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Information File Part 1

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Information File

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Out of Space

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The concept of this project is Out of Space, and I think the project/tutors want us to make a space.

  • a physical place - a place where actually exists/existed
  • an imagined place - a place that I image.
  • a remembered place - a place which I have visited/experienced

A physical place can be an imagined place or a remembered place. For example, if I think about the universe, it can be a physical place and an imagined place because I have never been there but I know and can image the place, and it exists. Another example, if I think about my house in Japan, it can be every places because I have been there and can image it. And the house actually exists.

These three places connect each other.

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Idea Diagram

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I brainstormed and made an idea diagram from a physical place, an imagined place and a remembered place. I was interested in making the sky, the heaven or the universe. 

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The image I used

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At first, I was thinking to make the heaven, and the image of the heaven was a flower field. I looked for it on the Internet and found this picture. Even though the concept changed, it still worked well, so I used this image.

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Tracing paper

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Tracing paper is paper made to have low opacity, allowing light to pass through. It was originally developed for architects and design engineers to create drawings which could be copied precisely using the diazo copy process, it then found many other uses.(Wikipedia)

I love tracing paper because it is useful and looks nice, but normally I am using this for drawing. In this project, printed some pictures on tracing papers.

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Thomas Hirschhorn

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Too Too - Much Much

 

Thomas Hirschohorn is a Swiss artist who is one of the leading artists in the international contemporary art world.

When I saw this work, I liked this for some reasons. 

Too Too - Much Much is a work that follows my directive "Energy: Yes! Quality: No!?". There are two 'topics' in this work. The first is linked to the motif: beverage cans, the consumption, the Excess while the second topic relates to the role of the artist who always wants to do too much, without coming to the essence, but who quite contrarily disregards the essence, who really does way too much. These two topics come together - nevertheless - in one form. The Form Too Too - Much Much. The form of this work is also a manifesto that confirms that the artist's practice is neither pure theory nor pure practice. The work of the artist should definitely go beyond the theory and practice." (http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2010/10/thomas-hirschhorn-at-museum-dhondt-dhaenens/)

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Mike Nelso

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I,Imposter

 

Mike Nelso is a contemporary British installation artsit. This work was for the 54th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Italy.

This work was a large-scale sculptural installation that leads the visitor through a dark labyrinth-like structure. He has already exhibited in Venice, his work "The Deliverance and the Patience" was shown as part of the collateral program at the 49th edition of the Venice Biennale in 2001. (Enrico)

If my listening was correct, a tutor who was talking about this work said nobody had been in this place for a while, and it smelled dust.

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White Cube

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Tracy Emin

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I went to Tracey Emin's exhibition, The Last Great Adventure is You, at White Cube. There were a lot of works of naked ladies as paintings, drawings, sculptures and stitching. I loved this exhibition, especially some huge stitchings. The works looked like drawings at first, but as taking a closer look, it was actually stitching. It was incredible and stimulating works. The painting which I saw on London Time Out was small size. I expected a big painting, so that made me surprised. Although the size was small, it was a powerful painting, and the colour of it enthralled people.

White Cube is pleased to announce 'The Last Great Adventure is You', a major new exhibition by Tracey Emin, her first at the London gallery in five years. Featuring bronze sculptures, gouaches, paintings, large-scale embroideries and neon works, the exhibition chronicles the contemplative nature of work by an artist who has consistently examined her life with excoriating candour.

The title 'The Last Great Adventure is You', which is transcribed in neon within the exhibition, was originally intended by Emin as a reference to the 'other person'; however, over the two year period since she began creating this body of work, she came to realise that the implication was once again coming back to the self.

(http://whitecube.com/exhibitions/tracey_emin_the_last_great_adventure_is_you_bermondsey_2014/)

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I know her work named My Bed was bought for a lot of money. 

