Today was a day of less conceptual thinking and more visual analysis. The photographer sent us pictures of Thierry’s artworks in the exhibition, and we were looking at them close up. Zooming in, zooming out, comparing colors and checking the shadow-light balance.
I found it very inspiring to look at the form of each artwork and to focus on its visual qualities. Most of the time Thierry’s artworks carry an important message or information. That would often be the first thing we as viewers register. Sometimes even the only think.
But today we had a chance dwell over the small details in the artworks that normally get overlooked and neglected.
The zooming in on the artwork made on a traffic sign reveals different details showing the texture, different layers, traces with information about the object as well as graphic details such as Strikethrough in the text.
The artwork done on the stone and with white cotton fabric also shows some beautiful textures.
The contrast between soft fabric and the hard stone is really coming to light. And we can also see how absorbed red marker has been absorbed in the white fabric. It makes me thing about blood and bandage, which responds well to the connotation of the stone being a pavé historically used in revolutions.
The wooden board with a remarkable red color becomes almost an abstract painting when we isolate the details.
The combination of materials and colors can also bee seen in the carton artworks with different kinds of paper.
The cleanness in the presentation of the artwork changes the focus of the viewer. Just like frames.