After creating the first large piece (see previous post), I wanted to instantly to create a collection, whether or not I was going to use it, I more or less would like to personally keep it for myself. And so on towards the second, I’ve picked out a quote that I have already used before by Friedrich Nietzsche: No artist tolerates reality. This quote I had used before within the last year onto smaller sized canvas (see previous post), have now been reused onto to large A3 size. The colour, size and the material of the text has been altered, which appears to effect the dynamic piece as a whole when compared to both the pervious A3 canvas and the smaller A5 canvas. The quote is much shorter than the first A3 canvas, therefore it was unnecessary for it to fill up the entire canvas as I previously had. The colour scheme changed with the wiring, instead of having each word with an individually set colour, I have instead, coordinate each of the lettering of the word to have its own colour. The words appear more vibrant and the eyes wonder upon the whole piece as a whole in a different way, the colour each have the power to draw in and misplacing the viewers’ gaze. From the experience of working with many coloured wire, I had formularised and split of which of the colours that are more eye catching than others.
The new colour scheme is design as a sort of a play on the word ‘reality’; by this I mean that the word reality in general means ‘real’, ‘actual’, ‘fact’, ‘real world’, ‘authenticity’, ‘certainty’, ‘the here and now’, ‘idealism’, ‘life’; however the word also means an individual’s own perception of what is real, whether an artist or not. And so the idea of having the colours to be randomised is to say that each colour has its own element about life, each person is their own and personal. By mixing it all up all the elements don’t sit in its rightful place, as opposed to the lettering colour scheme of the first canvas. If the quote sits true, then I feel that my second canvas, is rooted in what an artists’ mind-set should be.
That said, I was aiming that the mix of colours would give an aura of surrealism. Because the colours are eye catching they remind me of artists’ taking influence from advertising and billboards, which in opinion, gives the work its own charm, as a piece of advertising it must be eye catching and memorable, to do this an artist create their own self style that can easily be referred or be known as their own branding, just like how a painter paints a certain portraits in a style or angle and light.
Most text artists create what is known to be their own font and wording style through this. The creation of the artist own text is not only limited to the use of fonts, but also platform, size, and colour. Ed Ruscha way of working would have a short narrative upon a singular or limited colour background. Barbara Kruger’s aggressive and accusing words comes to mind. Her way of enlarging and plotting upon the exhibition space has imprinted strongly in my mind. It is the same as the way Bob and Roberta Smith’s painted letter to Michael Gove. Both of their body of works are presenting a message, in a non-nonsense and accusing sort of way.