Extra Credit- Mona Hatoum

Recently in lecture we talked about the contemporary artist, Mona Hatoum, who hails from Lebanon.  I found it interesting that she actually grew up in the Christian faith.  Though after thinking of what we were learned about how Americans place so many stereotypes on foreigners who come to the United States, I stepped back from my surprised state of mind, and opened it to see this artist in a more broadened term; a human, just like each and every single person on this planet.  So many artists today create art on things that make them different from the majority.  I like how Mona creates art about her identity touching slightly on her culture but mostly portraying how she is similar to Americans.

Extra Credit- Insight on James Luna

In lecture we learned about the artistic performances of James Luna, a Native American contemporary artist.  In this well known image that I have posted, he is wearing black sunglasses and a western tuxedo jacket with the words “All Indian All The Time “emblazoned across it.  This statement is not just a motto or a signature of his artistic style.  It is how he has lived his life.  James Luna has always been aware of his cultural heritage and the meaning of his identity as an Indian in America today.  Through his artworks, he makes his viewers aware of the stereotypical image they have placed upon him and his Native brothers. In most of his performances he uses humor.  He does things that are not ordinary in our day to day lives, such as carrying a canoe through the city or wearing a loin cloth in public.  I love how he approaches the stereotypes of the viewers by simply playing into them as a way to show how ridiculous Americans are today in regards to their preconceived notions of what real Indians look like and the way they live.  In one such performance called “Urban (almost) Rituals”, Luna addresses the survival of Native Americans in urban settings.  He acts as his created character known as Shame Man, a series of rituals  as he forms the spiral, acting as circus ringmaster, court jester and occasional merchant of venom.  Though he is holding back on his thoughts towards the seriousness of the issue, Luna raises the issues that face us individually.   I totally agree that people today are too stereotypical of other cultures.  Through his artwork, Luna overall portrays that although he is a Native American according to his heritage, he is also an American just like everyone else.  It is an interesting concept to think about.  What if we kept a certain image engrained in our minds of every single culture?  I guess in a way we do, being such judgmental creatures, but it is extremely prominent among Native Americans.  I can honestly say that when someone tells me to picture an Indian, my mind immediately pictures the stereotypical “Pocahontas”, vegetable growing, hunting, loin cloth wearing, tipi inhabitants.  After seeing some of these performances by James Luna, I will think think twice before defining a Native America in a different image then Americans. 

 

 

 

Extra Credit- Ken Gregory

 

 

Ken Gregory is a unique contemporary artist.  He has been working with do-it-yourself interface design, hardware hacking, audio, video, and computer programming for over 20 years.  His creative performance and installation works have shown publicly across Canada, and at many international media and sound art festivals.  His works are presented in the form of gallery installations, live performances, live radio broadcasts, and audio compact discs.  From this description, I’m sure you can conclude that most of his works emphasize sound.

I found a lot of Ken Gregory’s works to be interesting.  The fact that they are interactive and involve motion and sound is different from what we have typically learned about in class.  In one work, he used fire alarm bells throughout a room.   He made them respond to peoples’ body heat, so when people would enter or move about the room it would cause different pitches of the bells to vibrate.  I love when natural sound can be successfully imitated by mankind; it intrigues me to see the process and the results.  A work that produced such a sound was “Wind Coil Sound Flow.”  “Wind coil sound flow” is an acoustic electromechanical system that transforms wind-generated vibrations on a kite’s towline into harmonic frequencies.  The first stage of this multi-part project involved a large, one-stringed guitar played by the wind outdoors.  The sounds generated through this system were recorded digitally and were used to activate the long strings in the sculptural installation that in turn, create new and complex sounds conveyed through kite-shaped audio speakers.

My favorite of his works was “Lick my LEDs” in which a display of flashing lollipops were interconnected and synchronized by a digital signal better known as the common pulse.  After three weeks they completely melted and new ones were brought in.  This artwork I feel is more attractive to younger audiences and that those who are older can look at it and be reminded of their childhood and the sweet, sugary, joy candy brought to them.

