Reflection Part 5/ Assignment 5 Personal Project

Assignment 5 Personal Aim 

The aim for Assignment 5 through the subject matter of the Human figure is to capture the vibrancy and energy of the Island of Ibiza that is present when you visit the island even though this holiday (focus of sketches) for me was very relaxing and family focused comparably to the tourists that visit for the vibrant and energetic nightlife.

Objectives

  • Further develop the sketches I captured whilst on holiday.
  • Further develop the growing interest that  I have developed throughout Drawing 1 of the low tech digital manipulation of prints, photographs (images), using traditional process ( such as hand Collage, stains, line and marks).
  • Continue to experiment with multimedia.
  • Research Artists that have used a similar subject matter of figures by a pool or beach (holiday environment).
  • Research Artists using collage or low tech digital manipulation of images.
  • Follow up on Tutor recommended research.

 

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills

I have found part 5 hard without the boundaries of the exercise but also have enjoyed the freedom. I think I set my self a very clear but challenging brief and initially spent a time procrastinating with lots of ideas  and inspiration until eventually I started drafting all my ideas into A5 compositions (which will definitely carry out again in future- its a purge of idea’s that clears the mind) and then the rest of the process followed smoother.  I had to disregard some ideas that didn’t work to find others that did. I feel privlidged to be getting so many different ideas and want to learn how more and more how to execute them. If I had set an easier aim such as 3 pencil tonal studies then I may have had better results but I wanted to really challenge myself with a series of expressive drawings working intuitively as much as possible.

I have fed in inspiration from artists I researched that have used collage, manipulated prints, photographs, especially Dr ME and Sebastian Haslaeur (Cut that Out). In May I visited the Ashmolean and Degas large expressive sketch After the Bath 1900, the impression of the drawing has stayed with me. Then visiting the Giacometti exhibition at the Tate in June has helped me find a confidence in expression. Also discover artist Richard DiebenKorns expressive lines and a different ways of using line. I think I have good adaptability in my drawing technique and I really enjoy copying or using other artists lines in my drawings its a treat to experience how someone else draws. Through this research and experimentation I felt line and colour would be the best way to represent energy and vibrancy of Ibiza.

I have  concentrated on composition and the overall design of the drawings/ collage and continued to be conscious of how the viewer see’s whats within the drawing. I have left the edges blank again to draw the viewer in using Gicaometti’s frame in one of the compositions. I think I have demonstrated a further improved  understanding of the Human figure and proportions.

Quality of Outcome

Initially before choosing to develop the Ibiza Sketches I had multiple ideas or subject matter that I wanted to develop, which is a fantastic improvement on struggling in part 2. Using mind maps and drafting some of the ideas down cleared my mind to then re focus for the brief.

The outcome meets the aim of the brief and completed all the objectives. I don’t think I have quite captured (with the exception of drawing 1 ) what I captured in my sketch book experimentation, all three drawings are very bold, the same size, portrait view, with a similar bright – holiday feel expression of colour. I think these drawings will suffer a little from being removed from the context they sit (Ie if they were being viewed in Ibiza they would sit better).

I a little hesitant to critic them as successful as can see ways they can be improved (unsure of arms on Drawing 2 and the blank figure on Drawing 3) and prefer the sketch book final compositions, I wonder if I added too much after scaling up. Drawing 1’s biggest problem was the sizing up, which eventually I had to join photo’s together to get the larger image. I have captured the engery especially well within Drawings 1 and it contains a lot of movement. I have concerns with the join on the image its self. This set of drawings again was a first for me to complete in this way and can clearly see how to develop my drawing throughout the rest of my degree. I have only been drawing purposefully for just over a year now. There was so much resource here and ideas that followed which is a very positive step to be working on. However to highly critic myself I think I was trying to mix too many ideas again.

