Abstract Art – Why Create Art In this video I thought it would be interesting to talk about why I create art and what is the point of it. For me, I want to bring something new into the world and provide new experiences. The world can often seem driven on the status quo, what is normal and what is acceptable in which different things have its place or based upon popular culture. I would like to see a better world of new possibilities expressed by human potential. These are some of the reasons Why I Create Art.
4 July 2020
27 June 2020
21 June 2020
Are you feeling funky! In this video I share the making of my large abstract painting "Magical". After watching acrylic pouring techniques it automatically got me on the hock and I could not resist but give it a go myself. Acrylic pouring is a technique of mixing paint with a medium and then pouring onto a surface. Each result takes on a life of its own. However I wanted to adapt this artistic style to my own language. I pured the paints ontop of newspaper-cutouts. I wanted this painting to represent the society around me and I felt newspaper-cutouts would be ideal for this. I wanted to make this painting in a way in a way I can describe as being a chemical cocktail of sorts with a space in the middle for the eye to enter. Perhaps the resulting artwork is meditative, contemplative and Magical. Medium: Collage of newspaper-cutouts, white gloss paint, acrylic paint and medium on canvas. Dimensions: H80 W80 D3.7cm
Find this artwork at: https://www.martinharmanart.com/store/p124/magical.html
13 June 2020
What I find fascinating about places like Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles are things like why they were built and how they were built. It is this ultimate mystery that sits in the landscape. When I go to these places I am reminded of the potential humans have. I am left to decide how I want to see and experience them. People are left to bring their own imagination to them. This is a big inspiration for my ceramic sculptures. I wanted to translate my own interpretation of stone circles to my artworks. I want to make artworks that invite curiosity and imagination and new ways of experiencing. These ceramic sculptures are made using simple shape like cones and cylinders that are thrown on the potter’s wheel. They are then cut up and joined together to create these open forms. I then apply colour by spraying it to the surface. I like to build up multiple layers and create line and pattern. The sculptures go through multiple firings then finally a clear glaze is applied. Why do people come to see Avebury Stone Circle? “Lots of history, Something magical about the place” “Everybody is very open here, lots of people from different parts of society” Thank you for watching and thank you for the insight from people who participated in the interviews. Listen to the full interviews at Martin Harman Art on Youtube
20 March 2020
Like most of my ceramic sculptures the making of my free standing open sculptures process starts on the potters wheel. For me the wheel is a tool to help create artistic creations. It can be used to create tableware but it can also be used to create sculpture. There are many possibilities.
I usually throw individual objects on the potters wheel like cylinders, cones and spheres. I use stoneware as it is good for throwing and hand-building. It is strong once fired and assists in depth of colour and glaze.
I then cut up these shapes and join them together, it is all a constructive process of cutting and joining.
Once the desired shape is complete I then use tools to refine the shape such as the edge. When making open sculptures the edge is very important as this defines the shape and the inside and outside space.
I then bisque fire the forms to 1000c to remove the water and harden the clay for the next process. All firings are done in an electric kiln to control the temperature and in most cases the results. Then I will refine them again with sand paper to remove any rough textures. I am looking for clean defined forms.
An example from a previous open sculpture.
Next stage is to spray on a white vitreous slip using the spray gun. As the colour of the clay is bage in colour, white provides a good base coat to work with. In most cases I use the white slip to highlight the rim or to create pattens. Once the white vitreous slip has been applied I then fire the sculpture again to 1100c.
At this stage I apply masking tape to the form. The aim is to create lines and patten to highlight the form and drew the eye to the inside and outside space. I will usually use different colours to draw the eye to different parts of the form like the inside and outside. Sometimes I use gradients of colour to also help brake up the form. The spray gun is an ideal tool for this as I can achieve these effects and control the application of colour.
Depending on the complexity of the colour applied to the forms I will sometimes do multiple firings up to 1140c. At this stage I am then ready to tape up the form again and apply a clear glaze. The clear glaze is sometimes used on just the outside of the form to reflect the light so that the inside remains unglazed to absorb light. Sometimes both the inside and outside of the forms can be glazed. I like to use glaze to enhance the forms and harness the way light interacts with it. The glazed sculptures then get fired again between 1220-1260c.
Candy. H20 W21 D12
Follow the line. H20 W21 D12
Rising Sun. H20 W21 D11