Creative Concept…

My proposed concept to be hopefully exhibited at the Melbourne Art Fair, is titled ‘Modern Day Portraiture’. This work consists of a series of portraiture paintings of myself and those sharing my name. However, I will be displaying these portraits by painting facebook profiles. I wish to randomly select 10 different profiles and display them as they appear on the screen. I have already painted one profile – my own – as an example of the series I wish to complete.

As I paint these images of people who share my identity, I will in turn be portraying my own view of these people’s depictions of themselves. In a complicated displaying of personal depiction I have used the theme identity to organise my thoughts on the following:

- the endless lists of people that share my name

- the meaning of shared identity

- the unescapable and ever changing world of technology and how it’s shaping society

- the social constructs we find ourselves constantly conforming our behaviour to in order to appear a certain, desirable way

- and how this desire is distorted and varied throughout the world

Although these questions are not all sufficiently answered upon viewing my art, I believe my audience will be empowered to acknowledge them and forced to interact in turn creating their own interpretation of my art.

Here is a screenshot of my facebook profile.

Here is a screenshot of my facebook profile.

Here is an image of the painting I completed of my Facebook profile screenshot.

Here is an image of the painting I completed of my Facebook profile screenshot.

Inspirational Artifact – Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blue Poles’

Jackson Pollock during the middle of the 40s to the 50s developed the abstract expressionistic process ‘drip painting’. This process was a calculated method to an extent that involved throwing paint at a canvas placed on the floor. Pollock state “When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about.”

Jackson Pollock during the middle of the 40s to the 50s developed the abstract expressionistic process ‘drip painting’. This process was a calculated method to an extent that involved throwing paint at a canvas placed on the floor. Pollock state “When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about.”

I chose this artwork is because I find it infinitely interesting and inspirational. I find this type of abstract painting highly expressive and creatively liberating. Pollock’s Blue Poles painting is said to even contain pieces of broken glass and some of his other works, to contain cigarette segments from the time he was creating them.

I do believe it takes a certain degree of difficulty to create these works even if that difficulty lies in the innovative and extremely creative expression one person must throw into that work. I personally started stylising some of my paintings after being influenced by Pollock when I was around 15 years old. The artwork inspires me as the artists of the abstract expressionism movement chose not to withdraw their opinions entirely from the public’s view but instead developed a new and innovative way to share them.

Here are artworks that I have created expressing my inspiration in Pollock’s style:

My Artwork - Flowers in the wind My Artwork - Flowers in the wind

1.National Gallery of Australia n.d., Jackson Pollock Before Blue Poles, viewed 25-28 March 2013, http://nga.gov.au/Pollock/ 
2.Toynton, E 2012, Jackson Pollock 1912-1956, Yale University Press, New Haven.

3.  Google Images, viewed 20-25 March 2013, http://www.google.com.au/imghp?hl=en&tab =wi

A successful failure?

So after last week’s tutorial we were asked to discuss a failure – either your own or someone well known’s – that unpredicitably became a success. So I have chosen one of my own failures that in turn became a success when I let go and purly experimented (with some help).

About three years ago, for a christmas present I planned to give to my Dad, I painted an abstract painting. I knew he had a green tinted theme inside his new modern house, so I therefore planned to paint a white and green painting likened to the style of Jackson Pollock’s “Drip painting”.

After throwing white paint in long streaks down the painting and allowing that to dry, I proceeded to pour a green acrylic wash down the canvas. This was supposed to be the finishing product. However, when the wash dried I remember thinking how absolutely disappointed I was in my work and how asthetically displeasing it was. I even took to my family and asked what ideas they had in order to unify and create balance to my painting.

My youngest brother said he didn’t have many ideas but would instead help me destroy it with paint in order for me to feel better. And as I believed I had nothing else to loose we threw and dripped, poured and splattered paint all over the canvas. To my suprise, in the morning when the painting had dried, a new textured unified and colourful masterpiece laid before me. I now find that everytime I look at it I like it a little bit extra.

Hung in the entrance to my Dad's house is the finished artwork that grows on my everytime I see it.

Hung in the entrance to my Dad’s house is the finished artwork that grows on my everytime I see it.

Although this wasn’t a huge life defining moment, I chose this example regardless of the fact I am not someone famous (and technically the success or failure percieved was up to me), because it taught me not to always structure my creativity and at times it is better to experiemnet and try new things however cliche that may sound.

Innovation, what’s that?

In cohesion with last week’s lecture and the tutorial for this Creativity and Innovation unit, I have come to the conclusion that the term ‘Innovation’ really consists of three main parts. Well, the term itself only necessarily has one meaning, but there are a few things to consider if you want to be ‘innovative’ successfully.

1 – The process of making improvements or introducing something new to an already existing subject matter, changing and manipulating it’s usefulness, purpose or behaviour.

2 – The process of translating new ideas into already existing subject matter within society.

3 – The process of exploiting those new ideas.

Therefore in order to be innovative you need to successfully accomplish the above three processes. The first is quite straight forward, suggesting that nothing is ever really invented from nothing. But instead, everything – every idea, notion, thought, product, etc. – previously came from something else.

Secondly, we establish how your idea or updated, repurposed invention must be relevant to society. In order to be successful with your innovative ideas, they need to have a purpose that is essentially purposeful.

Thirdly, EXPLOITATION! This point can be viewed in two ways. Firstly, it could be said that it relates to the previous point, as this point helps your audience realise how your innovative idea is relevent to society. This point is how you can promote your idea as being a necessary change that will benefit and/or improve people’s lives.

