Sunday, 10 May 2009

Art ramble

Can hideous looking artwork become amazing just because you come up with some elaborate story behind it?

I'm pretty sure that if you put down a glass of water on a table and gave some elaborate meaning behind what everything represents it could be the best thing since sliced bread.

I think i just don't like minimalism thats all i want to see something that has had alot of hard work been put in to it or you can see the long thought process that brought the artist to this conclusion

Can art just be something thats aesthetically pleasing or does it always have to have a meaning?

If there is no meaning behind a piece of artwork and it is just aesthetically pleasing does it just become a skilled piece of craft?

Special effects /Prop making

This is a topic that i am especially interested in and what most of my sculpture is based around.
In previous discussions with tutors it has been noted that in my critical research that i look at alot of people in the film industry and not so much people in the art industry when it comes to this kind of work.
I would consider my sculpture art still but people have referred to some of my work being crafted.

This subject is something that is perhaps bothering me a little and it is something that i am choosing to look at for my dissertation next year.

Is prop making art/craft/design or all three?

Is the work that i do still classed under fine art? or have i become a designer if it is for a certain purpose? or do i just make crafts making something very specific and polished? is my work just a skill that someone would employ me for without having any say in how the finished outcome looked? would this still make me artistic if i was just following a sketch or a design for an idea of a sculpt?

I'm not really sure where i am anymore.


As i have been looking at the way in which museums display there work in relation to my subject for my sculptures i realised that the way in which things are displayed are similar to how a art exhibition would be.
One of the pieces in the collections section at Leeds City Museum shows in a glass cabinet a scene of what looks like somebodies has fancy wall paper and a dado also has some shelves up with books on and on the top shelf a variety of jars which have different specimens of creatures in. There is also a desk with papers left out as if somebody had been sat there recording there findings.In a small box there is also a row of pinned butterflies of different collections of species.
If i had time i would have probably of liked to have set up a space with my work in like this to display it for my exhibition.
A question i have thought about is , is a art gallery arranging the work like a museum would or is the museum arranging its work like a art gallery would or are they both just some kind of museum?

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Royal Armouries

In this packed day i also took a trip to Royal Armouries.i had a look how some things were displayed

alot of the animals and people were posed like a real life sequence and were either in glass cabinets or even freestanding behind barriers in a walk way like this fight with a tiger and elephant

Henry Moore Institute and Leeds City Art Gallery

On the same day i also took a trip to go look at the new exhibition on at the henry moore institute.

this was the  Asta Gröting Sculpture: 1987-2008

i found some of it interesting like trying to figure out how certain sculptures were made and the processes using certain materials such as the space between two people having sex in rubber.i also quite liked the globular sculpts that came out from the wall.i think it was purely on the fact i wanted to touch them.i also quite liked the huge clump of earth which was suspended on the wall as if it had just been perfectly dug up and put there.

I also went next door to have a look at the 'Rank' exhibition.i did not find this interesting whatsoever so literally walked around the room and left.the only thing that interested me was that there was some little doll of the queen or something presented in a bell jar which was relevant to my project

Leeds Met exhibition

ok now this was a long time ago.just trying to catch up on my blogging whilst i temporarily have the internet today

The main piece i went to see at the met was Cornelia Parkers floating bricks as part of the ' Perhaps nothing, perhaps something' exhibition.

I really liked how it seemed to be suspending time and how the front bricks stayed stable on the ground and as you moved around the piece the suspended pieces began to sway.i had a look at Parkers other suspended work and i think they look amazing making things that seem quite heavy object weightless in time.

at this exhibition i also saw Rachel Whitereads casts of the undersides of chairs in resin.i suppose i didn't think they were that visually appealing to me but it might have been to do with the dank green and browny colours that the resin was cast.It all seems a bit too easy aswel.I'm not to sure really how i feel on them.

the rest of the work in the exhibition was pretty shocking i thought. it was one of these times when i went oh so anything can be art nowadays and also how did this kind of stuff get into a gallery space. someone must have liked it. it certainly wasn't me though.

it was quite a small space for a gallery but still reasonable sized to place work.i liked how the front of the gallery is glass so you can see inside at the work when it isn't open. also if it is open and the lights are on and its getting a bit darker then the gallery will illuminate inviting visitors

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Busy Busy and productive day today

So i decided that i would go visit a load of the places that i kept saying i needed to go to in one day today.I went to the exhibition at Leeds Met gallery then went down to look around in Leeds City Museum, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds City Art Gallery and finally all the way to The Royal Armouries.I will post more detailed bits for each place i went to today over the next few days as i have alot to get down in so little time.

If i get time tomorrow i plan to go down the the carriageworks for the 'Culture Bazaar 2009' which is 'a free event for all the family top discover the magic of South Asian arts and cultures'
There are alot of performance pieces and demonstrations of traditional dances to join in with aswel as singing.i probably wont join in with these though.I am planning to go to have a look in the Rehearsal Room 4 for 'Indian arts and crafts,rangoli,henna and much,much more' also in Rehearsal Room 5 'Henna for everyone'

i may also have a little look in leeds City museum where the spoken word demo and interactive workshop is taking place.

i do not look out specifically to go to things like this regarding the asian culture.i just thought its a sunday and its local and free and there are craft workshops i can do which may be fun to play around in for a few hours.also have a go with henna again as i remember i used to do when i was at school around 13years old so thats errm 9 years I'm getting old when your trying to remember things that happened almost a decade ago