Bill Viola at St. Paul’s Cathedral

I went to St.Pauls Cathedral to see Bill Viola’s exhibitions. I think that it is a very powerful location, as church is a very intimate place for many many people. People go there with their private thoughts and beliefs and spend time quietly. I think that in some way we experience this public space through price,as there were many people who like isolating themselves in small areas of the cathedral.

While walking tot eh exhibition area I have realized how deeply emotional people get in the cathedral. I enjoyed watching this exhibition as I find it fascination how people’s body could be used to communicate strong ideas and make people emotional. The way those videos filmed made me think about natural resources, earth and our perception of it.

“The display of Bill Viola’s Tiny Deaths 1993 at Tate Modern coincides with the permanent installation of his new work, Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), in the South Quire Aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral”

“Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) consists of four plasma screens, each showing a single figure who is progressively overwhelmed by the onslaught of a natural force.  The experiences of the four individuals are orchestrated together to form a coherent whole. The overriding theme is martyrdom for deep-seated beliefs, with the physical suffering of the body made dramatically evident through the cardinal elements.” – Tate.

“Using the inner language of subjective thoughts and collective memories, his videos communicate to a wide audience, allowing viewers to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way.”- St. Pauls Cathedral.

 

Artistic expression through performing arts

In this Performance Art , artists take a look at the relationship between painting and performance, painting as performance and performances of painting.

Painter Yves Klein focused on making monochromatic paintings, paintings of one single, uniform colour, most famously of his own pigment, International Klein Blue. He staged performances where he directed naked female models covered in his paint to press body on the piece of paper, accompanied by a small orchestra playing his Monotone Symphony (a composition of one single note, as the monochromatic paintings were of one single colour). I find it so impressive how by the experience of the music people create painting through the performance, connecting different forms of art. It gives a feeling of presence and unique experience, as public understands that it is impossible to create absolutely the same performances twice (they always would be slightly different).

 

Initial ideas for a final piece

I was thinking to write about the concert as it was a great chance for me to experience true peoples emotions influenced by the music. The power of art is enormous and I was so shocked even though it wasn’t my first rock concert I haven’t seen so many people expressing themselves, shouting and really go crazy! The whole experience of being in the public with lots of lights around you and music is incredible. You feel so connected and separated at the same time. Music takes you and makes you super vulnerable.

I think that this is a really absorbing feeling for me and I would like to express myself through painting. During the gig I thought of initial ideas for my final piece for this unit. What came to my mind is a production of a painting reflected by different music. I think to choose several music types with diverse tones and rhythms and paint a work of art being effected by it during a several period of time. This would be my personal approach of working with painting tools, canvas, paint and music.

Evaluative Report

The area of my exploration for this unit was territories and boundaries. I have been focused on finding out how people define others and themselves nowadays. We tend to put some sort of a label or a “cliche” on people and describe even strangers as normal (in the meaning of ordinary) or crazy.
It is widely common for artists to be called weird and out of mind. I was excited to explore boundaries between sanity and insanity. Is there a limit of us being open minded about art? This is a question that intrigued me the most and I have explored the whole range of answers and perspectives to that. I have truly enjoyed working on this unit as it gave me a chance not only develop my making skills but also experience new ways of expressing my research and observations such as through photography and painting. Working on unit 5 made me really excited and motivated,so I have realized I don’t have enough space to work in the scale that suits my ideas. I couldn’t accomplish all my goals with mixed media techniques, so I have made a decision to push myself further with a studio space. I moved in the fine art studio in Farringdon this November. The studio helped me through out my development and I have realized how important is a choice of scale.

First observation that crucially reflected my project was a Tate visit. I have seen people’s reaction on art and made a survey. Based on this information I came to the conclusion that usually public calls something weird and crazy because people don’t see the point of it. They don’t understand creative process and what the artist tries to express through work of art. I’ve realized that Modent art, especially abstract gets the worst public reviews according to misunderstanding. I was curious about people comments on Mark Rothko’s work in Tate Modern, describing him “crazy and dark minded”. Moving to the research on the artists who really made an impact of public and acted/ worked in a shocking manner for the time I went deeper in the origins of Abstract art and spiritual movement in the society. Creativity pushes artists to go to the edge in order to get the right people’s reaction and make history. If people don’t read about art they don’t get ideas due to the short of the information.

