A Place Beyond Belief is a 2012 work by Nathan Coley which you can view on his website here. It’s described as illuminated text on scaffolding, measuring 6m x 7m x 3m.
We are asked some initial questions about it:
- What’s your first response to this piece?
At first look, I thought it was quite cool. The lights look like those on an old American theatre, or a bit like the lights around those Hollywood dressing table mirrors that I’ve always loved. The text coupled with the pretty lights makes it look like it could be the entrance to … 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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