Friday 8th August 6pm The Space Gallery, North Campus Attendance required *Artwork created during this task will be on display in this exhibition
Bill Henson’s Cloud Landscapes presents a pleasingly weighted and scaled body of photographs spanning the artist’s long career. There is a sense of knowledge and patience in these works – in their skill of revealing while leaving much unsaid. These nocturnal images are powerful. In the hands of a less skilled photographer, Henson’s images, might have the cheaply feel of a TV murder mystery” – Art Monthly
Bill Henson’s ‘cloud landscapes’ are an important and constant element in his work. Henson is known for his photographs of the human figure and face and therefore it is important to note that skies and landscapes are as significant although they may seem more abstract and less compelling.
In 1996 Henson acknowledged that we can never relate to an image of a landscape in the way we relate to a face or figure yet:
‘I think someone with an understanding of the way we are affected by photography, by the way it operates can create a landscape image that reveals much more about ourselves than an image of a human being can.’ – Bill Henson
(Art Gallery of New South Wales)
What do you think he means by this?
Do you agree?
Discuss this idea and speculate on what a landscape can reveal about a person. (In pairs)
Your task is to create a series of four 20cmx20cm images which respond to the work by Bill Henson. You will complete research, collect atmospheric landscapes and respond to the analysis questions in class and on your own.
Your final images will be manipulated in Photoshop and will be on display at Changing Space: SALA Exhibition, Friday 8th August 6pm, The Space Gallery, North.
List words to express the mood and how it makes you feel.
Analyse the visual elements of the work that create this atmosphere. Consider tone, colour, composition and light and dark.
Document responses in sketchbook
Study other cloud landscapes and identify similarities and differences in effect.
Spend some time observing clouds and their movement across the sky. How may they express ideas of transcendence, emotion and mystery?
Speculate on the reasons for Henson’s choice of sky and clouds as a subject.
Image by Kylie Neagle
What mood do you think is conveyed in this image?
1. Begin by collecting a range of atmospheric skies. These will be used as overlays in your own images. All images must be annotated in regards to art elements and which emotion or mood they may convey.
2. Take multiple images of the sky/landscape at different times of day/night, that express a mood or quality about yourself. Complete for homework.
3. (Teacher Demo): You will be introduced to Photoshop techniques - layers, opacity, select tools, masks and levels. You are required to make adjustments to your own images. Each image must convey an intended emotion/mood or personal quality. What feeling are you trying to convey in your image? Happy, sad, angry, gloomy, excited, content, inspired?
4. In your sketchbook you must include “print screen” samples of your process and document how you achieved your final work.
5. Students must submit a minimum of 4 images 20x20cm in size. These images will be displayed at the SALA Exhibition. Miss Neagle will print the final work.
Images sourced from NSW Art Gallery Website and Education Page