Category Archives: Artist research

James Tapscott

James Tapscott is an American artist who is fascinated by night art and light art. For example, he places light sculptures in wide public places and photographs them at night. However, this is not the section of his work that intrigues me the most. It is his photographs of light reflection bouncing off of water at night which give a nice flow of light movement. This really intrigued me due to the work I have been doing recently with the photogram movement as a lot of these look like flashes of light.

 

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Madeline Beckett

Madeline is a Californian artist that is very interested in the relationship between humans and nature. Especially how we can manipulate nature in our human settings. In her latest work of live worm photogram series she has placed live worms onto photographic paper and exposed them to light. I am interested in these works due to the fluidity caused by the fast pace of the moving worms and the lack of structure to the image.

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Andy Warhol Silver Clouds

 

After visiting an exhibition on an overview of Andy Warhol, a piece that really stood out for me was “Silver Clouds”. This was a recording of silver helium balloons being pushed around by fans. This piece is a collaboration with an engineer called Billy Glover. This really stood out to me as Andy Warhol’s inspiration behind art is the playfulness, and art reverts him back to being a child.

 

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Lyman Whitaker

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

Kinetic Art

Kinetic art is a study of art that is created by motion. This is most associated with 3D works such as mobiles and sculptures. They can either be operated by man or a mechanical system. I wanted to research more into this because of my recent visit to the Calder Exhibition. During this research, I came across an artist called Lyman Whitaker.

Alexander Calder

alexander-calder-red-blue-black-cascadeA 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.

 

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.

 

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