Soft / Pastel / Power

Louise Zhang ‘Soft Horror’ 2017. Installation view, 2017 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, Artspace, Sydney. Photo Credit: Zan Wimberley.

The love for pastel / dreamy colour is always in my beginning and primitive love for colour, the child-like, nostalgia scheme of cartoon colours, and the psychedelic illusional fantastic world.

The world that is almost made up with candies and rainbow, peaceful; fun; and forever harmless. By the time we grow up, we experience, heard stories, read news and quickly realised that this world has ugly places that is dark, evil and cynical.

“Louise is interested in the dynamics between the attractive and repulsive. By exploring how themes of perceived innocence such as prettiness and cuteness can be contrasted with notions of the perverse and monstrous, Zhang explores the intersection of fear, anxiety and a sense of otherness in the construction of identity. “

The name reminds me lots on this song i used to like, by artist ‘Soft Powers’ and imagining pink bubbles and radio time of just chill and enjoying sunrise and crystal sky. A summer with beach and soda. — I crave for colours, and expressive moods that changes with the lights and hues.

https://visualarts.net.au/artist-files/2018/louise-zhang/

https://www.louisezhang.com/About

Nicolas Holiber

This Land is Your Land, 48 x 36 inches, acrylic and oil on canvas, 202
Homeroom, 20 x 24 inches, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020

Nicolas Holiber is a Brooklyn based artist who paints, sculpts, and creates public artwork. Combining found and reclaimed objects with artistic materials, Holiber creates contemporary objects that are inspired by the fragmented remains of ancient sculpture and the artwork of past civilizations. His art is characterized by its vivid use of color, composition, and line to produce multidimensional pieces that merge aspects of painting, drawing, and sculpture. I love this style, the fragmented constructed and textural portraitures + figuration, that depicts a strong characterisation and narrative.

In the work —This Land is Your Land, 48 x 36 inches, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020. Suggested by the recent reading of – “13 ways of looking at a blackbird” no.2: Content arising from verbal supplements supplied by the artist. By looking this, 4 people are composited, they seem like having an argument, such is performing a violent act; expression; tension; and differences of the flesh. Is this a family situation, or is this applying the different social/racial issue? By reading his bio again “remains of ancient sculpture and the artwork of past civilizations” this further explain the painting is influenced by our social background. Is this related to the outburst of BLM?

Comparing to this, I like another piece “Homeroom” 20 x 24 inches, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2020″ a solo portraiture of really disturbing look of her face, staring at a fly on her fingertip, and a TV set and huge book behind her. This shows me a complicated emotion; the boredom; frustration; hate; and the comparable size of the fly and her face. Is she thinking about “Oh, I envy you little free life.” is this painted during the lockdown, is she craving for the outside world? This resonates me so much, and this is some kind of emotion inflecting most of us, i wish to create a memo piece for some of these feeling we all share.

https://www.nicolasholiber.com/painting

Nicolas Holiber

Inner Universe – Chiharu Shiota 塩田千春

Chiharu Shiota – Cell
2020; MIXED MEDIA; 36 X 36 X 36 CM – Courtesy of Galerie Templon

Chiharu Shiota – Cell
2020; MIXED MEDIA; 20 X 30 X 23 CM – Courtesy of Galerie Templon

Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota has spent years questioning fundamental human concerns such as life, death and relationships. With Inner Universe, she invites us on a poetic journey examining the secret ties between the finiteness of existence and eternity, give us a glimpse of the complex relationships between beings and the potentially eternal interdependence of consciousnesses.

“the thread separates us from this physical presence within the object, but at the same time, this structure allows me to create a new space. Piling up layer after layer of cut, tangled and knotted thread creates the entirety of the universe bound to this frame.”

reflection:

+ Shiota’s otherworld creation is mimesis, a mimic of the mind, a second world of perception and emotion realm.

+ Shiota has a distinctive signature by using red, white and black threads, what colour scheme and materials that i could consistently employ in relate to the idea?

https://www.chiharu-shiota.com/

http://www.xibtmagazine.com/en/2020/05/chiharu-shiota-inner-universe

Rings – circles – machines

GREG CREEK. Amendments. Water-colour on paper, balsa tray, each 180 x 140 x 3cm. Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. 2017

DAMIEN HIRST,
Beautiful Vibrations and Soundwaves Painting
2008

Creek states that his works are both optical beauty and a strong material presence — part objects, part process and part exercise in repetition.

Hirst explores the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter. The results of the spins are controlled purely by the artist’s colour choices and the motion of the machine. Hirst explains the simplicity of their appeal: “I really like making them. And I really like the machine, and I really like the movement. Every time they’re finished, I’m desperate to do another one.”

These two artists in these two works both tackle the idea of process art, using movement to gravitate paint to the surface — the made up of numerous concentric coloured rings, drips and variations. As the rings / spins gradually accrue and colour harmonies develop, time and change accumulate.

Creek is suggesting a political reference to the subtle alteration or decay of an ideal. Whereas, Hirst is purely enjoying the process of machine-made, described by the artist as “childish … in the positive sense of the word”.

The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement..

The term process art refers to where the process of its making art is not hidden but remains a prominent aspect of the completed work, so that a part or even the whole of its subject is the making of the work. (tate.org.uk)

reflection:

+ what methods and techniques that i can use to repeat a process that explore the variation and the fun of colours and unexpectedness?

+ how can i use the primary shape — circle, as a motif to articulate my subject?

http://www.damienhirst.com/beautiful-vibrations-and-sound

https://www.gregcreek.net/#/amendments/