Kendal Visit Research

Brewery Arts Centre:

  • A technique I found I liked was actually the lantern stained glass used on the red lamps in the Warehouse Cafe featured below. As someone who aspires to be an interior designer, I think that these appealed to me because I noticed the effect that the red toned light gave to the room – it creates a mellow feel, working with the brown, rustic sofas and red cushions. Usually, red in a room creates an overall distressing feeling for the viewer, yet because these lamps were filled with comforting pattern, situated in a comfortable room, they provided a calm emotive.

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  • Colin Reynolds: I enjoyed the work of this artist (found in the Warehouse cafe) but I overall didn’t feel inspired by his work. If I had to choose a favourite, I would chose the image below. Compositionally, I don’t think it portrays anything special, however, I somewhat appreciate the sepia tone filtered through the image. I think that this could link into my project in that the sepia tone masks the real image – it deflates any kind of light or colour, meaning that the observer is unable to distinguish what is really happening in the image. Is it a gloomy day? Or bright? Is it Autumn? Summer? I could use this technique for my project to convey a certain mood. If I was creating a piece reflecting a dream sequence, I could use a filter in a similar way to hide what is truly happening – to allow the viewer to essentially create their own story for the piece. This could work to a great effect by including the audience in the piece.

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  • When walking out of the Brewery, I noticed this (image below) outside the youth hostel. For some reason I find plants really aesthetically pleasing, and being composed next to the steps of the building makes the place feel really inviting. Seeing this made me consider creating a room plan featuring inviting plants by the threshold. I’m unsure where this idea could go but it is something I could potentially explore.

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  • I believe Annie Coxey’s exhibition could help my project. Annie uses abstract mark making to express her concept, which is something I wish to experiment with within my project. This is because dreams and the idea of consciousness/subconsciousness are abstract and unclear in themselves, so conveying such concepts in an abstract way seems fitting. I intend to view Annie’s exhibition at a later date and know that I will find inspiration within it. I believe it will provide ideas for development pieces, while also improving my knowledge around other artists who use abstract to convey their concept.

Abbott Hall Art Gallery:

  • ‘YMCA flag, Ambleside’ – Kurt Shwitters
  • I enjoyed the artist’s use of collage and mixed media layers – it provides me with inspiration to create development pieces in response, but in reflection of my own concept.

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  • ‘The Lonliness of a Middle Aged Life Model’ – George Shaw
  • The naked life drawings made me think of sleeping positions and gave me the idea to draw around people lying in their sleeping position on bed sheets and how they move when they are dreaming.
  • George Shaw developed his concept from historical, classic paintings and working with the idea of what would be left in the images if the characters within them moved off the page. He developed this into looking into the aftermath of modern day parties or other teenage event situated in woods – looking into the pages of porn, condoms, alcohol bottles, and various other items left behind after such events. He painted these objects and gave them humorous titles. I believe the artist answered his concept of portraying the aftermath, but not in a way I expected. For some reason, I initially expected the artist to be a serious one, but he portrays a real sentiment of humour which is really enjoyable to a modern audience.

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  • ‘Conversation’ – Bridget Riley
  • Gave me the idea to abstractly represent dreaming through patterns and colour.

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  • ‘A Moment’s Liberty’ – Hughie O’Donoghue
  • I perceive this piece as an abstract representation of a ‘moment’, linking to Riley and Shwitters’ pieces, it gives me the idea to abstractedly represent a dreaming state – the state of subconsciousness through colour, pattern and texture. This could have some really interesting outcomes.

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  • In the reception room of the Abbott Hall were pieces of Philip Eglin’s work, my favourite was his bucket entitled ‘Oliver, We’ve Gone Swimming’. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it, nor can I find one, but I find myself inspired by his other similar pieces (image below).
  • Philip Eglin’s Buckets
  • I love the artist’s way of telling a story, it is something I wish to experiment with, perhaps conveying a story of one of my personal dreams.

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Kendal Library:-

The library could provide countless elements of research for my project – research in the form of books. These research elements could be moved forward into development pieces, perhaps with the addition of other research elements such as artist books or journals. I could then work into the final piece stage by adding a number of other research pieces from other books and artist researches in the library, and develop a substantial piece from doing so. The library is a place I intend on using a lot, especially to take out the books I have stated in my project proposal I will use for my research. I know that, from this research, I will gain new ideas and inspirations which I will take forward into development stages before producing a final outcome.

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Turning Point, 121 Highgate:-

I noticed that turning point sells dream catchers, which directly links into my concept. This has given me the idea to research the history and primary point of dream catchers, before taking the research into development pieces. Each development piece I create will benefit my final outcome as each will develop my skills and creative knowledge. In addition, I could use the people who work in the shop for research too, by asking them questions about the types of dreams they have and whether they believe they come from their daily lives or not.

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