Shelby Simpson

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

I am a sophomore studying studio art, with an focus in sculpture.  I enjoy working in this area, because the opportunities endless.  I am generally attracted to courses that address social behaviors and human connections.  I tried to interpret these ideas into my own work.

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

Although this is not a exhibition, I believe is it worth mentioning that Picasso Museum in Paris was first time I felt the presence of a world renowned artist.  I visited the museum in summer of 2007 with my sisters and my mother.  We had been walking around Paris for two days, seeing everything the city had to offer.  Finally exhausted from walking around the Louvre for eight hours, we decided to go to the Picasso Museum. The museum contains  work by Picasso in all periods and techniques.  I saw his sketchbook drawings, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and anything else that would have been part of his creative process.  Seeing and experiencing this museum I had a better understanding of how simple drawings can translate into large paintings.

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

I recently have read the autobiography, Just Kids, by Patti Smith. The book tell the story of the bohemian life of Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, and their struggle to become artists in New York during the early 70’s.  A time where Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan were familiar names. Patti and Robert share a bond that is indestructible.  The book influenced the way I think about art, and the anxieties surrounding making in big in the art world.

4. What are your main interests besides Art?

cooking/eating, snowboarding, dancing, music, spending time with my family.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

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.

I recently saw, The Book of Mormon, on Broadway over the winter break.  It was an absolutely hilarious play.  I consider this a cultural event because it explained to me some of the Mormon ways of thinking, which I have always been very unfamiliar with. Also, I believe to see a movie is one thing, but having a group of people performing in-front of your eyes, while also improvising scenes with different set designs and lighting is a whole other experience.

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!

Most recent, I have read the article Lifting Veil on Love and Islam, by Neil MacFarquhar. Neil talks about the essays “Love, INshAllah: The secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” and its process of making these essays into a book and soon a potential movie.  Neil agrees that Muslim American women need a voice, and finally they are getting one.

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.

The New Biology: What Price Relieving Man’s Estate? by Leon R. Kass, is an article I have recently read for my Anthropology class.  This article rises the question of what our human existence has become due to all of our technological advancements.  It expresses ideas of human modification, and how we are engineering ourselves to create a “better human.”  Kass asks questions like, “what is a good man.”  While reading the article, it got me thinking a lot about the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.  The novel is disturbing fiction of our future, but expresses similar ideas to Kass’ article.

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 to Denver art Museum a couple of times in the pass.  An exhibit that first comes to mind is the Fox Games, by Sandy Skoglund.  The installation is breathtaking.  Sandy creates an invasion of gray foxes in a all red dinning room setting. Experiencing it, it was difficult to tell it was a series of time where Sandy was trying to show the procession of the invasion, or if it was a single segment of time, where the number of foxes would have been overwhelming. Another interesting aspect of the installation is the contrast between the foxes and the environment that they are overtaking. Every element of the installation is painting red, which suggests a high intensity in that particular time.

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