‘Place-The First of All Things’ Dean,T, Millar J. (pp.11-26)
The Stalin Monument 1986, is in The Hague, Netherlands. It is a bust of Stalin in a phone booth. created by Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid.
Whether this piece is relevant to place, I am not sure. The Hague houses the United Nations, the Dutch Parliament and the Supreme Court so to have a statue outside of Stalin, I think is a bit risky. I like it though and I like his lamp.
Caspar David Friedrich.
Was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter. I couldn’t find any pictures that would incorporate text or that the artist has incorporated it into but I liked this picture very much.It reminds me a bit of the War of The Worlds Horsell Common picture. I like Friedrich’s work very much and I am glad I looked him up. He references place as it is almost dreamlike. A place that only the painter and maybe the figure in the picture knows about.
Mountain Landscape with Rainbow (1809-10)- accessed 6th May 2016
Jacob van Ruisdael was one of the most famous landscape painters of 17th-century Holland, and the foremost exponent of the classical phase of Dutch landscape painting. He was able to create a poetic and sometimes brooding or tragic mood in his landscapes. This can be seen especially in his mature works, such as ‘A Pool Surrounded by Trees’ in the Collection.- Taken from –http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/jacob-van-ruisdael-accessed 6th May 2016
It is a very moody piece but the title alone conjures up a place that is imaginative and feels a part of the artist. A pool surrounded by trees is like a secret place that the artist knows or who is dreaming about, a place he would like to visit or that really exists. Somewhere he might visit for a walk to be by himself.
John Constable (11 June 1776 – 31 March 1837) was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, He is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home now known as “Constable Country”. “I should paint my own places best”, he wrote to his friend John Fisher in 1821, “painting is but another word for feeling”.http://www.john-constable.org/– accessed 6th May 2016
I feel Constable is a painter of place. He used his surroundings and things that he saw and knew about in his paintings. To evoke memories of places and almost claim them as his.
Marine Hugonnier b. 1969, whose work across a whole range of media, explores the relationship between language and image and the dynamic, deceptive impact both can have on understanding. http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/marine-hugonnier– accessed 6th May 2016
Art for Modern Architecture- Marine Hugonnier.
Marine is another artist that I hadn’t heard of and I am so glad that I now do. I love these front pages and the blocks of colour used on them. The newspapers are kept as they are with colour laid on top of them. The artist has collected the newspapers that represent various moments in history such as the Vietnam war so as to make the piece real, to keep it the same but different. The colours used were from a Kodak colour chart. It evokes memories of events and place and casts the viewer back to a time they remember but with a lot of it blanked out. Like certain parts of history.
‘American Minimal sculptor and pioneer of Conceptual art. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Served in the US Marine Corps in World War II. Studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, at Cleveland School of Art and at the Académie Julian in Paris. Taught at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, then at Bradford Junior College, Bradford, Massachusetts, and most recently at the Carpenter Center, Harvard University. First one-man exhibition at the Phillips Gallery, Detroit, 1953. Began as a painter, then turned to making Minimal sculpture in Formica on wood and was included in the Primary Structures exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New York, 1966. Made his first experiments with map pieces in 1967, and in 1968-9 gave up making sculpture and began to make series of ‘Duration Pieces’, ‘Variable Pieces’ and ‘Location Pieces’ by treating everyday activities in such a way as to produce documentation in the form of photographs, maps, drawings and descriptive text.’
‘The themes of this work are changing human appearance and the owner’s own responsibility to complete the piece. It existed as a work in progress for ten years and was not complete until 1980. As the instructions printed on it show, it is a collaborative work between the artist, the current owner and the owners of the works directly preceding it and directly following it in the series. This example belonged to the artist until it was sold to the Tate so he appears as the owner until 1974.
I like things like this as it shows time passing. We can sometimes forget that this happens although we can feel it, it is only when we look at photographs from the past that we are reminded. I think this piece does deal with place as it instils memory to the viewer and to the artist and to the subject. How much of their life has changed since the first picture was taken? What events have happened?
Jane and Louise Wilson.
I found Jane and Louise Wilson’s work to be so interesting. I couldn’t stop watching or reading about toxic camera and I wish I could have gone to the exhibition of it showing. Like in ‘Place-The First of All things’ Chernobyl is mentioned, the name immediately conjures up what happened there with just the word being used. The old way of life before the disaster has gone with not that many people now around to talk about it any more. Sense of place and time features greatly in their work and again I will research them further.
‘Joachim Koester is a conceptual artist and a graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Art in his native city. Over the last fifteen years, his work has been exhibited internationally, in Europe, North America, and Africa. He works principally in still photography and video.’
There seems to be a lot of things related to memory that the artist makes, pastimes, old places, remembering things as they were and looking at what they are like now. Who owned this folly? What did it mean to them? What is happening to it now? Has it been rebuilt or left? What did it used to look like?
‘Dan Graham has traced the symbiosis between architectural environments and their inhabitants. With a practice that encompasses curating, writing, performance, installation, video, photography and architecture, his analytical bent first came to attention with Homes for America (1966–67), a sequence of photos of suburban development in New Jersey, accompanied by a text charting the economics of land use and the obsolescence of architecture and craftsmanship. Graham’s critical engagement manifests most alluringly in the glass and mirrored pavilions, which he has designed since the late 1970s and which have been realised in sites all over the world. These instruments of reflection – visual and cognitive – highlight the voyeuristic elements of design in the built world; poised between sculpture and architecture, they glean a sparseness from 1960s Minimalism, redolent of Graham’s emergence in New York in the 1960s alongside Sol Le Witt, Donald Judd and Robert Smithson. Graham himself has described his work and its various manifestations as ‘geometric forms inhabited and activated by the presence of the viewer, [producing] a sense of uneasiness and psychological alienation through a constant play between feelings of inclusion and exclusion.’ The pavilions draw attention to buildings as instruments of expression, psychological strongholds, markers of social change and prisms through which we view others and ourselves.’
I really like this image, its very alone and surreal. Is it a memory? Where is it? Is it a dream? Sense of place I am not sure about. A sense of memory yes.
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