Scottie Wilson (1891-1972)
- Distinctive hatch marks provide texture in his works
- populated by sinister ‘greedies and evils’ in his earlier pieces, later replaced serenely decorative swans and fish. (combat between the good and evil)
- fascinated by a pen at a store and felt compelled to use it.
"The pen seem to make me draw, then images, the faces and designs just flowed out. i couldn’t stop - i never stopped since that day"
- He doesn’t like selling his works.
- stuck mainly to a narrow range of visual elements..botanical forms, birds and animals, clowns etc.
"When I’m working I can see what’s happening, and I can imagine what’s going to happen. I can see best when I’m finishing my pictures with a pen. When I’m making strokes; hundreds and thousands of strokes"
- Later drawings are more symmetrical, coloured pencil and wax crayon were added to his tool kit, and the cross-hatching became more complex. One curator has identified 7 styles of cross-hatching angles, double shark’s fin, rope, overlapping shoals, wavy forms, saw teeth and scales.
- evolution of his style was notoriously non-existent and, because he did not date most of his works, it is very difficult to place his works in time apart from the few documentary records that exist
- in 1960s, Wilson began to to create paintings on plates.
- works were initially rendered in black and white ink, later in colour.
- a favourite with the surrealists.
- compositions spread outwards from the support centre and symmetrical to that axis.
FINAL WORK - MISUSE OF OBJECTS
For my final task i decided to be as uncreative as i can and photoshop was the perfect tool for that. It allowed me to create realistic situations of people using the objects. Also, it allowed me to manipulate the emotions of the piece as viewers usually feel uncomfortable misusing objects but by adding people smiling and being happy using the products it lessens the oddity and unusualness.
The addition of text attempts to persuade the audience of the usefulness of the product. This addition was from our uncreativity task from week 6 which was inspired by Improv everywhere: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6NU5K3k8Xo illustrating how everyday objects can easily be used as a piece of artwork by simply adding meaning to it.
DOCUMENTATION 10 - catalogues.
For my final piece i plan to advertise the misuse of item in the same way that objects are being sold now through promotional catalogues. i’ve always enjoyed seeing how they are displayed and how happy people are when they use these objects. i thought i could recreate that but with them misusing items.
DOCUMENTATION 9 - trying things out.
Throughout the week, i intently watched myself and other people use objects and documented them. i tried thinking from the research ive taken of new ways of using these objects. i came up with these and thought ill try them out. I first used each object correctly and then i misused it so i could get a feel of the difference :
reading a boom vs. using it as a stepping stool
- it was pretty sturdy though i was a bit worried of accidentally breaking my books.
fork grabbing food vs. back scratcher
- pretty good back scratcher
towel in the bathroom vs. fashion piece
- i think it looks pretty good as clothes and may designs can be made from it.
clothes hanger vs. lifting things.
- i htink its more useful as a clothes hanger…
DOCUMENTATION 8 - researching old images from other people.
i remember exploring a similar concept in my cofa1001 course from semester one and i decided to find some fellow classmates from that class who had done the ‘following instructions’ task. i picked out a few that i liked most where it fit the ‘misuse’ concept the most. i think i might use some of their images of recreate some for my final piece using the uncreative method.
The last image was my instruction that i had to follow which was “use a knife to cut paper’, looking back at it they created nice and dramatic images but i think it could be done better to show the obscure use of a knife. i might recreate this or maybe photoshop together more juxtaposing images to get a better effect.
DOCUMENTATION 7 - objects used the wrong way
Sometimes objects are not commonly used in the way they are supposed to. the purpose of design is to make things usable and assist us in getting what we want. However sometimes we are not aware of how to use some objects due to lack of knowledge. Through browsing man of these ‘life hacks’ i’ve found some things that i never knew these items could do. For instance the ‘tic tac’ container, i never knew the lid could act as a dispenser.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/gabbynoone/18-everyday-products-youve-been-using-wrongWithout knowledge of what an object is designed to do, us humans have no clue how to use it. i remember watching this ipad commercial in our class and it shows how the older generation deals with technology. The audience who know what the ipad is are shocked and devastated to see it being misused in such ways:
DOCUMENTATION 6 - what is an object?
Song dong ‘Waste Not’ : From researching artists who have used objects to create artworks i have found that objects are used not only to assist but to satisfy basic human needs. Song Dong describes how his mother’s obsession with hoarding objects as a way to “fill space…(that) resulted from a need to fill the emptiness). His work illustrates how objects can define who we are and can map out a summary of ones life; their hardships, happiness and losses become visible.
i decided to recreate Song Dong’s work by laying out the contents from my bag. it was really interesting to see each object laid out and it allows to me to reflect on what ive done in the past. Every item has its own use and can even explain events that occur in my personal life such as the birthday candles i bought recently as i have many friend’s birthdays this week.
image 1 and news article: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/made-in-china-20130207-2dze9.html
image 2: http://www.4a.com.au/waste-not/
DOCUMENT 4- chair designer
German designer Tobias Juretzek takes old clothes and upcycles them into something else: chairs.
The Rememberme Chairs are made from worn-and-torn clothes and so are full of character; no two chairs look alike, and each tells a unique story with 13 pounds of clothing.
Juretzek collected the clothes from friends, a used clothing company as well his own closet, soaked them in resin and compressed them in a mold to finish with these stylish chairs.
The designer said his chairs are about “appreciation, relationship, separation and continuous reinvention”; even though the clothes have long past their use-by date, in each garment there is “personal significance”.
This design takes clothes and instead of using it as a wearable piece, he repurposes into chairs. This misuse of clothing brings new meaning to an object, creating a more personal and emotional aspect. i also really like the effect of how the clothes create the design and pattern of the chair. i think this how you use objects the wrong way, the right way.
DOCUMENTATION 3 - Chair collecting
i wondered if it was just me who did this, maybe it was just my messy and lazy personality that does this. Maybe the way people ‘misuse’ their chairs can map out their different personalities. So i decided to do data collecting by asking my friends to send me a picture of their chairs from their bedrooms and sure enough they have things piled on top. Some completely stack up items like me and the chair is no longer usable. while some only use parts of it and the chair is still able to be sat on. ive also learnt some new techniques of using a chair, where one friend of mine uses it to hang their clothes.
DOCUMENTATION 2 - inspiration.
i was first inspired to explore this concept of misuse of objects when i noticed i never have anywhere to sit in my bedroom as all the chairs have been taken up by clothes or books that i’ve been using from this semester. i realised that i have a tendency to take things out of my bag and just dump it on my chair. i thought it was funny that how a chair that is designed for a place for people to rest has been used as table or shelf instead.
DOCUMENTATION 1 - mind map
i decided to start with a mind map to brainstorm on the idea of ‘misuse’. Using this divergent thinking method i was able to branch out into what the misuse of objects could lead to. This expand my thoughts to further discuss the positives and negatives on the idea of ‘misuse’