Extra Credit- Christian Marclay

This guy right here, is Christian Marclay.  He is a little different from the contemporary artists that we have learned about throughout the semester, but his artwork is still a part of the big picture.  He doesn’t work with paint or pencil, nor does he create large scale land works.  Christian Marclay is a visual artist and composer from New York.  His work includes sound recording, photography, video and film.  From 1977 – 1980 he actually studied sculpture.  He has been experimenting, composing and performing with phonograph records and turntables since 1979.  Interesting right?! I haven’t been out here too long, but I know turntables are pretty popular in Boulder in the music scene.  Christian is a very unique artist in his particular style.  Christian Marclay continually works with the idea of deconstructing the record, in sound and theory.  He is fascinated in the minor mess-ups that occur when listening to a record, that most people often ignore, and he makes music out of them instead.  Marclay even damages records to produce loops and skips.  He likes to use inexpensive pre-owned records from thrift stores.  I find the idea that “deconstruction can be seen as a form of creation” is a beautiful concept.

One particular example of  Christian Marclay’s work is called “The Clock.”  It is a 24-hour single-channel montage made up of thousands of historic clips from movies and television.  They are all put together to show the passing of time.  This piece runs non-stop for 24 hours.  Here we go again with taking readymade type works! So in a way, he is not as unique as I thought in all aspects of his work, but he does still change the context of the piece by emphasizing the passage of time.  Its interesting to think that individual works such as these clips from movies all have their own distinct purpose at the time they are created, but as years pass they can be used again in collaboration with other pieces and ideas to be put towards a whole new concept.  It makes me think about how we progress as individuals with the surrounding environments that we live and how we don’t realize while we are in the present, where everything seems so clear, straightforward, and permanent, that it all is changing before our eyes and adapting to have new meanings.  The main thing that I noticed pertaining to this idea is that we are all adapting to the changes while they are occurring, which is why sometimes we don’t realize it.  I like how in unexpected instances artists such as Marclay see the change that has taken place and then brings it to the forefront for everyone else to realize.  I also like how this artist  referenced his inspiration to this work being by that of Salvador Dali.  I can definitely see the resemblance between the melting clocks of “The Persistence of Memory” and “The Clock.”

Extra Credit- Looking at art by Annea Lockwood

Annea Lockwood is a contemporary artist that collaborated with sound-poets, choreographers and visual artists, and created a number of works in the 1960s, which she herself performed.  During the 1970s and ’80s she began doing performance works focused on environmental sounds, life-narratives and performance work.  We speak a lot about performance works in lecture, but the ones that really stick are the younger generation of performers.  I feel like Annea Lockwood is an inspirational artist in that she is a more mature/ an older woman and yet she can continue to be a successful artist.  Sometimes I wonder how long the creative portion of the brain can function to its fullest before it just dies out.  I hope that I can continually come up with fascinating and successful art pieces, even towards the last half of my lifetime, that new generations will appreciate and enjoy.  The above picture, where she had set a piano on fire, the artwork was named “Piano Burning” accordingly.

I love the idea and romanticism behind this piece.   It leads me to think about how the piano was originally made of wood from a tree.  Then it makes me relate a forest burning to the piano burning.  Earlier in the year, we learned of one artist who believed that art made from nature will eventually be reclaimed by the nature that it was created from.  I feel like Annea Lockwood’s artwork is a great representation of that that concept!

Extra Credit- Piplioti Rist’s works that I actually like


I find some works by Piplioti Rist to be questionable when pertaining to an artistic context, such as “I’m not the girl who misses much.”  All artists have their bad works though regardless if they are contemporary or historical figures.  And everyone has there opinion on the different works, obviously; so even the bad works can sometimes be seen as enjoyable to look at or listen to.  In this post, I want to show that I am open to further viewing different works by this artist in particular even though, some of them stray me away from her.

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Extra Credit- I bet Nikki S. Lee and Cindy Sherman are friends!

