Task – Use a continuous pencil or pen line, work out how to transform your house drawing into a linear drawing that can be used as a basis for creating further works in thread and wire. Consider whether or not you want to maintain a sense of three-dimensionality and if so, how you will achieve this. What elements of drawing are important? Think about line, form, space, tone, perspective… I immediately thought of a music video I came across not too long ago. The Vimeo video at the bottom of this post explains the making of said video. Click here to watch and listen to ‘Son Lux – Change Is Everything.’
Two artists which I have made strong links to for this task are Tamarin Norwood and Rodchenko. Norwood’s artwork is abstract, intense, focused and fascinating to watch. Click on the image below to view a small number of her videos.
Tamarin Norwood, A Fine Line (Untitled #1), 2014 (Video 0’46”)
Rodchenko, so I have been told, was the root of change during his working life from around 1910-1956. He started to experiment with ‘the line,’ edge, space etc and really pushed abstraction forward in terms of development. I endeavour to research and learn more about Alexander Rodchenko.
Panorama of Aberystwyth
A selection of ‘touristy’ photographs and some from the Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth.
Our task was to search the museum for an area where our ‘house’ would fit most appropriately. Mine seemed to become invisible when I placed it in the cabinet full of toys. More specifically, ‘Treasures from Dewi Rowlands Llanon’s toy chest,’ or ‘Trysor y gist deganau yn eiddo i dew rowlands llanon,’ if you can speak Welsh. Placing the metal figure on the edge of ‘my house’ really set it off in my opinion. It suddenly became integrated with the other objects inside the cabinet.
View of Aberystwyth
Strange place for a road sign?
Sunset on a beach in Aberystwyth
My ‘magic stone’
The toy section in the Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth
‘My house’ placed in the cabinet of toys
Metal figure placed on ‘My house’
Artists studios at Aberystwyth University
Sketch from life in the Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth
Sketch from the top of a hill in Aberystwyth
Semi-Detatched 2004, Michael Landy
Tate Britain, London
Micheal Landy photograph taken from Sunspel Journal
My thoughts on a review of ‘Semi-Detatched’ by Andrew Graham-Dixon. Graham-Dixon rightly describes the instillation as an “un-nervingly naked work of art, highly specific but with a democratic dimension to it too, since it offers such a direct analogue for a nearly universal experience.” Essentially, Landy has re-built his parents house in a British art gallery, is this art? Growing a tree is not art, is it? Does is become art if you put it in an art gallery? In this example I can understand that Landy couldn’t make his parents house any smaller as it would detract from the message he is trying to portray.
Making my model house was a challenge as not only did it need to mean something and reflect my personality, interests and or traits, but it needs to be portable. This is a restriction that Landy clearly did not have. Is it possible to physically make and portray memories in the form of art portable? answer = YES. BUT how small can you go without it becoming technology in the form of hardware and software?
Michael Landy’s “Semi Detatched” 2004
Cropped final piece 1.0
Final piece 0.9
Miniture landscape gardening
UHU 1, Craft Mount 0
Cut out plans of previous houses I’ve lived in
The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. (crafts council mission statement)
In 1971 the Crafts Advisory Committee (CAC) was formed to advise the government ‘on the needs of the artist craftsman and to promote a nation-wide interest and improvement in their products’.
Christian O’Reilly ‘Tevi Table’
Christian O’Reilly ‘Tevi Table’ extended (with extra leaf)
Petrel Furniture ‘Collectors Whisky Cabinet’ opening
close up of leg profile
Ella Robinson ‘Lollipop’
Ella Robinson ‘Millions’
Querkus tiered box in English Walnut
Harry Owen ‘Railway Bag’
Harry Owen ‘Pouch Wallets’
Aryma ‘Arizona Sky’
Aryma ‘detail from Arizona Sky’
Hoare & Brady create ergonomic, durable and aesthetically pleasing furniture, which are environmentally conscious and an alternative to using plastic or resin.
“I have tried to combine old methods and new ways of thinking to create contemporary furniture by forming a cohesive relationship between the boiled leather and other materials. The furniture is hand made and designed by me. The pieces are comfortable to use and beautifully unique, right down to the marks where the cow has scratched against a bush. The result of all this is functional, natural furniture that focuses on the beauty of the materials being used.” – Tortie Hoare