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Process Process Process

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Fine Art is a broad term that encompasses a number of disciplines (such as Painting, Printmaking, Video, Photography, Video, Sculpture and Installation) that can be distinctive or interrelate. Within the area of Sculpture, many different materials and methods are used, with artists constantly experimenting to discover new ways of making and thinking. In this project, you will learn to identify many of the prevalent processes that sculptors are using today, from choosing, arranging and assembling, to modelling, casting and 'industrial' fabrication. Much sculptural work begins with content; that is, sculptors find appropriate materials and methods to represent certain concepts or themes. However, it is not necessary for art always to start with the intent that it will be ‘about’ something. In particular, in the 1960’s a group of influential artists and critics argued that the content of an artwork could also lie in the internal relationship set up between the process used and the form that the work eventually took. This practice reached the point where a new term was deemed necessary — ‘Process Art’. At present there seems to be something of a reappraisal of the appeal of form as content. In Art history terms, this is known as ‘Formalism.’

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After discussing the myriad possibilities offered by “sculpture”, a flexible approach in the studio will be integral to this project. We are not asking you to try to say or represent anything. Instead, we want you to learn that exploring, enjoying and valuing experimentation with physical elements within the world can bring rich rewards. The form your works will eventually take will come not from any attempt to arrive at a given outcome, more from your openness and innovation. By the end of this week you will have at least 5-10 sculptural outcomes documented for your portfolio.

 

I think this project says, when we make artworks, sometimes we do not need any concepts, just make a work through the process.

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Rubber bands

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Rubber Band is a thin circular piece of rubber used for fastening things together. SYN elastic band. (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th Edition)

I could buy a lot of them from a 99p store. It can be any forms and is very useful to make a sculpture.

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Plastic cutlery

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Cutlery is forks, knifes and spoons that you use for eating and serving food - crockery. SYN silverware (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th Edition.)

I could buy them at a 99 shop, and it was useful to create something. I put them together in this project.

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Annette Thas

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Wave 1 2014

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Annette Thas is a Belgian-born, Australian-based artist. She made this for the 2014 Sculpture By The Sea event and crafted from over 3,000 barbie dolls, collected from various second-hand shops. This is a symbol of the personal stories of every dolls former owner. The free standing barbie doll wave sculpture is over 12 feet wide, and was inspired by her memories of childhood. This giant sculpture took the People's Choice Award at the event. 

I made a wave with plastic forks and spoons, and my sculpture reminded me of her work. 

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Jeff Koons

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Three Ball 50/50 Tank (Two Dr.J. Silver Series, One Wilson Supershot) 1985

Glass, painted steel, distilled water, plastic, and three basketballs

154 x 123.9 x 33.6 cm

 

Jeff Knoons is an American artist who was born in 1955. This is one of a series of tanks that Koons made in 1985 for his first solo exhibition. He poured water into the half of the glass box and put three basket balls in it. It can show the work differently in every moments because the balls moves by visitors' motion and can not keep the first arrangement. I really like it and feel it is clever.

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Damian Ortega

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Cosmic Thing, 2001

Beetle, 1983 Steel wire, variable dimensions

This work is very playful and looks like exploding a car. 

Damian Ortega is a Mexican artist. In Cosmic Thing, Ortega disassembles a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle car and then reassembles it, piece by piece, but this time suspended from wire in mid-air. As a symbol of Westernization to Mexico, the native country of Ortega, the installation hoped to show the mass produced vehicle in a new light. Revealing how all these small objects come together to form the classic VW Bug, Ortega makes us appreciate small details while reminding us how objects can rust and waste away. (Humorously, Boston Globe called it a "car manual diagram brought to life.")

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British Museum

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The Later Temple of Artemis at Ephesos

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When I was drawing this, a guard man told me this is very rare. The wall which carved the images was rounded and was quite huge. 

