Jennifer Letchet Paintings

My work explores fundamental elements of painting, the relationship between colour and line. I intend my paintings to affect the viewer optically with the illusion of shapes moving and receding. Colour theory is very important to my work. I use specific hues to symbolise ideas or emotions. The contained shapes on canvases seem more like objects than lines. My recent work explores natural and man-made disasters and the impact this has on our environment. I want to record the changing landscape through simplified shapes and colours.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Review: Endless Stair at Tate Modern 06.10.13

The Endless Stair designed by Alex de Rijke is made of 187 stairs and 436 metres of interlocking paths beside The Thames. 

De Rijke has designed this piece using 11.4 tonnes of American tulipwood, an abundant material which he predicts will be the dominant building material of the 21st century. He called it 'the new concrete’. 

From a distance this piece is visually impressive, and for anyone who saw Labyrinth with David Bowie, an absolute dream. 

The dream unfortunately dies as you step on Endless Stair. It soon becomes apparent your interaction options are fairly limited and due to the high volumes of visitors, the experience is more akin to queuing on the Underground. My excitement was fairly shortlived, and despite admiring the concept and design from a distance, I was unable to revel in the materials and form up close. 

Therefore, this piece works better as a sculpture or a photograph, but fails as an example of design or even as an installation piece. 

I think they call this Marmite Art. Unfortunately, I have more hate, than love for it.

Review: Serpentine Gallery's Summer Pavilion

Abstract Architecture

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013 was designed by Sou Fujimoto and was on show until 20th October 2013. The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion lies between architecture and art. For me it is more of an abstract nod to the Minimalist sculptures of Donald Judd and geometric installations of Sol LeWitt. Therefore, this is not true architecture.

Does this matter? Do we need to define everything in absolute terms? Do we need definite labels, such as 'Art', 'Architecture', 'Sculpture', or 'Installation'. Can this not lie in between all of the above? Can this not be Abstract Architecture? 

Architecture is functional, it serves a purpose, to create space, to provide shelter and to be used for a specific function. The Pavilion is not fully functional. It serves as an aesthetically beautiful place to meet, socialise and eat. However, without a proper roof and being completely not water-tight this building is more of a temporary structure. 

Without solid walls, a foundation, or a roof, this structure provides the perfect scenic location. The geometric and cubic structure provides hundreds of frames to view Hyde Park and the Serpentine. You can be within and still be fully immersed into your surroundings. 

The materials and temporary nature of the installation discuss art with the language if form and line. Colour takes a backseat to allow the viewer to focus on the changing colours of the landscape and the pure geometry. 

So which is supreme? Is this art or architecture? I am inclined to go with 'art' . With this year's pavilion the aesthetic and concept supersedes the pavilion's function as an example of architecture. 

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Focus on Geometry and blurred definitions of space

The creation of structure/space without traditional architecture conventions

The importance of line, form and structure