Thursday, 26 January 2012

Painting Tip #1

-How do you prepare the foundation of a work?
-When I get a new canvas, I have a clear idea of what I would like to see and do.
Then Monday I paint the canvas pink.
On Tuesday I paint it yellow,
Wednesday brown,
Then green
And Black
Then when I am tired and have lost the eagerness to do the images I start.

Tal R, from the catalogue 'Imagination Becomes Reality/ Part 1/ Expanded Paint Tools', 2007

The Old/ 2010

Click on Post Title for link to recent show.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Subjects of the Painter

London based painter Jeffrey Dennis, who also teaches at Chelsea School of Art, is the latest interview in Subjects of the Painter. Click on Post Title for link to interview.

Jeffrey Dennis/ The Artist Successfully Levitating in the Studio/ oil and charcoal on canvas/ 35.5 x 40.5cm/ 2011

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Abstraction and Its History

Click on Post Title for show of recent graduates' work at Hannah Barry in London. J.J. Charlesworth in current Art Review describes it thus: "If you were born after 1984, apparently, you'll be unstoppably drawn to creating surfaces that are iterated through some kind of procedure or logic or use of chance event....while keeping image, gesture and reference well out of the picture...."
There's an interesting contrast in the concurrent show of Tomma Abts's work at Greengrassi:

Tomma Abts/ Zebe/ 2010

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Perry Project

During the assessment period between semesters, Year 2 students are working on The Perry Project in which they are making work in response to encounters with objects and artefacts (inspired by Grayson Perry's British Museum show.) Another optional aspect of this project is to collaborate on a final idea stemming from this research. Amongst the many different examples of collaborative work, two examples of 'couples' are pictured below. Click on Post Title for link to a 2005 Kienholz show, at Baltic in Gateshead.

Andy and Jean

Ed and Nancy

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Paragraphs on Conceptual Art

Above and below: Sol LeWitt, 'Wall Drawing #1136', 2004 (installed November 2011)

Interesting to see some 'painting' amongst the works included in 'The Sculpture Show' currently at The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, particularly the Sol LeWitt installation. Both within his lifetime and afterwards, assistants have created perfectly masked bandings of colour worked from LeWitt's own meticulous drawing plans. Click on Post title for his essay in Artforum, June 1967.
Other stand-out works were the late 60s/ early 70s works of Bruce McLean- way ahead of his time in early uses of film and performance, and this other 'painting' work below: