For the Inside/Outside brief my first intentions were to look ‘inside’ the human mind at dreams and find ways of creating artwork based around this idea. To start the project I did some basic research on dreams and looked at some of the most common dreams that people have. I found that some of the items, happenings, places and people that we dream about somehow having a meaning in our lives.
The three material projects that i have completed have introduced me to new ways of creating artwork and widened my knowledge of artists. The Concreteopia project specifically has inspired my outside/inside project. For example when learning about the term ‘Phsychogeography’ I found that the everyday places and architecture around us can bring back memories or feelings from past experiences when looked at in this way. I had the idea of relating this to the dream world and how the everyday places we visit and architecture we see can influence a dream.
In relevance to my Inside/Outside project i have looked in to the artwork of the famous surrealist Salvador Dali. Salvador Dali is an obvious choice to look at dreams in artwork as most of his well known artwork is inspired by the dream world. I feel I could use this surrealist style in my work to explore dreams. Some of the surreal meanings could be used to wards dreams and how the human mind works when dreaming. Like Salvador Dali I want to depict the ‘dream world’ within my artwork, this could be a challenge because dreams are not viable to the eye and each one is unique to the person. I feel Dali integrates his own dream experiences into his paintings. I think this might help me to get started when producing artwork based on dreams as well as adding a personal aspect to my work.
The Persistence of Memory
This piece is interesting to look at because there is a lot to think about. Aspects like the warped clocks and strange forms. These strange forms create a kind of optical illusion and play tricks on the mind. For example the white figure looks like a blanket but has human features like eye lashes and shapes of a face. It is as if one object is several objects at once. These figures along with the melting clocks are placed in an empty landscape which looks like there is no life there.
The idea of a dreamlike landscape which makes the viewer question if it is reality or not is something that I want to consider using in my own artwork when exploring ‘dreams’.
In relation to the Outside/Inside project I have began to look at sources other than artwork. After thinking about dreams the movie ‘Inception’ came to mind so I decided to re-watch the film and pick out parts which I found informative towards the idea of studying dreams.
This film uses clever cinematography and narrative to give a good representation of dreams. The main character ‘Cobb’ has an ability to enter peoples dreams and steal their secrets from their subconscious. In a scene from the film is talks about how worlds are created in dreams, ‘Cobb’ explains how “our mind creates and perceives our worlds simultaneously”. This scene also talks about how the human mind creates worlds and situations so good that we don’t know it. This is how dreams feel realistic until we wake up and realise something was strange.
This film also plays on the theme of dreams vs reality. ‘Cobb’ uses a totem which is an object to test whether he is in a dream or reality. The object is a spinning top that stops spinning if he is in reality.
After conducting my library research project it gave me some really good ideas for my inside outside project. Following on from the idea of exploring inside the human mind I have been looking at surrealists such as Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali. The library research project helped me understand how dreams and the idea of dreams influence surrealist artwork.
To start looking into this more in depth i conducted a quick google search on dreams themselves to find out some interesting facts. I began to think about the dreams I have experienced and most importantly how I could show this in my artwork.
After researching Rene Magritte in the library I came across one of his pieces in the Cardiff Museum.
This piece represented scenes, portals or windows into strange dream like worlds. I found the idea of this very interesting and want to use this within my own artworks.
As part of the Concreteopia material project I learnt how to make prints using the screen printing technique. Today I attended a quick workshop explaining the steps to making a screen print. First I had to choose one or two of my best photos in which i thought would make an interesting print.
Here are the three that i will be using, I have taken the photos into Photoshop to adjust the levels and contrast so that the image is good to work with.
After following the screen printing process i began my first print. As a tester I printed it first onto acetate. I found that the print didn’t come out as expected and was unusable. The problem was that the images contained too many grey tones which darkened the screen print. I figured I had to adjust the images further and start the process over again.
This week I started my third material project which was titled Concretopia. This seemed extremely interesting to explore and I wanted to find out more about architecture.
Some of the artwork i first looked at were some Spomeniks in Yugoslavia. These were second world war memorials which look like alien art. They also fall into the category of brutalist architecture which is a movement in architecture that uses ruggedly designed brickwork and concrete. In my opinion this is not pleasant to look at however the way the shapes and textures are used in architecture is very interesting.
I Phone Architecture Photography
The task was to take a walk through Cardiff city centre and take photos of interesting buildings that caught my eye. The idea behind this task was to use the term Psychogeography, which means to study what is going on around you while drifting around an urban environment. Therefore i wanted to quickly walk through the city taking photos of buildings that bring back a memory or effect me in some way. I also focused my attention to look at corners, angles and unusual shapes.
Here are a selection of the photos i took that day.
this weeks text was from Creative intuition art and poetry, J. Maritain. This text was again extremely difficult to take in and develop and understanding of it. However after breaking it down into sections it became more clear.
From what I understood the text explores surrealism as well as poetry and how they relate to one another.
‘As Brenton put it, it leaves aside “any aesthetic” as well as any “moral concern.” The aim is to express “the real function of thought.”
In this quotation it talks about how surrealist express “the real function of thought” in their artwork. Therefore surrealism is about visualising “thought.” In relation to defining 1 dimension; Surreal paintings visualise “thought” through art which could be seen as the first dimension.
An example of this within the museum was difficult to find so i found an abstract painting which did not have the form of anything and tried to relate the brush strokes in the painting to this idea of the first dimension. I found this painting used brush strokes , shape and colour to give a representation of an object which could be related to the “real function of thought”.