OR….. You could view this last point as being the means to properly promoting your ideas, and trademarking or patenting your work so that you and only you reap the rewards! This point is one of the most important as without the acceptance and acknowledgement from society, your idea will never take off!

Kent Monkman – Multidisciplinary artist, working with media such as painting, film/video, performance and installation.

Kent Monkman

This installation piece by Monkman encompasses a world of elegance and beauty that can be found in the natual and cultural heritage of the Native Americans. It symbolises a tee-pee made from a delicate chandelier.

This installation piece by Monkman encompasses a world of elegance and beauty that can be found in the natual and cultural heritage of the Native Americans. It symbolises a tee-pee made from a delicate chandelier.

This theatrical performance by Monkman was inspired by the berdache. The berdache in Native American culture was said to inhabit both the female and male spirit.

This theatrical performance by Monkman was inspired by the berdache. The berdache in Native American culture was said to inhabit both the female and male spirit.

Demonstrating juxtaposition of socio-economic status aswell as cultural heritage

Demonstrating juxtaposition of socio-economic status aswell as cultural heritage

Kent Monkman grew up in Winnipeg in a middle-classed town. As his father was a part of the Cree community, moving his family here was, as Monkman states, a way to try and allow his children to have a better start at life then he did himself. Monkman notes times to which his neighbours wouldn’t speak to his father and looked down upon his family due to his father’s heritage.

It is experiences such as these, and Monkman’s heritage, that shine throughout his work. Monkman juxtaposes symbolically wealthy and poor objects and backgrounds in his installations as well as his paintings and films and performances. This clash of his aboriginal decent and past experiences, mixed with his perceptions of wealth, he creates his own identity in every piece of work he produces.

At the age of seventeen, Monkman studied illustration in Toronto whereby he graduated with a knack for painting and drawing. He then went on to set design where he worked with an acclaimed playwright of Cree decent, Tomson Highway, in the Native Earth Performing Arts theatre group.
Kent Monkman’s work resonates with many people as he deliberately contrasts diversely differing socio-economic backgrounds and environments, surrounding current and forgotten political and cultural issues, to create his own reality.

References:

INFORMATION:
1. Timm, Jordan. “Landscape with sexy transvestite: Kent Monkman’s playful subversions of an old form tell a different story of the frontier.” Maclean’s 31 Dec. 2007: 94+. Academic One File. Web. 16 Mar. 2013.
Document URL

http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA173465034&v=2.1&u=monash&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w

2. http://kentmonkman.com/main.php

IMAGES:                                                                                                                                                                                              3. www.google.com

Goals… for the near future

So as I am contemplating creativity questions posed in my tutorial, it only makes sense to also put some serious thought into my goals for this class’s assessment and beyond.

Goals for the major concept proposal and presentation:
– Firstly I want to choose an inspirational work of art from a range of different media that demonstrates an innovative movement of ideas/concepts in which that artist would have had to have pushed for it’s release/exhibition/publishing rights/etc.

Goals for this unit:
– I want to make the most of this unit by trying to learn how to use the right tools to harness the skill of promotion. This could be useful and absolutely critical when working in an industry such a creative arts. I strongly believe that promoting your work, ideas or yourself is the difference between getting a job and therefore maintaining a career you enjoy.

Goals for this course:
– This course is a tricky one. I obviously want to achieve a high grade in order to establish greater career oppotunities. But that being said I also want to make sure I take in and properly acknowedge this course’s important information to assist me later in life.

Goals for my career:
– Without actually being completely sure of the career path I wish to endeavor upon, figuring out my career aims is rather challenging. I want a career that I am both proud of, but also enjoy. Money would be a bonus! But I don’t think it should be the defining characteristic. I want to feel challenged and also connected with my work.

Goals for my personal and creative practise:
– Absolutley no idea. And I think that this is ok. I want to be sure to not stick to one path and to take many oppotunities that may arise from a slight idea. I want to pressure myself into achieving greatness but also learn from my failures. Mistakes mean lessons and I never want to regret something that has ‘bettered’ me!

What is creativity?

When I picture the word creative, I see vibrant, vivid colour splashed all through my mind. But what does it mean to be creative? What is your creativity? And where can it be found and harnessed to achieve the most in depth analysis of the world?
… Well, as adressed in my first ‘Creativity and Innovation’ tutorial, creativity can be described as an individual’s personal perspective of the world. To be creative was suggested to be a means of broadening your horizons, seeking new and life changing experience wherever you go to never retain one certain view of the world. To forever change your ideas.

After watching a few youtube videos and discussing them with my class, I discovered that studying creativity is the key to our future ideas, new and improved innovative structures that otherwise would remain undiscovered. To my surprise… Arts students have a purpose!!

But where can creativity be found? And can it be harnessed? According to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of bestseller ‘Eat, pray, love’ the “creative genius” needs to be thought of as a mythical, spiritual, god-like fairy that lives within our walls and can only be borrowed and no sooner returned. Only this thought process can protect you from the fails or successes that comes with being creative. Gilbert suggested, and I tend to aggree, that not owing our praise to this mythical creature became every artists’ own downfall, because when we fail, our godlike fairy isn’t there to take the blame.

So.. I truly believe now that to be creative is to not fear, but instead rejoice your doomed future of being broke and a constant outcast from the structured statues that are society. For doing what you love will be much more rewarding than something that you don’t regardless of the pay package.
Never settle on one conclusion but forever change your mind and share that with the world!