Temporal Expressions. 2

Photography, Research, Task
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Head of a Woman, Picasso (1960)

In this task we were told to reflect on ‘space and time’ expression within Art History with focus on Cubism. Cubism was created by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris between 1907 and 1914. Rewald (2004) states that ‘Cubist painters rejected the inherited concept that art should copy nature, or that they should adopt the traditional techniques of perspective, modelling, and foreshortening. They wanted instead to emphasize the two-dimensionality of the canvas. So they reduced and fractured objects into geometric forms, and then realigned these within a shallow, relieflike space.’ Picasso’s ‘Head of a Woman’ (1960) illustrates this perfectly. This oil on canvas painting presents simultaneous viewpoints in a much more flattened version of his earlier cubism attempts.

This links well with David Hockney and his Photo Collages. In the early 1980s he started to produce ‘joiners’ which involved taking photographs from different perspectives and at various times, this reflecting his interest in Cubism. (Red Ted Art, 2012) One of my personal favourite joiners being ‘My Mother’ (1982).

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My Mother, Hockney (1982)

The theme for this task is ‘cycle’. In my various pieces I aim to explore a different connotation. I’ve decided to create a joiner image using cubist approaches, taking inspiration from both Picasso and Hockney and their effective use of portraits. I hope to explore the emotional cycle by taking close up shots of various facial features to then put them together and create a coherent portrait. Furthermore, I will create a short exposure sequence, which will reflect the theme through physical movement and images that exploit long exposure through light paintings. This being done by cars driving past at night. Furthermore, I aim to do further research on the creation of cinemagraphs by looking at online tutorials, so that I can create my own images based on the ‘cycle’ theme. I hope to take my newly gained photography skills from the last task to further improve them as well as, creating pieces which I am pleased with that reflect the theme well.

References:

Rewald, Sabine. “Cubism”. In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/cube/hd_cube.htm (October 2004)

“Pablo Picasso: Head of a Woman” (1990.192) In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1990.192. (March 2010)

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