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iippo's Lab

Here's all sorts of stuff that are in the works right now. As you read, please share any and all thoughts you have. My isolation is seriously damaging to my professionalism. I need exchange!
This thing is inspired by this thing:
Don't forget: I have no need of your God-damned sympathy either.

The main body of work right now is a series of fifteen self-portraits done in colour pencils on these old crummy wrapping papers (think chipshop paper, but old and yellowing, and y'know, clean). I kind of have an obsession with those papers. There's five head five bust- and five full body portraits, they all all dressed in white. Using a lot of renaissance masters as reference/inspiration (especially Botticelli and Giotto, also Whistler because of the white y'know... But a lot more from all periods too). Each of the drawings focuses on one body part (hands, ears, back etc...) and that body part is either obscured or out of frame.

I'd almost-finished all of the drawings, but I'm now reconsidering: some of them should look "unfinished" (like only have outlines, only be a sketch, only have one colour or one detail fully finished etc...) and since I don't like how some of them turned out I'll redo them and leave them looking unfinished.

There's also a research write-up, like a reflective report that I'm doing at the same time (just like back in uni :3) It looks a lot at femininity and femaleness, about the female figure throughout art history, at the male gaze; also about religion and faith; perfection and eternity are big themes there too.

The plan for final display is both online and IRL. IRL it'll be exhibited in this box made out of white curtains, divided into four rooms like:
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| 2   | 3   |
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| 1   | 4   |

You go in through an opening at the front to room 1 and go clockwise through the curtains, and then come out through an opening in room 4. Each room will have 3-4 drawings inside. Online I had a thought that the drawings will be accompanied by sounds of me talking, kind of like voicing of thoughts, what's going on in her head -type thing. I'll try to be as honest and unpretentious when I do the recordings. I plan on basing a lot of them on that aspie test I did and the results of it (it really was an eye opener to realise that the inside of my head and how I react to the world around me is some how inherently different than "normal" people's... But this was a new though so I have very little more to say about that. One of them will probably be me singing Brad Paisley's Litte Moments from memory, the way my brain gets a stuck record (I get the lyrics wrong, I sing the same part over and over and over, I go in a circle, etc...) So somehow on the online presentation you click on the portrait and the sound will start playing. Maybe there will be a more linear YouTube version where the portrait is displayed on the video for as long as the sound plays, and they'll be in sequence of the rooms.

This project has been more like therapy than art. I've been really secretive (I still am not showing the drawings to people) and private about it.

I'm also really interested in the "next movement" in art. I think pomo is done and it's become pointless by now (it wasn't pointless at the beginning, since we did become too cynical for modernism - but cynicism will only take you so far before you reach self-destruction). The Tate and Nicholas Bourriaud are talking about an Altermodern and I'm very interested in that. I'm also looking into the Renaissance because there is talk of a Mormon Renaissance (which actually works really well with the Altermodern stuff), so that's something I'm also writing about. Perhaps either to publish with Dialogue or Sunstone or somesuch, definitely with MormonArtist too.

I've seen some criticism against Altermodern, saying "why go back to 'somethingmodern' can't we move on from modernism already?" A friend of mine expressed the thought that pomo is like the wave washing to the shore, it's thin and it can only go so far until it has to recede back to where it came from, to get something with more depth. A kind of a return to modernism. There is also some interesting discussion going on about the relationship between art and science, and a call for people to understand that the two are not mutually exclusive and will in fact help one another in a dialogue. I also read an observation about how our time is completely dependent on science but no one understands science. And in my mind I was comparing that to the modernist "gentleman" who dabbled in sciences and had a very thorough understanding of the sciences of his time. Also, it's time to end the polarised differences between science and religion too: the two are not mutually exclusive and we need to let them coexist without both trying to discredit the other one (this is me being mad at both of you, Richard Dawkins and Fundie Christian flat-eathists! >:C start being nice, the lot of you! D: )

Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
I'm going to stage a play where both these plays are played at the same time on the stage (y'know how they cross over a lot? Those scenes will be in the middle of the stage and RGAD-only scenes will happen in the left section of stagge and Hamlet-only scenes in the right section of the stage). I'm currently in the process of reading through the texts over and over and seeing how they'd fit together. I need to figure out a way to write them out somehow on one page alongside one another so that they'll stay in sync well. Maybe I'll do it on a wiki with boxes like these, this might work... :3

Hamlet is gay. Need to decide if he is actually mad or not.
R&G are opposites, like a cat and a dog. They are necronauts.
King has Elsalvadorian accent whee v=b, Queen has a Swedish accent, says "roosencrantz" and "yust" instead of "just"
Masks, readers, bodies, puppets, subtitles (overhead like in the opera?)

