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Martin Creed lives minutes away from Gilbert and George, however has a very different approach to studio life. Creeds work has been described as conceptual and minimal and this is certainly emulated within his studio practice, choosing to view the studio as more of an office. Creed’s studio is modest and can only be described as a one bed flat above an Indian restaurant. Consequently very little of Creeds work is made in his studio, instead choosing to paint in his home whilst spending a couple of days of his week in the office dealing with operations. Creed is renowned for producing almost fleeting works that are often deceptively simple and small in scale. The studio is consequently more of a hub of operations organising and arranging, than a place for production. Piles of paper lay scattered across the desk and every possible wall space is consumed by packed shelving or small paintings. This way of working is becoming more frequent however not through choice. Property prices are dictating artists to either stay put and face confinement in a small space or move further out of London. Creed, a studio assistant, a guitarist from Franz Ferdinand and myself are crammed into this small space, making manoeuvring very difficult. Despite this Creed’s jovial character shines through making the room appear like a bizarre setting for a sitcom. It is clear to me that Creed is an ideas man, injecting his work with charm and wit and that rather like a comedian his work is often inspired by encounters and conversations. This dialogue is often a fundamental aspect of an artworks creation offering up a work in progress to critique, be that from another artist, gallerist or trusted friend before it is leaves the realm of the studio and is no longer under the artists control. It is however the constant dialogue involved within an artist duo that has MartinCreed4always fascinated me. It strikes me as a weird way of working, full of compromise and dispute. But perhaps this constant debate with ones artistic equal allows for some kind of progressive evaluation that ultimately filters out the good from bad. Jake and Dinos Chapman make work that amuses each other’s sadistic and often juvenile sense of humour. Being brothers you could say they have a natural bond through their upbringing, which makes me wonder how artist duos form. Tim Noble and Sue Webster met at art college and have produced work together ever since. The pair felt isolated from their peers at art school and naturally grew very dependent on one another. Unlike Jake and Dinos the artist duo’s work directly treats their status as an artist couple as the subject matter. In essence they are not just producing objects, their whole life is part of their art. I visited at a stressful time for the pair, their working relationship and marriage had grown so intense that they took drastic action and Tim moved out in order to save the art. The art nevertheless has flourished and the studio was crammed with work preparing for an upcoming show: Nihilistic Optimistic. With high ceiling and white walls the space resembles more of a gallery than the romantic idea of the artists studio.

馬丁·克理德(Martin Creed)的工作室離吉爾伯特和喬治不遠,可是卻擁有著截然不同的工作室生活。克理德的作品被看作是極簡風格的觀念藝術,工作室實踐上來看他也是徹底地貫徹了這個觀念,他更多地把工作室看成是一個辦公場地。工作室不大,或者可以這麼來形容:一家印度餐館樓上的一居室。或許就是這個原因,克理德極少數的作品是在工作室完成的,他反而會選擇在家裡畫畫,然後每週再找些時間到工作室做些行政工作。克理德的作品以稍縱即逝而著稱,而且作品的呈現通常很簡單,規模也不大。工作室因此成為了一個匯總中心,只進行一些安排和組織工作,並沒有成為克理德的創作基地。紙張成堆地散落在書桌上,牆壁不是被畫櫃擋著就是掛滿畫。這種工作方式在藝術圈內變得越來越普遍了,雖然並不是藝術家刻意要這麼選擇的。租金的高低決定著藝術家的去留,要麼搬到一個小地方去,要麼就搬離倫敦。克理德和他的一個助理,還有法蘭茲費迪南樂隊的吉他手,我們四個人一併擠在這個小空間,局促的空間使得採訪增添了難度。克理德的愉悅樂觀和狹小空間形成了強烈的對比,工作室變得像情景劇裡的怪誕布景一樣。克理德是一個天馬行空的人,他的作品透露著他的睿智和魅力;他又像是一個喜劇演員,不期而遇的發生和對話總能激發他的創作。那些對話指的是作品在離開工作室之前或者在藝術家控制之內,人們對作品的討論和評價,無論是藝術家、畫廊主、還是摯友--這是藝術創作中最普遍和最根本的環節。