Nikki S. Lee is a contemporary artist very similar to Cindy Sherman.  She did a series of photography based artworks in which she altered her personality and appearance specifically in regards to different racial backgrounds.  Cindy Sherman experimented with races but only as a broad stereotypical example because she worked on a much larger scale in who she chose to act like.  Nikki S. Lee took her interest as an artist to one focused concept and did it in extensive detail.

In the “Projects” series of photographic images by Nikki S Lee, social as well as cultural identity are very much addressed.  Lee adapts to the surrounding cultures in each of her images.  She transforms herself completely to blend in with that culture by dressing like them and taking on their stereotypical, physical characteristics.  She even goes as far to change her skin color, hair, weight, and behavior.  Lee once stated,

Essentially life itself is a performance. When we change our clothes to alter our appearance, the real act is the transformation of our way of expression—the outward expression of our psyche.

These images are a true test of identity for Nikki.  They allow her to experience so many different cultures from her own perspective.  It also allows the viewer to question their own identity and ask themselves how their lives would change in regards to birthplace,  traditions, privileges, and individual place in society.

What I found to be most fascinating among these “Projects” was the fact that Nikki didn’t just simply dress up as these different people from all different backgrounds; she actually spent time with them and got to know them for the sake of her art project.  In this, I feel like she was actually able to take on some of their characteristics rather then just play a role in the photograph.  It makes the meaning a lot deeper then just a pose.  I feel like she actually was able to understand their different lifestyles and relate to them in specific ways.  I also enjoy the photography aspect of this image.  Because she is not looking directly at the camera, it looks much more natural, as if she were caught off guard while hanging out with this Hip Hop group of people.  Though I’m not necessarily sure I enjoy her facial expression.  The fact that her eyes appear to be rolled back in her head and the black man in back of her is holding her up; she comes across as being intoxicated.  This artist is another one among society today that has similar ideas to others around her as well as artists in history, but interprets them in her own way.  Which brings us back to the concept of reinterpretation through another’s experience as a form of art in a new context.

Extra Credit- Rebecca Belmore in regards to the work “Fringe”

 

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Extra Credit- Douglas Gordon (related to reproduction in contemporary art)

This is Douglas Gordon and he is an active participant in our contemporary art world today!  One particular work that he created that I personally found intriguing and thought you all might as well is “24 Hour Psycho”.  This work was a video instillation of the movie “Psycho” by Alfred Hitchcock, played over the time frame of one whole day.  It shows that it was a movie that he must have watched a lot, or truly was obsessed with considering he wanted to pull out deeper meaning in it by creating his own work of art out of it.

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Extra Credit- Thoughts on Cindy Sherman

Throughout the coarse of the semester, Cindy Sherman and her artworks have come up in conversation numerous numerous times between both this class and my ARTS 1020 class.  I must say I personally have become familiar with her as a contemporary artist.  She has become the inspiration for many other contemporary artists today in the concept of photographing the self in many different personalities, cultural backgrounds, and lifestyles.  Even race and gender did not hold this woman back in her efforts to try on the characteristics of people around her, throughout the world, and in history.   Continue reading

Extra Credit- Andy Warhol’s Impact on today’s Contemporary Art

Andy Warhol, in my opinion, has had such an impact on today’s Contemporary Art as well as in that of the generations leading up to it since the start of his artist lifestyle.  I feel that his art was one of the first major examples of controversial critique. Continue reading

Extra Credit- Contemporary Artist -Allison Schulnik

Allison Schulnik, “Mound”  Clay Animation

Allison Schulnik is a contemporary artist that I feel stands apart from those that we have learned about.  I came across her researching different mediums that I normally don’t jump to the conclusion of labeling art.  I want to learn about an art form in our world today that kind of gets ignored and looked passed overall because it is hidden in the shadows of larger more appealing and mind capturing works.

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Extra Credit- Anders Ruhwald

Anders Ruhwold… Looks like quite the character eh—–>?

