When visiting different areas around Mayfair it allowed me to adapt to the area and compare it/ contrast it to other areas I had visited such as Hoxton/Shoreditch, West and Bermondsey. Furthermore when visiting the White Cube it allowed me to see that it is placed in a very artistic and creative environment. This is because when travelling to the White Cube you pass so many different types of art galleries on both the right and left side of the roads situated around the area of Mason’s Yard.
People to me as a developing artist are encouraged to become more engaged with the environment where the White Cube is. This is because they can suddenly be encouraged to respond and have a feel as to why and how certain artworks are created to respond to the area of Mayfair. Many landmarks are found within the surroundings such as areas like Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street and many other shopping areas. This allows the public to become more involved with the area so they get to see how the various types of landmarks engage with each other to demonstrate to the public new and exciting life changing experiences.
In addition by seeing David Hammons work at the White Cube it inspired me to experiment more with different mixed media materials and become more explorative within the way that I use them. The gallery is shaped like an office/ studio because at the main central part you have the people working at the desk then as you go down and up they are suddenly changed into studios with the various displays of the artist’s work. By the building being transformed into so many different ways it allows the public to become more intrigued with the area and see what lies below the main central area of the building.
Also before entering the building the White Cube is like the central stage performer because it is placed right in the middle of a hideaway area where there is a pub and other offices. In a way if you think about it after entering the White Cube gallery you can go for a drink with your friends/ work mates and have a chat about what you think about the area and your thoughts and feelings towards the White Cube. Here are some videos about the public’s/ artists emotions and feeling towards the White Cube, Mason’s Yard.
By demonstrating other people’s impressions of the area of Mayfair it reveals to other members of the public as to what they can expect or see when travelling to the area. Furthermore by visiting the area of Mayfair and the galleries around there like the White Cube you instantly get a positive impression of the area. This is due to the idea of how vibrant and diverse London can be no matter what time of the day it is there’s always something to look forward to.
Furthermore by visiting different areas around Mayfair such as the White Cube, it allowed me to respond to the area through my own artwork/practice. This is done by creating a range of different art pieces based on my condition and engaging the idea towards David Hammons work. These are some examples of the works that I have created responding to the way he creates art.
I have created a variety of different works responding to David Hammons work and the art practice that I am currently working on. This is because I have decided to use my ideas of abstraction to help me to develop my practice further which involves how I communicate my idea of my epileptic condition towards the audience. Furthermore by looking and analysing the landmarks around Mayfair such as the White Cube it has allowed me to see how I can connect some of my work to the area and see how the audience will react and act towards the various pieces I have made. In addition by looking further into Hammons work it has allowed me to see how he uses a variety of different materials on large scale canvases to adapt and communicate his lifestyle towards the audience. By doing this it can help to resemble as to why the artist has decided to exhibit his work within this institution which is situated within an artistic gallery feel atmosphere filled with loads of other art galleries in the area.
When visiting the west side of London you start to gain a new and exciting experience due to the way that the buildings are placed in many different ways. By visiting the Serpentine Gallery you suddenly become more encouraged to visit the space due to the way that the cafe is placed like an egg which makes you feel curious about what’s inside the building. When going inside the Serpentine Gallery it is structured like a house which makes you feel that you are entering a new home and you suddenly become intrigued to see how each section of the gallery suddenly changes due to the artwork such as Trisha Donnelly (17 September-9 November 2014) that has been placed within the area.
By responding to the artist works I decided to create more chaotic and expressive pieces responding to the way that the whole canvas or large projection pieces are created. Furthermore by creating a variety of works responding to the artist it allowed me to see how I can respond to the why people are encouraged to react to a certain area through emotional, personal, symbolic and many other responses. Here are some examples of my work.
Furthermore when visiting places within the west side of London you start to compare areas to one another and see the similarities and differences into the way of how certain galleries like the Serpentine Gallery and the WhiteChapel gallery has been placed. Having landmarks such as Hyde Park Corner which has the Speakers corner within it you suddenly see how more of the west side of London engages and communicates with people of all different cultures. The speakers corner allows people to communicate there ideas of speech, music etc towards many members of the public whether it’s at weekends or in the week. In addition by going to these talks it allows people to become more inspired by other people’s stories of what they have to say about the west side of London and how they see it within there own perspective. Also by people being able to communicate there talks towards other members of the public, it allows people to participate their views towards the speaker of the conversation.
Furthermore due to the location of where the Serpentine Gallery is it makes you become more involved with the area because of how close it is to speakers corner. This is a very good aspect for the public because it allows people to see what kinds of debates happen around this area. Also by the Speakers Corner being located so close to the Serpentine Gallery it allows the public to see how engaged they can become with both the artwork and the surroundings within the area of West London. People become more encouraged with the space because of the way that you can follow a trail within the gallery and then come back into the public area and engage yourself within natural and organic surroundings of Hyde Park Corner.
