Saturday, 9 March 2013

Collaborative - D&C/ Graffiti art

I decided to look a little into street culture, graffiti art is massively related to music such as hip hop culture, it was generated to mark territories on the streets as a reminder of gang related activities. 

Artsits who were inspired by this developed their ow type of work which was also known as street art. 

I decided to do some back ground research into Keith Haring, a graffiti artists who was very popular in the 80's and has became widely recognised visual language of the 20th century. 

Keith arrived in New York in 1978 as a scholarship student at the School of Visual Arts. All at once, he began to experience a multicultural urban community with its own expressive vocabulary; a lively environment in which to explore his gay identity; and a peer group, at the School of Visual Arts and in the vibrantly experimental East Village, as energetic and uninhibited as Keith himself.

He was particularly inspired by the beauty and spontaneity of the graffiti he saw in the subways. Graffiti spoke of a world that was hip and streetwise, creative and spontaneous and underground–all that he admired and wanted to be. At the same time, he admired the technical mastery and calligraphic quality of the graffiti artists’ ‘tags.’

Shows at P.S. 122 and Club 57 added to the visibility Keith had gained through his subway drawings and street graffiti. Growing recognition of his work brought Keith more money and new opportunities, but it brought new pressures into his life as well.

Another graffiti artist i decided to research on

He began as an obscure graffiti artist in New York City in the late 1970s and evolved into an acclaimed Neo-expressionist and Primitivist painter by the 1980s.

Collaborative - D&C/ Pop culture

Rihanna is a huge name in the music industry, she is often labelled the new 'queen of pop'. She is know for her radical fashion sense, hairstyles as well as videos, the videos in particular which are very much drawn from the past yet show futuristic paths.

The Rude Boy video is clearly influenced by 80's style and has obvious inspiration by graffiti artist Jean Michael Basquiat, Basquait's crown is used throughout the video, the crown was a symbol of himself as well as others, one of respect and admiration. 

Pop art is also a huge influence for this video, the juxtaposed Rihanna lips are very much similar to Andy Warhol's art work of Marilyn Monroe, as well as the black and white trademark colour palette used by Keith Haring an artist inspired by street culture in New York similar to Basquait. The use of bold colours, lines and shape is something we need to bare in mind as we may bring aspects of street culture into our work such as graffiti as that is part of our culture today. 

I decided to extend my knowledge on Keith Haring further and look at what his art has done to modern people today. I found that his work has influenced a lot of areas whether it be music, fashion or adverting. 

Here are a few examples to show how one pattern can be distributed across many medias, to cause some what of a craze. 

Pop Culture 

Urban Outfitters

DKNY Fragrance 

Land Cruiser 




Friday, 8 March 2013

Collaborative - D&C/ Music videos - Dub Phizix

Dub Phizix are a new style of drum and base music.

The style within the video is quite circus/ tribal themed, the head dresses and face paint are an act of disguise and attire alteration, the female performers do tricks with fire poi. 

Collaborative - D&C/ Music videos - Foals

Foals are a popular English indie rock band, their videos are quite unusual and full of life and energy.

The Olympic Airways video shows a group of people having a party in a field/ forest, the musical gathering looks messy and crazy, this is shown in the stills i have captured from the video.

Collaborative - D&C/ Music videos - F+TM

Another approach to gathering research i did was looking at popular music videos, given that we are to go down the music route in our photography i thought this would be useful to gain an understanding of what can be produced.

The types of videos i have been looking at are recent releases over the past few years, the artists in them have made statements in music and the fashion industry. The likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna are brands as well as musicians, their fashion style and music promotion method has the ability to set of trends in the modern day. The influence of music is exactly what i have been looking for whilst browsing youtube to find stills which could be used to better our photography.

Firstly i looked at one of my favourite artists Florence and the machine, an indie/ art rock band recognised for the lead singers soulful voice. Many of the videos portray eccentric stories staring the lead vocalist Florence Welch.

Florence + The Machine

Cosmic Love 

When watching the video i decided to screen shot some stills, i think the collection of photographs look like they could be put into a publication themselves, this series of different imagery is something Emily and I want to capture.

I particularly like the lighting display and the smokey effects in the imagery, these are objects that we would like to use in our photographs to create curious outcomes. 

Rabbit Heart

This video resembles a lot of fairy tale aspects and has a glowing vintage look about it, in terms of fashion trends the 'vintage look' very popular and has a quirky appeal about it, often when high profile people have a taste for it it leads others to be influenced, Florence Welch is a perfect example of a trend setter.

Given that Emily and I have discussed themes to portray in our photos very much similar to how artists do in their videos, we may touch upon already used themes if they have been influential.

Throughout these stills i couldn't help but notice the overlap of imagery, i have filters for my camera which do a very similar effect, these types of experimental imagery are what could make an image stronger than the other.

You've Got The Love

You've got the love is one of Florence's older singles, the video shows festivity and celebration throughout.

The props and objects used in the video is what makes it quirky and rememberable, the get together feel of it and the glitter overload makes the video fun and exciting, an aspect what we want to show in our imagery.