It was exciting to see many peers have great progress of their works. Alice tried new work, where she have some print of smiling faces.
was not sure why they are smiling, maybe it make them more uncanny, for the contrast between smile and black and white. If they are positioned with the words she created before, then it will remind me some communism government try to stop the freedom of conversation and thinking.
Frank’s anime. Not sure what’s the connection between the book and his drawing, but I like the anime overall. Mentioning how to present the work, I think he can tear off all the pages and present them one by one on the wall.
I quite like Ellen’s works. I think she is the most hardworking one among us, she really tries many possibilities. Very David Lynch, I can easily imagine her sculpture appear in his films. Look like some sort of organs.
I am still unhappy my works, but at the same time I don’t feel like I have much impulse to do them. I feel tired, overall, and don’t know why. I can’t feel much about my works.
Lithography-finally done the drawing part, did two drop of acid.
Reading Group- A phenomenology of Whiteness
We read the essey about white people, it’s bit hard for me to understand most of it, but there are something interesting(and it’s one of the few content I can understand, there were five asians student in the group, but today just me, I was the only yellow in this group, there’s no black neither.)
“I want to suggest here that whiteness could be understood as “The behind".White bodies are habitual insofar as they “Trail behind actions: They do not get"stressed"in their encounters with objects or others, as their whiteness’goes unnoticed’. "
I am in a facebook group which theme is right-wing politics, they seem like have issue with femilism, ecological group, they think they are a force to shake the balance of our society, therefore, when I come into this paragraph, then I realize they don’t like this probably because they never have to conquer these problem.
and my peers talk about Tate, which was build by slaves, and Britain museum, showcase the arts were raven from other countries. There are only few percentage of female artist in our art history, (but it definately changed after..Guerrilla Girls?)
We have same problen in my country. One of our formost president “Chiand Kai-Chek" has temple build in Taiwan, and in our childhood, we are taught that he was a great man. However, now new government is trying to change it, to tell us the truth. Althought he had credit building our country, he also killed many inoccent people, which is always ignore in our history.
we can’t erase the history, but we need to understand the truth.
few question for us to think:
47: I would like to give shape to the “amorphous uncomfortable."
2. We have to change the narrative in our heads that doesn’t acknowledge that “segregation now, degregation tomottow, segregation forever" was part of the ideology that reared us and put in place the institution in which we were taught and in which we teach.
trying more combination with colour and composition.
“Large print, monoprint, roll blue ink and drop white sprit on it, etching some dots on it "
Her work are few pieces A0 paper and each pieces are blue in different volumn. It’s very abstract, blue and marks. For me, it reminds me direcly to the ocean, darker means deeper oceans, and the lighter one is closer to the surface of the sea. There are some crease on it for she had some problem with the press, but it also shows interesting effect, it looks like fault, not like waves but I feel some connection with it, too. She likes it for it looks like suddent stop. The dots made me associate with some creatures or bubbles, or some sort of spirit.
She shared with us how she found out about her expiriment.
She said she would like carry on this kinda style, similir to making these marks. She is interested in the texture, and the marks, and the contrast between the two. Leora suggesed she to explore herself, what feeling does it gives her, why is it interesting.
Jo suggested her to introduce some drawing in it such as intaglio, print a series of drypoint … It remineds me former peer Beatrice Roggero Fossati’s work, maybe it’s one of the reason why it remind me the ocean direcly.
the scale remined me Monet’s show
landscape, film, colour, fragment, photography… now she is working on putting colour on it and which is quite complicated.
The prints on aluminum remind me the artist I just read recently. Michelangelo Pistolette’s mirror painting:
I was thinking to print my image on mirror before, but it seems like only silk-print can make it.
She does lot’s of experiment in the same photograph, I am thinking maybe she can work on other photographs as well. Leora thinks it does not have to be lanscape. There are many unexpective effect on her experiment which is beautiful.
Leona ask one of classmate why she likes certain print. She said she prefer one to another because another one is more flat. I feel that’s like watercolour and gauche, one has the fluid in it.
She was told not to work on RGB but CMYK, she said but she works on RGB so much to destruct the image. (I have no idea what’s differences when it comes to print on silkprint, I might try RGB on my print"the colour might be dumb" )
Boglarka thinks the unfinish part is interesting, make people like to see what’s be continued…Leora said there’s film term called"implied narrative“.
Sam’s drawing in a british bar.
loneliness of these people, big cities, bar closing down, melancholy, everyday scene.
The Spanish classmate (sorry I don’t know her name too) she likes the drawing than the plates. Boglarka feels the drawing is too light, no much atmosphere in the traditional bar.
He dropped the colour, for he thinks it is the most important part is that he spent time there being and drawing these people, putting colour is more about making image. Jo suggested do monoprint first and drawing on it, and maybe take the plate and do dry point there in the bar?
I am not familiar with bars, for it’s not really my culture, but I always like the atmosphere of british bars, and they always have nice and elegant colour combination in the bars.
