Going crazy on the blog posts today! I had a lot of catching up to do! So what do I plan on doing next with all these ideas? Well last week I went on a bit of a charity shop and collected some more vintage photographs, some vintage photo albums, and also a flick through album. I hope these will help with some of the ideas I’m having currently. I hope to merge both the vintage album with modern day images to force the viewer to consider our change of habits in photography. I’m going to create flick through albums with all the images on one Facebook album, an album of a stranger, take care to put them in the albums, perhaps use the text included in comments etc. Put the funny Facebook title on the front very formal. I’ve been thinking about bringing a sofa into the studio to create a homely setting and then placing side by side above the sofa a mass of framed images. This will hopefully pose the question as to whether or not all the images we take are as precious as we think. Would we frame and have in our homes every picture we put on facebook? That is just a few things I’ve been thinking about! Need to do a snapfish order pronto! Also just to point out the vintage images are quite large so I have placed my A5 sketchbook next to them to show the size. These images might become part of a painting, maybe?
Another obsession I’m beginning have, now I’ve begun to Facebook stalk to the extreme, is the amount of images people put up online of their tea/dinner! (I do this too I’m very hypocritical!) The question my work is beginning to ask, on a basic level, is whether or not there is any need for the medium of paint now the world of photography has become so accessible? The question I asked in my presenting context presentation was whether; if the 11th century man had had the means to take a photograph rather than spend painstaking hours on a painting would he have opted for the camera? It is an interesting question because obviously even now in the 21st Century artists still prefer the medium of paint. By painting an image make it more valuable? This is another question I am throwing around in my work. So flipping this again I then I ask the question; if we did not have the means to photograph our dinner/tea so easily would we then sit down and create a painting of it?
As well as the painting, I’ve been doing a lot of research considering the privacy of our images on the internet on sites such as Flickr and Facebook. The artist I saw in Amsterdam; Erik Kessels, had an exhibition previous to Album Beauty called 24 Hrs in Photos. What an amazing exhibition! What he did was print off all the images uploaded onto the net in a 24 hour period and put them all in the exhibition space at FOAM gallery creating an avalanche of images. I particularly liked the interactive element his work has! You could physically wade through the images! This made me think about how easy it is to access the private photos of strangers on the internet now. So I started invaded peoples lives! I clicked from friend to friend to friend on facebook so that in the end I had no idea who that person was. I then clicked on their photo albums, some were private, but most I could access so easily! I began saving these images trying the method friend to friend to friend to get more images, I saw the child just been born, I saw proms, I saw a man in a mankini, I saw family Christmases. Precious private images I could access so easily! Here’s some of the images I found:
I’ve definitely been slacking on the blog front at the moment! I really need to get my act together! I started this painting a while back now, FINALLY got round to starting the Lisbon painting I had been thinking about since JUNE! I decided to stretch some canvas, which is a change from my usual base of wood or cardboard I tend to go for. I found that with the canvas it didn’t allow me to spread and drip the paint as much as a usually like to; which was a disadvantage. I also found it difficult to paste the images onto the canvas- I think I need to use something better than PVA! So far I am enjoying the piece though. The idea was that I included the photograph I was using to create the painting and place it within the painting. Making the point that photography is very widely used to supplement paintings but is often shunned by painters. I also have gradually added the images which I found in the photo albums in Lisbon. They are part of the city so I wanted to include them in the painting. I like the images in the painting however I’m considering perhaps less is more. Also when dragging paint over the image it is hard to know when to stop and when too little of the image is showing. I want to carry on with this continuing to layer the paint and include the bridge detail. A palette knife would definitely come in handy it I was to carry on in this style.
Just been given a great new artist to look at by my lovely housemate! Think Peter Bonde could really influence my collage painting ideas!!
This is my statement of intent, which once I get my act together, I’m going to get into the studios and start making what I have proposed here! As well as reading all the books from my bibliography to keep me going..
“Within my practice I focus on the notion of the home, what it is to create a home, the nostalgia based there, the layering of lives that form there and the privacy and security that that space gives us. This passion is something which I hope to extend to an even wider basis as I move into second year. It was whilst I was in Amsterdam that I saw an exhibition by the Dutch artist Erik Kessels that I began to consider the growing extinction of the family photo album. The album carries inside it all the notions of nostalgia, privacy and the layering of lives. I want my practice to consider life inside the home. The celebrations and in particular those moments that are captured by camera. I want to explore the notion of privacy, and how as we move on from the photo album era and into a digital and online age, how this affects our privacy. We no longer hide inside the album; we now create our own online presence which we carefully edit to suit the lifestyle we want to portray.
Kessels explains that the photo album has the ability to provide a condensed yet meaningful record of a life from birth to death. The photo album used to be something that was always there to look at in a family home, but as we are now a digital age we no longer feel the need to carefully create a loving album to share with generations to come. Facebook and other such sites have taken over. Within my practice I want to delve into the making of photo albums, create my own, create scrapbooks, use text, dates and memorabilia.
As well as my own photographs I want to use found photographs, some of which I found on a flea market in Lisbon. I was amazed that I could pick up two albums; buy their life story, for just five Euros. I want to include these images in paintings of Lisbon city; incorporate the images into the painting, those lives were a part of the city. I want to use thick paint, really merge the photos and paint together. Collage and mixed media is something I really want to experiment with this year, using print and also resin to strengthen and create a shine on painting/collages. In Kessels exhibition the scale of images was so widespread, I want my paintings and collages to be varied sizes not restricted to a small scale. Touching on the work of Pak Sheung Chuen I would also like to include an interactive element into my work. Make the audience feel part of the work.
In Bilbao I saw David Hockney’s latest work, he had a contrary view to Kessels; he emphasized the difficulty he has found with the photograph being more apparent and there being less need for the medium of paint. He expressed a view that we are a generation who see the world through a lens. He believes there is a “bigger picture” there is more to see than the rectangle of photograph we see. He tries to create an extensive viewpoint, which is something I want to input into my practice. Hockey’s exhibition made me consider whether there is a need for painting anymore, extending this to then consider the need for a physical copy of a photograph. In years to come the hard copies and the paintings will still be around, but when sites go down and computer hard drives wipe, what will become of those precious captured moments?”