Sunday, 20 November 2011

short break!

After a few weeks of trying to write .....something meaningful and mindful highlighting my interests within art....I've decided  to have a day - or two - off!

So Hepworth Gallery and Yorkshire sculpture park was on the agenda!....cannot believe how foggy the weather was this morning and it really gave the sculptures a really ephemeral and surreal look.
I was really inspired by two artists on my visit....

At The Hepworth, Wakefield  I really admired British Artist Clare Wood's "The Unquiet Head"

Her large-scale paintings (approximately 10 metres in length) use layers of enamel paint on aluminium. The paintings are often visually ambiguous and claustrophobic in their detail, combining abstraction and controlled figuration, held together by webs of paint and luscious reflective surfaces.
The colour combinations incorporated through clever use of collage - photography etc. the mixture of blended oils and block enamel on such a scale really works well.
Plus they were all applied to aluminium.

I was also keen to see Barbara Hepworth's "Hepworth at work" exhibition, her prototypes, tools and samples was really interesting, inspiring to me as I am really keen to try sculpture, but sadly we don't really have the facilities at my University or the space in my home studio!

for further information take a look at their website

Next I went to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, wow, I really need to go back when the weathers nicer to really explore properly...

Jaume Plensa from Barcelona has a really fantastic exhibition on at the moment at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

when I took these photos I was intrigued as to how they seemed to blend with the stone, manmade v natural, yet it works so well, a combination of languages and signs all ingeniously brought together. The choice of materials, sure and strong and shaped seamlessly.
you can almost see a face and the mouth in an O shape!

I found this arrangement very calming and contemplative, almost serene....

..through the fog you can
just  make out these huge
wire heads, again, seamless and minimalist and solid looking in their structure yet
actually empty and void of much detail...

this not only looked amazing, but sounded great too!
this area of the exhibition was viewed in silence,
tranquil and relaxed...
amongst all these pebbles, that all look the same
you can still stand out...
This is my favourite, it works so well in so many levels 
I think I'll look further into this artist as I like the idea of the reflections and the way images are suspended, mobile like and keep slowly moving to form new compositions....the use and association of heavy materials such as metal, steel etc albiet thin are used to create structures that give a solid illusion even though they are not. And the heavy solid figures in bronze and marble look peaceful and gentle... for further information about the artist try 

There were other exhibitions to look at to ....both inside and out, here are a few of the many photos I took ....
Jonathan Borofsky
"Molecule man"
Barbara Hepworth
"The family man"
Donna Wilson
"Endangered Species"
To do this attraction justice I am going to go back in the Spring, take a picnic and explore the whole grounds it is soooooo worth it and I would highly recommend visiting if you get the chance. 

I'm off to the Baltic on Thursday to enjoy the Turner prize exhibition, 
Hopefully squeeze the Biscuit factory in too!

(excuse the huge gaps in the blog....
I'm a bit tired and the computer and I aren't exactly seeing eye to eye!!!)

...enjoy reading, bye

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