Jake Chapman talk at the Whitworth, Manchester. 29.1.19

A reworking of 1984 titled 1984.1 was read to us at breakneck speed without pause or varied intonation. It was reading the unreadable as described at the time and challenging to listen to and follow. I came away with some notes that I am trying to make sense of such as ” the unique personification of universal suffering”, in my notes I’ve written “change final word” so that art can be the unique personification of many themes: grief, love, feeling, intellect, being, nothingness …. I was aiming to find truth that I could relate to artistically and felt applied to my process.

Art is “a contemporary discourse on the notion of identity”, it therefore discusses the concept of who we are: our existence and integrity. There is an understanding that artwork has a kind of transcendent truth; a perceived honesty.

Amongst the thought provoking questions that were asked:

“How do you make a work of art that’s lying?”

Perhaps all artwork is fiction that expresses truth.

Truth -> interpretation -> fiction

“What are the conditions that presuppose your production of a work of art?”

Time , space, intention, creative fire, tools, evolving vision.

Actually in the YouTube video: My Place: Jake Chapman.
He says that ” You have to submit to wasting time before anything becomes purposeful” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94_7_QwKp9Y 

So maybe I’ll add wasting time to that list of presuppositions.

The idea of ” a dialogue across time” resonated, as I believe an artwork to be a record of time and intention, which stops at a certain point of completion and thus begins its outer communication during its existence.

“How does a work of art work?”

  1. Ornamental
  2. We choose to do it because it expresses something important
  3. Political: critical discourse.

Jake Chapman paraphrased Modern Art being a retaliation on bourgeois taste. Yet Modern Art still subscribes to it. YBAs were also described as being a wing of gentrification. Dichotomy.

I was interested in how his change of environment had affected his process and asked him such. This tied in with a question about creating utopias as opposed to dystopias. Interestingly he answered that utopia has an element of dystopia.

I subscribe to the higher synthesis and dialectical process of art. Creative evolution.

I found the Q&A session thought-provoking, particularly the question that was so ismly convoluted that the questioner lost the thread and ended up thrusting us into a shared state of universal bafflement.

Maybe I’ll add universal bafflement to the list of conditions that presupposes the production of art.

However, as this book was suggested both in a film clip I watched pre-talk and during the talk. I decided to buy it.

A thousand years of nonlinear history, by Manuel de Landa

The next step is to read it….

Her Secret Unfolded

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Acrylic and collage on canvas board. I have used a sonogram of my daughter and three words of poetry from my mum’s journal.  It connects the micro of the embryo to the macro of the universe. It asks questions about authorship and is part of a body of work I am creating inspired by the myriad aspects of motherhood for the MA in Contemporary Art Practice I am working on at Salford Art School.

Winged Creatures -I see birds as messengers and symbols of freedom.

 

An Art Exhibition of Birds and Dragonflies in paint, linocut and giclee.

 

 

This Summer Solo exhibition at The Yorkshire College of Music and Drama this Summer explored the cultural meaning, beauty and significance of birds, the transcendent moment when a dragonfly appears and the otherness of winged creatures.

Corvus Corax

I see birds as messengers and symbols of freedom. 

Affinity Exhibition -Opening weekend at Wells

Posted by Lisa Kilty on Sunday, 22 April 2018

Thanks to all the people who came to see the exhibition from all over the world. We shared some very moving and profoundly insightful experiences. It has been an extremely validating experience as an artist.

Glastonbury and Wells

Fantastic trip to Glastonbury and Wells where I sketched and painted on Wearyall Hill, reflected in Chalice Well Garden and sketched in Wells Cathedral gaining a great feel for the place. I am now developing my final pieces for the exhibition which I will reveal in the traditional manner at the Cathedral rather than online..