A factor we’re asked to consider for Assignment 5 is curation – how to display or present our work and what might inform our choices. We’re pointed to a number of artists for examples of how they have curated their own work as a guide. The difficulty I found when following this up was that none, if they had one person exhibitions at all, had curated the content, and most had only one piece of work on show in any given gallery. Nevertheless, the principles still apply – what order (temporal, thematic, drama, palette, size, message impact), what background (I … Continue reading Curation

Part 5, research point

Brief: look at three of the artists listed in the course materials. Before I began this task, I listed all the artists provided in the course materials and located websites with information and images. I did this over time, only at this final point eliminating the ones I had found least engaging, thereby leaving me with these three. At this point, I realised that all of them are mixed media, they all take discarded or found objects of some kind as their subject matter, and they all project a profound sense of meaning even if they are not always forthcoming … Continue reading Part 5, research point

Part 5, essay – historical and contemporary use of acrylics*

Acrylics – democratising art practice? Until the early 20th century, artists had been working with the same painting materials for hundreds of years …. [t]hen in the 1940s and 50s acrylic paint burst upon the art scene. Artist’s Manual. Collins … Continue reading Part 5, essay – historical and contemporary use of acrylics*

Tony Allain – pastel painting live demo

Delivered by Mall Galleries via Facebook video on January 30th 2021. A live demo of anything is hair-raising enough but when you’re not only the star turn but also the camera operator, sound engineer, and studio assistant, and you’re facing a faceless but constantly chattering stream of comments with nobody mediating them for you, it must be a nightmare. So absolute respect to Tony Allain for delivering two pastel paintings in under two hours, along with a commentary free of gloss and any sort of falutin. This is towards the middle of the first painting which he made from a … Continue reading Tony Allain – pastel painting live demo

Part 5, Assignment 5 – painting and print #3

After completing the first pair of paintings in quite an abstract style, I’m intending to make a further two pairs in increasingly less abstract style, reflecting the eventual resolution of the studio environment. Today/tomorrow there are electricians, on Monday there … Continue reading Part 5, Assignment 5 – painting and print #3