Artistic Lecture #1- Paige Lowe

Artist lecture

The lecture was held in the Denver Art Museum. The lecture room was black with bright red seats. On the walls were sharp angled lines criss-crossing randomly, mimicking the steep angles of the building seen when walking into the building. The main wall was colored in the same bright red color as the seats. The room has off an intense feeling that I assume is suppose to go along with the design of the building. However, the overall effect of the room gave me a headache. I did not like the bright red contrasting if the stark black walls.

The lecture lasted over an hour with a few questions from the audience.  – Richard Tuttle did not follow a pre planned lecture. He seemed to talk freely from his thoughts, which was confusing to understand his artwork. He had difficultly answering audience questions. He had trouble communicating the meaning behind his works to the audience. He constantly was saying that he placed objects to question reality. Then he would go on a small tangents about his life, such as about his daughter, his trip to Denver, and his mental process. he used numerous materials to complete his works. From home made rice paper to saran wrap.

He mentioned that he should not of included one of his works of art, System 3, Measurement. Although he was encouraged to remove the piece by the curators he refused to because he was very attached to the work. System 3, Measurement does stand out from the others pieces of work and it is missing the differencing levels the other works contain. However, I really enjoyed this piece of work, the feathers are beautiful and t he bird feels to new flying. This piece shows a different subconscious of the mind. I think the bird may reflect dreaming. The show would have been missing a different aspect of his work without it.

Overall, the meaning of his work is to show the different levels of perceived reality. His work has a psychological component. He does not set the base of the works on the ground because he wants to show the foundation of the mind and reality. In his work, he shows the levels of reality the best. The dripping mass into the floor and the stairs going above the base level all show that reality is subjective onto the person, that reality can go above and below what we perceive as reality in our minds.

The show was set apart from the other works by an open walk through making the price the main focus of the show. The work contains paper mâché balls that are wrapped in plastic saran wrap. Overall, I really enjoyed experiencing an artist lecture and seeing how his work is created.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Paige,
    I have to say that I was a bit confused about what you were trying to say in your lecture review. For most of the paper, it seemed like a negative experience (the interior of the lecture hall, the artist’s random lecture chronology, etc), but then in the last line you said you enjoyed it. It might be helpful to match these up somehow.
    Also, I think it would help if you talked more about the basics of his work before going into the conceptual details, or maybe include a picture? I’m trying to visualize what this artist is doing through your description, but without much visual descriptions of the work I don’t know what to make of your analysis.

  2. Hi Paige,
    I am sorry that your experience at the lecture review was negative, or it appeared in your review that you did not. Although I wished that you talked about the works of art more, I did find it interesting that the artist admitted that he wished he had not included one of his works, that of System 3 Measurements. I think that was brave to admit this, which any artist would not do. I would be interested to read or see more of the artists other works in order to better understand why it did not fit in with the others.

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