In my first term I attended lectures on Subcultures and Street Style. I was really looking forward to it as iv also been interested in style and meaning. I can say that the lectures didn’t disappoint, i really enjoyed going to every lecture. I new that subcultures existed, but i didn’t know that there could different styles, themes and motifs in in the same subculture, or the fact that there is and has been so many different subcultures.
My lecture had a great way of breaking down an image by seeing what what is there, and describing simply what you see. Then analysing this elements and what they could mean, the theory to back up what you are seeing and stating. I is definitely the easiest and most helpful method i have learnt, it gave me a great opportunity to just think and concentrate what i was seeing, and perhaps having a small guess as to why those elements where there and what they could me, and they I knew i my analyse was right or wring by reading and quoting authors and researchers. It also gave me an easier way of finding research and quotes.
In the first few weeks we looked at Goths and Punks, there are so many different elements involved in a punk subculture, and it was interesting to know why they were what they were, and why they do what they do. The elements of some them having victorian motifs, which seemed really interesting to be, as it seemed like two completely different styles, however they more we looked into it the more it made sense. This taught me that everything has a meaning, that maybe something isn’t has it seems until you look closely with a fresh mind. We also looked at other motifs of goths, including there theme of the undead, and the idea that there between bodies, just like ‘frankenstein or ‘Dr Jekille and Hyde’. That even the use of make-up is so important, using white to resemble death or the idea of looking ‘dead’.
We then looked at punks, and their motifs of spiky hair and ripped clothes and their over use of wye liner and white foundation just like the goths, in order to create a the idea of the undead. Puns also adapted to the idea of ‘stylisation’, the use of objects to fit the whole outfit, suggested that the style fits the whole identity.
I also came to the realisation that subcultures identity and style, was some sort of rebellion towards mainstream tradition or ‘parents culture’, and they become anti-establishment.
After we looked at traditional subcultures we then looked at postmodernism and the post subcultural style. Teb Polhemus,suggest that contemporary subcultures have a ‘supermarket of style, where the subculture or individual choses bits and pieces from different subcultures, like as if their just picking stuff up from different lies in the supermarket.Meaning that stricked grouping no longer the same. I think this relates to the way artists, including textiles create their work, especially us students who use inspiration from other artists, from past and present in order to create are own work. It aisles teaches us that we can use different ideas in order to create our own, to create our own work or style.
We looked at the way they go against traditional Japanese dress, and have a colourful and vibrant look. It is suggested that they have a ;supermarket of style’ taking influence from Hippy, Hillbillies and Hip Hip genres. Having their own individual style, and still having the attitude of ‘do what you like’.The fact that everyone looked the same, and they are standing out from society and attention seeking. It is also stated that due to the fact Japanese housing prices are so expensive that young people are staying at home a lot longer. This means that young people have money to experiment with style and fashion. I think it is a great subculture the way they us a mixture of fabric and texture, and create this so how pretty mess.
In my second term I attended ‘After Modernism’. I was excited to start this constellation as I did a bit of modernism when i was in collage. However i was overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge and different types of art their was. As a textiles student I tend to concentrate more on wallpaper designers, textile artist, and the odd accessional fine artist or painter. However going to the study groups made me realise that I can research and take influence from other artist. IT has shown me to look at images in a way in which how can i interpret different kinds of images into my work.
In our first week we looked a pop art and Consumerism, we concentrated on two similar but very different pieces of art work As you can see in the picture, Christo Pousette and Sylvie Fleury have very different ways of using a trolley. I think both have a very unique way of portraying a simple used object. I find it fascinating how they interpreted them so differently, one giving a more rustic and trashy looking finish where as the other id portraying it as a wonderful masterpiece, much like one displays a trophy. I think it was a great enlightenmnet to each us that you can use objects in so many different ways, It applied to all of us who are art students, to maybe do the unexpected.
There was a few artist that the lecture showed us, got a lot of of us thinking. I am very open minded about art, however watching 4’33- nothing by John Cage was hard for as it seemed nonsense. Or maybe Damien Hirst shark piece.
Some might say that a piece of art like this isn’t art at all, its just putting a shark in a tank. For me, Im undecided about the work. However talking about it as a group was intriguing, as people gave their own views and interpretations which i thought was very interesting. The fact that some found it odd and unnecessary, where as others thought it was wonderful, and seeing it up close it was really effective. it was a new experience for me be argue of strangers and talk about pieces of work.
We also looked into Andy Warhols piece(Ambulance diaster 1963/1982).
I like that the lecture chose this image, as this is a piece of work that seems more like a experimental piece. The piece is the same image just repeated, Andy was stating that if you repeat something enough the effect slowly goes away. I love how he used a piece in such a meaningful way. Which is so relieved to us studying, for us to use other things.
It was certains point where after modernism was confusing and mind boggling, there is some many artist, who have so many different view and Idea about art. We question ‘What is art’, and i think the answer i got from the lectures was, whatever you want it to be. It has taught me that there is no right and wrong. It has also taught me how to look at pieces of art differently.
As a result I think i enjoyed my first term better as i love style and fashion, where as i found my second term more difficult. However i will definitely carry on researching modernism and i know i can get great inspiration from it.