Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dublin Contemporary 2011

Last week we had to go on a class trip to Dublin contemporary. 'The title and theme of Dublin Contemporary 2011 is Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance. Its taken from William Butler Yeats’ famous poem “Easter, 1916”, the exhibition’s title borrows from the Irish writer’s seminal response to turn-of-the-century political events to site art’s underused potential for commenting symbolically on the world’s societal, cultural and economic triumphs and ills.'
The main exhibitions were at Earlsfort Terrace, which used to be an old medical and engineering college. The building itself was massive, and very impressive. Everything had been left as it was when it was still a college. Paint was peeling off the walls, there were still chalk boards in certain rooms and so forth. The only rooms that were painted were the ones that were requested by the artist. For all the time I was here I didn't even get to see half of the exhibitions, and I say only half of the building was open the public. 
Over all it was very interesting, even though the majority of the exhibitions werent really my tatse. It was mostly video, installation, and sculpture.
All I can say to sum it all up is, Who knew rubbish could be beautiful..

Kader Attia, 'unitled'

David Adamo, 'untitled'

David Zink Yi 'Untitled (architeuthis)'

Monica Bonvicini 'Add Elegance to Your Poverty'

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Print, Semester 1, Year 1

There are two projects this semester, we had to choose one at random from a 'hat',(pile of folded paper). I choose project #2. The title of the project is;

 'Spaces, Structures, Systems; Abstraction and Figuration, Help Build New Worlds.'

After various mind maps, I focused on 'Spaces,' and the words I related with this word.
 So I am working with empty space, which led to 'loneliness', which led to 'depression,' and the 'human mind.' The idea of being lost in your head and caught up with emotion.
I wasn't really sure if my drawings would be sufficient, but after talking with my tutor this morning, I feel somewhat more confident with what I am doing.
So we shall See how it goes.
Below are some of my sketchbook work that I started with...

This was the first image I did, I was working along the same idea, but was focusing more on dreams and insomnia, but that is an idea I would like to work on when I have more time.

Stirring up a mindful of hornets

I like the idea of using the hornets nest to represent the mind, and all the thoughts buzzing around, going crazy.

I am much happier with the two above images. I simplified the swarm of thoughts into scribbles, instead of actual wasps.
I will use this two images first.

Sketchbook, September 27, 2011

"How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd."
                                                                         -Alexander Pope

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sketchbook, September 15, 2011

Your Human Faces are Showing

Second Year Print

So its been nearly a week since I started college. I am now in second year print and I think it will go well. We got our project briefs the other day. I'm not quit sure were I am going to go with it yet. Some of the artists we were given to look at are very abstract, and I am not to keen as they dont refer to my own work/style.
The brief is very broad, really its just something to get us going. The title of the project is
Spaces, Structures, and Systems: Abstraction and Figuration hep build new worlds
We will be using lithography and Intaglio printing. So hopefully it will all go well. We shall see.