Hoxton/ Shoreditch area of East London is a lovely place to visit because of the way you have art galleries such as, the Whitechapel Gallery, Carl Freedman and SCP east. On the other hand you have exciting and life-changing food places such as, brick lane. Together these areas and where they are located for example, Whitechapel (Aldgate), Brick lane not far from Spitialfields market. It allows people to get sucked into and been committed to artistic and open-minded experiences. When starting of at Hoxton station it allowed me to see how the area is quite open and spacious which gave me the idea to look around at how the stairs and lifts were placed within the station and then create a range of drawings symbolising what I felt whilst being in that particular station.
Furthermore by visiting the East End of London it allows me to have a new experience of how London is developing over time and comparing/ contrasting other areas to one another. By doing workshops at the WhiteChapel gallery for young people that I recently did which was called the ‘Imagining the East End’ with Heather McDonough and Rod Morris.By doing that workshop it allowed me to see how both the WhiteChapel gallery connected with the street life of people around brick lane and outside the gallery and seeing in what ways people communicate around the area.
This is seeing what types of expressions people would provide depending on what they are in and where the location of the portrait photoshoot would be taken. Also by looking at the different landmarks around the area of WhiteChapel it allowed me to see how WhiteChapel gallery can be seen as an art college because at the bottom it is seen as an art gallery but then when you look towards the top it suddenly changes and has the impression of having art studios and practices towards the 1st and 2nd floor.
By work collaboratively with a group of young people aged 14-21 it allowed me as a developing art to see what different areas people come from for example, Tottenham, Ilford, WhiteChapel etc. This allowed me to see how they would adapt to the area and see how ideas of portraiture could be shown within the areas of East London. Furthermore by doing this workshop it allowed us a group to see how people would communicate with us and asking people one by one to see how if they would be part of our one day project. These are the results that we got.
Furthermore by taking some videos whilst doing the WhiteChapel workshop it allowed me to get more of a sense of what the WhiteChapel gallery is like. There are many ways to describe the gallery, its quite diverse, different and you gain a sense of organic elements within the gallery and also outside the gallery.
From various landmarks such as Brick Lane the artwork continues through spray painting and seeing how different life forms are being used around the brick lane area. When looking closely at the artwork on brick lane it allows the viewer to gain a sense of how contemporary the area is and in some ways it shows the idea of old vs new and new vs old. This idea of old vs new and new vs old can also be represented when looking at artworks from the Carl Freedman Gallery.
People around the East End of London are encouraged to visit certain areas within Hoxton/Shoreditch because there are always loads of events happening both inside and outside the WhiteChapel Gallery and the East End is always encouraging people of different areas/ cultures to be encouraged to participate within the area. This can be introduced within the idea of artwork such as many different spray painting tehniques as you look closely around the brick lane area. This gives people may different inspirations as you travel around the Brick Lane area, SCP East, CA4LA (Japanese hat shop). Furthermore whilst seeing the artwork around these areas it also encourages people to try different cultural foods around the area and be part of the making of food. These foods can involve, Caribbean, Spanish, italian and many different types of street food.
In addition going around the East End of london is like an adventure because everywhere you look there’s something new and exciting happening and it makes you feel like you want to join in. Furthermore when visiting smaller galleries which are just of brick lane you get to have a new experience of different artworks that may in some ways surprise you, inspire you and create a new experience for you. This is an example of artwork by Sandra Menant at the Brick Lane Gallery. By visiting this artist’s work it allowed me to be encouraged to act happy and inspired by the way the artist presented and produced the work. This is through the different paints and watercolours that the artist uses and how she perfectly leaves a crisp texture to the abstract pieces she produces. YOU MUST CHECK OUT HER WORK!
Furthermore when visiting Hoxton/ Shoreditch it allows people to see other landmarks which have a high impact on galleries such as the WhiteChapel Gallery, Carl Freedman and The Brick Lane Gallery. Having these galleries placed in these areas of the East End of London it allows the public to see how diverse and organic this side of London is. This is introduced by the idea of having markets and street food situated close to where the WhiteChapel and The Brick Lane Gallery is. When the public go around these areas it makes them act interested, intrigued and inspired about how this side of London is full of different mystery’s, clues and new ideas. This is especially seen through the market areas as you walk deeper into the Brick Lane area.
In addition having visited the area also during the summer holidays when I did a project with the WhiteChapel Youth Forum it allowed me to visit other areas of the gallery is especially the top of gallery which suddenly changes into a studio area. When I visit this area it allows me to see how the East side of London has glorious views which allows you to see different types of churches and flats which surround the area. It makes me act interested to see how the area has themes such as old vs new, new vs old and see how they interact with one another. Having done workshops in the summer holidays at the WhiteChapel gallery it allows me to see how my work can respond to the area and how I see it in my own eyes. I worked with Duchamp and Sons and here’s examples of the collaborative work we did as a group.
