28/01/2014 Restricted Movement
During my classes I have found ways to push myself physically and mentally. I think this will always play a major role in my art as I enjoy teamwork which is from bouncing ideas off one another or collaborating which I will like to look into in the future.
Firstly we had to write ideas down of restriction this varied from the mind and body and we had some interesting ideas overall but Andre seemed to keep going back to mine it may have been as I added noted rather than a singular word as my pieces can be somewhat painful and energetic.
I suggested being pushed in the sense of one person trying to create work and another every few seconds shoving them, almost bully like. I have noticed my artwork links back to my childhood the good and the bad, as a person who was bullied and bullied others in my infant years I can only briefly remember from things I said or what a singular individual had done to me. I also find the art world quite suppressive in parts as in my student years it’s a approach many face like myself by screaming to be reconsigned. Although now I do believe I do it for myself rather than for others, it’s a need and stress release I could not live without producing artwork and I will most likely keep creating art until I die.
Other idea’s staying in one spot which can be physically exhausting as my part time job requires me to stand in one spot for hours at a time. I can last longer now as I have been doing it for four years.
I also suggested instructing someone to paint e.g one person with a painting tool, the other describing every brush stroke and colour and design, which could result to be very frustrating for the one given instruction as the other will always paint in their own vision.
Also being tied physical restriction or painting with tools instead of feet.
I decided to paint with my toes first which resulted in this.
This was very difficult as I thought about how people can paint beautifully with their feet as I have seen as they have no arms etc. I found it hard and tiresome in the motions of my toes and holding my body up to balance with my feet.
The second half I explored pain as I tried to think of a piece that would result as a timed piece. Over 15 minutes I dipped a ruler in a bucket of paint and slapped my hand as hard as I could, this studied school children as I remember as a child my father told me he forgot his homework one lesson and the teacher punished him by using a wooden ruler to smack his hand. He always described how red his hand went and that it swelled up so much he could not write. Performing this was mentally and physically tough as not only did it hurt me, my class were all fascinated as they watched me cringing at my cries and the sound as it collided with my hand. The paint almost acted as a soother as the thicker I made it became a barrier for a short amount of time against the pain and over time the pain actually numbed and became less painful. I found it was all about devotion and discipline as I kept my mind on the task I could withstand the pain. It created beautiful splashes of a mixture of reds, orange and yellows onto a piece of paper below.
Ruth fascinated me as I could see her getting frustrated at her work, I have mentioned she struggled with chaos in her work and it was entertaining as she tried to paint exact straight lines of dots onto paper and when it went out of alignment etc I could imagine what she was feeling it was a mental exhaustion. I think this is the best sort of work to me is pain mentally or physically it keeps me motivated. Other art being created around the room consisted of Andrew using a arm sling restricting his movements which was interesting and very colourful.
Lizzie looked at being in a straight jacket rolling and running into the wall.
The second half was more of a group effort we were instructed to work together, we were tied by our arms and legs which was interesting through sex, weight and height as these factors all played a major role in the task.
We worked well by passing buckets, dipping paint on different brushes and movement by going on our knees, rotating and communicating. I would like to work with this group again as communication was the key and it worked well. The other team were very disorganised and I found Charlie dominated the group which is not the first time! I could not work in that chaos as he was pushing them not achieving a goal just destroying any form of thought of theirs in creating shapes or patterns. Our group thought about the process from mimicking lines to show the layers of colour or rotating to create patterns we worked well.
27/01/2014 Bubble Art
© All images and art are by Jamie Jones
Working with bubbles and looking at the connections of play in art.
Recently after I attended the group exhibition, my mind was buzzing with creativity and inspiration as I have been exploring art and play. I have always been interested in the connections as we see children at a very young age learning through play it’s a fact, from the shapes to the colours and the texture it’s all their natural development.
I have taking this concept and I am studying how to connect it further. I began thinking of toys people children would use which I asked on my social networking site on Facebook as previously I have gained a good response.
Hey guys can you name any children toys you remember that are more outdoors? E.g Bike riding, skipping, hula hooping ?
27 January at 23:24 ·
Latasha Hale Space hopper, seesaw and slide
Leigha Jayne Hampson, Pogo stick
27 January at 23:26 ·
Laura Simmonds Little outdoor dolls house.. And a little pool!!
27 January at 23:26 ·
Benjy Owen-Robinson, Super soakers x
27 January at 23:30
Jevan Morris skatebaord !!
27 January at 23:31 ·
Emma Moody Morris Space hopper
27 January at 23:42 ·
Wendy Johnson Swingball think that’s what it’s called. A tennis ball on string on a pole!!!
