Friday, 26 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 50

IS IT ABSTRACTION?  (Part II - reflections)

It is quite difficult to explain the process that is happening at the moment with my sculptures and I don't think that "abstraction" is enough. For few years now, I have been concentrating to learn the "knowledge" of the subject, from anatomy to study of the movement. As a result, the subject representation( by that I mean the copy of the reality) gave my sculpture its strength. 

"For me a work must first have a vitality of its own, I do not mean a reflection of the vitality of life, of movement, and so on but that a work can have in it an intense life of its own, independent of the object it represent." Henry Moore.

 This is such a great quote that really helped me to see a different dimension in sculpting. I was concentrating so much on the anatomy that my idea didn’t manage to show through. I needed to strip my works from all the details to be able to find its inner strength. This is the reason why I moved away from the details, not for a conscious need to abstract but to find “its vitality of its own”.

See “Is it Abstraction (Part I – facts and definitions)” here

latest life drawing class

latest life drawing classes - quick poses- longer poses- exercises, etc
I am really enjoying the life drawing classes.

Life drawing classes by Jane Whitaker: check her website here:

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Looking for a christmas gifs?

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 49

a little maquette / sketch with potential

original drawing sketch for that above

Monday, 22 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 48- more

Skyscrapers 1 and 2- clay maquettes

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 48

I am almost half way of my journey and it is amazing how things seems to fall in place slowly. I have been experimenting so far with few different projects an materials and I still have a long way to go but ideas are shaping in my head and they also feel right at that time.
 I have collected a fair amount of recycled materials from can of cokes, old metals and pieces of wood but for the moment, although I really love those materials, they don't inspire me to build anything so I will keep them in my studio for the future just in case.

Architecture as well as clean shapes and lines are really inspiring me at the moment, probably from my scientific background. In the other half of my journey, I will carryon this experimentation but also concentrate in completing the few projects that I have in mind at the moment.

still inspired by architecture and following the Horse and Amazone pieces ( inspired by the oxford architecture), here is the first maquette for the skyscrapers. I am not 100% happy with the result so far but working on it.
This work is in the same line as the Horse and Amazon pieces, inspired by architecture, clean and sharp lines.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 47

IS IT ABSTRACTION?  ( Part I- facts)

I have been asking myself a little bit more about the new direction that I am taking at the moment.

Few people have mentioned 'abstraction' to me but I am very reluctant to use this word as many artist have used it under false justifications.

Taking the definition of wikipedia of the word 'abstraction'
Abstractions may be formed by reducing the information content of a concept or an observable phenomenon, typically to retain only information which is relevant for a particular purpose. 
 I suppose that when I read this definition, this is what I have been trying to do in some extends but this is not the only way my art is going as I am also trying to define the main components of a movement or attitude and this is not defined by abstraction? or is it? 
Taking another definition about 'Abstraction' in IT- computer science
 The mechanism and practice of abstraction reduces and factors out details so that one can focus on a few concepts at a time. One can regard the notion of an object (from object-oriented programming) as an attempt to combine abstractions of data and code. The recommendation that programmers use abstractions whenever suitable in order to avoid duplication (usually of code) is known as the abstraction principle. The requirement that a programming language provide suitable abstractions is also called the abstraction principle.

It is quite an interesting definition to understand the direction that I am taking with my art as before becoming an artist I have spent over 15 years working in IT and with a master degree in computer science, abstraction has always been part of my work, decomposing in reusable objects....  Has my scientific and IT education is influencing my art?    if I look at the the english definition of abstraction
abstraction - a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

This definition does bother me a little bit about the possibility to call this direction 'abstraction' as all my idea and concepts are associated with a very specific instance, the horse and for some of the work it is associated with the essence of the movement and the rhythm.

I could also call the all process of this new direction 'derivation' although part of it is also an 'abstraction' for some instances...

According to definitions, derivation in mathematics is the development of the theorem. In Linguistics the derivation is a set of forms including the initial form, intermediate forms and final forms showing the successive stages in the generation of a sentence as the rules of grammar are applied to it.

some interesting definitions of abstraction and derivation , mathematical concepts that are helping understanding were my work is going and what is influencing it. I need to reflect more on that subject....

I am currently re-working one of my work called extended trot 2 to redefine the shapes that makes the piece but also working on few projects, one influenced by architecture and the other one by the concept of space.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 46

I am currently still working on some of my drawing and new materials  but all the pieces are still ongoing at the moment.

also finished my new version of Horse and amazon. After this version, I notice that I am still very inspired my architecture so I am preparing another piece inspired by modern architecture - sketches to come soon.

here is the next version of horse and amazone -
Horse and Amazone2

Monday, 15 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 45

Building this design using new material - still ongoing 

Sunday, 14 November 2010

little works for SALE

small works for sale here

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 44

Reading a book about Barbara Hepworth....

Monday, 8 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 43

Still trying to rework the extended trot piece.
I think I am now happy with the rhythm of the piece!

top- initial version
middle - yesterday's version
bottom- todays version- much happier with the rhythm of the work
I will eventually rework it using a new material, much larger as well.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 42

I have been reworking this piece ( see original picture commented below). Still unsure but I will try to take another picture of it using the same angle as this might help but I am still not 100% happy with it.

original work

re-working the sketch

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 41

Still working on my installation.

 so more little horses for it, since i have decided to do 100 of them , I have a bit of work!:)

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 40

I am currently re-working on my my work called extended trot 2
I have also been thinking around the concept of abstraction so will soon be posting something about it.

the new challenge: 100 days in the unknown! Day 39

My work is still going on with the multiples...
few new little horses being built.

A little bit different from the initial plan. 
I was suppose to built about 16 of them but I have now decided that this installation will be bigger and I think I will try to built about 100 of them!