24 September 2012

New thoughts and reflections about photographic research

July 2010, Stonehenge 

June 2012, Taiwan

July 2010, Stonehenge

7/9/12, National Assembly for Wales

July 2010, Stonehenge

7/9/12, National Assembly for Wales

Yesterday I did not post anything onto my blog as I was a little unsure about what to post so today I thought I would re-evaluate my fundamental research. This is another thing I like about the blog is that I can use it as tool to also document my research that is not only accessible for myself but other people if they would like to read it to get another perspective about the work I am doing.

Obviously my core research is the built environment around me, so man-made structures. I have been looking at this because I am interested in the way we construct for ourselves realities in which to live our lives. This reality constantly raises questions because I realise it has been built from ideas to serve a purpose.

I still think Stonehenge is a key catalyst for my research as it justifies this idea that reality is just constructed and therefore ideas are just constructed. I say this because it was a monument created to serve a purpose or idea. It is thousands of years old but we still don't know much about it. Until this day we continue to analyse it and try to make sense of its purpose or meaning and we are continually creating new ideas, even beliefs and attaching it to this object.

This information is theoretical and Stonehenge has helped me to think and question the way I see the world. Maybe I realise the built environment around me is tangible, it can change at any moment and this can imply new ways of seeing and experiencing the world around me. Perhaps it is the questioning itself that is important and your own thoughts that you may bring to it. Maybe it is just an abstraction, maybe its a reflection of being in a post-modern age as nothing is solid, definitive and everything is questionable.

22 September 2012

British Ceramics Biennial 2011 (Pictures taken 5/10/11)

David Rickard

Tony Cragg

Thomas Weber

Julian Stair

Jenny Backstrom

Beata Domanska

Betty Woodman

Owen Quidlan 

Lately I have been trying to update this blog once a day with something new and recently its been other artists and exhibitions I have seen or visited in the past. I am starting to realise I am begging to enjoy this as I am able to document those events but also I understand that blogging is great way to share information with other people. I hope people could understand that information like this it is just put forward from my own perspective.
Today I dug through some pictures and I found these images taken from the British Ceramics Biennial 2011 from Stoke-on-Trent, seems like such a long time ago. The event lasted for some time I think perhaps a month or so. The event consisted of many exhibitions that were scattered acrros town but I was only there for a short amount of time therefore only saw this exhibition located in a disused warehouse.

This exhibition was broken up into different sections for example there was an area dedicated for new emerging artists, new domestic ceramics and established artists. Most of the work shown at this location were still objects but there was a few performance pieces on display as well such as for example plates that were still in its raw clay state and had been frozen and left to melt for the duration of the show. Works that caught my eye for example were from people like Tony Cragg as his work listed here made me want to move around the work and explore inside as well as outide, Thomas Weber as the pieces seemed to be quite playful and almost plastic looking and David Rickard as his work suggested a moment frozen in time.

Looking at these pictures again has reminded me of the potentials that clay as a medium has to offer as it can record an event, make perceivable time and its effects, can symbolise ceremony, can be shaped into any from and even has the ability to become a three dimensional painting.

21 September 2012

World Event Young Artists 2012, also known as Uk Young Artists (Nottingham, Uk)

Previously I had mentioned that I had the opportunity to vistit Nottingham to see the World Event Young Artists 2012 and so today I have put up some selected images from this event.

The actual event itself is split apart into different venues across the city and so when you arrive there its best to take a map from an information point one of which is in the heart of the city centre, but to be honest it was quite challenging to find these place as there were no signs in the city pointing to the different venues. For example these photos here all came from one venue that was about 20 minuets out of the city centre by buss so its best to get a rough idea first of were these different venues are.

I spent two days in Nottingham but it was only this venue that caught some of my interest as the works ranged from sculpture to photography to painting to ceramics and so it was a nice mix of work from different mediums and different artists from across the globe. A lot of the work was quite abstract but there were some representational art works as well such as a painting that captured the city life of I think a place in China. There was a figurative sculpture that really stood out to me, the last photo listed here documents a blackened figure that was part sculpture and part performance, it just seemed to emphasise a presence that was not solid like it was a kind of image left behind. It was quite uncomfortable in a way as the actor would seem to watch you every move. The ceramics was quite interesting although there was not a lot but one piece illustrating a cup on a table caught my eye as seemed to bring up associations to ceremony.

It was a nice opportunity to visit another place and see some art work but but I felt a little bit let down as the website stated it was going to be such a great event to showcase art from different artists from across the globe. I was just expecting to see much more, perhaps there was and maybe I just could not find it. However I do think this venue in-particular were I took these pictures could have benefited more if it was located in the city centre and I was not vary happy with the way in which the ceramic pieces were placed as I felt they were kind of pushed aside to one room, It would have been great to see them in the same room as the other sculptures and paintings and I also think the organisation could have selected more ceramic artists as the work was quite small compared to the other mediums. These are just my opinions and the organisation probably have there reasons. 

