So, anyway, this week, I've had a tutorial with John Goodwin, which was actually loads more helpful than anything else I've had with my tutors this module. He gave me some really good starting points and ideas.
I worked out I was trying to run before I could walk! I was trying to come up with a final project and aim for that than just letting it happen, which is actually something I've been told before but never listened. Now I realise I need to just get the ideas of the process rather than the final piece and let them turn into a final piece itself. This way I can use the process and experiment a lot more and not have to worry how it turns out because I don't have to use that idea.
Anyway...as i was saying...
Larry Clark! What a legend. Maybe slightly strange but an amzing artist. And perfect for me to study his work. I've changed my mind with what I want to start off with for Beyond the Body.
I want to look at addiction. How it gets hold of it's 'victim' and makes it almost impossible for them to get away without a struggle. Take the serious cases of Heroine addicts, alcoholics etc. Even binge drinkers, smokers, coffee drinkers, bulimics and people with eating disorders, they can't get enough of their addictions, it's something that fuels them, gives them a way to carry on. It's almost as if it's beyond their bodily control to escape it...
Clark's work captures teenage and young adults behaviour behind closed doors. He views their movements and lives like a voyeur as they dose themselves full of drugs, alcohol and sex.
His most famous and relevant work was done from the 1960's to the 1990's. it consisted of both photography and film. He has done works on his life as a youth surrounded by his friends, and used other subjects to work off. I am currently waiting for some of his films to come into the library...watch this space.
I'm off tonight to go snap some photographs of young drunken students out on the streets of Plymouth, I'm hoping for some drunken action, were as I will be stone.cold.sober!