Wednesday, 30 September 2009
I came across this painting when at the Henry the 8th exhibition at Hampton Court. The portrait depicts Henry the 8th, his son Edward and his third wife, Jane Seymour. What is so intriguing about the image is that in reality these individuals could never had been seen together. Jane Seymour died in child birth with Edward and yet we see them sitting side by side Henry in the picture. This is evident of Henry's desire to create this image of a happy family, that in real life he never had.
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is an upcoming fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam and Charles McKeown. The film follows the leader of a travelling theatre troupe who, having made a deal with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations.
Heath Ledger stars in the film, though Ledger's death one-third of the way through filming caused production to be temporarily suspended. Ledger's role was recast with Jonny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell portraying transformations of Ledger's character Tony as he travels through a dream world.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
This years BP portrait prize at the national portrait gallery was really good. There were a few particular paintings i loved. First, Maggie by Sue Rubira, above, is a portrait of her mother, the light is what really drew me to the portrait. Of her work Rubira says ‘I chose to position her purposefully under a sky light which presented her in the natural, unembellished state most familiar to me.'
Black Mirror by David Nipo was another piece that immediately struck me. The portrait is of Nipo’s colleague and former teacher Aram Garshuni, with whom he runs Hatahana school of drawing and painting in Tel Aviv. The title for the painting comes from a traditional story about a painting competition in which one artist used a dark mirrored surface to reflect his opponent’s work and so claim it as his own.
Nipo's work is really intriguing as from far away you almost see just a silhouette of a man but as you move closer you are able to make out more of the mans face and upper body. This effect and the very dark colours used in the painting make it an eerie image, it is almost asthough the man is not wanting to show his complete identity.
Emmanouil Bitsakis was the winner of last years travel prize which was on display again this year. Alongside his winning portrait was his sketch book entitled Faces of the Uigur through song and dance. The book was filled with illustrations of the people he came across in Uigur in Xinjiang, north-west China. The Uigur are a national minority in China who predominate in this region. Originating from Turkic peoples the Uigur remain culturally distinct from the Han Chinese and their exceptional music and dance idiom, Muqam, is a core pillar of their identity and culture. I thought it was interesting how the viewer could see a completely different culture through these quick sketches, through what people are wearing and their actions.
Nick Knight is a very well known and influential fashion photographer created an interactive exhibition that ran during London Fashion Week. The quirky exhibition consisted of a live model behind glass that you could phone to interact with him/her. There was also a video where Knight has used Brad Pitt reading a poem as the background to interesting slightly strange moving images of Pitt. There were also many of Knight's photos from behind the scenes of fashion.
The encouraged interaction of the public throughout was an effective idea and almost became a part of the actual exhibition.
A short clip can be found at- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRf3WKay_Dk
These photos are very different to most of his work that follows later. His work 1986 for Yohji Yamamoto in which he uses model Naomi Campell, seems very computerized in comparison and much of his other work that follows continues this theme.
His work differs even more with his Flora and Rose photos, which are a series of very beautifully taken shots of single flowers against a white background. They all look slightly distorted and a bit futuristic.
This futuristic theme is something that also appears to run through out a lot of his work particular his ad campaigns for designers such as Dior.