Thursday, January 21, 2010

Andi B. Goode, the artiste.

Thanks so much to everyone who left suggestions for me on yesterday's post. They've all been super helpful!

A couple of you said you'd be interested in seeing more of my art, so I shall share a few images with you. These were from the series I worked on for pretty much the entirety of 2009. First of all, though, here is my artist statement for the series:

My work examines the aesthetic qualities of women’s fashion, in particular those from the 1940s and 1950s and I am inspired by the sumptuous colour in the Technicolor musicals of the same eras. I am also interested in the aesthetics of form and colour and its organisation within the frame; films such as West Side Story and On the Town demonstrate this use of colour. Costumes are colour coordinated within scenes yet interesting juxtapositions of colours are also used.

Along with exploring the aesthetic, my work also deals with the idea of self-expression through fashion. I believe that by turning to the clothes of bygone eras, an alternative and individual identity, which is not enforced by mainstream media, can be created. However, the models remain anonymous so that the emphasis is on the vintage clothing as a universal symbol and not the individuals who inhabit the pieces.

This series is a celebration of both the visual beauty of vintage clothes as well as the feeling of liberation they can afford to those who wear them, today.

The Sophisticate's Twist
The Sophisticate's Twist

'S Wonderful
'S Wonderful

Razzle Dazzle
Razzle Dazzle

These images, along with some others (which you can see here...the ones I'm referring to are those which have titles) were selected to be shown in the Helpmann Academy Graduate exhibition, which starts at the end of February. My work has also been selected for the promotional material for the exhibition, which is very exciting.

I did fairly extensive research to 'back up' my work, including sending out surveys to other girls who have similar fashion styles to mine, and reading a fair bit of literature on fashion, etc. I found Elizabeth Wilson's work to be particularly interesting, especially this book. My reading was only preliminary, of course, so I don't know a lot about this area but find it interesting. I shall leave you with a quote, which is quite long, (from that book) which I found to be particularly relevant to my work:

"Fashion resembles photography. Both are liminal forms, on the threshold between art and not-art. Both are industrially produced, yet deeply individual. Both are poised ambiguously between present and past: the photograph congeals the essence of the now, while fashion freezes the moment in an eternal gesture of the-only-right-way-to-be. Yet nothing more poignantly testifies to transience than the embalmed moments preserved in those old snapshots where we pose in yesterday’s clothes. Far from stopping time, they locate us in history. ‘Now is past’ wrote the eighteenth century poet, John Clare, and the ‘now’ of fashion is nostalgia in the making.

Clothes are among the most fraught objects in the material world of things, since they are so closely involved with the human body and the human life cycle. They are objects, but they are also images. They communicate more subtly than most objects and commodities, precisely because of that intimate relationship to our bodies and our selves, so that we speak (however loosely) of both a ‘language’ and a ‘psychology’ of dress."

I hope you all enjoyed this. It was never really my intention to share my art on this blog but my work is very much inspired by my love of vintage fashion, anyway. I'll tell you, though, I never thought I would get through last year and I'm incredibly proud of my work. My lighting skills alone are infinitely better than they were at the beginning of 2009.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

15 comments:

  1. wow, I LOVE the artist statement, Andi! The third photo is my favorite. The teal background definitely captures what you were saying about contrasting and complimenting colors in musicals.

    I don't know much about this - I always assumed certain old movies were hand-tinted since color film wasn't around yet. Is that the case with the old musicals you mentioned?

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  2. That's so awesome. I love the thought that went into your project, and the teal is really very nice! Art school sounds like lots of fun!!

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  3. I love your work! I'll have to look into that book, as well. It concerns a slightly different topic, but did you ever read "Hope in a Jar"? If not, I recommend it!

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  4. That is an amazing artist statement and an amazing quote!
    Like Elsie I recommend "Hope in a Jar." I read it in college and it really changed the way I looked at the beauty industry. Have you read "The Language of Clothes" by Alison Lurie? If you haven't already, I think you'd enjoy it.
    Thanks for sharing your work! I love Razzle Dazzle especially.
    the renegade bean

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  5. What lovely photos, i love the second one, perfect colour and pose.
    I'm glad you shared your work with us! xx

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  7. oops, I messed up my last comment! I'll try this again! :D

    You're very talented, these pictures are wonderful! I'd love to see more of your work sometime! :) I think the 2nd picture is my favorite!

    http://playingdressupwithkellie.blogspot.com/

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  8. Hey Andi, I left you a Blog Award at my blog! xo

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  9. LOVE these. I love your composition, and the polka dots are to die for!

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  10. It's great to see your art on here. No conflict at all—the 2 seem completely intertwined.

    Keeping the models anonymous is an interesting touch... it emphasizes the clothes over the personality.

    Congrats on your exhibition :)

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  11. Andi dear, your work is seriously fantastic. I'm inspired by these captivating images and completely in agreement with the message in your artistic statement. Beautifully said, wonderful convey, excellent executed!


    Wishing you endless success in all aspects of your art and career,
    ♥ Jessica

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  12. you say you never meant to share your art on this blog, but the thing is... your blog IS a work of art! you put so much work into it, and it shows. you like sharing great music, films, outfits, and stories with us and the way you frame it is always tasteful and lovely and overall enjoyable.

    you should share more of your art; i really like the academic writing in this and the potential theorizing around fashion.

    i also second catherine_sr's motion!

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