Perspective – 09.10.2014Posted: October 23, 2014
On the 9th October we had a constellation seminar on the subject of perspective and how we as an audience perceive artwork. We were given a selection of examples of how the idea of perspective has been used in different ways throughout history; the first example was of Albrecht Durer and his Draughtsman Drawing a Recumbent Woman, an artwork completed in 1925. I particularly liked this piece not because of the aesthetic qualities but more the historical value behind the drawing and techniques shown. The draughtsman is trapped behind his device, constrained by it; he can only draw what he can see through the grid, not what his mind is telling him to see. I love the fact that there is so much meaning behind this image; when I did some research into what other viewers had said about the drawing I discovered a whole new insight into how there was a provocative nature to the woman and how the artist’s desire and frustration at the divide between them was clearly visible and yet I would have never thought of that angle myself. This has taught me that I need to be more thorough as a viewer and as an artist.
We were also shown a selection of photographic pieces including a dated view of Google Earth showing different perspectives of buildings in the same photo and a photo by Etienne-Jules Marey of a man jumping over a fence taken with a long exposure so that the motion is captured in a series of images merged into one.
I was going to attempt to write an overly in depth and analytic paragraph about all the things I learned during this session and about how engaging and intellectually stimulating the seminar was. However that would probably not make a very interesting post and I doubt my writing would do it justice so I will just end with a few images of the things I learned about and maybe come back at some point to add some detail and a more comprehensive insight because truly, the lecture was amazing and deserves a lot more than an amateur attempt at an explanation.