Welcome to the new academic year! Here we are again back at the beginning. I will begin this term by looking at Hannah Hoch. I always find her work makes me feel a little sad but here we begin with this work Ohne Titel (without title)
Sunday, 2 October 2022
Thursday, 1 September 2022
For this I am just checking my website and updating as necessary and making sure all links work and update anything that could be improved
I will begin by checking my copyright notice and this is correct and appearing on each page
So everything has been checked and in my next post I will show the redesign of my portfolio front page as this is really not working on the mobile view.
Thursday, 4 August 2022
Today we were testing the software for our projects, for my own project I was going to use Photoshop as it should work well for the image/text piece that I am creating this term. I will be using my own images to complete this experimental piece. These are the images I am gong to use and the properties of the images - I took these on my Samsung phone. All the settings were the same for consistency.
1/50, F1.8, ISO 250
Monday, 1 August 2022
Monday, 25 July 2022
Herbert Bayer (1900-1985) was a polymath who was very influential in the Bauhaus movement and studied and taught a wide range of art subjects as he believed in the integration of all arts. This approach interests me greatly, as I use many different artforms as means of expression and certainly think that the narrowness of a 'subject' can be restrictive and as the Bauhaus movement did in the 1920s, we should be encouraging students now to embrace everything, explore everything and learn as many skills as they can as the the future is uncertain.
The above work on The Menstrual Cycle is from 1939 when he was discovered in New York, this was for the Schering pharmaceutical company “He was especially fascinated by bodily mechanisms, from the human eyeball to the female uterus,” Lupton writes. Bayer had to leave Germany after the second World War he was not in favour as he had produced posters for the Nazis and though his wife was Jewish he said 'had been blind' to the atrocities they had carried out. Graphic design is where Bayer got most of his work and his eye for design and abstraction is what is interesting about his work. The work I would like to discuss is his photographs as I will be creating photo poetry I really want to explore how to design the images to really express the feeling of the poem through possibly using abstraction.
In the above image, sometimes called humanly impossible; 'was created [by Herbert Bayer] some years after he had left the Bauhaus. Reality, symbolised by the body rendered with photographic precision, merges with the dream world, where a mirror not only reflects the image of an excerpt of reality, but literally makes it possible to experience the dissolution processes first-hand.' (Bauhauskooperation, 2022) The idea that the process of reality breaking down within in the image reminded me of a play by Carl Laszlo 'Let's Eat Hair'!' which was about the breakdown of language. World War II and Post WWII the idea of reality's breaking down would become quite prevalent in art as people had watched their own reality fall apart. Here Bayer has been influenced by the work of László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) who created very experimental abstract photographic images. As can be seen here the mixture of dreams and unreality/abstraction could really work well with the photopoetry I intend to create. To create the above image this was the process used:
'To make this work Bayer started by taking his picture in a mirror. Knowing that every added mark might betray the illusion he wanted to project, he worked to scale. He exposed the self-portrait negative to a 30 by 40 centimeter (11 13/16 by 15 ¾ inch) sheet of photographic paper pinned to an easel in a darkened room, and he then mounted the resulting print on board and worked up the image. To shape the fragmented arm and its missing slice, he painted over the photograph with gouache containing an opaque white Pigment (such as chalk) that acted as an effective concealer and provided good reflectivity. With an airbrush, the turn-of-the-century tool favored by graphic designers, Bayer then deposited an atomized spray of gouache and watercolor to smooth irregularities and create seamless transitions from paint to photograph. In the next stage, this maquette was photographed and printed to scale, signed in the lower-right corner, and photographed again; every subsequent print was made from this third negative' (Humanly Impossible (Self-Portrait) (Menschen unmöglich [Selbst-Porträt]) Abbaspour, Mitra, Lee Ann Daffner, and Maria Morris Hambourg. Object:Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection 1909–1949 at The Museum of Modern Art. December 8, 2014. moma.org/objectphoto, 2022)
Bauhauskooperation.com. (2022). Herbert Bayer Self-Portrait. [online] Available at: https://www.bauhauskooperation.com/knowledge/the-bauhaus/works/photography/self-portrait [Accessed 25 July 2022].
LACMA. (2022). Moholy-Nagy: Future Present. [online] Available at: https://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/moholy-nagy-future-present [Accessed 25 July 2022].
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). (2022). Humanly Impossible (Self-Portrait) (Menschen unmöglich [Selbst-Porträt]) Abbaspour, Mitra, Lee Ann Daffner, and Maria Morris Hambourg. Object:Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection 1909–1949 at The Museum of Modern Art. December 8, 2014. moma.org/objectphoto. [online] Available at: https://www.moma.org/interactives/objectphoto/objects/83703.html [Accessed 25 July 2022].
Museum of Modern Art (2022) Herbert Bayer. [online] Available at: https://www.moma.org/artists/399 [Accessed 25 July 2022].
V & A Museum, (2022). Shortly Before Dawn | Bayer, Herbert | Bayer, Herbert | V&A Explore The Collections. [online] Victoria and Albert Museum: Explore the Collections. Available at: https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O128501/shortly-before-dawn-photograph-bayer-herbert/ [Accessed 25 July 2022].
Magazine, S. and Moonan, W., (2020). The Pioneering Work of Graphic Artist Herbert Bayer. [online] Smithsonian Magazine. Available at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-graphic-artist-regrettable-past-gains-attention-180974014/ [Accessed 25 July 2022].
Monday, 11 July 2022
Please find my SMART Objective here for this terms project:
I will be creating a Photopoetry book that will use one poem and a set of up to ten photographs that illustrate the poem. I will layout the text and image to make this work in a book format. The book will be small, 5 x 7 inches and will be published on Blurb. The photography will use an Olympus digital camera and different lenses, a tripod and a remote shutter control. The images will be low key and use avant garde techniques in digital form. This project will be a published book on my website by the deadline of 7th September 2022.