Exploring spiritual movement in art and origins of abstract art lead me to experiments with acrylic,glue and mixed media paint. Supporting my research with the most eccentric examples of pushing the boundaries of sanity reflected on my idea development. I have started to pay more attention on what surrounds me and people I am working close to. Previously I used to enjoy working quiet privately, whereas with a studio space which is kind of open, have the experience people watching me pushed me out of the comport zone and motivated to try something different with the medium I used to as well. Not knowing the end result of the experiment made me really excited and I have enjoyed manipulating materials to get new effects and textures on canvas. Inspired by Marina Abramovic I have started filming some of my experiments as I really wanted to see people’s reaction on my development in order to make some decisions about final piece.

I can really say that this project was full of surprises for me as all of my ideas came to me due to my personal observations and reflections from the visual research. Walking through the studio understanding that all artists there choose specific music or set of sounds which reflect them on the regular basis made me so curious about my own music tastes. Connecting my final piece to music and my emotional understanding of was a decision I made as another experience, which I never had before. Through my journey I see a real improvement of my critical writing skills. I think it is a consequence of studying art dealers reviews on exhibitions. However, if I would have more time I would add the whole new vocabulary of artsy words that I never used before. Even though from times to times I was a bit lost in this project as there have been so much information gathered and I kept on finding myself confused. I think I have been a bit stuck as it’s difficult for me to narrow down and keep my research focused. Even though this unit is about expanding the usual practice and stay open to new ideas I found it slightly difficult to stay close to the topic and not explore some parts of the research deeper. Overall, this was a great opportunity for me and I am going to develop some of the ideas further and use them in my interior design practice.

Electro Music Painting

More experiments inspired from electronic /alternative music

Inspiration for this painting comes from a song by a British band Kasabian, from their 2014 Alternative Album called 48:13. The song is number 15 on the album and it’s called “gelfling”. 

For this painting I worked mostly with acrylic and ink. I have never used ink before and it was a great chance for me to see how it works when applied on the surface. I have made some adjustments to the arrangement of grid on the canvas(which I have prepared in advance) in order to get the desired effect of the moving shadows.

Final Piece

This is a painting I made in three hours and ten minutes, while I have been listening to electronic and classical music. While planning my final piece and development I have been confused as I did’t know how to combine elements of my final piece in one art work.

I think that this experiment worked as I have carefully planned the choice of colors and techniques in addition to music. I am really glad with this result, as it was ment to be an experiment and as I have never done anything like this before I knew that the result would be unexpected.

I have devided three hours into time slots. For the first hour I was concentrated only on classical music. At the beginning, I was totally sure that I have to switch instrumental music and jazz,but then after my practice a week ago, I have realized that actually experience which I get from classical music is much stronger. One of my favourites is Piano Sonata No.1 and No.2 “Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. I have a strong connection with it as I used to play it in school when I was a kid. I associate this music composition with tone of blues and greys. The dark and deep color could express all the emotions from music.

 

For another hour I have mixed blue with dark grey and made this faded effect with some tools. I have applied PVA glue to the surface to make it a bit more sticky for the dust. As I could not plan that much for my final piece (it is meant to be experimental piece effected by listening to music), so I could predict only the way how I will switch music and period of time I spend on each section of the canvas.

I have been changing from classical music to electronic by Gesaffelstein. Most of the tracks were from the album Aleph, 2013. In particular “Obsession” and “Destinations”, due to their rhythm and sound.

References

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Articles: 

Morby, A. (2018). The Broad imposes 30-second “selfie rule” at Yayoi Kusama exhibition. [online] Dezeen. Available at: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/10/24/yayoi-kusama-imposes-30-second-selfie-rule-on-visitors-infinity-mirrors-exhibition-news/ [Accessed 8 Dec. 2017].

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YouTube. (2018). In Your Face: Interview: Marina Abramović. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRSvNVL0P-4&t=1235s [Accessed 7 Nov. 2017].

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Artnet.com. (2018). Katharina Grosse | artnet. [online] Available at: http://www.artnet.com/artists/katharina-grosse/.

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Research papers:

Digitalcommons.unl.edu. (2018). Cite a Website – Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1055&context=sheldonpubs.