Contextual Study Point 6: Toby Paterson and Cy Twombly

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Research I conducted into Constructivism (from sculpture unit):

Conclusion of contextual study point 6 Twombly and Paterson:

In conclusion, in my opinion, these two artists couldn’t be any further apart from each other in the outcomes, ideas and processes of their work. I have made links to Constructivism for Paterson and Autonomy for Twombly and these are my own discoveries and my own judgement. I may be wrong but it has been helpful to put them into a category as such to understand the background of their work.

In the course material it questions whether Toby Paterson’s work, Ludic Motif, is ‘a kind of architectural collage’. I’m not sure that I would call it a collage, but I guess it kind of is, but I would see it more of an assemblage of materials and medias. It is an interesting idea to see collage in a 3D sense with Paterson’s sculptural responses to the world around him.

I’m not sure that I have a clear preference to any one of these artists. Both of their works interest me but in completely different ways. I like the layers of architecture that Paterson builds in his drwaings/paintings. His use of materials, such as aluminium is a direct response to the world around him and I find that an expressive way of his personal response. However if you look at the subject matter of Twombly it is more related to the natural world and things like literature and mythology. By having this subject matter, Twombly’s work, in my opinion, is obviously going to be a more organic, wild, natural response that will be reflected in his drawings. Neither of the artists responses to their subject matter is literal and I think they both have repetitive qualities in their work. For example, Patersons use of shapes and geometry in his paintings are repeatedly worked over the top of one another, creating interesting layers and a sense of transparency in some. Twombly’s lines and marks are very organic but he also creates various layers by working over the top of his collaged material and creates a more performative response to his subject matter, concluding an almost obsessive energy.

I have surprisingly managed to find links between these very different artists and it has really given me the momentum to start considering what I can take away from this. I like the idea of the transparency of the two and the organic, wild marks of Twombly’s drawings but living in a city I am surrounded by the similar things that Paterson experiences, so this could be a tricky one. I would also be interested to take forward the idea of repetition in my work.

Bibliography:

The Modern Art Institute. (s.d) Toby Paterson. At: https://www.themoderninstitute.com/artists/toby-paterson/ (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Glasgow School of Art. (s.d) Toby Paterson. At: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/support-gsa/gsa-alumni/alumni-stories/p/paterson,-toby/ (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Tate. (s.d) Cy Twombly. At: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/twombly-no-vi-p07578  (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Tate. (s.d) Cy Twombly. At: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/cy-twombly-2079  (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Images:

Figure 1. Paterson, T. (2014) Commute. [The Modern Art Institute] At: https://www.themoderninstitute.com/artists/toby-paterson/exhibitions/soft-boundary-the-modern-institute-osborne-street-glasgow-2014-01-25/2876/ (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 2. Paterson, T. (2014) Ten Degrees [acrylic, pencil and wood on aluminium] At: https://www.themoderninstitute.com/artists/toby-paterson/works/ten-degrees-2014/208/ (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 3. Paterson, T. (2012) An Experiment for Total Environment. [The Modern Art Institute] At: https://www.themoderninstitute.com/artists/toby-paterson/exhibitions/an-experiment-for-total-environment-durham-art-gallery-durham-2012-11-29/2881/  (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 4. Paterson, T. (2012) An Experiment for Total Environment. [The Modern Art Institute] At: https://www.themoderninstitute.com/artists/toby-paterson/exhibitions/an-experiment-for-total-environment-durham-art-gallery-durham-2012-11-29/2881/  (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 5. Twombly, C. (1974) No. VIII. [Lithograph and mixed media on paper] At: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/twombly-no-viii-p07580 (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 6. Twombly, C. (1974) No. VI. [Lithograph and mixed media on paper] At: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/twombly-no-ix-p07581 (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 7. Twombly, C. (1974) No. IX. [Lithograph and mixed media on paper] At: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/twombly-no-vi-p07578 (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 8. Twombly, C. (1970) Untitled. [Cy Twombly Foundation] At: http://www.cytwombly.org/artworks/drawings/15 (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 9. Twombly, C. (1975) Mars and the Artist. [Cy Twombly Foundation] At: http://www.cytwombly.org/artworks/drawings/20 (Accessed on 17 August 2018)

Figure 10 https://www.vincentborrelli.com/pages/books/112159/cy-twombly-nicholas-serota-richard-shiff-tacita-dean-nicholas-cullinan/cy-twombly-cycles-and-seasons

Figure 11 https://www.vincentborrelli.com/pages/books/112159/cy-twombly-nicholas-serota-richard-shiff-tacita-dean-nicholas-cullinan/cy-twombly-cycles-and-seasons

Figure 12 https://www.vincentborrelli.com/pages/books/112159/cy-twombly-nicholas-serota-richard-shiff-tacita-dean-nicholas-cullinan/cy-twombly-cycles-and-seasons

 

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