Sunday, 25 September 2011

Quick Summary - Part 2

So, this summer I tried to follow John Cage's 'Hints' at the end of his 'Rules' that L sent me:
HINTS: Always be around.  Come or go to everything.  Always go to classes.  Read anything you can get your hands on.  Look at movies carefully, often.  Save everything - it might come in handy later.
Not easy considering that I've also tried to work as much as possible during the break, but here are some of my highlights from the seeing part:
  • David Mach at the CAC - didn't manage to get round all of it in my first visit so will be going back, but first reaction - astonishing!  I've always liked his 'Big Heids' on the M8, but seeing his 'Golgotha' up close (and I mean really close!) was breathtaking:

  • Ingrid Calame at The Fruitmarket - beautiful!  Was quite surprised how really lovely her work was - went twice!
  • Martin Creed - Work No. 1059 - very beautiful on the wet day I walked down them, but if you know Edinburgh, you know marble cladding isn't going to change what happens on them!!! :)
  • FutureProof 2011, Street Level - seemed to be a wider range of universities this year, but 5 out of 19 were from GSA, so well done to them.
  • Narcissus Reflected at The Fruitmarket - just loved the Pipilotti Rist film 'Sip My Ocean'.  Sat through it several times although it took a couple of times to control my giggles at some of the singing! Glorious colours and the way it was projected over the corners of the room really pulled you into it.
  • The British Art Show 7 - think I'll post something on that separately.
  • Hiroshi Sugimoto - took the opportunity to hear him speak at the National Gallery, but while he was very interesting and it was great to get to see him, I would have liked to hear more about his photography and less about his architecture and collecting.  Did get his autograph in my sketchbook though - told him I was a student and couldn't afford one of his books!!

    Went to see his 'Lightning Fields' at Modern 2 (?!) and although it was good to see them, again I would have preferred to see a retrospective of his work.
There were a few more at Glasgow Print Studio, Still, St Margaret's Art Complex, the French Institute and the GSA but those were my highlights!

Oh, and I went to an etching course at the Print Studio - really enjoyed it!  Think I prefer the screenprinting though.  :)


Thought I'd post a wee update on my progress with this 'titles' issue, and the good news is, I think I'm getting over it!  It's not so much I'm getting over it, as I think it just might take me longer to figure out what I'm actually interested in/trying to say with my images.

After my last post (which was a wee bit of a rant, I confess) L and T made some constructive comments that I've been mulling over and trying to take on board, but I think it's like a lot of things in my life, I just take time to process some of them.

I entered the images that I originally insisted on calling 'Untitled' into an exhibition for which I had to write a statement.  It was then that I realised why I'm so interested in these gates and the land around and beyond them (at least one of the reasons I think) - it's about what you can't have.  So I called the series 'Promised Land'.

The particular gates in this series are on the site of an old hospital that will eventually become new housing -  a promise of new beginnings, a new lifestyle, new hope etc.  Most of the gates I've photographed  have blocked the way to empty land - a promise of something to come.  And I've been thinking about the Leipzig trip too, and how much I'd like to take my camera back to the border land - the land between the east and west that offered a promise of freedom and of better things.

So I'm comfortable calling it my Promised Land project (ongoing of course) - loud, proud and Scottish @L ;-)  - thank you L and T, what would I do without you? x

A Quick Summary - Part 1

Yet again it's been another long gap in my blog postings, but instead, I've been enjoying working on my sketchbooks this summer break: and I've mentioned this before, when you don't post anything for a while, you think you should post everything that's happened and then you always end up playing catch-up!  So, once again, I've decided not to play catch-up and just post a quick summary of the things I did mean to post about!!
  • 2nd year book project - was so looking forward to this and in the end it was both a highlight and a low-light. High because I got to make books and I'm really pleased with my end result (a tribute to my great aunt, partly inspired by my 1st year tutor and another set of books inspired by Dieter Roth) but low because it didn't seem to go down well at assessment time! 

  • 2nd year assessment - happy with grade, unhappy with comments - unhelpful and confusing.
  • Liepzig, the second part of the project - let's not even go there!!
  • 2nd year fizzled out rather than ended, not a great ending.
  • Degree show - quite good; I thought photography did well this year, but the best work in the show for me was by Robin Leishman.  I'll eventually post about him separately!
  • 3rd year and PhD show - for me the 3rd year show was much better than the PhD show - I just didn't 'get' a lot of it!  The works I liked best in the 3rd yr show were photographs by Scott Brotherton, and at the risk of appearing biased, the 2 pieces by Theresa Moerman Ib (better known as T on this blog!!)
    T's beautiful and delicate slides made with cobwebs she saved from our fire earlier this year
    • The MFA show - maybe it's my lack of understanding, but I was pretty disappointed with this show.  Aren't the MFAs meant to be 'the best', the cream of the crop so to speak?  Certainly there were some good pieces, but there were also some really bad ones.  It's not so much the 'what' that was bad, but the 'how'; I thought the standard of some of the presentation was really bad.  There was one body of work (which also made it to 'FutureProof', so it just shows what I know!) which I like the concept of, but the book was made incredibly badly! I wanted to contact the artist and offer my services!  I guess I just feel that by the time you reach that level, the execution of your work should be of a much higher quality - it was certainly stressed upon us as 2nd years that it was important, and I agree.  However, it has given me an idea and I fancy making a BIG book at some point!
    • Degree Show - Visual Communications.  Fabulous!  Really loved their show!  Had I gone to see the Vis Comm show at the end of 1st year, I'm not sure I wouldn't have been banging at their door trying to change courses!  I hadn't realised how varied the work could be - some photography, some art, lots of books! Imagine all the wonderful books I could have made!  However, much as it shook me up seeing it (I really felt for a while that I wanted to change over), I came to get a fine art degree - I want to understand how to think and produce like an artist, I want to understand the artists process.  I'm definitely going to try to make some use of their equipment in the next 2 years and who knows, maybe Vis Comm will be my next degree!! :)

    My apologies for not being able to add names to these works.

    There was also this great video by Lu Sisi, although it made me smile that she calls all the cameras 'antiques' - I think I use a fair number of them!!