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Peter missen end of semester 1 state of play

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A chit chat to my fellow artist cohort on how the first semester has gone...

A chit chat to my fellow artist cohort on how the first semester has gone...

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  • 1. Peter Missen End of Semester 1 - state of play
  • 2. Me
    • Name: Peter Missen
    • Star sign: Leo
    • Nationality: British
    • Favourite artist: Patrick Caulfield
    • e-mail: [email_address]
    • LinkedIn: Peter Missen
    • Facebook: Peter Missen
    • Twitter: missenp
  • 3. Artist’s statement
    • I am a life long learner having enjoyed a great variety of evening courses since completing vocational education, mostly “O levels” and “A levels”.
    • “ A level” art was a particular favourite under the watchful eye of local artist Gill Hawkins way back in 1998. Gill’s art course included many day-trips to London to visit art exhibitions, which inspired me to paint. Among the exhibition visits Piet Mondrian and Patrick Caulfield were particularly appealing styles to me, as were Triptychs.
    • Since the “A level” art course I have been collecting paints and canvases for my retirement. And I’ve kept in touch with Gillian, visiting exhibitions and open studios when I can.
    • Following a pension crisis after a 21+ year career, I took early retirement from the IBM Software Development Laboratory in March 2010. Some 10 years earlier than planned!
    • The trauma of the pension crisis meant a change of style to a “throw the paint at the canvas” style, in order to release the pent up anger that the pension crisis and enforced early retirement caused. This was the root of the “A Splash of Colour” exhibition.
    • Painting portraits is something I’d really like to be able to do, once the inner anger has sufficiently subsided. I am not a betting person but It could take a while!
    • MA Fine Art course has opened my eyes to lots of new stuff – the world is my lobster…
  • 4. Some words/art things/terms I have been exposed to (no particular order)
    • reifying, workshop cuts, praxis, acme, found objects, narratology, collections, xenia, ceramics, Dadaism, Action Painting, the other Francis Bacon, rhopography, haptic, YBAs, ontology, Fauvism, Conceptual Art, deconstruction, Pugwash, Instructional art, Performance art, semiotics, tachisme, situationalists, slumping, vanitas, public works of art, commodity fetishism, mass observation, gallery commission, Spanish still life, austerity, Saatchi online, protesting (SORT IT OUT), ...
  • 5. Some artists I have been exposed to (no particular order)
    • Jackson Pollock, Barbara Kruger, Pete Codling, Francis Bacon, Mark McGowan, Carey Young, Labrador, Anne Vallayer-Coster, Caravaggio, Cezanne, Diego Velazquez, Chardin, Francisco de Zurbaran, Jan Steen, Joachim Beuckelaer, Juan Gris, Juan Sanchez Cotan, Pieter Aertsen, Trimalchio, Willem Kalf
  • 6. Happenings during the course
    • Facebook usage
    • Seminar groups
    • Inductions
    • Ceramics/glass workshop/Protest against the cuts
    • 3D workshop
    • Print workshop
    • Light photos
    • Found objects – Aluminium cans
    • Atkinson Gallery exhibition
    • Beach collecting
    • Peter’s participation projects
    • Extra lectures
    • Visits
  • 7. Facebook usage
    • Using Facebook to document progress
    • Created a group
    • MA Fine Art 2011-2013
    • 10 members so far
    • Created lots of photo albums
  • 8. Some Facebook photo albums
    • Light experiments
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150347338554556.365791.697879555&type=1&l=d6dd6a0ea6
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150354042884556.367055.697879555&type=1&l=56ff5ed989
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150356482004556.367586.697879555&type=1&l=0842b9ff50
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150357918079556.367901.697879555&type=1&l=5d9bf15af7
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150435785174556.379900.697879555&type=1&l=6637da6a6a
    • Textures
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150345661604556.365420.697879555&type=1&l=c7b30e09ce
    • Cans
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150337633464556.363827.697879555&type=1&l=dbf2238286
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150295445379556.354704.697879555&type=1&l=a4aff77e46
    • Workshops
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150370893629556.370452.697879555&type=1&l=bfc2ed1908
    • Participation projects
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150349747224556.366257.697879555&type=1&l=efbd41c122
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150434591344556.379767.697879555&type=1&l=5470d47705
  • 9. Seminar groups
    • I did not really fit into any of the six groups
    • I am ostensibly an “Action Painter”
    • (though I did not know the term)
    • Group 3 was the lesser of all the evils!
