Archive for March, 2008

Agnes Denes
March 10, 2008

One of the early pioneers of both the environmental art movement and Conceptual art, Agnes Denes brings her wide ranging interests in the physical and social sciences, mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, poetry and music to her delicate drawings, books and monumental artworks around the globe.

 American Environmental Artist, born in 1931. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Agnes Denes was educated in Sweden and the United States. She began her career as a painter, but has since expanded her activities to encompass a wide range of media, including drawing, printmaking, photography, site-specific sculpture, and environmental art.

 Denes is perhaps best known for Wheatfield—A Confrontation, 1982, a four-month project on the future home of the World Trade Center. At the time of the project, the Battery Park site was worth 4.5 billion dollars. In 1982, Denes negotiated temporary rights to the two-acre area in lower Manhattan and transformed it into productive cropland. The site was cleared, planted, tended and then harvested. The ever changing natural site was an anomaly in the context of a crowded metropolis.

 The hay was fed to the horses of the New York City Police department. Denes’ intention with this project was to show the potential of the site, and the economic disparity between land use and its value in Manhattan. Those who witnessed the daily changes and growth of the seedlings experienced the natural beauty of the life cycle of plants not native to a thriving metropolis. This ecological performance piece was documented in a series of photographs, some taken by Agnes Denes, others featuring the artist on the site.


March 9, 2008

Some monoprinting for my 2d protection project. Was using Beatrix Potters books to draw on top off.



Antony Gormley
March 8, 2008

Antony Gormley is a sculptor born in London in 1950. Antony Gormley’s work has been exhibited extensively, with solo shows throughout the UK in venues such as the Whitechapel, Tate and Hayward Galleries, as well as international museums. He also was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994.

Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has revitalised the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool and material. Since 1990 he has expanded his concern with the human condition to explore the collective body and the relationship between self and other in large-scale installations like ‘Allotment‘, ‘Critical Mass’ and ‘Another Place‘. His work attempts to treat the body not as a thing but a place and in making works that enclose the space of a particular body to identify a condition common to all human beings. The work is not symbolic but indexical – a trace of a real event of a real body in time.

  ‘Field’ (1991)

This piece consists of approximately 35, 000 individual terracotta figures, between 8cm and 26cm high. installed on the floor of a room facing the viewer. The figures were sculpted in Cholula Mexico by about 60 members of a Texca family of brickmakers, under the supervision of the artist. The sculpture received a lot of media attention upon its first display, and many affectionate parodies. Field has been installed and displayed at various locations. The specific configuration is changed to suit each location, but the miniature figures are always placed to form a dense carpet with each figure looking towards the viewer.

Close up

This piece is intense, there is so many little figures. It is an impressive sculpture leaves a lasting memory on you of all these little figures staring up at you. I like the way the figures are situated in hallways to give this feeling of an endless amount of them. He has used very simple materials to create these pieces, clay. This feeling of being quite in touch with the earth.


‘Another Place’

The sculpture consists of approx 100 cast iron figures which ace out to see and stretch along the beach or stretch out into the sea. Each figure is arounf 189cm tall. The figures and revealed and submerged as the tide ebs and flows. I think this piece of work is beautiful, but from this picture there is also something quite eerie about it, a ghostly feeling. It is almost as if they’re going to drown walking into the see.

Andy Goldsworthy
March 8, 2008

Andy Goldsworthy is a British born sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. His work involves using natural and found objects to create both temporary and permanent sculptures which bring out their environment.

‘Snow Circles’

Goldsworthy uses a range of materials in his sculptures; brightly-coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He uses raw materials, just as he finds them, he lets nature give ideas on what to make. He is also considered the founding member of the modern rock balancing. For his brief works Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials, however his permanent pieces like ‘Roof’, ‘Stone River’ and ‘Three Cairns’, he has employed the use of machine tools. Photos also play a big part in his work, because his work is often in a ephemeral state he photographs them at their peak point, marking the moment when the work is most alive. 

