My next project is a variation urban sketching with different elements that interest me added together to try and make a unique overview of scenes in Cornwall. A mixture of drawings and prints with the main focuses being man-made structures such as buildings or statues but with traditional Cornish elements within such as the sea or moorland. They are going to be a mix of different sights that could be seen in towns, people going about their business, weather effecting the light, buildings filled with people and man made structures interacting with nature e.g. statues in parks. I aim to show a clear balance between clear cut lines of buildings and the gestural lines of the people showing the different between the bricks that don’t move and the constantly moving people. Im going to work on my use of composition by playing with the contrast of detailed and rough drawing to lead the eye around the page to parts of the landscape that might have been over looked. Im excited at the possibility of also turning these drawings in prints, a medium I have always been interested in as I like the expected element of the ink whether its smudging or a blob in an unexpected place, it takes the image on a path I could never plan. They will all extend to the edge of the pages and create the illusion of the scenes extending further by evidence of the things just out of sight. I plan to use minimal colour, mostly black and white but the occasional colour that seems even brighter because the monotone around. I want the project not just for people who are tourists and want a reminder of what they have seen but also the locals who have an interest in what’s around them, that like reevaluating what the known and see every day in a different and better way
I recently took a trip to the art gallery of Hauser and Wirth in Somerset, to see the garden and the exhibition by Rashid Johnson. Its a very unique and interesting place in the middle of rolling English countryside, we got lost in a few little villages on the way!
“The exhibition takes its title from an essay ‘Stranger in the Village’ by James Baldwin. Originally published in Harper’s Magazine in 1953, it is the account of Baldwin’s experiences as a young African-American man, living in a small village in Switzerland.” (https://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/3169/rashid-johnson-stranger/view/)
The first room was what struck me the most with forest like installations mixed with abstract sculpture. I really like the primitive element with the rough sculptures and drawings that looked like they had been done by hand. The whole thing makes me think of hammer hitting a brick, its very in your face and uncompromising with thick black lines and edges. The most interesting thing was the black soap and shea butter that were used in the artwork. Using such an unusual material such as black soap made out of ash from West African trees and plants is very interesting and should have advertised better rather than a note at the end of the gallery.
Its like he is creating worlds on the canvas. New dimensions filled with wonderful colours wonderful colours and strange shapes. Where every shape has a life and colour has meaning. (seen at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France)
Dens ligesom han skaber verdener på lærredet. Nye dimensioner fyldt med vidunderlige farver vidunderlige farver og mærkelige former. Hvor hver form har et liv og farve har betydning. (Set på Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Frankrig)
“the austerity of their pictorial language makes outstanding work, the economy of means being pushed to the extreme in the combination of white house paint and pencil,” on Cy Twombly, Centre Pompidou in Paris, France
Recently i had the amazing opportunity to go on an art trip to Paris where i saw an exhibition of Cy Twombly at the centre pompidou.
I got the strange sense that there was a secret underneath the paint, something that i couldn’t quite see. these drawings are really inspiring to me because recently i have been trying to experiment with creating and obscuring marks, which i see is the main focus here. I love the black and white nature of some of his work, seeing these pieces have reminded me of the power that stark black and white can create. I really like the way that he uses pencil in an abstract way, most of the artwork i see recently only use art in a traditional way. The way he draws has an instinctual element that makes them fresh and original.
Toen ik voor het eerst deze tentoonstelling zag, had ik het vreemde gevoel dat er een geheim onder de verf, iets wat ik kon niet goed zien. Deze tekeningen zijn echt inspirerend voor mij, omdat ik onlangs geprobeerd om te experimenteren met het maken en verduisterende merken, en ik geloof dit is de belangrijkste focus van zijn werk. Ik hou van de zwarte en witte aard van zijn werk, het zien van deze stukken me herinneren aan de macht die grimmige zwart-wit kan creëren. Ik hou echt van de manier waarop hij potlood gebruikt op een abstracte manier, het grootste deel van het werk dat ik ben gewoon een tijdelijk gebruik kunst op een traditionele manier. De manier waarop hij tekent heeft een instinctieve element dat ze fris en origineel maakt.
Throughout the this exhibition week i was given a lot of choices which i hadn’t had control over before, which was very exciting such as lighting and the use of a camera with a tripod to create a stop motion animation of the process of my work. It was a very new experience to look on such a large canvas and I came up with a loose plan of drawing 5 lines with markers across the wall, trying to split up the largest areas. Then taking away 5 lines with white paint from the most concentrated spots. this was my idea to work outwards a bit with mark pen lines and then back into the center taking away lines. This way i would be constantly moving the shapes around and revealing new images. I used white paint to erase certain lines in the more concentrated places to make new shapes and inspire images.
One of the many amazing opportunities that i have been lucky to be a part of is a drawing exhibition in the KASK Bijloke campus. The set up is that each students are each given a 3 x 4 meters wall to do whatever we want with it. It was very exciting to that such freedom and space to work with! I decided to go with an idea that i have had for a while of make artwork loosely based on the Gestalt psychology theory. To create a chaotic mass of shapes and lines, to then create recognisable pictures of this. My aim to create a piece of work with many different layers, for it to first appear as a mass of swirling lines and the closer its viewed for animals and images to appear.