The Archaic temple of Artemis was burnt down in 356 BC, according to tradition on the very night that Alexander the Great was born. Rebuilding was begun almost immediately, and the new temple was numbered among the Seven Wonders of the World. The temple was built to house the great cult image of Artemis Ephesia. When Alexander the Great's army liberated Ephesos in 334 BC, the temple was still unfinished. Alexander wished to dedicate it but, as Strabo informs us, his offer was refused by the Ephesians, who cleverly stated that it was not fitting for one god to dedicate a temple to another.

 

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SOUTH METOPE XXXII

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On the building this metope occupied the south-east corner of the temple. When complete, the centaur was shown gripping the hair of the Lapith with his left hand and preparing to strike with the other. SOUTH METOPE XXX II

It was a huge wall made by stone, and because of the size, I had to stay far away because I wanted to draw the whole of the piece. It was far, so I could not see the detail of it.

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Crouching lion and lioness

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The lions were placed at the foot of the Monument as guardians of the tomb. There were perhaps originally four, one at each corner. The style of the sculptures appears earlier than that of the Monument itself. They may be reused from some previous tomb decoration, or are perhaps contemporary with the Nereid Monument, but deliberately archaising. 

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Head of a Homerie hero

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Roman marble version of a lost Hellenistic original

 

Another version of this head was found, together with the body, at Sperlonga south of Rome. There it belonged to a figure, portraying a wineskin-carrier, in a group showing the building of Polyplemos by Odysseus and his men. The Sperlonga group, dating to the first century AD, is a copy of an earlier Hellenistic original of around 200 BC.

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The hero Meleager

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Parian marble, Roman version of a

Greek original of about 340-330BC

 

This head belongs to a well-known type of statue, identified as Meleager, the ancient Greek hero who took part in the hunt for the Celedonian boar Full-Length versions that survive show the hero standing with his hunting dog, spear and the boar's head. These features may have been Roman additions. The lost original statue has been associated with the mid - 4th century BC sculptor Skopas, but there is no literary evidence to support such an attribution. GR 1906,1 - 17,1

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ReEdit

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This is a quick 1-week project, which will teach you the skills of basic video, sound and image editing. You will be introduced to, and spend time working with Adobe Premier, (one of the most powerful editing programs available), empowering you to control the moving image. You will also explore the concept of editing, and the political potential of found-footage.


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Many artists choose to work with found materials, incorporating the history or associations of that material into their work. Marcel Duchamp was the first to coin the phrase “Ready Made” referring to something taken from the context of the everyday world and represented in a new context - a gallery space. This project will be based around re-editing ready-made or found footage. You will be asked to select some found-footage and research it’s meaning and context. Then you must rework it, and create a short piece (no more than 2 minutes) that responds to the footage. You can use source material from anywhere, but may want to start with Prelinger.

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Contents I learned

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Ballet

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Ballet is a performance in which dancing and music tell a story without any speaking. (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th Edition) It originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. (Wikipedia)

I think ballet is a popular object to make artworks. It shows the beauty of the human's body, and it is dolly and sculptural as well. That is the reason why ballet is popular in art world, I think. I have never danced ballet but used to play gymnastics. They have something in common with each other. I really like the dress that ballet dancers wear.

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Douglas Gordon

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Douglas Gordon is the artist whom I researched in the Human Being project. This work is titled 24 Hour Psycho and an art installation created in 1993.

The work consists entirely of an appropriation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 Psycho slowed down to approximately two frames a second, rather than the usual 24. As a result it lasts for exactly 24 hours, rather than the original 109 minutes.(Lee, Nathan. "THE WEEK AHEAD: June 11 - June 17; FILM". The New York Times. 16 November 2009.)

The film was an important work in Gordon's early career, and is said to introduce themes common to his work, such as "recognition and repetition, time and memory, complicity and duplicity, authorship and authenticity, darkness and light." ("Douglas Gordon: what have i done". The Guardian. 16 November 2009.)

