1 What are Landon's interests?
2 Why does Landon like the paintings of Ushio Shinohara?
3 What did Landon like about the work of Jean Michel Basquiat?
4 Did Landon think about his use of materials?
5 Why does Landon use ideas from war and boxing history in his work?
6 What evidence is there that Landon reflected on his work, and thought critically about it?
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Further research for your journal:
Look at the work of Ushio Shinohara (there are some good YouTube videos and a wikipedia page). What is 'Action Painting'? Why does Ushio use boxing gloves? Is it important for artists to be playful?
Look at the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat (there are many video documentaries about his life and work on YouTube). Why do you think he became so famous? Some critics have mocked his work as 'childish'; what do you think? What is Neo-expressionism?
Look closely at Landon's work. Can you see what ideas he was trying to incorporate in the work? What do you think about his choice of materials and methods? Research the materials he used, and maybe experiment with them yourself. What other materials or techniques do you think he could have used with good effect?
Mind map exercise:
Map all that you found out about Landon's work using a mind mapping app.
More ideas for your journal:
Write a post about 'Neo-dada' art (start with the wikipedia page, and look at the references and links to continue the research). You could also make a Pinterest board or a Wakelet of Neo-data artwork, and link this to your journal.
Learn about symbols:
Basquiat used a lot of symbols in his artwork. Many of these were inspired by the symbols he saw on the street made by graffiti artists, or hobos.
RESEARCH GRAFFITI ART
RESEARCH HOBO SYMBOLS
Collect all the symbols you can find in Basquiat's work and make a journal post about these. After researching his life, try and figure out what these symbols might mean to Basquiat. How did they relate to this life, and his way of looking at the world? How did he use these symbols to try and 'make sense of the world'? What was the message he was trying to convey?
From Symbol sourcebook : an authoritative guide to international graphic symbols by Henry Dreyfuss
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