chris bell

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Little Boxes - The Tactile Word

As a continuation of my research, i started to look into Post-Modernist designers and artist, and especially British artist, Damien Hirst. Hirst has received a lot of praise and criticism for his work over his career, mainly due to some of the choice of materials he has used. A number of his most famous pieces contain animals, and I find these incredibly interesting to look at, but they still make me feel like its slightly cruel, taking a wild animal out of it's habitat and exhibit it for everyone to see. 

The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living (1991).

I find this the most interesting out of all of Damien Hirst's pieces. He had a Tiger Shark caught by fisherman, and had it sent to him before placing it a tank full of formaldehyde. The Shark had to be replaced in 2006 after the original started to decay. This leads to the question, Is this still the same piece of artwork ?. The replacement shark had formaldehyde injected into the body of the animal to help preserve it.

 Above are pieces by Hirst including a cow, a sheep cut in half and a unicorn.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Little Boxes - the Tactile World

In the Architect category,  I decided to look at Michael Graves. Born in 1934 in Indianapolis, he grew up with a passion for painting and drawing. He has designed the Swan and Dolphin Resort, at Walt Disney in Florida and also the St. Coletta School in Washington.
The St. Coletta School has a philosophy that all children are special, and now they have a very special building to learn in. One of my favourite pieces by Graves is the Hotel Michael. Named after the man himself, this is a 470 room luxury hotel and even has its very own gift shop selling only work from michael graves. His famous teapots can be seen on the walls in the image below.
The ESPA Spa and Beach Hotel was is situated in Singapore, offering a luxury getaway from the ordinary. With the setting this makes me think of sailing down a river through the forest and coming across a tribe settlement, not exactly what i'd expect from a place like Singapore.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Design in Context

My decade was the 1940s.

Friday, 7 October 2011


For the new brief, I continued looking at Harry Pearce and how few colours he uses in his work, but can still give a just as impressive message across. The piece below was his work done alongside Angus Hyland for re-branding Co-op.

 Once again, he only uses 3 colours for this piece, but by using colours that don't clash against each other, it works really well.
Below, is another example of only three colours

I also started to look at Domenic Lippa, and just like harry Pearce, he does a lot of pieces containing very few colours.