Let's talk about text
Bring your reading glasses because "Let's Talk About Text" might have you feeling like you're reading a novel. By the end though all these artists will have you thinking differently about text, type, and words. Whether it is the main feature or a subtle element in a composition, text brings another dimension to artwork and we're excited to showcase artists utilising this graphic element.
Jeremy Swan’s artistic practice has established itself through life drawing. His artwork tackles concepts dealing with human vision and the distortion that occurs when translating it into a drawing. An analytical approach is used to dissect the subject into a recoded document. The information is negotiated and reduced to drawn elements of line, tone and text. Through the lyrical nature of text subjective attributes can be articulated beyond a surface level observation. Drawing from life allows the artist to become a conduit for the drawing, in which the presence, duration and experience of time is embodied with in the drawing.
Jeremy Swan recently completed a bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University in 2017. He has facilitated and taught life drawing groups in Ferntree Gully and Fitzroy for local artists to meet and establish their skills. Facilitating life drawing has also lead him to curate an exhibition in Ferntree Gully. Jeremy has exhibited with other emerging artists in several group exhibitions with in Melbourne and the local region.
Georgia Steele is a Melbourne based artist born in 1995. Her work is often ephemeral and based around nature. Her work is executed through the use of layering whether that be combining different mediums or collage. With a background in Print making her work is process based. For Georgia it is all in the making of the work not just the end product, what goes into making it is what inspires her most. Georgia’s work is ever changing and evolving through the use of different mediums and expanding on her ideas. Many of her works combine both photographic elements as well as hand drawn. Georgia is currently studying at RMIT university majoring in Print Making practice.
About her work she says-
Both text and image can convey meaning to get audiences to think in different ways. As an artist I can use this as a vehicle to shed light on certain topics and create a conversation. This series is looking at personal development in a natural environment. Moving from an Urban environment to a natural. To progress and evolve in nature.
INSPIRATIONS My work is often inspired by nature, working through ideas of abstraction and feeding in print making and collage techniques into my work. I have a very processed based practice involving elements of photography and presenting it through different mediums in the print making field.
Paul Prato is a self-taught artist and painter based in Melbourne. Since 2014 he has undertaken a number of creative pursuits from writing poetry and producing music to making collages and short films. But it was midway through 2017 that he first started painting on canvas and since then he has created a prolific portfolio of abstract and expressionist paintings.
About his work, Paul says-
“I believe as an artist it is important to keep experimenting with different processes of creation. In this series, I mostly used Photoshop to create a highly digital aesthetic, which references the digital art movement in the 90s. I love experimenting with different art mediums because I am able to explore the creation of colours and shape. In this series Who Will You Be, I was inspired by Marinetti, who was an Italian futurist artist and turned his poems into highly graphic pieces of artwork. I have been writing poetry for a number of years but was never able to successfully combine written language with visual language, but in this series, rather than incorporating the entire poem within the piece, I have selected just one line: ‘When you are who you are’ and repeated it throughout the different pieces. I was inspired to do this after listening to a lot of modern music, which sometimes uses the technique of simplifying language and repeating the lines over and over.
With the digital pieces I started by typing ‘when you are who you are’ into Photoshop and then I started manipulating the composition by combining different effects. I used the repetition of layers and double exposure quite a lot in this process to create depth in the composition but also to create the sense of glitching. I was also very conscious of treating each composition in the same way I would treat painting with acrylics, that is, starting with simple primary colours and making sure the colour spectrum was effectively balanced. I also enjoy creating art this way because I am able to achieve a level of complexity that I am not able to achieve with painting or collage making. For me, each form of creating art achieves something that no other medium can and for this reason I am going to passionately continue creating art so that I can keep sharing with people.”