Session 2, Sweet Arts 25th March 2015. Likes and dislikes, collages responding to Sainsbury Centre choices

25 of us met on a warm spring day to make collages playing with likes and dislikes. It was our first session at Sweet Arts, so a lovely day for an introduction. We all gathered in the Art Room before dividing into three groups so that there was more room to work on the tables. 2 groups stayed in the Art Room …
P1050925P1050941

…and one moved into the Coffee Room.

P1050946

After a break and then more making, we moved back into the Art Room and showed each other the collages.

Some people had been to the Sainsbury Centre for our last session, and some had been back since to pursue their choices of objects they liked or disliked. People joining us for the first time made art which picked up on the same ideas. Nell brought A4 photos of the chosen objects and people also used their sketchbooks as reference.

Why do we like what we like? Why dislike it? Can you transform one into the other?

wwwopac

If you love everything about a piece, you don’t want to mess with it.

P1050988

P1050948

But you can change the constricted Little Dancer, liberate her, so that she is free, with her arms uplifted.

You could take a sharp, attacking object….

wwwopac

And disempower it by making it pink, into a cupid’s arrow. Or the other way round, take something you like – in this case John Davies’ Little Prince – and alter its symmetry, take away the eyes and replace them with cold circles, to explore its ambivalence.

P1050954

Saura’s Hiroshima Mon Amour (terrible photo but it’s only a Sainsbury Centre thumbnail) was a ‘like’,

wwwopac-2

and that was explored in a collage of lines and layers extracting the essence of it’s personal appeal.

P1050961

The Auerbach portrait of Gerda Boehm fascinated people when we visited the Sainsbury Centre. It was transformed by the A4 photo, because the 3D paint surface is flattened so that the image of Gerda Boehm comes through in a totally different way.

Head_of_Gerda_Boehm_1964_Frank_Auerbach_jpg_360x240_q85

P1050981

She looks happier, more loved by the painter, more of a person. Or does she just look more like Margaret Thatcher?  She became a face made of many faces.

These two became almost good versus bad.

wwwopac-1wwwopac-1

Nature versus destruction. And this was a reminder of the things you might like and dislike about yourself, based on the Khmer Torso and the Auerbach head.

UEA276jpg

P1050972

The Khmer Torso has got back her legs and arms, and the Auerbach adds ideas about texture and colour, with a nicer looking face.

You could separate out likes and dislikes and make two collages. Dislikes, being armless, legless, in a bad place, unable to vocalise or do much, although with blue, a favourite colour, showing through. Likes, Hiroshima Mon Amour, strong honest women, long hair.

P1050960

The Elephant and the Standing Woman reflect each other.

wwwopac-2UEA48-Alberto-Giacometti-Standing-Woman600x

The Giacommetti is made of a strong material, yet it looks weak. It has been battered about. The elephant is really strong but it carries things for us, it has power but it chooses to be gentle. It is a contradiction. A person can change from one way of being to the other, one is a before and one the after.

P1050976

More collaging photos to come……

Add a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s