BA Hons Photography
Google Art Project & iTunes U

Michael Wolf, tc86, 2008: Following on from this weeks Lecture, and the blog references, do have a look at the following resources for inspiration and support for your studies. The Google Art Project site is especially useful in both helping you with references; the iTunes U is helpful in developing your learning methodology.

 

GOOGLE ART PROJECT

Google Art Project, documents some of the great works held by museum and art galleries form around the world – the works are digitised at high resolution so that you may interrogate the processes used by the artists in the making of the work

We spoke all to briefly about the work of Michael Wolf. To directly quote form the website: ‘Michael Wolf was born in Munich, Germany, and grew up in the US where he graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1973. He also studied photography under the tutorship of Professor Otto Steinert in the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany. He has worked as a photographer and author in China for ten years, and has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1994. The Transparent City, like many cities in the world, Chicago has implemented many forward-looking architectural projects in recent years in an attempt to incorporate new architecture into the old urban fabric. Chicago’s cityscape gives the artist a unique photographic perspective. Michael Wolf has chosen to photograph in the city centre and focuses on such issues as voyeurism and transformations of the modern cityscape. He deforms, denaturalizes, and dramatically magnifies the images with digital technologies, and uses telephoto zoom lenses to photograph surreptitiously the life of modern city dwellers.”

 

Another example, is Paul Cezannes, Still-life with Flowers and Fruit, 1888-1890. (Please note that this is a cropped, detail of the original)

 

The site gives a brief narrative of the work:

‘In the 1880s, Cézanne’s work centered around still lifes. He produced over 170 paintings in this genre, with the same elements but rearranging them in order to arrive at new formal and painterly answers. A wooden table, a tablecloth, fruits, and a ginger jar were all items in his standard repertoire, with the addition here for the first time of a generous bunch of wildflowers — daisies, carnations, and poppies. None of Cézanne’s other still lifes are so rich in decorative detail, yet the space retains its simplicity of character, and the work retains its formal rigor. The opulence of the right-hand side of the image is balanced by the dark background and the cool, white tablecloth. The individual objects are sensually portrayed and relate in a somewhat monolithic manner to each other and to the picture space. They are an expression of Cézanne’s search for the being of things, which in itself comes through particularly in his style of painting. The surrounding space is divided into planes, but each is alive in every detail — permeated, dissolved, and reconstituted. The colours are of an infinite richness and vibrate in the juxtaposition of finely gradated light values and tones. The picture is notable for its cool, harmonious colour chords — green, yellow, and violet or red, white, and blue. Cézanne’s constant rearrangements were made in an attempt to grasp and understand the objects. He consciously chose the diffuse light of the studio in preference to bright daylight in order to emphasize the sheer physicality of the objects. The objects in Cézanne’s still lifes, whether for daily use, artificial, or natural, are detached from their normal function. Cézanne’s still lifes reflect his recognition that there are laws governing the world and the portrayal of its complexity.” Prestel Verlag / Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Karin Schrader

 

 

 iTUNES U

Referenced below are just a small snapshot of some of the free online guides available to download. Do search for Artist interviews, for instance Alec Soth, and Steve Pyke discuss their work in another online presentation.

Academic Writing – Writing Process

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/itunes-u/academic-writing-writing-process/id391327623

 

Start Writing Essays – An audio guide

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/itunes-u/start-writing-essays-audio/id380223854

 

 

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