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Altered art book: Page 22 My Heart has Wings…

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , on April 14, 2009 by echostains

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Continuing with my altered art book: after a couple of weeks I have managed to do another page, and I can’t say that it has been easy (as all the text was chosen a few years ago).  I am nearly coming towards the end of the first chapter : there are 3 chapters all together and already this  book won’t close  lol!  The words are;

The time had come

He waited until she went to work one morning

He was standing in a shrine, that even his presence was sacrilege

He muttered stations to himself like incantations, like curses, Moscow, Brussels, Helsinki, Hiversum…

His mother’s room seemed to shrink.”

This page is decorated with felt tip pen, organza ribbon, and chalk pastel to which I have added water to seal the colour in.  I printed out a pair of wings, filled the negative spaces with liquid glitter glue and place a heart shaped gem in the centre to form the ‘shrine’  Handmade paper and gems were also added in the corners.

To be continued 16th April 2009

Pages so far;

The beginning

 More

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 Page 3 and 4

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 Pages 7 and 8

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Page 11

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Page 21 first draft

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Page 21 latest

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Altered art book page 17 continued: Treasured junk

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2009 by echostains

 

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page17

Continuing page 17 in my Altered art book, I mentioned before that one mans junk is sometimes another man’s treasure.  But how about discarded things coming together, or being delibrately brought together to make art?  Connections being made, alliances, partnerships formed to communicate a message?

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dale-copeland-transisiton

One person who does this is New Zealand artist Dale Copeland. I have always admired her assemblages.  She takes the found objects, marries them and makes them sing!  Her pieces are quirky, witty, thought provoking: sometimes they are like little poems or bits of prose. They also leave space for you to provide the punchline. 

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dale-copeland-the-things-we-leave-behind

I am always affected by looking at these assemblages.  There is always a response to these pieces: they are communicative, sensitive and clever and instinctual.

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cornell_penny-arcade-of-lauren-bacall

American artist  and sculpter Joseph Cornell (b. 1903 -1972) created boxed assemblages  from bric a brac.  A surrealist at heart, his assemblages are bits of beautiful nostalgia found in thrift shops: pieces of the past affecting the present (or that moment anyway).

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cornell_medici-boy

The term ‘assemblage artist’ was first coined by the French artist Jean Dubuffet as a way of defining found objects into 3D  structures.  Others that took this up were Robert Rauchenberg, Kurt Schwitters and Man Ray.

It seems odd to think that the things we disgard or throw away could be valuable after all.  Not in a monetary way, but perhaps in a spiritual way, the way they can teach us something about ourselves.  Sometimes by juxtaposing certain components, something is unlocked, like using the right combination on a safe.

 

Altered art book page 16 continued: Cross Shooting

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2009 by echostains

Continuing page 16 the words were:-

“They’d shoot at the wooden crosses”

“The door would shake then

the window

then the door again”

“He became a regular at the Empire of Junk”

“More than a hundred radios”

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page-16

A tall order: an artist who uses crosses.  Well, there’s loads out there isn’t there, especially depicting Christ on the cross.  But that wasn’t quite what I was looking for.  I was concentrating on the Cross as a target. By shooting at this target, there is the possibility of provocation: either an answer from beyond the grave or the living who would be offended at this defacement.

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resurrection-stanley-spencer

Stanley Spencer(b.1891 – 1959 Cookham Berkshire, UK) depicted Christ in his paintings.  And Christ, to Spencer, always came from Cookham.  Spencer received praise and also heavy criticism for his religious paintings, especially Resurrection’ which takes part in a graveyard.  This picture caused a lot of controversy when it was shown.  Painted between 1924 – 1927, the picture shows Cookham church graveyard with residents rising up from their graves.  The figures of Moses and other prophets sit in stone seats, as the locals rise to the sound of the Last Trumpet.

St Francis Receiving the Stigmata  by Giotto di Bondone (C.1267 – 1337 Florence Italy).  Giotto was also an architect and one of the contributing artists of the Italian Renaissance.  Stigmata of course is the mystical marks that appear on the body of an individual.  These marks correspond with the crucifixion wounds  of Christ.  The reason I have chosen it is because of the bullet like wounds that are being inflicted, raining down  upon the Saint, the follower of the cross.

The Empire of junk needs to be explored, but not here.  The empire stretches for a couple more pages……..

Altered art book Page 15 continued: A Trashy Romance

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by echostains
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page15-someone-was-god

Page 15 continued……..

The words on this page are: –

‘Someone was God and she was always flirting with him’

‘In her empire of Junk’

My first thought were to go with artists who were either spiritual, God Fearing or who just celebrated God: William Blake sprang to mind.  But then when I thought about it further, it seemed to me that perhaps ‘God‘ taken in this context, might be some sort of hero figure.  There is also a strange kind of romance going on: almost comic book or Mills and Boon.  Perhaps I should have tied some tiny tin cans to the threads that are wrapped  around the hearts…. perhaps not eh.

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The words ‘Someone’ was God, suggests that the person is in favour or in the good books or is the flavour of the month (or however long it lasts).  Andy Warhol said that ‘everyone will be famous for 15 minutes’.  Coupled with ‘the empire of junk’,my thoughts then began to turn to our throwaway society, transient and fleeting.  Trashy romances, tabloid fodder: tomorrows chip paper.  Also the darlings of the Art world, here today gone tomorrow, little microcosms  of human life and struggles.

