Addiction…

img_7861The beginning of the project I was not too sure what I wanted to look at and what I could link with inside/ outside, so I began to play with a format that is relatively new to me… COLLAGE.

I began to use imagery that I had collected throughout the summer, a lot of this was to do with coffee/tea and pictures my partner had taken.

Bringing this imagery together created the collage on the left and it somewhat gives life to an object. It is comical but also connotates the idea of addiction; Addiction to caffeine and also the addiction to love.img_7862

 

 

This careless piece of work made still didn’t help decide what I wanted to explore so I carried on playing with the idea of looking at my own self-addiction.

 

 

 

 

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This collage looks again at addiction but this time more closely at caffeine. The imagery in the background is of the river Thames and Buckingham Palace. It also looks at my love of music.

It guides the viewer in a circular motion starting with the central figure with the bright glasses.

This style is influenced by Jeff Koons. This can be seen through the vivid imagery, colours and also bizarre arrangements.

This inspires me to create more.

 

Key Concepts

Key concept:

  • Re-signification
  • To inflict given meanings by combining things borrowed from one system of meanings into a different code.
  • To modify
  • To intensify or exaggerate or isolate
  • To combine forms
  • Clarke, Hall, Jefferson

This concept can, the majority of the time, be implied to anything. It is useful when trying to understand subcultures that I have been looking at in constellation.

Column Analysis:

 

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Image of column analysis of GOD SAVE THE QUEEN – SEX PISTOL SINGLE COVER by Jamie Reed (1977)

The column analysis process helps unpick a chosen image and analysis the image in a much easier simpler way. It allows you to easily see the connections in a piece of work.

 

This technique will help build up my essay for both formative and summative assessment.

With the columns I have done so far I have been having difficulty with the second and third columns (analysis and theory) something I have always struggled with, however, the more I do the better I am getting with it. A difficulty, for example, is finding the correct connotations for each denotation that I have found. This is something that I can overcome by researching my chosen area more to gain more knowledge of the connections and links that subcultures have.

I will use the columns analysis to find the connotations and theory of the image ________ by _____ for my formative assessment.

 

Remake Remodel Subculture Style and Identity – (27/10/2016)

The Hip- Hop subculture is one that used resignification in their work and stood for something. The were a known as a black African-American  lower-class subculture who made the statement that America is their home but so is the land of their ancestors. This was shown through their clothing and style in general.

Afrocentrism is a theme that emerged in hip hop style which references to their homeland and black culture and way there are so many black societies in American due to black culture and history.

————————————————————————–In addition to the checklist on the goths:

  • Analysis
  • Bringing back a style with a new intake
  • Combining different meanings i.e. Victoriana
  • Drawing on historical sources to create a meaning in work
  • Inspiration comes from all disciplines.
  • Cultural context – where meanings are generated from. Androgynous – broken gender rules, beauty, challenged rules on make-up and clothing.
  • Symbolism – to convey meanings.
  • Literary context – influences can come from anywhere, literature, movies etc.
    • Re-signification: changing the connotations of objects, imagery, and cultures. JUXTAPOSE, changing the function and meanings.
    • Borrowing from the past and recycling. The association with the trilby and the links with white culture like the Mercedes.
    • Rule breaking.
    • Expressing themselves like the goths, however, in a different way.
    • Political meanings in a creative way.
    • Artisan
    • Using cultural influences in work. i.e. the hip-hop guys would use African influences alongside American influences to create a fusion. VISUALLY AND MATERIALLY.
    • One object to create links to each other.
    • Exaggeration – definitely something to be used in collages. Play with size!!!!
    • Style influenced by society.
    • Think about how you are seeing things differently.

Grimly Fiendish (20/10/2016)

The second week of constellation we looked at the goths in the 1980’s. I found it quite interesting where their designs had originated from and how the Goth’s were able to modify the Victorian look (corset, mourning gown).

From this session, I was able to use some of the techniques I learned that this subculture had used, to influence my own practice. For example:

  • Analysis
  • Bringing back a style with a new intake
  • Combining different meanings i.e. Victoriana
  • Drawing on historical sources to create a meaning in work
  • Inspiration comes from all disciplines.
  • Cultural context – where meanings are generated from. Androgynous – broken gender rules, beauty, challenged rules on make-up and clothing.
  • Symbolism – to convey meanings.
  • Literary context – influences can come from anywhere, literature, movies etc.

The use of column analysis was helpful to unpick the different parts of this subculture. It is also a learning technique that will definitely be used to help build up my preparation for my formative assessment.

NeoPixels- Indoor Suns (Session 1)

For the second material project, the aim is to create a circuit with several different neo-pixels or LEDs. This circuit will become part of an object and then placed in an installation with an edited video.

This is the first circuit that I created by soldering each wire on the back of the neo-pixel. The process was difficult to learn however, this has become easier by practicing more.

The lights following the system of red, green, blue (RGB) and you can change the variations of the colours and mix them to create different shades. This can be done using the Arduino software. Arduino allows you to create a code that the circuit will follow. (VIDEO TO FOLLOW)

I will next create a circuit of ten lights which I will be able to either place in an object that I have created or in a found object.

 

(This video is an example of different colours that can be created using Arduino)

 

 

Newport Street Gallery, London (14/10/2016) Jeff Koons – NOW

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As soon as I found out this exhibition was on I knew I had to go. The work created by Koons is an inspiration which plays a major part in my work.

Seeing the work in person created a new connection. Looking deep into the reflection created by the aluminium balloon monkey and elephant creates worlds where you wonder into oblivion. To break this endless oblivion, self-evaluation is a key part. By this I mean you need to create a deep connection with the work to understand the meaning behind Koon’s crazy and miraculous mind.

The balloon Monkey is one of my favourites due to it’s looming gigantic size. It fills the void in a room. The giantness of the sculpture strangely brings a content feeling when looking at it where such a large structure normally creates an anxious atmosphere to the viewer which this does the complete opposite.

This is definitely a show that I advise everyone to visit.