What kitchen equipment do you feel like?
That was the question at the beginning of todays class. I was feeling like a fish slice, frustrated at getting pushed around all day, the anger was bubbling up in me and all I wanted to do was push back, to wack everyone out of my way. If I was feeling good today I would have picked a nice, clean sponge that was ready to be useful and absorb.
We did unsighted drawings in class today, but this week I wasn’t as glued in as week 2 and really struggled on what to draw.
I decided to create an ASMR style audio using the cup from class and a blue yeti mic. I quite enjoy ASMR and use it as a tool for sleep. When I was holding the cup in my hands I couldn’t help but rub and tap on the surface solely listening to the noises it made. I want to focus on the sounds of the cup as if this is the first time you are holding a cup. I recommend listening to this audio with headphones on, though I will warn you that you may want to keep adjusting the sound if you are sensitive to loud noises since I get quite heavy handed with the cup at times. Sit back, close your eyes and imagine a cup is in your hand.
Lee John Philips- The Shed Project, 2014
Philips grandfather passed away in 1994 after collecting thousands of tools over his lifetime. Years later after his passing Philips wanted to log every piece that was in the tool shop. To create his illustrations he has to work to the following set of rules:
- If the item can be picked up and does crumble if rubbed- draw it
- If the packet/container has been opened, empty it, draw items, replace them and draw container full.
- If the packet/container is not open, don’t open it, draw as found.
- If there are multiples of the same items- draw them all.
So far he has over 8,500 items illustrated and estimates by the end of this he’ll have over 100,00.
He began by drawing one item a day. He didn’t intend to draw every single item.
This project is to honour his grandfathers patience and to test his own discipline and patience.
The thing I love about this project is how he draws each item on the page, every small piece serves a purpose and flows so well with the surrounding illustrations.
Damien Hirst- Dead Ends Died Out, Examined, 1993
I wouldn’t be a fan of any of Hirst works of art but this one intrigues me.
Dead Ends Died Out, Examined is from a series of five “Cigarette Cabinets” created between 1993 and 2008.
As discussed in class, we couldn’t come to a conclusion if these were the cigarette butts belonged to Hirst or to random people who threw them on the streets. Its interesting to think who did they belong to as the meaning could change drastically.
Each cigarette and lump of ash is placed so delicately in its own little space. I think thats what really makes this piece stand out to me, similar to what i said about The Shed Project above, the way they are spread out individually makes each one of them valuable and have significance.
Today I worked on a video for my self directed project. I filmed it but have yet to edit it, hoping by next week I will have it ready to show. Until then I am leaving you in mystery of what the video is.