The Assignment – Part 2

Here, taken from The Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning is the most famous and widely distributed image of Gadet, being painted/ drawn/ sketched by Pierre Bonnard, in his studio, thought to be around 1937 or 1938. It is unclear from this image, and from research I have done, what painting/ drawing of Gadet, Bonnard…

Research – Brassai and Bonnard

As part of their on-going friendship, and Brassai’s relationship with artists, clowns and writers, a series of photographs was constructed looking at artists at work, in their studio. This was subsequently gathered, organised and edited into the book ‘The Artists of My Life’, by Viking press of New York in 1982. It includes Brassai’s essays and…

The Assignment – Part 1

Gertrude Stein moved to Paris in 1903. From then on, till her death in 1946, she held court in her Paris home with artists and writers, playwrights and actors, singers and dancers. Part of this group, was a french clown by the name of Gadet. He first appears as part of Stein’s group in letters…

Background work – the exhibition 3

As well as the actual pages of the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning, there is supplemental work in the exhibition – props, letters etc. These supplemental works will be labelled as below. This is simple descriptions of the material contained in the cabinets/ vitrines etc. It  is important to me that the exhibition maintains…

Background work – the exhibition 2

Following on from my previous post, here is the layout for the exhibition. It includes the supplemental work such as letters sent and received to relevant parties – publishing company, family and university. Also included is a telephone/ video interview with Mrs Andrews, as well as a prop used by Christy Weaving. The exhibition will…

Background work – the exhibition

I have been working on the plans for the exhibition of The Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. As we are reminded of Joseph Beuys idea that we should always exhibit our work. So with this in mind I have been making plans to exhibit the work – with the aim of doing this some…

Exercise 5.3 Uploading photos to your blog

Apart from book reviews and exhibition reviews, very little of my blog would be text only based. Most of the exercises, research posts are text plus an image or two. Therefor I have have found little problem with uploading images. I use primarily 2 photography software packages. Lightroom for storage, and general exposure work, then…

Exercise 5.4 Inviting and Posting comments

I find looking at other students work very useful, and try to make my site as accessible as possible so that they can look at my work. I appreciate people liking the posts, and have managed to get some comments etc. I have followed a number of fellow students, across various levels, who’s work is…

Assignment Five – Planning

More than 4 months ago, I was doing some research on the Gadet pages of the Illustrated History of Clowns and Clowning. One of the drawings, pastels of Gadet by Pierre Bonnard is owned by the Tate. So about 4 months ago I rang them and asked about it. Its not on show apparently. It…

Exercise 5.2 – Re-sizing a batch of your images for your blog

I use 2 software packages for my photography work. Lightroom for cataloguing, downloading and basic touching up, and then Photoshop Elements for specific work within the image. I started (after reading some advice from a Nick Fetcher book) to not only resize batches of images, but to actually edit them at the same time too….

Exercise 5.1 – Set up a blog

I was a little bit puzzled when I turned the page of the handbook and saw the requirement at this point was to ‘set up a blog’. As I understood it, this was a prerequisite throughout the course. WordPress has been fairly enjoyable, and along with my notebooks, has been useful in directing me. I…

Picture Analysis – Zelt (Tent)

Quite an interesting artist and series of images to examine. The student documentation makes the point of the photography being merely a record of the art works – and I think this is correct. The photographs are interesting, they have a clear point of view and structure, but in essence they are the physical remains…