Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha is an America artist who pairs text with drawings and paintings. His images are often simple and filled with colour, whilst the language is often humorous and quite poetic. Instead of just painting or placing words on his canvas, he pays a great deal of attention to the font and the placement. The it then becomes something visual and more of an object rather than plain text.

The relationship between the text and images can be mysterious. The audience will then observe more closely to both to try and figure out the link within the objects. There is a juxtaposition between art and design similar to what is seen in pop art.

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Design Miami: Plane Text

Plane Text is an aerial exhibition of words created by a variety of artist such as Ed Ruscha and Jack Pierson. Phrases from their work has been taken and flown in the Miami skiy.

The method of displaying the text is very different and I have never seen anything like it before. But what is really capturing is the images of the actual exhibition. The photos shows an idea of image and text.

When I first come across these images, I tried hard to figure out how the text and images linked. And of course they do not, but this what I like because it allows the audience to think more about what they are looking at and also reading. I am also inspired by the composition within the text. It is likely the photographer did not have a plan about shooting the text in certain place. But I like how off balance they are and how other elements such as the plane, clouds and the plants frames them.

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SIP Workshop

Today we had a research workshop to helps more on different ways to get started. When researching, I tend to use the internet and sometime books to find out information whether it is text or visuals.

In the session we had 30 A5 sheets of paper all laid out on a table and numbered 1-30 per person. Similar to bingo, our tutor shouted out random numbers from 1-30 and we had to put down anything that was in our heads on the sheet with that number. When I mean anything, I mean things that had to do with our project. This could be cutting out images we had with us, writing words down, drawing, scribbling etc.

Our brains have a concentration time of 45 minutes and after that we start to lose it. So after 45 minutes of doing this we were rewarded a break, then we got back to it.

I had a mix of emotions going through the exercise but I found it fun.It is intense as you have to think hard and fast, as well as trying not to lose concentration. Nevertheless, my brain did drift off and I forgot everything that was around me, which was the purpose of the workshop. To help us with our studies, it is important that we love our work so much that we drift off and lose time when working. And instead of not doing work when we are stuck, that we just keep our hands moving anyway because it is more stressful not doing work and you might even gain a new idea when doing so.

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Michael Flomen

Photograms are still photography just without the camera. I want explore different ways of capturing water. This artist mostly focuses on photograms and nature.

I am obsessed with his water ones that where incredibly exposed in moonlight. They resemble a galaxy and a sky full of stars.

What is really striking is the fact he could ‘photograph’ the movement of the water thats is exaggerated by the light and dark contrasted tones. They are very luminous. Marking and other tracings are left behind like a memory.

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Thomas Struth

German photographer, Thomas Struth, explores urban spaces mostly without people. His compositions are usually the same but different. Architecture almost symmetrical on both sides of the empty road which vanishes at the end.

He chooses a certain time of the day when streets are deserted. Obviously there are hints of humans such as parked cars or rubbish on the floor. Having the photos in black and white also adds to the sense of a place being deserted. Struth does not caption his photos or the location is not identified. The photos speak for themselves.

They seem emotionless but yet still give you a feeling.

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