 

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Nam June Paik

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Video Flag 1985-1996 

 

Nam June Paik was a Korean American visionary artist, thinker and innovator who was born in 1932 and died in 2006. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the founder of video art. His groundbreaking use of video technology blurred past distinctions between science, fine art, and popular culture to create a new visual language. His interest in exploring the human condition through the lens of technology and science has created a far-reaching legacy that may be seen in broad recognition of new media art and the growing numbers of subsequent generations of artists who now use various forms of technology in their work.

 

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Thomas Gainsborough

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Edward Richerd Gardiner c.1760-8

Oil paint on canvas

 

I liked this painting because it was very detailed and seemed like an old piece. Many of old paintings are skilful. On the painting, the skin of the boy was like real, and the shadow was exquisite. His other works were mostly used pastels and looked like oil paintings. It was very impressive and made me want to draw with pastels.

In his oil portraints, Gainsborough's experience with pastel was arguably expressed in the 'hatching manner' and 'odd scratches and marks' which Reynolds designated as a 'novelty and peculiarity' of his rival's style. Gainsborough's experiments included his unusual application of colour. As here, his use of unmixed poaint, to be blended by the eye at the appropriate distance, echoes the recommended application of pastel pigments. Gainsborough's nephew is depicted in the same 'van Dyck' costume - then fashionable for portrait sitters - that the artist used for his painting of Janathan Buttall, Known as the 'Blue Boy' (Huntington Library, California). This may have been a colour trail for Buttall's portrait.

His works there fascinated me because they were so skilful and lovely colours. 

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Altered Space

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This project said transform existing images, so I understood to find images and change the parts of them. I looked for some pictures randomly on the Internet and started this project.

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Brainstorming

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Acrylic paint

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Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints are water soluble, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted with water or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolour or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media. ("Art Materials". Daler Rowney. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-03-05)

 

I often use acrylic paint and like to paint with it. It has smooth texture and easy to paint as it is quick to dry. It does not have any special smell, therefore it is popular to use in a house. Actually I love oil painting but it has strong smell and difficult to handle in a house. Acrylic paint is very useful because it can be the instead of oil painting.

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Masking tape

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Masking tape, also known as sticky tape, is a type of pressure-sensitive tape made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper, and an easily released pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is available in a variety of widths. It is used mainly in painting, to mask off areas that should not be painted.(Wikipedia)

Masking tape is very useful material for any areas of Art. In this project, I used this to make a straight line.

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Acrylic Canvas Sealer

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Gary, a painting tutor, recommended to use this for my work when I was struggling with painting a straight line. If I stick masking tape and put the Acrylic Canvas Sealer before I paint, it can be a beautiful line. 

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Tried to paint on some pictures

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I liked every pictures but decided to use the third (last) one.

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Progressing my idea

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Painting on a transparency board did not work very well because the acrylic paint was not on it clearly. 

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Printing on a tracing paper worked well but the colour under the tracing paper was too faint.

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Printing on a black paper worked well, and I liked it but felt like it was not for this time, so I want to do it in a different project.

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Tom Ormond

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The New Light of Tomorrow 2010

oil on linen

238 x 182 cm

 

Tom Ormond is an English artist who was born in 1974 in Derbyshire and works in London. He studied at Loughborough College of Art and Design as BA Fine Art Painting from 1993 to 1996 and at Goldsmiths as MA Fine Art from 2003 to 2005.

The contrasts of the darkness and the colourful lines works very well, so they draw our attention. Also the way to use the space in his painting is skilful; therefore, there are many information in the painting, but it does not seem to be narrow.

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Justin Mortimer

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Kraal 2012

oil on canvas

180 x 220 cm

 

Justin Mortimer is an English painter who was born in 1970 in Cosford, Shropshire, England, studied at the Slade School of Art from 1988 to 1992 and works in London.

I could find he is English because the way to paint is foggy, and his works seems like the sky in London.

