Friedrich Nietzsche – Wire Quote

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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. zoe_wong wire quote-tolerate reality 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.

Andy Warhol – Wire Quote

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Moving on,  I have been working with large scale canvases, those that I am not used to. Usually, I work in sizes of A4 or A5, the next project that I undertaken is stepping away in my comfort zone in the form of a large A3 canvas. The A3 canvases although simple and very minimal can be extremely time consuming, they also remind me of advertising billboards that conceptual artists take for influence. While the size is intimidating, I have found that the new colour mixes and engages well with the size and structure of the canvas as a whole. The quote reads, Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art, this quote is by Pop artist Andy Warhol. The idea and what prompted me to fill up the large canvas with text was first inspired by the artist Bob and Roberta Smith, in which his painted letter towards Michael Gove inspired me to create a large piece and fill up the working space as much as possible.

 

 

 

 

Francis Bacon – Wire Quote

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Substituting embossing powder for black wire, the quote I used is The Job of the Artist is to Deepen the Mystery, this quote is by Francis Bacon, which is painstakingly hand stitched. This quote reminded me of the way art has changed over time, particularly abstract art, and how the Modernism has changed how art is seen and paving a way for new art and new exciting formats and experimentations. I felt this quote was appropriate as this is another of my experimentation of the visibility of text and how readable it can be. Like the canvases mentioned before, they make the viewer or reader to concentrate and get close to the piece in order to completely understand and decode what is written there, the words are near invisible when looked upon at a distance.

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A5 Black Canvas

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I have a fascination in the visibility of text, and how readable the text can be.

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This series of small A5 black canvases is the product of that fascination and experimentation. When face to face to them, they aren’t as visible as the images shown, rather their visibility and ability to be read depends on the height in which they are displayed and the shade of the lightening, as well as the angle in which the viewer in peering from. Its good to note that reading the text upon this canvas is near impossible at a distance, to be read and to be understood, the viewer would have to peer close to the pieces. The text has a sort of shiny reflection when gazed at from certain angles, which is sure to catch the viewers’ attention.

Those pieces were created by experimentation of minimal approach and construction, an example of this would be the small sized canvases were constructed with only two materials, paint and embossing powder, both of which is the same colour. Like Edward Rushca, the piece is only of colour and text, and still manages to portray its text and message in a bold sharp fashion.

 

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Michelangelo – Wire Quote

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This is the next series of my experimentation of texts which I had been working on for a few months now, in which I move away from my earlier work of digital manipulation and start working onto something more physical. But that doesn’t mean that I have moved completely away from Photoshop, this is just how my work has been evolving. Particularly using the power of technology to destroy and then trying to mend using different materials, and how has that effect the pieces.

With Photoshop I am able to alter the text in ways that I have never done before, such as taking away and stripping down, which is difficult to achieve when physically altering it by hand. By doing this I am obscuring the viewers’ ability to read the quote, which in turn questions the purpose of the text, if it cannot be read then is it still regarded as a piece of text, or has that changed the text into an unlikely image. However if the audience is able to decode the text and is able to read it then does it still keep its purpose? Or does it take on the role of an image as oppose to being just texts.

Michelangelo was known to be sexist and completely is obsessed with the male beauty, to the point that he would use only male models even when painting or sculpting female figures, he thought that males were at the top of the food chain and females beneath. From my earlier experiments I used Photoshop to perform a series of different experiments in which I either stripped the text apart or layered on top of it to the point of difficultly in reading.

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Using technology to strip away the power of the text and then attempting to mend it back, by using the old way of fixing clothing, which is stitching; by stitching I am bringing back the old traditions. Stitching is an important tool that we still use today. The whole point to stitch is to fix and mend, which is an important trait for women up until the 20th century, to weave the stitching into an attractive pattern is an added bonus, making them more attractive and eligible for marriage.

When stitching with wire I intend to mend the faded, barely-there text but instead of choosing sewing thread the material I choose was beading wire, as I didn’t want the final results to appear perfect, therefore breaking the tradition that the roles and intentions of stitching and sewing and of women.

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Leonardo da Vinci – A Painter Should Begin a Canvas with a Wash of Black

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Leonardo da Vinci – “A Painter Should Begin a Canvas with a Wash of Black, Because All Things in Nature are Dark Except Where Exposed by Light.”

This quote is by another known artist from the same period of Michelangelo. Da Vinci has created one of most beautiful and most famous pieces of art, as a curious and intellectual person he is always seeking, striving and trying to understand the world. Here is a quote regarding what it means to be an artist, to look for inspirations in the world and in nature and to bring that into light. The first image can be difficult to read unless tilted a certain way in the light and in the right angle.

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