For the live project, me and my course-mate were asked to design two booklets, one each for the fine art master students, who have graduated this year. The artists had finished their course, by creating an exhibition of their work. This body of work was what each of the booklets had to include, as well as a written piece that went along with the exhibited pieces. The booklet would also act as self promotion for each of the artists, as they could hand these to possible employers or galleries in the future.
Before we began to create the booklets, we had a meeting with the tutor who asked us to do this task. During the meeting, some ideas were outlined about the presentation and overall things that needed to be included. The booklets needed to…:
- A5 in size (opening out to an A4 spread)
- Matte finish
- Minimal design
- Equal number of pages
- One double spread page
- Simple font style (easy to read)
- Include the university’s contact information
- Include the university’s logo
When Designing the booklets, we took all of these factors into consideration, and made sure that each of them were met. Below are some previews of the booklets during the design and layout process.
Kelly’s Booklet –
Matthew’s Booklet –
A dream come true happened of mine when we visited the Brooklyn Museum during the middle of our visit. I finally got to see a piece of work by Jean-Michel Basquiat in person. And all I can say is that it left me speechless. I was so captivated by the piece I had lost track of time of how long I had spent in front of his painting. I was sad that there was only one piece available to see, but that was enough for me to reconfirm my love for this artists work. The pictures I took can in no way represent how incredible this piece was. I’m glad I had one of my goals met on this trip, and I’m forever grateful for getting to see one of my favourite artists work in real life.
Jean-Michel Basquiat – Untitled – 1982 – acrylic, spray paint, oil stick on canvas
All I can say about the MET was that it was…INCREDIBLE! I only wish we could have had a full day in there, because I’m sure there were plenty of things we missed. I am especially grateful for getting to see one of my favourite Van Gogh paintings (Roses – 1890)
The MET Website
Claude Monet – Morning on the Seine – 1897 – oil on canvas
Claude Monet – Waterlilies Reflections of Weeping Willows – 1918 – oil on canvas
Vincent Van Gogh – Roses – 1890 – oil on canvas
Vincent Van Gogh – Wheat field with Cypresses – 1889 – oil on canvas
Jackson Pollock – Autumn Rhythm – 1950 – Enamel on canvas
Mark Rothko – No. 3 – 1953 – oil on canvas
Cy Twombly – Untiled (Rome) – 1962 – oil paint, wax crayon and graphite on canvas
David Hockney – A Bigger Splash – 1967 – acrylic on canvas
David Hockney – Pool and Steps – 1971 – acrylic on canvas
Pablo Picasso – Woman with Yellow Hair – 1931 – oil on canvas
Georges Barque – Landscape near Antwerp – 1906 – oil on canvas
Josef Albers – Tenayuca – 1942 -oil on masonite
Josef Albers – Luminous Day – 1947-52 – oil on masonite
Josef Albers – Study for Homage to the Square – 1958 – oil on masonite
So in the studio I have mainly been focusing on making sculptures and producing as many individual pieces (mostly made from plaster) as I can, which will be made into an overall bigger piece. These are still at an experimental stage, but through this I can start to decide what I can put together for the final degree show piece. Some assemblages are more successful than others, obviously that is a given. But ultimately I am trying to find the balance between the pastel plaster and the cold, dull materials which create an unusual juxtaposition. My aim for these pieces are to draw attention to the materiality and process, rather than a more deeper and complicated context.
Before I know it, it will be time to set up the degree show, so I have been busy creating as much work as I can so that I’ll will have a sufficient body of work, that of which I can choose from to display. As well as choosing the pieces I want to exhibit, and where and how they will be presented, I have started the process of designing some business cards and post cards which I can hopefully display alongside my work.
I have been using the website moo.com which offers all kinds of products for any kind of business. I have decided to make both business cards and post cards for multiple reasons:
- Great quality (I have used them before)
- Business cards can have images as well as contact information, but post cards are bigger in size, and will be a nice memento for afterwards
- They will look professional next to my work
- Easy self promotion
- Reasonable pricing
- Who doesn’t like getting free handouts?
The designs below are some testers, to see how everything will fit together and make sure the layout works well. I will be taking some more picture of my work in the upcoming months, so those images may be the ones I will choose to put on the cards. I need to keep in mind that I will have to order them with plenty of time to spare for shipping, in time for the installation of the exhibition.
Reflections: Art – 1988 – Oil and acrylic paint on canvas
At the weekend a couple of course mates and myself, visited the Roy Lichtenstein in focus exhibition being held at the Tate Liverpool. This was a great opportunity to see some of the popular pop art pieces outside of London, and it was free entry which is even better. I have always been drawn to Pop Art as a movement, particularly the comic strip style paintings by Roy Lichtenstein. I remember learning about him back when I was in high school, and for me, this was the beginning of my interest in art. Little did I know where it would take me.
The exhibition had a nice selection of Lichtensteins work, which consisted of some screenprints, a couple of the 3D wall pieces and his more notable and recognisable paintings. The exhibition is on till June 2018 on the 2nd floor of the gallery, so I imagine I’ll be going to visit again before the show finishes. I managed to take pictures of all my favourite pieces which I will list below.
Moonscape – 1965 – Screenprint on plastic
Wall Explosion II – 1965 – Enamel on steel
Nude Reading – 1994 – Relief print on paper
Water Lily Pond with Reflections – 1992 – Screenprint on enamel on stainless steel
In the Car – 1963 – Oil paint and manga on canvas