conceptual art

conceptual art
noun: conceptual art
  1. art in which the idea or concept presented by the artist is considered more important than the finished product, if any such exists.
    The typical conceptual artist can be linked back to the work of Marcel Duchamp, working in the Da Da approach, by abandoning beauty, rarity and skill. Since conceptual artists used their work to question what art was, they often rejected museums and galleries as defining authorities.
    “Ideas alone can be works of art; they are in a chain of development that may eventually find some form. All ideas need not be made physical.”
    Conceptual Typography
    “Tree of Knowledge” by Joshua Stocker.
    “Tree of Knowledge”

Portfolio Panic

Off on my first University interview last week or so, and into making my portfolio I went. And two more digital portfolio’s due in on the same week – luckily though, I didn’t leave the main most complicated one to the last minute.

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And throwing in a couple pieces of my old stuff too





typography to the hearts content

A few weeks ago we were given a typography brief, and I cannot BEGIN to explain to you how giddy I felt when I read that piece of paper. We had almost two weeks, the first on sketchbook research; the second, a hand-rendered piece of typography work at least A2 size, and no scraping on the details. And NO IMAGERY.

The typography piece would be based on a line from a song we like, though some people used general quotes which is far enough. But before that was the research, and after copying some logos and researching the 12 rules of Typography, I wanted to get a little more imaginative, and started creating by own pretty quickly, using sarcastic quotes from text posts on tumblr.

To give a few examples…

“I want teeth as white and straight as the US government.”

“I’ll stop dressing in black when they invent a darker colour.”

“You known how there’s a theory no two people see a colour the exact same way, does that mean that colour is a pigment of your imagination.”


And after this we moved on…


“There’s a room where the light wont find you, holding hands while the was come tumbling down, when they do, I’ll be right behind you.”

And anyone who knows me well, which some of might not, but I have a little bit of an obsession with Russian, and am trying unsuccessfully to learn it, so I thought to tie in with my research since I finished the above piece early, why not create a few bilingual pieces? And with some colour this time, as one of my tutors was not-so-subtly hinting.


Good luck finding the English in the one on the left….

(A little late, but) A new Year heralds a New Brief and a new sketchbook.


A quick two day brief, consisting of a “drawing” and a multimedia piece. I looked at the fireworks on New Years Eve, from the perspective of satellite images, looking first at a multicoluored Europe and then a flashy globe of white explosions.


‘A Art students Christmas in Wales’

We had to start and finish a whole sketchbook for Christmas, which I proudly say I accomplished, even with all the visitors and walk ins this year.

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Anna Gillespie

Last weeks Critical Studies was based on land art, and environmental artists; and though I do not know much about the latter, land art has always been a favourite of mine.

More importantly, Anna Gillespie has been a favourite of mine for a couple of years now, with her figurative sculpture works made with bark, recycled paper, recycled wood chips, acorns, dead leaves – you name it she’s used it. Her works using these recycled materials typically is smooth and quite clean, whereas her works in bronze and masking tape always seem to me be more rough and ready (bobbly) – both styles I find appealing.

The work I most know her for however is her ‘Taste The Rain’ sculpture and series, made from things that have fallen from trees; bark, acorns, beechnut casings, sycamore keys.

Taste the Rain is part of an on going series of work using material that has fallen from trees: acorns, beechnut casings, leaves, bark, sycamore keys  - artist Anna Gillespie

Victor Felix Gallery: Anna Gillespie

Some of her other works….

Sculpture by Anna GillespieNot sure what this is but it's interesting.

Flying Boy - [Anna Gillespie] The charming 'brother' of the 'Strong Man' sculpture.  Another figure originally sculpted in masking tape, then cast in bronze, to make this delightful art work:

Flying Boy, originally sculpted in masking tape and then cast in bronze.

Anna Gillespie: Contemporary Figurative British Sculpture: Current Work. Glastonbury Festival 2013 made of recycled wood chips.

Glastonbury Festival 2013 made of recycled wood chips.

"To the outside world, we can seem calm, strong, and upright. But sometimes, underneath that, one is only just hanging on." - Anna Gillespie"I Don't  Want to Know" (2004), by Anna Gillespie. Plaster.

Minimalist illustrations….


I found this piece by an illustrator called Vikki Turner, who has her own website with a series of minimalist illustrations, though this is my favourite if I had to choose, probably because out of all of them it’s the most complicated and overlayed, whereas to me her other illustrations seemed a little flat. Going into this post I’m already fully aware I’m not a minimalist, but I’m going to give it a go.

This is another illustration I found that is inspired by minimalism from the Disney movie of Tangled, however this seems to be the only other illustration in particular that I could find, as most other minimalist inspired works come from the area of graphics.

Such as these:

A print from Needle Design inspired by Woody Allen’s film…

When looking at Miniamlist influences on illustration and graphics I didn’t find much work that took my fancy, apart from this work in a paper cut style that looks 3D and complex despite it’s simple design, which I guess is kind of the point of minalism – with both that idea and the use of material.

by Eiko Ojala

Along with these poster designs…

Liverpool-based designer Rowan Stocks-Moore decided to jazz things up a bit. In this eleven poster series, he captures the essence of Classic Disney films while also offering the viewer plenty of surprises.    We’ve seen this minimalist style before in posters of Pixar movies and superheroes, but Stocks-Moore takes it one step further. He utilizes the negative space and silhouetted features to create optical illusions. Many of his posters offer more than first meets the eye.