Thursday, 28 January 2010

Circus of Illusion

Exhibition by James and Richard (3rd Year SEA Students)

Old photos of Clay Pipe factory

Click on the image below to see a few more photos of the building from the 1960's to the present day:

Recent Visit to Clay Pipe Factory

To see a high quality panoramic image of the space, click on the thumbnail below:

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Encountering ‘The Body’ of Installation Art within Spinoza’s Ethics.

“Reality is inexhaustible, and there must be infinite ways in which it can be thought of.” (Stuart Hampshire, Introduction to Ethics)

To engage with a work of art is traditionally a primarily optical experience, one that necessitates the act of ‘looking’ at an object or image. What happens when we go beyond the purely visual, when art invites a physical engagement and we, as viewer, experience the work as participant, rather than spectator? What affects are activated by encountering a work which communicates through audio, visual and kinaesthetic means? How does installation attempt to engage participants? These concepts are evident in contemporary practice, as well documented by Nicolas Bourriaud in his text Relational Aesthetics , yet it is also worth revisiting the historical development of engaged installational practice.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Leonardo Da Vinci - Cannons

Having researched quite a lot about the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901, with particular interest in the Canadian water shute and the switchback railway I was somehow reminded of some of Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions such as the flying machine and giant crossbow.

Giant Crossbow (1480-2)

I decided to do some further research on his work at the Glasgow University Library and found this rather arresting image:

Courtyard of a foundry (1487)

The Local army Barracks where I live in London passes by my house every morning around eight in the morning, parading a canon around the streets.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Miroslaw Balka at Tate Modern (12.01.10)

Trip to Saatchi Gallery (12.01.10)

Richard Wilson - 20:50 (1987)
used sump oil and steel, dimensions variable

Peter Coffin - Untitled (Spiral Staircase) 2007
Aluminium and Steel

Jedediah Caesar - Body Stock (2007)
Urethane resin, polyester resin, pigment, aluminium, titanium,
wood, and mixed media. 29 panels (28 installed, 1 leaning)

Peter coffin - Untitled (unfinished hand) 2006
Wood, wire mesh and fittings

Matt Johnson - The Pianist (after Robert J.Lang) 2005
Blue tarp, paper, stainless steel