Labyrinth is part of the Art of the underground which is taking place at the moment. It includes a wide selection of work where its aim is to introduce art to the tube. One that I have noticed recently is Labyrinth. It is a maze, which each tube station having a different maze, and they are made in a very graphic style. I found this interesting this idea, as it has a very playful feeling, adding colour to the grey underground, by introducing events for young people, music and composers performing across lines and games, I hope to incorporate this into my own newspaper, and it has inspired me to make my own games/ cross words for the publication.
Georges Perec was a French novelist and film maker in the 20th century. His essays are experimental with wordplay almost as though playing a game,and are thought to be related back to his childhood, in which both his mother and father died in he war. Georges was part of a group called Oulipo. This group looked for new forms of literature, which had a huge impact on the style of Perec's writing. There are often hidden rules in his stories, for example the book La disparition (1969) is a lipogram, he hasn't used the letter 'e'.His playfulness of texts is something that attracted me to his work, as he has a unique style in his layout structures. it inspired me to make my own rules. For example, I used sentences with just the letter 'I', and entered this with a line, while the sentences went around this. also made sentences into cross-words, making you take the time to make sense of what has been written. I also made another page, where I tried to mirror what Perec had done by just using 1 word from each sentence. It inclines you too make up your own opinion on the text and the subject, as each word is only a hint to what is being said.
Swiss style posters
I am drawn to this Swiss style of graphics as I think that it create bold and eye-catching compositions. I looked at many different styles for various purposes. I wrote down key things that I noticed throughout such as what colours work successfully together, the correlation between type and image, and furthermore grid systems that work. By doing this I found it easier to make my own versions, as I had a basic guide to follow. I am going to look into this style of design even more and look at library books and magazines to further my understanding.
Bret Easton Ellis
I am currently ready Bret's book, Less Than Zero. Bret's style of writing in this book gives off the impression of very fluid thought, as sentence structures are short and too the point. this makes you feel, as the reader, that your a living the characters thoughts. Although I don't have much literacy experience, I attempted to mimic this style of writing by going to outside area's and writing. it was difficult to work out whether it worked successfully or not because the style of writing has a very thin line to whether it works as a piece or not, and so I experimented with several different styles, such as short and long sentences until I had about 9 pages of this style writing. By doing this I could then easily work with the sentences and it gave me flexibility to pick and choose which ones I think worked together. i also think, that the more relaxed and randomly put together sentences work better because they have an element of humour and quick changes of direction. In conclusion, Brets writing has been very helpful to me as has given me direction in how to write and what works successflly.
James Joyce was an Irish poet and novelist, who is considered one of the most important influential and important authors of the 20th Century. His literary styles include using a stream of conciousness, similar to my own work that i am doing at the moment. During his lifetime he lived in many cities include Zurich, Paris and Dublin, and in an interview said that he writes often about Dublin as this is where he originated from. The stream of conciouss writing is most prominent in his work Ulysses.It has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement", according to Declan Kiberd. I will aim to read passages of this text in order to broaden my knowledge of this style of writing and inform my own text.
John is an artist who currently lives in California, and has spent his life both being an influential artist and teacher. Having began my project with placing circles over peoples head, i was suggested to take at look at John Baldassaris work. I like his work because of the bright colours and simple shapes that he uses by to create images. Using old found imagery is interesting as well as i think that it adds character to the piece. i also think it is successful the way that he has cut out areas of imagery to create imagery. For example, separating a couple as they kiss. his work has a playful quality to it, something to which i find captivating. His 'Balls' photography also reminded me of when i took pictures of an luminous pink circle on one of my journeys. Johns work works so well because of the simplicity of the piece, and furthermore the oddness of the photos structure, we question what is beneath lying beneath the balls. i am going to play with found imagery and my own imagery, of the areas around me and collage these into interesting compositions. i am also going to look into how i can work with old imagery, A possible direction of this is learning how to work with 16mm film, and editing the photos by hand.
The white chapel gallery
i recently went to the white chapel gallery and saw a very interesting exhibition called electronic superhighway looking at how the internet is changing arts, I found it captivating as it used an array of media, with many pieces being wacky and interesting yet also thought provoking. it was interesting seeing technology being used effectively. many pieces also made me think about our role in the use of technology and how it is effecting our relationships with people and art.
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Surface Tension (1992)
Scott Snibbe - Interactive art
Scott Snibbe is an artist who works with digital media and interaction between the viewer and the work. I found this eye catching because I haven't seen a lot of work that is physically interactive in this way, and digital technology is something which is becoming more widely used. His work 'Transit' also reminded me of my China Town illustration of figures being blacked out. This also relates to my current work, which is based on the idea of strangers passing us by without our acknowledgement. Scott's work also inspired me to think more about the potential of using space and light, both digital and non digitally, for example projection.
Heather Dewey-hamburg – ‘Strangers visions’
Strangers visions is a project which creates 3D printed portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material, which has been collected in public places. The artist goes around collecting items such as hair and cigarette butts which have been left around New York. She then analysis this data and extracts information such as face shape, hair colour, eye colour etc, to which she then sends to a 3D printer. The work is presented with the item that the sculpture originally came from. This work is interesting as it raises the potential for a culture of biological surveillance, and furthermore is a predictor for a technique which will most probably be used in the next generation. It also uses strangers to whom are unware of their usage in this project, something to which I will also be doing.
Sophie Calles work began when she wanted to acquaint herself again with Paris, by producing a series of photographic projects which documented people and places. She uses strangers, and peoples in their personal space as the basis for her project, this is interesting to me because they create a sense of intimacy between the artist and the subject, something that I would like to reflect in my own project.
I began by brainstorming ideas that I believed connected to the four words that we had been given.
- White space
- Empty space
- Space between objects
- Head space
- Order of people
I was most interested in the words which came under Interact, and furthermore I felt that I could relate this back to my experiences, as I wanted to base this project on something that I could relate too/ felt passionalety about.