research: vna museum

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RESEARCHING 1920S:

  • fashion exhibit very helpful in providing specific references and examples
  • good references for art deco posters and graphics, certain furniture, textiles and home objects, though didn’t make distinction clear between high/working class
  • other museum visits needed for better understanding of ways of life during period

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Benny Lam – Hong Kong photographer, Subdivided Flats series, 2012

  • was the first time I have seen hong kong artists being exhibited in london museums, was incredibly proud and pleasantly surprised!
  • familiar with this series, was very popular in hong kong and brought to light the important issue of housing in overcrowded hk
  • incredibly powerful pictures that capture the feeling and lifestyle of living in such small rooms, from first hand experience of hk

 

national gallery /tate modern/somerset house

national gallery:

 

 

 

 

<– sketching passing people, time lapse captured in sketch form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TATE MODERN

surrealist art exhibition

               

‘The Autobiography of an Embryo’, Elleen Agar, 1934

Metamorphosis of Narcissus, Salvador Dali, 1937

 

Somerset House (1) (2) – utopia exhibition

utopia blog:

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  • interesting themes and concepts, existentialism, life/death, inevitability

utopia exhibition:

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sunken cities @ british museum

TO WATCH/RESEARCH:

  • Alexander movie w/ jared leto
  • Stargate (1994)

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Having been fascinated with Egyptian history, mythology and culture since primary school when we learned about all the Egyptian gods in class, this exhibition was a delight to behold and satisfied my inner Egyptian soul very much.

Previously, I didn’t even know of the existence of these two sunken Egyptian cities (Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus), nor of the Greek invasion and the merging of Egyptian and Greek culture and mythology. It’s fascinating how even 2000 years ago, beliefs had common ground between them, much like religions today have common belief in a greater power.

It amazed me how perfectly intact some of the relics were even after thousands of years submerged in water, the hieroglyphics were completely readable as if they had been carved yesterday. I also did not know wood could be submerged for so long and not decay, as many of the sculptures had been carved out of large blocks of wood.

Quick sketches of the museum architecture and exhibits – interesting forms and designs that may inspire this project? 

Whilst looking for images from the exhibition, I came across concept art for the other famous sunken city Atlantis that I really liked the aesthetic of:

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from article: Researchers Might Have Found the Sunken City of Atlantis, But Nobody is Talking About It Anymore’

 

Photography:

  

Observing crowds and people watching around the British Museum.

  

Finally understand where all the iconic photos of the curved grid ceiling came from, can’t believe it is the first time I’ve been to the British Museum in over a year!

  

Lovely shadows and architectural shapes outside the museum.

Tottenham Court Road tube station has some wonderful graphic shapes and spaces created at the moment!

day at the tate

Started off the day at Borough, need to explore Borough Market more once its fully open in the day! Lots of interesting alleyways and architecture around here.

 

Southbank itself is always a beauty.

 

Inside Tate Modern itself, there was a huge moving shadow installation happening, where viewers could lay back and watch the moving panels above as if in a trance. The shadows created were of planks moving up and down, which was fascinating but I wonder if this much trouble and organisation is worth it for the ~art~ factor!

Amazing views from the 10th floor viewing platform of the new Tate Switch House building, makes you feel so small surrounded by the ever-bustling city that looks like a miniature set from so high up.

  

Onto the actual art:

     

      

To round the day off – having fun popping huge bubbles!