I have a personal preference for the Black and White series of hand and digitally manipulated drawings and prints, I love that they represent a memory of the holiday and the marks give a distressed old photographic feel. The sense of place is still present with energy and vibrancy. However I do have time to make changes (re work larger drawings) if my tutor has additional feedback before assessment. However I think I have stronger drawings elsewhere within my coursework.

As intended each figure is central to the composition surrounded with a variety of traditional expressive lines and marks. I have used photographic prints in two of the series producing some interesting marks that I hope will captivate the viewer. Each drawing has very lively feel to view and have tried (as suggested by the brief) to be bold and stand out.

After assignment 5 I  feel more confident with using and developing my sketch book, exploring compositions and using backgrounds.

Demonstration of Creativity

I have continue to develop manipulating images and collage along side drawing and my next course, I enjoy all equally and further deepened my knowledge as I did in part 3 with experimentation. As per tutor recommendation I did extensive research into Collage artists which has opened up a world of endless imagination and that really anything is possible within art if you can imagine or visualise it. I have tried to be very intuitive and expressive within this section and trying to trust each judgement and process as it presents itself.

I have continues to asked why and how this will or has influenced my work. and continuing to put into my own drawings ideas from any research. I am also trying to be more critical and analytical of my own work but without being too tough on myself. Tim Marlow’s Arts Greatest Mistakes was an interesting insight to things many artists do what is considered ‘wrong’ even with human figure proportions as they learnt.

Again I havnt gone for a subject matter that results in the obviously beautiful- it doesnt fit this genre and I seem to be searching for abstract and boldnes and  other areas away from the obviously beautiful. However I have recently joined a landscape course and been enjoying drawing flowers, so maybe the beautiful will emerge. Overal I love line drawings and the juxtapostion of different images, traditional marks and how this translates visually.

 

Context

I kept the context simple by exploring the sense of vibrancy, energy and place without a representational landscape. Although I did do small studies of sand and the sea. The drawings also discuss youth and age- with an element of intimacy with the femail pose, loss of youth in the male pose and youth itself in the child pose. This assignment was not about capturing Ibiza’s nightlife but I think the same energy of place is evident.

Again limiting my research to more specific areas, I still hope I have demonstrated excellent research and continue to confident in my development of knowledge in relation to art history, contexts and debates and how other artists work, which in turn is helping to develop my personal technical skills.

Again I have a personal prefernce for the context of memory and old photgraphs in the Black and White Series I have developed.

I have also followed up on tutor recommended reading which was so inspiring.

The self-initiated visit to the Tate and Giacometti exhibition was very beneficial.

I have also asked for constructive feedback from friends and other students to check what I see is the same as the viewer

 

 

Assignment 5 Artist Statement

Assignment 5 Artist Statement

When I started  I was influenced by my previous course Creative Arts Today and a new developed love for contemporary Art.  This fed into Parts 1 and 2 of this course, looking for narratives within my drawings and different subject matter.  Part 4 rediscovered my pure passion of figure drawing. Part 3 (Fourth Assignment) introduced a new love for landscape and interest to capture a sense of place through drawings. Part 3 also came with a confidence in ways of working, experimentation with media, compositions and preparatory work and how other artists influence my work which ultimately feeds into the main assignment.

I have explored a mixed media, new materials, drawing styles and researched a vast range of artist. I have learnt the importance of how artists can influence my own work. During part 3, (fourth assignment) I ended an internal battle within my own drawing style focusing on experimental expressive mixed media approach rather than a need to develop a photo realistic drawing style. I also developed an interest in low tech manipulation of prints, love of sketching and the simplicity of marks and lines.

I chose the subject matter after making sketches whilst on holiday it is an interesting subject as sunbathers are unknowingly the perfect life models due to their different poses. Although I don’t want to represent place as a landscape form I would like to capture the sense of place that is Ibiza.

From the outset I set this aim:

The aim for Assignment 5 through the subject matter of the Human figure is to capture the vibrancy and energy of the Island of Ibiza that is present when you visit the island even though this holiday (focus of sketches) for me was very relaxing and family focused comparably to the tourists that visit for the vibrant and energetic nightlife.

