In these prints you can really see the 80's inspiration coming through, I like the smooth graphic lines and sharpe edges which contrast each other well. In my own work I want to keep the shapes simple like Camille Walala and the general theme quite graphical. Although I like her use of more muted colours, i prefer the more bold colours and would like to use these in my own prints.
I must admit i was slightly underwhelmed by this exhibition, I think I was expecting somthing a lot more colourful and funky, I love Yayoi Kusama's work as I think she uses colour and dots in a really unique and impressive way. However after walking around the pumpkins a few times i began to really appreciate what they were about, although the colours were simple it was effective as it let the beautiful shape take centre stage, until then I had never really noticed how stunning the structure of a pumpkin was, the way each centre bulbously popped out and the way it came back in again, creatin even creasing all around the pumpkin. Her work really glorified a natural form that most people take no notice of. I also really liked her experimentation with scale, simply having 3 different sized pumkins brought depth to the exhibition, however i do think it wouldve improved the exhibition if she had an even greater range of pumpkins from really tiny to really large as it wouldve been more dramatic.
the photographers gallery - Lorenzo Vitturi: Dalston Anatomy
I LIKE THE BOLD COLOURS AND FUZZY TEXTURES OF THE WASHING UP BRUSHES BECAUSE THEY CREATE AN INTERESTING STRUCTURE, I REALLY LIKE THE WAY THE HARSH EDGES OF THE BRISTLES CONTRAST THE SMOOTH AND POLISHED SILVER SURFACE OF THE POT. ADDITIONALLY THE DIFFERENT SIZE SPOTS ON THE POT AND IN THE SURFACE OF THE SINK REMIND ME OF THE DIFFERENT SPOTS ON THE PUMPKINS FROM THE EXHIBITION AT THE VICTORIA MIRO.
Out of all of Camille's work I am most enthused by the work which features primary colours, they are such bold colours so they really bring the graphic designs to life. Additionally other colours would be washed out by the thick black outlining but not these bold colours, instead they compliment them perfectly. For my own prints I would definetely like to use at least one primary colour if not more as I want my prints to be bold and graphic.
I like the surrealist aspect to Walala's set design, becuase of its 3D nature the print and person become one, I think it would be exciting to experiment with ways the print could become part of the person as oppose to just being worn by somone. I ike the way the striped legs are an essential part of the print and again the clashing lines create a sense of disorder.
victoria miro - yayoi kusama: Bronze pumkins
You can tell that the surface design has been thought through really carefully as the texture has been considered. The circles are not just part of a 2D print instead they are cut outs revealing a different colour underneath, I ike this aspect as it makes the pumkins feel more real and alive. Additionally I like how the theme of varying scale and size is reflected in the dots too, as they gradually change size, again making the pumkins seem more alive as it suggests growth and life, perhaps the dots are metaphors for the growth process of the pumpkins, with the different size of each pumpkin also alluding to this.
The use of colour is exceptional as such a wide range of colours are used yet for each image they are selected very carefully and a strict colour scheme is followed. The colours are acidic and vibrant perhaps in accordance with the strong theme of fruit. However there is also a lot of decaying fruit and veg in more sludgy colours. I like this contrast as it gives a stronger sense of difference and suggests change and transformation which were the artists aims. I really love the strong sculptural shapes that have been created through delicate balancing and layering. If you were to fill them in with just one colour it would really show off and amplify the interesting shapes. I think a lot of his images would also look great repeated as prints.
Aside from the shapes of the items in each piece, I found the small details of the images and different installations really facsinating, you could see that every small detail was carefully considered. After walking around the exhibition once taking photos and observing each image as a whole, I walked around it a second time, focusing on different angles, close ups and specific exhibition details. I was really interested by all the different textures, from rough to smooth, to soft to hard, they all showed objects in different states.
Although this was at the back of the sculpture I thought it was an important detail, it contrasted the busy and disorderly nature of the hectic sculpture perfectly, as the smooth straight lines and simple print juxtaposes the madness. It was this carefull attention to detail that i liked so much, the way the even really minor things were considered. I think this would work well as a pattern in itself as it is simple yet interesting as there are different qualities of lines and colour and scale. When creating my own prints I want to make sure I experiment with scale, so If i were to use a sqaure for example i would make sure that sqaure is used in different sizes.
