Thursday, 27 October 2011

Gerhard Richter

Tuesday this week I was lucky enough to enjoy a day packed full of culture, food, friends and opportunities. Not to go into too much detail, but it was a rather good day! One of the highlights of which was visiting the Gerhard Richter exhibition at Tate Modern, if you get a chance I urge you to take a visit.

Richter has produced such an incredible body of work, that is impressive not only in scale but in diversity. I was amazed to be able wonder around the exhibition going form room to room finding completely different styles all crafted by the same man. I am truly in awe of how Richter works between the abstract and the life like, mastering both so uniquely.

                                   Horst with Dog (1965)                                  Betty (1988)

The exhibition is a chronological journey through Richter's art, beginning with paintings done from photographs, that he made his own by his trademark 'blur' - achieved by dragging a dry paint brush across the wet paint, softening the edges and mixing colours into each other. This technique really transformed the images from their plain photographs into something more. There is a universality to Richter's work, by taking subjects that are personal to him and distorting the images either with the blur effect (as shown above) or by using large thick gloops of oil paint (as shown below), the clarity of identity is muddied and as we look upon his images from a distance, we feel that we can relate to the subjects.

Townscape Paris (1968) above, was a painting that particularly interested me, not because of it's beauty, but by how Richter created it so that from a distance one could make out the bombed city landscape; but as the audience drew closer that image disintegrated, dissolving into chaotic globs of paint. This could be very reflective of the peoples experience of war, and how that from a distance there still seemed to be an etching of civilisations but as soon as you get closer to the situation you realise the chaos and destruction, there seeming to be no reasoning behind anything when close up.

                Forest (3) (1990)                                                                  Detail (Kreutz) (1971)

Although on occasion I can be found to scoff at certain abstract pieces, I found Richter's to be simply enchanting. The explanation of this may be found in the exhibition dialogue, I felt as though I was being given a guided tour of Richter's self development. I read about friendships with other artists, challenges he took on through the discovery of new artists work, political interests, popular culture, all which affected his work making the abstract appear less abstract and more bound to life experience.

Work that is most famous of his are his squeegee pieces, that are quite outstanding, but that is often due to their scale. Others of his abstract collections include paintings he did of photographs of small brushstrokes that he blew up to enormous sizes. The painterly marks, divorced from their original context and scale, start to lose their abstractness, and begin to look like something real, begin to taken on landscapes. This is most intriguing, as for a while you try to decipher where the image have been taken from and soon you come to the realisation that they are images of paint.

14 Nov .99 (1999)

I would love to go on and on about this exhibition as I found it to be a really wonderful treat, but I shan't ruin it for you, just promise me you'll at least try and go visit it! I'm going again this Friday, that's how much I enjoyed it!

Self Portrait (1996)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Destructive Tendencies

So I may be pretty late finding these guys, but I came across the work of Lernert and Sander whilst looking around, and I have to admit I fell in love immediately. Their art direction is just wonderful, it's clear, it really pushes the message, and their concepts are just hilarious - in my opinion anyway, but I do find the destruction of things quite amusing, don't ask me why, laughter just blurts out of me without my control. These are two of my favourite shorts:

I really love the colour palettes, the created anticipation, the hold your breath moments, and then bursts of laughs every time the bunny's head fell off.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

A Girl at a Window

My final film from my postgrad at Central St.Martins, which I only just realised that I never posted on here. Have a look if you fancy, here's the synopsis for it that a tutor helped me to articulate (I'm not so good with the words). Oh and the credits go on for like a year, so apologies if you really want to read them.

Synopsis: ‘A Girl at a Window’ was named after and inspired by the painting by Louis-Leopold Boilly. The film investigates the painting’s themes of voyeurism: of looking and being looked at. I enjoyed the symbolism of the telescope, an apparatus that looks outward, contratsed against the fishbowl, an object one looks into. I was inturigued by how the painting was of a mounted engraving, that it had been created from another’s interpretation of reality.

Using a minimalist aesthetic in Flash, the animation explores issues of subjectivity and identity through the portrayal of a young woman who feels disconnected from the world. The character is self-conscious, existing in a society that places great value on how one portrays one’s self to the world; leading her to feel trapped by social and societal pressures, feeling she must perform for others, yearning for the freedom from the gaze of others.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

If I were a man....

...I wouldn't grow a beard like this, simply through fear of a small ferret potentially trying to make it it's new home, and the fact that it looks a little on the itchy side.

Monday, 3 October 2011

If I were a man...

... I would grow a tash like this, fun for the face!

September Showreel 2011

So after some very helpful comments from my friends  Saf and Frankie I have rejigged my showreel around so my more recent work is at the front. Any more thoughts on what works and what doesn't would be greatly appreciated.