Semiotics

May 18, 2009

Definition :

The theory and study of signs and symbols, especially as elements of language or other systems of communication, and comprising semantics, syntactics, and pragmatics.

semiotician semi·o·tician      http://www.answers.com/topic/semiotics

Semiotics is a wide spectrum of many things to do with communication, type, imagery and what holds them all together. Whether it be a Sign post on the street to a comic strip in a magazine, semiotics is the word for it all. 

This image painted by Magritte around 1928, is almost an ironic semiotic. This is because it is  communicating a pipe but then saying (with the text) that it is not a pipe. I chose this painting to show this because it is a controversially challenging semiotic. Does it agree with the rules ? or does it break them ?.

Here is another image explaining a different type of semiotics…

these signs are clearly stating instructions,  in which you have to follow (communication). Signs are usally in no more than two colours and the colours are usally bold and bright to make people aware of the information the signs are tyring to give e.g Danger in shocking red.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiotics

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Modernism

May 18, 2009

Modernism

Modernism is a style that grows to fit new era’s , cultural tendencies and culturalmovements, it is the style that puts all traditional art in the past. Pop art was a big change to the Art scene, with artists like Andy Warhole, Jasper Johns and Keith Haring, they broke the boundary’s and made people think more deeply into what art is and how it should be.

This is a Jasper Johns Piece, an explosion of colour and text imitatingthe wrong colours inside. It breaks all rules of traditional paintings for example he has used a mixture of hot and cold colours together to create chaos . I absolutely love it, its amazing to look at! and makes you feel vulnerable but alive.

Modernism in my opinion was the best thing to ever happen to art, beforeit was to predictable, but now there are no boundary’s or were to stop. It has widened the scale of art and has made more people question art work, also given people opinions for there own.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism


Stephen Shore

May 18, 2009
Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore

“A picture happens when something inside connects, an experience that changes as the photographer does” – Stephan Shore

Stephen Shore  is said to be known for his “deadpan” images which means generally no expression, he takes pictures mostly of dead objects or scenery in the United States of America, and almost brings them to life with his use of colour and camera angle.  Shore is also highly applauded for his use of originality in colour in art photography. Stephen Shore self-taught him self as a young child and was interested in photography from a young age.

By Stephen Shore

By Stephen Shore

 In this image Shore gives us depth and a real life atmosphere to make viewers feel as if they are in the photograph.

Kripple Bush- Stephen Shore

Kripple Bush- Stephen Shore

 This photographic image is beautiful and pleasing to the eye, it makes me want to be there. It is an unusual concept of a man made pool (something you would have in a built-up area) and the countryside (a very organic land), but they gel together well with the time of day the photo was taken and the perfect weather. Shore has played with colours once again matching the colour of the sky with the luxurious colour of the water, with a horizon line (the trees) as a separation.  

Shore’s photographs are real and give a slight sense of nostalgia they are all around quite pleasurable.

http://www.masters-of-fine-art-photography.com/02/artphotogallery/photographers/stephen_shore_01.html

http://www.masters-of-photography.com/S/shore/shore.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Shore


Sam Taylor Wood

May 18, 2009
Sam Taylor Wood

Sam Taylor Wood

Sam Taylor-Wood identified as being part of the Young British Artist society is an English conceptual artist known as the “escape” artist based on her recent work, her use of simplicity is what gives her work impact. She explores the physical and emotional boundary’s of human beings, states of body form. The other thing about Sam Taylor-Woods work is that she can display emotions through her photographs, emotions of pleasure and desolation,  emotional release.

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Self Portrait Falling- Sam Tayor Wood

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Self Portrait suspended- Sam Taylor Wood

 These three self portraits allow Taylor-Wood to adopted the emotion and body-form she wants her pictures to communicate, they are gravitational but weightless and they express a great sense of release.

Self Portrait suspended- Sam Taylor Wood

Self Portrait suspended- Sam Taylor Wood

The object in the photos are aligned in the center (the main focus) and there placed in a freshlighted background, which helps with the atmosphere that is trying to be conveyed.

