Category: Art Practitioners

Assignment 5: Contextual research ‘The Uncanny’

Researching ‘The Uncanny‘ in relation to visual arts, personal encounters and sensations and buildings. My initial sketch for my project related to the deteriorating residential ‘haunted’ building and I associated this with the uncanny. In reference to E. Jentsch and S. Freud the main aspect of the german word ‘Das Unheimliche‘ is linked to the fearful and emerging aspect of something…

Project 1 – Research Point 2: Abstract Expressionism_Tachism

I already looked briefly in my previous research on paint application on dripping and splashing in the context of the American Abstract Expressionist movement what I will investigate a bit deeper in this research (Schaffeld, weblog post 16 Jan 2016) American Abstract Expressionism One main aspect connected with this movement is Action Painting alongside the dripping and splashing of paint. This is…

Project 1 – Research Point 1: Applicaton of Paint

At the beginning of this course I already looked up some ways to apply and blend paint – the rather  ‘traditional’ way including impressionists (Schaffeld, weblog post 17 Feb 2016). Blending techniques with brushes: Gradient blending: control of transition (eg. Tim Maguire ‘Slits 94.27‘, 1994) Wet-in-wet blending: randomly spaced brush blots (eg. Richard Diebenkorn ‘xxx‘, ) Scumbling: a motted effect…

Contextual Research: suggested readings – Drawing as narrative

As part of my assignment 3 feedback received we discussed the topic of narratives and visual images. My tutor suggested some further reading. I do not spend that much time here on the research just taken short notes and links. I have to come back to this at a later stage. Besides serial paintings as such it involves other media, moving…

Project 3 – Research Point: Expressive Landscape

Images related to this research are also available on my Pinterest board at: https://de.pinterest.com/sjschaffeld/landscape-art-emotive/ All online images accessed between 20 and 24 Nov 2016 Symbolism (1880 – 1910) see: http://www.theartstory.org/movement-symbolism.htm Symbolism was a movement in art and literature that emphasised the expression of ideas through the symbolic meaning of forms, lines, shapes and colors. It was not any longer about realistic and naturalistic depiction…

Part Four – Research point: Landscape Painting

Landscape painting is a wide area and I feel that I have to condense my research to the most relevant ones to my own approach. I will look rather at those artists that attract my attention either by visual impact, uncommon use of material, or unique perspective and approaches. Landscape can have a meaning from idyl, refuge and retreat from…

Contextual notes for part 4 (3): Large scale painting

In this third part I am looking how large scale works can be made.  For all projects especially assignment work:  Large paintings can be considered as one single large canvas like executed by Richard Diebenkorn (1922 – 1993) with his ‘Ocean Park‘ series of very large (up to 8 1/2 to 6 1/2 feet) abstract paintings (non-gestural) as a kind “gorgeous compositions of color…

Contextual note for part 4 (2): The Sublime

In this second part I will have a short sneak in the sublime and its meaning for visual art. For all projects ‘Sublime‘:  My tutor suggested me to look at the concept reps. theory of the Sublime. I am currently residing in Switzerland in the canton Bern and would have easily access to the mountains around me and the snow dropped already down there. Sublime…

Contextual notes for part 4 (1): Looking Out

Before embarking on part 4 with the outdoor resp. ‘looking out’ elements I consider key aspects for me to keep in mind and to reflect on till next assignment. My tutor provided me some helpful suggestions to look out for. In the first part I am looking at the architectural elements in context with the relationship between the viewer, the artist, me and…

Project 3 – Research Point: Figures in Interiors

I am going to make first an overview about figures in interior in art history before looking specifically at some painting I find appealing. Overview: In part 2 I researched the interior genre in art history (Schaffeld, 12 Jul  2016) and found that in the Dutch genre paintings quite often people, mostly women and children, were depicted. I think for obvious reason…

Painting atmosphere: Kaye Donachie

After my assignment 2 my tutor gave me feedback on some of my sketchbook pages where I developed a sense of luminosity. In this context she suggested my to look at the works by Kaye Donachie (b. 1970), Glasgow born british painter. She works mostly at medium range of formats (40×50 to 50x60cm) on figurative paintings.  Her paintings are depictions of utopian,…

Contextual research: Broken or muted Colors

My tutor suggested me after assignment 2 to look into using broken colors by other artists. Broken or muted colors are colors mixed by tertiary or complementary secondary colors (see exercises from part 2 – click here) Walter Sickert (1860 – 1942) was born in Munich, Germany, a printmaker and painter and was a member of the Camden Town Group…

Project 2 – Research Point: Portraits that convey mood and atmosphere

See also my research on ‘Self portraits in art history’ – click here. The color blue: Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) ‘Blue Series’, 1902 – ‘Two Sisters’, 1902  (http://www.arthermitage.org/Pablo-Picasso/Two-Sisters.html) or – ‘Blue Nude‘, 1902 (http://www.pablopicasso.org/blue-nude.jsp) or – ‘Melancholy Woman‘, 1902 (http://www.dia.org/object-info/d1442e0a-e2b0-43cb-ac03-07f34acd5471.aspx?position=6) Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944) – ‘Melancholy III‘ (http://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/edvard-munch-melancholy-evening-on-the-shore-1896). Picasso’s ‘Blue series’ is known as his transition period towards…

