is vulnerable despite the material being plaster, i really love the display of the natural folds of moulding material, i think the neutral white colour really works and adds to the element of fragility. The fact that it is displayed in a glass container rather than freely on a plinth suggest a possible self assurance and confidence about the piece. The idea that it cannot be touched and the human senses are unable to interact creates a sort of privacy about the piece which is something that i would like to rebel against in my own work.
Rose Ann Gush
Rose ann gush is a feminist artsist whos project looks at body art and the relationship that art has between final product and artisitic labour. Gush explores violations in feminist art and literature in particular the way in which young women are depicted in cinematography. Gush is also interested in the body in particular the externalization of the body.
In a sense Gushs own works have become a critical analysis of others, her work displays a mix of communication and criticism that is vocalized through the art she creates.
I began to look at Hockes work, i loved the fluidity in her work everything seemed to fit perfectly in place to create images that were subtle, gentle but also mesmorising to me the images are designed in a way that enables everything to look perfectly in place but subtly abstract.
This is something that i will attempt to incorporate in my work, i want to make a piece that is fluid and challenge the audience by addressing the question of “is there beauty in finding a equilibrium between two things that don’t necessarily belong”
Cedar lewisohn is a writer, artist and curator who is well known for pushing the boundaries of art in public spaces. The street art produced is strategically placed to position the works in historical context. Lewisohn uses street art as a rebellion against capitalist conformities of art through the use of making art available to all, due to the nature of street art being a freedom of speech and expression. Lewisohn displayed his work in a Tate modern exhibition highlighting an anti capitalist approach through the use of creating a crossover between uncommissioned street art and commissioned works.
The interactive ties between space, art and viewer is something displayed in his works and something I would like to explore in my own. Also the importance of displaying unconventional topics in controlled environments is something I want to delve into for my own gallery display in “The Things That Matter” project.
Achaintre is an artist who revels and exceeds in presenting juxtapositions. A juxtaposition is created through the idea of juxtaposing old pieces and new pieces in a curator sense whilst simultaneously some of her work presents the juxtaposition between figuration and distortion. Each piece of work is designed in a way to cause an activation in the room this is done by displaying her interest in anthropology and faces, achiantre encourages her audience to find faces in materials relating to her own interest I hybrids between animals and people.
The hybrid aspect of achiantres work is relevant to what I want to pursue when displaying the beauty of intersex. Therefore I will begin to use different materials to try and create a juxtopsotion between possibly display and content.
I began looking into Louise Bourgeois soft sculpture series. The pieces themselves are considered eccentric however the doll like figures could possibly depict a subtle link to the ideas of freud and his discoveries in relation to children and the projection of sexual fantasies upon dolls.
The sculptures display a prominent aesthetic of interlinking. Limbs interlink with each other whilst paired with the clear depiction of bdsm and feminist themes. The material fabric which Bourgeois uses to make the dolls highlight, the overall feminist aspect of the piece through the idea of women roles in the home and the idea in which women are there to be consumed by the male gaze.
The pieces themselves are beautiful in their own right in regards to the distortion they depict. I am interested in their display and scale linking to the subversion from childhood dolls. Children stuffed toys are designed to provide comfort and are usually small in size to aid this however Bourgeois has made her dolls on a large scale to possibly add a negative spin on the idea of childhood possibly relating to her own cruel childhood.
Joey holder is a multimedia artist who relates the network theory to nature. A central focus in her work is the merging of matter that illuminates our relationship with matter. I find similarities in holders work to the works of Martin Coates ie the emphasis on anthromorphism. Holder expresses and highlights the idea that as humans we construct systems as a way to understand the world that we live in.
Joey Holder creates work that acts as a filter for the audience to make sense of the world and comfort the constant desire we have as humans to make sense of it. Her work is not only based on environment issues but also uses science, a lot of her work includes an element of how our eyes process different combinations of light patterns whilst linking this process with the relationship we have between animals, minerals, water etc.
Another scientific element Holder presents in her work is an avid interest in aquponics, which is the process of growing plants without soil. The process itself highlights the blurred lines between the natural and the manufactured, raising the barrier between what we produce as humans and what we call nature.
Another key interest in Holders work is how our bodies are digitized in the sense that our online data enables companies to make money from our data. Therefore, in essence companies digitize our genes highlighting the idea that our genetic code shares similarities to a computer programme code it is this aspect that allows companies to try to quantify us.
Holders recent work displays link to aquatics.In particular the cosmic circle of dna where Holder explores molecular biology cross linked with anthropologists. The eccentric sea creatures Holder displays attempts to show the weird and wonderful products of nature but I feel she also touches on maybe the mutation aesthetic that these creatures have in relation to the aftermath of man made process such as oil spills.