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John Virtue, in this short video that was shown on the BBC’s Culture Show, gives us an insight into what it’s like to make an extended body of work centred on a location and in relation to works of art. He moves easily from talking about the iconography with which he’s working, the surface […]Read More
Grids, Scaling Up, Tracing: Cheating?
There’s an exercise in a few OCA art courses that holds within it all sorts of possibilities, but is often treated in a cursory manner. Students are asked to transfer a simple line drawing to a larger sheet using a grid. You know the drill, I’m sure. A grid is laid over a source drawing […]Read More
Nighthawks by Edward Hopper is one of the most recognisable twentieth century paintings. It’s an atmospheric picture of an all-night diner with three customers and a worker. What might we learn by absorbing a few facts and then looking hard at the work? What might be revealed by writing these thoughts down? A little context: […]Read More
Playing to the Gallery?
In his recent Reith Lectures for the BBC, artist Grayson Perry addresses some of the issues that surround Contemporary Art. Generally speaking the points he makes are reasonable, but his positioning of himself in relation to the art world is, I think, suspect. Grayson Perry is a flirt. He flits from point to point without […]Read More
Forget inspiration. Get on with the work
Thomas Edison famously claimed that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, but do we act like it might be true? We’re sold a romantic idea that artists – I’m writing about painters, sculptors, poets and so on, but feel free to extrapolate this in any direction – are special and won’t (or can’t) work […]Read More
This is a post from the weareoca.com archive. Information contained within it may now be out of date. In the next few weeks art colleges all over the UK will throw open their doors and invite the public to see work of their final year students. Yes, it’s Degree Show time again. If you’re […]Read More