Do Ho Suh is a Korean Artist who has recently had an exhibition at the Tate Modern, showcasing his work known as ‘Staircase 3’. Interestingly, this piece is made up entirely from cloth and so is very transportable and light. Ho Suh’s work, operates in a similar way to a child’s pop up book due to its accessibility and simple transformation of shape. Having seen this piece in the flesh and many others online, Ho Suh, as an artist, works on a 1×1 scale. The exhibition that is on display at the moment is an actual staircase in the artist’s house.
As you can see, the work that Ho Suh exhibits is a replica of a staircase, modelled from stairs that actually exist and are relevant to the artist himself. In this respect, Ho Suh’s work also relates to the viewer on a personal level as we gain access and insight into the artist’s life. The concept of home is usually one associated with warmth, comfort and security which are all highlighted in these pieces. The colours of the material are warm, the material itself is obviously soft and light and the fact that the exhibit dangles from the ceiling suggests a hint of security. However, although the artist presents his house in a warm, comfy and secure way, we are viewers are granted TOTAL access to his home. Due to the transparent nature of the piece, Ho Suh is inviting us into his life temporarily as we see how and where the artist himself lives and feels safe. We are drawn into the comfort zone that he feels so naturally while at home. This element of the piece, when analysed is, to a certain extent, quite creepy and peculiar. But when viewed from a distance, this work is fun-loving, friendly and generous.
In a recent interview with Henrik Drescher he said that ever since he was 15 years old he had wanted to be an illustrator. Having only attended art school for a single semester, the work that Drescher has produced as a professional practitioner is a skill that i greatly admire. Being interested in graphics and wanting to go into the advertising/illustration industry, it is re-assuring to see that illustrators such as Drescher have achieved such great success from persisting at what they love doing and have always loved doing.
What is interesting about Drescher and his work is that there is a variety of incorporated techniques and media. You can see in his work ‘The Post Family’ that there is all sorts of media that has been used to create this piece. Drescher has used different paper and card to create the basic background in this illustration. As well as this, Drescher has combined ball point pen and photographs to add certain effects the family portrait and the piece itself. From his work ‘The Post Family’ i enjoy how one may interpret the message and sub-text behind the piece.
This work also reminds me of the exquisite corpse drawings that we did at the beginning of part one during the drawing week. The simplicity of the style is very similar to the work of the chapman brothers to the extent that their use of line is very similar and the intricate addition of detail to the piece makes the visually stunning and interesting to examine.
Pictures of the winning entrant for this years Jerwood Drawing Prize. Gary Lawrence used black ball point biro’s that be bought for 30p from a supermarket. The drawing took Lawrence the best part of 8 months to complete and he is hoping that the 30p investment is going to make him close to £8,000. Lawrence said in an interview with the Evening Standard that his motive for calling the piece ‘Homage to Anonymous’ is to draw attention to ‘all the anonymous artists through history who made work but are unrecognised’. Lawrence describes his process as ‘like knitting, you have to stick at it for a long time to get the results.’
This Piece is by Jessie Brennan who was commissioned to do this piece by ‘CLOSE’. it is 5.17 metres long and 27 cm high. Personally, the craftsmanship of this piece was more impressive than the work of Gary LAwrence but i was not the judge. I don’t think that the picture does this piece justice as it has to be seen in the flesh to have an awe binding effect.
Chan Hwee Chong, a Singaporean artist, uses a single line to re-create some of the most influencial portraits in History. The process is done all by hand meaning that mistakes require the artist to start again. Hwee Chong’s motivation to do these pieces are simply to advertise the artist brand Faber and Castell who specialise in pens calligraphy.
Alyssa Monks is an American painter situated in New Jersey. Through studying painting at Lorenzo de-Medici in Florence, the New York Academy of Art and Fullerton College she finds herself at the present day with 3 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting and an incredible portfolio of paintings. Monks’ work looks at the tension and separation of abstraction and realism. Her paintings show distortion and conflict, negative space and the beauty of the human body all in one piece of work. What i really love about Monks’ work is the use of water in the paintings. Through doing this she creates two perspectives and increases the depth in the paintings so they appear more photorealistic and human.
What i find incredible about this type of film is that this style and effect is completely unexpected and utterly different. It creates a new world of photography and film, allowing camera’s to alter the appearance of reality and turn it into an art form. The process is relatively simple (if you have the money): Both Canon and Nikon sell special, specific lenses that make you able to produce images like this one.
Some technical info – “Tilt-shift” encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, calledshift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp; it makes use of the Scheimpfug principle. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back; this is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of parallel lines, as when photographing tall buildings.
Tilt Shift film’s and photography require a specific angle and focus on the camera before anything is actually recorded. By obtaining these settings on a camera you are able to create the effect of a miniature world. The man who directed this film is a man called Keith Loutit who has made hundreds of films like this for commercial use and artistic delight. If you like the work (I would be amazed if you didn’t) i have left a link to Keith’s website which contains some even more incredible work and information about the film. Loutit’s greatest artistic achievement is his ‘Small World’s Project’ in which he filmed the world’s greatest cities with this effect in order to give the people that knew these places and visited them on a day to day basis a different perspective. The work produced for this project is also on the website that i linked.
http://keithloutit.com/#about – Keith Loutit’s website