Month: December 2008


I have been researching Rosita McKenzie and Laura Latcham and was fascinated by the “unconvenional view of the world around us” and how Rosita doesn’t hold the camera up to her face – there’s no point, so the result is she gives a different perspective.

For further research I decided to take my camera to the Botanic Gardens around 3pm on Sunday, it was starting to get dark.  I tried to take photos holding the camera at my waist level – this took a lot of getting used to – I had photos of sky and ground and very few trees!

As it got darker I used the flash, it began to feel like I was in a computer game, and I was literally shooting objects – I could picture my final results by looking at the area highlighted by the flash.

I’d been looking into different eye problems and wanted to try and capture this with my camera so I set the makros and shot close up – I really like the results but I’m not sure what they can be used for!

Myopia – short sightedness

Cataracts – blurred round the edges as though glasses are scratched.  If cloudy in more than one place may get double vision

Glaucoma – look for a long time before you see – longterm causes tunnel vision

Petinis Pigmentosa – dificult to see in bright or dim light

Diabetic Retinopathy – looking through glasses with paint on them

Macular Degeneration – straight lines look wavy



Bruce Nauman studied mathematics, music and art, and has engaged in philosophy and the study of language. Since the mid-1960s, his highly experimental artworks have posed questions about how we experience the world, and how meaning is constructed through understanding experience. Nauman has created a body of work that extends from painting to photography, from sculpture to video, from performance to the creation of installations and environments. He has constantly analysed paradox, the meaning of art, and the gap that it reveals between theory and practice, knowledge and experience. Presented in the Biennale is one of his most important works, a neon spiral made in 1967 that reads, ‘The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths’.


Immanuel Kant 1724 – 1804

Beautiful objects have Purposiveness without purpose

problem with this theory is – it’s too restricting

Kant was indifferent to music and painting, but his views on art are an important and contribution to aesthetics. He distinguished three types of pleasure: in the agreeable, in the good and in beauty. The first was gratification, and preferences were simply matters of taste. Our pleasure in the good was important but not disinterested. Beauty, however, was an immediate and disinterested pleasure. To find something beautiful we must respond to it as it presents itself, without reasoning or analysis. Aesthetic judgement derives from experience (the beautiful is an harmonious union of our understanding and imagination) but it is not conceptual: no amount of argument can talk us into liking something which doesn’t appeal.


Blood, similar to paint, essence of humanity, holy or noble (soldiers/martyrs), danger, expressive and symbolic associations.

Herman Nitsch – performance artist – Viennese action group “100th Aktion” – outpouring of emotional states.


Emins bed – epiphany


Mark Quinn – Blood Head – classical concept of sculpture, non traditional matter.


Regina Jose Galindo – Guatemalon artist – born 1974 – “Who can erase the traces” walked between 2 government buildings


Beagles and Ramsay – double self portrait – one pint of each others blood – made black pudding.


Damien Hirst – mother and child divided


Andres Serranos – Violent Knife Death – morgue series 80’s (religion and bodily fluids)


Caravaggio – Incredulity of St Thomas

Judith Beheading Holofemes (1598-99) moment of death


Hans Memling – Last Judgement


Frangelico – Last Judgement

Michelangelo – Last Judgement (moral guidelines)

Clive Bell – Aesthetic Hypothesis

“What quality is shared by all objects that provoke our aesthetic emotion?”

significant form – common to all works of art

refer to Cezanne, Pierro, Della Francsca Giotto, Poussin Mexican Sculptures.

Clement Greenberg

Form – medium and conditions of creation


Andres Serranos – Piss Christ (icon dipped in piss) (Lucy Lippard -writer)

the formal and material properties, content, context + place

GOYA – contemporaries Hume and Kant


Naked Maja – pubic hair on display in painting – lost his job as court painter


Executions of May 3rd 1808 – extreme crisis


Horrors of War 1810 – 1814

The Black Paintings


Aristotle – the Greek philosopher views are as an imitation of life, he develops ways to categorize and evaluate art in his writings.

The quality of the object produced determines the merit of the art. The art is found within the product not within the mind of the artist.

Flaw: difficulty with the idea of art as imitation is the fact that each person who is viewing, hearing, reading etc comes from a different perspective.

Expression – how it manifests itself in art.

Philosophical writing is not self-expression, it involves a disciplined removal of the personal voice.

Manifests in art – you get a feeling of what the artist was feeling whilst painting.