Hogarth was 20 when his father died. At this time he was serving an apprenticeship to a silver plate engraver,a branch of engraving described at the time as 'the lowest degree of that business'
(My summary based on reading 'Hogarth' by David Bindman)
A Rake's Progress
Text below from Soane Museum website:
We were asked to think about the 'The Madhouse' and interpret the madness in our own way. Dave wanted us to think in an abstract way.
Pretty daunting to be honest. My first effort was more inspired by the road which Tom follows
PUT IN IMAGE OF ROAD HERE. Light and dark. points - paths ahead but some easier to take than others - so some fat and some thin.
Then refocused on Bedlam. I looked to the picture itself for my first hit of inspiration. To me the bars with chinks of light are symbolic of escaping madness which instinctively I would want to do.
Did a painting which was dreadful, but it did give me a chance to use a sponge for the first time over paint to get rid of the brush marks.
PICTURE OF BARS PIC - NOT SURE I TOOK ONE
Really unhappy with my work at this point. Went away and had a think. I need to connect with the theme and not be so literal in my interpretation.
I've taken myself to the crazy dark place and thought about how it truly feels. Stuff that come to mind:
- shattered pieces
- separated from the world
- what's really going on?
- eyes watching from everywhere
- not a ray of light, a chink - a tiny little one
Composition: I am inspired by Hogarth. I like the way he uses muted colour in his paintings so that they can sit together as a set. He uses light and dark to draw the eye. Seems to use blue to denote an important figure or part of the picture (often Tom himself). The way he uses pure white in a very limited way.
When we visited xxBritish Museum???xxxxxx in London. I made a point of seeing the Hogarth painting. It was a self portrait of him with his pug.
The picture also includes Hogarth's Line of Beauty.
When you look at the real thing, his use of white is what I found myself staring at. You can't really see it in photos. He uses a beige white underneath with just a touch of brilliant white here and there. I want to try and paint like this.
So I listened to Nick Drake, thought about the madness and this is what I came up with.
PICTURE OF MY FIRST ATTEMPT HERE
This is my favourite piece of work so far. I connected with it, didn't think about anything to much and just let it flow - recorded the madness. Now whether it is actually any better than my other work, I don't know, but I like it. It was never my intention to make the random eye look like a face, but that's how it came out which was good. The lines over the eyes are inspired by barbed wire - that feeling of not being able to get to real life, even if you wanted to.
Things to try out: Colours more vibrant. Next task set by Dave - to explore using mixed media. I decided to extend the barbed wire idea and used string and corrugated cardboard, because it is flaky and layered to add to feeling of layers between madness and sanity.
PICTURE OF MIXED MEDIA PIECE AT BILLS HERE _ NEED TO ADD WIRE!
CONTEXTUAL - MIRO AND OTHERS
DEVELOPMENT OF THE IDEA - MORE EYES, LESS COLOUR BY NUMBERS, MORE SOPJISTICATED USE OF WHITE, USINF FINGERS, VIVID COLOUR, FRAGMENTED ALTERED VIEW - LIKE THRUOUGH SMAMSHED WINDSCREEN
What is storytelling?
Hogarth research here
Time in which Hogarth lived: worldwide - brink of revolution.
When satire becomes art
Enrique Chagoya - "...juxtaposes secular, popular, and religious symbols in order to address the ongoing cultural clash between the United States, Latin America and the world as well. He uses familiar pop icons to create deceptively friendly points of entry for the discussion of complex issues."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unn3qsZ5RPg Collage Perspectives exhibition