    • “ The Individual and the Social, Art and Society,
    • Art and Politics.”
    • Did some research into Guy Debord’s “The Society of the Spectacle” – an awesome read…
  • 10. Inductions
    • Clay
    • Glass
    • 3D workshop
    • Printing
    • Library
    • Need to do:
      • Small metals
      • Photography
      • Laser cutter
  • 11. Ceramics/Glass workshop
    • Been playing with glass and ceramics
      • Slumping
      • Glazing
    • Gutted the workshop is closing
      • Joined the demonstration
        • Banner was “SORT IT OUT”
        • Made the Pugwash front page 3 times
    • Disappointed they don’t have a glass blow torch as I wanted to make some glasswork.
    • And Eldon is not open 24/7 which is dreadful
  • 12. 3D workshop
    • Did the induction
    • Made some stuff
      • a palette
      • a gallows
      • a Mega Magnet holder
    • Got a bit of laser cutter use
  • 13. Print workshop
    • Did the induction
    • Offset litho machine very exciting
      • Will have a bash next year
      • I meter sized posters
      • Limited edition action painting prints
      • Will bash out loads
      • Have got a huge roll of printing card to use
      • Found a big guillotine in the photography area
  • 14. Light Photos
    • Experiments at the seafront
    • Several mornings and evenings
    • Action painting with light
    • Loads of pictures on Facebook
  • 15. Light Photos
    • Light experiments
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150347338554556.365791.697879555&type=1&l=d6dd6a0ea6
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150354042884556.367055.697879555&type=1&l=56ff5ed989
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150356482004556.367586.697879555&type=1&l=0842b9ff50
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150357918079556.367901.697879555&type=1&l=5d9bf15af7
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150435785174556.379900.697879555&type=1&l=6637da6a6a
  • 16. Aluminium Cans
    • Been collecting aluminium cans
      • From the road
        • Most of these are flat (Road kill!)
        • Why did the hedgehog cross the road?
      • From the beach
        • Signs of wear/degradation
      • From the Common/Castle Fields
        • Usually whole and unblemished
        • Some even unopened!
  • 17. Cans Photos
    • Facebook albums
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150250259674556.340451.697879555&type=1&l=50c9c25e13
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150337633464556.363827.697879555&type=1&l=dbf2238286
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150295445379556.354704.697879555&type=1&l=a4aff77e46
  • 18. Atkinson Gallery exhibition
    • Entered 4 pieces aligned with my seminar group
    • Having a dig at the French flag (Politics)
      • Tricolor Triptych
        • French flag – adorned with England jewellery
      • Ceramics on wood
        • Blue, white, and red mince pies on a cheese board (fromage)
      • Aluminium cans on Tarmac
        • All flattened by cars on the road
        • Blue - Fosters, White - Red stripe, Red – Coke
        • Australia – Jamaica – USA
      • Hanging French Punk
        • Champagne corks, wood, string, plastic
        • Gallows glue was still wet on the last day for entries
  • 19. Atkinson Gallery exhibition
    • Selecting names for the pieces of art
      • Lots of thought!!!