NumberPedia is also something very important going on right now :)

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2012-03-05 [SilverFire]: This divide between srs art and illustrative arts is really confusing me at the moment. Are we allowed to be both? Should I remove my old anime-style & fantasy illustrations from my DA art gallery, or move them to a separate account because they some how drag the fine-art stuff down? I mean, DA is more for illustrative art anyways. And sometimes I feel 'eh, this doesn't seem very professional, perhaps I should have separate galleries' and then I think 'but I'm NOT very professional, and the only thing I've ever consistently been is eclectic. So.. why the hell can't my gallery show that?" Especially since my ultimate goal in life is to be a polymath. <_< But then I was thinking "weeeell, do you see any other modern/contemporary artists doing this? THey have their formal body of work, and 'hey, here's a fantasy doodle Emin did!' and no, you don't. <_< Why not? Is their creativity really that restricted that they can now only think in fine art terms? Has art school bashed all other forms of creativity out of them?

2012-03-05 [iippo]: Yeah, isn't it awful? :/ It's almost like... "if it's a picture of anything done with any kind of skill, it's not cool enough to be art." But it's really weird because Fine Art, Illustration and Design are usually in the same building in art school, often you share lectures and what not, and everyone and their uncle these days are saying how awesome and important crossover between disciplines is (when I did the Impressionism evening gig with the music students everyone was like "yeah assum!" - but no one came from the art building over to the music building when it was actually on, except the artists involved -_-;;; ) - but then, you shouldn't do what the other ones are doing oh no. Especially "stepping down" from Fine Art to illustration is like a taboo. :/

The fact that a lot of artists are using craft techniques is a good step in the right direction. But heaven forbid if anyone in Car Design wanted to use oil paints or anything but 3D programmes or the clay stuff.

BAS will probably struggle with this quite a bit, people putting us into a box and thinking "oh no, not me..."

2012-03-05 [SilverFire]: I also get the impression that as an artist, you're supposed to cultivate an aura of mystery and aloofness. Real artists only eat, sleep, or worry if somehow it's related to their work (or their work is related to it).

2012-03-05 [Aradon Templar]: I think I've stumbled across a few dA galleries that had a variety of art styles, as well as levels of seriousness. They aren't common, but I'll keep an eye out for them in the future.

I wonder if the divide is possibly related to art that is intellectually deep vs. emotionally deep. A lot of illustrative art, to me, captures some feelings, while serious art is a lot more intellectually intensive and can lead to mental discoveries instead. In other words, the purpose of illustrative art is to make you feel something, while the purpose of serious art is to make you think something (or realize something). I'm not sure if this is just my approach to art or something more widespread, though. If it is, does this suggest that it's simply rarer to see an artist capable of both methods of art? Perhaps srs artists forego emotional art to stay more focused on intellectual art. (As a disclaimer, I'm not trying to suggest that intellectual art can't elicit emotions. I would say that when they do deal with emotions, it's on a more intellectual scale than visceral scale. For instance, intellectual art that evokes certain emotions could do so with the intent to cause you to make a connection between that emotion and something in the picture.)

2012-03-06 [iippo]: Humm, I don't think the divide goes at intellect-vs-emotion. I'd say those are on one side - the side of Fine Art (since art throughout ages has been used to inspire for faith and goodness, to praise God or King, the beauty of art has had the power to move the viewer/listener/reader to tears or something, etc...), and on the other side of the divide are the kinds of art that have no such noble... anything. There definitely is a feeling of superiority in Fine Art against the "useful arts". Especially illustration, since its purpose is just to illustrate something else (a text/song/person), so the image is servant to that other thing. Design is servant to function and marketing so that's definitely "dirty" in comparison, and craft - well, they just make stuff to be used in everyday life so clearly they are the lowest of all -_-

Perhaps it's a time thing. In art you supposedly make something timeless and lasting, but design, illustration and craft are all going to get outdated or old or broken, need to be replaced.

Obviously all these divides are outdated too since contemporary art is no different - but the thinking is stuck.

I think it's incredibly fascinating though how there is very little difference between illustration - especially the most talented dA kind - and history painting, religious painting etc... of the old masters. Why is an illustration of a Greek myth fine art when it's done by someone famous long time ago on a canvas, but the same topic done nowadays on Photoshop is not fine art?

2012-03-06 [Aradon Templar]: Eh, I don't think I'm seeing the exact distinction you guys are making then about illustrative art. To pull an example I like from Silvie's gallery, would you consider this to be fine art or illustrative art?

2012-03-06 [SilverFire]: Illustration. It has a narrative behind it, it shows part of a story, there's little intellectual content to engage with.

I always feel that the distinction outlined by iippo is such a false one - my "fine art" IS illustration. It's illustration of academic research and ideas. It's an illustration for a research paper. It's just another way of showing the information.

