Exhibition Paper, Ed Ruscha – Ashley Ludkowski

Ashley Ludkowski

Ed Ruscha, On The Road

On the Road is an exhibit that boldly confronts the viewer with ‘word paintings’, forcing them to succumb to a gradual connection between the aesthetically pleasing artwork of Ed Ruscha and the written adventure of Jack Kerouac. The California artist, Ruscha, has combined his visual talent with the venturesome composition of Kerouac’s novel, On The Road, more than once in his lifetime. In 2009, Ruscha created a limited edition artist’s book that paired Kerouac’s story with photos he had either taken or found. Now, Ruscha takes on a new ambition and pairs up Kerouac’s words with a body of paintings that removes specific quotes from their surrounding narrative and places them upon large canvases’ where they impressively stand out from their carefully chosen background. Continue reading

Janine Antoni, CU- Ashley Ludkowski

Ashley Ludkowski

Visiting Artist at CU – Janine Antoni

I found Janine Antoni to be quite an interesting artist. She considers herself an artist of the 80’s even though she is still making work to this day.  In many of her pieces, she uses her very own human form to complete the process. This approach was intriguing and incredibly exciting. Using her eyelashes, teeth and hair were only the beginning of this exploration. Antoni creates art from the viewpoint of a woman and a mother as well. Her femininity is a thriving aspect in her projects. I found her approaches and conceptual ideas very enjoyable. Continue reading

Richard Tuttle, DAM – Ashley Ludkowski

Ashley Ludkowski

Artist Lecture, DAM – Richard Tuttle

Leaving the Denver Art Museum after listening to Richard Tuttle speak, I was most confused to say the least. His latest exhibition, What’s the Wind at the Pace Gallery in NYC, consisted of six sculptures that at first glace seem to be a compilation of random assortments, but with a little explanation, the materials begin to make some form of sense. Yet, Tuttle is a man who gets carried away on long tangents with ambiguous words, often straying far from the original idea he was attempting to discuss. The way in which he vocalizes himself is a direct relationship to what his art looks like. Continue reading

Gerhard Richter – drawings

While we know and study Gerhard Richter as a painter, his drawings are worthy of discussion as well. His line work within his drawings has a rapid sense of organic motion. Often abstract just like his paintings, he has quite the collection of drawings that many people are not aware of. A drawing like this first one below is abstract and obviously quite common for Richter. No realistic composition composed of many different lines and line weights, often blended together. Yet, when drawing the figure, this is where his work seems to calm down and take a more focused approached.

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Clyfford Still Paper by Ashley Ludkowski

Ashley Ludkowski

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Clyfford Still

An artist far beyond his own lifetime, the expansiveness of Clyfford Still’s artwork has finally been gathered and assembled in one location, 32 years after his death in 1980. His most expressive and well known style, belonging to Colorfield Painting, emerged during the late 40’s. Before this explosion of endless color synthesized with textured forms was created, Still worked with an expressive figurative style. His early compositions consist of real life forms, yet heavily altered from that of Realism. Intrigued with the sublime, Still examined this idea throughout his entire career. From the basic sketches of human figures and skulls, to the vast exploration of paint, Still created a body of work that not only supersedes his life, but will forever extend far beyond it into generations to come.  Continue reading

Ashley Ludkowski- Intellectual Profile

1. I am currently a senior earning a double-degree in Journalism and Studio Arts. I absolutely love the power words can have, as well as visual explorations without words. Journalism and art have led me to a wonderful exploration of the art world as well as providing me with an understanding of how to work with and explore the lives of others, then share those insights with the community through reporting. I truly enjoy both areas of study very much so.  Continue reading

What Is Contemporary Art? – Ashley Ludkowski

“What Is Contemporary Art?” is not only the title of this reading section, but also the question proposed in the first paragraph. Terry Smith begins this exploration of Contemporary Art, capitalizing both words, by relating it to the global networks of today. Smith states, “It is an intense, expansionist, proliferating global subculture, with its own values and discourse; communicative networks; heroes, heroines, and renegades; professional organizations; defining events; meetings and monuments; markets and museums- in sum, distinctive structures of stasis and change.”  To Smith, Contemporary Art goes beyond the visual arts. Not only does it establish the currently evolving art, but it incorporates the national economy, fashion and design industries, tourism, education, media, and even politics. It is a culture that affects many aspects of this coexistent lifestyle we now live in.

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