Maybe so..  but he is a great example of a contemporary artist still living today.  We spoke of me artists from throughout the world and throughout cultures, so I figured I would introduce you to this fine chap from the European Oasis of Denmark.  His artworks are mainly focused in the clay medium. Continue reading

Extra Credit- Ken Vavrek- Contemporary Artist

 Ken Vavrek is in my opinion a great example of a contemporary artist.  I know we spoke a lot about large scale, performance art, controversial art, and land works thorughout the coarse of the semester, but I sometime feel a step back is necessary.  Not everyone works in large scale in contemporary art today.  I find these works to be just as important to think about.  Ken Vavrek works mostly with glazed stoneware.  In one such piece that i particularly find aesthetically pleasing is “Lover’s Leap”.  From the image I posted below, it appears to be a small scale work that is zoomed in on in the photograph.  You all may think, what is so cool about that? Well in all honesty, it is art.  When someone looks at it, it instills a response in them, and later on in the future when someone comes across this as an ancient artifact of what is our contemporary art world, it will have just as much meaning as the large scale works, if not more.  If you think about it, many of the land works today won’t even be around anymore, so things like this that are meant to last, will be valuable.  This is what I personally feel about this work in particular :)… Continue reading

Extra Credit-Contemporary Artist–>Susan Beiner

Susan Beiner– Contemporary Artist

I found this artist to be really interesting and thought you all would maybe like to engage in her work as well.  Here are a few thoughts from my perspective…

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Extra Credit -Contemporary Art by Walter De Maria

      Walter De Maria- “Lightning Field

      Long term instillation in Western New Mexico, 1977

The past few weeks, I hope all of you were able to stop for a moment from studying for art history or whatever else to take a look at the night sky the few times we had lightning storms.  Walking home last night from a friend’s house, I was able to catch a few beautious (yes that is a word :) haha) bolts as they stretched across the sky, lighting up the surrounding atmosphere.  It made me think about this work by Walter De Maria in New Mexico, so I wanted to briefly talk about it in an extra credit post, and see if anyone else was fascinated by such an amazing natural element working in collaboration with a man made piece.  I feel that this artwork is in fact contemporary although it was created in the past.  This work is forever changing, and in that a new piece is presented to the public with every storm that we experience on this earth.  Here are a few of my insights if you are interested :). Continue reading

Extra Credit-Time- Based Artist- Allan Kaprow

Allan Kaprow

Fluids- 1967

Okay guys, I know this isn’t exactly contemporary.. but I think it is really interesting.  In Allan Kaprow’s 1967 work, “Fluids” which actually was created in Atlantic City New Jersey (my home :)!), time was a

major aspect of the work.  I want to talk about it in this extra credit post because a major part of contemporary art today is reconstructing works from back then by other artists, whether it just be the same thing or the same idea with new structure.  This work was made of ice blocks into a large rectangular structure.  It was a whopping 30ft  long by 10ft high by 8ft wide! Continue reading

Extra Credit- Contemporary Artist- Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor

Cloud Gate (The Bean) Chicago 2004-2006

 

Earlier this half of the semester, we talked about the contemporary artist, Anish Kapoor.  I instantly fell in love with this artwork.  And in all actuality it was introduced to me again in my studio arts class when I was researching time based art! I loved the fact that I was able to use the insights from our class in another class.  It also made me dig further then just the information from our lecture.  So I figured I would fill you guys in on some of my own insights in this extra credit post :).

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Extra Credit- Contemporary Artist- Henri Cartier Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

In a Train, Romania 1975, Photograph

Henri Cartier-Bresson is a European artist who takes black and white photographs of people all over Europe. His photos reference time in many ways, one because they show places he has gone personally to photograph over the years, two because the subjects are of all ages referencing growing up and aging, and three some photos are taken over a the course of a day or event or even have transportation in them, and obviously it takes time to get from one place to another.  I think this is a beautiful image. Continue reading

Exhibition Paper-Viviane Le Courtois’ “Edible?”

