"Referencing Piranesi (Lighting from the Top-Front-Left)"

Brown, Gordon (2011) "Referencing Piranesi (Lighting from the Top-Front-Left)". [Creative Work] (Unpublished)

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"Referencing Piranesi (Lighting from the Top-Front-Left)" by G James Brown is an ink drawing on copper leaf, executed as a response to the etching, "Sepolcro delle tre fratgelli Curiatii in Albano", by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778). This work addresses the subject, conceptual focus, style and approach shown in this early print from the standpoint of a contemporary North Queensland artist's perception of the tropical landscape and current issues. By design, the painting critiques the conventions of the early print by comparing them in visual terms to the artist's personal art practice.

Research Statement

Research Background This drawing on copper leaf is an extension of my ongoing interest in examining relationships between current approaches in the Creative Arts (with a focus on North Queensland art practices) and historical precedents (with a focus on early European and English printmakers). I am fascinated how the motivations (e.g. choice of topic, subject and disposition of subject material) and technical processes (e.g. rendering styles, medium and format) are driven by culture, social issues and location (amongst others) and how these forces play significant roles in the creative process. The juxtaposition of my artworks with the prints by early artists highlights this concern with finding congruence and points of separation of artistic approach.
Research Contribution This drawing contributes to current research by helping to define some key attributes of current art practice in North Queensland. By intention, the painting clarifies some of the differences separating the practice of a North Queensland artist from those of early European and English printmakers.
Research Significance This drawing is most likely the first to draw pictorial and conceptual connections between the working practices of a contemporary North Queensland artist and pictorial evidence perceived in the etching, "Sepolcro delle tre fratgelli Curiatii in Albano", by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778). A fundamental construct in the visual dialogue between Piranesi's print and the drawing is the convention of how to light a subject and the effect on an audience's perception when this convention is ignored.
Item ID: 20095
Item Type: Creative Work
Media of Output: Ink drawing on copper leaf
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Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 01:30
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