He recognised for his paintings of well known high society including Harold Pinter, Sir Steve Redgrave and Queen Elizabeth II. (Wikipedia)

He won the National Gallery's BP portrait Award in 1991, and then he came to public attention. He painted Queen Elizabeth in 1998, and the commission marked her 50 years as President of the Royal Society of Arts. Prue Leith, who arranged the commission, recalls the painting was controversial because it showed the Queen's head separated from her body. (Wikipedia)

 

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Julie Mehretu

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Julie Mehretu is an artist, born 1970 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, best known for her densely layered abstract paintings and prints. She now lives and works in New York. It is no surprise, then, that her work incorporates the dynamic visual vocabulary of maps, urban-planning grids, and architectural forms as it alternates between historical narratives and fictional landscapes. (Summarise of Wikipedia and Art21) 

I went to her lecture at Tate Modern. Because of my English skill, I could not understand everything, but she seemed like a complex person. Her works are powerful as if the strong wind is blowing. When I research about her works, their size is so big, so I want to see her paintings someday. It must be more dynamic than I think.

 

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John Isaacs

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I can't help the way I feel 2003

Wax, polystyrene, steel, expanding foam and oil paint.

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It is a obese man's body made by John Isaacs. It was huge and dynamic sculpture and stands powerfully, therefore when I entered to the room, the work came to my first sight. Although the object was out of touch with reality, the sculpture projected felt so real. The dynamic sculpture stood forcefully while drawing people's attentions.

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Human Being

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This one week project is based on a theme — and is deliberately designed to allow you to explore and develop a range of ideas. You will be asked to consider, explore and attempt to explain what it is to be a Human Being and what being human might imply. This is important because in many ways, Fine Art could be defined as being the activity through which we explore and try to understand what it is to be a Human Being, and communicate this experience to others. Many believe that Art is therefore fundamentally exclusive to humans.The project is based on artist Ryan Gander’s Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, in which anthropologists from outer space set out on a mission to understand life on earth through an investigation into contemporary art objects. Similarly, you will consider physiological and psychological aspects of humanity, and find ways of exploring and interpreting ideas through a range of media. You will respond to a series of tasks to produce experimental outcomes on each day of this project, culminating in a more considered and developed outcome on the final day of the project.


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• As an inhabitant of our planet, Earth, your aim is to send a message to imagined anthropologists from outer space. Your message will provide insights into what it is to be a Human Being.

• You will create a ‘collection’ of information that will be packaged and delivered to the anthropologists from outer space – a message to the stars.

• In order to do this, you will need to analyse, interpret and represent aspects of ‘human-ness’ in all its multifarious forms.

 

My understanding of this project

I grasped this project want us to think what is Human Being and express our ideas on various way. 

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Idea Diagram

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Human has a lot of differences from the other animal. I found every human's actions were influenced by the brain. The brain was the key point of us.

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Clay

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Clay is a type of heavy sticky earth that can be used for making pots, bricks etc. (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th Edition)

I used clay for my work in Human Being project and made a brain with it. The clay I bought in Cass Arts was the quickest to dry. I wanted to get paper clay, but I could not find it. I asked a shop assistant which clay is the quickest to dry, and then I got the clay which dry in a half of a day.

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Human's brain

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Human has two different parts of the brain, one is the right side, and the other is the left. The right brain is creative, we are using it when we are imagining or dreaming. The left brain is logical, we are using it when we are reading, talking and so on. 

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Sherrie Levine

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Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp: A.P) 1991

bronze

31 x 43.2 x 40.6 cm 

 

Sherrie Levine is an American photographer and appropriation artist who was born 17th April, 1947 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. (Wikipedia)

This work, Fountain (after Marcel Duchamp: A. P.), is inspired by Marcel Duchamp's Fountain (1917). When Levine's Fountain is compared with Duchamp's sculpture, it is apparent that it is not an exact copy. (Summarise of Artsconnected)

Duchamp's sculpture is very famous, so we can get to know this piece is obviously influenced by his work.  