The two images that cought my eye is the photos of a woman being suspended by ballons, they are shot in a dark room with slight lighting on the floor. Her body is suspended like a ragdoll and she looks so waightless it’s as though she is flying. Again there is a great sence of release.

Ballon- Sam Taylor Wood

Ballon- Sam Taylor Wood Ballon- Sam Taylor Wood

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Taylor-Wood

A Vogue issue- Sam Taylor Wood interview

http://www.whitecube.com/artists/taylorwood/


Robert Frank

May 18, 2009
Robert Frank

Robert Frank

“When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.”-quote Robert Frank

This Quote is from a man called Robert Frank an important figure in American photography and film. Frank’s most famous work was a photographic book named “The Americans” made in 1958. He liked to experiment with compositing and manipulating photographs  then in his later days Frank  moved on to making films.

Untited By- Robert Frank

Untited By- Robert Frank

This is one of Robert Franks images from his book “The Americans” toke somewhere in America in the 1950’s. The young woman in the photograph is unknown and in the book this certain picture has no captions. The image set in a cafe is taken as if Frank himself is standing behind the counter observing  the young woman, she has dark hair and is quite a bold object in the picture and even though you are draw to her face at first glance the advertising signs behind her head are very distracting. The wall hanging of Santa in the background almost echo the woman’s face which brings a slight humour to the photograph.  Robert Frank’s
The Americans-by Robert Frank

Rob Ryan (artist/designer/illustration)

May 18, 2009

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 I came across Rob Ryan whilst reading a Vogue magazine, I realy loved the dress that he designed out of paper cut-outs. The creativity inspired me to create my own cut outs for my A level art exam.

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Starting at a young age Rob Ryan loved the scene of Art, and went on to develop a career in screen printing. After mastering screen printing Ryan became interested in cutting through paper, and experimented with different materials and thicknesses of  paper. He would make beautiful delicate cut-outs playing around with type and image. 

Rob Ryan now focuses mainly on his delicate cut-outs, with his own studio that he likes to hibernate in, then comes out with the most beautiful intricate hand cut-out works.

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His main subjects used for his art work are based apone his life storys, this includes his love for his family, battles of growing up and beeing loved, playing love games and sometimes his negivivity towards hard everyday life.

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Rob Ryan has also been asked to illustrate book covers and C.D covers and had composed and illustrated his very own story book.  

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5204464

Interview In Vogue Magazine issue

http://rob-ryan.blogspot.com/

 


Peter.H.Raynolds (illustrator)

May 18, 2009

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“I often visit classrooms and ask who loves to draw. In kindergarten and first grade, all the hands go up. In second grade, most of the hands go up. In third grade, half the hands are up. By fourth and fifth grade, most of the hands are down, or perhaps pointing to ‘the class artist.’ It’s sad to see the artistic, creative energy slowing down, being packed away. I am convinced it’s because children learn early that there are ‘rules’ to follow. But when it comes to expressing yourself, you can invent your own rules. You can change them, you can stretch them, or you can ignore them all and dive headfirst into the unknown”.- Peter Raynolds

Peter Raynolds is an author-illustrator of a number of books, these mainly being children’s story’s. At a young age he was constantly doodling and now as an adult he collects children’s books and his own doodles on scraps of paper, envelopes and napkins which he keeps in old tin boxes.

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face on envelope
Napkin Nel -doodle

Napkin Nel -doodle

He has worked with different authors to create their visions of what they want there story’s to portray. I knew about Peter Raynolds through his wounderfull illustrations in the series of  “Judy Moody Books” By Megan Mcdonald and when i first saw the illustrations for the books i immediately fell in love with them.  

 

Judy Moody book cover
Judy Moody book cover
Judy Moody Book cover
Judy Moody Book cover

I love the way Raynolds constructs the book covers for the “Judy Moody” books, he uses a brown paper bag like background, does the illustrations in black fine lines and then adds small amounts of colour and embosses the patches of colour. This gives the Books so much character and life.

Raynolds also mackes his illustrations as simple as  posible and payes lots of attention towards the shadding, this makes the drawings stand out.
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My own collection of Judy Moody Books