27 January at 23:42
Stephanie O’Sullivan Can’t remember the name but it was like walking on upside down sand buckets with rope attached.
and roller skating 27 January at 23:44 ·
Brian Parker King a ball, pogo stick, Ball into cup and spinning tops
27 January at 23:45 ·
Emma Moody Morris Skip it rollerblades rollerskates
27 January at 23:47 ·
Brian Parker Marbles, kerby with a football and French cricket
27 January at 23:52 ·
Jade Boyd, hop scotch!! x
Holly Cook, scooter?
Teri Leigh, Den / cabin building
Ellie Rees, swing ball!!!
I first experimented with using bubbles and using food colouring which worked somewhat effective as I discovered it was all about balance as too much of the food colouring corrupted the mix and it became too heavy to blow bubbles and too much mix and not enough food colouring resulted in faint mark making which is not what I wanted it took some time and patience but I created some lovely pieces.
I found that out of the colours I used being green, yellow, red, black and blue, blue was the most effective and vibrant . I then also bought larger bubbles which I discovered when they popped splattered, rather than leaving the bubble impression.
I plan to experiment further into this in future and I look forward to my next experiment.
Me and a few friends decided to go and view a upcoming exhibition that some artists in my year organised, as we wanted to see their work and how they displayed their work alongside working well together.
I was surprised by how many people attended the opening night, as I saw many people in my year and even other courses such as Product Design. It was a enjoyable night and it made me question what to look out fo for my own studies. I have had several exhibitions before but this place was quite professional, it had a lovely enjoyable feeling to it an I would be interested in displaying some of my own work with a few others.
I have queried this to a few people in my year already and it looks like it’s going forward, which would be exciting. I found the exhibit a mixture of art from video to painting as the theme was “Draw” I was surprised it did not traditionally stick to the theme but many cleverly made loopholes to fit their work.
I did however find some of the artwork could have needed framing as it looked quite student like alongside their could have been business cards available, instead of blog addresses.
23/01/2014-Painting Using Sound
We began our day learning about lighting and photographing our work. This consisted of using lamps called Red heads and Mini Red Heads, they seemed simple to use just had to make sure about the health and safety such as to leave them to cool once switched off and to turn them off whilst moving them as the glass would smash due to the vibrations within.
In the afternoon we returned ready to use sound that was linked to the wall. By hitting the wall for example amplified the sound wave, which then echoed around the room.
We were split into two art groups in sets of four, then only using black paint we experimented with the sound. The first group all took materials such as bubble wrap and newspaper and tied it around their hands and one their elbow, this explored artists like Ushio Shinohara who used boxing gloves capturing his punches paper.
The outcome was quite surprising the monotone of black and white really complimented one another as it was quite simple, their work all stood out as a individual rather than a group. It looked visually outstanding and I felt quite eager to participate further.
The outcome was lovely through the noise and rhythm of scratching and punching resulted to this.
When it came to our turn I thought about the rhythm and how I would mark make using the two wooden sticks I found in the room. I found the other member of the second group focused their attention on the noise I produced as I banged and clicked the sticks scratching into the paint as I dipped the dripping black bold colour.
After we finished we stood back and I found that the piece was incomplete, it seemed so overpowering with circles that it lost it’s group effort. Yes I can see how the piece tried to unite us but I felt it forced a division than anything else, it felt like four artist all trying to scream for their individuality and screaming out for their art ego’s, I loved how Sasika’s work expressed that she was so lost in the moment that her creativity splattered paint everywhere listening to the rhythm I produced, with my sticks. But where the parts of the dirty orange combined with the black it became muddy and looked almost quite natural in the form of mud and earth, which reminded me of nature. It was more intense and I was somewhat more curious and more interested in her work than my own as I felt I could study the many layers that overlapped one another for hours, which only suggested the first layer as we could briefly see Ruth’s work underneath.
The colours were so visually appealing that I suggested I wanted to continue working with it as sound and wavelength is all about layers, I considered we could create more layers using sound. The group ALL decided it would be a good idea and the task in hand was to create sound, which resulted for us into repetition of pattern. Looking back I was the only one creating sound by using my sticks bashing against the wall as Ruth and Andrew both used buckets to create circles, whilst Sasika concentrated on the sound I was producing, so it resulted then in pattern and repetition.
I disagree that it was controlled only at this second stage, as the first layer was in fact was quite controlled as we made the marks by using tools or objects resulted in controlling it more. Music and sound is all about layers, as we worked back into it I began using sound again as I scratched and banged back into my work, as Saskia splashed paint and we watched it take it’s own form, which led to it being UNCONCTROLLED as we could not predict where the paint landed or how it merged or formed. I thought it looked much more visually interesting with all the many layers and that I could study it for days and always spot something different in it’s spectrum of colour and pattern.
Note-Thank you for Ruth Jones for allowing me to use some of her images and for being as passionate about art as myself.
