Autumn Assessment 2017, Studio
Artist Influences, Studio

Artist Talk- Morgan Quaintance

artist, musician, painter. career began in 2009, after leaving a reading band. Decided to move on to an art that uses his mind rather than physical. Went to study an art curating course regarding the shortage of black men in the art world- he worked at an institution. Alongside this he began writing art critism (for art monthly magazine) he looks at questions such as:

whats it like aesthetically?

is it challenging and pushing boundaries?

how does it relate to art history?

He was pulling things off the web (archives) and presenting it in the gallery. q

Artist Influences, Autumn Assessment 2017, Studio

The Beautiful & the Sublime- Edmund Burke

  • The sublime experience makes us feel insignificant
  • It helps put things in to perspective, making our life problems seem minor
  • The sublime helps us to feel part of the whole of humanity
  • The sublime makes us feel small in a very helpful way
  • THE BEAUTIFUL: well formed and aesthetically pleasing
  • THE SUBLIME: the power to compel and destroy us
  • The preference or the sublime over the beautiful was to mark the transition from the neoclassical to the Romantic era
  • THE BEAUTIFUL causal structure: small, smooth, delicate
  • THE SUBLIME casual structure: vastness, infinite, magnificent
  • THE BEAUTIFUL calms our nerves
  • THE SUBLIME creates tension in our nerves
  • THE BEAUTIFUL is passion of love
  • THE SUBLIME is passion of fear

In relation to my art practice I seem to be creating large abstract paintings relating to the sublime. My previous small scale paint pours seem more like a representation of the beautiful- with their neatness and aesthetically pleasing scale and colour.

Artist Influences, Autumn Assessment 2017, Studio

Amy Genser

Genser portrays her obsession with texture, pattern, and colour of the natural world through using paper as pigment. She constructs her pieces by layering, cutting, rolling, and combining paper. Her pieces look like aerial landscape views, satellite imagery, and biological cellular processes. This work relates to the grid effect created on my large scale abstract dripping paint technique. I would like to add more lecture into my paintings similarly to Genser.

Artist Influences, Autumn Assessment 2017, Studio

Kate Macdowell

Macdowell presents dead and decaying animals with anthropomorphic features. She blurs the difference between man and nature in a state of destruction.

Macdowell says: “In my work this romantic ideal of union with the natural world conflicts with our contemporary impact on the environment. These pieces are in part responses to environmental stressors including climate change, toxic pollution, and gm crops. They also borrow from myth, art history, figures of speech and other cultural touchstones. In some pieces aspects of the human figure stand-in for ourselves and act out sometimes harrowing, sometimes humorous transformations which illustrate our current relationship with the natural world.”



Artist Influences, Autumn Assessment 2017, Studio

Michael Murphy

Gun Country-

Gun Country is a graphic illusion of the United States rendered with suspended toy guns. It is intended to stimulate conversation about guns and gun related issues in our country. Through this conversation, it is my hope that people will think more critically about their stance on this topic. With this conversation, the thoughts and ideas of viewers can become externalized lending themselves to closer personal scrutiny and critical reflection.