Week 2 reflection

This week we focused on our individual projects as well as the bird roosting/nesting sculptures under the guidance of Lynne Hull. We were able to put up a 22 foot poll for te raptors to post up on, and a Cestrol bird nest. The nest was put up on a burnt tree taken from the Oasis in Last Chance and was fortunately reinforced with another branch. The two sculptures make an interesting addition to the landscape with their overall compostion, but I question their instrumental significance as there are dozens of other already in place places for the birds to nest or rest.   For my project I was able to get ahold of Evelyn Everhart, the owner of the shack where I found those photos. I asked her about some of the photos that I found and she informed me that they were in laws, some cousins, and family friends. I am planning on documenting my experience of the shack. In addition some of the photos will be photocopied, so their glory can be shared. I have also almost completed my sculpture of found objects- mainly shotgun shells, bones, some parts from a broken camcorder, and wire. The material speaks to what is commonly found on the ground around these parts- this gives an insight into a way of life. 

experimental site

experimental site

Visiting Artist 2 – Kenyon

Bruce Kenyon

Visiting Artist Lecture Lita Albuquerque

           Lita Alburquerque grew up in Pasadena California. As a child she recalls a life changing experience in which she traveled to Rome and saw the Parthenon and the coliseums. The immediate connection to the earth she felt was intensified by these huge stone structures.  When she was in high school she moved to Jerusalem with her family and felt a bit uprooted. Later she returned to the states and studied Art History in UClA, during the 70’s when minimalism was very popular.  She was very influenced by the minimalist style and says her work came to her intuitively.

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Visiting Artist Review 1 – Bruce Kenyon

Bruce Kenyon

Visiting Artist Lecture April 24, 2012 Lesley Flanigan

Leslie Flanigan is a performance artist, sound artist, and a sculptor who uses speaker feedback and layers of vocals to create abstract music. She started off her presentation with an example of her work. Her piece titled “Sleepy” started with multiple drone noises. Then she tried to match noise with her elongated voice. The result was pulsating vibrations in somewhat of a harmony.

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CU Exhibit Review- Bruce kenyon

  Bruce Kenyon

Contemporary Art

Exhibit Review

“Keeping It Real: Korean Artists In the Age of Multimedia Representation”

      This exhibit, located at the CU Art Museum, is comprised of various Korean artist’s work. As soon as you enter the museum, even before you get in the official gallery, there is a huge installation on the wall. This piece is called “ Untying Space at the CU Art Museum,” and is by Sun K. Kwak. Her installation is hundreds of pieces of black masking tape and vinyl strips that are stuck on the wall and go from the entrance of the museum up into the corner of the entrance room, and from there go into the exhibit itself and carry on for another twenty feet on a curved wall inside the gallery. Inside the gallery there was a part of this installation that was dark blue, it took me a few times of being in the gallery to notice that.

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Response to todays lecture

In response to our discussion today, I was thinking about this idea of art historians being as important as the art itself and I came up with some gaps in this logic. The majority of art presently is not taught in academic setting. New styles and types of art are constantly evolving, which makes it almost impossible for the art historian to keep up. Digital visionary art for example, is not going to be discussed in a school setting…unless its Naropa or something. Also I feel the individual response to art is subjective. This subjective response to a work may be common or not, but either way it is legitment. Therefore the art, the artist  and the viewer have accomplished something unique the art historian may never discuss. Most art is not found in a formal gallery or school setting at all, but in the homes of artists, their friends, and underground venues.

Clyfford Still Review- Bruce Kenyon

Bruce Kenyon

Clyfford Still Review

Clyfford Still was born 1904 in North Dakota but quickly moved to Alberta, Canada for the remainder of his adolescence. Clifford lived on a farm with his intelligent parents, however; his dad was said to be very formal and even cold to Clifford. When he was fifteen Clyfford started teaching himself to paint. He painted images from magazines that his parents had, and was able to develop his own realist style and painted the landscape of the open wheat fields, passing trains, and other sights from the open prairies of his environment.  His technique during this time, reminds me of Van Gogh, with his short brush strokes that add a motion and texture to the piece. With the colors he uses and the style of cross hatching with paint I got the sense that even from the beginning Clyfford’s work was more then aesthetic realism- it effectively portrayed feelings.  These landscape paintings demonstrated an appreciation for the beauty of the landscape, but also a kind of loneliness as the subjects in his work were usually machinery or just open space.

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Bruce Kenyon – Mark Rothko Analysis

Rothko’s work can be interpreted in many different ways, which is something i like about Abstract Expressionism. In this picture i see two deep emotions either conflicting or just looking at each other. This deep blue is surrounded by a light blue that suggests peace and harmony. In the middle there is a middle colored blue that serves as the mediator or maybe the acknowledgment that there are deep emotions all around it. This middle strip of blue is the awareness that there is light all around, even when we are troubled by massive blocks of blue.

Intellectual Profile

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest. I am a junior and a studio arts major.  I am taking my fourth studio art class in my life. I have many fields of interest but what im focusing on right now is art and psychology. I would like be a art therapist and maybe a massage therapist on the side.

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What is Contemporary Art?

Bruce Kenyon

Terry smith defines Contemporary Art as the “institutionalized network through which the art of today presents itself to itself and to its interested audiences all over the world.” Through museums, galleries, art fairs, auction sales, biennials, magazines websites etc…we find a new and evolving presence of art in society that is not going to go away but will continue to change. This art is tied to the economy and influences design, fashion, tourism and also effects reform and change in politics, education and media. In the past decade museums have been springing up after a post 9/11 halt. These museums are being led by contemporary art. Contemporary Art is “saturated with a deep detailed ( but not always systematic) knowledge of art “history.” Art is aware of art histories purpose within history, and responses to history itself.

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