I like the way he uses food pairings from meals or certain food combinations. You could also look at the weird pairings of food people have, like biscuits and ketchup etc
Had a bit of a change in direction/ realisation that i should be looking at fine art/ drawing courses that allow me to bring in graphic elements. The drawing and painting BA courses at Camberwell seem to fit well as they will allow me to look at more areas of art to allow me to include graphic elements if i wish to.
Although Duncan’s lecture was photography based it was incredibly insightful and interesting. He spoke about the idea that photography isn’t singularly photographs and that they can be combined and manipulated in different ways. He said he wants to push his students to work with the most appropriate media for the idea, which got me thinking about my university application and how I want to be able to combine digital elements to my graphic work or vice versa.
He spoke about some great artists which sparked some ideas for me relating to my project. Torben Giehlers work looks digitally produced but is actually a painting, which messes with our perception and can alter and manipulate the original image so it looks more or less appealing. It made me want to experiment with the colours and moods in the meals I photographed and how the reaction created from the work can be ambiguous.
above: Mont Blanc, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 364 x 210 cm
Gerhard Richter was also shown to us, a piece called ‘180 colours’ specifically.
It got me thinking about simplifying food and super colouring it, again manipulating it to change the perception from being bland, dull food to an aesthetically pleasing meal that you might see in a food magazine or food industry catalogue. It would be interesting to create a book or magazine full of manipulated photographs, painting etc of my meals as if I am trying to sell the everyday foods to a market.
The collection above is called the ‘Fabiola collection’ by Francis Alys, which looks at the different voices and representations of a single painting. Again, I was thinking about how I could relate it to my project and come up with a personal response. It would produce a great piece of work to collate different perspectives of the same thing, like a tomato for example, that may have hundreds of slight variations in the way they are photographed, painted or drawn. Penelope Umbrico has done a similar thing by searching Flickr for a specific image that is overproduced, the most famous piece would be ‘sunsets’. For example with a tomato, it’s overused and photographed everywhere and can be used in so many different foods so it would be interesting to collate these together.
Peter feldmanns work looks at personal items, in the example below he collates women’s clothes. By taking images from the internet I could use the photographs of meals out etc of other people to create a collection. It could be about expensive meals out, cheap meals in, people on diets, people having drunk takeaways.
Above is the Turner prize exhibition in 2000 of Wolfgang Tilmans, which I loved because of the way that the sizes and positions were completely random. It gave me inspiration for the magazine/book I want to create with my food, but targeting it slightly, so for example according to how much importance I place on the meal and the size of it will relate to where I position it on the page and the size of the image or photograph.
To finish he gave us some links, 2 for book making, and a few others for art information and news. They will most definitely be useful!
We had a great talk from Wayne Hemingway today which really got me thinking about the future and what career I want to end up in. He said not to pigeon hole yourself, and that we are designers that can work in all areas of the creative industry to ‘improve what matters in life’. As designers with creative minds,we can put our abilities to anything, and Wayne is an excellent example as he has worked in fashion, architecture, advertising and many others which suggests to me that anything and everything can be done.