Camden Market Adventure (0)

Recently, I took a walk around Camden Market to see what I could find in the area that interested me and recorded them. I used a film camera that I used frequently in my photography class and I was really pleased with the pictures that I got from the day. I mostly looked at he reflections in the water, old bikes and vintage cars. I was really intrigued by the way that the sun was reflecting off the water on the sunny day that it was.


The Shape of Things to Come... (1)

The works shown in the current exhibit in Saatchi Gallery, The Shape of Things to Come, are as many might say a glimpse into the future of expression in the future.

Of all the works that I we shown in gallery the ones that stood out to me the most were the sculptures and installations of Folkert de Jong. His works stood out for their vibrant colours and macabre feel. De Jong’s work stands out in my mind as a good example of looking back to get inspiration from the past as his style of sculpting has an almost Greek feeling in terms of realism making the destroyed faces of the life-sized figures all the more chilling.

Photo by Michael Grant

Seht der Mensch; The Shooting Lesson (2007) was the most interesting of all the installations that I saw that day. It was amazing. The brightness of the colour was almost sickening but it worked well with the way that the figures stood almost zombie-like in the middle of the room.

The style that the sculptures are made to emulate is a ironic message about antiquity that is hidden sometimes by the dark overall look of the piece. De Jong normally deals with themes of decayed construction, unfair deals, and profiteering. In this piece it seems as though the girl standing in by the second log seems to be the prey in this “hunting lesson” which is a change from what one would think would be the appropriate target for a hunting lesson.

The figures in The Shooting Lesson illustrate a point made in the preface of the book ‘Through the Looking Glass’ – “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” The figures are based on characters from Picasso’s Les Saltimbaques. The downhearted looking statues that De Jong created are summed up by a very interesting quote from the Saatchi Gallery’s website – “We humans have to face the fact that we are part of a natural process…” This shows the artist’s main goal in this installation, which was to show that humanity has problems dealing with the fact that we part of something bigger than ourselves that most times we feel like we can control however, it is impossible to control something that we may never fully understand. Labels: