Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Everyone knows the shower scene from Hitchcock's horror film, Psycho. I know it's very dated now but it is undeniably a scary scene. Everyone gets a bit nervous around a shower curtain for a bit after watching this film. But have you watched this scene on mute? It is all about the music. That screeching sound effect, the loud jagged tones are terrifying. The fake knife and shadowed man are not. It is amazing how much the music in a movie is taken for granted. At school ,I remember we tried to compose our own music for this scene. It never worked. Despite special effects and the huge budgets films have today, without the music there is no horror.
I love the concept that, in design, words are not just words when used correctly. They can be used as such a powerful communication tool to get your message across. I entitled this post "words are pictures" because it illustrates how broad the spectrum of possibilities is when using typography. Letters can become shapes, words can becomes pictures...
Monday, 28 September 2009
In 2006, I was lucky enough to go on a two week safari in the Maasai Mara. If ever there was an inspirational setting, the Mara is it. For me at least, anyway. The whole experience got under my skin and it has turned into a mild obsession for me since. The infinite landscape, the enormous skies and the abundance of wildlife combined to be the most breathtaking adventure of my life. And I could only imagine that the people that inhabited such a magical place, had to be pretty special themselves...
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around in it, work from the four sides and be literally `in' the painting.His involvement in his work, to me, suggests the man's mental issues. He literally immersed himself in these works, as he said to "feel nearer" to them. When you look at any one of his drip paintings you can only imagine what they depict. The mess he made on the canvas reflected his mental messiness, if you will.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Probably my favourite artist of all time. I cannot get enough of Johns' iconography. It is so simple. He literally stuck too fingers up to Abstract Art and chose the most mundane subject matter for his works. Yet the pieces are so entertaining, with so much to look. Anyone who makes the American flag look interesting is a genius as far as Im concerned.
Monday, 21 September 2009
I am very familiar with the Rennaisance and I do appreciate it, even it doesn't set my world alight.
I have always admired the work of Grayson Perry, even if I find some of it impossible to understand. In general, I prefer traditional Fine Art but Perry's twisted manner in which he evokes such dark subject matter in such an ornate, pretty way won me over. He recently re-entered my thoughts recently when it was in the news that he had witnessed open heart surgery, before creating an Urn to raise money for the Harefield Hospital in Uxbridge.
His work, from a distance looks so beautiful. It draws in the onlookers to pay more attention to detail. But as soon as they do they are inevitably shocked, even appalled, by what he's depicted. I love this!
This Vase (left) is titled, 'We've Found the Body of Your Child'. Can you imagine a more inappropriate, dark and sinister name for a piece of Art? You find yourself admiring this tall, elegant vase covered in plated gold. Delicate trees stretch upwards, amongst the rolling snow-covered countryside. A typically beautiful winter landscape. However, the figures suddenly appear forlorn, maddened by grief. The words "cry baby" are aggressively etched into the side. The image all of a sudden becomes very haunting and it can confuse you. Why did you find such such a disturbing work of art so appealing initially? This is what Perry can achieve.
The vase (above, right) is called '37 Wanks Across Northern Spain'...I am not even going to begin to examine this one!
Its not too "in your face" like much of Modern Art these days, but it tests the boundaries in a far more skillful and effective way (in my opinion). His work is not only about the idea, but about fantastic craftsmanship too. He takes ages to create each urn, paying huge attention to not just the detail on the pot but the method in which he works the physical object. Plus, he wears a frock!