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Research Point 2

The brief:

Do your own research into areas you’ve been inspired by in this project; delve deeper into the areas that interest you. Continue to think about how this might inform your own practice.

I have to admit I am not a particular fan of still life photography and I would have to clarify that I’m talking about a staged/table top arrangement, be it rhopography, xenion or the meal on the table type of photography. I am however, drawn to found objects or arrangements that happen “naturally” for example Nigel Shafran’s Washing Up series, Richard Wentworth and Elliott Wilcox’s works, as well as that of Susan Lipper. I probably chime best of all with Wentworth’s work.

Blue warehouse – alley view by Lynda Kuit (2017)

I have over the past few years discovered that I do have a strange fascination for alleys and can see myself exploring this area in more depth when I do the landscape module. The objects, signs and colours that can be found in alleys are in a world of their own and totally different to what is on view to the general public from the road. The dilapidated fences, overgrown vegetation, moss covered roofs and discarded objects placed in the alley provide such interesting narratives. I did do a brief exploration into some alleys at the start of this module in the Square Mile exercise.

Gallery steps by Lynda Kuit, 2017

Julia Nathanson (a Canadian photographer) also is quite fascinated by laneways/alleys and I can really relate to her images because we are in the same country. The similarities to what she sees on the eastern side of the country to what I see on the western side are very prevalent. Her In the Lanes project can be seen here featured on LensCulture.  Another photographer photographing the back end of properties is Mariko Hino, a Japanese photographer, also featured on LensCulture. I’ll do a more in-depth write up on these two artists when I return from vacation.

Richard Wentworth

When I was reading the blurb about Richard Wentworth in our course manual, my mind immediately went to local Vancouver artist, Liz Magor’s work who I reviewed last year in Context and Narrative. Wentworth makes sculptures and photography of familiar objects in unfamiliar positions/scenarios – repurposing their original intent in humourous ways.

Whereas Magor’s work was a bit confusing for me (there is probably some underlying sustainability motif running through her work), I immediately connected with Wentworth’s photographs. I have always admired people who can repurpose items in imaginative ways and Wentworth’s depictions are very chuckle-worthy. Through the object, one can feel the presence of the absent person. It is as if he or she has just stepped out of the frame for a minute and the frame is put on the pause button until the person returns. It is this juxtaposition of materials and found objects that make his work intriguing.

Window dressing 2011 by Lynda Kuit
Reference List

Grasso, R. (2012) Making Do and Getting By [online] GUP Magazine. Available at: http://www.gupmagazine.com/articles/making-do-and-getting-by [Accessed 24 May, 2017]