Take 2 Influences : second thoughts
20/09/14 10:39 Filed in: Task 1 | Visual Enquiry
So, a couple of days have gone by and I’m not really gelling with this. I need to identify these influences and move on to making something. I mentioned Daido the other day, and to be honest, I can’t figure out how his work inspires me. My thoughts are refusing to crystallise about him at the moment, much as they are with my doubts about whether the MA is for me in general. That’s a blip I need to get over, otherwise it will consume me. I need to clear my thoughts and start making something for this first task, this first hurdle.
Anyway, back to appropriation. There are a number of appropriation artists that I am aware of, with Richard Prince being the first I became aware of, even if I didn’t fully comprehend what he was doing at the time when I saw Cowboys.
from Art & Today, by Eleanor Heartney (p26)
These rephotographs were purportedly to undermine the images and what they represented. It’s what I’m looking at doing with my own appropriation - make people look at a subject again, question what they think the image represents, what is real, what is make believe... There are others - Sherrie Levine is really quite audacious with After Walker Evans, and then the follow-on by Michael Mandiberg (After Sherrie Levine), there’s also those that move away from just photography such as Mike Bidlo (Prince does when he paints on images too).
There’s some mileage that can be had here, I just have to find a subject that I find relevant (I’m not thinking of using Some Unholy War for this), and to bring in another influence. Since I’ve produced Speak My Language, I have a growing interest in words and pictures working together. I don’t mean this in terms of captions, which I often find somewhat restrictive - if I use captions they will generally be quite open. I actually mean as something that will work together with the artwork, that exist within the same frame as the artwork. With Speak My Language, the snippets of song lyrics occupied an empty space within the image mosaic, and were not tied with the adjacent images in any obvious way, much as the images were not tied to each other. Other uses of words have been seen in the work of Barbara Kruger, William Klein or Martin Stobich.
from Art & Today, by Eleanor Heartney (p42)
from William Klein, Foam #37 2013 (p106)
As I’ve written this, I have no Internet (an “incident” in the local area requires a repair which will be done by the 23rd at the earliest), so I will not be able to upload this until I have at least started to work on something. I won’t change this before it’s uploaded, although I might well come back and add some more...
[note - since the Internet recovered from the incident, I’ve added links to better versions of the images]