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The Artist Interview: In Reflection

In class on 9/20 we broke up into partners to conduct interviews with each other.

Each student was asked to generate 5-8 questions to ask a fellow artist partner about their current work. The answers were recorded by the interviewer and then given back to the interviewees.

The interviewees become aware of their spoken word when placed in a direct question interview format.

Please add your comments below to the following questions –

What was the most helpful aspect of the interview process?

What did you discover about your spoken reactions after reviewing them in a written format?

How did this exercise impact your writing after the experiment? Did you apply this to your midterm artist statement? Have you been developing your thesis structure via this experience?

Share any other related reactions from the experience here in the comments section below.

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

The interviews that will be viewed and discussed in class on 9/20/16

Video with Damien Hirst- 

http://www.damienhirst.com/video/2007/ftlog-interview

“I just thought, ‘What can you pit against death?”[1]

‘For the Love of God’, a platinum skull set with diamonds, is one of Hirst’s most important and widely recognised works. Its raw materials define it as an artwork of unprecedented scale. The 32 platinum plates making up ‘For the Love of God’ are set with 8,601 VVS to flawless set diamonds, weighing a massive 1,106 carats. The teeth inserted into the jaw are real and belong to the original skull.

The skull from which ‘For the Love of God’ was cast, was purchased from a London taxidermist and subsequently subjected to intensive bioarchaeological analysis and radiocarbon dating. This research revealed it dated from around 1720 – 1810, and was likely to be that of a 35-year-old man of European/Mediterranean ancestry. The title originates from exclamations Hirst’s mother would make on hearing plans for new works when he was starting out as an artist. As he explains: “She used to say, ‘For the love of God, what are you going to do next!’” 

‘For the Love of God’ acts as a reminder that our existence on earth is transient. Hirst combined the imagery of classic memento mori with inspiration drawn from Aztec skulls and the Mexican love of decoration and attitude towards death. He explains of death: “You don’t like it, so you disguise it or you decorate it to make it look like something bearable – to such an extent that it becomes something else.”[2]

The incorporation of the large central stone was inspired by memories of the comic ‘2000 AD’, which Hirst used to read as a child. He relates how the comic, “used to have a character in it called Tharg the Mighty who had a circle on his forehead. He was like a kind of powerful, God-like figure who controlled the universe,” Hirst explains. “It kind of just looked like it needed something. A third eye; a connection to Jesus and his dad.”[3]

Alongside their dazzling brilliance and “Eucharistic” beauty, Hirst’s fascination with diamonds results partly from the mutterings and uncertainty surrounding their inherent worth. In the face of the industry’s ability to establish their irreplaceable value, it becomes necessary to question whether they are “just a bit of glass, with accumulated metaphorical significance? Or [whether they] are genuine objects of supreme beauty connected with life.”[4] The cutthroat nature of the diamond industry, and the capitalist society which supports it, is central to the work’s concept. Hirst explains that the stones “bring out the best and the worst in people […] people kill for diamonds, they kill each other”.[5]

In 2010, Hirst created a second, baby diamond skull called ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ using pink diamonds.

Damien Hirsthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jQ6isqr2OY

Jeff Koonshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZWwqlcA50w

Marina Ambramovic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eugnrk8Nfi0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDzQ_86wIw

James Turrell –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bvg6kaWIeo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-gmHA7KbcU

Mariko Mori – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qztEpDgYA1Y

The Artist Interview Process

On 9/23 our class conducted interviews with each other. Paired into groups of two, each student was asked to generate and ask 10-15 questions for each other. They exchanged places directly after to be interviewed.  The answers were recorded in a written format by each student.

A class discussion followed. Reactions to the questions below should be added to the comments section.

1. What was the most useful aspect of the exercise?

2. What have you discovered about yourself and your work that you had not considered before the interview?

3. How will you apply this new awareness into your thesis paper / research paper process?

4. What was the most important question(s) that you were asked? How may this effect your work as an artist?

5. Other reflective feedback? Feel free to extend on this.

 

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

The interviews that will be viewed and discussed in class on 9/16/14

Jeff Koonshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZWwqlcA50w

 Damien Hirsthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jQ6isqr2OY

Marina Ambramovic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eugnrk8Nfi0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDzQ_86wIw

 James Turrell –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bvg6kaWIeo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-gmHA7KbcU

 Mariko Mori – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qztEpDgYA1Y