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Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
-Robert Benchley

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
-Confucius

York york york, we are going to walk amongst your old buildings and cobbled streets tomorrow both the Romans and Vikings have long since left leaving behind a city full of character. It has remained the centre of the region known as Yorkshire primarily because of its association with Christianity. However its small population and highly rated university maintain a sense of beauty and longevity that is likely to remain. On a tangent we recently saw Transformers 3: Dark side of the Moon and although the storyline is somewhat predictable, the special effects continue to amaze and inspire. You can really see and sense the quality of these animations and computer generated imagery every time a machine transforms you find your self concentrated on the mass of moving metal. ImageImage

China’s literal translation of its name means ‘Middle country’ signalling a old belief that it is the center of the world. It is not a stretch of the imagination to envisage a future where this is a reality, and China becomes the center of the world. Its economy is the strongest in the world making it the most powerful country in the year 2012, its a place I have always wanted to visit. Primarily because of its culture and history and I also believe that it is important to not forget these aspects of China. Even if its current government ¬†occasionally oppress its people and the total population is unknown its still a place of interest. Tea was first discovered and popularized in china and exported in the year 1903 and¬†Paper was invented by the eunuch Ts’ai Lun. According to the official history of the Han dynasty (3rd century A.D.), Ts’ai Lun was given an aristocratic title after he presented Emperor Ho Ti with samples of paper. In 751 A.D., Chinese papermakers were captured by the Arabs at Samarkand, and by 794 A.D. several state-owned paper mills operated in Baghdad. The Arabs were manufacturing paper in Spain around 1150. It was not until 1590 that the first English paper mill was founded, at Dartford.

Traditionally art in a Non Space is strange, located in a weird unfamiliar void, we look into this empty warehouse. Beginning to imagine the silver metallic colours of a steel factory the cold hard shades of Sheffield’s industrial past. In a similar fashion we are presently confronted with the image of empty shops and office spaces, opening a door that used to be the entrance to a moment of consumption. But is now home to the burnt and scarred remains of modern capitalism’s use of colour one only has to look at a modern supermarket or a high street store to understand the marketization and appropriation of bright vibrant colours. In this use of colour as an aid for commercial gain, as a tool to catch the eye or place desire in our minds we have become nullified and perhaps can no longer trust colour to convey meaning.
Perhaps one could suggest that colour has lost its natural, archaic, or emotive place or value in the production of art we are all aware of artists who have used colour without fear and with confidence. There are many that can be grouped into the movements; Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, and finally Conceptualism. From Van Gogh and Picasso to Klein and kapoor they have all negotiated colour in some way and articulated its relationship within their work. So why do none of us have a strong leaning or urge to use colour as a key component in art? Why do we find colour hard to explain, compared to other aspects, sections, and interest involved in the works construction?
History and construction are interesting notions when talking about colour, one gets this feeling that within the speed of technological change something in art practice also changed. Historically the dawn of technicolour could be seen as the birth or starting point for non physical colour, recently the internet and mobile devices have changed the landscape. behaviour such as blogging and this new found mobility for digital imagery. I believe has increased the critical environment just as in the speed in which advertising and products bombard individuals who arent interested in art. So In terms of documenting and showing work the modern artist has the added pressure of manipulating his work digitally so that it can be seen in the best light, the way it would be seen if you where to view it in a gallery. I find these questions hard to answer, has colour really changed? has the technological revolution transformed its visual importance? Can colour and light be separate? if so is one more physical, one more cognitive or psychologically relevant?

”’ Feeling through a certain quick instinct, which was almost a divination, that the secrets of art are best learned in secret, and that beauty, like wisdom, loves the lonely worshipper” – Oscar Wilde