Archive for the ‘Discourse’ Category

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Marxism

05/18/2009

As with most theories, they only work on paper, its between the paper and the human where it all goes wrong, this is so because man is imperfect and cannot function perfectly, there is always some sort of weakness that creeps in but if this was possible to rectified, I would be persuaded by marxism.

Opposing capitalism, which in its self saturetes the world a kills variety. So marxism encourages the idea of production for use, not for gain, no class difference. To intervene on situations for better, to change social and political ideas, as far as I understood. Its those peope that have the power to intervene, where the problem lies, how can you know they will always be seeking the intrest of the mass and not for themselves, human nature tends to resort back to its selve and this is were corruption begins and this plan falls apart

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RVCA

05/18/2009

A Fairly successful clothing brand that crosses over genres and mediums from xtreme sports into music, showcasing work from upcoming artists and supporting growing individuals in their particular fields, from the ultimate fighting championship to surfing. I see how the brand runs some parallels with the raygun magazine giving less know people a chance to shine thought its Artist network program (ANP). The Artist Network Program, is an ongoing program developed to showcase the talent of established as well as unknown artists who inspire our generation. Through the course of this program, RVCA donates partial proceeds from designs sold to each artist’s charity of choice. This is something rarely seeing in the clothing industry, and I see contributing to their growing success, they keep their ears the the ground take a broad spectrum of influences. I love the fact they allow unsung artists a big step up towards being recognized and respected in their own field of art, not to mention i love their illustration work for their clothes

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Fluxus

05/18/2009

fluxusmanifestoAn interesting concept to art. The idea of bringing art to every individual by making the a piece of art, of some use. At first I liked the sound of this, making useful art, pulling down some of the so called art that has no real purpose, is in no was astetically pleasing but has a really well worded story behind it. This I’m not so sure is art, so to make art accessable to the everyday person that has a purpose, but then I thought, not all art has a purpose but I would still consider it art, and if i could i would purchase it. I think its intents are good, to get rid of the mediocur art the stuff that saturates the art world and produce something of genuine worth but art is like beauty, its in the eye of the beholder, so some people may not even consider fluxus work as art, therefore it too is conditional to the viewer

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Saul Bass

05/18/2009

I chose Saul Bass Simply so I could put his work on Alfred Hitchcocks “Pyscho” onto my blog. I love this title sequence as is still credible for today. He was always pushing his work forward and his title credits were in my eyes like nothing else around at the time. His Film posters are a easily recognisable, my particulair favourite is “Anatomy of a Murder” I can’t exactly place why, I just think it is cool

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The reasons why I love this title sequence, is because it is so simple but works so well with the main character in the film, his split personality and has used that as a way to display what are usually the most boring parts of a film into a highlight, you almost forget the names and just watch the work, truly is a timeless piece

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Environment

05/18/2009

After my little falneur/Derive, I realised that my home (Brentwood, Essex) has a pretty good balance, I have London and all its inspiring  landscape only 20 minutes away by train, then 30 minutes in the opposite direction I can reach Southend-on-Sea. Ok its no Laguna beach but its still the Sea, I can experience an english Snide of Las Vegas, coined by the locals as ‘Bas Vegas’. The countryside and Farmland Is practically on my backdoor, Not to mention my fill of washed up celebrities Showing their face at the acclaimedimg_sugarhut Sugar Hut. Here the queen of Essex, Jodie Marshdd celebrated her 30th birthday, along with list of other people that like to think of themselves as celebrities.

For such a small town it is rich in diverse culture and has all walks of life beating their feet along the same highstreet as me

The broadspectrum of influences gives me an almost limitless recource to rely on for my work and have different inspirations and diversities in my work hopefully allowing me and my work to have some degree of originality

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Psychogeography

05/18/2009

first defined in 1955 by “Guy Debord’ as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.” which makes no sence to me but was still intrigued so as i learnt more came to the conclusion that it is a study of was to detour the regular pedestrian of his familiar route of a city and ecourages them to see it from a different perspect by almost any means.

This is closely related to the early movement in Paris,flâneur, by Charles Baudelaire.

So in my mind i decided to take a random walk in the name of Psychogeography, justifying so because by simply reading the theory encouraged me to look at my own surroundings from a different perspective, here are some of my highlights.

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Chris Jordan

05/18/2009

Running the number – An american self-portrait is Chris Jordans Latest photography Project.

I randomy came across his work while researching a different project that had absolutly nothing to with his work, or mine, none the less I was impressed by his simple yet visually stunning concept. He has mearly taken statics from every day American consumerism and turned them into very intriuging pieces of work.

Oil Barrels, 2008
60×60″

Depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).

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On first glance I wasn’t sure what i was looking at, when I saw the second i thought it was fairly interesting, some kind of industrial psycaldelic image, then when i realised what the barrels represented i was blown away. Like I said it was so simple but to me, so well presented, astetically its pleaseing, but for me it works on another level, you can begins to grasp what 28,000 42-gallon barrels of oil looks like, and definatly had an impact on me.

I sat there and went though his entire work for this project, even told my friends about i was that impressed, it definatly made me think twice about my consumor habits and what I waste

Skull With Cigarette, 2007 [based on a painting by Van Gogh]
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Depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months.

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