 

Objectives

  • Further develop the sketches I captured whilst on holiday.
  • Further develop the growing interest that  I have developed throughout Drawing 1 of the low tech digital manipulation of prints, photographs (images), using traditional process ( such as hand Collage, stains, line and marks).
  • Continue to experiment with multimedia.
  • Research Artists that have used a similar subject matter of figures by a pool or beach (holiday environment).
  • Research Artists using collage or low tech digital manipulation of images.
  • Follow up on Tutor recommended research.

I would like to present my development of visual observation, communication of ideas and ensure I have explored effective compositional design that informs my final series of work.

I plan to create series of 3 A 2 drawings that reflect the artists that I have researched throughout part 5. In one of pieces I would like to represent collage and in another use of low tech digital manipulation of print. I would like the images to represent the correct proportions of the human figure but in an expressive way through line and mark making.

Throughout the course I have continually thought about the line between drawing and painting (other mediums) and how this gets defined which has led to a strong interest in the use of line which I would like explore further in part 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Reading and Research

Banksy Wall and Piece Century 2006

Greyson Perry Divided Britain this was more a political program which was fascinating to watch how he used social media to research into the context of the Vases that he created to represent divided Britain after the EU referendum.

Tim Marlows Arts Greatest failures Inspiring to see how even masterpieces such as Leonardo di Vinci’s Last Super now only has 20% of the original painting left which was painted  by Di Vinci due to restoration and his original experimentation of paint. The programme recapped questions about context and what is art which I covered extensively when studying Creative Arts Today.

Adventure of the Black Square review Art that aimed to change the world https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jan/18/adventures-of-the-black-square-review-whitechapel-abstract-art-that-aimed-to-change-the-world

Bridget Riley, Optical Art born 1931 https://artuk.org/discover/artists/riley-bridget-b-1931

Visit to the Welcome Collection, London. 30th June 2017 ( Notably linking back to part 1 &2 Medicine Man and Medicine now).

Tate Modern general collection (notably Andy Warhol and Guerilla Girls work) 30th June 2017.

Elizabeth Peyton, Section Eight Drawing Now Eight propositions, The Museum of Modern Art Laura Hoptman (particularly coloured pencil drawings).

 

 

 

 

Tutor Reccomended Reading/ Viewing Hannah Hoch and Cut That Out- Dr Me

Hannah Hoch 1889-1979

I studied Hannah Hoch as part of Visual Communications during the Creative Arts Today module.  She is known as a part of the Dada Art Movement and one of the originators of Photomontage. She represented political discourse, androgyny and the shifting gender roles between men and women within her collage’s. Here is an interesting article about her exclusion from exhibitions as a female artist. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/10545071/Hannah-Hoch-The-woman-that-art-history-forgot.html.

Combining drawing and photography (Beach scene my interpretation).

Hannah hoch

Fig 1 Hannah Hoch Staatshäupter (Heads of State), 1918-20

DR ME “Cut That Out” 

As the book quotes literally is “the very best in contemporary collage” (DR ME 2013) I could do a whole project based on inspiration from it alone as the images are so vibrant and open up a whole new world and ways of working to explore.

Further to my previous blog post here is a final image by an artist featured in the book called Sebastian Haslauer (German) his lively imagination are extremely impactful on the viewer ( how the viewer sees). This images is the final idea or inspiration I needed to help develop my final piece of collage that I am working on. His hand made collage combines found imagery, cut outs and painting. This image is especially relevant (my interpretation) of a beach scene.

Points of interest

  • Hannah Hochs Juxtaposed heads on swimmers bodies.
  • The expressive nature of Sebastian Haslauer’s collage.
  • Extensive extremely inspirational material within Dr Me Cut that out.

