The one I chose. – Exhibition review.

For my exhibition review, I am going to be writing on Yang Fudong – China up close.
The reason why I chose him, is because his work really impacted me the most.
The visual aspect of the pieces were engaging and interesting.
– More will be said about his work in the review.


Art and Fear

Within Art there is always fear.
Fear of not succeeding,
Fear of not beginning,
Fear of not finishing.
These are the things that drive an artist.
“Artists don’t get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working.” – Stephen DeStaebler
When working on a project, there are always doubts that run through the mind of an artist.
It is how we deal with those doubts, that define what kind of artist we are and how we control our own minds.
If we have an incomplete work, that incomplete work will drive us to the point of completion.
If we have a complete work, that completed work will drive us to create another work that is either; more different or better.
When we are feeling low, when working on a project, fear can grab us until we give up.
But fear can also allow us to make something of ourselves, and succeed no matter if there is failure in the future.

Different Perceptions

Within society there are many things that we can agree or disagree on.
Something that is very clear is that with every individual, there is a different view or opinion on a particular object or topic.
This is because we all have different perceptions of the world around us.
For instance if someone was colour blind.
That person is not colour blind to themselves, because that is the way they have always seen the world,
but to someone else, they have always seen the world “the way it is” and points out that, that person is different.
Having different perceptions of the world is something that we have no control over, because it is our past that comes forth when allowing us to see the way we do.
Our background/heritage, the year we are born, where we are born, where we are raised, who we are raised by, where we live, who are friend are, what we view, what we don’t view, and who we chose to be are the elements that make us all have different perceptions.
No one is the same, and I believe that within art no is right or wrong, because it is the artist’s job to start those processes in our head to make us think about certain things, whether we understand or not, it allows everything in our life to come to a point where we see the world in a way we did not see it before.
Our perceptions of certain things can be shifted, depending on how it is shifted, and in a certain way.

Takahiro Iwasaki – Reflection Model

The reflection model by Takahiro Iwasaki was a very impressive piece of work.
The architectural structure and uses of Japanese buildings became something that interested me when coming closer to the work itself.
The beauty of a Japanese building is much less like a westernised building, where it is mainly just four walls, maybe in exception to modernised buildings today, but the reflection model had a very traditional and spiritual feel.
Something that is not accustomed to within western society.
Although the piece itself did not speak to me in any other ways, I did see a lot of people within the gallery, express much more interest in the way that Takahiro Iwasaki made such a delicate piece of work, along with it being such a breathtakingly large model.
I feel that Takahiro Iwasaki’s love for the tradition comes into play, and his spiritual connection to his heritage.

Challenging Works

The Coloured Sky: New women II by Yang Fudong created quite a stir when it came up in topic within lecture two. ”
The piece itself shows the ‘new age chinese woman.’
It causes such a conflict for many people because, in front of them are half dressed young women who reflect a beautiful but yet dark vision within the underlay of the image.
For men it can be said that it is difficult because of the moral aspect of the situation, but yet it is in an exhibition, a public place where it is free to be seen by men and women, and it is label as art.
This made me think about pieces of work that has been shown to the public to either convey a much deeper side, that makes us feel conflicts within ourselves, and make us think about what we are truly viewing.
An example of this is The Falling Man image that was taken the day of the twin tower bombings in New York.

People from Newspapers within the area were astonished at the image and thought; there is a man in his last moment of life, falling from a building and it looks as if he is in peace, before the chaos began.
It caused quite an outrage within society and it was said to be very offencive because this man was about to die.
This can also be related to the photographs that were taken in Vietnam, of the man being shot in the head, or the young girl naked running from one of the bombs that went off.
These may not be specifically pieces of artwork that you see in a gallery, but it is a piece of work that comes from an artist point of view, and allows us to be challenged by the images that we see.
Society may feel outraged, and disgusted, but the work itself is there and it cannot be erased.
Morally you feel like you are violating the people within the images or the artwork, but on the other hand you also feel obligated because it is there right in front of you to view.

What art and challenging works such as these tell us, is that an artist (someone who is passionate about their field) is never going to show you what you want to see, but what is needed to be shown. They make you try to see past what is in front of you to get to the bigger picture, and make you feel conflicted, because that is what you are meant to feel.

Versions: Thinking through creative arts – The Beginning.

Thinking through Creative Arts simply just mean looking at the entire world in a creative manner, that allows you to see the meaning and beauty in the smallest things that we didn’t notice before hand.

Within the first lecture there was talk of what it means to be an artist.
Being an artist mean actually ‘doing’ and following through on those ideas that pop into our minds at any given time.
And though there will be those time where your work fails, it does not mean that it is not still art.
An artist must fail in order to succeed in their form of work.

I completely understand this concept, and in those moments of failure try to remember this.
Because when you are confronted by your own failures, you begin to question yourself and your work.
Not just in art but sometimes in life.
But failure is part of the process, and we need to fail in order to learn, not just about ourselves, but the world around us.

Within the world of creative arts, it is about seeing the world in a sensitive or even over sensitive form to really understand how the world may seem, compared to the structures society has created for us.

– French impressionists showed the world that they painted the way the light really is in day to day lives, especially in France.

Picasso spent most of this child life and teenage life painting extraordinary paintings that were like how an experienced adult would paint. Then he decided for the rest of his adult life he would try to paint more like a child would.

Children have the more purest way of thinking and feeling.
Even when they draw something like a person, and it isn’t an object or look like a person at all, but just a coloured scribble, that is how the child felt, and that is what he sees.

As we all get older, whilst growing up from being a child however, the way that society has shaped our minds begin to take place, and we begin to see the world through this structure we have been given.

Throughout our lives we have been surrounded in a structure that is hard to break out of, but if we begin to think sensitively towards the world, and through creative aspects we truly begin to see a different form that will change our minds and emotions forever.