Happy Easter

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter break. Will post more about my project over the next couple of days. In the meantime here are some dancing rabbits ๐Ÿ™‚

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Soundtrack

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and it came up in discussion tonight. When photographs or motion pictures have a soundtrack, how does it influence the viewers reaction to the images? A dramatic score could certainly evoke feelings of tension.

I’m taking this idea and wondering if I could work it in a different order. Could I hear a piece of music and then be inspired by it to create a visual artwork? This song has come to mind several times since I started this blog so I feel it has a place here

Collections

I went to the Song Dong ‘Waste Not’ exhibition at Carriageworks the other weekend. Collections ofย  used, dusty and broken household items, including empty cardboard boxes, toothpaste tubes and bottle tops. Usually most of these items would be destined for a recycling centre. The dust gave me hayfever, and I felt a little exhausted by all the piles of ‘stuff’. However there was some beauty in seeing the patterns formed when like objects were grouped together.
It made me think of my smallย  collection of haberdashery items at home. It would be worthwhile to visit that cupboard, rediscover these items I’ve saved for special use.
It would be rewarding to breathe new life into my saved pieces and incorporate them into one of my photo textile projects.

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Paul Klee

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Crystal by Paul Klee - 1921

A painting that uses shape and tone to create depth. I’m considering doing something similar to create the background of the scene I create for my photography textile project.

Erte

My research into art deco style brought me back to Erte’s art and fashion designs. I have long admired his work but not made any work that directly references his style. I would like to incorporate art deco styling into the current project I’m working on.

Drtikol

In my research I came across Czech photographer Frantisek Drtikol. I found his Soul Series particularly interesting, and plan to do my own experiments with cardboard cutouts as silhouettes. Also I am interested in the geometry of the art deco aesthetic in his portraiture. His use of strong contrasting shadows and light created drama. Drtikol called his work ‘photopurism, a sort of abstract photography’. He had an interest in Theosophy and Buddhism, and the Soul series appears to draw from his beliefs.

Anish Kapoor – Mirrors and Spaces

Today I went to the Anish Kapoor exhibition at the MCA. A striking collection, some large scale sculptures taking up whole room each.

The works that I found more memorable where the reality distorting mirrors, creating kaleidoscopic patterns from the surroundings and the light. Also the creation of negative spaces in his installations, windows into darkness. His work evokes the metaphysical themes, the finite and the infinite.

All ideas for me to pursue in my own projects this year

http://www.mca.com.au/exhibition/anish-kapoor/

http://anishkapoor.com/922/MCA-Sydney-2012%E2%80%932013.html

Ordered some supplies

I’ve purchased some fabric printing supplies which should arrive within a couple of weeks. The idea for my first project is to print one of my photographs onto fabric. I’ve been wanting to combine my interests in photography and textiles for a while, so this project will give me good opportunity to do so. The supplies are due to arrive within a fortnight. Depending on how my test prints turn out, I might create something useable like a handbag. Just in time for Mother’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚

Lartigue

As part of my research I’ve been reading about French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue. His most well recognised works are the ‘frozen moments’, with his subjects captured jumping in mid air. I also enjoyed coming across photos of his brother Zissou’s experiments. Lartigue also had studied painting and said ‘I have two pairs of eyes, one to paint and one to take photographs’. Lartigue donated his entire collection of photographs, cameras and journals to France. His journals contained personal entries about his life, information about artists he was inspired by as well as sketches and documenting the ideas process for his photos. What Lartigue has left behind can inspire all us photographers to document and share our ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ย  http://www.lartigue.org/

Post on the Run

So I’ve installed the WordPress app on my phone and testing it out. Here goes ๐Ÿ™‚

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