Grayson Perry is one of the most well-known ceramists in contemporary art and is a very inspiring creator especially for a Fine artist. Perry uses a lot of bright colour and texture in his work to create conceptual vases. The vases hold subjects which are at odds with the attractive appearance. Perry uses imagery and text to document and communicate to the audience to societal concerns he responds too. He uses traditional methods in the pottery but when it comes to the decor, Perry uses more contemporary methods of embossing, photographic transfers to create animated surfaces.
As I missed a session last week due to illness I needed to catch up today. I feel I did a good job because I was able to quickly get onto the throwing wheel. I have used one before but haven’t been properly taught how to use it. Duncan gave me a quick tutorial and I was on my way. I felt I picked up the idea of the technique quickly and was able to control the speed of the wheel and the amount of water needed to mould the shapes. At this stage I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to make so I just experimented with the clay and created differently shaped bowls and cups.
I did struggle at times to mould the clay because I got it too wet and it started to slip from the wheel. You need to keep the clay centred in order to have an even shape. I feel I have created some interesting shapes which I can tailor and shape tomorrow once the clay is leather dry. At this stage it will be more stable and stronger to shave away the excessive clay. I will also be able to started adding slip onto my objects which will provide colour and texture to the work. It could also be used to join different pieces together.
Rachael Whiteread is a contemporary English artist who’s artwork is mostly made from cast and plaster. I have come across Whiteread’s work in past projects during my foundation degree and A Levels. The materials I am working with are similar to those used in Whiteread’s work. I am fascinated by her work because she looks into past events and creates memorials or awareness pieces in relation to the event. For example, The Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial in Vienna resembles a library from the world within the pages of the books. The pages of the books are turned outwards.
Most of her work is of a very large scale and is displayed in public places for the public to view freely. The work acts as a memorial or reminder for the event she is attempting to respond to. Places she has displayed her work includes Trafalgar Square and the memorial grounds of the square in Vienna.
“Creativity is the power to reject the past, to change the status quo, and to seek new potential. Simply put, aside from using one’s imagination – perhaps more importantly – creativity is the power to act” – Ai Wei Wei.
The contemporary artist is best known for his activist work. His work has a common theme of responding to an event e.g. an earthquake, human rights violations. For example, Ai Wei Wei invited the public to create a flower in memory of the child victims of the devastating Sichuan earthquake, 2008. Much of Wei Wei’s work is to raise awareness or to raise a response or a political; stunt against governments and societal systems. I find Wei Wei’s work incredibly interesting and inspiring because it is very conceptual and yet accessible for all levels of artistic knowledge. Ai Wei Wei as an artist is very influential because he isn’t afraid to express his feelings on a matter and is willing to accept the consequences of his actions.
Ai Wei Wei is a fan of ceramics however he does use it quite a lot in his practice. In his work you can see the relationship between it and the quote by General Mao, “the only way to build a new world is by destroying the old one”. I am fascinating by the way Wei Wei allows the coloured slip and coloured gazes to drip down the pots creating an almost melting effect. I want to use a similar style in my own work and will attempt to do so throughout the next four weeks.
In the past six weeks of constellation have provided me with the knowledge and some understanding into different theories of perception.
How I felt at the start
At the start of the course I felt apprehensive about what the subject was going to be. The question of perception is so broad and has so many different ideologies from theorists. Before my first lesson I thought the subject would be philosophy based because it talks about many ideas and concepts imagine by different people.
With the help of the speaker’s knowledge, research online and books in the library I have had the chance to the research of the Gestalt theory. I found this subject to be really interesting because it talks about the psychological side of perception and how our minds work. As an aspiring art therapist, I think these subjects has been very useful and informative. The basic understand of this theory has also enable me to look more carefully at my own practice. I will know start to think about how yours perceive and interpret my work which will help me to form new ways for them to interact with it. Roland Barthes’theory of “Toys”has opened a window of curiosity as to whether his ideology is true. The idea that children are perceived as a “homunculus”in the eyes of an adult is quite intriguing and when thought about, true. It has opened my eyes to the society in which we live and how our children are unconsciously brain-washed into believing what older generations believe to be ‘normalities’. This makes improvement of traditional societal norms to be slow and challenging.
I struggle to write detailed enough notes during the talks which led to misunderstanding and lose knowledge of the subject at hand. I have found this has limited my comparative skills and so hindered my essay. I have also struggled with illness the past few weeks so have missed a few lectures. I think in the future I will contact my tutor for the information needed. I found the PowerPoints very useful during this time however, most information was not on them because the talks were discussions and so hindering my advantage more.
How I feel now
I now feel more confident in ‘Perception in Practice’because the different talks attended have given me different ideas from a range of artists in different disciplines. I think this subject is important for my career pathway because it looks into how we see our own ‘reality’and how be interpret that which is around us. I feel patients will express their feelings of ‘reality’through their work during their course of art therapy.
