Monday, 30 September 2013

Collage and Assemblage

Collage (From the Frenchcoller, to glue) is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may sometimes include newspaper clippingsribbons, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts,photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.
The term collage derives from the French "coller" meaning "glue".[1] This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.[2]

When I think of collage, the artists or movement I primarily think of is the Dada movement. They used a lot of collage pieces of literature, illustration using what materials were around as this was shortly after the first war where make do and mend was the main thought.

I also think of the obvious well known artists who use forms of collage (apart from re working used materials) such as Pablo Picasso who created his own images then cut up and reworked them. Collage like this I really dont like, it just looks so dated and arts and crafts type thing that many people do. Although, from this research ive really found a new avenue for collage that Id not really looked at before thats fresh and more interesting to me.

Julien Pacaud 'The Operator'

I really love the contrast between old and new with collage, contrasting black and white with bright graphic lines and marks, contrasting dreamy lines with sharp edges.Theres something really nice about how crisp the lines are when cutting out shapes and layering them over other images. I like the surrealism element or an other worldly type landscape that seems so alien but also familiar.

Ben Giles 'Mystery Jets'

From researching work like this just now Ive realised a lot of my research from previous work has been a form of collage, because its not the obvious collage of cutting up paper and layering, it still is another type of collage. I like how Ben has involved different mediums to mix up the textures and materials, this adds another dimension and a whole new way of using collage. 


I did a lot of research into assemblage in my first year of college and really enjoyed it as I got to rummage around in skips and my house for materials I could rework. I think from this I really learnt how to recycle with my work and spend the least amount of money as possible! I researched artists such as Mark Dion who likes to collect and collate his work very precisely in a very scientific way. I really liked his Cabinet of Curiosities as its a different spin on assemblage compared to piecing all the parts together.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

All Fur Coat No Knickers Exhibition

This exhibition was kind of a mixture of some of the artists from F.B.I, it was good to see some of Jons work from what I'd seen in pictures.

I really like how the exhibition was curated and lead you around although it was only in a small space. The performance type piece as you walked in made you look through a window into a room of a girl sleeping heavily medicated. There was another woman dressed all in black with a white painted face sat eerily watching the girl sleeping in silence. One person at a time was allowed in and there was a strong smell of some type of herb or flowe. When I walked into the room I felt instantly uncomfortable and said ohh it smells nice! Obviously no one replied so I felt even more awkward and uncomfortable. The piece was about how you are closest to death when asleep in a strange state of conscious and unconsciousness which actually really made me scared to go to sleep that night! 

Another piece was a really amazing looking cake that made everyone say that they want some, reminding you of birthdays or just the taste of sugar and niceness. Then a hazard sign saying it contained human blood contrasting the grotesque with being desirable. However a lot of people weren't phased and still wanted a piece curious to see what it tasted like, including myself!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

I Don't Like To Admit It But...

...My work closely relates to fashion, I dont know why I dont like admitting this! I dont necessarily like 'trends' or make patterns and work with patterns and fabric, but I like how materials interact with the body and change its perception which you could clothing. ARGH! I battled with this a lot during my FMP at college and really wanted to avoid fashion and design at all costs, I really discovered a different type of 'wearable art' that Id never seen before that kind of blurs the line between being wearable and sculpture.

I do reference a lot of fashion in my work but the end product is far from clothing id say...but this does give me another area of research that I enjoy. Heres some fashiony artists Ive been looking at recently, their material manipulation, subject matter and how they work around the body I find really interesting.

Vanessa Schindler

The Tee Pee Tickle

Last Tuesday night I went to a performance at the ArtSpace in Worksop performed by my teachers from college and a few other previous students that are part of The Frank Bobbins Institute ( FBI)

Safe to say it was a strange night, I expected some level of weird but it really made me laugh and I wish I could of gone to previous performances! It's located right next to the pub which is also very convenient. 

When we sat down on some lovely sofas in the studio with tents set up, we were given scrunched up paper and I was hoping I could just sit relaxing and throwing paper at people but in the end got involved. I still don't really know what happened or why but it was really fun to just be stupid and piss about! 

There's an exhibition at the space next Tuesday which I'm gonna get down to, it's so good to see work being shown in my town even if it is tucked away. The only arty thing we have is a craft shop which sells nice paintings and does craft workshops which is a bit dated and stale...I'm so glad that there's a new group of people trying to bring fresh work to Worksop and inspire people instead of having to travel to more built up towns and cities. Worksops kind of been forgotten and is only known for being the fattest town in England and being a drug capital which is very true...but it gives me hope that creative people can enjoy things in Worksop. 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Leeds Royal Amouries

Last week I went to the Leeds Royal Amouries with my family, its not normally the sort of thing id be interested in but I remember going when I was younger and I really enjoyed it. The first time I went they had performances and battle reenactments in full costume and it was actually really scary! I like how amour not only creates protection and gives a function but also aesthetically has to create an intimidating image to the opposition. It was really interesting to see how they made the amour to fit around the body and ergonomically move with it when there has to be a lot of movement. Some of the amour looked so alien and strange to say it came from a certain time period where Id thought it would look a certain traditional way. These are some of my favourite things and saw, and some random ones...