There is an obvious theme of circles throughout my images, in the tomatoes, chorizo, olives, packaging and surfaces. So when making my prints I will take this into account, for me the circle is good as it is fairly neutral and ambiguous therefore it could represent lots of things, circles are found in so many things. Therefore using them in a print is good as it can represent things but not in an obvious way.
Here I was inspired by the Lorenzo's work as I liked the random sculptural elements. With ingredients of my own meal I tried to make mini structures to present the meal as more than just a meal. I really like the outcomes and think they would be really good to use for making prints, focusing on the abstract shapes they have created. I could also make paper or plastic models of them which could then be either photographed or drawn and then made to use prints. This would take the prints away from the meal making them an abstracted version.
I really love the textures of the food left on the knife. I feel like it tells a story of what was left behind, subtly alluding to what the meal may have been. It is the leftover trace that the meal existed. I think it would be great inspiration from print making as you could focus on the little shapes that have been left behind and the varying textures.
Camille's comission for XOYO is amazing because it includes not only the ceiling, walls and floor but furniture and oranaments too creating an overall sense of WALALA madness. I really like how the different things in the room all have slightly different patterns yet all compliment each other well, the different directions and size of the stripes make the room more striking as everything is slightly disjointed. When making my own prints I want to use the aspect of madness in my own work, creating prints that are busy and slightly incoherent.
I was also really enthralled by the garden itself, which was seperate from the pumkins. The pattern of the pond plants in the water created an unusual swirl that looked like marble. The swirl is such a pretty compostition as it blends different things together elegantly, additionally it has a contrasting aspect of anger as things need force to become mixed together as a swirl. For next weeks pattterns I would like to explore the swirl shape if relevant as I think it can symbolise so many different things.
i LIKE HOW THE COMPOSITION OF THIS INSTALLATION ALLUDES TO A SHRINE, WHICH HAS DENNOTATIONS OF DEATH. AS THE THEME OF HIS WORK IS CHANGE THIS FEELS VERY APPROPRIATE. HOWEVER I LIKE HOW IT SUBTLY REFERS TO THE THEME, AS OPPOSED TO DOING IT IN AN OBVIOUS WAY.
ANOTHER THING I REALLY LIKE ABOUT HIS WORK IS THE WAY HE PAIRS IMAGES TOGETHER, FOR EXAMPLE IN THIS ONE THE LIGHT SKIN PIGMENTATION ON HIS HEAD CREATES A KIND OF DOTTY PATTERN WHICH REFLECTS THE LIGHT SPECKLES ON THE PALM LEAVES IN THE BACKGROUND.
the simple shapes of the two washing up clothes are perfect for print, they also have really interesting textures, one being quite coarse and rough whilst the other is more bumpy but soft, i particularly like the combination of these two shapes and colours together.
The close up image of the chorizo as intriguing as you can really see the texture which you may not have seen before. It is fleshly and shiny and has intricate patterns of fat in wonky circle shapes. It is great inspiration for print designs as you could extract the different textural elements as well as the slightly varying shapes and colours.
LOUIS VUITTON - YAYOI KUSAMA
I love the heavy theme of dots in Kusama's work, she takes such a simple shape and adds life to it by using bold colours and varying size and scale. The colours she uses, red, yellow, black and white reflect the colours I have used in my own prints, the use of these colours is effective as they are loud an fairly neutral so do not lean to either gender or represent any strong theme such as green for nature, therefore her prints are more open to interpretation. I really like the use of dots because they do not represent anything too strongly and so when used in prints it makes them appear more abstract, which i like.
The simplicity of Mondrian's work is powerful and timeless, in my own work inspired by this I have tried to employ a simular feel, using simple shapes like circles and rectangles and simple colours like red, yellow and grey to give my prints power, I like the abstract feel to his work as it is as though it could be anything at all, there is no definitive feature which I like.