Extra Credit: Inspiration from Contemporary Art

Throughout this semester, and even more so throughout my time in college, I have been trying to find new ways to explore my artistic style and process. By taking classes such as these, and visiting galleries I have been able to find new inspiration. There has been one artist who I have grown particularly fond of. In several of my classes I have become familiar with the work of Cindy Sherman. Cindy Sherman is a well-known American photographer who is most famous for her conceptual self-portraits, she takes on the style and personality of a variety of stereotypes and isn’t afraid to address gender or ethnicity. Continue reading

Extra Credit: Familiar Faces at The Walker Arts Center (Jenna Speare)

I recently took a trip to Minneapolis to visit an old friend. Being that is was my first time in this city, I requested that my friend take me to two places: Mall of America and The Walker Arts Center. After fulfilling my childhood dreams of walking inside the American Girl Doll Store, I spent most of my day finding that I was familiar with many of the pieces exhibited at the Walker Arts Center, many of which we have learned about in this class.

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Exhibition Paper (Jenna Speare)

Jenna Speare

ARTH 3539

25 April 2012


Gallery/ Exhibit Review

BMoCA presents: Viviane Le Courtois’ Edible?

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Arts is currently showcasing an artist who has been working with food as a source of inspiration and has been creating process based and conceptual installations since 1989. Her work is inspired by her surroundings and consumer culture wherever she lives or travels. She constantly uses found material or food for her artwork and continues to do so even 20 years later. She received her Masters in sculpture and installation from the School of Art and Research in Nice, France, and after extensive travels in Asia, she moved to the US and worked towards her MA in Art History from the University of Denver, where she received her diploma in 2000. Since then she has been featured in various museums and galleries around the world and works today as a curator, a teacher, and an artist. We are lucky to have a variety of her work here in Boulder at the BMoCA.

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Visiting Artist: Nao Bustamante (Jenna Speare)

Jenna Speare

ARTH 3539

24 April 2012

Visiting Artist Lecture

Nao Bustamante

            Nao Bustamante is a multimedia performance artist who uses her body in incentive ways. She often invites her audience members to be a part of her world as well. On April 3rd, when I attended the visiting artist lecture that featured Nao Bustamante, she began her lecture with a performance. Her intention was to prove that art was the only space where she could fully express herself. It was here where she invited us to join her art world with a hypnosis act. “Hypnotizing people to be me” she concluded, and created a digital portrait by allowing us to step into her world. Continue reading

Logan Lecture Visiting Artist (Jenna Speare)

Jenna Speare

Logan Lecture Paper

ARTH 3539

Logan Lecture Series

Richard Tuttle

           Richard Tuttle a sculpture artist represented by Pace Gallery. He has always loved sculpture but claims to dislike the material world; it is his dream to create something spiritual, yet in the world of sculpture, he is forced to deal with art as materiality. The art world has not achieved abstraction in sculpture that is as interesting as “the figure”. It is also his belief that art is meant to be more accessible to other people for the use that art is meant to have.

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Clyfford Still Paper – Speare

Clyfford Still’s journey through art and painting is one that is characterized by the actual or the narrative transforming into the abstract. At the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, CO, you are able to follow Still’s work through each of theses stages. Still’s earliest works had a more somber, literal approach to human beings or figures in general. This approach was prevalent in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. His human figures, while it is obvious they are human beings, have actually been replaced by ominous, almost nightmarish figures.

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Intellectual Profile – Jenna Speare

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

            My name is Jenna, I am currently enrolled in my final semester here at CU. I will be graduating with a BFA in Film Studies with an emphasis in Animation and a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. Aside from my majors, I work heavily with film and photo editing, sound design and music. I hope to work for a while out of college before I pursue a masters degree in either Art History or Global Marketing and Advertising.

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

 An exhibition that I liked was actually a permanent studio set up in Cuernavaca Mexico. In November I visited the Diego Rivera Studio, which had a significant amount of artwork by Rivera himself, as well as Frida Kahlo. It was entirely different for me to see this work up close in person, and was such an amazing experience. To see the artist’s personal space with their artwork within made the experience that much more powerful.

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Smith Paragraph

Smith’s article, “What is Contemporary Art?”, breaks down the different interpretations of what “contemporary” actually means. Contemporary Art is categorized in a variety of manners. It has been defined as an intense proliferating global structure with its own values and discourse and is often understood as being very distinct from “modern art”. This distinction arrises from how we create art in the present, because in order to create contemporary art, we must make ourselves familiar with art history and how the artwork reflected the time in which it was created.

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