Posted in Art and Artists

Net Anthology and Street View

A slight aside, but one of the criteria for the course involves showing an understanding of the contemporary context of Art. To try to help get up to speed on the current art scene I’ve been subscribing to various Art-based newsletters. One of these pointed me to the Net Art Anthology. This lists various art projects on the internet, and has some interesting concepts in the mix. Continue reading “Net Anthology and Street View”

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Posted in Notes

Intimacy tangent

I wondered why the part has been given the name, and whether it is intended to have a special artistic connotation. I started with a disctionary definition:

intimacy

a. a close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc.:
an intimacy with Japan.
b. an act or expression serving as a token of familiarity, affection, or the like:
to allow the intimacy of using first names.

c. the quality of being comfortable, warm, or familiar:
the intimacy of the room.

From <http://www.dictionary.com/browse/intimacy&gt;

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Posted in Art and Artists, Notes, Research & Reflection

In the Studio: Reflection

What have I learnt?

My tutor (Emma Drye) labelled Jackson Pollock as a “Painter’s painter”, and I think I am beginning to understand this statement. Much of this work is about the act and experience of painting. The observer is expected to understand this – at least to a degree. I was close to the point when I wrote about “Art as Materials Study,” though that is only an element of the overall meaning. Add in a dose of an artist trying to get you to spend a significant amount of time on their work, whether in appreciation or struggle. The observation of this work becomes an experience in itself, and that is beyond the encoding on meaning into the symbolism of a flower. Continue reading “In the Studio: Reflection”

Posted in Exhibitions & Books, Practice

A trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On my way up the country to a family holiday in Cumbria we stopped off at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This was planned as a stop over in the long trip from Kent, but gave me a good opportunity to take in some art along the way. There was a great deal to see, and if you’ve never visited and get the chance plan to spend a while there if you can. The following outline a few highlights of this trip. This write up is bereft of images as I have no idea on the copyright issues of including them. I have, however, included links that are worth following for images and more information. Continue reading “A trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park”

Posted in Exhibitions & Books, Research & Reflection

Kandinsky and Spirituality in Art

I have been reading a paper copy [1] of this work on my tutor’s recommendation, and it is readily available online in electronic form [2]. Although not an easy read it has definitely provided me with a lot of food for thought on aspects of art which I haven’t previously considered. Kandinsky was a prolific artist who lived and worked at the back end of the 19th and early 20th century. This work is a paper that presents his “theory of art” at a point in time. The following outlines my thoughts on the different parts of the work. Continue reading “Kandinsky and Spirituality in Art”