Seminar Analysis

The idea of trying to talk about work in an artistic way and tangibly understand it. Many artists employ different methods of art creation. Some try to undermine high art, while others want it to be substantial in artistic circles. The way we perceive and regard art really speaks to how we see ourselves and the world around us, and what we value within it. The more we see in artworks, the more imagination we seem to possess.

David Shrigley and his subversion of what we value as art:

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His skill isn’t what draws people towards his work, but actually the ideas they present, and the way in which they subvert our artistic expectations. He received a third from Glasgow School of Art, but obviously highly valued art by an artistic institution can be very different to what other critical forms regard as high quality or what the public enjoy.

The statue of a thumb, titled ‘Really Good’ subvert concepts of what statues are supposed to be to us. They immortalise characters and concepts to us long into our future, allowing their legacy to live on. The exaggeration and twisting of their existences is questioned with this work.

Cory Arcangel: Super Mario Clouds is an old Mario Brothers cartridge which I modified to erase everything but the clouds.

When Cory talks about his work, he seems to represent the most objective side of art which we could see. He talks about his work very literally, but even through doing this, he makes unspoken comments which seem to reference the over reading of modern art by many people who create it.

Petra Cortright:

Gerhard Richter. Photography from a moment in time and how painting from this rather than painting from real life. Photographic originated painting and it’s deadness uncovered.

Drawing out reality. the bellow painting appears like a 2 dimensional image stretched out into a three-dimensional canvas (could be perceived as originally 1 dimensional).

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Richter likes the idea of creating many different types of image. Abstract images, paintings and grid like systems. Each day of the week he could generate a completely different image, drawing out new ideas and conceptual workflows.

Expression and style can be lost in meaning. Objectivity and Subjectivity can be lost within one another. These two above proposed objective abstract images could be perceived to represent identical ideas, but could also be delved into in completely opposite ways. Meaning will always be subjective, and trying to avoid this is a naive idea.

Systems in portraiture, by use of mechanisms such as head holding devices, lenses to map out the frame and lenses to allow for depth of field.

He focuses on always having a window on the left with light coming in and a figure in the centre. This documentary shows a completely unskilled artist trying to recreate a Vermeer styled image.

Perception of work from Claire Barclay is very different from the way artistic magazines have decided to display them. Her view is up close and showing her detailed textures and components, while the reviewers and articles take a broader look across the whole installation.

The ambiguity within her installation makes you question every element of it. However sometimes when this is present without the obvious quality of intention and craft, we as humans don’t want to regard the work or bother to understand its purpose or the ideas behind it.

Her work has strong design and material values with high level craft. They have sinister undercurrents which stem from the way the pieces are created and displayed.

Ryoji Ikeda explores very primal and basic concepts of flashing light and sound. The video runs faster than 60 frames meaning we cannot really view it in the same way on most computers. People position themself in very diffrent positions throughout the work. There are two divided channels and diffrent pitched audios. The mixing of the channels is what creates the dynamic within the work.

Drawing back from the works origin it almost creates a paradox of a work based upon its origins which shows where It comes from. The images are infrared views of locations where fibre optic cables emerge from the ocean. The videos are streamed from the locations they depict and therefore you are very much physically entering the ocean through the viewing of these videos, almost being a beam of light yourself. You are viewing the transmission of light as a projection of light on a screen, which all seems to fold around into itself.

This video spoke to me and linked to these ideas due to the prisoners apparent disillusion with the material plane he feels trapped in. The way he talks about our world, it appears that he sees it wholly as a prison that he wishes to escape from.