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Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The shed. A decrepit monument to this man’s twisted secrets. If you were to call this man an artist then this shed would be his studio, although I doubt many would argue that this man’s morbid obsession could be classed as art.

The miasma of rot and decay clung to the dilapidated wood that made up the walls and floorboards, in a way it reminded me of the attic but without the turpentine and paint to mask the horrid stench.

The ground was stained a dark crimson that matched the dried flecks of red that soiled the tools on the workbench. A map detailing missing people from the local area who would never be found again. The shelves adorned with trophies from his victims making this garden shed feel like this man’s monument to his inhumanity.

This was the only space that reflected who this man truly was, his work and home a mere disguise in order for him to indulge his perverted and twisted tendencies. A man who has committed so much horror but still wanted to live a quiet life.

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My Work Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The house. A three-story high building with an open attic space. Much like the office cubicle there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary with this man’s residence. Simple almost bare décor save a few photographs hung on the walls.

Apart from odd pieces of kitchenware, food, and toiletries you could assume this place might be uninhabited. However, the signs of life were there. A messy kitchen sink, a bathroom that had been in use and a bed that looked like it had been slept in recently.

Venturing into the attic I was greeted by an overpowering smell of acrylic paint and turpentine as well as another scent of something that may have been decaying although it was impossible to tell due to the chemical scent in the air.

It seems that the inhabitant of this house has a fondness for art as it seems there are some paintings that he has been working on in his spare time up in the attic. I feel this artistic flair was also confirmed by the disturbing message he seems to have painted in lipstick on the mirror in his bathroom.

However, this pales in comparison to the horrors I would discover when I went into the backyard.

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My Work Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The office. A mundane workplace. There seemed to be nothing unusual from the outset, hard to believe that anyone who worked here would be of any great interest to anyone.

At least that was my initial thought as I searched through his cubicle. When asking his co-workers about what it was like to work with him, they too found it hard to recall anything noteworthy. They were of course aware of his presence at the office, but the feeling seemed to be that he made very little impact.

He was a hard worker but certainly not the best they had. He wasn’t an anti-social co-worker, yet they said he could be quite cold and neutral. They even found it hard to recollect what he even looked like.

Looking over his desk again I found nothing interesting, it seemed very clean and tidy, almost clinical in a way. That did seem odd as this man had made no effort to personalize their space in any way almost as if they didn’t want to leave an impression.

The only evidence there seemed to be of any sort of person inhabiting this workspace were some post it notes filled with reminders and a picture of what seems to be a home.

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Bein Art Gallery

Bein Art Gallery recently featured a miniature art exhibition on their website with miniature artworks able to be bought from a plethora of many different artists.

Bein Art Gallery described the exhibition which ran from 8th to the 25th of March, “the magic is in the invitation extended to the viewer to reimagine the world on an entirely different scale, one in which even Thumbelina might be considered a giant.”

The show was co-curated by master miniaturist Joshua Smith, who has built sculptures of urban decay, made principally of cardboard, fibre and paint and been shown internationally.

Here are a few selections of the artwork which were featured:

Vildan Hoşbak – “Toilet”- mixed media, scratch built
Joshua Smith – “68 Bolesława Limanowskiego”- scratch built miniature made from MDF, balsa wood, styrene, plaster, wire, acrylic paint, weathering pigment
Steve Casino – “Beatle Breath”- polymer clay, acrylics and Tic Tac container

Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass

Mona Lisa: Beyond The Glass is the Louvre Museum’s first VR experience for the general public, and it was created as part of the museum’s seminal Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, which marks the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death in France. Through Virtual Reality, this online exhibition shows the most recent scientific research on da Vinci’s artistic creativity and painting methods and processes.

COVID-19 forced the Louvre’s gallery to close along with the rest of the museum. I love the concept. The Louvre made the VR experience open to all around the world by uploading it to the Google and Apple App Stores. This software works well with a Google Cardboard VR headset, but it can also be used without one. I wish it had been a bit longer and provided us with a better understanding of the art and its past or timeline.

Download it here and let me know what you think!

Google Play: Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass – Apps on Google Play

App Store: ‎Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass on the App Store (apple.com)

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Inspiration: Mike Nelson, “The Coral Reef”

The Coral Reef has also been a massive inspiration to me during the process of creating my End Of Year piece. As previously mentioned in the blog in earlier posts, I love the ideology of an immersive art space and everything that can transport you into a new place or looking at things through someone else’s eyes. Growing up, I loved fun houses, and maybe this is where my love for immersive spaces has stemmed from.
My end-of-year piece subconsciously takes inspiration from Nelson’s work with miniature rooms and putting yourself into someone else’s shoes when looking at things. I also took inspiration from songwriters such as Taylor Swift when she wrote Folklore and Evermore and the wrote stories from other peoples perspectives, and there is something about this idea that fascinates me. When looking back at my work this there is a thread which links my work and academic work, which is the persona of the artist, and to see this all come together is fascinating and amazing to witness it unfold in front of me.

The Coral Reef 2000 is a huge architectural installation consisting of fifteen rooms with connecting corridors. The Coral Reef displays signs of occupation and use within the rooms of the exhibition – the rooms contain furniture and various objects, while some lights and screens have been left switched on – the questionable inhabitants of the depilated spaces are nowhere to be seen. Only other visitors are encountered along the way, and it is unclear from the range of items in each room – which visitors are not allowed to touch – who the occupants might be or what they might do. Several of the rooms are loosely themed: there is a security surveillance office, a mechanic’s garage, a room littered with drug paraphernalia, a wood-panelled lobby decorated with Americana and other spaces containing various items including advertisements for a religious gathering, Soviet English-language propaganda, a toy gun, a clown mask and an empty sleeping bag. The final room of the installation is an exact replica of the waiting room that appeared at the beginning.

