Gillian Wearing OBE RA (born 1963) is an English conceptual artist, one of the Young British Artists.
One of the effects Gillian Wearing’s video “2 in 1” has on me is the insight in the power of the voice; the pronunciation and the tone of voice. By letting the two generation lipsyncing the dubbed words of each other, the words get another meaning and my focus change not only to what they are saying but also to how they are doing it, their approach. It reveals a kind of secret at the same time it is on the edge of fun.
I like her work in general, not to try to be nice but ask questions about our lives. She uses herself, her family, ordinary people and her surrounding as material.
In the exhibition Family Stories, GW recreates herself at different ages by using masks. In Self-portrait 3 years old, a little girl looks at the viewer. She looks a little creepy. But there is also something else wrong. It’s an adult’s eye who looks at us through a baby mask. Gillian Wearing’s portrait of the girl is a portrait of herself as both children and adults.
Breakfast with my mother in law and background radio music, made me think of time as an unequal element. Living objects change over time, sound does not and the mindset may be either.
Objects and environment is a mix of stories, having different purpose. My mother in law is in the middle as the collector, but she is to be collected as well.
I’m a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s movies; the tension and mood (even it is unpleasant), the strong and thoughtful compositions/framings and the storeys. He had a significant influence on the film history, and the movies I have seen made a great impact on me and had followed me during life, like A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Space Odyssey and Dr Strangelove.
Right now Kunstforeningen Gl. Strand show Stanley Kubrick The Exhibition. All his movies are presented with clips, props, storyboards or other documentation, which gives a good overview of the filmmaker’s career. It was interesting to read that Kubrick had been very perfectionist and careful with his work and visual expression also in small details.
I was looking at what could support or inspire my master project. And since some of the movie cuts feel like part of my growing up it might be a kind of “subliminal” language for me. I’m thinking about the grotesque and senseless violence in A Clockwork Orange, the compressed and silent mood in A Space Odyssey and finally the ghosts from The Shining, how they appear like a natural layer of the reality even, they lived in another time. I’m still afraid of hotel hallways.
The digital and gradual changing voice trying to give an order. It is interesting how the tone of voice is personal and warm and scary at the same time. In this clip, HAL is singing, the voice is getting slower and slower and it sounds weird to hear this song in a spaceship, a bit creepy.
Another creepy thing is the twins who just want to play. It is uncertain whether there are visions or if they really are there. They have been there in the past in another time, and now like ghosts, they appear. We got two stories at the same time from the same location; one from the past and the current – two levels.
The human history it very elegant explained in one shot to another; a bone in the air and next a spaceship in space. Because of shapes and movements, it is easy to get the idea. It also reminds me of Eisenstein’s theories of montage.