Trip to Queensland Art Gallery

During class we ended up going to the Queensland Art Gallery.  Here Simon got us to look at works and think about and answer the the following:

 

  1. BEFORE you read the title or didactic - Note your initial thoughts and associations and anything useful in THIS work that you can apply to YOUR OWN work in the studio. This is your reflexive response.


    Consider the following questions:

  2. What concepts or themes is the artist exploring in this work? Are these adequately explored? How would you push these concepts in your own work?

  3. How is the work made? What are the material processes that that artist has used? What are some of the material possibilities for your own work?

  4. Is this artwork successfully resolved? How would you improve the final resolution or installation of this work to better capture the conceptual intent?

Walking through the gallery I decided to think about the following paintings.

  1. BEFORE you read the title or didactic - Note your initial thoughts and associations and anything useful in THIS work that you can apply to YOUR OWN work in the studio. This is your reflexive response.

    I find the use of whitespace visually appealing.  The use of crossing out words and collage. Creating a scene.  I think drawing attention to a few elements with the use of colour is key in this piece.

    Consider the following questions:

  2. What concepts or themes is the artist exploring in this work? Are these adequately explored? How would you push these concepts in your own work?

    They appear to be exploring religion, Australia, life and death.  

  3. How is the work made? What are the material processes that that artist has used? What are some of the material possibilities for your own work?

    The piece has been made using watercolour and gouache on paper.  They have incorporated collage elements and spray paint.  I like the use of mixed media and will experiment with the use of collage and spray paint in my own practice.

  4. Is this artwork successfully resolved? How would you improve the final resolution or installation of this work to better capture the conceptual intent?

    Yes it is dominated by earthy red tones with hints of green and blue.

  1. BEFORE you read the title or didactic - Note your initial thoughts and associations and anything useful in THIS work that you can apply to YOUR OWN work in the studio. This is your reflexive response.

    The work is very expressive with a minimal palette.  I especially like the contrast between the thinly brushed paint against the thicker paint behind. 

    Consider the following questions:

  2. What concepts or themes is the artist exploring in this work? Are these adequately explored? How would you push these concepts in your own work?

    Minimalism, formalism, gestural.  The use of whitespace and minimalism I could try push in my own work.

  3. How is the work made? What are the material processes that that artist has used? What are some of the material possibilities for your own work?

    Oil on canvas.  The use of high solvent could be used in my own work.

  4. Is this artwork successfully resolved? How would you improve the final resolution or installation of this work to better capture the conceptual intent?

    The work is successfully resolved.

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  1. BEFORE you read the title or didactic - Note your initial thoughts and associations and anything useful in THIS work that you can apply to YOUR OWN work in the studio. This is your reflexive response.

    I enjoy the simplicity of the work.  The colour palette and the use of real life depiction with a painting.  The gestural brush strokes contrasting with flat brush strokes is interesting and is something I could incorporate into my work.

    Consider the following questions:

  2. What concepts or themes is the artist exploring in this work? Are these adequately explored? How would you push these concepts in your own work?

    The artist appears to be exploring portraiture in this work.

  3. How is the work made? What are the material processes that that artist has used? What are some of the material possibilities for your own work?

    Paint on canvas or board?

  4. Is this artwork successfully resolved? How would you improve the final resolution or installation of this work to better capture the conceptual intent?

    Yes

 

Back into the studio to do more painting.  This time I wanted to actually paint over the portraits that I initially had done and try finish the SPAM paintings.

 I feel this work is nearly done, however I need to refine the pink blotch that I've scraped back in the middle of the piece.

I feel this work is nearly done, however I need to refine the pink blotch that I've scraped back in the middle of the piece.

 The yellow at the top is too full on so I'm going to block that out with a different colour. 

The yellow at the top is too full on so I'm going to block that out with a different colour. 

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Final resolution of the SPAM works

I feel the SPAM works are finally completed.  I'm still yet to think of a proper name for them but I really enjoy them together as a Diptych.  I feel placing them together makes the works stronger.  By using a similar colour palette and style they seem to blend together nicely.

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The start of another piece

I started another work which comments on the insanity of the internet, the media and the world we live in.  We are constantly bombarded by social media and news of shitty things going on in the world around us.  With this piece I wanted to explore concepts that I had taken from the QAG visit and the paintings I enjoyed.  A particular focus on this work will be to leave whitespace around the canvas instead of filling it up with super thick paint.

 The underlay of the work begins.

The underlay of the work begins.

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 I don't want to touch this piece any more.  I feel it is done and I have achieved what I set out to do which was to focus on using whitespace and the blank canvas.

I don't want to touch this piece any more.  I feel it is done and I have achieved what I set out to do which was to focus on using whitespace and the blank canvas.