You can check the website, I think that event is finished now.

20 September 2012

Anthony Caro (selected works) from Book: Anthony Caro by Giovanni Carandente, 1992

P48, First National, 1964

PIX, End Game, 1971-74

PII, After Olympia, 1986-87


PXIII, Sun Feast, 1969-70

Book: Anthony Caro 
Arther: Giovanni Carandente
Puplisher: Fabbri Editori, 1992
Photographer: Aurelio Amendola

Note: Pictures were scanned from this book. 

The Eye - Anthony Caro DVD 2005

Today I have decided to do an article on Anthony Caro because recently I watched for the first time a short documentary about him talking about some of his works from his early stages of producing figurative sculptures, then progressing to his more abstract later sculptures. This then lead me to go check out some of his books and I discovered this one that caught my eye listed in this article. Firstly I really enjoy looking at books that have great full colour images and this one is no exception and secondly this was the first time I have seen his works placed in a space like this. I will talk about this book a bit later on, but firstly I would like to go through some notes made from observing this DVD documentary.

From my own interpretation from the DVD I noted...
  • He wants to put things in a way that is readable.
  • The work has got its own character and life.
  • He thinks about his own activity.
  • Perhaps he felt that he did not want his newer work to be hooked into history.
  • He felt with his newer work he was getting into the tradition of cubism which he felt had not been explored enough.
  • How you respond to sculpture, how the viewer sees the sculpture is vital. Its not something you can experience instantly from one angle, you have to walk all the way around it to get it.
  • Some sculpture he painted to see the effects, it became an important aspect.
  • A breakthrough came about when he stopped colouring his sculpture. He felt they would become too decorative. He started to use pieces of steel that had a decorative element to them, pieces that were slightly bent or rusted etc. It was much more earthy and routed in our problems, he wanted it to do with a bit more about us and the lives we live.
  • He also experimented with placing his sculpture in different positions say on tabletops. It seemed he was testing out possibilities.
  • When he goes to the workshop he goes unprepared, he responds to place, how the materials feels etc.
  • It seems he enjoys working with found materials say from the scrap-yard, seeing which objects speak to him, what has potential.
  • Its a dialogue between the sculptors materials, ideas and his character. He has got to let it all speak, he thinks he has got to respond but he can not force upon things.
  • Scale is vary important, he wants his sculpture to have a relationship to us.
  • He has always followed his own instinct, and when he makes his work he just wants to get it rite for himself, if it douse not look rite then it is not finished.

It's quite a lot of information but I felt watching his interview and hearing his own coments about his practice and work very informing in that I could realy feal the undertone and meaning about the work. 

Getting back to the book, it was interesting to see how his work is seen when placed outside in a setting like this. These pictures were from an exhibition of his in Rome at the Trajan's Markets, 1992. In some cases it seems you can compare the new with the old as the place acts as a kind of backdrop to which you can identify a past. I also like the way for example the piece 'After Olympia, 1986-87' looks as though it was built for that room as you can see a relationship from the colour of the work to the colour of the interior of the building. The work seems to to respond to space and looks like its expressing movement and there almost like compositions of elements on a canvass that is the space there in. It is surreal looking at the photos as they do look like painting but you know they are real objects.

I have never seen Anthony's work in person but it would be interesting to experience it my self as I would see and experience it differently. 

19 September 2012

Yingge Ceramics Museum. Taiwan, Taipei (June 2012)

Back in June of 2012 I was really lucky to have the opportunity to go to Taiwan, Taipei, I managed to go to quite a few places and on some of my previous posts you can see some other photographs I had taken.  

These pictures were taken from the Yingge Ceramics Museum located in a village famous for ceramic production just outside the city, about 25 minutes by train. The museum housed a collection of not only traditional ceramic pieces but also contemporary art pieces. Some of these art pieces were made by Taiwanese artists and some for example like the figures were made by international artists that sometimes get the opportunity to do a residency there.  

The quality of the work really appealed to me and the ideas that were trying to be expressed. I particularly liked the wall mounted pieces as for me looked as though they were paintings almost. They were so visually eye catching and I felt drawn to the different spaces as colour seemed to have a strong effect. Another thing I notice is the differences between the work of the Taiwanese artists and that of artists from the west. For example the work from Taiwanese artists its possible to identify a trace or connection with the history of ceramics as you can see a connection to domestic functional pieces were-as the artists from the west the material seems to be used in a more sculptural approach and douse not really have a connection to these values. 

I really enjoyed that visit, I wish I had more time to explore the town and I would defiantly recommend people to go visit if they can. Yingge and Taipei are great places to explore, people are friendly, the food is amazing, and you just feel comfortable and there is so much to see, I hope I can go back again sometime in the future.