Friday, August 23, 2013

Photo Appreciation of the Day - Richard Billingham

The photo of the day is by Richard Billingham and is yet another black and white photograph. I chose this photograph as I was instantly drawn to the man's heartily laugh and his disregard of having his photograph taken without his false teeth in. I am nosey and I want to know why he is laughing and I want to join in on his fun. 

The photo uncovers a simplistic way of life reiterating to me that happiness should come from within and not from the non essential trappings of the materialistic world. Full of character this man has had years of laughter and these years have been the building blocks of his friendly personality. This man has no airs or graces and what you see is what you get, he has a raw truth about him that you only tend to see in a child, which unfortunately tends to get lost in the journey into adulthood. His surroundings are basic and are placed in a disorganised fashion with a make shift bedroom unit, but he's happy and has no regrets, he's seen it all as far as he's concerned.

Karin Mamma Anderson Paintings - What Do You See?

Karin Mamma Anderson and her paintings are the ones I have chosen to look at today. Previously when I observed modern paintings of everyday objects I would think, why would anyone be interested in painting something so ordinary, what does it offer the viewer, what is the intention of the painter? But as I once learnt from an exhibition of old photographs of children playing which was running alongside recently taken photographs of children also playing. I came to understand the concept and I found that I appreciated the old photos of children and seeing them happily playing with spinning tops as this wasn't something I had witnessed so found them interesting and in years to come the recently taken photos of children playing out on their bikes would also be appreciated like I did of the old. This was like an epiphany for me, so now I feel I have a better understanding of modern artists who's subject could be seen as customary.

Back to the painting of the TV's. The TV's are on a very basic looking stand so I am thinking this scene is from a school or college where the painter attended or worked and the double TV is recording programmes for the pupils to watch later. Showing on both TV's are scenes with what appears to be snow, so maybe they are showing sporting events and these winter sports are very popular with pupils from this school or nationally recognised as sports the country itself excels in.

I do like the colours or should I say the lack of colours and the simplicity of this painting, it is what it is, a painting of two TV's and two recording devices off centre in front of some long grey curtains. This could be a lowly lit storage room as no visible features can be seen on any of the electronic devices. In the future the younger generation will be astonished and laugh at having to have two TV's to record two programmes that are broadcast simultaneously, just like I was amused by the children who entertained themselves with a large hoop and a stick rather than a bike or a games console. 

Moving onto the second painting by Karin Mamma Anderson I am thinking this is a classroom that has been wrecked by some persons breaking an entry or this school/college has some disobedient pupils. From what I can see the material of the blue seat to the right of the painting is torn, paintings have been strewn across the room showing a disrespect for the work of others or in fact their own, some of the chairs have been tipped over and one of the tables is turned upside down. Is this an actual scene or does it represent how Ms Anderson feels about the pupils in her art class? Is it showing they have no appreciation of art and are disrespectful towards their schooling by leaving the class room in an orderless fashion.

Being a relatively tidy person looking at this painting makes me want to tidy the mess up and if I owned this painting it would make me feel like this every time I looked at it. But if every piece of art we laid our eyes on was pleasurable, viewing art would soon become a mundane experience and I think we should always try and extend our outlook beyond what we feel comfortable with, as that is how we learn and grow as individuals.