During their first term at QACI, Year 10 students in Visual Arts have been studying mark-making. In addition to using classic materials (such as pencils and brushes), or making brushes out of found objects (such as felt hearts, forks, or plants), Year 10 students have been investigating appropriation and influences in art.
Last Thursday, we went to QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art) to see the exhibition Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett. Gordon Bennett, who took inspiration, techniques, and imagery from artists such as Basquiat, Van Gogh, and Pollock. This inspiration can be seen in works throughout the exhibition as he pulls from Basquiat's neo-expressionist style (seen in the chaos and rough portrayal of a subject) or the impastoed bedroom of Outsider, and the whiplash movement of his paint splatters. Beyond renowned painters that visual artists often can only aspire to be, Bennett drew from rap music, works of fiction, and current affairs as he produced paintings. From artists that formed today's world history to Bennett's own pop culture, he discovered his sense of identity and transformed that into his art.
Rather than studying this approach in a classroom, we entered the treasure island of GOMA in search of creating an art piece that delved into themselves from the paintings that lie before them. With 4 paneled concertina books, their favorite pencils, and viewfinders to use like treasure maps to find gold in Bennett's paintings. In some works, produced it was shapes, specific imagery, or slashes of writing. Through the gallery experience, emotive and partial work was produced from which students transformed the meaning as they depicted pop culture references, rendered imagery, or shattered through with color. The finished concertina books now hang in the level 2 gallery. These works became students' portrayal of themselves through the lens of Unfinished Business: The Art of Gordon Bennett.
...article written by Annabelle Huber-Edwards, Year 10