Curiosities- Historical Figures With Technology

This is some of my sketchbook work and finished pieces for the curiosities project a few months back.

‘Showing our escalating reliance, obsession and inescapable attachment to technology, as well as highlighting our taking of it for granted; I aim in an engaging and fun set of drawings and prints to show historical figures using gadgets, in a way that questions some of our 21st century habits.’

e-cig-norman-print
Vaping Norman (Lino Print)
glaring-man-etching
Glaring Man (Etching)
shield-wall-selfie-edit
Shield Wall Selfie (Lino Print)
texting-pilgrim-promarkers
Texting Pilgrim (Promarkers)
templars-on-the-tube-original
Templars On The Tube
selfies-with-king-alfred
Selfies With King Alfred
knight-at-the-tube-gate
Knight With His Oyster
dinner-is-escaping
Dinner Is Escaping
texting-templar-on-the-loo
Texting Templar On The Loo
dont-text-and-ride
Don’t Text & Ride
texting-galloping-celt
Texting & Galloping Celt
horse-head-study
Horse Head Study
texting-pilgrim-line
Texting Pilgrim
shield-wall-selfie-original
Shield Wall Selfie
knight-through-the-tube-gate
Knight At The Tube Gate
welcome-waving-knight
Welcome- Waving Knight
e-cig-norman-original
Vaping Norman
morroni-study-lithograph
Morroni Study (Lithograph)
boudicca
Boudicca Statue Study
centurion-texting
Centurion Texting
owain-glyndwr-line
Owain Glyndwr Statue Study
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‘Curiosities’ Project Proposal

Historical Figures With Technology

Final- Emerging Celt (Print)
Emerging Celt Lino-Print

Technology has invaded almost every aspect of our lives… The Grandparent aged quote ‘how do you think we managed in our day’ rings around my head. And it’s a fair question, in an age where we go for a walk in the country and think about taking the perfect instagram snap.

Obviously this complete immersion is only a product of the past 15-20 years… Almost my entire life-span. For my generation our childhoods only just escaped the technology takeover of social networks, immersive game systems and smart phones. I was lucky enough to scrape a childhood of den building and river swimming. My teenage years were not so lucky, and I have genuine concern for the young people of the future.

For future generations it may be difficult to imagine a world without technology, themselves assuming that phones and computers have always existed if they aren’t told otherwise. it is this point that I want to explore.

Of course I must consider the helpful elements of technology as well. Examples include our ability to travel further and faster than any of our predecessors, whether by plane, bus, boat or train or even in the comfort of our own cars; Advances in medical equipment have improved the lives of countless people who might not have had much of a chance in life without; and we’re connected like never before with the Internet.

Showing our escalating reliance, obsession and inescapable attachment to technology, as well as highlighting our taking of it for granted; I aim in an engaging and fun set of drawings and prints to show historical figures using gadgets, in a way that questions some of our 21st century habits.

 

 

Location Drawing- My Room (Foreword)

By this point in the course I was up to date and had produced what I thought was a lot of work. Starting a project late has been a persistent problem throughout my education so far. Until now the reason has been elusive, but I have discovered it. It stems from an unwillingness to become inevitably absorbed by the project… Once I start I find it difficult to think about much else other than it. Now that I know this, I can find ways of working around or with it. This was the first setback in the project before I had even begun, by procrastinating and therefore adding to the time constraint.

The final project was to select a location in Bristol and base a project on it, as a bid to integrate us into our new home for the next three years.

My ‘false start’ and second setback for the project came in the fact that the security in my chosen location had tightened up due to the Paris attacks… I was no longer allowed to pass through the gate without a ticket and was asked not to take any reference photos of the location for security reasons. A sad state of affairs.

I had to return to the drawing board. My third setback occurred at this stage in the form of two funerals, one of a family member and another of a friend.

By this point I was in trouble in terms of having whittled my time down to a dauntingly short period.

As I saw it I had to think of somewhere extremely local that was easily accessible. Settling in to the City was my main goal for the first term, and by this point (near the end of the term) I had began this process but not gotten as far as I hoped. The reasoning being that I spent so much time in my university bedroom…

This was to be my location. I would evaluate why I spent so much time there and look for solutions to the seeming problem of it.

Move To Bristol

I have moved from Cardiff to Bristol, not a massive move geographically, but a big move artistically.

I am now studying Drawing and Print at The University of West England and hope to use this space to clarify ideas and post work.

Just a short update but a necessary one. I hope you enjoy following my progress on my new shiny blog.

Until my next post, have a good one!

Rob.