Our e-tivity 03 was a continuation of 02 and so once more I have endeavoured to find individual artist’s blogs that satisfy my artistic appetite. Sadly I seem to have failed on the individual blogs despite a number of different type of searches including installation artists, new artist, uk artists and individual artist blogs.
However I have found blogs that I thought were very stimulating and might provide sumptious seeds of regeneration for our tired brains. There are three I would like to mention, the first of which New Art – notes on installation art, performance, theatre, cinema, painting, sculpture, digital art and more…….
This blog has a phenomenal mix of still imagery as in photography and video pieces and features work as diverse as Bruce Nauman’s illuminated Human/Need/Desire (at MOMA) through to Banksy. The critique of Banksy’s work in Art World says that the power of his work lies in the way it interacts with its environment and that obviously gets lost when you put it in any kind of gallery setting. Although I didn’t see the show referred to I am inclined to agree – it is his remarkable imagination and ascerbic subversive humour beautifully executed that make him one of my favourite living artists. Besides I get to see his work in archway and only just 2 weeks ago saw a new piece of his in bethnal green. I just loved the way he continued the double yellow line across the pavement to the blank wall to paint a huge flower. It really made me chuckle. Oh and I also was intrigued by the piece of video referring to visions of female beauty throughout the ages. It is a video montage of faces many of which are famous images from art history and are morphed into one another. In my opinion it really is a successful piece.
In the Digital art section there is a selection of animation from students and professionals alike and the fragile doll piece created by Andy Huang although not entirely original in conception is nevertheless delicate and rich. The blog also refers to software that is currently available and features posts from lesser known artists and illustrators as in the fairytale imagery. I really enjoyed the photograph of the tree wind turbine – isn’t it about time that wind turbines became functional sculpture ? As you may have surmised there is a lot of content with many exciting categories and blog entries for each, including responses
The second blog is http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com
Modern Art Notes – Tyler Green’s modern and contemporary art blog . Once again an interesting blog offered by one person, an art critic (?) It features a critique of Liegaste con la Bora 1.5 the venezuelan film director. Two robot arms dip into soapy water and emerge with huge bubbles, exquisitely fine surfaces onto which are projected babies, people and animals. I liked the contrast between mechanical and organic, strong and delicate and the type of projection. Also featured was the AR Magic System, an augmented reality system which allows the viewer to swap their heads with that of the person standing next to them in front of the screen. The heads are shown gesturing in real-time on top of another body and remind me of some of the wierdness of Consequences. As ever the blog is presented with a white background and plenty of space between entries. It uses a relaxing, legible font in different sizes and modes to give structure and order to the information displayed. The mix of media is of course very appealing to the likes of you and me as fine art mixed media students.
The third blog is http://www.frontier-cincinati.com/blogs/art
Sarah Pearce file notes, comments and observations on art and architecture. Yes yet again I apologise I didn’t seem very able in picking home grown talent. However I liked the unusual selection of items she chose to comment upon and feature. In particular I really enjoyed the variety of paper sculpture presented in the form of paper pop up books, ranging from the spectacular work of Ron Van Der Meer to that of pop up books designed for children by David A Carter. Another thought provoking blog.