2D | Zine process

As some things didn’t work out for my initial first draft print, I made several changes.

First, I converted the paint strokes digitally and made a range of colours to see how it fits.

I scanned these strokes in so I could play with the opacity and see which colour range will complement the images.


Also, as some images didn’t work out, I play around with formatting to see which would fit better.

For this spread, I wanted to play with portrait images, however, when I tried to play with the landscape images in the second image below, I felt that it conveyed and helped bring out the idea further with the landscape images. Thus I would prefer the landscape images.

My center spread was initially a full image, However, I wanted to play with more images and dimensions in my zine, so I tried another layout, as seen in the first image below. I’m still trying to work out where the text will go for the first page in the spread.


For my cover page, I wanted to play with different formats. I tried to align my title in the center of the page but I felt it was a bit plain, so I decided to add a minimal design to it. Thus I feel that aligning the title  to the left would be visually better.

As compared to my previous picture for the end of the zine, the colours didn’t match the images and there was a lack of consistency, thus I changed it with a image that spoke to me a lot about the environment and surroundings to end it off. I thought of adding a small excerpt to give a final explanation about the message behind the zine.

I have yet to explore further with the paints and colours that I can play with. I would be doing that soon!

2D | Zine Process – First Draft

This was my first draft. I printed it out as I wanted to try adding paint texture to it enhance different parts and bring out the spontaneity of the essence behind my piece.

 

After some feedback with my tutor, some changes and considerations are the size of photos, the layouts, how I can play with more photos, the colour consistency of the zine, an obvious change of the closing page of the zine and play around to see how the paint works in different opacities and colours.

4D II | Controversial artist of the late 20th and 21st Century

Controversial art video, installations and performances.

My post today centers around three contemporary artists that have created controversial works and stirred a storm amongst critics, viewers and the internet. These modern artist that I will be talking about are known for their contentious works on current issues be it politics or feminism etc. A common occurrence amongst these artist is that they may have been targeted by the police in one way or another. Let’s wait no more and let me introduce these artist.

1.Petr Pavlensky

An overtly political artist, Pavlensky has pulled of several stunt performaces in response to certain political actions in Russia. He is known to have sewn his lips shut to protest against the Pussy Riot’s incarceration. Recently, he nailed his testicles to the Red Square in 2013. Critics have said that “Palvensky is more than an artist – he’s a hero who’s more than happy to nail his colours to the mast.” However, he had to face charges of hooliganism, which was later canceled.

Pavlensky was educated at the Industrial Academy and Institute of PROARTE. He has many works in the collection of State Museum of Political History of Russia. In an interview with Dazed, he said “In projects, I try to reveal the hidden contradictions surrounding my system and submit their true form, pushing each other, thereby providing a disarming effect.” He is currently a practicing contemporary artist and uses his body to show the tight situation of Russia’s ban on publicity, tightening of censorship and suppression of public statements. Rather, he has a practicing history of self-harming art.

In the first image, you would be able to see Pavlensky sitting at the Red Square where his testicles have already been nailed to the floor. In preparing for this performance, he rehearsed the speed of removing his clothes. He decided to nail his scrotum before he was completely naked. This allowed him to lower the chances of being noticed. He took of his pants and quickly nailed his scrotum to a gap in between the cobblestones. It was calculated that 33s went by unnoticed since he still had his clothes on. Afterwards, he removed everything and threw his bag as far as he could. At that point, the action started as if he suddenly materialised in the middle of the square.

The leading Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov wrote on his Facebook page that the performance was a “powerful gesture of absolute despair”. Another response to his work was from a law enforcer who tendered his resignation to train as a lawyer in order to defend Pavlensky’s work.

Pavlensky’s work impacted and spoke for many who were caught in the tight political system of Russia. Though many critics may define his works otherwise, his work brought may bring a revolution that responds to the situation in Russia.

2. Clayton Pettet

This is an art piece which I particularly like. Performed only once by Pettet, he says “Performance art is only meant to be performed once.” Pettet, a student in prestigious Central Saint Martin’s in London, prepared this piece named “Art school Stole my virginity.”

It was said that he would be having sex with his partner and will be holding a Q/A session after. He said to have prepared this piece for a long time prior to the performance and had pushed back the date of the performance due to galleries not believing that he’ll carry out what he said he would do.

However, during the performance, there was a turn of events. Instead, he and several other performers were labeled in different ways. Words like “Anal Virgin”, “NSFW” and “teen whore” marked them. Pettet went on to scrub the words written on his body while the other performers stood by him. Soon after a few other events that happened, the troop went to the basement of the gallery and in about an hour and a half, the audience was led to a small room in the basement.

The highlight was a booth where Pettet sat in. He was surrounded by piles of bananas in front of him. He asked each person to penetrate the banana in his mouth, after which, he took the banana out and snapped into half and then asked the individual in the booth to leave.

Many people were disappointed as can be seen by the responses in the tweets above. In an interview with Pettet, he said “i’ve always said in interviews there’s this partner I’ve never identified. I think if people were expecting something else, it shows what they really wanted. They didn’t want an art piece, they wanted to see me have sex. If they came for the art, they wouldn’t be as disappointed – they’d know there were things to read between the lines for.”

