For theory in art we had to make a top three of our favourite foreign artists. My fascination somehow ended up in Africa (might be because of William Kentridge). I had to have one more artist though, so I browsed through this very extensive article with, according to the writer, Africa’s 50 best artists; http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/art-of-africa-the-50-best-african-artists-426441.html
I then stumbled upon the Architect David Adjayes. His work really fascinated me because his work strives to create a sense of dialogue between the building and its space. Also I like his different approach to architecture. He specialises in using simple and austere materials and showing them in their most natural, pared-down form. Especially his artsy pieces that get exhibited in museums appeal to me. Specifically his ‘Pop-up house’. What’s interesting about it that is all made up out of vertical planks which form the walls, but also the ceiling. And because it exists out of these vertical planks the weather just goes right through it.
A bright dreamworld visualised by an artist who is a socially conscious visual activist. He is a self-taught artist. Tayou doesn’t see himself as an African artist. He wants to portay Africa as something that is very valuable culturally in stead of a place which is in constant need of help. Tayou lives a nomadic live, travelling around the world. This also visable in his work. His work portaits the differences and exchanges between Africa and America & Europe. Kameroen, where his roots are, keeps recurring in his projects. His work breathes the atmosphere of travelling and change. On your travels you’ve always got yourself, some stuff you already had and on the road you collect new stuff again.
Tayou: ‘Cameroon is my registered trademark, where everything started. I’ve been born there and raised by my parents, friends and the streets. For me it’s very important to show this in my work. This way everyone who is following me can see that everything is possible.’
I’m still looking to find the meaning behind his work, but the bright colours have really struck me in his work. I think this work might be a complaint on modern day society, the consumerism and how easily we throw away stuff and buy new things to replace the old. There is even an island of plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean larger than The Netherlands! We can’t keep on going the way we do…
His own website: http://www.pascalemarthinetayou.com/pmtEN.php
Another very interesting work from Tayou
by Michiel Laurens Tollig
A very interesting artist who I’ve been following ever since I’ve seen his film The Refusal of Time at the Documenta 13. After that I’ve seen him again at Het Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam and once again had my mind blown. He’s triggered me to want to get to know more and more about himself and the whole idea behind his work.
Below a link of very extensive contemplation about William Kentridge and his work:
Kunstgeschiedenis, een powerpoint presentatie, een paar highlights:
Het nationaal bewustzijn ontstaat pas sinds de 19de eeuw. Het besef van landen, naties wordt dan pas echt gevormd (zie artikel voor meer info).
Met de kolonies, was de wereld heel duidelijk verbeeld in kolonies. De handelsroutes bepaalde hoe de wereld eruit ging zien. Vanaf de tijden dat alle kolonies afhankelijk gaan worden, werden er vanaf een kaart gebieden aangegeven, geen rekening houdend met de geografische ligging en de stammen e.d. => flinke spanningen in die gebieden.
Azië is een samenstelling van verschillende groeperingen ….. e.d. (zie powerpoint). Azië als ‘contact zone(s)’
contemporary Aziatische kunst beperkt zich niet tot Azië.
kunstenaars die aan de orde komen:
*Japin – ‘de witte met het zwarte hart’ (vb. van cultural displacement)