Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
At uni we have been asked to recreate an iconic photograph after watching "Seven Photographs That Changed Fashion" in which, fashion photographer Rankin recreates seven of his favourite images. The photograph I chose to recreate is by Rankin and it's called "Feeling Hungry" his is on the left and my version is on the right. What do you think?
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Also at the Urbis was "Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution". Emory Douglas was the minister of culture for The Black Panther Party (originally The Black Panther Party for self-defence). The party was an African-American organization established to promote Black power and self-defence. They wanted to end police brutality and murder of black people and basically the same level of healthcare, housing and respect that white people recieved. Using art in their political newspaper and social agitation the group overcame so much opression and racism and eventually achieved the society we have today. There are two reasons why this exhibition is so significant, one is that is starts from the very beginning when public lynching was something to be laughed and jeered at, people could have photos taken with the dead bodies and it ends up with... Barack Obama, the first black president, it ends on such a high. The second reason for it's significance is that it's an example of revolutionary art that we could've used to answer our CS essay question. I answered the question using the Russian Revolution and completely overlooked such a prolific part of world history. To me the art has quite a PopArt feel to it and Douglas used catchy slogans such as "All power to the people". Something I also found that he used pigs and rats to represent police and politicians and suddenly realised that although we probably shouldn't as it's derogatory, we still use it as part of our everyday language. I was really impressed with this exhibitiona and felt that I learnt alot about Black History that I probably should've already been taught and that Emory Douglas' art was truely powerful, thought provoking and life changing stuff!
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Over the weekend in January I went to the Urbis in Manchester and saw an exhibition by photographer Andrew Paul Brooks. It's called "Reality Hack: Hidden Manchester". 14 photographs altogether depicting the hidden underworld of the city, many taken in restricted and often dangerous places. Throughout the exhibiton we find that there's a whole secretive society that purposefully put themselves in danger to explore the urban underground. The images themselves are extremely detailed, almost hyper real and quite distorted, as there is alot of distortion it has led me to think that Brooks has taken a few shots of the scene and stitched them together. It seems a great deal of thought and time has gone into the works. They are such a contrast to the busy metropolitan city we know and love, no dodging, weaving, ducking or diving of hundreds of people, just tranquility. My favourite photography was called Quiet Refuge (below), I'm not entirely sure why, it feels quite romantic and reminds me of the Moulin Rouge in Paris, it's probably the red colour, but there is also this sense of the romantic notion of forbidden fruit in that he shouldn't really be there. As it stands I feel I've seen more of hidden Manchester than the unrestricted Manchester, I guess sometimes, I have my eyes closed when I walk around, maybe I should try opening them, stop and take a look around.