My passion for my practice is abstract art. This is because when it is created, it can mean anything to anyone individually. Three artists that heavily influence this section of my portfolio are Sam Francis, Lee Ufan and Omar Hassen.
Sam Francis is an American abstract artist who is highly influenced by the outdoors and the artist Jackson Pollock. In this current piece of work that I have actually been to see at the Tate, this is a sky view of a landscape done in an abstract format. The thing that attracts me to his work is the use of colour. This is because it is big and bold and very eye-catching. When going to view his work you are astounded by the scale of his work. He has encouraged me to want to use colour in my work as up until now that has never appealed to me and I have always worked in black and white.
Lee Ufan is a Japanese artist influenced by the minimalist art movement and creates his work by filling his brush with paint and using it until the paint is completely run out.
Omar Hassen is an Indian American who has two main passions in life, boxing and street art. Unfortunately due to his current health condition of having diabetes, he has had to give up boxing. Going back to his love of art, he has managed to combine both of these passions in his latest exhibition and portfolio of work. This is where he is punching a canvas with boxing gloves to cover a canvas in paint. This exhibition is called breaking through
These artists influenced my boundaries section of my portfolio. These were works created by using objects to create abstract mark on to paper or canvas. For example, rolling rock into paint and then dropping it on to a canvas.
For my next section of my portfolio, I wanted to see other ways of creating abstract art through using my love of photography. I came across an artist called Sean Ruttkay.
Ruttkay is a South American self taught photographer who likes to abstract parts of nature especially water using electronic programmes such as photo shop and photo editor. With this information I then decided to go and photograph lots of flowers and elements of nature. Like Ruttkay, I wanted to use modern technology to abstract my images, so using photo shop I used the paint tool to make the images look abstract. As I didn’t want to present these as just photographs I researched into different artists. During my research I came across Mark Bradford.
He is an American artist well known for creating large scale collages using everyday signs in the community such as posters and traffic symbols. The part that interests me about his work is that he doesn’t see himself as an artist more as an archaeologist. He layers his work until he feels it necessary to stop and then strips it back using objects like sanders and hammers revealing the bones of the work. In this section of my portfolio I created three collages using an erasing technique just like Bradford. Also during my research an artist called Jack.
British Artist Jack is fairly new in the world of art. He normally specializes in sculptures but his new adventure into abstract painting is the one I`m most influenced by. To create his work he gets large scale A1 pieces of Perspex and then dribbles paint all over them. When making a final piece of work he makes five of these dribbled paintings and layers them, one on top of the other to create a 3D effect on the wall. Through this influence of 3D and see through material used, when creating my collages I printed them onto acetate so I would gain a see through effect. With the 3D influence I decided to put my own take on 3D abstraction by printing large photos of my flowers taken previously on acetate and then sticking them on to a very large scale mirror. Without knowing it, this also gave a reflection element to the piece of work. With this abstract, a section of my portfolio complete in my eyes, I wanted to get back to my first love which was mark making. I came across the artist called Heather Hansen.
Heather Hansen is a drawing artist. She started very late in her art career as she was originally trained as a ballet dancer. This now though, inspires her new passion which is charcoal drawing. To create these pieces she lays on a large sheet of paper on the floor with charcoal in her hands and between her toes. She then creates her ballet movements stretching her arms and legs to draw these magnificent pieces. With this inspiration of how Heather uses her body, I was very interested in the art form of movement and how we can capture it because of me having a disability I have a very limited movement and it fascinates me how I can display it. This influence of Heather and her body has allowed me to explore the movements and trace of my wheelchair and how I record it. As I was fascinated by movement I decided to explore other art forms of how we can move things and capture natural or man made movement. Looking back through my foundation research I came across an artist that I was still passionate about called Alexander Calder.
A couple of weeks ago I visited a retrospective at the Tate of Alexander Calder’s art work. At first, this was just a personal artist interest to me rather than an influence for my practice. However, going round the exhibition it came to me that a lot of his famous and earlier work was influenced by movement and amateur dramatics. This got me thinking of how I could combine my theme of movement with kinetic art, which he pioneered. With realising movement had an influence in the kinetic art form I decided to research this and came across an artist called Lyman Whitaker.
Whitaker is a mobile artist who, through his art, is more interested in the conservation of the planet than the beautiful mobiles he creates. His perception of what he creates are more related to wind chimes than art forms. These are metal sculptures that could take up to 3 months or longer to create. Once created, he then mounts them in very derelict areas and leaves them for a certain length of time. In doing this, he believes that when a gust of wind hits these sculptures it will create more wind flow helping our climate and our planet. For me, these are more like beautiful sculptures that could be used for my motion project.
I am currently working on the motion section of my portfolio by using windmills, like Whitaker’s mobiles to create artificial movement by using fans and capturing these on film.