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Sarah Lucas

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She is an English sculptor, installation artist and photographer. The object of her works is mainly the human being, and she is using a piece of furniture as a substitute for the human body since early 1990s. I think furniture inextricably relates to our everyday life, therefore it is easy to remind us the work is about human being. I found many of her works are provocative and eccentric.

 

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Joseph Beuys

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Capri Battery 1985

lemon, light bulb and plug socket

8 x 11cm

Joseph Beuys was born in Kleve, Germany, 1921 and died Düsseldorf in 1986. As an artist working in the philosophical traditions of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Rudolf Steiner, from the 1950s, Beuys pursued a wide range of creative activities, including drawing, sculpture, "objects", and installations. His world-view was based on the flux of various energies such as heat, and his work often employed raw and unstable materials. Within the rubric of "social sculpture" he engaged in activities that forwarded social transformation in economics and the environment. In Japan, he held large-scale solo exhibition at the Seibu Museum in 1984.

Considered to be one of his last great works before he died, Beuys created over 200 multiples of "Lemon Light/Capri Battery" in 1985. The yellow light bulb is plugged into a fresh lemon, from where it gets its energy, emitting a dim yellow glow. In this piece, Beuys is calling into question the ecological balance of civilization, the principle behind which is an ecologically sound energy source. Beuys completed the work on the island of Capri, hence the name, while he was recovering from an illness, and the light?s lemon yellow color reflects this jovial atmosphere and bright Mediterranean sun.

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Douglas Gordon

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Monster Reborn 2002

transmounted color photograph

70 x 113 cm

The man who is in this work is Douglas Gordon, the artist who made it. The right side is his usual appearance and a perfectly ordinary young man, and the other side is an ugly face which is created with tapes. It is a picture of his inner monster, however at the same time, it takes ironic feel due to all the tape, which subverts the seriousness of the message. They sit as if they are on a mirror. It is quite simple way but also obviously shows the message which he wants to tell. What I felt from this work is everyone has the feeling like anger or jealousy, and it is a "monster" of us because it makes us hurt the people around ourselves.

Douglas Gordon is a Scottish artist who was born in 20 September 1966 and one of the most prominent artists to have his breakthrough in the 1990s, an epoch-making and much discussed decade within British art. Identity and self-representation are central themes in his work.  

 

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Vincent Michea

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I loved his works. His pieces were very graphical and also could say POP Art because of the colourful paints. Especially I loved some paintings which was set up with a lot of dots. The style was like the pictures on an old newspaper. It was very skilful and beautiful paintings.

Vincent Michea's brightly coloured paintings operate as souvenirs of Dakar's past glories and visual documents of the city's contemporary glamour. His pieces advertise Senegal like graphic postcards, using bold blocks of colour suggestive of comic strips or television show stills. The French-born artist chooses city views which focus on its juwels of modernist architecture and elegant people, to capture the city's status as the pearl of West Africa.

popular culture features heavily; album covers and portraits of ordinary and famous dakarois are amplified by using visual techniques borrowed from Pop Art. Particularly influenced by Roy Lichtenstein, from whom he appropriates his hallmark Ben-Day dots, Michea re-enacts the foundational strategies of imitation promoted by American artist in the 1960s.

Senegalese musicians are paid homage to with hyper realistic reproductions of record covers on large canvases, evoking nostalgia for the remnants of ephemeral material culture. The same applies to the reworking of film stills taken from romantic French and Hollywood movies, where references to mass media are peppered with an acute sense of displacement and melancholia.

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Christian Rosa

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Dead on arrival 2013

Pencil, spray paint, oil stick and oil on canvas

180x240cm

Brazilian artist Christian Rosa employs pencil, spray paint and oil paint in his very physical painting of large canvases, creating abstract pictures which seem to take on Wassily Kandinsky's expression 'Each colour lives by its mysterious life'.

Similarly to the Russian founder of abstraction, Rosa's interest is nonobjective and he aims to express inner subjective experiences rather than an imitation of the material world. In his work colour and form maintain their mystery, becoming more akin with the emotional power of music, and moving the viewer towards a spiritual engagement with art.

