Inside looking outoutside looking inOBJECTIVE – to consider the theme from one possible perspective - identity
Who are we? inside or outsideLynn HershmanHelen ChadwickAlison WattFrida KahloRebecca HornCindy ShermanMark Steven GreenfieldRachael HowardHannah HochBill ViolaMagdalena AbakanowiczPotential Artist Research
Lynn Hershman• Lynn Hershman is one ofthe most influential artistsworking in the areas ofgender, technology andidentity today.• Hershman works inphotography, video, photo-collage, and multi-mediainteractive installations.• Issues surrounding femaleidentity are at the forefrontof Hershman’s work andshe links these issues toour continued relationshipwith technology. Anotherkey theme is the notion ofprivacy in the era ofsurveillance.Phantom Limb Photograph
Mark Steven GreenfieldCollage/photographsfeature appropriatedphotographs of blackfaceentertainerssuperimposed with textpresented in the form ofan eye exam chart.Greenfield confronts theviewer with the legacy ofblackface minstrels andthe stereotypes itperpetuated about AfricanAmericans.
Banksy the outsider• Banksy is probably the mostpopular, yet mostmysterious, urban streetartist in the world. He hasbecome internationallyknown as a subversivegraffiti artist - yet managesto maintain a secret identity.• He is a counter-culturalprankster, but has art inmajor cosmopolitangalleries around the globe.Banksy’s work has sold toHollywood celebrities, butmuch of his subvertising isfreely (and illegally) drawnon public surfaces.• He works against the massmedia establishment, buthas been featured in local,national, international news.
Catrin Mostyn Jones• Work inspired by exploring images of thehuman body at a microscopic level, togetherwith fragmented textures and colours of creaturesof the sea.
• An altered door, "Women Story,"depicts a figure as negativespace — an apparition createdonly by its painted outline, whichlooks like encroaching mold.Above it, a series of tiny, drawnvertical dashes resemble bothnails and days ticked off by acaptive.• The nail, for example, yieldsmultiple, shared readings.Theres the omnipresentassociation of Christ staked to across, and its latent sense oftortuous sacrifice. Theres alsothe nail as construction tool.Here, nails form crosses. Nail-like tick marks representlanguage — the birth ofPuni KukahikoLong, thick nails slide into hinges,propping dual doors into makeshiftconstructions that deconstruct thevarious connotations of shelter (aprison, built by sacrifice, theimposition of one cultures idea ofshelter onto anothers).•And then theres the "X": a mark ofthe cross, maps, the femalechromosome, and removal (exile,extinguish, to cross out).
portraits• Chuck Closes Big SelfPortrait and Kiki arepainted in very differentways. Can you guesswhy?• Consider MarsdenHartleys Portrait of aGerman officer. Doesthis look like the portraitsyou have seen before?What makes this work a"portrait?"• The Sande Mask andIntrigue both focus onmasks. What is a mask?Describe the differencesbetween the masksshown in these twoworks. Describe thesimilarities.Sometimes we wear a metaphorical mask to hidewhat is on the inside with what is on the outside.
For next lesson (Tuesday 18thJune)• Create a Powerpoint ofartwork from a widevariety of sourcesconsider looking outsideyour usual materials forinspiration.• Be bold and be ready topresent your images tothe group and explainwhy you found theminteresting.• photography• theatre• dance• architecture• graphic design• printmaking• painting• song lyrics• poems• quotes• textiles