This little research question asks us to ‘write down the Signifier and the Signified of such images.’ and to ‘Take note of the places where these phenomena are formed and their relationship to the land.’
As a reminder, the signifier is the form a sign takes, and the signified is the concept that the sign represents.
The signifier here is the crop circles themselves. There are two concepts signified by them. The first is the concept of art, such as in the case of Rob Dickinson, who is talked about in the Places () excerpt. The circles he and his … Read the rest
We are asked to read an article on the Tate website, make notes, and highlight any artists we might want to look into further.
This is not the original article, as it has been taken down, but one detailed in the course errata. All the same, it was a very useful introduction to many artists who use text in their work, and the different types of text usage. Here are some notes I made:
‘Found’ Words: Printed Packaging, Labels and Layers
- Add visual interest to work
- Kurt Schwitters added bus tickets, sweet wrappers and other scraps to his works
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This exercise asks us to look at the work of Katie Paterson, particularly her piece Vatnajökull (the sound of).
We are asked how we would define this piece in terms of media, and told to make notes on the different layers of existence, the forms it has been displayed in, how it’s a genuinely site specific piece (unlike Longlayer from Project 2), and on Vatnajökull’s relationship to place, as well as Paterson’s use of text.
Firstly, I would categorise the original piece as mixed media. It is a sound installation, but there is also the neon phone number displayed … Read the rest
We are asked to:
Make a list of the artists mentioned in Dean and Millar’s essay. Look up at least one piece by each of the artists mentioned whose work incorporates text. How many of these pieces are relevant to the theme of ‘place’ and how do they reference place? Make notes in your learning log.
There are quite a few artists mentioned:
- Caspar David Friedrich
Known for landscapes featuring contemplative figures.
- John Constable
Famous for his landscapes of the Suffolk countryside.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay
Finlay was a poet and writer, as well as an artist (and gardener). He has
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