Semester 3 : Artist Research ~ Rachel Harrison, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Yoan Capote, Huma Bhaba, Zhang Huan, Kathleen Ryan.

Phyllida Barlow at TheTate.

My research into artists over the previous two semesters was deemed extensive but not deep. I took this to mean it was too extensive so this semester I picked a couple of old favourites to refer too : Phyllida Barlow and Jessica Stockholder.


However (there’s always a however) in trying to resolve my ‘blobs’ I have continued to hoover up more artist’s work. So many artists so little time! In fact one of the mainstays of art tutoring – it seems to me – is linking students work to that of other artists and perhaps this is particularly so on this course because we are trying to contextualise our work in the world at large. Some students don’t like this. They want to find their own direction. But for me I love to see what other artists are doing. As for finding ones ‘own direction’, well, there are no new ideas in the world. Art is stealing or perhaps it is an acknowledgement that we are all connected, we all one organism. There’s no stealing. Besides everyone gives everything they make their own twist. In that sense it can be quite important to riff off an already established artist. We stand on each other’s shoulders.

Column 1 (top to bottom) : Rachel Harrison, Ursula Von Rydingsvard, Alejandro Almanza Perda (x3).
Column 2: Alejandro Almanza Pereda (x2), Yoan Capote, Huma Bhaba.

Column 3 : Huma Bhaba, Zhang Huan (x2), Kathleen Ryan.


Of course we get inspiration form other places too…ads…


..and rubbish bags to name two…


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