As a child I drew loads of these ‘flower hand people’ on post it notes using a green felt tip and black ink pen. The only reason I have such a strong memory of these drawings is because my parents thought they were great and my dad kept them and had them pinned on his office wall. Revisiting these I found the repetition fascinating and wanted to try and recreate them.
Turns out it is actually quite hard to draw like a child when you’ve spent most of your life trying to draw more realistically. Anyway I found it very relaxing and got into a rhythm.
An impromptu visit to the Tate Modern was useful to me in confirming my ideas and work process. Sometimes going to a gallery isn’t necessarily inspiring but encouraging as it makes me feel as though what I’m doing is going in the right direction I just need to make more and be more ambitious.
Although the type of work that Bridget Riley makes is very different to what I make, I love the subtle way she uses colour in her paintings. For example in “Evoë 3” (pictured above) Riley has only used 4 colours but the complex shapes tessellated across the canvas draws the viewer into this engaging and joyful world. The blocks of colours are both sharp and soft as they dance alongside each other causing the eye to dance with them and follow around the painting with no particular direction.
The wave pattern of “To a Summer’s Day 2” is mesmerising to all. The soft pastel colours means the motion of the lines aren’t too harsh on the viewer. I love how this causes everyone who walks past it to stop in their tracks, stare and smile.
It was suggested that I could translate the ‘shower hair’ photos into a physical representation to reflect my other works and incorporate site-specificity. Although the following experimentation was done on a piece of cardboard (45cm x 90cm) that can be moved to any space, it has helped me to visualise where this idea is heading.
Daniel Buren – Similarly to the Rachel Whiteread exhibition, there were too many of the same artists’ work and in this case the pieces exhibited were also really similar in appearance. Despite this I liked how they were displayed, spread out through different rooms so they aren’t crowded in a small space.
Some of the most interesting work displayed didn’t have the artists listed which is annoying but I was able to figure some out, for example, the piece pictured below. I was immediately drawn to it (probably because of the colour) and recognised the style of work as Angela de la Cruz’s. However, the harsh lighting in the gallery space really didn’t do it any justice.