Tate Liverpool – 13/07/2017

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Andy Warhol  – Self Portrait – Screen print

 

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Michelangelo Pistoletto – Venus of the Rags – 1967, 1974 – Marble and Textiles

 

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Eva Hesse – Tomorrow’s Apples (5 in White) – 1965 – Enamel, gouache, varnish, cord and papíer máché on board

 

 

Space Tapestry : Faraway Missions:

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Alexandra Mir – YES (we are alone in the Universe) – 2015-2017 – Fibre-tipped pen on synthetic canvas

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Alexandra Mir –Solar System (How far from the Olympic park is Saturn?) – 2015-2017 – Fibre-tipped pen on synthetic canvas

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Alexandra Mir – Solar System (How far from River Lea is Uranus) – 2015-2017 – Fibre-tipped pen on synthetic canvas

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Alexandra Mir – Pluto (and from here you look so small) – 2015-2017 – Fibre-tipped pen on synthetic canvas

 

 

ARK Sculpture Exhibition – Chester Cathedral – 07/07/2017

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Damien Hirst – False Idol

For me, this was the first time seeing a ‘Damien Hirst’ piece up close. He is a powerhouse artist in the competitive art world, and I can’t believe how long it has taken me to see one of his pieces in person.  I found it quite shocking at first, if I’m honest (being an animal lover) but from studying the piece at bit longer. I began to appreciate the planning and work that went in to making this piece, and something I noticed last was that the calf had golden hooves (maybe even solid/real gold) matching with the gold encasing of the calf in the formaldehyde.  The piece was the central sculpture in the South Transept of the Cathedral, which was planned very well,  because with the piece being quite large,  it was deserving to take centre stage in the show.

 

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Michael Joo – Stubbs (Absorbed)

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Abigail Fallis – Dagon

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Daniel Chadwick – Whale

This beautiful piece was hanging from the historical ceilings of the cathedral, in the area of St Werburg’s Chapel.  The blue glow of the piece was created by a light shining on it from higher up, which made each of the segments luminous (made from a transparent material). With the contrast of the light, the materials and the overall shape of the piece, made it altogether look so delicate, that it was almost floating in the halls of the Cathedral.

 

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David Nash – Beaver Chew Dome

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Peter Randall-Page – Fructus, Phyllotaxis, Corpus

It was hard to avoid seeing these impressive sculptures. They were located in the courtyard area, just by the main entrance of the Cathedral. My mind instantly went to thinking that they looked like giant dragons eggs from Game of Thrones. (nerdy reference) I liked how each egg had a different pattern design, that I assume represents three separate meanings. I found it slightly strange to see these sculptures in this setting, as just behind them stands the old Roman streets and Tudor buildings of Chester. It’s great that all of these sculptures can be seen in the city, and be accessible for everyone.

Manchester School of Art Degree Show – 09/06/2017

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Emily Chapman – Sculpture – ‘A kind of light spread out from her’

This has to be my favourite piece from the degree show. This sculpture is made from MDF, resin, acrylic primer and spray paint. I love everything about it, from the way the pieces are individual and how they have been assembled, to the colour palette used, and even how it almost had centre space in this area of the show. I walked around the piece a couple of times because I was so interested in what they had been made out of, and I was interested to know if they had been made to be displayed exactly like this, of were assembled this way after the making process.

 

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Ash Van Dyck – Interactive art ‘Online commentary’

 

Some of my favourites……….

“There’s a fine line between Art and Bollocks”

“Reminds me of something my 6 yr old niece is fond of making and thats not art either”

“It’s the latest in a large body of work that I call ‘taking the piss'”

“Call that art? My pet magpie could (and does) do better”

“This crap is not art! It’s just crap. Why do we let these morons away with this??”

 

Chester Degree Show – 15/06/2017

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Nathan Lowndes  –  ‘What makes a painting?’

These pieces were created under the investigation and exploration of  ‘what makes paining?’.  I was drawn to these sculptures almost right away, as the first thing that sprung to mind was ‘deconstruction’ (later reading the artists statement to find I was right on that matter) He has taken the materials that are found in a regular painting e.g. the wood for the frame, the canvas fabric and the paint. And re-invented them so that the ‘painting’ can be viewed in the way you would normally look at a sculpture/installation.  It is questioning what catagory this collection of pieces would be put into, wether that be a painting or a sculpture piece. My favourite part about this collection is how the artist has decided to display them, some pieces being hung up on the wall (as you would a painting) , but also moving into a position that they are free standing.

 

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Clare Owens – Textiles – ‘If repetitive practice creates a space what sort of space is it?’

Expanding on the field of drawing in relation to repetition, abstraction, monochrome and minimalism.

 

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Jill Walker – Painting  fields and the paths

 

The Hepworth Gallery & Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Wakefield – September 2016

 

The Hepworth Gallery – 

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Richard Smith – Logo Suite, 1971 (set of 10 vacuum formed plastic prints)

This series caught my eye straight away, because they are very much like my own style, in terms of the colour pallet and playful design. At first I thought that these pieces were flat, but looking closer, each piece is raised slightly which is from the vacuum form process of creating the shape.

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David Storey – Extracts from sketchbooks, 2006-2012 (paper, pen,pastel,crayon, watercolour,inks,acrylic paint)

The pictures above don’t really do this room any justice, but anyway it was filled with 7 shelves that were all full of these small drawings, paintings and doodles. Each one lined up to the next and every single design was different. All of the pieces were taken out of the artist’s sketchbooks from 2006-2012, and as well as these, there was a display case with more sketchbooks on show, including an iPad, which featured more doodles that could be scrolled through. There were so many drawings, that after I finished looking around the rest of the gallery, I went back to this room just incase I had missed something.

Video link –

David Storey @ The Hepworth Wakefield

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Barbara Hepworth – Winged Figure, 1961-2 (Aluminium, with Isopon for surface texture)

This enormous Hepworth piece took up nearly half of the room, and it was quite overwhelming for me standing underneath it. As soon as I saw it, it did remind me of a pair of wings, which funnily enough was right after looking at the sculptures information. I liked the use of the aluminium bars that were crossing across the sculpture, for some reason this reminded me of a nest that was intertwined.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – 

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Henry Moore (open air bronze collection) – Two Large Forms, 1966-69

I think this was one of the first large scale Henry Moore sculptures that I have ever seen. It was set in the park with a collection of bronze sculptures all by Moore, and placed in a way so they could interact with the surrounding landscape. I loved walking around and through this sculpture, even just standing directly in the centre of the piece, felt like you were safe and protected from the outside. wether this was the intension on this piece or not, I’m not entirely sure.

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KAWS – Final Days, 2013(wood)

KAWS @ the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Not Vital – Moon, 2015 (stainless steel)

I don’t really know too much about this sculpture as I couldn’t seem to find the information plate for it. Anyway I loved this piece, it was fun to see your own reflection on the moon, even if it was slightly distorted by the shape. And running your fingers over the craters indented all over was strangely pleasing.

More images from the day….