Thinking Aloud – homework


Last week there was the first class in the Thinking Aloud course.

The group were given homework…Diary in a Sketchbook. There is nothing new in that – but it is a reminder to keep a visual diary.

Synonyms: journal, daybook, log, chronicle, hint at varieties of diaries.  Is a diary about the future, or the past? What is to come, or what happened? What you think will happen, or how you think some event unfolded? Who is/are the intended audience? Is it for sale? Sensational? A brief recording of time?

The task set was to write one sentence about something that has happened/may happen/will happen, and how you feel about it (e.g. 10.30, taking cat to the vet; anxious) Then add an image to the sentence that enhances what you have written (maybe a worn and empty cat collar).

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This extraordinary picture has nothing to do with my day, my pets or my life, but I couldn’t resist it. Almost makes me want a cat.

 

 

 

Dia:Beacon and Jasper Johns


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Map of broken Glass by Robert Smithson (detail)

 

Days out in Different Places

I have been to two very different exhibitions recently that are, inconveniently, continents apart.

In the town of Beacon, NY, the ex-paper factory, now contemporary art gallery, Dia:Beacon (Dia:Beacon ), has an exhibition of works by Robert Smithson, (Robert Smithson), amongst other things.  I was struck by how his installations felt like drawings.  In The Map of Broken Glass shards of different sized pieces of glass were spread on a polished concrete floor.  They caught disjointed reflections of the skylights and ceiling lights. With every breath and movement the reflections changed. The effect was similar to trying to see through fast moving water.

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Between the Clock and the Bed, Jasper Johns

The Royal Academy, London (Royal Academy) has three shows running; I went to  Jasper Johns.

Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Jasper Johns has occupied a central position in American art since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1958. His treatment of iconography and appropriation of objects, symbols and words makes the familiar unfamiliar, achieving this through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his ground-breaking paintings and sculptures, Johns established a decisive new direction in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism. (Royal Academy)

Loved it.