She choice the image relation to her memory, the mother, use the scarf of her grandmother’s, things that remind us the people, places, our childfood, and her daughter. She uses the element of the first painting to do a serial of expiriment. (daughter, mother, the matter on the scarf) I quite like this topic, I have not being a mother myself, but family issue is a topic that worth looking at.
Each print deliver quite different feeling and meaning. This one the mother part is cut off, it might means the mother is absent in the child’s life? The following one I feel it is daughter’s shadow on the floor. I feel it’s emotion in the work. However, in the first glance, the silhouette look like a dark shadow which is covering the child, like nightmare, and the birds on the silk scarf make me associate some sort of optical illusion. Although in the picture the mother is the role of protecting the daughter, I feel that it’s a threaten, dangerous energy toward the kid. (probably I watched too much psychological thriller) Maybe she could try some warmer colour, for black and white printmaking looks easily uncanny.
She is also looking at the reflection in the kitchen. She is trying to do selfie but tried to avoid the camera/phone. Leora thinks it’s converst to recreate marks she found in the already-made mirror(?).
three new photopolymer prints, two 3 plats prints, and one ghost print.
Jo think they all quite different.
Leora said it’s different and important when “I" look at the viewer and when I look at the camera/iphone(I am recordning the viewer), different field, different psychological space.
dark explosure, different filter
and asked me which one is what I want to do? where I am going?
I am now sort of curious what if I take both into my works?
The spanish classmate suggested me to make certain plate bigger so I will be able to fit each “me" together. However, it costs a lot just to make one image and one plate.
Sophia suggested testing in photoshop.
narrative and dreamy, Sam said I am getting that point (from mid point review).
I told that I am doing some drawing of my reflection as well, but when Leora asked me why not just taking photograph, I have totally no idea.
Boglarka feels it’s about time and suggested me to play the reflection on Central line train.
Leora: if you print them it will lost the details that camera have, the camera in my hand will going to be more blurry, do you want camera to be seen? does it matter?
basically I don’t mind.
and use clean soft clothes and some white spirit to clean the edge
need to see how drawing next to these photograph together.
to see how drawings and these photographs put together.
Leora: there’s something quite specious and exciting about the way the space zoom out and comes toward us. I enjoy the colour, but it lose the strange perspective the disappearing into the space, the unerving. try to keep that sense of space. don’t lose it.
The spanish think that colour one like an eye, looking at us.
Jo suggested me to look at how other photographers frame the works."using glass?" get a piece of thick glass, on the top of the picture to make it more depth
she did many beautiful cyanotype with plants from her hometown, it’s beautiful but Leona thinks it’s only show the shape of these plants…
Her is interested of her hometown, and Jo and Leora suggested that she can call her mom to take photos of her home.
Statement for Atkingson Gallery:
It’s quite difficult for me to write statement (it’s actually difficult to me to write everything in English)
I got two version, the first one was I wrote long time ago, and one of the english tutor said the first one is better. Jo later helped me fuse them together. I think it’s just so difficult, for I make my work by instint, something is just hard to describe by words. I will post the image later when the exhibition is ready.
It is a film with naratives from two people, one is Joe, another is Matt?, and they are all talking about Joe. I could not catch all the content until later, and I realized that were two people talking. One is talking about Joe’s subjective memory of his own life, another is talking about his memories toward his friend: Joe.
It was ambiguous when they continueling exchange their narrative without a hint. I almost thought they were from the same person, it could be only “Joe" there, and he was talking his memories one is by his own real memories, and another is imaginary memories.
When I watched it again, I noticed more details. Firstly, like classmates’ discussion, the quality of the video is too perfect, it’s far from authentic documentary, it shows his life with family in that era through the lense. The quality of the talking is different. One can tell is recorded with older recorder, and when one narrative start, I can hear the volumn of “older" one is reduced. I think another voice, which is talked by the one who introduce his memory with our protagonist Joe, is added afterwards. Maybe even when Joe died, so I am wondering if Matt (the film maker) really know Joe in person.
When I checked the description on their website:
Joe Brainard (1941-1994), an artist and writer whose evocations of memory and desire perhaps found their greatest expression in his memoir-poem I Remember. Filmmaker Matt Wolf returns to this iconic poem in his film I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard. His archival montage combines audio recordings of Brainard reading from the poem, as well as an interview with his lifelong friend and collaborator, the poet Ron Padgett. The result is an inventive biography of Joe Brainard, and an elliptical dialog about friendship, nostalgia, and the strange wonders of memory.
Therefor, one narrative is Joe talking about his own memory, and another narrative is the memories from his friend Ron.
So here are the question: what is this film talk about?
friendship? Love? It gived warm feeling,
also come back to the subject: discussion about life and dying before the digital age.
In the film, Joe died. It seems like this film has conclude some key moment of his life.
What do I want to be remembered for?
My peers said they don’t want to specifically to be remember their arts(because our works are just for us, not for anyone else), maybe just the intimate moment that share with people they love.
I thought one of my ex-boyfriend who had car crash and passed away. It was very sad and I want to remember what we experienced together. I also think of a boardgame I played in Christmas, “Who’s the artist"it shows some simplify images as a hint, to let people guess the artists, and here is an example how people rememebr them.