Project 2 – An artist’s book

Researches:

Hans Peter Feldmann on guggenheim at: https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/hans-peter-feldmann

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans-Peter_Feldmann

Hans Peter Feldmann at Simon Lee gallery from 24 november 2016 to 24 January 2017 at: https://www.simonleegallery.com/artists/hans-peter-feldmann/

 

Hans Peter Feldmann, is a conceptual artist born in 1941 in Dusselforf, Germany. He began his career in the early 1960’s making a series of picture books assembling small staple- bound artist’s books that each contained images of certain types such as soccer players, unmade beds, or women’s knees.He is a collector and appropriator of found images and everyday ordinary short term use  and popular images of objects. He represents and rework on the images bringing new contexts to them. Feldmann work has an aesthetic and conceptual simplicity. It is playful and executed in meticulous ways.  His art work in exhibition remains untitled as he disagree that art should be purchased or owned but to be purely for the viewers personal experience . I think the art of Feldmann shows the variety of material we can use in art. He develops new concepts and images by working in everyday visuals that are part of our lives. Feldmann art is diversified and yet he keeps the sense of simplicity and in our present times it brings awareness for recycling, reusing the unwanted or forgoten and  bring them back to viewers with a new meaning or just with a new light . Feldmann doesn’t draw or paint but the manipulation of his collectables has the same effect in transforming shapes, forms and colours communicating visually his thoughts and feelings about the subject.

 

Wolfgang Tillmans, the art and life of  by Emily Witt, The New Yorker on 10th Sep 2018 at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/10/the-life-and-art-of-wolfgang-tillmans

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmanns is a German photographer born in 1968. He studied in Germany and London and was the first non-British person to be awarded the Turner Prize in 2000. Tillmans is known by his diversified body of work . His photos varies from still life, skies, astrophotography and political interests specially in homossexuality and gender identity. He produces images for installations from small to very large. In 1998 Tillmans thought the world have been over photographed and became interested in the chemical foundation of photographic material as well as its haptic spatial possibilities . This new interest gave origin to his abstract work. In my opinion Tillmans work explores the unusual perception of photography. He reinvent objects, given them new meaning or no meaning at all but a sense of deep aesthetic within the space. Tillmans work has many phases and subjects according to his view in the world and the environment he is in. His knowledge and interests goes beyond photography but in people’s emotions and behaviour. I  like the relationship he makes in some still life photos and its setting.It is not about the fruit place by the swimming pool but the colours contrast, space, details and energy in it.  The beggining of his career is definetely very political, approaching sex and gender identity. His abstracts are very investigative in material,image and effects. Wolfgang Tillmans work gives many possibilities for thinking, understanding, enjoying  and questioning  the world we live in .

Eileen Hogan by MacKenzie Belisle on 24th May 2019 at :  https://www.newhavenarts.org/arts-paper/articles/eileen-hogans-windows-on-reality

Eileen Hogan by Roderick Conway Morris on 6th June 2013 at: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/arts/british-artist-explores-poetry-of-light-in-enclosed-spaces.html

Eileen Hogan_Ian Hamilton Finlay, 2012

Ian Hamilton by Eileen Hogan, 2012

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Eileen Hogan is a British born in London 1946. She is a painter and artist book. Eileen studied at Camberwell College of art when she was 16. The methodology there at the time was very strict . There was an emphasis to draw things very closely which although was restricting it brought some discipline in advantage on how she developed her work. Eileen tends to draw the same object over and over. It involves time and changes, the same ways are we are subject to these factors in our emotions. She started drawing enclosures when she was still studying in Camberwell. Her first interest was in Toothing Common. She feels more comfortable than drawing open landscapes. Eileen developed a deep interest in gardens. She gets inspired by a wall or flower beds for its geometry and the interaction with the place. Another remarkable feature in her paintings are rain and mist. She has the ability to bring that translucent and blurry sensation in a very accurate way. It is abstract but specific. Her painting capture emotion and a very intimate interaction rather it is about people or places. Her time in Greece helped her define what she paints and why. Her attention to geometric lines and light and shade. She is interested in writing and the lines comes to her with the principle that drawing and writing start in the same way: with a line, where everything is placed. Her light and shades brings out emotions and mood, the unconscious part of her paintings.

