It was my first time doing Lino, and I really really enjoyed it. I did find it had at first to try and be precise with the cutting tool especially when making circular shapes, however by the end of the session I felt like my precision had improved. Unfortunately a week later when I went back to collect the prints they were no where to be found. I enjoyed experimenting with the ghost prints too.
I really enjoyed learning more about Mono Print in my rotation, I found the process of generating the prints immensely relaxing, I also enjoyed the factor of layering the colours, it was reminiscent of an exhibition i saw in Leeds last year, entitled ”Colours my vary”, at Munroe House. The colours may vary exhibition housed prints that were also limited to three colours, and it was interesting to experiment myself in layering the initial colours to create new colours. The patterns I chose to recreate in mono print where previously generated from the ”Drawing is” project, to illustrate the mundane rituals of everyday life. It was interesting to see how the layered quality of the mono prints added (in my opinion) to the ritual like quality of the patterns, as it intensified the repetitive action of a ritual.
In my book binding rotation session we where taught how to make concertina books; I thought this would be well suited as a final outcome of the layout of the concertina would mimic the monotonous feeling of the ritual patterns. I decided to add hand lettered typography on the first page of the book as when producing this final outcome I was also watching another one of Adam Curtis’ documentaries – however this one was called ‘every day is like Sunday’ about the evolution of tabloid and broadsheet newspapers. (cliche) but every day is like Sunday, by Morrissey is also one of my favourite songs, and I thought about how Sunday is kinda like a ritualistic day, so linked well to the topic I was investigating.
During this project, Adam Curtis’ new film ‘HyperNormalisation’ came out. I could easily say that this short films was one of the best things I had watched all year, It indroduced the concept of Hyper Normalisation in a way that incorporated current issues – such as Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump , I really liked the idea of a pseudo sense of reality that has grown with the modern age. A part of the documentary I felt especially interesting was the section on the very start of artificial intelligence and ‘cyber space’. Curtis explained how the first form of ‘artificial intelligence’ wasn’t intact artificial intelligence, it was a machine nicknamed ‘Eliza the Psychotherapist’ that essentially would relay all the information that the people who used the machine back to the user, like a therepist, however everyone who used the machine where fixated with it, even though they where intact giving themselves advice and guidance and not the machine. This notion inspired the next part of my project, as I thought it generally highlighted human self obsession – the people loved the machine so much as they loved the idea of talking about themselves.
I found the concept behind this illustrators drawings really interesting, and I thought it related quite well to my own work – ”The use of drawing as a means of visualizing thought procsess is a central aspect of your artistic practice” I really liked how Gansterer explained how is main aim in drawing was not overall the finished aesthetic and was more of a pure form of communication. ”My practice is definitely not based on an attempt to illustrate something …. I am interested in drawing as a form of translation, actualisation and transformation.”
Upon reading this I was also introduced to the concept of ”Meta Drawing” , which is also how I would define a lot of my own practice – drawing not for the aesthetic but moreover as a translation of processes. Gansterer explains how his drawings are ”a medium of connection between these two disciplines or schools of thought – science and Art”. I believe that much of my drawings are an explanation of philosophy and art.
As a premise for the ‘blind’ drawings i created, I firstly looked at the power of being a creator and the ability one has to ‘escape the real world through drawing’ . As I am very interested in Philosophy, – Epistemology in particular, I drew comparisons to Early Greek philosopher Plato’s idea of ”The Realm of Forms” Presented in the Socratic dialogue of ‘The replublic’. Essentially through the Analogy of ‘The cave’ Plato Presents the idea that the World we reside in, and our perception of emotions and our surroundings is a mere illusion and a shadow of the ‘real world’ that is in its true ‘Form’ in the realm of forms. In short Plato denounces Empiricism as invalid, Thus I felt it appropriate to bring this idea into my work and think about through drawing and image making, one can create a ‘perfect realm’. Specifically i found this very relevant to my style of image making, as i do not partially excel in accurately depicting my surroundings from direct observation onto paper, i tend to ‘Create Ideals’ and when i draw i draw from just my imagination, or when i am drawing something in front of me, i enjoy editing it, and finding ways to make it visually more playful on paper.
I wanted to challenge this notion through ‘blind’ drawing, and experiment with taking away the control of being able to edify what i see in front of me, to explore a wider side of ‘What drawing is”.
These blind drawings document my weekly trip to London from Brighton