Archive for the ‘painting’ Category

March 9, 2008

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




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. 

Marlene Dumas
February 14, 2008


Malene Dumas was born August 3rd, 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa. She is an Amsterdam based artist and one of Holland’s most internationally admired artists. She combines elements of expressionism with conceptual art into ink and watercolour pieces and oil paint on canvas. She studied at the university of Cape Town after which she emigrated to the Netherlands. She has produced drawings, paintings, prints, collages and installations also. The sources she uses for her imagery are diverse and include newspaper and magazine cuttings, personal memorabilia, flemish paintings, and polaroid photos. The aim of her work is to show the relationships between art, female models and even pornography. Her works are portraits but not in the usual sense of the word, they represent an emotion or state of mind instead of an actual portrait.  

Jule-die Vrou, oil on canvas (1985)

I’m fascinated by this piece, only the eyes and lips are fully rendered giving the idea of seduction and sexuality. The rest of the painting is consumed by a red fleshy colour suggestive of womanhood, sin, femininity and violence. For only the eyes and mouth being rendered there is a lot of emotion in this painting. 


The Cover Up, oil on canvas 1994

I like how this painting shows a corruption of innocence. The painting gives way to very dark thoughts of sexuality and exploitation. I find it actually quite disturbing the thoughts that this painting implies, it’s not necessarily the painting that is causing the controversy its the knowingness about the reality that goes with it.

For the part of the protection project with Jenni I wanted to look at the idea of childhood and the innocence you always think goes with it, but the fact there’s often more darkness behind it. I like how Dumas does this with her paintings. After looking at Louise Hopkins work I would like to use materials to work on from my childhood, such as books and boards games. Painting ontop of them or monoprint even.

Louise Hopkins
February 6, 2008

Europe and the Middle East (2001)

 (for jennie)

 Louise Hopkins is a contemporary British artist. She was born in England in 1965. In 1992 she moved to Glasgow to study for an M.A. in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and she continues to live and work in the city. She exhibited her work many times both solo exhibitions and group exhibitions. Her last solo exhibition ‘Freedom of Information’ was in The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

I looked at Hopkins work during the journey project as she used maps as  part of her work, I enjoyed looking at her work and would like to look at it more in depth. I like how she uses various surfaces to work upon and subtly alters them thats not always clear to the viewer at first. She is interested in adding only a thin layer of paint, making  normal everyday object into something more complicated. 

 My favourite piece of work by Hopkins is ‘Europe and the Middle East’  (2001) as shown at the top of the post. I’m intrigued how she aims to change our views of how we are told the earth looks. She uses the similar painstaking technique as the original mapmaker would’ve used, extremely fine brushes and pens, using the same symbols as the mapmaker would to represent aspects of the maps such as main roads. In making her marks on the map so similar to the original she confuses the viewer even further at first look. I like how it’s slightly disturbing to the viewer, something your so used to and always looks the same, now looks so different. It’s almost that you dont feel so protected now because something you’ve always known to look a certian way is no longer like that. Something that makes you feel safe no longer does. Also Hopkins doesn’t ruin the map while adding to it, it’s as if she wants to protect the surface she is working on.