      • Two levels of indirection
        • (Start with a word/phrase, engineer a numeric link, then apply several mathematical operations to get a number)
    • I used “Overt obfuscation” then the number
      • Tricolor Triptych “Overt obfuscation 0.0029850746”
      • Ceramics on wood ”Overt obfuscation 0.0017667845”
      • Aluminium cans on Tarmac “Overt obfuscation 0.0024145617”
      • Hanging French Punk “Overt obfuscation 0.0015568666”
  • 20. Atkinson Gallery exhibition - photos
  • 21. Atkinson Gallery exhibition - photos
  • 22. Atkinson Gallery exhibition - photos
  • 23. Atkinson Gallery exhibition - photos
  • 24. Atkinson Gallery exhibition - letter
    • Got the same reject letter as others on the course
  • 25. Beach collecting
    • Found objects
      • Aluminium cans
      • 1,000,000 Pebbles (By Pete Codling)
      • Wood
      • Flotsam and Jetsam
    • Plans
      • Catch of the day
        • cans – classified (size, colour, type of drink)
        • logs – charred old logs in new bag
      • Beach still life assemblage (emulating Spanish)
      • Classifying pebbles (number, colour, shape)
  • 26. Peter’s participation projects
    • Things in the MA space for all to contribute to
      • Blank White Canvas
      • Filing cabinet “PAiNT ME”
    • NO RULES
    • Dump your unwanted paint etc. on them
  • 27. Participation projects - Canvas
    • Blank White Canvas in the MA space
      • I’ll put a new blank out when I decide it’s done
      • Will aim to produce triptychs
      • Different colour backgrounds to follow…
  • 28. Participation canvas progress
    • Facebook album
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150349747224556.366257.697879555&type=1&l=efbd41c122
  • 29. Participation cabinet progress
    • Facebook album
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150434591344556.379767.697879555&type=1&l=5470d47705
  • 30. Extra lectures attended
    • Digital Design Media
      • Research methods
        • Michelle Anne
        • Simone
    • Aspex – Emergency 5 feedback
    • https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150272636804556.347708.697879555&type=1&l=5f729bccd9
    • Spanish still life lecture
    • Currently reading “Looking at the Overlooked”
    • Four Essays on Still Life Painting by Norman Bryson
  • 31. Visits - since the course began
    • gASP
      • Come together
      • Steve Chivalry (graduate prize)
      • Entre chien et loup – Dominique
      • Is Britain Great? 3
    • gASP@ The Guildhall
    • Aspex
      • Emergency 5
      • Dominique
  • 32. More Visits
    • Bournemouth
      • Russell Cotes
      • The ArtHouse
      • The Library
    • Portsmouth
      • Above the Blue (Port Solent)
      • gASP (Brougham Road)
      • Aspex (Gunwharf)
      • Southsea Gallery (Albert Road)
      • Central Library (Guildhall Square)
      • Southsea Library (Palmerston Road)
      • Guildhall (Guildhall Square)
    • London
      • KPMG building (Canary wharf)
  • 33. Private View Visits
    • gASP – lots!
    • Portsmouth Central Library - several
    • Guildhall
      • [email_address]
    • Southsea Library
      • 9 lives of a cat – Anna Edwards
    • Bournemouth
      • ArtHouse - “White Winter” inc Henry Moore work
    • Eldon
      • Modern Vanitas - Tyran Hawthorn
      • Farewell to SPACE - Pete Codling
  • 34. Trips abroad
    • New York
      • Signed up for the trip
        • Cancelled due to lack of interest, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    • Berlin
      • Signed up for the trip in January
        • Huge list of things to see from my A level Art teacher
        • Not yet confirmed I have a place
  • 35. What about the future?
    • Lots more experiments
      • Ceramics and glass while we can
    • Need to have a go in the Printing space
      • Next year as it will still be there!
    • Keeping an eye on “commercial” aspects
      • Paintings/Installations?
      • Gallery space/Studio space?
      • Grants/any cash available?
      • I have a 90 minute session with the Cibas Director on Thursday
      • (Creative industries business advice and skills development service)
      • http://www.port.ac.uk/research/cibas/
    • MA Project – nothing concrete yet
      • Too many ideas!
    • I need an “effing” big space to instantiate all my ideas
      • My attic is 9m x 5m so could be in the firing line for some action…
  • 36. That’s all folks…
    • Any questions?
    • Thoughts?
    • Comments?
    • Feedback?
    • Advice?