NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF ARTS
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Self Negotiated Unit
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Creative Body of Work
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Appropriation refers to the act of borrowing or reusing existing elements within a new work.
Images and elements of culture that have been appropriated commonly involve famous and recognisable works of art, well known literature, and easily accessible images from the media.
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'UK based artist Simon Claridge has garnered international acclaim for his fine art interpretations of iconic figures on silkscreen, dappled with his now signature diamond dust finish'.
I found this artist Castle Fine Art Gallery (Norwich). I noticed his work in a window featured with Playboy. A turn to different generation classics. Actresses and models that mostly used to appear in black and white photography. We will probably never have enough of Marilyn Monroe beauty.... I think it shows how much people are holding on to history as we weren't able to find anyone new as beautiful and iconic.
By the looks of it Frank Sidebottom is following me during the course. I think pure curiosity led me into trying to make my own plaster of paris head. Chris Sievey's madness about this character that almost took over his true self is definitely inspiring and even a bit frightening.
For last term watched a few movies, loads of videos on YouTube.
Gerhard Richter is German artist who works with different substances, and his art has been multimedia, multifaceted. He was always interested in reflections, mirrors, shadows, often which held souls of those they portray.
Quite confusing artwork, as it seems they have a photographic view, but actually it's a reflection of the space where the coloured mirror is.
Colours used to paint on mirror were grey, blood red, brown and blue.
NUA library: Anthony d'Offay Gallery (1991) Gerhard Richter Mirrors. London: Anthony d'Offay Gallery.
Found this artist being featured by the Castle Fine Art (Norwich). Again Mona Lisa by L. Da Vinci. This artist has the whole series called Genuine Fakes. He repainted works of such artists like V. Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, P. Picasso about 200 of which only 6 was found. was convicted of Art forgery who, with John Drewe, perpetrated what has been described as "the biggest art fraud of the 20th century". Again, I am not sure how to feel about this as it does not brings anything new to the art table, it does not generating new ideas. But I guess I could call it great craftsmanship.
AirWorks is a company based in Netherlands which design, make and install. They work with 3D software so they can see exactly what the inflatable will look like when finished as it progresses through the design phase. They do tours, theatre, ceremonies, festivals and all sorts of different events.
I feel this artist's work close to my heart. Each of the sculptures are similar and different. With different details added/ subtracted. Additional objects creates different mood and or meaning. I think I could apply similar ideas to pancake faces in the future.
"the transgressive role of comedy offer up many starting points" - I believe this line could apply to my work as well as often it starts with just humorous intentions and then I find other meanings and ideas.
St PETER MARTYR
While scrolling through Saint pictures found this quite different looking picture. I and religion go way back , visited a lot of churches with school, later in life because of architectural heritage and never seen anything like that before.
This is St Peter Martyr , also called Peter of Verona. Picture below was painted by Carlo Crivelli. He was one of saints in the polyptych (multi-panelled altarpiece).
Peter of Verona was a 13th century Italian Catholic priest.
He served as Inquisitor in Lombardy, was killed by an assassin, and was canonised as a Catholic saint 11 months after his death.
A book about this artist fell into my hands at NUA library after I decided to paint on mirror. Book was in German, so had a quick look through pictures and then looked for information online. Mirror series "Spiegelbilder" paintings are quite abstract, leaving just small spaces of reflections. Though I could see brush strokes - gestures an motion, how slick the surface is and it gave me some sort of direction what to expect while working on it.
NUA Library: Hesch, K. (2005) Albert Oehlen : mirror paintings. Berlin: Galerie Max Hetzler,
At first glance it looks so similar to my 'Papa Pancake'. Texture, shape, figure. Looking through pictures I found out that these sculptures are at least twice bigger than a normal height person.
Viola Frey was a sculptor, painter from California, USA. She was renowned for her larger-than-life, colourfully glazed clay sculptures of men and women, which expanded the traditional boundaries of ceramic sculpture.
Viola has had a profound impact on the visual arts. She was able to take the culture surrounding her and reform those elements into a totally original form of sculpture that defined one of the great contributions to modern art.
I used Latin language for one of my little mirror painting, to give it more classic look, it seems like it attracts a feeling of being closer to Vatican and top quality Catholic Church experience. While Latin's influence is apparent in many modern languages, it is no longer commonly spoken. It's still used in specific contexts.
