Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Sound of my Heartbeat

'The Sound of my Heartbeat' by Jina Wallwork

I give you the sound of my heartbeat. Constantly there, it would follow you to every corner of the world. The sound will always be near, because my heart will never stray from your side. I hope its sound is to your taste because I do not know how to ask for its return.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Papergirl Cardiff

'Within the Belly of a Fish' by Jina Wallwork

'Within the Belly of a Fish' by Jina Wallwork, is included in Papergirl Cardiff. The Papergirl concept originated in Berlin. It consists of an exhibition and then the work is distributed through U.S. style papergirls and paperboys.

26th May 2012 – 3rd June 2012
'Papergirl Cardiff' at The Printhaus Print Workshops http://www.theprinthaus.org/
70A Llandaff Rd, Cardiff, Wales, CF11 9NL, United Kingdom.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Learning with the MOMA

Some time ago, I did an online course with the MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The course I studied was the 'Materials and techniques of post war abstract painting'. My teacher was Corey D'Augustine. He is a curator at the MOMA and it was interesting to pick his brains. His understanding of paint and his interest in process, made him very interesting to learn from. The following videos are from the MOMA and show Corey D'Augustine explaining different art terms.












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MOMA: http://www.moma.org/
Corey D'Augustine: http://www.coreydaugustine.com/

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Trap

'The Trap' by Jina Wallwork

She can feel my love for her. I can see it bleed through our friendship. I used to believe it was poisoning the connection. I now have a greater understanding of its influence. I can now see that she is trying to protect me. She knows this friendship is a trap. I will be contained within my feelings, yet I will never be offered a full avenue in which to express them. I would be trapped within a friendship that will never give me any satisfaction or comfort. I would be forever waiting, filled with a misguided sense of hope and tortured by my own fantasies. I would never able to see anything beyond her, chained to a false future that never becomes tangible flesh. She pushes me away and I fool myself into believing that this friendship has turned into ashes, right before my eyes. Instead, it is a pure gold friendship filled with strength. I will never again hear her speak or see her face. The distance grows larger each day. As I face the future, she will forever sit comfortably within my thoughts as the greatest friend I have ever had.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Omnibus by Anders Zorn

'Omnibus' by Anders Zorn

The lose brushwork reveals the exact amount of information the eye requires to process the image. If you look closer at the image, it reveals how few brushstrokes were needed for this complex image to take form. There are very few brushstrokes used to create the woman's ear and yet its depiction is realistic and accurate. There are images that perhaps Zorn would define as more complete, brilliant realistic images. For example 'Self Portrait in Red' but that image reveals what many other artists could also capture. 'Omnibus' reveals a greater level of skill because its shows the confidence within the original brushstrokes. This man didn't just paint, he found it easy. 

'Omnibus' (detail) by Anders Zorn

'Self Portrait in Red' by Anders Zorn

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Land Far Away

'A Land Far Away' by Jina Wallwork

She has a story to tell. It begins in a land far away. If you listen to her voice it will take you to a place unknown. You will walk across a landscape and your feet will feel the grass of an alien land. You will smile at unfamiliar faces and you will share a world that you didn't know existed. It is her story, it reveals the landscape of her personality and all that she is. If you do not listen, she will always exist in a land far away. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Opening of the Fifth Seal by El Greco

'Opening of the Fifth Seal/ The Vision of St John' by El Greco

The image was painted 1608-1604 and yet it appears contemporary in many ways. Although, this could be due to the paintings influence on the artists that followed. Artists influenced by this piece include Picasso, but I can also recognize the influence on contemporary artist, Peter Howson. The subject of the piece comes from the Book of Revelation. This stylistic interpretation, reveals a lot of emotion and darkness. I feel as though El Greco is held back because of the subject matter. I wonder what he would have created if he was born in another time period; if he had lived during a time when it was acceptable for an artist to reveal their inner world. I feel slightly short changed, he reveals only a glimpse of his exciting and interesting mind. El Greco pushed the boundaries as much as he could given the circumstances. I keep imaging his paintings without the constraints. The painting reveals an artist with so much to say and yet he can't fully speak. The image belongs to different time periods and cannot fully satisfy either. One time frame asks that he adheres to the rule book; the other asks that he throws it away. It is a painting of compromise.