“The whole idea of presence and absence runs through all of my work. And when I am working on a series of pictures the memory of the place is as important as the place itself,” she said. “I find painting a way of expressing subtle and elusive emotions that I wouldn’t begin to know how to describe in words.” Eileen Hogan – New York times,2013

 

Georgio Maffei and Maura Picciau at Corraini Edition on 17th February 2015 at:   https://medium.com/@CorrainiEd/the-artists-book-instructions-for-use-dfe855d5ec8

Very clarifying text taken from ” The book as a work of art” by Georgio Maffei and Maura Picciau. I think I finally understand what the artist’s book mean. The relationship between art and books. It is not a restrict definition but a phenomenon where art is presented in a book structure, works of art. It is  reinveted by different artists. It can be poetic, illustrated, minimalistic, informative, conceptual, formated simply with images or words and images. It  serve as a self analysis for the artists own work and a place of research.

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An unreadable quadrat-print by Bruno Munari,  1953

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Salle de Fetes by Ettore Spolletti , 1998

 Sol Lewitt at : https://www.theartstory.org/artist/lewitt-sol/

 Sol Lewitt artist’s book by  Corraini Edizioni at: https://www.corraini.com/en/catalogo/scheda_libro/378/sol-lewitt-artists-books

Sol Lewitt was an american conceptual artist and painter. He was a leading role for conceptual art but also  became part of the minimalist movement. Lewitt central ideas are lines, geometrical simplified shapes and bold colours. He believed that the artist is the generator of ideas, these ideas no matter what form of execution, results in art. His work ranged from sculputures, paintings and drawings. I think his artist’s book was formatted in his own set of ideas using shapes, repetition, basic colours, triggering the viewers different persceptions, understanding and definitions , taking his concepts into a more personal account.

magasinIIIlewittSol Lewitt is dwarfed by his Wall Drawing No. 993. The photograph was taken at the Margo Leavin Gallsollwitt

Project 2: Television through times

Aim: Artist’s book can be anything from a concertina fold to a professionally bound volume or an old textbook with sheets stuck in.

Review your research and create an artist’s book about someting which elapses over time.

Project 2 – Evolution of Bra

Reflection: I took me a long time to get my head around the “artist’s book” concept. Somehow I couldn’t register it. What is the difference between the artist’s book and the sketchbook? Couldn’t a sketchbook also present the artists ideas and represent time as well? Another difficult concept was something that “elapsed” over time…. In the end, I decided to go for it, following my instinct. Since I am doing for my PP the subject Domestic life, TV came into my mind as something that is so much part of people’s life and also has changed not only what it looks like as an object but also how it has affected how we think and our lives. I executed this project in a consertina book format. It is all in A3 size papers. The man was coloured in oil crayons. The brain was also coloured in oil crayon and I just took different size copies to paste in different models and TV sizes. The Television were printed from online photos. All the details took me quite sometime to achieve. Overall, I don’t know if it is the right way to do it but it is a book and it is about something that changed over time.

My Second attempt was a book about Bra. I don’t know why, I just followed my tutor’s suggestion of not thinking too much. Something just triggered a memory of paper dolls. Something that I played so much as a child. It was cheap, fun and great to play with a group of friends or alone. I used to do my own paper dolls or extra outfits for the ones I bought. They were usually in the Japanese style of Manga figures: big eyes, small lips, big head and a small body. I decided to draw a more proportional one and also a more realistic figure as if it is for adult women to remember those days…. The book is a catalogue I had from the pharmacy. I used the cover, removed the pages and made up a whole new book to attach to the inside, that can be removed as well as the cover paper doll , and it is ready to play! All the Bras fits the doll figure and it was very entertaining for me to both draw,plan and play with it in the end. Bra had a great significance during my transition from girl to teenager. Not a good experience, I was embarrassed to wear a bra, I didn’t enjoy my body changes and the types of Bra my mum brought me were horrid! I was completely different with my daughter. We went together, we chose nice cute models and I realize how things had changed and how nice would be if I have had that kind of experience…..