Inventory of Dreams: project 4

This is a reading task centred on Marina Warner’s 2001 book, Fantastic Metamorphosis, other worlds: ways of telling the self. I don’t really understand the title – what does ‘telling the self’ mean? – but the book uses Bosch’s Garden of Delights as its focus for discussion of fantasy, self, and the kinds of metamorphoses found in fairy tales. Perhaps the telling is related to psychological self-talk. I struggled with this, having never read Ovid or Plato, or in fact, any of the other texts to which Warner refers. There are tracts of Latin which I doubt my 1960s school … Continue reading Inventory of Dreams: project 4

Project 4 research task

This begins with researching Ian Andrews using the links in the course materials and then moving beyond that via a set of key words derived from that research to find other artists using ‘archival or appropriated material, stories, dreams, symbolism, or other ways of categorising/ordering knowledge and ideas and ideas which are partial or have degrees of unreliability in their systems’. As none of the links are active and I have come across Andrews before, I have used YouTube videos as a reminder. I am not going to spend much time on Andrews because unfortunately his work reminds me of … Continue reading Project 4 research task

Mystery: option 4, project 3, second task

The second task is to choose an option for the next exercise, 4.2, and then research the four artists associated with that. My preferred option here is narrative (b) and so the artists to look at comprise first, Paula Rego (1935-) whose work I was first introduced to in Drawing Skills 1 way back in 2018/19. Her pastel drawings/painting of dancers contrasting almost comedically with the luminescent delicacy of Degas’ ‘petit rats’. I’ve written a lot, or possibly the same thing several times, about Rego. The links are here and largely for my own record as I can see … Continue reading Mystery: option 4, project 3, second task

Mystery: project 3 ‘Short History of the Shadow’

The first task is to read the eBook, Short History of the Shadow (1997) by Victor I Stoichita, and make notes or perhaps drawings to record any thoughts. I was able to access a PDF via Ex Libris. We seem to be talking here about the speculations of a man who died in AD 79 (Pliny) and the later constructions placed on this by Plato and Hegel. Pliny said that painting began when ‘men’ drew around their shadow, which I suspect is not substantiated by later research on cave drawings where it seems all but demonstrated that people first blew … Continue reading Mystery: project 3 ‘Short History of the Shadow’

Ian McKeever

Project 2: gaps and spaces. I knew I had seen this because I had opened up some YouTube tabs and some static pages of images, but then forgot by somehow mentally integrating it with the research point and only when I’d finished that, wondering what these tabs were about. This may have been fortuitous as I think the preceding work will make this task easier. This, I think, is the video; the links in the course materials aren’t active but there is a searchable title. There is also this video which is a longer version of the one above. McKeever … Continue reading Ian McKeever

Part 4, project 2, research task

To quote the course materials, this exercise is to “gain experience in working with very different source material and gain confidence in working with e-journals” and to gain a deeper understanding of “how artists ‘know’ their subject and how they use that knowledge.” The two references are: Donachie, Kaye. 2016. Behind her eyelids she sees something […]. J Contemporary Painting, 2, 1, pp11-20. Intellect. Morley, Simon. 2016. A ‘shimmering thing at the edge of analysis’: figure/ground and the paintings of Agnes Martin. J Contemporary Painting. 2, 1, pp 39-56. Intellect. The links in the course materials are not active but … Continue reading Part 4, project 2, research task