I went to Liverpool for a long weekend, though this was a trip for leisure, I decided to do visit some museums. I went to the Museum of Liverpool, The Merseyside Maritime Museum and The Tate Liverpool.
Though I did not find much which really inspired me for my current project, I feel it is always good to keep up to date with current artists and exhibitions. In the Tate Liverpool there were three exhibitions running; Keywords: Art, Culture & Society in 1980s Britain, Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist and DLA Piper Series Constellations. There were a few artists which really caught my eye in the DLA Piper Series Constellations exhibition..
Jackson Pollock – Summertime Number 9a : 1948
– The colours and style of this piece reminded me of graffiti, which is a current theme in my individual field project of The City
Nigel Henderson – Untitled Number 8 Shattered Glass – 1959
David Bomberg – Ju-Jitsu c.1913
I liked DLA Piper Series Constellation exhibition as it had a range of different specialisms in it, from fine art and abstract conceptual pieces to film art. I didn’t really enjoy the Keywords exhibition, however, I did like the idea of an exhibition based on a book.
In the Merseyside Maritime Museum, we visited the International Slavery Exhibition. I saw these pieces of textiles, the colourful and vibrant colours intrigued me…
Here are a few books I’m using for research for my essay on the subculture of skinheads..
Surfers, Soulies & Skaters – Subcultural Style from the Forties to the Nineties : Amy De La Haye and Cathie Dingwall. Published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996.
Skinheads Shaved for Battle – A Cultural History of American Skinheads : Jack B. Moore. 1993 by Bowling Green State University Popular Press.
Subculture – The Meaning of Style : Dick Hebdidge. Published in 1979 by Methuen & Co. Ltd.
Gender : Harriet Bradley. Published in 2007 by Polity.
For the last two weeks I have been working in the stitch room on Mondays and during the week when I have had free time. I have been working on my final samples and finishing them off using the over locker.
Cording and twin needle work..
I decided to paint a drawing using the colours I had been inspired by when researching graffiti and street art. The finished piece reminds me slightly of an Aztec print..
Today we had our last constellation session with Cath before the Easter Break.
We covered the Goth subculture briefly. We discussed how the subculture originated and what it’s stereotypical style and themes. The Gothic subculture owes its origins to British Gothic and Horror literature e.g. Frankenstein and Dracula. It is also influenced by the Victorian style. Themes such as death, hauntings, decay and monstrosity are evident in the subculture – this lends itself to the Gothic style, which consists mainly of dark or black clothing made of lace, velvet etc. The Goth style incorporates both faux-period elements with fetish styles, for example the combination of corsetry with PVC fabrics. This was the final case study we would be looking at with Cath.
Today we had to show our group presentation about all our field work we have completed together. The group collaboration overall has been good. I would say there were a few hiccups when it came to organisation and work ethic for some of the members of our group, however, we all came to a fast conclusion about what we wanted to do within the field module and how we were going to do it. It was a great experience to work with people in other art specialisms. I learnt new skills which other members taught me and also made some new friends. Here is a link to our presentation which shows the progression of all our ideas into one final outcome..
Today we finished creating our final outcome for field. We experimented with the positioning of each of the Perspex sheets and also played around with the idea of light and shadows.
If we had had more time, we would’ve created the piece out of a more sturdy material, perhaps wood or plastic. We would’ve also experimented with the size of the piece. I believe if it were bigger, it would of made more of an impact.