Whitworth Gallery

I have recently visited the Whitworth Gallery on a University trip to help inspire our minds in order to open ourselves to new ideas and challenges. I felt some of the things in the gallery was a bit too simple for me, something that I didn’t like was one of the 3D pieces where it was a rug with a chair on. I felt like their was no narrative behind this and it was just something that we see everyday therefor can’t be significance to art.

However I did find some elements that really inspired me.

Whitworth GalleryHere shows a piece that I really love. It reminds me of people running and reminds me of something that could be seen in a sports commercial. I also like how the colours are very simple and this design focuses on minimalism. This is a modern way of design and the modern way of thinking to keep things simple. It also creates the idea of less is more which is something that I learnt in my seminar with Anna. This is something that Modernists support however isn’t what Post Modernists agree with.

I also really like the following to the left below. I really like this due to the way the typography is slightly distorted with several layers. I think this design even though its Black & White is really fun, bold andvery rememberable. I also liked the piece below to the right.I liked this due to the colour and the way this piece can be seen from every angle. This is something that can be really hard to do due to the piece being 3D and each way you view the piece needs to be just as strong.

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Today I visited Manchester to explore Graffiti. I was stunned by my findings. Every time I turned a corner on Hilton Street, I was gob smacked by another piece of highly detailed and picturesque piece of artwork. I noticed their was a variety of styles that I found:

Minimalism graffiti – use of two colours, sense of 3D and use of contours to enhance certain areas for example cheekbones. Below shows the strongest pieces that I think follow this style.

Rainbow graffiti – use of more than 4 colours, vibrant, use of bold thick outlines, sense of graphics in the work. Below shows a few pieces that I think follow this idea.

Dark graffiti – use of darker colours, sets a moody tone, often to do with a person or event. Below shows this style of work.

I found these pieces on Hilton and Port Street in Manchester. I would love to see more pieces  and if anyone has any suggestions, leave a comment below! For more info for where I found these pieces, comment below or drop me an email!

Design Print Week Manchester

I recently visited the Design Print Event in Manchester where several artists, illustrators, graphic designers and others was exhibiting their work which could be looked at and purchased. I really loved this as it showed designers like myself putting their work out in the real world and trying to be successful.

I really loved the work which I have attached a picture of above as it’s really colourful, fun and uses a range of different techniques including screen printing. I can see this work uses a lot of geometric shapes and vivid colours. This is something I have lately been really inspired by and have been trying to incorporate into my work moving forward.

Below shows a piece where it was plasterboard on the outside with little holes dotted around. On the outside it looked basic and boring. However when I looked inside the holes, big letters in different typography and colours was inside lit up in neon lighting. I felt like this was really interesting as from the outside it looked like nothing but from the inside it had a complete different meaning. I can see from what I have learnt in my lectures that this design has followed the idea about less is more and modernism.