Assignment 6 – Tutor Feedback

I had an encouraging tutorial for this assignment and seem to be heading in the right direction with my essay. I have many notes on how to tweak it, my main stumbling block is adding in my tutor’s suggestions whilst keeping it below the 2,000 word count. I only hope I have cropped out the right bits!

For my next level 2 course I need to deepen my research and its application to my work as I go through the course. I also need to ensure I have primary research as part of my next essay. It will be interesting to see what comments I get from assessment to add to my list of ways to improve.

I need to do some more drawings in relation to my map work for the assessment.

Research

My tutor suggested I research and comment on the following:

Whistler’s “arrangement in White and Yellow” 1883 in relation to the movement towards displaying art in minimal spaces.

Whistler’s exhibition ‘Arrangement on White and Yellow’ was staged at a time when the usual method of displaying art works was the salon hang, with pictures crammed together, occupying the majority of the wall space, on bold painted walls and framed in large gilded frames. Whistler’s exhibition went completely against that principle, framing the works in thin white frames, spacing them out, painting the walls white to merge into the frames – an arrangement we would be very familiar with today. In addition to this, he turned the exhibition into a performance, affecting the quality of the light with yellow drapes, adorning guests with yellow satin and velvet butterflies and an attendant dressed in white and yellow to match the gallery theme. Such a significant change in display challenged the established way of displaying artwork, caused great publicity for his exhibition and led to the minimalistic gallery environments we now all expect.

Rosner, V. (2005). Modernism and the architecture of private life. New York: Columbia University Press.

The Fine Art Society. (2017). James McNeill Whistler. [online] Available at: http://thefineartsociety.com/artists/63-james-mcneill-whistler/overview/ [Accessed 11 Aug. 2017].

Olafur Eliasson in conversation with Tim Marlow

This is a fascinating talk that I think will take me some time to digest fully. Some interesting points I noted:

Regarding space in works – do they celebrate your movement through them, or try to alienate you for moving? – In Olafur’s case, definitely the former.

People come into galleries to take a closer look at the world. They heighten people’s senses.

In his works, he wants to encourage shared experiences that people see differently – he sees their disagreement as a positive thing, to be celebrated and embraced. Certainly when looking at ‘place’ as I am, no two people will experience or remember it in the same way.

He gives the responsibility of finishing his art works to the viewer. He trusts them and gives them the confidence to experience them fully and make the works their own.

Royal Academy of Arts (2016). Olafur Eliasson in Conversation with Tim Marlow. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KmUFPZxp6E [Accessed 11 Aug. 2017].

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