I think I was able to link the Gestalt Theory confidently to my practice because it talks greatly about the psychological process and how each individual perceives differently. As a Fine Artist, I feel I attempt this in my own work and allow the audience to interpret it in their own way. I think I have been able to bring a different approach to the theory has it was presented by a designer. As a Fine artist, the theory interprets a different approach of seeing perception because I started to look into the idea of externalisation and creating controversial or thought-provoking artwork to raise a response from the audience. The speaker found this quite intriguing and “an interesting approach to the subject”.
To improve my essay and writing ability on this subject, I want to carry out more intense research and gather more knowledge of other ideologies in order to critique the subject more confidently. I feel I would be able to write a more analytical piece with a better understanding of it, so, in the next few weeks I will be researching more theorists and their opinions on the subject of perception in art. I think watching videos of critiques will help to conform my answers in a more academic way and help to me focus answers concisely.
Questions for tutor
- Can you give me the names of any theorists with similar ideologies to the Gestalt Theory?
- In what ways can I improve my analytical writing skills?
- Are there any controversial ideologies are there about perception compared to the ones used in my essay?
Challenges with reading/writing
I find academic writing quite a challenge as an artist because the way I perceive ‘reality’in the mind is different to the way it should be written in an essay. I think I here to practice my writing technique by reading more academic articles by philosophers. I find I repeat myself and waffle to bulk out an essay. I think I need to be more precise when writing and clearly convey my point with an explanation and example as well as, linking it back to the question.
Ability to make links between Practice and Theory
I feel ‘Perception in Practice’is easier for me and more interesting to link to my own experimentation because my work is conceptual and is a result of my own perception. The subject has enabled me to think about how we perceive matters of ‘reality’and has made me think about how I want to show the world my interpretations. Not only this, but I am starting to notice more around me; matters I wouldn’t have given attention to before the start of this term. I feel the subject has broaden my visual perception and therefore, improving more creative ideas and themes.
The Oceania exhibition talked about the intriguing work created by natives to the Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian Islands. The work ranged from before they were colonised to a time in which they were. The art was not just for pleasure and display for used in daily life including canoes, paddles and shields and for ceremonies and rituals. Much of the work is believed to hold spiritual power which gives it a whole new meaning to the people.
After the arrival of LT (later Captain) James Cook and colonisation by The Europeans, the art changed as the natives began to adapt to new technologies and ideologies brought over. Drawings and paintings one paper became more dominant in the cultural. Not only this, the ideas in the art changed, the colonisation meant the lands and people were exploited, new diseases were brought over, life was hard.
As you walk through the exhibition, you can see the changes through time. The new technologies, the new ideas, the new feelings felt by these people. It was a interesting visit with some beautiful artwork which gave you an insight into the cultural of the Asian community through time.
Yayoi Kusama: Obliteration Room
Yayoi Kusama has been known for her extravagant patterns predominantly of spots. Her work portrays her past and the hallucinations she encounters throughout her adult life. However, the video we watched show a new piece of work which involved the audience on a more direct way. The work started as a white room with white furniture – no colour, no character no nothing. The audience were given a range of spots chosen by the artist herself and invited to place the spots anywhere in the room. This engaged the audience allowing for their input/ideas/creativity to be added to another’s art. Kusama is very well known for the patterns but has allowed the audience to freely place the spots in any place they wish which has put a great twist on her work and allows her to see others’ creativity. I think Kusama is trying out this form of perception to create something each conveys an element of many different people’s ideologies and perceptions.
Bjork: Stonemilker (360-degree virtual reality)
This music video provided the audience with the opportunity to use the virtual reality technology and pivot themselves. This gives control to the viewer making the piece more interactive and gives a more realistic feeling of being involved in the art. It gives you the opportunitiy to either watched the singer and engaged with her or to explore the surroundings and environment the piece is recorded in. I find it gives the piece a warm welcoming feeling. The use of VR provides a unique way of allowing the audience to interact with the art and therefore creating a reality without the viewer physically being in the location. The use of new technology in art is enabling the viewer to understanding and react to art more easily and is making it more intriguing for those less able to understand conceptual creativity.
Aakash Nihalani Arte 3D Con Cinta Adhesiva
This piece of art played with the concept of cartoon collaborating into reality. The images give the impression that this could be be the norm. I feel the artist is trying to bring a sense of fun and entertainment into art. With the bright colours on the dull backgrounds of architecture and landscape I can tell Nihalani is trying to capture the attention of those who past his work as they walk down the street. As the bright colours attracts an audience it gives them the opportunity to interact with the work in different ways. This could be physically – take photos with the work in different poses – or mentally where they start to think about how they work makes them feel. The colour on the dull background creates a sense of depth and a 3 dimensional effect. I feel the artist is attempting to engage the audience in a more literal way which I feel makes the concept of the art more accessible for everyone. This also makes the work more memorable as the audience is likely to concentration on it whereas, a painting or a drawing on a wall can be looked over.