The exhibition I went to see was Viviane Le Courtois’ “Edible?” Viviane Le Courtois was born in France in 1969 and moved to the United States in 1994.  She has Masters in various types of art emphasizing in sculpture and instillations as well as a degree in art history.  She has had many exhibits in the United States as well as in France.  Many of her works are collaborated from things she’s collected from her wide variety of traveled destinations she’s been to.  She emphasizes her thoughts and experiences with her surroundings and the many diverse and unique consumer cultures she comes into contact with.

When I first heard about this exhibition I thought that it would be of rotting foods that the artist eats on a regular basis and that she was simply changing its context into an art setting.  But after seeing the exhibition I have discovered that she has accomplished much more then that in her works.  She examines the processes of consumption, focusing on the repetitive aspects of food preparation, but goes one step further in also exploring ceremonial food offerings, and the social implications of eating.  Food plays such a huge role in our everyday lives in order to survive; something we do so naturally whether it is with family, friends, social gatherings.  Le Courtois puts an intriguing twist onto the meaning of food.  She places it in this artistic context where individuals can relate and interact with it.  When I walked into the gallery, I not only felt hungry, but I also was thinking about how healthy each of the foods were that were shown and what I had eaten so far that day and how nutritious it had been.

One work that I found to be incredibly disgusting and yet intriguing was Venus of Consumption.  This work consisted of a morbidly obese, round, orange woman lying down on her side, with her head rested upon her arm as if she were passed out in a food coma.   Her other hand touched her stomach as if she ate too much and had a stomach-ache.   In another art history class I once learned about works of art that were named Venus.  These works were beautiful to those people who created them at the time, and having the name Venus made these works be held to a higher level.  Seeing this work though, definitely did not make me relate it to those in a good way.  She was made of materials such as acrylic yarn, stuffing and silicone.   I disagree with the artist naming the figure Venus, because it is not at all beautiful.  I do find it interesting to think that maybe the work was intended to portray this lack of beauty in a way to make it beautiful in that new artistic context.

I find this woman’s work to be altogether fascinating.  I love the idea of taking everyday, ordinary, and sometimes useless objects that we as the human race seem to not think twice about, and then putting them into a new light; an artistic context where the meanings are completely changed.  Just the act of doing this, draws in so many different viewers, allowing them to create their own narrative on the piece starting with a personal connection that they can individually draw from the starting point that is given.  I find it so beautiful to give these useless objects a second chance at life to be more then what they once were; something beautiful and meaningful.

Lawrence Argent- Lecture Review 2

 

Lawrence Argent was born in England and was trained in sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.  He has a MFA in Sculpture, is the recipient of many fellowships with art, and is a professor of art at the University of Denver.  He does a lot of traveling nationally and internationally.  In fact he currently has a studio in China.  He has had numerous exhibitions throughout the country as well as out of the country.

We spoke about Lawrence Argent in class recently this semester and I thought he was an interesting artist, but seeing him speak about his artwork at the Denver Art Museum was such an enlightening experience.  He spoke about his work in such a passionate and intriguing way.  His artwork isn’t just about creating something aesthetically pleasing, as much as it is about creating an experience for the viewer.  He loves to set up contrasts or contradictions and ignite different interpretations in different spectators.  He wants his artwork to be seen as a narrative that each person can create personally.  When first hearing about Argent’s work, it was just another contemporary artist, but after seeing him his work completely captivated and inspired me to find deeper and hidden meanings in all artworks including my own.

All of his works are very elaborate in the creating process.  During the lecture he spoke about the process of seeing out a large-scale work.  I never realized how expensive and time consuming it really can be.  As an aspiring artist, he made me realize that I can come up with as many spectacular artwork ideas as I could possibly think up, but the seeing it out being created is not easy.  Argent spoke about the love and the passion of the workers who build these large forms with him and how they are not just doing it to get paid.  A main interest of Argent is seeing how people gain confidence to try, think, and do new things.  These technicians and architects never say they cannot do a task at hand but that they will try.  Argent loves seeing the excitement they get over accomplishing something new with his artwork and being able to use that new knowledge for other opportunities in their lives.

