The songs I love right now

Right, well its near the end of March, so alas as we all know, its time for me to share the music that makes me feel joyful.

They have in some ways influenced my artworks, slightly making me more partial to some soundscapes and creating different feelings with music. I really find music a huge part of my life and feel it really inspires my artwork.

Bon Iver – Woods

Portishead – Machine Gun

Ipso Facto – Six and Three Quarters

Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over

La Roux – Quicksand

Komonazmuk & Gatekeeper – Cheeky Herbert

Micachu – Vulture

Ace of Base – All that she wants

And thats all for just now ahaha




These notes are taken from a programme called Tim Marlow on Picasso, should hopefully be good.

Oh dearry me, I really don’t like the opening music.
Over past three decades more exhibitions have been shown that are dedicated to picasso, sometimes the relationship between sculpture and painting, sometimes with his rivalry with Matisse, than any other artist.

Picasso’s first pieces were picasso02based on himself. He later says he’s neer been interested in his own image but actually he is in some of his later pieces. This was maybe a way of finding himself, both artistically and personally. He started painting at a young age, and had taken lessons from the old masters and soon moved onto the avant garde at the time.

Precursor to cubism, self portrait with palette, very flat piece due to the palette being dead on to the viewer. He saw his life as a battle with the old masters.
Picasso saw Van gogh as a patron saint, being hugely influenced by his work.
The Kiss, 1969, is an aging Picasso with his second wife which the-kissseems violent, seemingly nearly rape. He depicts himself and his wife as rousseau and his wife.
Picasso was very interested in caricatures and this certainly shows in his work, lots of this sort of work can be seen as in influence to Francis Bacon.

Still Life, an academic exercise.
Seen as the lowest subject matter, representing objects and forms in space. Spanish stressed simplicity, and directness(Melendez) artifice and opulence explored by French artists. French then used the topic as a way in experimenting iwth more radical techniques.
With cubism Picasso moved the still life on, a laboratory for exploring pieces. Analytical in appearance, drawn from every direction.
syntheticPainted collage, synthetic cubism. Starts with abstract forms which are built back up to represent reality as to the other way round for analytical.

His final pieces were of challenging the old masters directly. He wanted to see how his pictorial language measured up to those of the past as he was so famous.
To do this he took compositions from past superstock_1330-1142artists and recreated them in his own style. This was incredibly revolutionary.
His final variation of “Women of Algiers” is amazing, refereces matisse and his blue nude selection as the artist had just died.
Once he’d finished the artist moved on to Velasquez’s las meninas (for picture look at Nouvelle Vague article). This is one of my favourite all time piece and I believe with good reason. The original is of a princess being dressed whilst the family look upon. picasso-las-meninasThe artist is painting us, and we are the king and queen of spain, seen in the mirror in the background.
Picasso emphasises the artist in this piece, by having him tower up and also by giving him a split personality. The concept behind the work is a definite precursor to conceptual art, and raises the question of the opwer of the artist.
The artist wished to make complete sure le_dejeuner_sur_l_herbe_picassothat he was the most famous artist, by covering a piece by Manet, Le dejeuner sur l’herbe. HE obviously respects Manet’s ability and skill but wishes to stress to explain the difference that has occurred in the final years.

Picasso’s ruling over the twentieth century has never been questioned since his death, which is rightly so as his work was so revolutionary.

Sending letters as art

My celebrity project has reached a point were I have to decide whether to be mean or not.
As I have not actually discussed my celebrity project yet I think maybe I should give a breif introduction to the work.
After receiving the brief of the notion of celebrity I immediately thought about making myself famous so got to work at making posters of myself. I was going to put up these posters around Edinburgh and see over a period of time if people noticed me, recognising me in the street etc. But after I while I decided I didn’t want to be famous so I moved on to making something else famous. So I thought long and hard and decided I wanted to make something famous that didn’t exist.
I decided to invent an art movement and post a well linked page on wikipedia stating what the movement was about and what artists it incorporated. It was an attempt to show how gullible the public were to newspapers and especially wikipedia. The concept was a tad weak which is why I dumped this idea as well.
I then decided to move away from everything I had previously done, aiming to become a better person whilst in the transition. Through this move in ideas I believe I came across a nice way to make people feel like they were celebrated.
To do this I had to choose someone (at random, because its fair that way), and then contact them in some way. My decision was to send a letter to someone I found in a pen tester pad in paperchase. This pad meant it was completely random who I conctacted, and because people left their first and last names in the pad I was able to find their addresses. Although this may sound quite stalkerish, because the outcome is pleasant and makes the person feel celebrated I saw it as not completely bad haha.
I found a pretty picture in the pad with the caption “By Janie Rose” which I chose to be my target. From the drawing a composed a letter describing what I thought of the picture (mostly, positive criticism, and some points which could have been improved on) and also asking what the concept behind the picture was.
I then endeavoured to send out the letters to the 6 J Rose’s in Edinburgh and its surroundings.
However I have come to a crisis point in the project, even though its over, I need to decided whether to continue with my nice letter idea, or to move it on to something more sinister, a possible idea would be to ask them if I could possibly agent them, or maybe even ask them if they would participate in an exhibition consisting of pen tester pad drawings with the concepts of the work.
am very confused about which way to go in this piece.
May just have to post up both ideas as drafts and then see which gets more views haha

The Report

OH yeah, here is the amazing report,
it was the new embassy opening, and it opened with the MFA at eca students work from this year.
There was some really fascinating stuff including a great piece depicting a plant/animal hybrid that had been discovered. It included loads of detailed anatomical plant drawings, which looked very interesting. I think they were questioning the power of the artist, and the gullibility of the public for believing it. This was an aspect into which I was going to develop my fame project into where I was going to create an art movement, post it on wikipedia and comment on the publics beliefs in the same way in which this art student has.
Another piece which I thought was very good was the footprints made in plaster, don’t know what it was supposed to represent but it was similar to Richard Long’s work.
I am however growing tired of falic objects being used in art.
Bumped into Ben also, who is now the head of the embassy studios, he looked very busy and was becoming ever frustrated at my drunken chat.
I also saw Jade there, which was coolies. AND DEAN HUGHES WAS THERE, but he’s far too famous to talk to me, so I shouted dean hguhes at him, and he gave me the meanest look I’d ever seen, very sad times in my life.
And after that we left,
thank you for the beer Embassy Studios x