Unafraid of taking risks, Rosa incorporates his mistakes as potential points of departure for visualcoomposition. The result is a meditative ensemble of a white background puncuated with subtle lines sketched in primary colours and destural pencil paths that suggest forms such as faces, raindrops and body parts.

By avoiding strict composition, Rosa becomes the primary vehicle for a process of automatic writing in visual form, creating images which are generated in a chance-based exquisite corpse.

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Jose Lerma

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Samuel Bernard 2010

Acrylic on canvas, synthesizer, speakers

189x152x43cm

Jose Lerma's works illustrate the rise and fall of powerful historical figures. Ether looking back to Puerto Rico's wars or to bygone celebrities, Lerma begins intricate paintings with layers of ball pen doodles.

The heaps of cartoon-style drawings accumulate on the canvas as if struggling for air to breathe. The artist then returns with paint and household products, such as pink military parachutes, which are used to either veil or frame the emerging oversized portraints. Such is the effect of the combination of materials on a large scale that his subjects become monumental silhouettes of baroque effigies.

References to popular culture heroes such as legendary boxer Emanuel Augustus, alongside the 'homage' to ruling historical figures, suggest a multi-temporal approach to the eternal themes of war, love and power that populate the archives of art history.

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Boris Nzebo

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Auburge du Boulot Noir 2013

Acrylic on canvas

150x130cm

Boris Nzebo's multilayered paintings and collages conjure the visual complexity of his home town Douala, the largest city in Cameroon.

Drawing inspiration from urban culture, Nzebo concentrates on the elaborate hairstyles of men and women, which became inseparable from urban architecture as he lays his subject on top of buildings and street scenes.

Inspired by the hand-pintied advertisements found in West African beauty parlours, the heads embody the intimate relationship between individuals and the places they inhabit, The psychological experience of hectic city life is evoked, by forcing the private, interior space of the self to merge with the public, exterior space of the street.

Douala has a multi-faceted visual fabric where many contemporary trends face the city's past, most notable in modern and traditional dress codes, and in graffiti and advertising on historical buildings. The unpredictable and resilient nature of such diversity is at the root of Nzebo's practice, which captures the city inhabitants' drive to fill every empty space with colour and energy.

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Antonio Malta Campos

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Brazilian artist Antonio Malta Campos jams together rebellious elements in his close-fitting paintings. The artist begins a painting with a single pattern that evolves throughout the creative process into a complex interweaving of visual strata. Organic forms gradually emerge as layers of colour are laid down; the paint's transparency revealing both figurative forms and abstract, cubist shapes from within.

An appreciation of the overall composition subsequently gives way to the perception of an existing narrative: Malta Campos' individual and coupled characters silently converse in minimal landscapes, as they look straight into the void or at the viewer as lost protagonists.

In his series of gouaches called Misturinhas, painted motifs are mixed with collaged photographs, echoing the Dada and Bauhaus experiments in photomontage of artists such as Raoul Hausmann and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.

Malta Campos' use of sampling and layering are reminiscent of the unstable improvisation of early jass, seeming to indicate that if his works were audible, they would sound like unpredictable, clashing chords.

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Jose Carlos Martinat

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Ejercico Superficial #12 2011

Glass and spray paint

Dimensions variable

 

Jose Carlos Martinat's art is at the interface of real and virtual worlds.

The Peruvian artist looks to the treets of the two cities he calls home - Lima and Mexico City - bringing together ideas of architecture and the urban milieu, and human and cyber memories in his work.

His multimedia installations and sculptural assemblages incorporate a diversity of materials and stratedies to question existing preconceptions in regards to where things belong. His work therefore becomes an archeology of sorts as he brings pieces intended for the street into the gallery.