When Lawrence Argent spoke about his famously controversial Blue Bear, “I See What You Mean” he did so with lighthearted humor.  When he was thinking about the artwork he wanted to present for the Convention Center, he wanted whatever it was to be integrated as part of the building.  The guidelines he was given was to make the viewer remember specifically the artwork and to associate it with where they were at the time.  In class we talked about numerous works in Colorado that draw attention to the natural preserve but in a contemporary way.  With his blue bear, he wanted to play with the icon of the mindset.  He stated that when he was in the process of putting it on site, someone asked him if he worked for Disney.  Rather than taking this in an insulting way, he embraced it.  He stated that there is a sense of familiarity with how someone sees something but that he strives to permit engagement.  He finds the idea of allowing someone to explore an idea and allowing them to think they know what they don’t know, is a magical concept.  Argent gives his viewers the confidence to know the meaning of his works without necessarily being right.

My favorite work that Lawrence Argent spoke about was the one he recently created at the Sacremento Airport.  This work, “Leap” is a massively large red rabbit jumping into a queen size bed suitcase.  When he was first thinking of what kind of artwork he wanted to create for this terminal, his mind was drawn towards the idea of baggage.  He thinks of baggage as the stuff that makes up who we are and what makes us feel complete.  I love the road he went down with this piece.  Regardless if he did another unnatural colored animal like the blue bear, I think it is a fascinating way to present an idea to the world.  I think it is overall relevant to what art has become in this contemporary world today.  This piece, whether critiqued in a bad, joking, or appreciated light, it instills a different experience in all who view it.  For those of us young and old, if we allow ourselves to go back to a childlike mindset, this piece creates the magic of a story that we can all relate to individually.

Janine Antoni-Extra Credit

On Tuesday March 6t, I saw the visiting artist lecture given by Janine Antoni.  I personally found her to be one of the most intriguing and inspiring contemporary artist of this time that has come to visit CU Boulder especially.  Not only her attitude towards her work, but the themes and ideas behind them were fascinating.  She spoke a lot about the separation anxiety she had towards her mother.  One work that I liked in particular that went alone with this theme, was the one of the cow which appeared to be drinking from her nipple while lying in a bathtub.  I thought her idea was a beautiful way of depicting such a bond.  Janine Antoni also had a lively sense of humor.  In one photograph she took, she made her mother into her father and her father into her mother.  The interesting idea behind this was in a way.. the image resembled that although they could not be turned into each other, they had different qualities of each other.  The fact that during marriage, and living with the significant other for years on end, similarly displays this same notion, which was Janine’s thought behind the piece.  Another idea behind this image that I found to be humerous is how unattractive each of her parents turned out when adding certain qualities to them, and that the children of two parents most of the time doesn’t come out that bad.  My favorite work of Janine Antoni’s, even though not that epic, was “Butterfly Kisses” which was a work done simply with Cover Girl Mascara and Janine Antoni blinking her eyelashes.  I know its a super simple work, but that song has personal meaning to me, so the fact that I can relate to another artists work in my own way, makes it that much more special.

Gerhard Richter- Extra Credit

 

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Thoughts on Performance Art & then today’s lecture- Extra Credit

In class on Tuesday we discussed Performance Art.  I like the fact that this type of art was brought to my attention.  For example in Chris Burden’s, Shoot, 1971, I would have never thought about being shot as a consideration of an art idea.  This idea of art has endless possibilities.  We see people being shot all the time on television and in the media, and because of it as being apart of the human race we acquire this fear.  The thought of someone allowing himself to be shot in order for the artwork is unimaginable.  It makes me think what could have been going on in the minds of the shooter and in the mind of the one being shot; tension, anxiety, trust, fear, guilt.  The artist captured these feelings and put them into a gallery for the world to ponder from a different perspective.  Then today we discussed how art has come to be found through words.  I am a very visual person, so I don’t know how much I agree with the idea.  To me, nature, art, and a lot of other things in life are so beautiful and so awe inspiring that I cannot think of the proper words to describe them.  Unless the words are written down in a really neat font, I don’t necessarily feel like they can be considered art.  If I am to read something, I get an image in my head, that image is the art, not the words I read.