2012-03-07 [iippo]: I think your stitching manages to hide the illustration-ness because it's "abstract" and because of the medium. If you were to make graphs of "this is what the Iliad would look like if every letter was replaced by this colour" in Photoshop then everyone would go "waitaminute! This is information graphics! I see what you did there!" It's a baffling mix where things are judged kind of on a gut feeling based on some really intricate invisible rules -_- So you develop this... almost shame about making the wrong kind of thing.

Basically it feels like making any kind of a "pretty picture" is shunned. Trying to make anything perfect is bad. And pretty much the only acceptable way of having those kind of images is if it's somehow subversive and oh so clever and might possibly upset stuffy people :/

And if you are not a Renaissance master, thou shalt not draw fantasy images. -_-

2012-04-15 [iippo]: Note to self. Today's lesson learnt: on off-white paper, after initial drawing, treat entire surface into three sections: light, shadow and neutral. On light, rub chalk everywhere on it (no matter what colour the light itself will be - this will also be an awesome idea if wanting really brilliant luminous colours). On shadow, rub a light layer of coal (again, even if the shadow itself shall be a different colour than black) - the black underneath will make an astonishing feel and look to the shadow, and helps understand "light with black" and "black as queen of the colours" stuff. Neutral leave untouched and work the colour right on top of it. Sometimes, if you want the colour of the paper, it is a good idea to colour the paper with a pencil the same colour as the paper itself very lightly, I don't know how but it just looks better than the untouched paper. Sometimes, not as a rule. The black and the white as a rule, though, save yourself alot of trouble.

(Painting with coloured pencils. Rules of painting apply: primer, thin, thick. For thick touches at the end, lick the end of the pencil, though effectiveness will depend on the quality of pencil.)

2012-04-15 [SilverFire]: -demands pikchores-

2012-04-16 [iippo]: But there aren't any ;_;
But while I have you, which episode of Sherlock had the fake painting that he pointed to a star and said "hah! that star wasn't there at the time of the painting of this painting!" - or rather, what painting was he talking about? This is relevant to my interests.

2012-04-16 [SilverFire]: It's the final episode in the first series. (i.e. episode 3) - The Great Game. And it's a Vermeer painting, I think?

2012-04-16 [iippo]: Oooh wait, I remember now, it wasn't a copy of a real one, but a supposedly new find. Is less relevant nao.

2012-05-18 [SilverFire]: iippo's Lab, Aradon's Workplace. :3 I love the names of some of these wikis.

2012-05-22 [iippo]: You need one too, then.

2012-05-22 [SilverFire]: I'm not organised enough to keep it all in one place. <_<

2012-05-22 [Viking]: You could make Silvie's Sweatshop =)

2012-06-24 [SilverFire]: a) Oh holy crap: maybe I should make teh note to self project me actually just stitching out whatever people say/write following the words "note to self". D:

b) re-reading some of this, to me, the 'art and science aren't mutually exclusive' argument is old and well... not an argument anymore. It's preaching to the choir. The real battle is trying to convince the other arts that they're not mutually exclusive. That an artist can have something worthwhile to "say" (paint/make/create) about linguistics or philosophy. They kind of haven't woken up to the fact that contemporary artists are more than "illustrators" - if someone makes a sculpture about The Graces, it's not a Bernini-style 'illustration' of the concept everyone is familiar with and accepts, it's a critique, it's an essay, or an argument, an interpretation, and it can have just as much to say - if they're prepared to listen - as their academic essays. 

c) Sweatshop is tempting, but I'm... I was about to say "really, really, really not organised enough to keep it in one place" but that's not entirely true - I'm not disorganised enough to keep stuff in one place. I'm a very compartmental person, I think. And I'm not sure what I'd keep in the sweatshop compartment. :P

2012-06-25 [iippo]: b) With both the sciences and the other rigorous academic subjects (like philo/lings) the problem that I still see is this burrowing. Everyone knows their own thing in great depth, at the exclusion of everything else, they've drilled a deep and narrow hole of expertise. And I think it's largely the reason why they would ignore the criticism/argument that an artist would present with their work because it's not in the right kind of format according to their standards. They cant read it, it's a foreign language to them.

But it is an old argument, you're right about that, because it is a modernity thing. A lot of that altermodern thinking (for me) is about going back a bit, since pomo doesn't get us any further, we've come to a deadend.

2012-08-16 [SilverFire]: I was reading a book the other day... a modern lit. theory book, I think. And everything it was saying about pomo I was like "Yes. I agree with this. But I think this is altermo, not pomo..."

(Stuff about art being collaborative/community-oriented/driven)

2012-08-16 [iippo]: We may have to wait until the art historians and theorists of the future come along and tell us how pomo and altermo are different. We just have to make them different :P

2012-08-16 [SilverFire]: Yes. We should probably stop caring about what to call what we do, and just do it. :P

2012-08-16 [iippo]: And make sure other people don't call it pomo >_>

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