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Artist notes; A Beautiful Era, self exploratory project.
My Fridays are so thrilling; I am sat, bored out of my mind, writing notes on Renaissance artists that I hate to get my grade up to an A. So I thought I’d share a little of my knowledge. It’s thrilling.
“My study begins with artist Edouard Manet (1832-1883), and a piece that outlines his style perfectly; Olympia, a painting of a prostitute, was a controversial piece at the time. The subject’s nakedness, combined with the adornment of various ornaments, such as neckwear and mules, showed the woman’s sexuality, and her eroticisms. The actual figure of the woman is reminiscent of the early images seen of Venus in mythology, the body being curvaceous, but not large, and pale with golden-red hair. The way that Manet has painted her is extremely realistic; the style is now looked back on as realism, with photorealistic qualities. The soft colours and shapes accentuate the woman’s vulnerability, and also her beauty. The composition of the piece - placing her to the fore side of the image - places all focus on her, and it is only with a second look that we see the black servant in the background.”
(C) Anna Kalyta-Spawton 2011
This is my own writing, and has been written with help from online sources.
Artist Notes: Creative Process
Just so you guys know.
I usually find something I like on guitar be it a simple progression or plucking pattern. and I just let the words come to me. Afterward, I listen and copy the words down, mentally fixing any errors or things that I don’t like then I play it again and again until I’ve got the particular track the way I like it. Unfortunately, you all hear the first versions. And due to the fact I record on my iPhone finished tracks won’t avaliable for a while :(
Artist Notes: Love Disturbs Not
This song was originally a piece I wrote on the one year anniversary of my break up with Bethany. One of my favourites. It symbolizes my growth and maturation. Written during my brief tenure at HU, after the darkness started to peel from my eyes and I began to see myself clearly for the first time. I used to beat up on myself for the outcome of that situation, thinking I was indeed a hopeless pitiful loser. But, somewhere inside myself I had hope. For redemption and new love, quizzically, both of which have appeared in my life today. This is what that hope sounds like, and I hope it helps you the way it helped me.
[hambaarroo] KNIGHTS is just a fictional KPOP group, made with OCs by 5 artists. They have no voice, therefore will not sing. Unless someone is skilled with the program UTAU and would like to give them voices and produce their music, KNIGHTS will remain silent.
Because the group and blog was made on a whim, there is no short video for their debut. There may be some in the future though, but we are unsure due to some of us being fulltime students. For now it is only drawings and doodles that we do…. Since that was really our main intention.
** TL DR; We’re basically like an RP/ ask blog, that interacts with “ROYALS” , the followers and draw.
In other news, KNIGHTS is planning on holding a Tinychat session in the future to talk to ROYALS and hang out. ^ ^)/ So look out for that!
Also we have our own personal tag, “royalknights”, if you have noticed.
Post grad forum notes
Post Grad forum notes
Much of my work is driven by an interest in people and how individuals have come to be the person they are today.
In my current practice, I have looked at creating a historical and biographical account of someone’s life in real time through a complete 3-dimensional experience.
Through a collection of photographs, recordings and paintings, I have carried out an extensive and intimate look at the inner and outer portrait of an individual.
I am ever becoming more interested in the recorded voice and the act of documenting and capturing something soon to be lost and exploring the physical past and present and the inner voice.
In this next stage of the course, I intend to extend my enquiry of the use of audio and the recorded voice within my work and explore the themes of memories, story-telling, the act of listening and the idea of documenting something soon to be lost.
Plus, investigate ways in which other artists have displayed and exhibited their sound works in an engaging and interactive way.
But first why audio art?
To begin with, speech itself is and remains to be the primary mode of human communication.
William Furlong suggests that sound recordings allow the auditor a direct contact with the source and very much like a photograph it is a trace of the real.
The main agenda of my current use of audio within my work, is to reflect the way in which we all communicate through speech and mainly to focus and celebrate the act of speaking and learning through talking to someone. And then, allowing this experience to be accessible to everyone, giving the audience a sense that these intimate stories are being told to them.
John Sutton states it is said to be ‘believed by most historians and psychologists that storytelling is one of many things that define and bind our humanity.’
I have always enjoyed watching documentaries on the television, learning about histories and the overall interviewing process that takes place to gather the information.
Much like Jordan Baseman’s work, in particular The Dandy Doctrine (A delightful Illusion), 2009. A sense of a portrait and representation is presented through a series of ideas. My current work in very much the same way is driven by this idea of a first person’s narrative, talking about themselves and/ or life experiences.
This idea of presenting a sense of a portrait derives from my painting and photography back ground and my admiration for artists who make a conscious effort to present an intimate and honest portrait of someone.
I particularly admire the work of photographer Lee Jefferies. He had initially stolen a photo from a young homeless girl and had realised she noticed him. Something drew him to go back and talk to her. From then on his perception of the homeless completely changed and became the subject for his art work.
He makes the effort to individually get to know each of his sitters before asking their permission to photograph a portrait of them. Therefore an intimacy and trust is created between the sitter and the artist, which is very important to me in my own work.
The strength of his photography lies in the emotional connection to the subject and he tries to magnify their individual characters to tell their stories.
This I hope to achieve through my recordings.
The beauty of the sound is the ability to capture the hidden quirks in a voice, emotion and the stories they tell, which at some point will be inevitably lost. This is why I initially started to document these and obtain a collection or archive if you wish.
As said by Paul Ricoeur ‘archive has the goal of conserving and preserving’.
In the same way the cassette tape itself as software has or is disappearing and the material will seast to exist.
Tape recordings contain the actuality of the spoken voice and offer the listener a physical connection with the recorded material.
William Furlong in 1973 established the innovative audio cassette-magazine Audio Arts: A record of artists practice over the last 30/40 years and represents a unique record of actual artists’ voices.
(video of Tate shots audio arts: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/tateshots-audio-arts )
Many other artists use the physicality of a cassette tape and/ or recorder in their work.
Kerry Tribe makes you physically aware of the construction of the reel to reel players by connecting two rooms with the magnetic audio tape. As the tape moves around the space, it passes through two decks—one continuously lays down the track while the other erases it. Highlighting her re-occuring theme of memory and forgetting.
Stephen Cornford work Binatone Galaxy’, recasts the players in a unique role as an instrument; each with a proximity sensor causing an awareness and reliance on an interaction to take place.
Ben Gwilliam in Any Number can play 2005, as the title suggests the work should be executed by many activators. The text is orated to a looped cassette tape, recording speech over itself, resulting in a murmur and almost incoherence.
The idea of encouraging interaction to take place is something that interests me. For instance, Isa Suarez and Tom White during February 2013, got children from Southampton Way estate, Peckham to record and explore the space around them. The presence of the recording equipment allowed creativity of new actions to create sounds.
I have finally, also considered continuation of my drawings/paintings but creating more of a direct relationship and correlation with the sound and/or content. Much like Dryden Goodwin in many of his works, where the video image centres on a piece of paper and tracks the evolution of each portrait, whilst the overlapping audio played alongside accounts conversations and interactions Goodwin has had with each stranger with accompanying environment sounds.