For my degree show I have decided to use bull dog clips and having my paper paintings hanging off the wall in the hope that they resemble propaganda posters. I will also paint the nails white to make them seem more obscure.
As I approach the final phase of all three of my paintings I have hit a stumbling block. I need to make the paintings more normalised however I don’t want to ruin the work as I feel that I am in danger of over painting. Following an unproductive few hours I have decided to look back and assess the two most important paintings which have normalised evil successfully. The artists being Tuymans and Dumas.
I feel I need to remember the pale approach from Tuymans and the use of different colour faces from Dumas particularly for my ISIS main piece. Ultimately I feel I need to be more brave.
At this point I realised that I had to do something about this hooded figures as the contrast of their white faces and their black masks was too much. Too counteract this I applied a layer of diluted oil paint that resembled a skin tone, I done this with the intention of repainting the black hood. However with doing this their eyes would be less prominent.
As we enter the last week before we start building our degree show it was a good time to discuss our final ideas and how we are going to present our work in the degree show. I explained my idea of two or three large scale paintings on paper which will be displayed along a white wall. The big issue regarding this was how i am going to display the work, and I felt the minimal look would be more successful. I am planning to used clips and suspend the pieces using nails so that the work hangs away from the wall rather than stuck to it. I also said how i was going to paint the nails white so this detachment was even more prominent. He agreed with this idea and suggested some artisits to look at. The first being Michael Subotzky and his photography work.
Cell 33, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison
Pasvang, Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison
This photography is powerful in the sense that it gives the impression that these people are suffering. Which is a strange thought because many of these would have committed acts that can be regarded as evil. Furthermore the second photograph above is a digital print in pigment inks on cotton rag paper. The use of cotton rag paper appeals to me as I feel it is similar to my use of paper. For me the more basic the material the better which is one of the reasons I have moved away from the canvas material. The second artisit that James reccommended was Hamed El Kanbouhi, his work can be seen below.
This work immediately appeals to me for its paintery style which is somewhat different to controversial subject matter he chooses. Which is something I am trying to achive in my work. James said this artist was also relevant for the display of his work, much of the work is on unframed canvas material that his hang from hooks. This is similar to want I want to achieve with the display or my work. I feel this detachment from the wall is extremely important. Another artist who paints in a style that does not suit her subject matter is Alida Cervantes.
This can be seen in this oil on wood painting. Her work explores the intricacy and intimacy of power, and in particular submission and dominance. The issue of power is quite a controversial theme however this is contrasted with the fun painterly style.
James also suggested how much more of a difficult process it will be take the paper off the wall and measure it to the appropriate size. I initially did not realise this task who be so hard but now I will dedicate more preparation and time to it. He suggested getting a laser spirit level and to place the paper on mats or the floor so I can cut them to size exactly. Before this advice I was jut going to cut the paper to size straight from the wall. All in all I feel this tutorial has given me more confidence in this final week of work.
This is the stage I am right now with regards to finishing this piece. All three of the final main pieces have been most mostly using oil paint and a bit of acrylic. However in this piece I have used more acrylic then usual especially for the army pattern, which makes the piece seem quite abstract. This is something I don’t like, the other two painting are much more blended I feel I need a layer on top of this to almost drown out the power of the army patterns. More so I am not happy with the hooded figures they are too cartoonist at this moment of time. Although I don’t want to entirely eliminate this childish painterly style as it helps normalise the image and remind as that these are children.
Prior to this tutorial I was in a real difficult period in terms of how to take my work forward. I was in a state of mind that kept producing work but I now had to focus on my final degree show and what exactly I was going to produce.
I felt I knew for the most part as I had decided that I was going to produce three large scale pieces on paper and exhibit at least two if not all three. Therefore I did not need any direction in terms of what I was going to produce but rather some suggestion of how to improve my painting.
One artist that she advised me to look at was Martin Maloney, here is an example of his work below.
On first glance these are paintings that would not initially interest me, but I do appreciate them considering that the paintings carry a sense of innocence and childishness in how they are painted. This is something I want to convey in my work however I am using much more controversial and corrupt imagery.
Following my feedback I was recommended an artist who used to study at CSAD who went by the name of Jan Williams.
“In my artist practice I am interested in the way that we respond to spaces and places that we pass through. The passage of time and the ambiguity of transitional states are also concerns that I explore through the medium of paint, photography and installation.”
This painted piece above reminds me of Tuymans’ ‘Gaskamer’ in the sense that it documents the power of an empty space. This piece is not as minimal as ‘Gaskamer’ however it does magnify the power of an environment.
She also used other outlets to convey this idea, particularly installations, one of which can be seen above. This piece is extremely simplistic, yet powerful. Although the work is only a faint shadow it carries a huge presence of this vast white wall. It also seems quite ghostly. Simplicity is something I want to convey more in my work. I don’t want to over paint my final pieces as this as been a criticism in the past.