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gavin-turk-sid-vicious

 Gavin Turk (b.Guildford UK 1967) exhibited a sculpture in the now famous ‘Sensation’  of 1993.  ‘Pop’ was a statue in a vitrine of the artist himself as Sid Vicious imitating the pose of  Andy Warhol’s painting of Elvis as a cowboy. 

elvis-warhol-1963

elvis-warhol-1963

 Turk was trying to get across the idea of the artist as an icon: in a sense the artist’s ‘death’ by becoming an embalmed pop icon.  Turk has turned himself into a prop, an object, a brand name, a commodity.  He has turned a bin bag into a painted bronze; a dirty old sleeping bag into a painted sculpture.  All the viewer needs to take, is that leap of faith and suspension of disbelief for a moment to ‘get’ Turks art. 

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quinn-siren

UK artist Marc Quinn (again) has a fascination with Greek art, which has led to his sculpture ‘Siren’.  The sculpture is of the famous British model Kate Moss and is made entirely of gold.  Quinn is alluding to Moss’s stature as an icon, like one of the Greek Goddess of the ancient world: a Goddess for our time. 

dirtywhitetrash with gulls -1998

dirtywhitetrash with gulls -1998

 UK artist Tim Noble and Sue Webster’s  (1966 and 1967) instillation was literally a pile of old rubbish collected from the streets of London.  ‘Dirty White Trash with Gulls’shows a mountain of rubbish with a projected light showing two shadows on the wall (the artists themselves).  The shadows of two people are surprising given the shape of the rubbish: unexpected.  This instillation was included in the opening show at County Hall London of the Saatchi Gallery.

 

 

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Altered art book page 15 ‘He was a God in her Empire of Junk’ part one

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by echostains
 
 

 

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page15-someone-was-god

 

 

‘Someone was God and she was always flirting with him’

in her empire of junk’

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page15-someone-was-god-detail1

A garishly painted man and woman talk (probably) rubbish to each other, amidst a background of scribbled swirling ink marks.  Two hearts connect, forming a kinetic link with each other: they whirl against a tactile layer of faux leather and satin papers.  Silken thread provides the ties that bind, also the unromantic nitty gritty of how things actually work.

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page15-someone-was-god-detail2

These chapters are LONG!  Yes LONG!  In fact I can’t believe what possessed me to actually do chapters!  I think there’s about 3 altogether.  I’ve just checked and this chapter has 26 pages alone.  I am going to have real difficulty closing this book lol!

I have a couple of artists in mind for these particular pages, but they will have to wait until tomorrow…

To be continued……

Media used; coloured inks, papers, acrylic paint,threads,card,

AND my 50th post!

Page 12 Altered art book continued Death wish: Don’t Fear the Reaper..

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by echostains

 

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page-12-moon

 

 

 

page 12 continued

‘He hid his own fears and wishes and only took them out in private under the eye of the moon..’

Fear of madness, fear of death, even fear of living in some cases, we all live with  fears and artists are no exception.  Some even exploit their fears: (quite lucratively in Damien’s Hirst’s case). His 1990 installation ‘In a Thousand Years’,  the life cycle of the common house fly; from the maggots hatching, eating, breeding  to being zapped and dispatched by an insect-o-cutor.

Hirst in a thousand years
Hirst in a thousand years

Reducing the dangerous and magnificent shark to a pickled carcass, preserved in formaldehyde, I think speaks volumes about our fears, the fragility of ourselves and the unimportance of  trivia in the greater picture of life.  The whole idea of being ‘hatched and dispatched’ is like coming in at the end of the film.  It is the ‘jam’, the ‘meat’ the ‘it’ in the middle: it is the LIFE that we are concerned with: what happens NOW. The title of the shark was ‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living’ (1992) says it all.

Hirst The physical impossibility...
Hirst The physical impossibility…

   Hirst still fears death like most of us.  His 2007 piece  entitled ‘For the Love of God’, consisted of a cast of an 18th century skull encrusted with jewels which sold for £50m ($100m).  Death must be laughing all the way to the bank!

 

hirst skull Diamonds are forever?

hirst skull Diamonds are forever?

Altered art book: page 12 By the light of the Silvery Moon furtively

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 7, 2009 by echostains

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My scanner is now out of action.  It was playing up the other day, now it’s completely packed in.  I have  had to take a photo of these pages, with not much success. but anyway …….

Page 12, the words chosen were: –

‘He hid his own fears and wishes and only took them out in private under the eye of the moon.’

A childhood memory flashed up.  I was counting money and the moon was shining though the window.   I saved my pocket money up in an old French coffee bean tin.   It was blue and white striped.  There was something about this tin that was exotic and ooh la la.  I hid the tin away, only taking it out when the moon was full.  I had heard that if you turned your silver over when it was a new moon, your money would increase! 

This is wrapped up in superstition and also fear.  It is the compulsive feeling that if you DON’T do something, something bad will happen.  Being told that Santa won’t come unless you go to sleep…then not being to be able to get to sleep because you are too excited, then panicking!!  

page-12-moon

page-12-moon

Although not very clear, the moon I made is actually silver.  A coffee tin hangs from it, followed by a small silver charm of a handbag. 

Media used: ink, oil pastel, silver card, photocopies, ribbon, charm