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Anatomical research variation

January 22, 2012

Not in chronological order, but this is how I came to know the body, in its parts.

1. television (screen shots):

Lest we not forget the plethora of intelligence being thrown around by tv docu’s and their cool hosts on a range of specialist subjects..
giving us all a nugget of the fragmented smarts (even if it is breadth not depth).

2. digital mri imaging

3. historical drawing:

This drawing in particular (whom had a few years in my studio) creates a

strange feeling it is alright to die physically, if beauty like this can be revealed.

The beautiful and seemingly ambiguous image for: Method and Meditation by Rene Descartes (from the Wellcome Collection, London).

4. Photography


Art Studio’s

October 31, 2011

This post is briefly looking at the interior of some artist studios miscellaneously collected. Avoiding famous artist studio for now (mine is in there too).  After a quick look at these photographs it becomes more obvious how the studio can affect the way the work looks or turns out. Here is the home studio, bedroom studio, garage studio, art school studio, established artist studio and emerging artist studio.

Before taking a photo of your studio, please don’t go and have a good spring clean up. These are the work spaces that interested parties might be looking carefully at, not only to see the imagined ‘lifestyle’ of the artist, but to see into their tricks of the trade, and possible secrets of alchemy. Maybe to jump a few hurdles which took the artist’s themselves years to discover! Such as the use of  plates, plastic cups and tin cans to mix paint on, wax pencils, rags, types of paint and brushes used.. or seeing walls covered in a collection of their own work to gauge new work against, or a plethora of image source materials collected for direct use or inspiration, versus the stark clean studio and surfaces you could eat off of.

While looking for these studio images, seems the best images are of those which show a few personal working methods and set-ups. The secrets or surprises are the practices we want to know.

Body and Soul

October 12, 2011

These could by described as photographic drawings; a collaboration between Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott. To create these images the image sequence of the Visual Human Project played on the screen of a laptop (see previous post below) while being photographed. This is achieved by extending the exposure time of the photograph to give them time to move the laptop around the picture plain.

The image becomes stretched or condensed during the photograph through the movements of the artist. Here it captures a wispy free form of the body as it is fluidly and seems to softly reconstruct the body from head to toe.  I am guessing they saw or proposed the outcome and persisted with it, as it developed they then decided upon the backgrounds and how they wanted the images to be dictated; to this idea of making a soul/ghost- like cliche from the raw bodily data of the Visible Human Project as a good crossover of this long debated philosophical argument, between tangible and ephemeral, body and soul.

Visible Human Project and murder

September 19, 2011

There is a real momentum and fluidity exhibited in this curious plan-view of the body. As it runs through the animation one begins to visualise the rounded pockets and spherical shapes, the organs, the longitude and latitude of the muscles as it runs down an arm or leg and the surprising diagonal routes the bones take across the limbs. As a human I generally see the ‘bau-plan’ (body-plan) as upright which is maybe why this seems so odd an angle to observe (usually science simplifies and makes observation of complex data easier! Not here, until it gets processed into 3d anatomical illustration programs at least).

What you are seeing in the video is the Visible Human Project data-set containing 1800 cross-section images of a male body [See the my post after this one of it being used for art purposes]. This is the body of an executed murderer, that was embedded in gelatin, frozen, sliced crosswise into more than 1800 slices, then digitally photographed in order to make these images. The sections were at one millimeter intervals (video above), the female at one-third of a millimeter intervals (not shown). Creating a enchanting meeting of science and good ol’ fashioned morbid curiosity. The still shots of the video are reminiscent of Christian Wilhelm Braune (1831 – 1892) the German anatomist and professor of topographical anatomy (see illustrations below). Make of it what you will..

Also, make of the ‘moral’ message as one of its headlines, stating this is a sliced up body of a murderer! As if this is a further punishment after death? Is this a disrespectful act? An other implication is that this is a statement of a religion nature (i.e. the respect of the soul within the body)-  would that then imply they are taking the role of judgement and punishment? (The human race has not got a great history of making this type of act into positive outcomes, to say the least). Then again there were the days of the Bodysnatchers, which I think we all miss just a little.

Drawing Sequence Onward Upwards

September 6, 2011

The drawing is part of the present growing series of ‘Medical Compositions’  which continue initially in the manner of anatomical illustration. Although, how I go about making the images may be far from the industry standard. After a drawing has been completed I also might realise other influences on choices made during the drawing that might seem glaringly obvious.

The ink began this drawing. As I continue with an interest in the accidental mark making, juxtaposed with extremely identifiable line drawing. The ink is spilled, blotted and painted.. This sequence was casually put together (obviously!) with snapshots of its progress in the studio. I plan to make better sequences with the next few drawings by standardizing a few factors. The clean, properly documented image will appear in the Medical Compisition on my website soon. Hopefully this inspires..

Drawing by Matt Collier 2011.

Maximilian Toth painting or is it drawing

August 24, 2011

These striking scenarios are produced by the young-ish American artist Maximilian Toth (not to mention a great ‘artist’ name, no?). He depicts his scenarios predominantly in white on black- producing the strong blackboard (or even inverted)-like images. The methods he uses seem to be a very natural crossing between drawing and painting- whereby smudging and smearing work into the contrasts of shadow and depth.. not to mention oils are used in some of them more obviously in some than others.

For myself, these dark spaces inhabited by the characters seem to exhibit an exercise of the memory -far more than some of the wispy paintings I see who’s main claim is commonly to be about ‘memory’. Memory isn’t necessarily dreamy, they can be extraordinarily vivid, yet nonlinear and distorted far more than we can usually ever find out.

Here is a link to an interview with the artist:

Thom Puckey sculptures

August 8, 2011

Thom Puckey has been consistently sculpting since he graduated in the 70’s. Progressing with his practice steadily over the years. His website not only represents his works but also show the processes of sculpting his ambitious pieces.

This link show the care and time taken towards the finalization of bronze and marble sculptures. From clay to plaster to marble.

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