 

Fig 1 Hannah Hoch Staatshäupter (Heads of State), 1918-20 https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jan/09/hannah-hoch-art-punk-whitechapel (accessed 18/7/17).

Fig 2 Memento Moni Sebastian Hasleur Memento Moni (2012) Acrylic, paper and enamel on canvas. http://sebastianhaslauer.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sebastian_Haslauer_Painting_Memento_Moni (accessed 18/7/17).

 

 

Research Drawing using Photographs or Printed images.

I have tried to limit this research to find artists drawing on ink jet prints or photographs. Using photographs within images is commonly used within Graphic Design and collage by artists such as Hannah Hoch, Ellen Gallagher and John Hartfield. Images digitally manipulated pre printing seem to be in abundance.

Odelesque

Fig 1 Ellen Gallagher Odalisque 2005 Gelatine Silver Print with Watercolour and Gold Leaf.

I love how Ellen Gallagher has highlighted the patterns within the image with Gold leaf. It’s very simple but effective and changes the content to give this image a strong narrative.

Sebastien Del Grosso combines two interests (drawing and photography) by drawing on to photographs to create surreal yet expressive self portraits. The images seem very surreal and I like how he used the self-portrait as a starting point to then capture movement of other poses. Sebastien Del Grosso is an illustrator/ photographer based in Paris, whom I have started following on social media.

SDG

Fig 2 Sebastien Del Grosso The Sketch of Life Series 2014

The image above reflects his illustrative style however it interesting to see how his more recent work is developing.

Flayed Sketches SDG

Fig 3 Flayed Sketch II Sebastien Del Gesso 2015

After discovering Sebastien Del Gesso I decided to look for hand manipulated photographs, which took me to a lot of student sites and images transfers/ silk screens by Robert Rauschenberg. Then looking at photographers it opened up a massive debate of image reappropriation, image manipulation v’s reality and the 20th Century debate of are photographers artists., which of course they are.

Bernard Herman is a current artist who is successfully experimenting between the line of painting and photography (manipulating images) which will be extremely inspiring for my next course Practise of Painting. The images are so vibrant and full of energetic marks especially considering the original images are still pictures. His Polaroid transfers and missing person series are also really interesting.

Bernard Herman

Fig 4 Bernard Herman Manipulated Photography (Undated).

Finally returning to an image I was fascinated with when first starting Drawing Skills by artist Anna Barriball (British Born 1972) that I viewed in “Vitamin D New perspectives in Drawing”. The image below represents her approach to the effect of objects and drawing experimentally by rubbings of windows, marks and “Flinging a graphite-covered ball at a piece of paper” (Godfrey, 2005). My favourite is an image of a found photograph which she mixed bubble mixture with ink and blew onto.  Which changes the context of the original photograph and for me debates mark making on paper as a form of drawing and expression that is a unlimted.

Anna Barrible untitled 7

Fig 5 Anna Barriball Untitled VII 2004

All of these images are so inspiring and give endless resource for experimentation within my own work.

 

 

Fig 1 Ellen Gallagher Odalisque 2005 https://www.gagosian.com/artists/ellen-gallagher (accessed 17/7/2017).

Fig 2 Sebastien Del Grosso The Sketch of Life Series 2014 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2730016/How-draw-attention-work-The-artist-brings-selfies-life-skilful-sketches-disguisedpaintings.html (accessed 17/7/2017).

Fig 3 Flayed Sketch II Sebastien Del Gesso  2015 https://www.flickr.com/photos/s-d-g/albums/721576615032551 (accessed 17/7/2017).

Fig 4 Bernard Herman Manipulated Photography (Undated).http://www.bernardhermanphotographist.com/#/new-gallery-1/ (accessed 17/7/2017).

Fig 5 Anna Barriball Untitled VII 2004 http://www.mkgallery.org/exhibitions/anna_barriball/ (accessed 17/7/2017).

Godfrey D 2005 Vitamin D New Perspective in Drawing Phaidon Press.