Martinat has a penchant for kitsch aesthetics which he artculates by stealing samples of brightly coloured graffiti tags from the windows of abandoned urban buildings. Enjoying the creative superficiality of this act of appropriation, the artist helps himself to these ready-made artworks and remodels and repurposes them, as is the case of his Ejercicios Superficiales series on display here.

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Aboudia

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Aboudia paints complex visual universes on vast canvases which bring together many disparate fragments.

The young artist from the Republic of the Ivory Coast takes inspiration from his native country's torn political state; in 2011 he was forced to take refuge in an underground studio to escape from the severe violence in the aftermath of elections in the former capital city Abidjan.

Daloa 29, painted in the same year as the event, serves to record and work through the trauma, as an army of child-faced figures bare their teeth and weapons towards the viewer.

Aboudia's more recent works evoke everyday life in Abidjan, using vibrant colour, collaged newspaper cuttings, and tightly-packed, overlapping figures with distinctly erotic undertones. Cars, skyscrapers, television sets, photographs of traditional African sculpture and graffiti-esque scrawl also contribute to this visual symphony of contemporary urban life.

The artist combines various Western painting traditions such as Pop and Abstract Expressionism with his own style on mural size canvases that noisily demand the viewer's attention.

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Rafael Gomezbarros

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Casa Tomada 2013

Resin, Fiberglass, wood, screen cotton, rope, Cerrejon coal

Body: 50x20x50cm; Legs: 90x50cm

 

Hudreds of ants take over Gallery 1, their bodies composed of cast human skulls.

Colombian artist Rafael Gomezbarros uses the installation to address the plight of millions of displaced immigrants who are constantly crossing the planet in search of asylum, and who are rendered invisible by the media. He is particularly interested in the Colombian causalities that were killed or made homeless over the last fifty years due to the armed conflict teaering through the country.

The installation has previously invaded the facades of national monuments and historical buildings, such as Barranquilla's customs building and Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, where military leader Simon Bolivar possed away, in the artist's hometown Santa Marta.

Exploiting ants' natural aptitude for hard labour and complex social organization, Gomezbarros turns them into ghost-like representations of disappeared people, with a new capacity to reclaim the institutions which silenced them for decades. The work's title Casa Tomada references Argentitianwriter Julio Cortazar, who declared, ?unless a country buries its dead, there will always remain ghosts in the attic'.

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Idea Factory

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Brainstorming

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Library Research

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Idea Diagram

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Maiko Takeda

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Maiko Takeda, is a milliner and jewellery designer. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, she recently completed her MA in millinery at the Royal College of Art in London. With her expertise and prior knowledge of jewellery design gained from her BA Jewellery Design (Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, her interest lies in creating ethereal adornments to the body. Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for the adorned. The form of her work itself can never be its sole feature as the extra element is always seeking to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work.
Her work experience includes Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy, and Erickson Beamon.
Maiko is currently working for Issey Miyake on the line of accessories.

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Rubber

 

The definition of rubber

1 - a substance used to make types, boots etc, which is made from the juice of a tropical tree or artificially

2 - a) a small piece of rubber or similar material used for removing pencil marks from paper

    b) an object used for cleaning marks from a blackboad

3 - informal a condom

4 - rubbers[plural] old-fashioned rubber shoes or boots that you wear over oldinary shoes when it rains or snow

5 - a series of games of bridge or cricket

6 - the piece of white rubber where the pitcher (=person who throws the ball) stands in a baseball game

(Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th Edition)

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Nils Volker

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Nils Volker is a media artist living and working in Berlin. He uses many plastic bags, and they expand and deflate as if the human's lungs. The bags move automatically with the motion of the people around the work. When I saw the video of his works, I felt it was like the surface of the sea or grass, and the visitors can be the wind in front of the work. I wonder how it works, and I found he must be a clever person and good at engineering. 

In 2010 he realised an installation made from ordinary garbage bags, inflated and deflated in controlled rhythms. This work, called One Hundred and Eight, has been exhibited several times and has been widely published online, in books and magazines. 

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