of no relevance to my work really but who could resist these?! Particularly the first one, looks like a closeup of hair on a big shaggy pink monster. And the 3rd one down looks muscular, or like a crazy selection of tangled wires. Or the wirings of a brain! Or just something really cool like that… Super glad I stumbled across this guy. Feel like I should have known about him already.
she does these still life paintings of mundane objects too right, and she’s done one of this boob mug just like the one pete leant me for my project! Coincidence! Must mean I’m on to a good thing…!
The “Pink Projects” are an exploration of the color pink, a culturally loaded color that has been projected onto girls and women. The “Pink Projects” are made up of thousands of inexpensive products that are either produced or packaged in the color pink. These pink plastic objects —Fake nails, tampon applicators, hair clips, makeup, cleaning products, mirrors, baby pacifiers — seem to be trying to imitate and perfect the body, perfect nature.
In these installations, the discarded items assume new value and meaning, showing the marketing of femininity and how our culture infantalizes women.
This is a really great example of how found or acquired objects can become art when in mass quantities like above! Suddenly colour becomes so interesting and prominent. The pallet here ranges from really pastel pink to almost red, and yet when lumped together it just merges to create this block. Individually, these objects don’t serve much purpose, but together they make a statement.
I bet almost every single object on that table is targeted at girls and women, right?
This is pretty much how I want to display my mugs. Static white background, studio shot. Let the mugs speak for themselves. There will be so many different colours and patterns and general garish features that a fussy background would be too much of an interference. Parr’s book is tabloid sized, I was imagining mine to be landscape. Just simply because of where the handle sits?! I don’t know actually, thinking about it, it could be a portrait book. I don’t know actually.. might be nice to work in a different format for a change.
Martin Parr’s Bin Laden Ephemera…
Here is a perfect example of Parr’s collection work
Some of these are totally ridiculous. The hideousness of the objects combined with the ‘WHY WOULD ANYONE MAKE THAT’ though is just a winner really. A great way to tickle your audience is to show them something that will shock or surprise them. Osama Bin Laden certainly does that.. it’s the initial shock of seeing his face combined with the hilarity that anyone would put it on a skateboard or a bottle of chilli sauce that makes the project irresistible.
I studied photography at A level and was lucky enough to have a really sweet photography tutor who inspired us all with suggestions of great photographers for us to research and Martin Parr was one of those names. I always believed that it was just as interesting to photograph the mundane as it was to seek out the beautiful. In fact, in my opinion, definitely more so. I lways felt that anyone could stand on a hill and take a landscape shot and with the right equipment and money could create something ‘beautiful’. However, it takes a certain eye to see interest in the mundane. To get that one-shot photograph that can really connect with the audience. I am way more appreciative of a photograph that has character and a sense of place or poignancy than a landscape shot. I need a photograph that says something, or states something or makes you laugh, or think , or question. Martin Parr does that.
And you just get that vibe when you hear him talk. This guy has got it locked down. He is funny and charismatic and he has this presence of a naughty child, constantly mocking and quite secretive. He is quietly spoken and throughout the whole talk he looked as though he was laughing about something that only he was aware of.
Perhaps us. All eagerly grinning back at him, holding on to his every word and desperately seeking his approval, trying to absorb some of his knowledge, skill and the supposed sheer luck of his being in the right place at the right time and grasping that opportune moment.
SHOCK SPOILER THOUGH
he doesn’t always grab the opportune moment. Sometimes it takes shot after shot after shot of a scene before he gets the right photo. Fancy that?! There was me thinking it was all in the moment, of that split second. But nah, he takes bad photos like the rest of us. In fact his statement was ‘I’ve taken more bad photographs than anyone else in the room’ which was in some ways comforting, but I couldn’t help think that he slipped down off a few people’s pedestals with that one.
10 minutes later he went on to say ‘film is overrated’ OH GOD. Jaws dropped all around and you could hear peoples hearts leaping out of their chests in horror. I have to admit, I think I did stop breathing for a split second. But in hindsight, it doesn’t really matter what format Martin Parr uses for his photographs, or how many he had to take to get there. The point is, he has the ideas and he does deliver them immaculately. You know like when you watch videos of people doing some crazy trick, like videos of skateboarders seemingly effortlessly gliding around for 7 minutes and leaping down humungous steps?! Chances are there were A LOT of outtakes and a lot of bumped knees before they got to that point. Not everything you see is at it seems and as Martin Parr says, he creates ‘fiction out of reality’.
The Mug Project!
Had some good response off it already, people do seem to like a good tacky mug and are enthused at the idea that theirs could be put to some use. Will have to filter out the good bad from the just plain bad. A lot of royal memorabilia seems to crop up about the place. I wonder how many people have the queens face in their cupboard?! Been offered up these two gems too…
would be really great to get some from all over the place! Gunna have to hit up ebay I think…
Artist wise, need to look at collectors, and artists who make the mundane interesting. Like Martin Parr, which is an obvious one, and conveniently he did a talk in Bristol last week. Should have written more notes… I’m always so unprepared for life.
I think I need to do some artist research. I’ve realised I have at least three projects running alongside each other all in very different styles. Going to spend the day listening to nice music and perusing the web and drinking coffee, of course, to stimulate my search.
Been makin a Zine. About tasseography - coffee fortune telling, a Turkish tradition. Will give more deets when I’m not quite so ready for bed. All illustrations and hand drawn stuff done with ink, which was fun. Night zzzz