What people assume about me...
I asked people what their first impression of me was. What they assumed seeing me for the first time. Here are the answers:
Mysterious / hard to read
artsy / art kid
Half Indian half Mexican, James Luna
Both James and Lorna express well how your appearance can completely change the perception people have of you. Just with a haircut you could maybe determine where is a person from.
Lorna Simpson, Wigs, 1994
Self Portraits, Bryce Hudson
"Hudson’s photographic based contemporary art prints range from universal visions of social structures to intimately personal visualizations of individual and racial identity. In these works, he also explores his own personal struggle to meet the demands of a blended racial heritage. With the levity of disguise, Hudson is able to vastly change the superficial ‘first impression’. By dealing with the weighty subjects of ethnicity and sexuality through this dissection and multiplication of his own identity, he attempts to shed a playful and often humorous light on contentious issues."
"In the mid-1920s, Sander began his highly ambitious project People of the 20th Century. In it, Sander aimed to document Germany by taking portraits of people from all segments of society. The project adapted and evolved continuously, falling into seven distinct groups: ‘The Farmer’, ‘The Skilled Tradesman’, ‘The Woman’, ‘Classes and Professions’, ‘The Artists’, ‘The City’ and ‘The Last People’.
Sander once said ‘The portrait is your mirror. It’s you’. He believed that, through photography, he could reveal the characteristic traits of people. He used these images to tell each person's story; their profession, politics, social situation and background."
Lauryn Aeby Pallas, Resign Yourself, 2018
Work on the impossibility to escape from others eye and judgment inspired by the french film "La haine". This is a project that works as a self portrait of my feeling of powerlessness.
The poster is sticked next to a security camera so the viewer is stared both by the illustration and the camera which increases the feeling of never escaping to other people's look.
Schiele & Klimt Exhibiton
I went to the RA exhibition of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt.
The way that Schiele draws the figures and especially the eyes is really expressive and he succeed in transmitting emotions to the viewer.
Un chien Andalou, Luis Bunuel,1929
Ferdinand Hodler, Dietegen couvrant la retraite de Marignan, 1906-07
In Switzerland I went to this exhibition of the Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler in the museum of art and history of Geneva where they also keep a collection of old armours and weapons. Swiss armours have really interesting gravures on them and quite interesting sharp shapes. Switzerland doesn't have a strong fashion history as it has always been influenced by French (Paris) trends. But when it comes to the military stuff Switzerland stands out. With puffy sleeves and around the hips and thighs without the armour and puffy legs with it (16th century).
The model of 1500 is still used by the Pontifical Swiss Guards.
The Pontifical Swiss Guards protect the Vatican since 1506. Many think that Michelangelo designed their uniforms, but actually their original uniforms were slight modifications of the outfits worn by the Swiss arm at that time with the addition of the crossed keys symbol of the Vatican. The modern uniforms we see when visiting the Vatican today are actually a redesign by one of the Guard's own... Commandant Jules Repond (1910-1921). Repond studied the frescoes in the Vatican itself for the inspiration that led to the colors of the Medici (blue, red, yellow) on the Guards medieval, (and what some see as) clown-like outfits. He also introduced the fairly simple beret as the main headgear, although the metal and ostrich feathered helmet (called a morion) are still used for full dress assembly (along with white gloves). The Pierrot-like ruffled collar was morphed into a simplistic white collar.