也許正是如此,這種在藝術家實踐中的不斷對話讓我著迷。我覺得這種“不平常”的工作方式很有意思,既有妥協,又充滿爭執。或許就是這種無休止的爭論與藝術的平等性促進了藝術的發展,作品也自然而然地劣汰留良。JANDD傑克和迪諾斯·查普曼兄弟(Jake and Dinos Chapman)的作品帶著小男孩似的調皮,總是拿別人“痛處”來開玩笑。作為親兄弟,從小一起長大的經歷讓他們有著天生的默契,這樣的經歷讓我很好奇他們是怎麼雙雙成為藝術家的。提姆·諾貝和蘇·韋伯斯特(Tim Noble and Sue Webster)在藝術學院求學時相識,自此就一起並肩創作,當時的他們覺得被同伴們孤立,所以自然而然地就變得非常依賴對方。與查普曼兄弟不一樣的是,諾貝和韋伯斯特的作品是圍繞他們兩人作為藝術夥伴的主題來創作的。因此,本質上來說,他們並不是在創作作品,他們的作品就是生活。當我去拜訪他們兩位的時候正值一個很尷尬的階段,他們的關係變得非常緊繃,為了挽救他們的藝術,提姆搬離了工作室。無論如何,工作室裡到處都是作品,為了迎接即將舉辦的個展《虛無主義的樂觀(Nihilistic Optimistic)》,高高的天花板配上雪白的牆,工作室看起來更像是畫廊,而不是一個誕生浪漫想法的地方。

More in keeping with the studios of old, my visit to Grayson Perry’s studios has to have been one of the most unexpected. It was humbling to see such a modest studio for an artist of such stature. Since his 2003 Turner Prize win Perry has become an iconic figure in British art and it was welcoming to see that he hadn’t expanded into a larger space with 2 or 3 assistants hovering about. The space had an air of calmness, a place where one could wile away the hours. He was proud to show off his sketchbook packed full of felt tip sketches for a series of tapestries entitled “The Vanity of Small Differences.” He was in the process of making for a documentary series about British class tastes but the highlight of the trip was showing Grayson reaction my prize for a school art award: his own monograph. He quickly delved into his bookshelf and proudly pulled out his school art award, a book on the Pre-Raphaelites that he was awarded back in 1978. It pleased him immensely that he had become so establishment as to be appropriate for a grammar school art prize. Perry has become known for his heavy involvement in arts education, trying where possible to support student’s efforts, frequently giving talks as well as challenging St. Martin’s fashion students annually to design clothes for his cross-dressing alter ego Claire. Still studying a BA in Fine Art Sculpture myself, the most TNSWimportant aspect of my own studio life is the community. The studios at Camberwell College of Arts are undivided and consequently work by all 3-year groups sits side by side. This results in a very important evaluation process through constant conversation with peers and tutors. Such an array of artwork being made in close proximity creates sensational clashes and rousing debate that can only be found at art school. The intrigue however of the artist’s studio for me is the character, each space unique and often a far better representation than any museum or gallery show.

至於老一輩藝術家的走訪,我拜訪了格雷森·派瑞(Grayson Perry)的工作室,這也是一個最讓我驚訝的工作室:如此盛名之下的藝術家與如此樸實無華的工作室。自從2003年獲得特納獎以後,派瑞儼然成為了英國藝術界的標桿人物,可是他並沒有搬到一個更大的空間去,還是一如既往地與兩、三位助理在溫馨的工作室裡晃悠。他的工作室有種說不出來的平靜,還有一種彷彿能夠忘記時間的魔力。派瑞眉飛色舞地為我展示著他的速寫本,上面畫滿了掛毯系列作品《小差別的虛榮(The Vanity of Small Differences)》的草稿。他還表示他正在製作一個關於英國階級品味的紀錄片。但這次拜訪最妙的是當派瑞看到我獲得校園藝術獎項的獎品的反應,那份獎品正是關於派瑞的專著。當他看到這本書的時候,他扭頭鑽進自己的書堆中,驕傲地拿出他1978年獲得的校園藝術獎項的獎品,那是一本關於前拉斐爾藝術的書。對於自己的專著成為中學藝術獎項的獎品,派瑞高興得合不攏嘴。派瑞對於藝術教育的熱情投入是眾人皆知的,他為幫助學生竭盡全力,為他們授課、講座,讓聖馬丁的服裝系學生為自己創造的虛擬人物“克萊爾(Claire)”設計衣服。



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