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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
page15-someone-was-god

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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page15-in her empire of junk

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.

gavin-turk-sid-vicious

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 7 and 8 In the Blood

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2008 by echostains
page7-and8 Altered book

page7-and8 Altered book

‘Dad says it’s in my blood’.  This page came about when I was researching my Family Tree a while ago.  I genuinely do believe that we have the same genetic make up as our ancestors, and that these traits will out eventually.  They may manifest themselves slightly differently, but situations, even names we come into contact with seem to be repeated down the line: history repeating itself.

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p7- altered book

It makes me wonder if life really is mapped out for us: that we are just living different permatations of the same life.  Like shaking up a lot of dice and letting them fall where they may.  Same componants: slightly different consequence depending on how, when and where they fall.  There is definitely something in the blood that is passed down.  The term ‘Sins of the father’ springs to mind.

‘Lots  of  blue and white balls’ (corpuscles)

‘Just like a washing machine’  (genetic pool)

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Thinking of artist’s that use blood in their work, I immediately thought of Mark Quinn and his ‘Blood Head’.  Quinn made this years ago in 1991.  It was called ‘Self’.  He used his own blood in this (4.5 litres of it).  It took him 5 months to do it. 

Self Marc Quinn 1991 .  One he made earlier

 

 

 

 

 

 Despite rumours of it being destroyed when a freezer became unplugged, I believe it is still going strong.  Quinn makes a new cast every 5 years to document his own development and of course, deteriation.

Quinn his latest incarnation 2006

Quinn his latest incarnation 2006

It is interesting that Quinn has chosen a 5 year span to ‘renew’ himself.  I found this bit of writing I did a couple of weeks ago, after a strange period in my life.

That was written a few weeks ago and I feel differently now.  Perhaps my blood has come to a head or settled down,   I’ve since learned that  our entire  blood actually renews itself every 4 to 5 months BUT our entire bodies renews itself every 7 or 8 years!  7 years for a woman.   I digress.  I may start calling this blog the digressionfiles!

‘Is it really in my blood?  I can’t put my finger on it: foot in it perhaps, that isn’t anything new – but THIS IS!  Something feels wrong and I don’t know what it is.  Something feels wrong in me.  The last time I had this feeling was when I was 35.  We are a few years along now, but I am so aware of something changing within me.  It must be my blood!  and it feels kind of ‘alien’!  I can actually feel it, and it feels differently, I feel differently.  I don’t mean in opinions, tastes ect – just different inside.  I feel that something is happening or something is going to happen.  I feel ‘anxious’ butI don’t know what about.  Does the blood really renew itself every 7 years or so?  Is this what it si?  If so, I must have got a batch that’s gone off: like a bad pint.  Prhaps my barrel needs changing or my pipes need cleaning lol!’

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There are other artist who have used blood as a media or a metaphor.  New York Blood Artist Jordan Eagles preserves blood between plexiglass, exploring regeneration and the metaphysical, he seeks a connection between the bodily, the spiritual and nature.

Hermann Nisch 'Blood Painting'

Hermann Nisch ‘Blood Painting’

Hermann Nitsch made a blood painting in 1962.  He used blood quite a lot in hs paintings and his performance art.  This gives it a sort of sacrifical aspect and also the possibility of redemption.  He also liked to pour red paint onto canvas, splattering and dripping the paint to resemble blood.  Nitsch sometimes rolled his own body into the paint to invoke extreme emotional reaction from his audience.  He was doing this in the 60s…and people are outraged with Von Hagens!