Project 2 – Research Point: Self-Portrait

An overview of self-portraits in art history From previous researches and exhibition visit dedicated to the self-artists-portraits (Schaffeld, Sep and Dec 2015) I understand self-portraits as I wide area that goes far beyond representing merely the image of the self. It can help to reflect on the artist’s identity or to mirror the image of the “ME” the artist wants to convey.…

Project 4 – Research Point: Interiors genre

See also my research and weblog post on ‘Domestic interiors’ as part of my Drawing 1 course unit. (Schaffeld, 02 March 2015) With the growing wealth in the Netherlands in the late 16th and 17th century, two genres made became quite popular: still life and interiors. The first one with focus on abundance and depiction of precious objects that were…

Gallery Visit – Ian Davenport (b. 1966) in Zurich, Switzerland

Ian Davenport – Cadence (15th April – 28th May, 6th June – 16 July, 2016) at Gallery AndresThalmann (http://www.andresthalmann.com/CMS/en-GB/Exhibitions/Ian%20Davenport%20-%20Cadence.aspx?Sel=8) Already in the context of my personal project as started during part 5 of Drawing 1 course unit, I was fascinated by the work of Ian Davenport and his ‘color obsession’ and puddle paintings of parallel color stripes in multiple variations.…

Exhibition – Paul Signac (1863 – 1935) in Lausanne, Switzerland

Exhibition about Paul Signac ‘Une vie que fil de l’eau (A life as a son of water)’ in La Foundation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne from 29 Jan – 22 May 2016. (click here  – accessed 18 May 2016) The intention of the museum was to show with almost 140 oil paintings, watercolours and drawings the prolific career of Signac as a neo-impressionist artist…

Project 2: Linear qualities in painting – Contextual research

In preparation for this exercise I was curious to see what else I can learn form drawing with paint and linear qualities. How artists using this in different approaches and if I can build on one or the other for my own work. Contextual research: This exercise is searching for drawing, line markings in a painting. At first the bold…

Exhibition – Jean Dubuffet (1901 – 1985) Metamorphoses of Landscape in Basel, Switzerland

Exhibition ‘Jean Dubuffet – Metamorphoses of Landscape’  in Foundation Beveler, Basel (Switzerland) from 31 Jan – 08 May 2016 (click here – accessed 08 May 2016). Flyer click here. [accessed 08 May 2016]. Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) is one of the artists who re-defined art of the second half of the 20th century. After years of running a wholesale wine business in…

Project 2 – Research Point: Still life

During my last OCA course unit ‘Drawing 1’ I did a thorough research on still life in art history and pulled up a table that illustrated for me the evolution of still-life (Schaffeld, 2015). What I know so far about Still life : A range from illusionistic painting with Trompe d’Oeil effect (e.g. Pieter Aertsen, Jan Fyt, Juan Sanchez Cotan) towards more coloristic…

Exhibition – David Hominal (b. 1976) in Vevey, Switzerland

Retrospective exhibition ‘David Hominal‘ in Musée Jenisch, Vevey (Switzerland) from 03 Mar – 15 May 2016.  Click here – accessed 09 May 2016). Flyer click here. David Hominal is a swiss artist from Evian, France, studied art in Lausanne, and currently with residence on Berlin is constantly searching through painting for the ‘tension of the world‘ (Menour, 2013). In his multifaceted work…

Part Two – Research Point: Color theories Chevreul

Michel Chevreul (1786-1889), a french chemist was once commissioned by a french tapestry manufacturer to investigate the phenomena of fading colors and dull dyes. The cause seemed to be in bad dyes performance. What he found out was not a fading process but a color phenomena derived from a simultaneous color contrast from adjacent colored threads on the tapestry that influence each…

Exhibition – Philippe Saxer (1965 – 2013) in Bern, Switzerland

The exhibition took place in the Psychiatry Museum Waldau, Bern (5. Juni 2015 – 1. April 2016). The museum is located on a campus together with the the clinic and some workshops. Available from:  https://www.puk.unibe.ch/cu/museum/museumra.html [accessed 16 March 2016] I went to this exhibition out of several reasons: my interest in art therapy (my other work area), my interest in crossing…

Contextual Research: Mark Rothko – Seagram murals

To place my experiments with color washes into context I am looking the the large color field painting of Mark Rothko (1903 – 1970). The course material suggested to look at the Seagram Murals at Tate. The group of paintings were initially part of a larger commission for the Four Seasons Restaurant in the new Seagram Building in New York (designed…

Gallery visit – About Painting Part I & II – Bern, Switzerland

I discovered that two galleries in Bern, Switzerland had this month an exhibition called ‘About Painting‘: Galerie Kornfeld and Galerie Bischoff & Partner (see references). I thought that this would be great opportunity to open up my mind on painting and to see what could be explored as a painting (compared to a drawing). I hoped to discover new perspectives for…