27 December 2012

Divided Visions-Paper sculpture finished 26/12/12

(Divided Visions, 26/12/12, assembled paper and coloured using oil pastels, wall mounted)




I am on a role today with these blogs, thought I would quickly add another. I recently created my first paper sculpture, well my first since a long time running now. The last time I used paper in this way was back at College and I remembered I enjoyed creating things using paper. Like ceramics it too can be shaped into almost anything and be coloured, providing possibilities to explore. Paper is such an accessible material and since I do not have all the facilities yet to get back into using clay to make my work I found paper can provide me valuable insights to ways in which to explore my ideas further.

 This sculpture is intended to be a wall piece, I wanted to create a relief of sorts as the idea of making reliefs has been in my mind for quite sometime. With this piece I wanted to create something that had a kind of depth in a way to draw the eyes into different parts through the use of form and colour, just like my thinking in relation to my new ceramic work. 

I also notice with this piece there is a lot of separate elements used to create the overall piece, it seems they have a way of braking everything up into segments that effects the way the overall form is seen.

I hope I can can continue to produce more paper pieces like this, I really have enjoyed working in this way as it also provides a means to test out ideas. At this rate my lounge will probably turn into some kind of gallery space.

Selected Pictures, Bristol, UK

With this picture I positioned the camera near to the ground in between some railings, its produced quite an interesting angle and perspective. The structure appears to be set against the backdrop of the sky.

Here for me the forms and colours really stand out and looks as though they are interacting with the backdrop of the space.

This one is almost serial looking as though there is another dimension to which this bicycle could enter.

I took this one as I enjoyed the way my eyes were wanting to see what was inside but found it difficult, however light and shadow played a part in heightening space and structure.

Some kind of Hot-Cross-Bun? Never seen anything like this before, I still don't know what it is, but the form and colour immediately caught my eyes. 


Here I avoided taking a picture of all of the structure, the object appears to be a centre of focus.

Elements look as though there layered upon each other, and my eyes feel trapped as if there is no were to escape.

It looks like a mess but it seems to have a kind of characteristic, the elements come alive and there is a visual wealth of colour. 

There seems to be a kind of tension taking place, a line of sorts interacting with space.


Times have been busy recently as within the past week or so I left Cardiff and moved to Bristol just in time for Christmas. It always takes time to properly settle down when moving to a new area and Bristol is no exception as I have not lived here before. At least the Christmas food has helped me to feel more relaxed, I hope everyone else has had a joyful Christmas and has a Happy New Year for 2013. 

I thought I would just like to share these new selected pictures taken for the first time around the Bristol Harbour side. I rely enjoyed my time there, the space is huge and since I went out on Christmas Day it was so quiet, everything very still and peaceful. It's interesting as Christmas seems to be the one day of the year were you can go outside and feel as though the world around you has stopped. But anyway this proved to be a good opportunity to go outside for a walk after a big dinner and take some pictures.  

12 December 2012

Tate Modern, London, November 27, 2012

(Theo van Doesburg, born: 1883-1931, Counter-Composition Vl 1925, Oil paint on canvas)

(Charlotte Posenenske, Born: 1930-1985, Square Tubes Series D, 1967, Galvanised Steel.)

(Jean Helion, Born: 1904-1987, lle de France 1935, oil paint on canvas.)

(Robert Delaunay, Born 1885-1941, Endless Rythm, 1934, oil paint on canvas)

(Donald Judd, born: 1928-1994, Untitled, 1980, steel, aluminium and perspex)

(Donald Judd, born: 1928-1994, Untitled, 1980, steel, aluminium and perspex)

(Donald Judd, born: 1928-1994, Untitled DJ 85-51, 1985, painted aluminium) 

(Donald Judd, born: 1928-1994, Untitled DJ 85-51, 1985, painted aluminium) 

(Donald Judd, born: 1928-1994, Untitled 1972, copper, enamel and aluminium) 

(Piet Mondrian, born: 1872-1944, Compostion C No.III with Red Yellow and Blue, 1935, oil paint on canvas)

(Piet Mondrian, born: 1872-1944, Compostion B No.II with Red, 1935, oil paint on canvas)

(Victor Pasmore, born: 1908-1998, Abstract in White Green Black Blue Red Grey and Pink C1963, perspex and painted wood) 

(Kasimir Malevich, born: 1879-1935, Dynamic Suprematism, 1915 or 1916, oil on canvas)

(Larry Bell, born: 1939, Untitled 1964, metal and glass, Untitled 1967, metal and glass, Untitled 1962, glass and wood)

There is always something new to document, and this time round its selected works of art from the Tate Modern. 

I find my eye is becoming more and more selective now on the types of work I include in this blog, there is a lot of work I really liked from this museum but I think I am beginning to narrow it down and out of this I have once again noticed connections. All the works selected were taken from level 4 of the Museum, I think there were all housed under a title theme called Structure and Clarity but I am not sure, you can check out the website link here...http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks?sid=3501

My initial impressions when entering this section of the galley is the way each art work has their own space to breath, its all nicely distanced from each other and was not too cluttered. This is also the same for  a lot of the other artworks in the gallery, I like this as my eyes were not overwhelmed with too much information, plus there is enough space to step back or even walk around a work of art.

Initially what I get from looking at this type of work is a sense the built reality is for example being played upon or even extended into new possibilities whereby the artists themselves have created works that provide new ways of seeing and interacting. I do not think all the artists listed here were influenced purely by the built environment but every time I see this kind of work I do think to myself that there are some relationships and I think it's mostly down to the geometry of it all but of course geometry can also be found in nature as well. Anyway the work did have a way of just making me stand in front of it or in some cases move around it to investigate further what I was seeing. It seemed a lot of it just forced me to observe it over and over again as if there was something new to see every time and sometimes I just stood still as if I was in some kind of trance contemplating. Another thing I notice from it all is that there is a kind of freshness to the work, perhaps a kind of purity in form and colour, but yet it still managed to draw my eye to different elements of the work. I also feel when looking at this work that time is not relevant, even though some of the work was created in the 1900s it still looks as though it could have been produced only recently. 

Overall I feel as though I am always stepping into some kind of new reality were things are not what they seem when I look at this kind of work, I don't know if I can call it dream like because strangely it feels more real. Acutely in some cases when looking at these art works I think to myself is there some kind of meaning coded within, is it trying to communicate something other than just form and colour, obviously for me it is relatable to something but do the artists have something specific there wanting there work to communicate. Perhaps I need to have another look at the artists statements again.