21/01/2014- Painting with non traditional art mediums.
All images © Jamie Jones
After our chosen artists talk we set up our spaces where we had to use non traditional art materials and a surface to paint upon. I chose a king size bed sheet I bought and a variety of random liquids which varied from fairy liquid, marmite, toffee and chocolate ice cream sauce, tomato sauce and mustard etc.
This was all very exciting and I got extremely messy and sticky, which was quite gross to be honest.
I began using the tomato sauce and mustard by going in vertical lines back and forth along the bed sheet, then I began using purple and green fairy liquid in the same method to continue the layers enjoying the contrasting colours. After a while I began taking in my surroundings and I thought I had to do more with it. I thought about my foundation course and in one project we concentrated more with the senses, or more specifically the sense of smell.
I then started to take deep breaths, only concentrating on the sickly smells clearing my mind and I got someone to film me I closed my eyes, taking in the fumes and scents of the food. My nose tickled from the sickening bitter smell of the mustard and the sweet scent of tomato sauce to the manly odour of the Radox men body wash, to the sweet luxurious scent of the apple fairy liquid. I found this a more interesting approach as I dragged my face through all of my work, back and forth. Once I stepped back I was happy how visually pleasing my work looked, alongside with it’s variety of smells. Many people commented how it looked quite like a landscape, which is very interesting. Though many questioned why did I do it by smearing my face into the work destroying it in many ways.
I do believe I added to it rather than destroying my creation for me it was in the moment and I found the smells all so intoxicating, from being sickly bitter and sweet.
Some other members of the group using various foods and materials like plaster etc.
The second half we concentrated on using hand made tools to paint with. I decided to combine a plank of wood and a tooth brush. It was fascinating how the end of the toothbrush and the bristles displayed different patterns. This is the end result how my toothbrush looks.
My work was very energetic and physically draining I studied repetition and concentrated on colour, which always has been a visual important element in my work.
The above image concentrated on only using the bristles of the toothbrush, which created a interesting effect.
I took this into account and decided to push it further, I then attached a small plank of wood to the toothbrush and dipped the bristles in paint to drag the variety of colours to then use the plank of wood to rag the colours down smearing and layering the different tones of colours which worked very successfully.
After this session I decided that I did not want to work with an sort of food condiment again and I don’t know how Nathan Wyburn works with Marmite, as I found it too thick to paint with and too sticky. I think I will stick to more traditional methods of paint as their more vibrant and visually pleasing although I am pleased that I experimented more out of my element and comfort and pushed myself further.
Lastly we also cut up parts of our original first collaboration piece which looked awesome and looked so individual in pieces that every part was different and unique.
21/01/2014 -Jamie Mcmurry
After studying Ushio Shinohara I also liked the idea of colour which brought me to Jamie Mcmurry a artists based in L.A. Andre my tutor got in contact with him as they know one another as I struggled to find any of his work on the internet he replied with.
McMurry Diorama 4:25am Jan 22
yo blood. the new series with the paint buckets on the white suits is called Color Theory mocking the idea that the choice of color is more significant and symbolic than the action involved in its use. the selected spaces are spaces of personal and sociological contention. a gay crusing spot, a pricey new art museum, the LA river, a cemetery. its still in process. eventually images plus the suits and other objects will all be shown together. clearly influenced by many before, yourself included.
This is a interesting response, I found the colour was more fascinating than the fact he poured paint on his head in a white suit. The fact of the location were sometimes isolated it made me question did he clean it up himself, who was documenting the performance himself, or someone else? Did anyone see him? As he would have walked or drove covered in paint. This seems hilarious many aspects and I would have liked to see documentation of this and peoples reactions.
I am still unsure which colour to me is most effective. It may be the photograph of him with yellow, the way the colour pours down his face captures his expression more effectively than the others as it’s a closer angle, unlike the blue image where the picture has depth but concentrates more on it’s surroundings of location.
21/01/2014 Ushio Shinohara
We were given the task to research artists in performance art and I could not make up my mind between two artists. I finally decided on Ushio Shinohara a Japanese artists who was part of the famous Gutai group in Japan who specialised in action painting. Born in 1932 and attending the Tokyo school of art he ventured to New York after graduating where he began performance art through action painting with boxing.
I love how he interprets sport into his work and the non stop physical energy of his fists bashing against paper through multicolour and monotone paint it’s fascinating how in his 80’s he is still producing work it’s so inspirational.
I think my favourite is something physical in performance like Shinohara and boxing, it’s energetic and angry. My tutor and my class mates do believe I have some anger issues when I paint, I just find it a release and after I feel tired and content. I would like to study this further in the future in action painting as it’s quite fun.
I can never decide if I love his work more with colour or just the singular monotone colour and I think I will have to experiment myself to see what works more effectively.