Updated: Feb 10
Sophie Calle was one of my first biggest influences,
She's very good at engaging with her audience, using many different mediums and
I also love that she's always pushing the limitations and borders of art.
Her work is both intimate and universal, the first work I've seen by her was
" Voir La Mer " a documentation of people seeing the sea for the first time in their lives.
She read in the newspaper that there were people in Istanbul who had never seen the sea
before. She found this intriguing as Istanbul was surrounded by the sea.
She invited 14 people to come see the sea for the first time and filmed their reaction.
The film still from the series was published as a book,
and the film was shown in many different locations including galleries,
New York Times Square and Shibuya crossing.
Prouvost works with language and nature.
I've never seen her work in real life and long to.
I've watched one of her artist talks where she says
" I always felt neither my French or English was very good.
It's something that I always struggle with, but I love that words create images."
" I think writing opens a lot of visuals, everyone has their own image of a window, the seaside, etc"
" I love the misunderstandings "
This reminded me of the quote by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein
( He worked with language, science and silence. )
“ The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. “
Prouvost makes work about what we lose and also gain in these conversations.
p.s. As for me who has spoken in broken language all her life,
It helps me to create a playful way of thinking, things seem to become more fluid
And it makes you enjoy language as a form of art.
In Korean there’s a word called “ 언어유희”
Which roughly translates to “ The amusement and joy of playing with words “
I feel grateful for my broken Spanish, it’s really exciting to keep collecting more
words, and combining them in a new way even if doesn’t make sense
" When I'm drawing I become free, nobody can hurt me" - Lee
Lee Jung Seob (1916~1956) was known for being one of the most influential painters from Korea.
His style was considered modern western style.
During the Korean war ( 1950- 1953 )
Lee couldn't make artwork freely as the village up north he lived in had fallen under communist rule.
Lee fled to take refuge in Jeju island with his family seeking freedom and safety.
However after suffering in poverty, his wife and two sons leave to stay in Japan.
During the war, Lee struggled to find art material.
So he made drawings using cigarette packing foil, stitching awl, and wooden pens.
He lived another three years after war, during these years he made oil paintings of oxes and cows.
This drawing was included alongside with the letter sent to his child during the Korean War.
Lee was staying behind in Korea while his wife and two sons fled to Japan.
The description under the drawing reads
" My Taehyun, I hope you are healthy.
This is a drawing of you, your brother and your mother riding a beautiful brown cow.
Daddy is taking you to the warmer country, the thing above the cow is a cloud."
Anne Ryan is an Irish Painter based in London.
Earthly delites was roughly based on the painting " The Garden of Earthly Delights "
by Hieronymus Bosch. I still remember seeing this Earthly Delites exhibition last year and being
completely blown away.
The downstairs floor of the gallery was covered in cut out sculptures that were also paintings at the
same time. The colours were lively and vibrant. The cutouts were propped up on top of wooden
tables. It was almost eye level, so it definitely helped the viewers to enjoy every corner of these
standing paintings. Ryan uses hard cardboard and cuts out her imagined desired shapes and
paints them, this way she is frees herself from the burden of traditional square shaped canvases.
A sensational film about alienation and the limitations we face from language and love.
this film forever intrigues me and is definitely a movie that has been engraved in my heart.
Coppola portrays the heavy loneliness that comes from being far away from the world one
once experienced before. The feeling of being in exile, without being actually exile.
Interestingly this movie in Korea was called " 사랑도 통역이 되나요"
which translates to " Can love be translated "
In Spain it was called " Perdidos en Tokio " which roughly translates to " Lost in Tokyo "
It would be wonderful to write about alienation as a seperate subject.
Bantock, N. and Chronicle Books (Firm (1991). Griffin & Sabine : an extraordinary correspondence. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
This book was originally recommended by my American History teacher in highschool.
Micah, if you're reading this, I would like to say thank you.
In this imaginary correspondence, Bantock creates the character Griffin from London.
Griffin is a miserable and lonesome artist in his middle age, who one day receives a postcard from
an illusive character named Sabine who is also an artist and she claims to have admired him a
long time. Throughout this mystical series, it's very unclear if Sabine was ever real or a fragment of
Griffin's lonely mind. The book contains photocopies of the postcards and envelopes that open up
with printed letters. Inviting the viewers into their world.
Bantock's works reminds me of Joseph Cornell.
The imagery of birds and the poetic way he controls space,
his works also reminds me of the American artist Ray Johnson.
Ray used to mail his art to actual people, and in this way he collaborated with many minds despite
being an incredibly shy and reserved, enigmatic person.
Myoung Ho Lee 2007
Myoung ho Lee creates new ways of seeing through his photography.
He is interested in wiping out time and space and applying new meaning to his subjects.
The canvas is used as a device to help him to discover another layer of truth.
Laing, O. (2017). Lonely city - adventures in the art of being alone. Canongate Books Ltd.
" Nothing is more declarative of someone's priorities than how they spend their money,
Particularly when they don't have much of it.
Hot dogs for lunch, begging his neighbours for the gift of soap,
but 246 enlargements of children, clouds, flowers, soldiers, tornadoes and fires, so that he
could incorporate actual beauty and disaster into his unreal world. "