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  • Matt Johnson 14:14 on January 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Stencil Work 

    I have thought about using stencil’s and spray paint to create a graffiti style effect to my illustrations. Graffiti is synonymous with rebellion and youth culture, which is the aspect I’m most trying to portray about these musicians. I also think I will focus less on the 1960’s and more on artists that really focused on these issues, for example Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, The Who, Sex Pistols and maybe some more modern bands.

    My aim is to make the CD cases I make the canvas for the stencil and have an image that uses the whole space avaliable.

  • Matt Johnson 14:14 on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    CD Case 

    I could use a standard plastic CD case and create the inlay, back cover and side cover for the case, or alternatively I could look into creating my own from folded paper/card.

  • Matt Johnson 14:04 on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    For my Daytripper project I want to produce work based on the exhibition I saw at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It made me think about attitudes and dreams in the 1960’s and how they are now. Through this piece of work I want to try and capture some of the ideas of the time that were reflected in the new, expanding music scene and I thought that I could do this by creating album covers for some of the most influential musicians of the time.

    I want to use my own illustrations using a mixture of drawing, painting and collage to create images representative of the bands. I am also considering using hand rendered text to include lyrics from songs that reflect the artists and their work.

  • Matt Johnson 12:47 on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    What Happened To The Dreams? 

    The 60’s were a time of change, with an expanding youth culture and many new and potentially revolutionary ideas becoming more prevalent. For example, the hippy ideals of peace and love became very popular in the early 60’s as the children of WWII grew up and began to think for themselves. The consumerist influence of America also began to effect the culture of young people in this country.

    The changing culture was emphasised by the music of the period, with bands like The Who trying to establish a voice that represented their contemporaries in songs such as ‘My Generation’.

    The 60’s were a time of hope and of new beginnings, but what happened to these ideas? 50 years on and we’re still fighting wars which many argue are unjust and unnecessary, there is intolerance and prejudice in within our societies and the consumerism that sparked the rise of the youth subculture and modern convenience has taken over our lives to the extent where our economy threatens to collapse when this consumerism recedes.

    We are moving into a new decade again, can we regain some of the hope that was abundant in the 60’s.

  • Matt Johnson 12:25 on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply  


    riday 20th November, 2009



    National Portrait Gallery – Beatles to Bowie: The 60’s Exposed

    This exhibition was a look at the photography and art that surrounded the rise in ‘Pop’ music in the 1960’s in Great Britain. Amongst the promotional photography there were examples of album covers and magazines from the era. I was interested in the ideas of layout and arrangement within the photographs that formed a distinctive style from the 60’s. I also like the idea portrayed of a new, exploding youth culture and the iconic status that bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who gained.

    Whitechapel Gallery – Sophie Calle: Talking To Strangers

    The exhibition is a premiere of the English version of Prenez Soin de Vois (Take Care of Yourself) and in it Calle invites 107 women of different professions to interpret an email sent to her by an ex, breaking up with her. The result is many different exhibits from cartoons to short story’s to video and performance pieces. I liked the concept here, that she is opening up her life for comment and interpretation, and I kind of admire the bravery that it takes to display something so personal. However, the work felt to me like a group of women gathering together to complain about men and I struggled to see it’s true purpose. If the exhibition was supposed to be a ‘two fingers up’ to the ex who dumped her, then I sort of understand that sentiment there, but if it was supposed to be an interpretation of what happened then I feel that it was limited by the use of solely women. Would it not be a more complete interpretation if men were involved? I believe that if men were also given the opportunity to read and react to the email then you would be able to see if the ‘ex’ was behaving in an unusual way or not, and whether it was one man that was the focus of the exhibition or all men. If nothing else, the potential divide in opinion would create a talking point.

    Victoria & Albert Museum – Japan

    The V&A is always a good venue to find a wide array of antiquities and artifacts from a range of countries and cultures which can give a different perspective on art to the exhibitions in the more specialist art galleries of London. Currently the V&A are running an exhibition on the Maharaja of India, and linking in with this are number of other exhibitions of Asian artifacts. The room that caught my interest most was the Japanese room (room 45) where there are displayed, among other things, traditional swords and suits of amour. Maybe this is the young boy in me coming out, but I find these things very intriguing. What interests me most is the vast differences to the western equivalents, trying to understand how this came about. I also have an interest for Japanese art and design, whose roots can be derived from some of the artifacts on show. For example, the style of drawing seen in many Japanese manga is surprising similar to that of the face guards on the suits of armour that are up to 300 years old. I like the idea that by looking at these exhibits you can begin to see how an aesthetic style has developed over the years.

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