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body casting

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I think this image of an Alexander McQueen design is so stunning. Adore the energy in the picture. The sense that the women is breaking out of the a constraining mould, but you arent totally sure what is her body and what isnt. The mould can be seen through the theme of repair. As if it acted as a structure to protect the figure, or a shape the figure could reform itself (repair itself even?) to fit into.

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April 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

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repair to change meaning

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I came across these mixed media pieces by John Stezaker on a blog. Stezaker combines old photographs as postocards to create really interesting works. I love the way that the two objects that are used together work with each other, clearly showing corresponding internal shapes.

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April 18, 2011 at 6:56 am

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repair through allowing organic destruction?

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Hmmm.. Im not sure if this is exactly repair. But i think these chairs and table by Kasper Hamacher are really interesting (love the contrast between the smooth wood and the dark, rough burns) so I wanted to include them anyway. They were created through burning out sections of the centre of the log, creating internal shape.  I suppose that the element of randomness created by the burns is then repaired by the other controlled and well finished elements of the chair, allowing the burn log to have a full function.


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April 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

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recycling: pre loved teddy bears

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Using recycling as part of an artistic practise is a really common way (or at least I think) that contemporary artists use the theme of repair in their work. Due to this I think that I may split this idea up over a couple of posts so that I can look at a few more artists.

Recycling is the process of taking items that have fulfilled their original purpose (anything from old milk bottles, newspaper, clothes to electrical items) and giving them a new life by placing them in a new context. This is important, particularly in contemporary Western culture where we produce huge amounts of waste each year. The process of recycling can be seen as being a form of repair, fixing (through changing) the purpose of the object. In a broader sense, for many artists there is also an element of environmental repair, through restricting their work to use objects that would otherwise just be rubbish.

The first artist that I want to look at who works under the theme of repair through recycling is Agustina Woodgate. Woodgate works in a range of mediums, although I think that her textile work (mainly in the form of rugs created by sticking sections of textiles together) is really strong and contemporary. These rugs have been created through sewing together old teddy bears. I love the vibrance and graphic design of these pieces, I think it works well as it is not immediately clear what they have been made out of.

These rugs designs are also based around traditional animal skin rug designs. Through no longer using living animal fur, the artist could also be seen as making a comment about repairing the relationship between humans and animals. Trying to move away from the strong history of violence that humans have perpetrated against their prey.

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April 18, 2011 at 6:10 am

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ordered destruction

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I came across this joint installation work by Kilian Rüthemann & Niklaus Wenger, which showed at the  Centre d´Art Neuchâtel in Switzerland. I think that these works act as an interesting contrast to the Vormann pieces below. I love the sense of controlled chaos in these pieces. Although this work is more destruction than repair, the sense of restraint within destruction creates a nice internal contrast.

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April 18, 2011 at 5:49 am

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fixing broken walls

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I came across the work of artist Jan Vormann on another blog. These works are part of an installation piece called Dispatchwork, in which sections of ancient walls across  Bocchignano, Italy, a village close to Rome, were ‘repaired’ using lego bricks. The contrast between the rough and dull textures of the bricks with the smooth, shiny and bright colours of the lego creates a really interesting visual combination. This is also reinforced by the  large size disparity between the two materials.

There is also a conceptual contrast between the brand new (and throwaway) nature of the lego with the ancient (almost timeless) bricks. This work was created as part of the “20 Eventi”

 

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April 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

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repair: propaganda art

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We talked a bit in class about the use of art to ‘repair ‘ society, in particular the use of clothing in colonial Australia. I think that this is a really interesting idea, as it acknowledges the power art has in affecting the way people think and behave. This can be particularly seen in propaganda art, in which a message is promoted in a fairly explicit way. In order to be successful, propaganda art has to appealing to the audience. If people like the art, then they are more likely to agree with the ideas that art is selling.

I really like the imagery of Chinese communist posters, particularly from the Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s and 70s. These images have a huge amount of movement and energy in them, often created through the use of strong linear mark making and a simple but bold colour pallet.

The Chinese government also used art to promote certain values and behaviours. I really like this example of a poster promoting respect towards the elderly from 1973. The illustration uses warm, friendly colours. The style of the image is a gentle, idealised reality in which all people look happy. These characteristics all go towards making the image more appealing, and from this you can see how it promotes the idea that if a child behaves like the girl in the painting then they will be happy too.

The poster below, from the late 1960s, promotes the many advantages of marrying late (and thus promoting birth/population control). Again it is interesting to see the bold artistic style and the way in which it presents an idea in a simple, easy to understand way.

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April 10, 2011 at 6:42 am

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