Thursday, 10 September 2015

JC week 6 Artist research continued

NB: journal entry for the Jewellery and Small object module at South bank Griffith university (QCA) to view the full journal click here

The following post is looking at artists that explore transendentalism, such as Bill Viola, Alex Grey and Mark Rothko.

The reason for researching artists such as these is that my interests in creating works of art is in the spiritual "otherness". The spiritual aura and meaning that art can convey. Appon recommendation by the lecturer I have also researched the brisbane artist Dough Kwok

"Alex Grey (born November 29, 1953) is an American visionary artist, author, teacher, and Vajrayana practitioner. His body of work spans a variety of forms including performance artprocess artinstallation artsculpturevisionary art, and painting. Grey is a member of the Integral Institute. He is also on the board of advisors for the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and is the Chair of Wisdom University's Sacred Art Department. He and his wife Allyson Grey are the co-founders of The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), a non-profit church supporting Visionary Culture in Wappingers Falls, New York." wikipedia SOURCE
Alex Grey   SOURCE:
 "Mark Rothko (/ˈrɒθk/), born Markus Yakovlevich Rotkovich (RussianМа́ркус Я́ковлевич Ротко́вич) (September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970), was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. Although Rothko himself refused to adhere to any art movement, he is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists...In November 1958, Rothko gave an address to the Pratt Institute. In a tenor unusual for him, he discussed art as a trade and offered "[the] recipe of a work of art—its ingredients—how to make it—the formula.
  1. There must be a clear preoccupation with death—intimations of mortality... Tragic art, romantic art, etc., deals with the knowledge of death.
  2. Sensuality. Our basis of being concrete about the world. It is a lustful relationship to things that exist.
  3. Tension. Either conflict or curbed desire.
  4. Irony, This is a modern ingredient—the self-effacement and examination by which a man for an instant can go on to something else.
  5. Wit and play... for the human element.
  6. The ephemeral and chance... for the human element.
  7. Hope. 10% to make the tragic concept more endurable.
I measure these ingredients very carefully when I paint a picture. It is always the form that follows these elements and the picture results from the proportions of these elements."[" WIKIPEDIA SOURCE:
Mark Rothko's chapel   SOURCE:
 "Bill Viola (born 1951) is a contemporary video artist. He is considered a leading figure in the generation of artists whose artistic expression depends upon electronic, sound, and image technology in New Media.[1] His works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness..... Viola's art deals largely with the central themes of human consciousness and experience - birth, death, love, emotion and a kind of humanist spirituality. Throughout his career he has drawn meaning and inspiration from his deep interest in mystical traditions, especially Zen BuddhismChristian mysticism and Islamic Sufism, often evident in the transcendental quality of some of his works.[citation needed] Equally, the subject matter and manner of western medieval and renaissance devotional art have informed his aesthetic." WIKIPEDIA SOURCE
Bill Violas Tristan's Assention video still SOURCE:
 "Doug Kwok, born in Brisbane 1966. Resides in Brisbane. A self taught artist creates hand fabricated metal sculptures and also incorporates found objects to form intricate sculptural artworks of his own unique style ingenuity and technique. He primarily uses precious and semi-precious metals but also uses other non-metallic mediums"
Dough Kwok 4 card players  SOURCE:

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