Thoughts on Bruce Nauman- extra credit

I love Bruce Nauman’s work, especially this piece! I like how he used neon signs to draw the attention of pop culture, but at the same used such a deep meaning quote.  I like how it also resembles Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty.  To me this ties in the idea of nature.  Spiral Jetty was a land work that was created for nature to take over.  So in a way when I think about this quote makes me think about “revealing mystic truths” throughout life, in the beautiful natural world created by God.  It allows the viewer to interpret how they see God’s creation and give them the power to dig deep inside themselves to reveal how they see it personally.  Im one of those girls who sits on the computer looking for new quotes. I instantly fell in love with this one.. and it just might have surpassed the one I was going to get tattooed on my upper should.. oh man!

Thoughts on Sol LeWitt- extra credit

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Visiting Artist Paper #1- Erica Doss

I found Erica Doss’s work to be very interesting.  It opened my mind to the way people vandalize artwork today, in that some have purpose behind it.  Not everyone vandalizes things just because they have nothing better to do.  Erica Doss gave many examples of vandalism that had reason and feeling behind them. Continue reading

Clyfford Still Paper

Abstract Expressionism and Clyfford Still

By Aubrey Heffley

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Extra Credit- Mark Rothko- Color Actors

In class we learned that Mark Rothko’s paintings were color fields in which liquid paint soaks the canvas.  It was said that it is as if the colors in his paintings are actors on a stage performing.  The piece that I’ve chosen to examine by Mark Rothko is Untitled (Multiform) 1948.  In this piece a musty golden yellow color acts as the stage and background.  Splotches of white dim the “show” as if to add a sense of softness or stage light.  A block of purple thrown over top of different shades of orange, pushes itself toward the front of the stage as if fighting for the attention of the crowd, compared to its warm and bright stage mates.  A deep red orange block towards the bottom of the canvas draws the eye and thrusts it upwards towards the rest of the painting.  This piece is in balance overall.  The color scheme of oranges, yellows, and reds mesh well together.  The purple just adds pizazz to ensure something out of the ordinary, puzzling, interesting, and visually pleasing.

 

Intellectual Profile

1. I am a Sophomore and a Studio Arts major.  I originally planned for my focus to be in photography, but haven’t been able to get into those classes yet.  I am newly interested in painting, but enjoy all types of art.  I plan to get my masters in Studio Arts and possibly minor in Art History, become an Art teacher and then do photography on the side. Continue reading

Extra Credit- Thoughts on art today being more important than ever before

I find it hard to believe that more people attend museums as professional football games.  Part of me feels like art was more important back then.  Art was used to portray royalty, class, and power.  This is a different type of importance then today.  Today, art may be more important in that it is more popular and that its subjects range in all types of variety.  The other part of me agrees that art is more important today because of how many museums their are and how many people visit them young and old.  But at the same time, young students on class field trips are forced to go to the museums.  I wonder if the museums factor in how many students are forced to go to their museums from people who go to them leisurely on their own.  Though today a lot more people are making art then back then.  A lot of children grow up with the desire to become artists.  Their are even many art schools as well.  Overall I agree with the statement that art is more important today then ever before.

Smith Paragraphs

There are many variations of meanings of what Contemporary Art is.  Contemporary Art the way today’s art is viewed by many different people and cultures throughout the world.  The main concept of this form of art is used to mean today’s art.  It is different from modern art.  With today’s art, a lot of the time, people are open to interpret it in their own way.  It also may be generated from ideas of art from previous time periods.  During the 1990s and around 2000 it became a popular idea that Contemporary Art  was art beyond history or art that came after the end of history.  Contemporary Art not only can mean art after the end of history, but also timeless art.  It could mean that art from here on out is constantly in the present with no past or future.

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