Patrick Caulfield explores different styles in his canvases, combining them into one picture. In the image below, the window is painted photorealist, whilst the rest of the canvas is completed with a block colour and line drawn, graphic overlay. This forms a tension in the work between what is real and what isn’t. The scene below appears very quiet and still, reducing down the modern everyday life. I think this creates a sense of wonder as to whats happening, further emphasised by the solemn looking figure in the background. This is useful when thinking about my own practice and how to challenge perspective by using block colours and empty space as well as layering of different styles. Also how to make a scene ambiguous.
‘Op Art’ is a current exhibition on at the Tate Liverpool including artists such as Jim Lambie, Damien Hurst, Angella Bulloch, and Bridget Riley, exploring the range of optical art from the 1960’s to now. My favourite piece by far was Jim lambies ‘Zobop’ psychedelic floor, which covered the entire gallery space. The work fills the space with rainbow stripes, striking you as soon as you walk in. The work is very confronting, something that you can’t ignore, yet has no physical, obstructing presence. It holds you within a space, the viewer being mesmerised by the illusionistic nature of the pattern, which I think is quite a powerful thing for an art work to do.
MOON KYUNGWON AND JEON JOONHO
The final art work that really stood out to me on my visit was a short film by Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, titled ‘The end of the world’ 2012. It shows two different screens, each showing a different point in time, one from now and the second from the future, playing at the same time. In the first, a man is committed to making his artwork with various found objects, even whilst a world catastrophe is taking place. In the second , someone from the future is exploring after the catastrophe has happened, documenting historical artefacts. She comes across fairy lights that had been used in the mans art work. She is fascinated by them and handles them with great care as if it was something highly valuable. The two stories that unfold lead them to be connected across time. The artists explain that, “Sci-fi is always the fable of the present. By employing a way to look at the future instead of the present, we wanted to address current issues, especially in relation to what art is and what art could be.” The film explores the importance of art and why we make it, emphasising the strong human response it can cause through our emotions.