Furthermore having worked with a collaborative group of young people aged 14-21 and working with artist Bart Lodewijks it allowed us to create a magazine/ book which would demonstrate to the public how we see the area of WhiteChapel and how we can communicate our ideas physically, mentally, socially and visually. Also by working with the youth group it allowed me to become more social with other people and get to gain other people experiences of what the idea of art means to them and how they like presenting it towards the public. By doing this it allows us to go on adventures such as the day trip to Portsmouth and compare and contrast the area of Hoxton/Shoreditch to the fascinating and magical area of Portsmouth (Love it!!!). Here are some examples of places we went and discovered on our day trip.
Here’s an example of a piece of my work which I did on one of the cafe windows on WhiteChapel high street. It demonstrates the idea of us as a group been assigned different assignments (34 in total) and see how we would respond to them within the groups that we worked in.
Also by working with other art students within group 3, Ellie and Steffy it allowed me to engage and share ideas among each other. By working with these lovely girls it allowed me to see how we would react and respond to the area of the East End by visiting areas such as the WhiteChapel Gallery, SCP East, Brick Lane, Beigel Bake and many other glorious areas. We really enjoyed visiting vintage book areas because it allowed us to connect to other artists, photographers and see how we would change into an old yet fascinating environment.
In addition by visiting the East End of London it allowed us to become part of the vintage society and respond to the area using a variety of photographs, poses and well just having fun. Here are some examples.
In my opinion by using some of friends to create different pieces of artworks within different environments it has allowed me to expand my photography skills. Furthermore by doing this it allows the audience to see how different people respond to the environment they are placed in. For instance looking at different people’s emotions such as happy, jolly, sad, upset etc. Here are some more examples of ideas responding to how people are encouraged to react/ act within an area or institution.
Entering Borough Market on October 11th 2014 at 12pm in such a diverse and interesting environment. People walking up and down around different areas on the Market. Seeing happy and jolly faces. Looking at people grinning and smiling on a lovely autumn’s day and having the cold wind blowing through your hair whilst waiting, being curious about what next is to come. Looking at the different traditional foods around the different sections of the Borough Market. From fruits, vegetables, wines, sangria, ciders such as chimay. By the market doing this it makes me as both an artist, explorer and traveller ready to explore anything and be part of different cultures such as italian, spanish, english and many more other types of cultures. Here are some thoughts about what the public think about the Bermondsey area and how they adapt/ gain from it.
By visiting the famous and glorious Borough Market you get a sense of diversity, change and new experiences when visiting this market which is around the Bermondsey area. When I visit this around during different seasons of the year this specific landmark helps to explain and give you the idea that it is quite an explorative area. This is because it allows you to visit galleries such as The Drawing Room. Furthermore when going through the area of Bermondsey it allows the artists, tourists and many other travellers within London to gain a sense of how different lifestyles and cultures can be displayed. When visiting the drawing room you get a completely new change because of the way that it is hidden in its own specific located away from the busy high street areas. When I visited the area I was quite intrigued about where it was placed because its kinda in a warehouse area which is quite old yet contemporary at the same time.
When visiting the Naked’s exhibition in The Drawing Room it gave me a sense of seeing the human form within a different perspective because of the way how each artist has given a certain space towards each figure. When looking closely within the image it also allows the viewer (me) to see how simple the painting of a human figure can be and at the same time it allowed me to see the organic yet symbolic features each image had. Thinking about the area of Bermondsey closely it allows people to become more interested, intrigued and more curious about the area especially the way The Drawing Room has been placed in such a quiet and less busy area. In contrast to Borough Market which has been placed in a busy and vibrant area which allows people to gain a new experience when walking through each section of Borough Market.
Also by doing quick sketches and artwork towards The Nakeds exhibition that I visited at The Drawing Room it allowed me connect directly to the pieces of artwork that was displayed from a range of artists such as, David Austen, Fiona Banner, Joseph Beuys and many other types of artists. By connecting and responding to the artist’s works that is presented within The Drawing Room it allowed me to connect my condition of epilepsy. This is due to the idea of focusing on the space and originality used within the artworks and see how I could represent my condition due to the different types of spaces that I would feel when having a seizure and how the human form would react. Here are some examples of my artwork.
In addition by going to the Harry Potter muggles tour which involved visiting different areas where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. It allowed me to gain a real sense of the Bermondsey area and see how it both changes within the day and night and see how it provides different enhances the public in many ways. This could involve the idea of excitement, joy and wonder into what may happen next. By going to the Harry Potter Muggles tour it allowed me to gain a sense that the area of Bermondsey which holds The Drawing Room wants to capture the public’s attention and leave them wondering what will happen next no matter how long it will take. An example of this is a video that I recorded at the Harry Potter Muggles Tour which engages the viewer in the story telling that the speaker is expressing towards the public in the same way that The Drawing Room does.