Controversial Art

Thinking of looking into a double meaning, I wanted to look into controversial artists and artwork.


I’m not a fan of his work but the topics the artist covers is interesting to look at; so will touch on his work briefly. Banksy is a graffiti artist born in England, considered an activist his identity is unknown as the themes of his artwork represent current events and issues. When speaking about Banksy there is the debate about his work and whether it represents art or vandalism. When concerning his identity, is the work of one man or a group. Is Banksy a man?

Very Little Helps- Banksy [Accessed 24th  Feb 2016]
 Reflecting on our own work, what is the topic of our own animation? We could try and tackle world issues and things that we find important but like Banksy is there anyone point where our topic is considered “over the line.”

Pawel Kuczynski

Pawel is a Polish illustrator; like Banksy he tries to cover current events and worldly topics. His illustrations are considered satirical, often very political based. Looking into the style you can tell these were done by hand, the grainy effect from the pencil markings is nice to think about for when we texture our scene in the future.

Pawel Kuczynski [24th Feb 2016]

Other Controversial Art

This is the section of art that annoys me. It’s artwork thats produced to give a violent reaction, I guess this is what happens when you explore through the debate of what is art? You get this stuff. I researched a handful of artists (some who have produced awful stuff)  in a way to understand it’s themes but in the end it acted as a deterrent of anything I would want to create. So it has re-inforced my moral compass! Here is some work which out of some of the things i’ve seen, would be considered tame.

Myra (1995)- Marcus Harvey 

Marcus Harvey is recognised for his “out there” work. Probably one of his most noteworthy works (in terms of shock factor), is ‘Myra.’ Myra is a portrait of an infamous child murderer but the picture is made up using the plaster casts of a child’s hand.  With this you could go into pointillism with artists’ like George Suerat, reflecting on the piece, it’s gives a double meaning. We could go into a double meaning but preferable not using plaster casts. [Portmann, Emily. “MARCUS HARVEY”. HSC Visual Art Resources. N.p., 2012. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.]

Myra- Marcus Harvey [Accessed 24th Feb 2016]
  Fountain (1917) – Marcel Duchamp

If we are gonna to skim past controversial art, Marcel Du champ has to be on the list. The questions he brings to the table are what is art. To stay away from biased opinions; I just will post an explanation of fountain.

“Fountain is one of Duchamp’s most famous works and is widely seen as an icon of twentieth-century art. The original, which is lost, consisted of a standard urinal, usually presented on its back for exhibition purposes rather than upright, and was signed and dated ‘R. Mutt 1917’” – “Marcel Duchamp, ‘Fountain’ 1917, Replica 1964”. Tate. N.p., 1917. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.

Fountain 1917, replica 1964 by Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968
Fountain – Marcel Duchamp [Accessed 24th Feb 2016]
Now that is over, I thought about what is it that we want to create? What’s the message and is there a way to tackle a hard subject in an interesting way.

Issues we could cover:

  • Religion
  • War
  • Healthy Eating – Obesity/Anorexia
  •  Relationships & Friendships – Perceptions of character
  • Mental Health
  • Class System
  • Economy
  • Education
  • Poverty

I’m aware when I’m writing this that conveying some of these in less than 30 secs is hard and probably too dark for an animation. So on that note lets leave the blog post.




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