237.157 Studio Session Notes (as a single page)

  • 213.157 – Session #8.1 Notes

    Wiki tua waru, Akomanga tua tahi

    Introduction

    Tuesday tutorial

    Online because still at COVID Alert Level 2 Delta

    Sucks that we have to do this for an interactive art class, but can’t be helped. Mostly worked! Not sure how it’ll work when we have to actively create as a group.

    Hākari

    A foundation of this course is Hākari. What do we mean by Hākari?

    Initial definition

    • Hākari is a process for balancing, settling and replenishing oneself and one’s community or whenua.
    • It takes the form of a feast, which moves the powhiri proceedings from the formal to the informal, and through that movement cements future relationships.
    • It is an opportunity for reciprocity and friendly rivalry to enhance the mana of the hosts and guests.

    Group discussion

    We had a class discussion on this, captured in a Google document.

  • 213.157 – Session #8.2 Notes

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    Notes on the videos

    1. Dale Harding

    • Art as play.
    • Grew up surrounded by art.
    • Connected to his indigenous community.
    • “If the work doesn’t relate to your family and your community then what’s the point?”
    • Collaborating with cousins in his art practice.
    • Belonging to place, but being separate from it.
    • Nature and landscape part of who you are and what you do.
    • Rewrite a displaced indigenous community back into wider community.

    2. Yoko Ono

    1 – the case for

    • Learned music
    • “A grapefruit in a world of park”
    • Hybrid fruit as a metaphor
    • Instructions as art
    • Do the action, or just imagine – become the artist
    • Dismantling of taboos
    • Invitation to participate is a key part of her work

    2 – reading from Grapefruit

    Reminded me of Radiohead’s “Fitter Happier”.

    3 – practice

    • Simple materials
    • Household items
    • More interested in concept
    • Brain as a driver of body
    • Music as a human creation
    • Vibration is important – frees you
    • Sound as artform
    • Fungibility of art
    • Include change into art
    • Art as a dynamic act; not a static object
    • Enjoys every day

  • 213.157 – Session #9.1 Notes

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    Group discussion

    We first shared our work with the class for a minute each. So interesting!

    So many different approaches to riffing on Dale Harding and Yoko Ono.

    Got to get out of my track – the only difference between a rut and grave is depth. Need to break out of that!

    Enjoyed how people allowed their environment and surroundings to influence their thoughts and feelings, and then responded to that. I feel that for myself I’m too much into technique, and not as much into the freedom of expression, so I need to push myself between those two modes.

    3. Pati Solomona Tyrell

    https://www.mutualart.com/Artist/Pati-Solomona-Tyrell/626906A4D6D12BF3

    Art as a healing process.

    Makes Art for himself.

    Incorporates multiple mediums, including costume, film, etc.

    Explored gender and sexuality in his earlier work.

    Answering the questions he has about identity: male/female/other.

    Looked at sasa? fafa? as performance.

    Fluidity of space referencing fluidity of gender.

    Looked at hierarchy of Samoan culture – expressed that queer is at lowest ranking.

    Hard to be in a culture where others in culture don’t connect.

    4. Angela de la Cruz

    Painting as a container for her ideas.

    Large scale canvases.

    Break down paintings. Not sacred anymore.

    Had a stroke, so can’t be as hands on.

    A painting and a sculpture.

    Humour is very important.

    Paintings behaving badly.

    I really like this work! Like the idea of breaking away from the normality of a framed canvas.

  • 213.157 – Session #9.2 Notes

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    Group discussion

    Breakout room sharing this time. Cool idea! I liked Josef’s cats, and it sounds like Kiah had fun trying to break a canvas down.

    5. Hanne Lippard

    Works with language, and discrepancies between spoken/written.

    Collects fragments of language.

    Rhythms, flow.

    “About creating a tension around language in a quite specific way”.

    Grew up in a bilingual family – between languages.

    Sees rhythm/melody in text.

    Hallucinogenic?

    The place where she feels comfortable – performing a text – not as part of a discussion.

    Ssssucessss

    Why the pot plant?

    Piece based on step counting – online psychology tests – assessment of own state?

    Use of digital devices to broker our interactions with the world.

    6. Rebecca Ann Hobbs

    Uses music and dance in chosen places.

    Re-present music outside its normal context?

  • 213.157 – Session #10.1 Notes

    Wiki tekau, Akomanga tua tahi

    Group discussion

    Sadly, I was the only person in my group who had time at the weekend to do anything.

    7. Mark Bradford

    Uses found materials.

    Brings social and cultural issues into his work.

    Grew up in what could be thought of as a matriarchal collective.

    Initially worked in his mother’s hair salon.

    Worked with hair papers – cheap, available.

    Wants to keep the story complicated – no simplifications.

    Works based on maps

    Gotta admire the use of a planer!

    Acknowledgment of people’s struggles – no turning away.

    Abstract, but comes from material that’s “politically and socially charged”.

    Builds on what’s been done before.

    Constant learning and experimentation.

    Builds time for experimenting into his life. 80/20 or 70/30: 20-30% time for experimentation.

    Riots changed the physicality of his work and found items.

    Dedicates time to giving back to his community.

    Contemporary art for everyone – inviting the community to work with him.

    “Hard won hope”

    Artists deserving of a seat at the table.

