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0 comment Tuesday, April 15, 2014 |
Pierre Cordier is the inventor of the "Chemigram" and a Cliche Verre practitioner.Cordiers' definition of "Chemigram" means "to write with chemistry".
To make a Chemigram you would paint with various chemicals (Cordier used nail polish, egg, varnish, wax and oil amongst other materials), expose to light and then develop as usual.
(When using this technique myself, I found painting directly on to photosensitive paper to be problematic, as the developing chemicals get muddy. Painting on to a transparent material first would prevent this.)

The chemigram has such artistic potential, so many materials could be used to paint with.
Additionally, the painting does not need to be "stuck", a transparent container could be used to try lots of compositions with interesting chemicals.
The V & A has published a great video about Pierre Cordier and his invention, as he was part of the "Shadow Catchers" exhibition.

It is interesting to learn that though the photography world welcomed Cordier with open arms, he is still yet to be accepted as a painter.

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0 comment Monday, April 14, 2014 |
This year, I started the 365 Project for the second time, which means that I take a picture every day for a year.
Recently, I have noticed that many of my pictures have involved leaves in some way:

Understandably then, I was inspired by the leaf-cutting art of Lorenzo Duran.
Personally, I think it is important for artists to be inventive in choosing materials, and looking towards the raw fruits of nature is very inspiring.
The leaves do not cost money to collect, are plentiful and use less of the earths' resources to produce.

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0 comment Sunday, April 13, 2014 |
Recently, I have been inspired by the work of Karl Blossfeldt.The images you see here are magnified photographs of real plants.
Karl once said:
"The plant never lapses into mere arid functionalism; it fashions according to logic and suitability, and with its primeval force compels everything to attain the highest artistic form".source

Karl collected botanical specimens throughout his life time, and was keen to photograph the plants in a way that expressed integral structure and natural forms. Blossfeldt photographed nothing but plants for 35 years, now that's focus!
The photographs are a great botanical learning tool, yet are strangely beautiful and compelling.
Personally, I could imagine some of these photographs re-interpreted into sculptures and placed on a Tim Burton animation set.

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Sometimes, art can just grab me by the throat and leave me astounded.
This is what happened when I discovered Etsuko Ichikawa on the ANTHROPOLOGiST.
I would highly recommend watching the video "IntoTheFire" on the ANTHROPOLOGiST website.
The video is elegantly shot and transfixing.
If you don't want to leave this page, here is an equally engaging video embedded for your convenience.

What you are seeing in this video is Etsuko Ichikawa drawing with molten glass , a balance between performance and drawing to capture the immediacy of the moment.
As a result, the drawings are delightfully expressive.
The process of drawing with molten glass is named as a "Glass Phyrograph"; an example of how experimentation, scientific knowledge of material and self expression can co-exist in art practice.

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0 comment Saturday, April 12, 2014 |
Today, I was drawn to the work of Amie Siegel , in particular the series of photographs in which holes seem to have been burnt out.
On further research, I found that these photographs are in fact stills from her film Black Moon.

"Black Moon / Hole Punches" (is) derived from the hole punches, or black moons, typically cut by the motion picture laboratory into the first frame of action in film negative. Always left out of the final edited film, these hole punches appear in Siegel´┐Żs prints as imperfect black disks or voids cut out of film frames. They are evocative of lunar phases, yet strangely violent in their intercession into the otherwise smooth picture plane." source.
In other words, this "black moon" phenomena is due to a fault in the film. The artist embraces the fault and uses it to her own ends.
The motion-picture film in its entirety explores a post-apocalyptic landscape and the concept of a world with no future. For me, the gaping void in each film still add to the feeling of hopelessness and absence.

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