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Tiago Photography

0 comment Thursday, April 17, 2014 |
Every once in a while, I come across a piece of work which blows me away.
The kinetic drawing sculpture that Karina Smigla-Bobinski has devised seems to me as a stroke of genius.
The concept at once seems obvious, yet none of us had thought of it.
A bespoke floating orb filled with helium has been embedded with charcoal sticks and left to float around in a pure white room.
As the sphere travels around the room reacting to the immediate environment, the sphere begins to scrape against the wall, leaving marks.

This work can not be described solely as a sculpture or a drawing
Interestingly, it seems to me that the work is an experiment of neither art nor science, floating somewhere in-between the two.
This is the kind of work which inspires me greatly, the art work is all at once playful, experimental and interactive.

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0 comment Wednesday, April 16, 2014 |
This week I have been in London for my degree show Tacit Knowledge being exhibited at Free Range in Brick Lane.
On the day of the show I had an hour spare, and was able to spend it at The Wellcome Collection. As I was only there for an hour, I was only able to see the permanent collection, but I was truly inspired by some of the art on show.
Here are some of the works that really grabbed me.

"Sense" by Annie Cattrel comprises of 5 resin blocks with seemingly abstract shapes suspended in resin. The 5 shapes correspond to the activity patterns of the human brain responding to the five senses. The idea is intriguing and has been executed well as these resin blocks are incredibly beautiful objects.

This is "Rhythms Of The Heart" by Chris Drury, who compares rocky mountain landscapes to shapes that can be found on an echo-cardiogram.
In the piece that is exhibited in the "Wellcome Collection", maps have also been woven in to the work. In this particular collection "Body As A Landscape", Drury worked with hospitals to collect his data and medical imagery.
Jelly Baby 3 by Mauro Perucchetti stood out to me as I had already seen these jelly baby figures at Marble Arch earlier that day.
The jelly babies are made out of polyurethane which has a beautiful glass like quality.
Polyurethane is made of many small, unstable urethane molecules in long chains which refers to the writing of DNA.
The permanent collection also allowed for gallery visitors to compare their face to other visitors. Unfortunately, my face did not match to anyone else on its system. Fantastic!
It's such a shame I was not able to stay for longer, but I will be back in London within the next few weeks for an open exhibition I am involved in, so I can schedule a whole day to explore.

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0 comment Tuesday, April 15, 2014 |
Pierre Cordier is the inventor of the "Chemigram" and a Cliche Verre practitioner.Cordiers' definition of "Chemigram" means "to write with chemistry".
To make a Chemigram you would paint with various chemicals (Cordier used nail polish, egg, varnish, wax and oil amongst other materials), expose to light and then develop as usual.
(When using this technique myself, I found painting directly on to photosensitive paper to be problematic, as the developing chemicals get muddy. Painting on to a transparent material first would prevent this.)

The chemigram has such artistic potential, so many materials could be used to paint with.
Additionally, the painting does not need to be "stuck", a transparent container could be used to try lots of compositions with interesting chemicals.
The V & A has published a great video about Pierre Cordier and his invention, as he was part of the "Shadow Catchers" exhibition.

It is interesting to learn that though the photography world welcomed Cordier with open arms, he is still yet to be accepted as a painter.

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0 comment Monday, April 14, 2014 |
This year, I started the 365 Project for the second time, which means that I take a picture every day for a year.
Recently, I have noticed that many of my pictures have involved leaves in some way:

Understandably then, I was inspired by the leaf-cutting art of Lorenzo Duran.
Personally, I think it is important for artists to be inventive in choosing materials, and looking towards the raw fruits of nature is very inspiring.
The leaves do not cost money to collect, are plentiful and use less of the earths' resources to produce.

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0 comment Sunday, April 13, 2014 |
Recently, I have been inspired by the work of Karl Blossfeldt.The images you see here are magnified photographs of real plants.
Karl once said:
"The plant never lapses into mere arid functionalism; it fashions according to logic and suitability, and with its primeval force compels everything to attain the highest artistic form".source

Karl collected botanical specimens throughout his life time, and was keen to photograph the plants in a way that expressed integral structure and natural forms. Blossfeldt photographed nothing but plants for 35 years, now that's focus!
The photographs are a great botanical learning tool, yet are strangely beautiful and compelling.
Personally, I could imagine some of these photographs re-interpreted into sculptures and placed on a Tim Burton animation set.

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