Constellation level 4.
Dr Andrew Broadey-
Constructing movements in art and how they link into political and social developments, psychoanalysis and Marxism. Discovering concrete links between theory and practise, Avant-garde and modernism. Also asking the question ‘should art be held apart from life?’. On top that looking at Cubism and Semiotics, linking surrealism to the philosophy of Sigmund Freud. How does art effect Society?
The Brief- ‘The City’- Hidden city.
Ideas. The multiple guises or layers of city life. “The city, however, does not tell us it’s past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities.
‘This city is what it is because our citizens are what they are’ – Plato.
All of these drawings are from a life drawing workshop, in which I focused on capturing the essence of a character in as little time as possible. Moving quickly and and using continuous lines and bold confident pencil strokes to shape a portrait is essential if you are working within a limited time. The reason for doing this workshop was to improve my speed of documentation for when draw characters in the streets that will not stay still for long.
Within this workshop the model would slowly sway her body from side to side creating a sort of circular dance, my objective was to then document this figures movement as she was in motion. This process involved the very quick application of jotted marks that derived from very quick decision making, as i would spend a large percentage of time staring/tracking the models movements. Through this creating the piece i found myself constantly readjusting marks and over-layering lines which then created the desired effect of capturing movement.
For my new project ‘The City’ I’ve decided to drive my focus towards the idea of a ‘hidden city’ and an aspect of this will involve a study on the hidden characters within a city, either the people that go on by unnoticed or the individuals that society try to hide as a representation of their city. As a starting point I feel the best way to get this project underway is by going out and drawing people on the city streets. Obviously to do this I need to increase my speed of documentation. So here’s one of my attempts at achieving a balance between including enough detail to capture a character whilst spending the least amount of time possible on the drawing.