We had a great Bitesize session with Damien, Juliet and Ben, sharing our thoughts and reflections according to some artist’s interview video and texts.
Before that, I had a relatively limited understanding about to artist studio: it was the space created by the artists. It was the place where the artist’s main creative process took place. After reading a part of the text ‘Studio and Cube’ by Brian O’Doherty , I have some new understanding of the artist studio and the relationship of artistic practice. In the text, artists regard their studio as a kind of exhibition, themselves as a part of the outcomes. Their lifestyle as a part of the creation style. And by this way, the research and practice process can be expired in a really visible way.
Then, we watched videos about how artist practice and express their ideas.
I have to say that it’s really important to write some notes when you watch a video. I found things become easier to understanding and more effective when doing that.
These three videos are about the interviews of Yinka Shonibare, Barbara Kruger and Arturo Herrera. They show how these artists express their ideas through artworks and how to develop projects.
I found that they don’t think too much about the outcomes when developing a project. Yinka Shonibare cuts newspapers and magazines into various shapes and collages them into a natural pattern. He said that his works are natural and cultural. Barbara Kruger converts the color fonts of magazines into black and white fonts, and combines them in different ways. And Arturo Herrera said that he prefer to do it than thinking.
Comparing with the way of myself, I always think too much about how to make out of the outcomes but not to do something. I think the essential cause of this problem is the fear of the unpredictable and unknown outcomes. Maybe I should try to change the attitude toward it, accept it then enjoy it.