    “Don’t ask; demand.”

    “I pillage my own work. I tear it down and build it up in traces.”

    What do we know about Mark Bradford’s materials, methods, and processes?

    “I pillage my own work. I tear it down and build it up in traces.”

    Uses found materials. Urban materials

    Worked with hair papers – cheap, available.

    Wants to keep the story complicated – no simplifications.

    Works based on maps

    Gotta admire the use of a planer!

    Builds on what’s been done before.

    Constant learning and experimentation.

    Builds time for experimenting into his life. 80/20 or 70/30: 20-30% time for experimentation.

    “Necessity makes invention.”

    Experimental

    Layers

    Abstract

    Reductive(?) artmaking, creating by removing. (e.g sanding art gallery wall, tearing paper)

    Gave himself permission to follow his voice, with no compromise

    How do these relate to community and cultural context?

    Brings social and cultural issues into his work.

    Grew up in what could be thought of as a matriarchal collective.

    Initially worked in his mother’s hair salon.

    Acknowledgment of people’s struggles – no turning away.

    Abstract, but comes from material that’s “politically and socially charged”.

    Riots changed the physicality of his work and found items.

    1980’s aids epidemic. Experienced as a gay youth in Los Angeles

    Working with the community to help foster youth, feeding his success back to help his community

    How material such as merchant posters suggest a timeline in culture

    Contemporary art is for everyone, so you have to address access and need in your culture

    “I don’t think strong ideas ever come through the front door.”

    Taking remnants of our history and environment and trying to recompose and rebuild

    How do all of these things connect and contribute to the ideas in the work?

    Dedicates time to giving back to his community.

    Contemporary art for everyone – inviting the community to work with him.

    “Hard won hope”

    Artists deserving of a seat at the table.

    Use success in the market to give back, to help the disaffected youth, give them a sense of purpose through self expression

    His work is externally optimistic and hopeful

    “Don’t ask; demand.”

    Work reflects the social issues of the neighbourhood as time has progressed

    8. Haegue Yang

    What do we know about Haegue Yang’s materials, methods, and processes?

    Use of off the shelf parts, e.g window blinds, planters, lights, racks.

    Crochet/Knitting

    Diverse media

    Geometry, abstractions, light and shadow

    Movement

    Particularly interested in the sphere as a burst of energy – a circular movement that doesn’t go anywhere

    Sound to support from the background

    Imaginary

    How do these relate to community and cultural context?

    Takes advantage of being in a gallery.

    Elaborates on hidden meaning in mundane objects/experiences

    Spatial/Temporal journey

    Provoking imagination of the future

    Interested in movement in multiple dimensions:

    Physical movement

    Emotional movement

    Social and political movement

    Mental and abstract movement

    How do all of these things connect and contribute to the ideas in the work?

    Geometry, abstract, light, shadow

    Provoke thinking and abstractions

    Focuses on marginal experiences and elaborates on them

    Interestested in the multidimensionality of movement: physical, political, social.

    Interested in the politics in the boring nature of objects

    Focuses on experiences that are marginal and peripheral as these experiences are full of poetic possibilities

    Using the space as more of a medium rather than just a space that focuses the attention on the work, active negative space

  • 213.157 – Session #10.2 Notes – Formative

    Wiki tekau, Akomanga tua rua

    Formative Assessment

    Notes on my own work

    What has worked for you? What was your best, or favorite, method? 

    Deeply layered collage is a messy, fun thing to do and I can see it having interesting possibilities that I’m already thinking through.

    I like the idea of using a string/rope to pull through layers of paper. I’m interested to try a more fine grained approach. Perhaps apply a layer of colour, add drawings of people on newsprint on top, then use thin strings to pull through them aligned to the limbs, so that you get a kind of sinewy effect? Worth trying.

    How could these methods reflect aspects of hakari through the resulting artworks? 

    I quite like the richness and deliberate nature of this technique, although it is destructive in nature. Hakari can be partly about displaying wealth, almost in a gratuitous way.

    Why?

    As to hākari, I can see a link here. A feeling that I’m adding richness to a work that’s ultimately then something of a sacrifice.

    Note: I’ve no idea why I’m making this connection, but it does remind me of some Native American blood rituals. It’s the tearing through of something as the final act in the process. Probably an old movie called A Man Called Horse, which is a mixed up mess of a thing with a white guy playing the Native American lead, the ritual aspects borrowed from the wrong tribe, and so on.

    How will you iterate on your earlier experiments to produce a
    final artwork?
    
    What research and further experimentation will be needed?
    
    How will you go about this?

    While making in this way, I did have a number of things that I wasn’t entirely happy with, and also places where I wanted to try additional techniques:

    I did not have much control over what was exposed on underlying layers. I think with my next piece this should be more deliberate.
    Adding the string/rope back into the piece is what Bradford discussed in one of the interviews we watched. How might I do that?

  • 213.157 – Session #11.1 Notes – Gallery Visit
  • 213.157 – Session #11.2 Notes

    Group discussion

    Thinking about how we might evolve our work.

    Sounds like we all need to do some experimentation.

    Only two weeks left to get to a completed work…

  • 213.157 – Session #12.1 Notes

    Experiment

    Testing out a few concepts…

  • 213.157 – Session #12.2 Notes