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SUSAN ALDWORTH

27 Aug

Susan Aldworth: The Portrait Anatomised (National Portrait Gallery)
Produced as part of a commission for Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital in Westminster, the portraits by Susan Aldworth in this display depict three individuals with epilepsy. Expanding a notion of contemporary portraiture, the artist appropriates the illustrative vocabulary of medical science in her innovative printmaking process and in doing so asks how this material corresponds or contrasts with the subject’s sense of self.

I’m not a huge fan of print making, so I actually found the method and ideas whilst creating these portraits more interesting than the final pieces themselves. Perhaps because they were large pieces created quite quickly and perhaps because of the strong connection to health and science that runs through the process.
I feel like a great deal of thought and emotion went into these portraits (the artist has a strong connection to the theme), and I think that is probably why they are so successful.

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ERIK RAVELO

25 Aug

Los Intocables (The Untouchables) 2012
The right to childhood should be protected.

Provocative photographs addressing systemic and institutional child abuse. The images capture children pinned up crucifixion style against the backs of adult authority figures .The first one speaks of paedophiles in the Catholic Church, child prostitution in Thailand, child army recruitment in Syria, child organ trafficking in Brazil, free guns in USA and child obesity (McDonalds). I love this piece. I find the concept really political, moving and powerful. I also like how it addresses the responsibility of adult figures with regard to the harming of children in various contexts. Placing the children at the forefront of issues such as military occupation, tourism, healthcare, religion, and school violence, asks viewers to consider the potential for abuse within these issues and institutions.
I’ve read some comments that people feel that the McDonald’s image seems very out-of-place amongst the others. I disagree, because to only feed a child junk food, let it reach obesity and damage its health, is abuse in my opinion. I do however, agree with comments that point out that a black child is missing. “Or maybe it’s because we don’t see black kids as kids, but rather as hoodlums, and thugs…” Perhaps the artist could have included an image of a black child crucified on a white male cop..?

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Collage Portraits

21 Aug

The Homeland promo poster has inspired me to look at other collage portraits.

ANTHONY BROWN
Artist from Liverpool

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  • Oil painting portraits on newspaper cut-outs about the individual.
  • People with a unique contribution to Liverpool life
  • 100 heads. Thinking as one
  • People from recent history
  • Multi layered process of news print, magazines, books, written words and photographs. Then oil and acrylic to create the image. Almost like a visual ‘diary’ of their life.

Collage of Apple CEO Steve Jobs made completely out of Apple products.
Created with the mosaic screen saver in Leopard OS.

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JOHN STEZAKER
Film Portrait Collages
black and white
surreal and fragmented

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DEREK GORES
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LUCIAN FREUD’s portraits can sometimes look like a collage because of the way they are painted. Each individual mark and brush stroke that builds up the image is visible.

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Homeland

20 Aug

I’d heard a lot of good things about showtime’s ‘Homeland’ (and some unnecessary bitching about how “unattractive” Claire Danes is…clearly people are just jealous)! So this summer I caught up on the first two seasons. It didn’t take me long to get hooked.
A CIA agent (Claire Danes), suspects that a rescued American POW (Damian Lewis), may be an Al Qaeda sleeper agent plotting a spectacular terrorist attack on the USA. The acting is great and I find the plot realistic, fascinating and exciting. You can’t predict what is going to happen next and you’re never really sure who is good or bad, who is going to live or die.
Danes’ character Carrie, is strong, intelligent and willing to risk her life to fight for what she believes in. However she also struggles with a mental health disorder and this makes her unpredictable, impulsive and emotional.

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I came across a promo poster for the second season and I loved it so much that I had to share it. On a pin board, photos, scribbled notes, highlighted information etc. make up the portrait of suspected terrorist St. Brody. With the addition of agent Carrie Mathison standing in front of the board and the tag line “The Obsession Continues…” it really is a brilliant and poetic image that examines the lead characters’ relationship and the hidden truths that they and the audience are yet to find out.

Oriol Angrill Jordà

15 Jan

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“I did not start like most of the artists I’ve met… A majority of them had been enthusiastic about Art, almost since they were born, as a native desire to create or express themself. Unfortunately, it wasn’t like that (for) me.”

• Spanish illustrator
• variety of media (pencil, watercolour, charcoal)
• In his most recent project, “Blendscapes“, Jordà creates hybrid images with human figures constructed from delicate landscapes
• unique colour and texture combinations
• interesting displacement and reconstruction of traditional landscape imagery.

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HANS BELLMER

14 Jan

Germany, 1902-1975
“If the origin of my work is scandalous, it is because for me, the world is a scandal.”
• Bellmer began creating disturbing dolls in 1933, the year Adolf Hitler assumed power in Germany.
• Interpreted as acts of political defiance against the Aryan ideals and social norms promoted by the Nazis – Whom he openly opposed, and expressed the outrage he felt when his father joined the Nazi party.

Hnas Bellmer, doll

• Doll: made from glue and tissue paper, then painted a flesh tone.
Its order is undermined by the lack of distinct head or feet.

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• Offer an alternative to the image of the ideal body and psyche popularized in German fascist propaganda of the 19030s
“an artificial girl with multiple anatomical possibilities”.

BRUNO CATALANO

14 Jan

“Drawing a blank”
Born in1960, France

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• Bronze sculptures
• “The Travellers” (In search of missing pieces)?
• The viewer fills the blanks
• Maybe a message to all of us to become a bit more transparent…?
• Images sometimes behind the sculptures (picturesque landscapes)
• How comes the sculptures don’t fall?
The unifying element of all the sculptures: a suitcase, bag or guitar case

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