‘Then there was the time, at the Tate Modern when we walked through to a room which we thought was empty, as it only had a single light bulb hanging down in it, only to discover that the light bulb was in fact the art installation.
Bring on the cherubs
Our never ending quest to find the most pretentious bollocks continue, although we now adopt this style, ironically, in describing our work when pushed to have to do so for websites or exhibitions and especially like to use the word juxtaposition as we think that it takes the pretentiousness to another level. In a recent piece of my girlfriends art, we described ‘The lone black butterfly being a metaphor for modern living, it being juxtapositioned against the unobtainable virtuousness symbolized by the white canvas,’ or some such nonsense.’
If like me, you feel that you should like something classical then the Tribuna of the Uffizi – Johann Zoffany - gets all the cherubs out of the way in one go.
This image from 1956 by Richard Hamilton is much more my style and was inspiration for some of my creations.
This number one from 1978 – yes it reached Number One in the charts - is probably the most direct song linked to an artist, Lowry (‘even the Mona Lisa takes a bow’)…and it was a bugger to dance to!
There’s a great website called artybollocks which creates the sort of arty bollocks mentioned in this chapter. I thought I’d give it a go and see if what it came up with would be better on the back of the book or as a description on Amazon…
My work explores the relationship between consumerist fetishism and unwanted gifts.
With influences as diverse as Caravaggio and Joni Mitchell, new combinations are distilled from both simple and complex discourse. Ever since I was a pre-adolescent I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the zeitgeist. What starts out as vision soon becomes corroded into a tragedy of futility, leaving only a sense of failing and the prospect of a new beginning.
As shimmering forms become reconfigured through studious and academic practice, the viewer is left with an insight into the outposts of our culture.