In an analysis of his act, Pettet said that “The nerves and feeling forced to penetrate my mouth with a banana foreshadows what society made me feel about my own virginity. It was interesting doing this to the audience to see how they’d react. It was incredibly intimate and mentally exhausting.” These vast response of the audience and what the audience thought they were in for is surprising. It makes us think what actually is a performance art, or how society defines art to be.

This is an example of a modern artist who represents the young society and questions the common notions and ideas that have been around for far too long. His ideas and thoughts about sexuality have raised interest and I was particularly interested in how the audience had responded to his work. I personally felt that it was a good point to make and it brought forth the definitions society placed on sexuality.

3. Tracey Emin

A British contemporary artist who studied fashion initially in Medway college of Design is now known for her confessional art. Her work “reveals intimate details from her life to engage the viewer with her expressions of universal emotions. Her ability to integrate her work and personal life enabled Emin to establish an intimacy with the viewer.” Several artist that influenced her work were painters Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele whose work centered around sexuality and naturalism, and in 1989, she had her Masters in painting at the Royal College of Art.

Her well know pieces are known to be Everyone I have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 and My Bed 1999. 

My Bed, 1999 is now displayed at Tate Gallery. This piece was inspired by a sexual yet depressive phase in the artist’s life when she remained in bed for several days without eating or drinking anything but alcohol. She then looked at the vile and repulsive mess that she had accumulated and realised what she had created. To some critics, they treated it as a farce and claimed that anyone could exhibit an unmade bed. However, she retorted with “Well, they didn’t, did they? No one had ever done that before.”

A critic, Liz Hoggard, wrote “A lot of male artists have brought their studio into the gallery. But she brings in the contents of her bedroom.” This bed represented her mental state and her reaction to the everyday thing she had to face and it had a powerful effect for women where it broke many taboos about the body, sexuality and shame. She placed very intimate details and elements of life in the center stage of the art gallery.

Her art works and installations were inspired by her own life experiences and the effects it had on her for whatever she was going through at that point of time. I think it also shows that there is weight to how a female reacts to situations whether it is a positive response or a dark one. One shouldn’t be afraid to show her emotional response to the situations that loom over.

Hope you enjoyed reading about these artists!

 

 

4D II | Project 2 – Soundscape

D I S J O I N T E D  E X I S T E N C E

ARTIST STATEMENT

Often we move along day to day with a being present, that presence helps us acknowledge what we know and see around us. The absence of that being who would give us our bearings makes no difference as our being is attached to the surroundings and we move from place to place and hear common sounds around us. Despite this familiarity, sometimes we still choose to lose ourselves to the surroundings. In this we think of our own elements, feelings and how we are attached to familiarity. This soundscape portrays the absence of the human but the journey of a being. Take a walk with her, hold her hand and be part of this journey.

We attach ourselves to the surroundings, yet at the same time we detach our minds, going into things that have no link to what’s around us. I used common sounds such as construction sites, busses, the familiar sound of keys (home) and others. The journey of my soundscape is cheery and upbeat, very present. However, as we move on, there is a distortion of sound and a change in tone of the audio. This, I feel is the darker element of ourselves as we get detached from our present surroundings. Thus I went from a lighter tone to a darker distorted tone to convey and express the difference with our presence and mentalities.

CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH

ha ha, this was an interesting project as sound isn’t my forte and I wasn’t very clear of what soundscape or sonic portrait I should do as there were various themes that I wanted to explore. For example, the coffee shop uncle, the mama shop uncle or different locations. However, I finally decided on doing what was very present and evident to me, and it is something that affects me a lot, and that was the surroundings around me.

My initial sounds we very flat and constant, there was no journey but loud jarring sounds that didn’t really link. Then I tried to seamlessly tie them together so that it seems like that of a journey and how the constant sound of our surroundings are.

I feel the hardest part is how to portray and convey my ideas fully because my understanding of the theme and thoughtful may not come out fully and properly. What I did was try to change how I think and keep in mind the locations, movement and time that I needed to narrow down to.

Hope you enjoyed the audio clip and understood the message I wanted to convey. Thank you.

2D | Project 2: Zine – Research, photos and Part 1 presentation

Yes! I went to explore Queenstown (more towards Wessex and Commonwealth). Here is my journey that has helped to form my ideas.

I was very fascinated by the colours and contrast of the area and I wanted to document and explore that aspect.

But it’s time to go down and explore more, observe more and document more. Meanwhile, enjoy these images!

(p.s this poem is incomplete, but it’s in initial idea of how I want to link my photos to my Zine. Do wait for the complete one)

2D | Que Sera Sera digital process

Started out this project with some digital drafts. I wanted to do my typo digitally because I thought it would be a fun and good way. Furthermore, I enjoy digital art as a medium of creating. This post is about my process and my initial drafts that i’ve created for my jobs.


SWIMMING 

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HIKER

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PHOTOGRAPHER

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As I was halfway into thinking of designs, I felt very restricted by the use of digital art. I struggled to create and think of ideas to portray the job I chose. Also, the elements I wanted to portray weren’t able to come out through digital means.

However, when I went back to traditional, hand drawn drafts, I felt I was able to creatively think of more ideas and come up with something. You can take a look at my hand drawn drafts here.