PROCESS vs IDEAS (making art rather than buying objects?)

It’s easy to come across mirrors in art – they certainly feature in many well-known paintings, including the  Arnolfini Wedding, Las Meninas and the Rokeby Venus, both by Velazquez, Rubens’ “Venus at the Mirror”, Picasso’s “Girl Before a Mirror”, Manet’s Bar at the Folies-Bergere, Patrick Caufield’s “Bathroom Mirror”, Lichtenstein’s “Mirror  – and many others. And since that cheeky chap Marcel Duchamp we also have real mirrors in artworks – the found object. Which brings me to the subject of this post. As ...

ARTISTS USING ART: a three week workshop (February 2012)

I have been fascinated by the way that art inspires, influences or informs other art for many years. There are of course many examples of this throughout history, and it goes on today, under a variety of names – re-contextualization, reinterpretation, pastiche, transcription, homage, appropriation, parody etc. It’s an assignment I occasionally set my students, because it involves things that I think will benefit them – for example, I ask them to to investigate art (usually from different times and cultures), find ...

RESPONDING TO EVENTS

  There are some disturbing images starting to appear in my art room, as some of the IBDP students look at the world and decide to express their opinions - to police brutality in Latin America, sex traffic in Cambodia, the oppression of woman in Afghanistan, political repression in Burma and the legacy of apartheid in South Africa. In many cases the students are from the part of the world that has inspired their art. Many things inspire art, but contemporary events often inspire great ...

My trauma generated a 7

It's a theatrical given that harrowing experiences, involving pain and despair, often lead to stirring, intense - and wonderfully powerful - drama. Just look at all those Russians. But is the same true of IBDP Visual Arts? Well, sometimes, yes. I'm not talking about some superficial teenage moodiness, self-involvement with temporary angst and casual nihilism, mood swings and having a bad hair day histrionics; I am talking about creative and often powerful responses to when things go wrong. I've been interviewing final year art ...