   ‘Ice Spiral ; Tree Soul’

I find the piece above to be beautiful. It is very delicate and simple despite the complex of making the ice spiral. It is almost as if it is protecting the tree despite it’s ice and can will melt or can be easily broken. Instead of randomly placed objects he gives them composition in a circle or a line or some form of shape.His goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as he can. His work shows that we as humans have some ability of controlling nature, but eventually, in the end, nature controls us.

  ‘Broken  Pebbles’

The reason I thought of looking at Andy Goldsworthys’ work was for my protection project, I wanted to make an organic shape out of tags with family members names on it. His work helped me think of ideas for making organic shapes.  

James Casebere
March 6, 2008

After Jenni showed me James Casebere’s work in the slide show I decided I wanted it to be my other artist for painting.James Casebere was born in Lansing, Michigan, on September 17, 1953. He attended Michigan State University from 1971 to 1973 and received a B.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1976.

As early as the mid-1970’s he to began to construct small architectural rooms out of paper and cardboard and photographing them. The subject to most of these images ranges from suburban interiors to institutional structures. Each building has been stripped of its colour and details to evoke a sense of emotional place rather than the physicality of a place’s forms.

‘Four Flooded Arches from Left’

 Casebere often uses water in his tabletop models, he often floods the rooms. There is no sign of struggle in these floods, they’re calming to look at rather than uncomfortable. I like how the lighting in the rooms is maximised to achieve the most dramatic look. His pieces often have a ghostly feeling like the one above, there is no sense of anybody being there, it’s like he wants you to feel the emotion.

 A number of Casebere’s photographs from the mid 1990’s invite viewers to imagine prison-like spaces modelled after actual prisons. These works express the solitude and loneliness of vast empty spaces while simultaneously referencing specific locations like Sing Sing or the Prison at Cherry Hill.Casebere is interested in the relationship of institutions to our lives and explores this theme in his images of prisons, storefronts, and other public spaces. I find Casebere’s work to be very beautiful.

Neo Rauch
March 5, 2008

The piece I choose from the slideshow that I disliked, was a painting by Neo Rauch.   ‘Komen Wir Zum Naechsten’ (2005) I’m not going to lie, I really dislike this piece, it just doesn’t appeal to me what so ever. To be honest it doesn’t really make sense. It has an old theme, it look likes a guillotine in the backround that has been decorated for christmas which is quite sick. An instrument for killing people has been decorated for christmas, a happy time.It’s maybe the theme of the painting I don’t like, I’m not sure, it just does not appeal to me what so ever.  

James Casebere
March 5, 2008

Last Friday when Jenni showed us a selection of images on a slideshow, the one that stuck in my head when I seen it was a piece by an American artist James Casebere.  ‘Converging Hallways’ When saw this piece it vividly stuck in my head, there is something about the space that is created that is just beautiful. The pure, simplicity that the white has created. I was quite shocked when Jenni told us that this is infact not a painting but a photograph. Casebere creates models of rooms from places he has seen then photographs them. I think the way the light blends in to darkness and the fact there is no sharp lines everything is very smooth made me think it was a painting. Despite this is still really like this piece.My favourite piece was also by this artist.‘Yellow Hallway’ I think this is a beautiful photograph. There is something so calmly and relaxing about the yellow which is strange to feel as it is a photo of a room flooded. You would expect to be panicked by the flood instead of this relaxed feeling. This work does make me think of our protection brief, in the sense you feel no longer safe that the room is flooded. 

March 5, 2008

This was my second attempt at the leaflet, I prefer this one. I took out the what you need part and put it in the actual box. 

I like the results from this, it looks more inviting that you would want to join it.
I couldn’t actually get slimming pills in bottles, they come in packets now which i didn’t like as much.

projected water
March 5, 2008

This is when i projected water onto the magazines, it’s pretty jumpy but i like the general effect. I need to re-film running water but have sound included in it as well. I also need to buy scales for the installation. I like this piece.