Engaging Studio Practice for Learning: New Art from Past Art Re-take/Re-invent Paper at iJADE NSEAD conference on Drawing. 18 and 19 November 2016.
24 November 2016
18 September 2016
RE-TAKE/RE-INVENT was to include interviews with each of the participating artists. I was thinking that the best way to do this was to visit each studio and have a conversation and see what was being made first hand. Alternatively, a correspondence document type question and answer was also an option being the easiest and most cost effective way; although this was always to be the last option.
I have always enjoyed artists films and have been inspired by many during my career. They were very much a way into practice when in the 80s and 90s visual arts programmes occasionally surfaced in the listings. I remember the series on the St Ives artists with interviews with William Scott amongst others. The South Bank Show was always one to watch whenever an artist was featured. The programme on Patrick Heron was one of my favourite VHS tapes and I watched it many times; his approach to painting at that time seemed so invigorating and advanced.
I also remembered when growing up watching Face to Face with Jeremy Isaacs ( I was a little too young for the earlier version). I liked the close encounter and at times rigorous questioning; they seemed to reveal other things about the people being interviewed who one knew through their work, literature, film and art. With television, we could actually see these people talking; it seemed amazing to have this accessibility. However, with the interviews there was something else, something about being in the place just to respond to questions in a focused and challenging way that seems so revealing.
For Retake Reinvent I decided to visit each studio, and record the interview rather than take notes (I have done this before). The next step was resolved to make a film of each interview. I had not done this before so the whole process of filming would be a new challenge. Each film is exclusively documentary in nature but I wanted there to be a feel of the visit evident in the captured conversations around the work being made. In the event each 15 to 25 minute film is simply a record of studio practice at this time September 2015 to April 2016.
The final compendium film of nearly 50 minutes, to be shown at the exhibitions works very well as the overview of all of the project work in progress.
The individual interview films can be found at the project blog.
The final compendium film will only be available to view at the exhibitions.
Posted by Andrew Smith at 02:38
06 September 2016
AIL-WNEUD/ AIL-DDYFEISIO RE-TAKE / RE-INVENT is a project devised in 2013 as part of my creative practice and to raise the research profile of the group of artists I have worked with for over ten years at Bangor University. The concept behind the project was to explore the creative process behind studio practice using the work of another artist as a starting point and engaging with issues such as transformation, ownership and working with another artist's practice as part of one's own. By engaging with the collection at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, 15 artists have selected one work form which to embark on a new series of work over an extended time of two years.
The exhibitions are taking place in September across three venues with the first opening on Saturday in Conwy.
Royal Cambrian Academy
10 September to 15 October
Oriel Ynys Môn
Oriel Ynys Môn
24 September to 6 November
24 September to 12 November
Posted by Andrew Smith at 11:42
16 June 2016
The Conversation: 'From Antony Gormley to Wolfgang Tillmans, artists' Remain posters leave something to be desired'
Current article published for The Conversation reviews the posters created for the EU Referendum Remain and considers the visualisation of issues for contemporary practitioners.
Posted by Andrew Smith at 11:05
31 May 2016
Line of Wool. Artwork for El Arreciado V International Wool Sculpture Symposium May 2016
My intention was to explore wool as a drawing medium. To do this I thought of using lines of wool across the ground and over bushes or trees. On site at El Arreciado the stone wall was immediately recognised as being relevant for the process by providing a 'pictorial canvas' on which to work with the inherent sculptural quality from its construction. (Stone walls are something I am very familiar with living in Wales and part of my visual consciousness of the environment). In the event and not knowing what to expect of the wool as a medium for making line, I found a pliable material able to stretch over stones and bend around corners and being strong enough to tie itself. It is rich and varied in colour.
The wall was south facing and during the day the sunlight shifted from one side to another; this is in part exposed by the film that reveals the effect of the wool standing away from the wall and itself casting a shadow from one side to another, further illustrating the 3D sculptural nature of the line. The film is very much to do with light. I see the film as part documentary but also as a work in its own right; the wool having been now repacked for agricultural purpose.
Posted by Andrew Smith at 01:43
09 May 2016
23 March 2016
On Saturday, Noelle conducted an interview centred around studio practice and the Retake Reinvent project. This was role reversal having taking the role of interviewer over the past weeks making 14 interviews of artists at work. We anticipate a constructive and informative outcome...
Posted by Andrew Smith at 12:47
28 February 2016
Today was the first day of really good light in the studio and initial preparations were made on the large painting for Retake Reinvent. Capitalising on the geometry inherent in Jones' work, this painting includes the superimposed rotation on an extended horizontal format. Exceptional light conditions today.
Posted by Andrew Smith at 02:20