Experimentation with images, Sigmar Polke
After recommendations from both my tutor and my boyfriend, who’s rarely as impressed by an exhibition as he was by this, I went to see the Sigmar Polke exhibition at the Tate Modern. I was intrigued by how he used such a broad range of techniques, styles and materials, but managed to keep a coherent line throughout his work. I especially liked how he applied systems to his drawings but the results ended up completely abstract, like the ones made by rows of dots, they had a system to them, but they had this quite random expressionistic quality to them as well. Polke was constantly challenging accepted materials in art and using a lot of (self?) referencing and narrative elements, similar to how I mirror myself onto my surroundings in my own work. He used a lot of referencing in his work, such as materials referencing the figurative image (e.g. using cheap paint to paint random daily household products). This meant a provocation of how we typically look and perceive images.
The pieces “Hand lines” and “Moderne Kunst” was quite abstract, but suddenly achieved a clear narrative when presented with the title of the work. Humor was a general tool used to critique either the art world or political elements in society.
I was interested in responding to the exhibition by making a series of drawing experiments, where I tried to capture that playfulness, and referencing what I had experienced in Polke’s work. I was interested in including referencing of images, made up systems, and humor as tools of investigation.