I have always been a fan but on a visit to the Ikon Gallery recently (I will possibly post my review on the gallery soon - not impressed on current exhibitions though. Minimalism - I just DON'T get it, quite simply), I had a thorough browse through the book shop, the most fascina
ting part of the gallery in my opinion. I saw a lovely little book on Man Ray, and with the discount in there at the time it was incredibly cheap. I also bought another fascinating book - Art Now. I thoroughly recommend it. Beautiful pictures and such an insight into the current art world.
Back to Man Ray. I love his nudes. I painted an image of myself inspired by his work. This is
(I shall photograph my work as soon as I find that it is finished)
However, when we had our group crit, I felt like it was unduly criticised by members of my group - they seemed over the top offended by what I would hardly class as a nude, the majority of the photograph is burnt out leaving a small section of myself visible - mainly my face. Hardly cause for what I would describe as an overly heated debate. Paranoia, perhaps, but I did not see either the justification for the comments which, to me, were those of; Why are you painting a self portrait, are you really that happy with yourself, do you find it difficult to paint yourself, do you think that you painted yourself in a rather idealistic way.
Again and again I found myself repeating the sentence, I painted an image, it happened to be myself, however, I saw it as an image and not a self portrait.
But then again, what use is a blog if you cannot extract your inner anger!
These images were what I originally started with for this project. I had recently had a lecture on surrealism - fascinating, I would need an entire blog for that. But this was the basis to my new project. I borrowed a lovely book from the library on surrealism called surrealism - desire unbound. Truly fascinating reading, in fact, I have renewed it 3 times now - I just cannot bear to put it back. Time to buy myself a copy?
The image which started off this route in my work was a piece by Jaques-Andre Boiffard. (Image to come soon). Very similar to Man Ray, but perhaps a bit softer?
Must dash now - time for my lecture and to find out my latest project, must remember to purchase sketchbooks whilst I am there.