Saturday, 17 October 2009

Artist research

i have decided to take artist inspiration from Anselm Kiefer after finding this particular piece created by him named Rapunzel which i though related well to hair.

In “Rapunzel,” Anselm Keifer uses very specific details in each part of his painting. Although the main focus is the building, there are also intricate features that show his efforts into painting on top of the photograph. Rapunzel was originally a photograph of Kiefer’s sculptures or buildings, the Seven Heavenly Palaces. The Seven Heavenly Palaces are seven towers built by Kiefer to represent a sense of chaos that had occurred. According to Kiefer, “What interests me is the transformation, not the monument. I don’t construct ruins, but I feel ruins are monuments when things show themselves. A ruin is not a catastrophe. It is the moment when things starts again,” (Kiefer: An artist with monumental force.” International Herald Tribune.). Kiefer constructed the Seven Heavenly Palaces to look the way they do, because they represent a sense of chaos and are not ruins.

Seven Heavenly Palaces

i also like the fact that he is an artist who explores different fields rather than sticking to one frame. he uses materials on canvas to create texture such as straw.

he also produces abstract sculptures created from inspiration of his past.

I then went into detail of artist research using the internet as my primary source to find out where his works are produced, what the inspiration is and a bit about the artist himself.
Anselm Kiefer was born on March 8, 1945, in Donaueschingen. He is a German painter and sculptor. He studied with Joseph Beuys during the 1970s. His works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac. The poems of Paul Celan have played a role in developing Kiefer's themes of German history and the horror of the Holocaust, as have the theological concepts of Kabbalah.
In his entire body of work, Kiefer argues with the past and addresses taboo and controversial issues from recent history. Themes from Nazi rule are particularly reflected in his work; for instance, the painting "Margarethe" (oil and straw on canvas) was inspired by Paul Celan's well-known poem "Todesfuge" ("Death Fugue").
His works are characterised by a dull/musty, nearly depressive, destructive style and are often done in large scale formats. In most of his works, the use of photography as an output surface is prevalent and earth and other raw materials of nature are often incorporated. It is also characteristic of his work to find signatures and/or names of people of historical importance, legendary figures or places particularly pregnant with history. All of these are encoded sigils through which Kiefer seeks to process the past; this has resulted in his work being linked with a style called "New Symbolism."

Friday, 9 October 2009

A new start...

As part of holiday homework, we were told to do a small study on a chosen artist which would then be the starting point of our project. i chose to do Marlene Dumas as i like her use of delicate colours combined with her vigorous brush strokes. this was the original image that i based my work on as i particularly liked this painting.the painting is called Rymans Brides and what i like best is the style of work but i also find it interesting that every bride has a blurred face wich is mysterious and gives them no identity. the viewer of the piece will not know who these people are, what expressions are on their face?, it is clearly a wedding but why are there so many brides? are they happy? i like the fact that the audience is exposed to a work of art that is mysterious and leaves us wondering, questioning.
Here is my painting (holiday work) based on Marlene Dumas, Rymans Brides

we then went on to making a still life combined with loose drawings contributed from everyone which was then made into a hanging still life. we took photo's of the still life and focused on a theme. my theme was hair and i took photos of entangled areas, areas with string and anything which i thought related to hair.

i then went around taking my own photo's of people's hair which we have now started doing drawings from.