Week-20-Coursework

Had a good 1-2-1 with Dr. Wendy. She suggested that I start working on my assignment should consider the ‘road’ as the theme for my CRoP. To take a look at the work of Ed Ruscha,

Ed Ruscha’s – Every Building on Sunset Strip.- 1966 © Image courtesy of: www.getty.edu

and explore the works of film makers and other artists. I had mentioned that HWY-138, a rather famous American Highway, had spawned the idea for my project: ‘Fences’ formed when I drove out to the location where David Hockney’s photographed the elemnets for his collage he made in 1982 at the crossroads of Ave 165th East and Hwy 138. I always return to regions where great art is and was made, from ancient Greece to modern HWY-138, and places in between.

David Hockney © Pearblossom Hwy., 11 – 18th April 1986, #2  Image courtesy of www.getty.edu

Here I find inspiration and in some way get in touch with the spirit of the artist, just by knowing that some-one who I admire, has roamed around the very spot I stand.

Map of HWY-138
HWY-138 Polyptych Photo by: Pierre Chemaly © (The place where Hockney made his collage-as it is to-day) The red traffic light, replaces the stop-sign.

While driving this highway, also known as the Pearblossom Highway, I began noticing symbols and signs that interested me. Traveling, be it a highway, seaway, or any other means of getting from one place to another, stimulates ideas and at the same time is a period of relaxation and incubation that allows these ideas to ferment. The eyes and ears and all the senses are the yeasts of the brew and the senses stimulate thoughts and the thoughts become concepts and the concepts become the materialized form of the ideas.

 

References:

David Hockney Collage:  The J. Paul Getty in Los Angeles. (2017). Pearblossom Hwy., 11 – 18th April 1986, #2 (Getty Museum). [online] Available at: http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/105374/david-hockney-pearblossom-hwy-11-18th-april-1986-2-british-april-11-18-1986/ [Accessed 28 Oct. 2019].

Ed Ruscha:  Getty.edu. (2011). In Focus: Ed Ruscha (Getty Center Exhibitions). [online] Available at: https://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/focus_ruscha/ [Accessed 28 Oct. 2019].

 

Week_7_Independent_Reflections.

Had an early morning seminar with Dr. Stella and a few of my co-horts. As usual it was very stimulating seeing the work of others and being able to present my own work in progress. I mentioned that I am attempting to get in touch with Ed Rusha. Dr. Stella said she met him in Santa Monica when she was there at the 18th Street Art Centre as an Artist in Residence.  https://18thstreet.org/about/ He was DJ’ing a gig. So that may be a nice story to tell him.

 

Ed Ruscha’s – Every Building on Sunset Strip.- 1966                                                                                                    I was very stimulated by this piece, and figured something like it may be very valuable to me for my own project: “Pearblossom Highway (HWY 138) Start to Finish.”  It’s still a working title so I am going to incubate on it for a while. Conceptually it will be a physical and metaphorical journey into the California Desert and out the other side. Hopefully more productive, opened minded, and a little self discovery won’t be out of order either,  My 1500 calorie/day fast is a spiritual preparation for the journey. This is week two

Had a response from Dr. Gary about my CRJ, commented on light text with dark background, not ideal from computer screen. I changed it to light background with darker txt. Looks good. waiting for comment on critical content.

Fast going well. Have a weigh in tomorrow and see how it’s going.  Will set up a report of the process.  Had a good “office” with Dr. Gary this week. Honed in on some of my images for HWY 138. Quite surprised that he was so knowledgeable and perceptive to the information on the image such as the DSC code and the Zoom position.

DSC= DSC Digital Sony Code. The top railway track is the Zoom position. Very strange indeed as this is a very early ‘LEICA’ camera,  the Digilux Zoom made in 1998. Also it was made for Leica by FUJI, using sony parts.

I heard somewhere once that SONY is the ruler of the roost, and in this case it seems to be so, especially if the code, maybe even the chip is a SONY product.

Dr Gary used a strange word. He described the image as “Stinging” in other words it pricked his attention. I found the word odd, but liked it as opposed to the regular old:  “Good, nice  or I N T E R E S T I N G….” (the worst in the bunch) so Stinging was a way of describing it that I particularly liked. I may even appropriate  the use of it my self.

Fast is going well. On week two. Down from 232 to 230 lbs this week.

Graph courtesy of Myfitnesspal.com
Graph courtesy of Myfitnesspal.com

Down 5lbs total since starting two week ago.

 

 

Week_6_Contextual_Research

I have watched two video’s on David Hockney’s Pearblossom HWY138. The first on youtube. https://youtu.be/sD123svCFHQ  The second was from KCET, but cannot seem to locate it again. From the first video I managed to figure out the exact location where he photographed the collage, and to get some idea how he photographed it. When I got to the location, it was a bit disappointing because it had changed so much. None of the elements David used where there anymore. This motivated me to think of a different way to make an image and came up with the Polyptych of five vertical separate elements, in addition, after remembering Ed Ruschas ‘Every Building on Sunset Strip-1966’

The idea came to mind to explore the entire Pearblossom Highway to see what it offered. Along the way I have discover some very interesting things. The location of and old socialist colony from 1914. very close to Hockney’s location. Maybe a half mile away. That Aldous Huxley lived out there for a brief period, also very close by.

So with a location and a concept, I am considering making a series of images and videos&films along Pearblossom Highway  and title the piece ‘Pearblossom Highway HWY 138 Start to Finish.’ I have a collection of camera both motion and still and am entertaining the idea of making the  series using different formats in motion and still for the project.