Chimera: Part IV

This was the day we used the paddling pool… The idea was to see how the paint mixed with the water, how the lighting would work, and could I get the water in, and the water out without flooding the house. The shoot was far from simple. Numerous problems occurred, and the end result was …

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Nan Goldin

Artist biography American photographer. Goldin began taking photographs as a teenager in Boston, MA. Her earliest works, black-and-white images of drag queens, were celebrations of the subcultural lifestyle of the community to which she belonged. During a period of study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she began displaying her …

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Catherine Opie

Since the early 1990s, Catherine Opie has produced a complex body of photographic work, creating series of images that explore notions of communal, sexual, and cultural identity. From her early portraits of queer subcultures to her expansive urban landscapes, Opie has offered profound insights into the conditions in which communities form and the terms in …

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Ana Mendieta

Using her own body together with elemental materials such as earth, water, blood and fire, she produced visceral performances and ephemeral ‘earth-body’ sculptures that combine ritual with metaphors about life, death, rebirth and spiritual transformation. I wanted my images to have power, to be magic,’ she said. ‘I decided that for the images to have …

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Chimera Part III

Whilst waiting for a pond pump to arrive via eBay, I have been experimenting with Photoshop and ideas. The pond pump is to empty the paddling pool..! The headline image is the face with just the latex.. it makes a strange sheen, and crinkles the skin. The gallery pictures of PS experiments.

Expressionism: Edvard Munch

“People’s souls are like planets. Like a star that rises from the darkness – and meets another star – only to disappear again into darkness – it is the same when a man and woman meet – drift apart – light up in love – burn up – and disappear each in their own direction…” …

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Expressionism

The very elastic concept of Expressionism refers to art that emphasizes the extreme expressive properties of pictorial form in order to explore subjective emotions and inner psychological truths. Is this what I am trying to do in my series of portraits…? Am I trying to use reality, and construct from that “real person” an exploration …

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Francis Bacon

As one of the most important painters of the twentieth century and one of the very few British artists with a strong international reputation. He was a maverick who rejected the dominant practice of the time, abstraction, in favour of a distinctive and disturbing realism. He endured a peripatetic childhood as his family moved frequently …

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Andy: Group Seminar. 11th November 2013.

Andy: Group Seminar. 11th November 2013. A summation of the project to date was discussed and presented. It was generally better received than expected. The “featured image” proved a success. Thoughts: The paint that I painted was considered good enough. The style was approved of. Despite my own misgivings. The processed image along with the …

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Pop Art

Pop Art was the art of popular culture. It was the visual art movement that characterised a sense of optimism during the post war consumer boom of the 1950’s and 1960’s. It coincided with the globalization of pop music and youth culture, personified by Elvis and the Beatles. Pop Art was brash, young and fun …

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