Helping you handle those difficult times

CONSTELLATIONS

Definition:

1/ A group of stars

2/ A group of associated people or things

Etymology: Latin constellatio, from con – together and stella – star

Weds 11th September

4.30 – 5.50pm then 6pm – 8pm Social

 

What is it all about?

Following the last session where Paul presented the initial app design, we are to look at the concept behind the display at Tate Liverpool. In our brainstorming sessions at FACT, we have produced our own ‘Constellations’, linking situations in our life to our own mental health and wellbeing.

Discover

HENRI MATISSE THE INATTENTIVE READER 1919

Colour theory – which colours do you associate with certain moods or emotions? The choice of colours is a keyelement in our app design and one we have already begun to discuss in previous weeks.

What to do

Carry out a survey with other members of the group to see which colours they assign to ‘anger’, ‘sadness’, ‘joy’, peacefulness’ etc. Make notes of your answers.

DISCUSS:

Matisse’s use of colour – why pink, blue and grey? What impact would other colours have?

BARBARA KRUGER WHO OWNS WHAT 1991/2012

As we shall soon be looking at marketing in our sessions, I wanted to introduce the work of Barbara Kruger. Kruger has become internationally renowned for her instantly recognisable work, which owes much to her background in design. Concise slogans or messages are relayed to the viewer in her trademark black letters, combined with black and white photographs set against a vivid red background. Using the tactics of advertisement, her images are calculated to catch the viewer’s eye, engage directly and to demand attention.

The sheer size of the monumental work conveys a sense of the importance of this issue to the viewer. The artist’s choice of font, colour and lighting is carefully calculated to stop the viewer in his/her tracks.

DISCUSS:

• Kruger’s use of colour – why black, white and red? Would other colours have a similar impact?

• Who owns what? Ownership, power and control – how is your everyday life affected by these issues?

MAN RAY L’ENIGME D’ISIDORE DUCASSE 1920

 

‘I have been accused of being a joker. But the most successful art to me involves humour.’

 

Isidore Ducasse was a nineteenth century author who wrote under the pseudonym, Compte de Lautréamont. Man Ray was inspired by his simile: ‘as beautiful as a chance meeting, on a dissecting table, of a sewing machine and an umbrella,’ a phrase that appealed to the Surrealist’s love of combining unlikely objects or images.

This enigmatic object, consisting of a real sewing machine wrapped in a blanket, encapsulated the Surrealists’ vision of the uncanny as an ordinary, everyday object taken into a new realm, beyond rational apprehension and normality. Salvador Dalí specifically referred to its unsettling presence when writing about the early days of the movement: ‘The semi-darkness of the first phase of surrealist experiment would disclose …a shape wrapped up and tied with string…unidentifiable, having seemed very disturbing in one of Man ray’s photographs.’

DISCUSS:

• The use of everyday objects in art.

How can an artist justify using an object that he/she has not made as a sculpture?

Find other examples of ‘found objects’ on display in the gallery.

• Wrapping, packaging and displaying objects in everyday life. What does a wrapper tell you about a product? What does it disguise? Would you buy

chocolate wrapped in plastic or vegetables packed in coloured foil?

Invent new ways of packaging products and every day shopping items.

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