Listened to a talk tonight by Julia Holderness at the Christchurch Art Galery.
Wonderful exploration of metaxy, medial aspect, “truth”, as I call it. (See this post with a quote from Harold Bloom about that idea.) An archive is in itself a construction. It becomes really interesting when this intentionally so. Julia Holderness also has some expansive ideas about persona and role reversal. That was what I got from her explanation from this sentence in her talk. “The production was never staged publicly, and in the absence of any surviving documentation, Holderness imagines these designs in an appliqué series.” It would be good to see her thesis!
Exhibitions | University of Canterbury
— Read on www.canterbury.ac.nz/arts/schools-and-departments/school-of-fine-arts/exhibitions/ (no longer on that site).
Working with a range of archival materials from the Macmillan Brown Library & Heritage Collections, Julia Holderness explores her own textile making alongside that of artist and teacher Florence Akins (1906-2012). Akins’ documents relate to her teaching of textiles at the Canterbury College School of Art, and include lecture notes and other instructional resources such as colour diagrams. Holderness reworks them and presents their possible entanglement with the international Bauhaus movement. Connections are also made with Florence Weir (1899-1979), currently the only known New Zealander to have studied at the Bauhaus. In 1936 Weir designed the costumes and sets for a local Christchurch production, and these were said to have been inspired by her time at the Bauhaus. The production was never staged publicly, and in the absence of any surviving documentation, Holderness imagines these designs in an appliqué series. This exhibition is part of a Visual Arts PhD in practice-led research at Auckland University of Technology, in which Holderness develops practices of fabrication, approximation and invention to interrogate archives and their construction of art-historical narratives.
“…construction of art-history.” ? I prefer that that way of putting it.
More here now. Saturday, 10 November 2018
Through the use of invented personae, artworks and exhibitions, Holderness traces alternative histories of modernism in New Zealand, whilst exploring questions of truth and representation in historiography.
Presenting my work is more on my mind right now than making it. Not as much fun, but presentation floats to the top, unbidden. I am thinking about both the world and online. I’ll focus on the latter.
I have changed the name of this blog to “Walter Logeman: Art” with the subtitle In this moment… My art Blog” the reason is clarity. It is still the same blog, I am still “In this moment…” and it is still, as it says on the About Page:
Nothing but art, artists, art talk, art history, art philosophy, pictures and projects. Most of my work and work-in-progress is on this blog.
The clarity seems right because I am working on a Gallery. If you go there now (as I write this) you will see it is heavily under construction.
With the Gallery I can post exhibits, and show work that is complete. Series. Simple. More stable. I sometimes refine an image I have already blogged as I present them to other sites. I will focus on quality.
You can sub to the Gallery in RSS and watch progress and then see updates as they happen including my fumblings. Better still sub to this blog’s RSS, I will announce all Gallery news here as well.
The first things to be shown there will be my Earth Crosses, of course. Next FLAX.
I am back from the workshop and had a bit of a browse of the bookstore. The little “Coffee With… series caught my eye… because of the illustrations on the front. (Coffee with Michael Angelo, by James Hall, fun!)
On Amazon (click the image) you can see links to the others in the series, I particularly like the Mozart one, interesting use of colour. The artist is Brian Grimwood, I have just been exploring his website with delight. Ok, it is commercial art, but it is art. The image that follows is a good example of artistic exploration. I am in tune with that right now having been doing it solidly for three days. My hunch is that these illustrations are all digital, and he is a lovely digital sketcher!
Continue reading “Brian Grimwood – illustrations – book & chat”
I have just added a small portfolio to an art site: “The Art Weblog” the-artists.org, it is a rich site.
I also have some work on FELT some of it won’t come up for a day or so. This is a rather lovely New Zealand online gallery. One of the most tastefully designed place on the net! What makes it hard is to put my stuff on sites that are ugly, complex.
I have some on the Saachi site, which is not so pretty but highly functional!