The artists below all make work which both creates and denies three dimensions at the same time. Take a look at their websites then make notes in your learning log about these artists, your response to their work and how their work relates to what you’ve been attempting in this project.
Angela Eames: http://www.angelaeames.com/
Michael Borremans: http://www.zeno-x.com/artists/michael_borremans.htm
Angela Eames – Interesting how the perception/expirience/relevance of works change, i mean my personal experience. I have come across her work before, i think it was at the beginning of my first course – and i must admit even though i found the imagery intriguing i was not taken by them. Now, after experiencing and learning new ways of expressing individual perception through media i found her work a lot closer, more appealing and enchanting. Use of technology and physical drawing together to create space and objects that flow and interconnect is visually captivating. I love the layering she uses to create volume in her work – lines become shapes, take over the space and create depth. Portrayed object merges with the background and becomes a different entity in a way. Repetitive patterns and curves on some level remind me of some Pop Art work – the movement and blurriness of juxtaposed marks vibrate and transform flat surface into a moving surface ( sort of a wave); Similarity also could be drawn with her use of bright colours and use of printing technology.
The only negative (in relation to physical drawing itself) is that the actual process of working is not revealed so most of the images do look as if the completely “computer made” photographs generated using technology. I have nothing against use of technology , but personally relate more to hand made ( physical process of making) methods – saying that i am so much more open to possibilities and variations of self expression and methods of working now, so who knows where the experimentation takes me in the future.
I can see how this Artist’s work could be related to my work so far – in the part one i have tried printing same/different image over itself/another using same or different colour to discover “accidental” marks and textures. But in my case i wound stir towards more natural, softer objects rather than geometric patterns and straight mechanical lines.
Michaël Borremans – personally the experience upon viewing his works cannot really be put straight to one side. Yes, I found them unnerving, somehow disturbing and maybe even haunting but also, strangely enough, could not take my eyes of them. I think artist definitely manages to captivate the viewer by creating atmosphere of emotional reaction upon encounter with the image. If the figures were manikin, we would not react the same to just half of the body or a piece of it, painted with great mastery. But because his subject is real people – real flesh, the experience is just nerve pulling somehow – because we do not want to experience the lifelessness or perishability of our bodies I suppose. The depiction of “dead like” expression creates the feeling of vulnerability, highlighting idea that we are also objects among our surrounding. He depicts his figures as objects that belong in the space but makes the work scream – why? What is going on here?.. – Hence creating the connection and emotional response with the viewer. Of course it is just my personal opinion.
How could his work relate to mine? It would be interesting to use this idea of immediate reaction – no matter pleasant of disturbing – in order to generate response to my work. I would be interested to look more into his use of colour/techniques and application to interpret the skin tones and life-like appearance of flesh.
Jim Shaw – Personally, I found very interesting the combination of drawing and painting in his works. Meticulously rendered areas of detail flow into an array of marks, curves and lines – this creates a very interesting surface to look at. The eye is wondering around the picture plain and in a way as – ”reading” – the exploring surface. Combination of textures and marks creates movement and story of its own. I think the large scale helps with the impact on the viewer.
The space used very creatively – objects/figures and background work as one, complement each other or create vibration due to difference in texture/marks and forms created.
He seems to use a variety of media and supports for his series/paintings/drawings as well as using materials to create installations.
How his work relates to this project – his use of materials, surfaces, methods of application etc.; He also follows a narrative through the series of works – all this could be helpful in upcoming exercises.