Friday, 20 January 2012

Billy Childish

"Billy Childish (born Steven John Hamper, 1 December 1959) is an English artist, painter, author, poet, photographer, film maker, singer and guitarist. He is known for his explicit and prolific work – he has detailed his love life and childhood sexual abuse, notably in his early poetry and the novels My Fault (1996), Notebooks of a Naked Youth (1997), Sex Crimes of the Futcher (2004) – The Idiocy of Idears (2007), and in several of his songs, notably in the instrumental "Paedophile" (1992) (featuring a photograph of the man who sexually abused him on the front cover) and "Every Bit of Me" (1993). From 1981 till 1985 Childish had a relationship with artist Tracey Emin and has also been associated with another British artist Stella Vine.He is a consistent advocate for amateurism and free emotional expression and was a co-founder of the Stuckism art movement with Charles Thomson in 1999, which he left in 2001. Since then a new evaluation of Childish's standing in the art world has been under way, culminating with the publication of a critical study of Childish's working practice by the artist and writer Neal Brown, with an introduction by Peter Doig, which describes Childish as "one of the most outstanding, and often misunderstood, figures on the British art scene".[1]" -

Tate defininition of Stuckism

Founded by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson in 1999, Stuckism is
an art movement that is anti-conceptual and champions figurative painting.
Thomson derived the name from an insult by the Young British Artist, Tracey Emin, who told her ex-lover
Childish that his art was ¿stuck, stuck, stuck¿. Since its modest beginnings
Stuckism is now an international art movement with over a hundred members
worldwide. Childish left in 2001, but the group continues its confrontational
agenda, demonstrating against events like the Turner Prize or Beck¿s Futures
which the movement argues are among a number of art world events controlled by a
small number of art world insiders. " -

Stuckism research/notes

Stuckism is an art movement founded by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson in 1999. It promotes figurative painting and strongly opposes conceptual art.The name Stuckism was inspired by an argument Billy Childish was having with his girlfriend at the time Tracey Emin where she was quoted as saying "Your paintings are stuck, you are stuck! Stuck! Stuck! Stuck!"They’ve issued several manifestos, the first one being The Stuckists.Childish left the movement in 2001 just two years after its creation, in part due to their persistent bullying of Emin.

Usefull links:

art movement for contemporary figurative painting with ideas. Anti the
pretensions of conceptual art. Anti-anti-art. The first Remodernist art group.
Daubers (daubing is the new
painting).There are 226 Stuckist groups in 52 countries"-

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Pop art -notes

Pop Art:
  • Popular
  • Low cost
  • Mass produced
  • Youth Culture
  • Transistent
  • What is art?
  • Confessional
  • Intertextuality
  • Kitsch
  • Multicultural

Culture Quake - postmodernism notes continued

Post Modernism:
  • Consumption
  • Globalisation
  • Post-fordism (Fordism = Setting up production lines. Exportation of goods)
  • Flexible Accumulation = aquiring resources and land to gain money
  • Shift from fordism to use of innovative industrialisation
  • Media
  • Risk
  • Movement began in archetecture
  • Rejected Modernist avante-garde, form, funtion and formalism
  • Multiplicity/hybridity (combining a number of different styles of art/design in own work)
  • Eclecticism (taking any visual elements from any source period)
  • Vernacular (the daily and local language of the people)
  • Mass Culture (high and low art mingle freely together)
  • Joy (Free use of colours/shapes and decorative effects/playfullness)
  • Irony (Postmodern art can make fun of its conventions)
  • Ego (the artists ego is displayed unrestrained and demonstraitively, sometimes in a narcissistic or exhibitionist way.)
  • Opposite of modernism
  • Is synonymous with consumerism and capitalism
  • No more high or low art
  • Lack of 'real' reality
  • Dissolution of society
  • Audiences response decides what artwork means to them and is more important than the authority of the author/what the author thinks

Culture Quake - modernism notes continued

  • To be of their own time
  • Innovation
  • To reflect the changing world around them
  • Rection of the past
  • Simplification
  • Rejection of ornament
  • Rejection of decoration
  • Authoritive
  • Progress
  • 'Pure' disciplines or high art (Painting, Sculpture, Music, Archetecture & Literature)
  • Avante-Garde
  • Production
  • Nationalism
  • Industrilisation
  • Capitalism
  • Technologies
  • Machines
  • Security