ROYAL DE LUXE
This is a company of inventors, stuntmen, poets and scrap-dealers all at once, led by Jean-Luc Courcoult. Royal de Luxe are currently considered to be an iconic, almost mythical, street theater company - equal to the Theatre du Soleil for conventional indoor theatre.
While looking for more information of carnival found this amazing company from Nantes, France. The amount of work and creativity that being put in makes it phenomenal.
Their appearance in Liverpool in 2012
Liverpool's Dream Odyssey page
Before any work was completed or it was more or less in process it did not feel right to look for gallery spaces or opportunities. Despite that, we had an 'Underground Ties' exhibition in the planning with fellow students. Later on, one of the curation students suggested to book space in the Studio 20 and create like a little pancake face world for a day or two.
Due to Covid-19 all plans had to be cancelled.
It took me sometime to realise the situation and get my head around it.
I submitted to open calls for:
ARTJOBS.com - Artist of the month (May). Fee $16
Gallery M&Art agents - Magazine cover and article.
Social Isolation - Inclusion of your work and interview in the printed art zine.
Visual Art Open Awards - many prizes. Fee £15 per artwork.
Also, submitted to BAP.
A few more exhibitions caught my eye, however, in these uncertain times I did not want to pay fee and would not be able to participate and or be able to send my work there.
I noticed these paintings at Norwich passing by Castle Fine Art Gallery. It was already very close to quarantine and kept rushing by. But kept it in my memory well to make sure I will look at it online. I believe there are similarities as we both worked based on L. Da Vinci's artwork. Personally, I am not fascinated by classic artwork covered in paint, writings. It brings us to questions like What is art? When it becomes art? Or it just depends on who and when and how much money you have to promote it...
I found this artist on Instagram by accident. She is based in Latvia. However, she does not have any information online. So because I feel really interested I messaged her if she would like to say a few bits about her work.
Most sculptures are this similar shape, women with red cheeks. Again, quite similar, must be other halves to my pancake faces. Looking forward for her reply.
Received a reply (not corrected):
I live in Riga, capital of Latvia. For some it's a very small city, but there you can find feeling of "little Paris", there are nice and smart art galleries, introvert but positive and heartfelt people. Sometimes I need to go to my countryside to charge my "innerpower".
I try to be a "Designer" but it doesn't work for me. And then I try to remember what makes me happy when I was little. Playing and making polimerclay creatures! The interaction of fingers and plastic material is like a miracle and magic at the same time.
With age I get freedom. I'm so close to my true self, like never before. Every day I make small sculptures and that's kind a diary.
As long as you are an innovator and a joy of creativity, it provides an opportunity for growth to continue.
Another great finding while roaming in NUA library. I was just amazed with this mask, I really liked the idea of using mirrors instead of eyes. It gives so much meaning and ways to interpret. I might use this idea in the future. For now just sharing something that left a mark on me.
c.1975 Mixtec people, Jicayan, Oaxaca, Mexico; wood, pigment, mirrors, horsehair.
Museo Ruth Lechuga de Arte Popular, Mexico City
NUA library: Nunley, J.W. (1999) Masks: Faces of Culture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Just in the start of Block II went to NUA library to browse, to look for something that would inspire. I found myself in fashion section picking up all sorts of books about masks. In one of them found this mask made of cloth and plaster. This was a way I wanted to make the bigger pancake face head (⌀ 107cm). Later on had a discussion with guys at 3D studios and that's when I was advised to use Paverpol instead. As I said in my Learning Agreement due to lack of space at home studio I decided to postpone the project. Also, I would still like to try cloth and plaster sculpture as well.
Cloth and plaster on wood stand
For 1992 special exhibitions "The Masquerade" of masks in Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
NUA library: Campbell, J. (1993) Masquerade San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
VARIETY OF LAST SUPPER
'Last Supper' is one of the most often recreated paintings. Artists gather around that table cartoon characters, movie stars and photographers changes this scene with models. Meme enthusiasts wipes it off completely and call it 'CANCELLED'.
See more in the gallery below.
The Last Supper is a late 15th-century mural painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. It is one of the Western world's most recognisable paintings.
10 facts about 'LastSupper':
STREET THEATRE AND FESTIVALS
Beside Royal Deluxe and Airworks I looked at numerous companies of street theatre and inflatable sculptures.
This could be an opportunity of giving a new perspective to my art path as this seems to be an exciting business to be in. Also, it would be a great achievement to see pancake faces in different scale and giving wow factor to the audience.