Aly Nack Intellectual Profile

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

I’m a studio arts major with a focus in drawing with a double major in art history. I am very interested in the combination of drawing and painting to create work, although I do prefer drawing more. I am currently working on a series that focuses on this idea of home and how as we grow it changes, in each of these pieces both mediums are used but drawing is the main focus with a hint of color from paint. As for art history, I’m not too sure yet because I just declared it as my double major last semester, but I have always loved modern and contemporary art.

2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.

Over the break I was able to visit the MOMA in New York and experience the Material Lab, which allows people of ages to experience and create with different materials. I really like this exhibition mostly because I was able to learn a lot about new a different materials that are being used by other artists in the art world. Plus I love everything about the MOMA..

3. Which books did you read of late (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.

The most recent book that I have read is Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life. Throughout this book actress and comedian, Chelsea Handler, “recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one night stand. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion.  From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty.”

4. What are your main interests besides art?

I love skiing and I’ve loved it since I was about 3 years old. I also really enjoy cooking, watching TV and movies, music and going to shows, other than that, I really like to doodle a lot..

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

I am not a huge blogger, this is actually one of the first blogs I have gone on/ been a part of really. But I am hoping this class will open me up to the world of blogging, so I can become more of a blogger and blog reader.

6. Which cultural event has really impressed you lately? This can be a museum, a concert, or anything like that, but also a sports game (if you consider this a cultural event for which there are good reasons). Or anything I am not even thinking of … Again, tell us why.

Last spring I attended the snowball music festival in Vail, and while this was not the first music festival I had attended, I found it very interesting. This is mostly because the people whom attended this festival were a more diverse group of people that I have ever seen in one place, for a whole weekend. There was anywhere from young children, to college students, and even older men all stuck in this cold snowy wonderland brought together by one common thing, music.

7. Please describe briefly an article in a newspaper or a magazine that got you thinking lately. Reading online is fine, and what you introduce here does not have to be about art. If the respective article is available online, please link to it!

In all honesty I have not read the newspaper or a magazine in a very long time, so I really don’t know what to say.. but this has made me realize that I really do need to start reading more from newspapers, so that I stay more in tune with what is going on in the world around me.

8. Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellectual horizon. Again, this must not be limited to the visual arts. If possible, give a source for this idea so that others know where to go to if they are interested.

Over the past few years I have taken a lot of sociology classes and throughout every single one of them they discuss our society in very critical ways. Because of this I have become very aware of the culture around me and now everyday I seem to notice something new that is a norm within our society, but in other cultures this would not necessarily be a norm. For example, elevator etiquette, its the norm that when you walk in an elevator you must turn around and face the door, so you would most likely be sanctioned in some way if you were to walk in and face the opposite direction, and this would most likely make others in the elevator with you uncomfortable. This also has made me think a lot about self expression in a way; within our society it is very hard for someone to express who they are, especially if they do not conform to the norms..

9. Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.

I have been the BMoca. The last exhibit that I saw was Henrique Oliveira. For this exhibition he created an installation made from salvaged wood. Each piece of wood was painted in pastel like colors and were arranged in the gestural patterns of brushstrokes. “Their winding, biomorphic shapes swell into the gallery space, disrupting the smooth angularity of the surrounding walls with unyielding verve.” There isn’t a better way of describing this piece, it seemed so simple but it really overwhelmed the space. Also, with the combination of colors and shapes it reminded me a lot of a scene from a Doctor Suess book; it really brought me back to my childhood. Oliveira also showed a number of his acrylic paintings that complement the form of his installations because they both encompass this whirl wind of movement and color.

One Response

  1. Aly, I really liked that you included a picture of your work, and told us one specific theme that you are really working to pursue in your art. I also liked the quote from the gallery you went to at the Bmoca, it sounds like a really cool exhibition.

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