Picasso’s cubist work, especially his figurative pieces are works that have interested me in redeveloping my subject work with the help of my field projects and my dissertation reading. The use of straight angular lines in his work is something that I have carried through to my most recent work. I like the fact he is trying to take the eye away from the realistic form of the body and makes you look at the body from a different perspective which is something that I am trying to recreate in my work. After reading the book The Success & Failure of Picasso by John Berger and other books that are also about Picasso and other cubist artists which are relevant to my dissertation reading I have learnt a lot about why they painted in that style. The background reading has given me a new dimension to why I find his work relevant to my subject work.
To start our site project we wanted to do a cheerless leaders routine, we decided to go with the 7 deadly sins and a zombie like theme. To start with we researched zombie cheerleading videos to help us come up with a routine and also to help with how zombies would move. After looking into the zombie theme we decided to be called the 7 deadly sins which meant looking into what they were and what they meant.
Lust:- An intense need or desire of something
Gluttony:- An excess of eating and drinking
Greed:- An intense and selfish need for something
Sloth:- Not wanting to incline in activity or exertion
Wrath:- Extreme anger
Envy:- A feeling of resent towards somebody because you want their qualities/goods/looks
In this lecture we looked at a book by Tacita Dean and Jeremy Miller called “Place”. There were four parts about this book which was interesting to me.
Place = Lanscape? We looked at whether they were the same thing. In some sense I do see them as the same thing as a specific landscape is a place you visit but landscapes don’t have boarders and when you picture a place it has some kind of start and end to it.
Sense of place. We looked at a place as something felt or sensed, rather than understood or something measurable. An example which was given was Bedwry Williams, Bard Attitude 2005.
God as a place. There were some quotes in the book which suggested this as an explanation. ‘Everything is somewhere and in place’ 3rd century BC. ‘God himself is called place, for he encompasses all things, but is not encompassed by anything.’
For the second half of subject I chose to do an event which we are going to call the Goths sports day. We want to make it more of an anti sports day with art elements. The Goth idea came from the fact theres a cemetery right next to the sports field and that the two ideas contradict each other. There is a small group of us which will be cheer-less leaders which will mean creating costumes, thinking of music and coming up with some sort of dance routine to fit the theme.
Eduardo Chillida’s drawings are something that has really influenced my work since coming back from the Gower. The simplicity of the drawings show an outline of what he could see but makes you use your imagination to see the whole image. The simplicity of the image is something I wanted to try and capture in some of my pieces of rock formations as its not telling the viewer what to see its giving them an essence of what the artist could see but being able to make the overall image subjective to the individual.
As part of field we went to two different types of landscapes, one being the Botanic Gardens which is floral and built up and the other being the Gower which has beaches and cliff sides. We wanted to compare the two and see how we reacted to the surroundings. I didn’t find the Botanic garden photos and drawings as useful as the images from the gower but looking into some of the photos there are still some things that I concentrated on that are in common with other drawings I did.
During our visit to the Gower we were set to do 100 A7 drawings of everything we could see which would help us built up a picture in our head of where we were when we returned back to uni. I found this exercise hard but it has now been a focal point for my body of work in field. When looking back at my drawings a certain element of a lot of the drawings stood out and became a common theme. I had drawn a lot of close ups of rock formations which when being drawn quickly lose the detail but you can still recognise areas of the image. The lines which were used helped to add distance and texture to the drawings. I liked the idea that the drawings were trying to add a weight to what I was seeing and that they have there own way of looking like a landscape even though they aren’t a typical landscape.