What is an object?
- An object is not me. An object if I’m not one must be something which is beyond my control and something that resists my will.
- An object is unknowable. An object is something that is observed to exist but also a thing as it is in itself independent to the mind and always beyond us. Unlike phenomenon. The perception of an object is always partial as you cannot see the whole image.
- I am an object in a world of objects. Subjects and objects are seen to be reversible. “the man is seen as the subject, but its the object for the trees” Caspar David Freidrich Chasseur – Lost in the forest.
I found this lecture useful when looking at some of the pieces I have done and then using them as the basis for a body of work. It was useful to see the objects that I had made and looking at them as something that is not me. This was especially useful when trying to look at the object in front of me as a landscape or as something that I was trying to perceive as beautiful. Also looking at the third point above ‘I am an object in a world of objects.’ I could again start seeing my micro landscape as something built up of objects.
Henry Moore’s drawings are negative which are done using white chalk and charcoal. He also used a rubber to add definition to some areas, and this also helped to create a 3D effect. His work has influenced some of my life drawings and my cholograph work because of his use of tone and mass. To create this range of tones in his drawings he would put down a mid tone colour onto the page so he could add or take away colour. This is something I tried and liked in my life drawings.
During the workshop we learnt how to take photos using film canisters which had a small hole which you uncovered when you wanted to take a photo. Inside the canister was special photo paper which reacts to light. The paper could only be exposed for between 5-10 seconds. Once we had taken the pictures we learnt how to develop them in the dark room. The technician showed us how to do positives from our negatives. Some of the pieces worked better than others depending on the sun light. I found it took longer due to being cloudy.
My opinion on the brief we have been set is to have a physical engagement with the artefact that we have chosen and to then make a body of work based on my response to the artefact.
I chose to look at Renoirs piece ‘communication.’ which I saw when I went to the national museum in Cardiff. This piece is a modernist piece which concentrates on the use of figures. I chose to look at this piece as i dont use the figure much in my work but its something i wanted to improve upon.
The piece I decided I wanted to look at was Pierre-Auguste Renoirs piece ‘conversation’ 1912 which I spotted in the national museum in Cardiff. This painting was painted in the garden of the house at Essoyes in Burgundy where Renoir often went. The painting was painted using a warm palette which was typical of his later style. I started off the project by looking at the colours that he used and did a couple of cross sections, I found it hard to get the colours correct as they are warm pastel colours yet are quite dark around the body. I found the greens and browns especially hard.
My opinion on the brief we have been set is to have a physical engagement with the artefact that we have chosen and to then make a body of work based on my response to the artefact. This piece is a modernist piece which concentrates on the use of figures. I found the layout of the piece and the mass of the people another key part of the piece and something else I would like to look into.
Initially I wanted to look into the body so life drawing became a very important part of my project as I felt like I couldn’t expand further if I couldn’t get the proportions of the body correct. I also went on to notice that Renoirs piece isn’t in proportion, especially on the female.
Appropriation in an art sense is deliberately re-inventing somebodies work to make it your own. For example an photographer looked at Vermeers piece ‘woman in blue reading a letter’ and did a modern appropriation of his piece. But during the lecture we also looked at constructivism. Rauschenberg did a two piece series called factum 1 and factum 2. factum 2 is actually just an exact copy of the original. in these works there is also a lot of reference to doubles, and this became a common theme to his practice.