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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

“Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are amongst the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known as pioneers of installation art” (Tate). Their artwork reflects on the Soviet Union regime that they were taught from a young age, and the officially approved style of Socialist Realism. Ilya supported himself as a children’s book illustrator from 1955 […]

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Professional Experience Studio 2 Summer Assessment 2018

Tate Exchange

The Tate Exchange is a current workshop experience that is being run on the 5th floor at the Tate Modern, London. Working with ArtLab @ Tate Exchange, we ran workshops over two days with primary and secondary school children. By working as a co-researcher in the Artlab team, we were able to explore artists materials […]

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Artist Influences and Research

Richard Deacon

Richard Dean is a sculptor, known for his large, lyrical open forms in materials including laminated wood and poly-carbonate to leather, cloth and clay. Construction and engineering are key elements of Deacon’s work as he continually changes methods, adapting it to his current sculptural approach. Themes that run through his work include that of continuous […]

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Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder was an American sculpture who was known to be the “originator of the mobile; a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents” (Tate). He bought movement to static objects, creating kinetic sculptures that would pause in a moment that lasted […]

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Artist Influences and Research Studio 2

Metal Fabrication Workshop Part 1

Within the workshop space at the University of Reading, we are very lucky to have a metal workshop, and to be able to have the opportunity to be trained in this. The first part of this workshop is learning basic health and safety, the tools that you may be using and the technique of ARC […]

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Chris Burden

Chris Burden pushes his body to the limit through his performance works, which are considered some of the most shocking works in the history of twentieth century art. These works include; “spending five days and nights in the fetal position inside a locker, having a spectator push pins into his body, being ‘crucified’ to a […]

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Artist Influences and Research Studio 2

Superflex

Superflex are currently known for their exhibition of One Two Three Swing! at the Tate Modern, London, in which an orange line of swings weaves in, and out, of the Turbine Hall. The potential of swinging with more than one person (two or three in this case), allows us to realise that our collective energy resists gravity […]

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Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle finds it an important aspect of life to be able to disappear at a moments notice, that she should be able to lock the door behind her and become another person entirely, and continue to document and exhibit the most intimate details of her life. Even her mother and father have become parts […]

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Artist Influences and Research Studio 2

Eva Rothschild

Eva Rothschild often works with Pexiglas, leather and paper in her Minimalist sculptural works, along with wall-based works and videos. A recurring motif throughout her work is the use of unstable geometric forms, with each piece and element relying upon one another for support. “Taking on a range of formats, her columns, frames, arches and […]

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Artist Influences and Research Studio 2

Jana Sterbak

Jana Sterbak looks at the themes of power, control, seduction, sexuality and the turn to technology to transcend physicality. Her artistic vision has said to have been influenced by a Marxist/Leninist educational system and a childhood in Prague. Her works are often sculptural, including the use of the human body and every-day objects to portray […]