doing good work

June 2, 2009



Collective Artists

May 10, 2009

Young British Artists or YBAs (also Brit artists and Britart) is the name given to a group of conceptual artists, painters, sculptors and installation artists based in the United Kingdom, most (though not all) of whom attended Goldsmiths College in London. The term Young British Artists is derived from shows of that name staged at the Saatchi Gallery from 1992 onwards, which brought the artists to fame. It has become a historic term, as most of the YBAs are now in their forties. They are noted for “shock tactics”, use of throwaway materials and wild-living, and are (or were) associated with the Hoxton area of East London. They achieved considerable media coverage and dominated British art during the 1990s.

Leading artists of the group are Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Key works by them are, respectively, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a shark preserved in formaldehyde in a vitrine, and My Bed, a dishevelled double bed surrounded by detritus.

I’m interested in the YBA’s because they’re on the forefront of conceptual art, our generation’s equivalent of the art stars like Andy Warhol. They began at a time when there was very little public funding for the arts in England, and Damien Hirst is currently one of the richest and most well known artists in the world. Tracey Emin is a personal favorite of mine, her art influences mine more than I even realized until lately. They draw from the dadaist movement, it’s inspiring to see people who began as lowly art students as well become as successful as they are, who were once in my position.

mostly I’m inspired by Tracey because her art is very very personal. Her piece “all the people I have ever slept with” is what I hope to achieve one day.

there’s something about the self deprecation, the brutal honesty, the catharsis of the process. It becomes art when she defines it as art.

LP: I think the project i’d like to do with kids, with this collective in mind, would be something along the lines of a postsecret/found object project. insight into the deeper, darker, weirder parts and more importantly, the things we all have in common. I had something in mind of old journal entries, secrets anonymously posted in the classroom, written on the inside of t-shirts or hats. It was really a turning point in my life and in my art career when I began to loosen up and share things that scared me at the time. The need for acceptance in elementary and high school is overwhelming, and the closest bonds I ever made were in the confines of the art room, theater and my creative writing club. There we found new ways, like writing stream of consciousness and improv activities to let loose and feel comfortable enough to begin the journey of self-exploration, which included a lot of cathartic exercises. I think that looking at artists like Tracey Emin who is SO far out there with her work would be inspiring to kids and adults alike.

Honkin’ and Hollerin’ in Krog Tunnel:  my safe place

220125760_d6e637e4ebI liked this idea of getting perfect strangers together and seeing their city together. I liked the idea of going to sites that people do not see regularly and meeting new people. The video that i have chosen to link is an account of The Flux Factory’s ( a New York art center) chosen artist showing randomly selected people that have signed up for this event, different parts of the city that these people have never seen. unfortunately most of the people that signed up seemed like people who were looking to see “the others” or people looking to see how the other half lives. i think this project could have been great if they focused on the history of a place or space, finding something incredible, a secrete spot, favorite graffitti, their first kiss, a place where their culture is best seen in respect to archetecture and history of place. this idea may be a little scattered but i have always appreciated what an outside space can show us or remind to us by the destruction, remodeling, enhancing of the building, bridge tunnel, park, etc.

my lesson plan idea is based on this idea but instead of going somewhere i would have the students focus on this them and recreate this space, place, happening, by means of sculpture or drawing exercise.

Gnarles Barkley

i chose this artist group because i feel that they are trying to get rid of the segregation and labeling in popculture and while they are doing that they are bringing culture into popculture.

there are so many elements to this video

1. dress: comtemporary punk with a bit of african influences

2. environment: placed in jamaica, american artists

3. youth making pathways to new views, new relationships. etc.

4. leading to a portal to…

Lesson Idea:

drawing activity: how does your current environment make you ,you? where would your portal take you? what would you do? who would meet? how would this new path change you?