Most of the installation is made up of found objects collected by the artist. Nelson has explained that the work came about. “From repeatedly walking past a mini-cab office around the corner from where I was living in Balham [in London]. The aesthetic was interesting because of the makeshift way such spaces were built and then inhabited. There’d be only a few objects or posters, but through them you could both recognise that these people were quite transient in terms of what they were doing there and also get an idea of what their identity was.”

The title of the work, The Coral Reef, refers to the large natural structures under the sea. Nelson has connected this to the underlying structures of beliefs – whether religious, political, social, or economic – that individuals hold in a mostly subconscious way. – The Tate

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Inspiration: Awesome, Thanks AKA Devin Smith

While I was scrolling on Instagram, I came across a miniature version of the ‘Werk Room’ entrance of Ru Pauls Drag Race on my explore page. I was absolutely fascinated by how someone has managed to create such detail on such a small scale. I clicked on the profile, and it was Awesome, Thanks. I was blown away by what I was looking at! Miniature silkscreen printing (which works), Tiny glory holes, bathroom cubicles, and other small scenes. Awesome, Thanks is owned by Devin Smith, who is a miniature artist based in Wisconsin and is featured in “Ripley’s Believe it or not” for the world’s smallest silkscreen! Straight away, I was inspired and wanted to create something miniature and immersive. I previously tried something like this back in September with a project called Identity, which Locke and Key inspired. It was a one-minute video of what I expected my brain to look like. I thought it looked a little arts and crafts as I had a haul in Poundland and went crazy with random bits and bobs.
Smith got into creating miniatures back in 2013 for a T-shirt factory he worked for during the summer. On the last day of the summer, he used some cardboard, went home, and started to construct a miniature version of the T-shirt factory itself. Five months later… it was finished, and he had the opportunity to go back to the T-shirt factory and give it to everyone there as a Christmas present. It sits there today in the front showroom for every customer to come in and enjoy. (I took this from an Interview with Daily Mini)
I love his story of creating something, and he previously said in an interview with Daily Mini that “You can make one incredible giant thing and take up an entire room, or you can make thousands of tiny things.”

I got the chance to message back and forth with Devin, he described his to me and what he hopes to achieve. “With my work, I like to capture a specific moment in time. A moment that means something special to me, and hopefully through the expression of my art, means something to someone else as well. Creating a link, a connection, a conversation between me and my works admirers.”

Check Awesome, Thanks out on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/awesome__thanks/?hl=en

Exit Through The Gift Shop

‘Exit Through The Gift Shop’ was a Banksy directed film that debuted in 2010 which documented Theirry Guetta who worked with many famous street artists such as Shepard Fairey and was the cousin of Space Invader. Guetta now known as Mr Brainwash worked with Banksy for many years documenting the behind the scenes process of the creativity of his work but had very clear instructions to ‘only film from behind, my (Banksy’s) hands and I can check the tapes afterwards. Banksy described Guetta as not only a filmmaker but as an accomplice too. In the film Guetta documents many of Banksy controversial work from his ‘Barely Legal’ exhibition in 2006 which featured a painted elephant which is illegal in California where the exhibition was held to a life-size model attached to railings at Disneyland to raise awareness of what was happening at Guantanamo Bay. Throughout the whole documentary, Banksy has everything in place to still keep him anonymous with his voice being edited and his face is completely blacked out.
The film is debated whether it a mockumentary and shooting a joke at Mr Brainwash, but I think it shows the excellence of perfecting a craft by admiring those around you and being able to create something out of nothing except inspiration. “Life is beautiful” the exhibition Guetta puts on, becomes a huge success, he wasn’t too sure whether it would do great or fail to begin with. Guetta sells almost up to one million dollars of artwork and his work worldwide.
In the end, Banksy and Fairey are in the utmost confusion about how Guetta managed all this with Banksy stating he cut corners and time will tell whether he is a real artist. Guetta has gone on to sell lots more work and even did an album cover for Madonna! Banksy lets the audience know he will never help someone with a documentary again.
In the end, Banksy and Fairey come across as very pretentious about street art and almost bratty, I know it is supposed to be comical but they are two very jealous artists as they have spent years perfecting their craft and making a name for themselves and Mr Brainwash comes and is an overnight success and almost inspirational to me and probably others trying to create a brand and name in the art industry!

Exit Through The Gift Shop Trailer
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1. Willow – “𝘸𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘬 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘯”

Described by Taylor: “willow’ is about intrigue, desire, and the complexity that goes into wanting someone. I think it sounds like casting a spell to make somebody fall in love with you”

Willow also gives us a nod back to the ‘folklore’ album with the song August with the lyrics “I’d cancel my plans just in case you call.”

The Lyrics “wreck my plans, that’s my man” really stuck out to me as my interpretation of these lyrics gives me an image of a toxic relationship where a person is proud of him wrecking their plans and will do anything just for him. The word “wreck” sounds (to me) very aggressive, masculine and sexual which I wanted to covey in my piece with the rugged and ripped physical collage behind and the silhouette of a man with the willow tree projected on his torso.

What do you think? 🌳

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