A Tutorial with Pil Kollectiv

Following last weeks live lecture; I decided to get my very first tutorial with one of the guest speakers. The pair; Pil and Galia Kollectiv gave an enchanting talk about the capitalist world which we live; reiterating the comment: “We find it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.”- A rather interesting quote regarding my practice. I had a tutorial with Pil the following day. I found the experience really rewarding getting an outside perspective on my practice; which meant new references and new research.

Pil’s reactions to the piece; Aspiration Between the Classes, lead to an immediate discussion regarding the earlier work of Jeff Koons. I’d seen his work previously, even seeing his famous Puppy outside the Guggenheim in Bilbao (shown in the photo), but I’d never made the connection to my current practice. Pil showed me the particular works he was thinking of- Louis XIV and a really relevant article which he sourced for me: http://www.flashartonline.com/interno.php?pagina=articolo_det&id_art=348&det=ok&title=JEFF-KOONS In the article, Koons has a fascinating way of describing the objects which he casts as: “proletarian luxury?” A term which I feel really complements my practice! Pil explained that Koons casts these forms of kitsch objects with luxury materials. Therefore there is an element of transformation towards the objects. Since my experimentation with the figurines in magnolia paint, this is something I feel my practice has been missing. It seems this could be the right time to get back into casting! – Something which I really enjoy.

Pil was encouraging of the work, but felt I needed to be bolder with it. I’m on to something but there is something missing. I need to emphasize the irony I’m putting forward that these figurines are now involved in the art world. Make more fun of the art world and its customs. Pil mentioned that what I was touching on here was something that the pop art movement was suggesting- bringing popular culture into the art world. But like them the work is starting that discussion but then it is closing up to quickly for the audience. Pil encouraged me to find a way to critique not just the working class taste- but also critique the art world.

121 Tutorial

So much to catch up on the blog here! It’s been a whirlwind these last two weeks. First of all want to mention a great tutorial with my tutor,  in previous tutorials I have found it difficult to get my point across. I can now reflect that this was due to the lack of knowledge I had on my practice in the previous module. I feel I have come to a stage in my practice whereby I am focused. This focus was a clear aim at the start of the module and I think my tutor picked up on this huge leap forward within my work and my focus.

The main discussion was concerned with the forthcoming exhibition piece. I explained that the exhibition piece is to be a magnolia board 1m squared, with two empty frames in the left hand corner, a shelf with personal objects at the bottom right- including a lamp which will follow on from the previous show and text piece. Then all I have just discussed will be coated in a layer of magnolia paint. As I explained the piece it was the moment at which I said I was going to paint everything magnolia that really excited Gerry. He felt that this was a huge step forward for my practice and could see a huge potential for the idea to transform and for me to run with it- “Unifying surfaces by painting them an identical colour promises a new body of effective works.” He felt that by painting the objects magnolia I removed myself from having to try too hard to replicate reality.

After the tutorial I felt positive that I had established a really key idea through this piece.  The idea of erasing pasts and erasing memories. The piece does this by showing when someone moves into a house they remove the previous layer and create an empty shell. They paint it all magnolia.