Whilst on a university trip to New York, I really began to realise how diverse New York is, it has a range of people living there from all different backgrounds, both rich and poor. It’s a lot to take in and overwhelming but it was really good to be a part of a different culture. As it is highly populated i realised it would be quite competitive to live here in terms of making it as an artist but I still enjoyed applying my art and photography skills by walking around and taking pictures of things that interested me and also making drawings. Whilst in New York we visited the Guggenheim where there was a variety of different works from all around the world. I was intrigued by the interior of the building also, the whole gallery appealed to me as well as the artwork exhibited there.
I have already been researching the work of Cy twombly within the studio practice module but it was interesting to see the work close up. I think the use of the white repeated script and the dark background really works well together. This work inspired me to create the chalkboards; using a visual language to create an intriguing piece of artwork.By viewing the actual artwork, it made me consider how I should display my own work for the degree show.I like the use of mixed media within the artwork; it reminds me of something you’d see in a sketchbbook; a range of ideas collected together to create one big piece of artwork, there’s a lot to see but each part from the text to the household items intrigued me, it’s made from simple objects, yet it’s telling a prominent political story.Detailed drawings, yet they are surreal and quite comical. Again, to gain attention as it’s to reflect on political history.
This exhibiton inspired me to create my own books, to consider the whole aesthetic of the books so that the whole object becomes part of my artwork. There were a variety of different books created and different types of art forms and media used to create them. The books also inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and make consider using printmaking to create the work within the books.
I was intrigued by this image because of the fact that the image isn’t a typical portrait photograph, it includes an object and the hands help to suggest the theme of gambling. At first I was instantly drawn to the object but then I began to look closer at the image and gain more of an understanding of the piece. This is the type of image I want to create within my final photography images for he degree show, I want to suggest a narrative but not instantly make the image into an obvious representation, I want the viewers to look more closely at the photograph and consider the meaning behind it.
I was particularly drawn to how these sketchbooks and notebooks were exhibited within the gallery. I like the fact that the books aren’t immediately available to the public; they can’t touch them or look really closely at them, it made me really consider the importance of the books and consider how I could display my own for the degree show depending on how available I want to make my books to the public.