Pat McNees and Debbie Brodsky talk about what personal histories are, and what personal historians do, and why Tell your story now. But you can either run from it, or learn from it. When Sting did this, his creativity was reborn. Songs exploded from his head.
Semple speaks about the inspiration from his grandfather whose memory inspired a jumper Semple designed. Semple referenced the event in an artwork painted that year; "This is the flatline of my ECG showing where I officially died, my vital signs zeroed completely.
The narrative in the collection of works was seen as a prediction and warning of how the country could be affected by the financial situation and policies towards culture.
Happiness from real things and from flash things are worlds apart. On the one hand he clearly embraces the throwaway, famous-forminutes soundbite culture of celebrity and distraction. On the other, he stops it in its tracks, recasting its giddy imagery in the slow, fixed medium of paint.
His work implies a conviction that there is, or perhaps there better be, something genuine, something real, beyond the glam facade of throwaway culture. In Vogue Italia Stuart Semple discusses his critical relationship with Pop culture in a post Warhol society where it has become a universal language but aims to act removed.
He comments about the rise of the new advertising class that has been replacing our social connections after Thatcherism by "associating products with personal empowerment" which was brought about by "a time of intense atomisation and individualisation to the detriment of community caused a pop cultural language centered around nurturing the ego.
A music recording is the same. I can think of a series of paintings that go together like an album, that make thematic sense that sit together, that's useful for me. I can get a little phrase, or a hook or a melody in my mind.
It's an image idea though and I live with that and churn it over, I might draw it or just remember, then I'll get in the studio and put it down. Sometimes I make a little study, I guess that's like a musicians demo of a song. Then I work them into bigger finished things.
Collaging is the same as musical sampling.
Layers in a painting are like layers in a mix. In an interview with Doug McClemont he refers to the mimetic industries of mass-production ; which has been a running critique in Semple's work.
He discussed the "idea of taking the mechanization out the pop stuff.
Because I find a lot of it non-emotive. It had mice and was freezing. Now I have assistants who help me paint, because I'm doing massive, massive stuff, right now. It's not the same Semple is suggesting that reality and fantasy are undifferentiated in how society sees and acts.
The representational world, the virtual world, is as real as it can get for Westerners trying to make sense of a flickering reality that mirrors through generalities and stereotypes. Semple uses snippets, scenes and headlines from all manner of popular culture to relate to the viewer and draw them into the conversation.
Vantablack is made of microscopic stems of colour that are times as tall as they are wide, so that The pigment was being developed for scientific and military use because of its masking ability. It has the potential to hide stealth aircraft and block out all light from entering powerful telescopes, enabling them to see the faintest stars.
Artist Christian Furr commented in an interview with the Daily Mail that he had "never heard of an artist monopolising a material. All the best artists have had a thing for pure black — Turner, Manet, Goya … This black is like dynamite in the art world.
We should be able to use it. But the rest of us will be playing with the rainbow! To the best of your knowledge, information and belief this paint will not make its way into that hands of Anish Kapoor. Then I had this awful week when I had a huge allergic reaction, my tongue swelled up so big I could hardly breathe and I found myself in a hospital bed, dying.
Stuart Semple's Happy Place consisted of a Unicorn shaped spinning disco mirror ball.The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest book festival in the country. The festival will be held April 21 , at USC and feature celebrities, famous authors, music, film, comic books, cooking demos and more.
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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Austrian princess Maria Antonia, child bride of the future French King Louis XVI. Their marriage was an attempt to bring about a major change in the balance of power in Europe and to undermine the influence of Prussia and Great Britain, but she had no say in the matter and was the pawn of her mother, the Empress Maria Theresa.
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This week our team breaks down what to expect next year at the Academy Awards and which movies have already started to make a splash.