Bike Art! at the Dairy

I went to the Bike Art! exhibit at the Dairy Center for the arts in Boulder. This exhibit was curated by Mary Horrocks and consisted of two hundred and forty six pieces of art that spanned a wide range of media. This show is exactly what its title suggests, artworks that put bicycling and bicycles at the forefront of content. Work was gathered from all over the United States by a call for entry through a web site named CallForEntry.org or CaFE. Over four hundred submissions were considered, of which one hundred twenty plus artists were selected by committee. This show left me wanting. Wanting to reorganize it from start to finish. It was way too much art for the space and way to many mediums packed together. Continue reading

Ai Weiwei

I found a good article on the Chinese dissident artist at this link.

http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/798816/as-ai-weiwei-continues-to-defy-chinese-censors-read-the-outspoken-artists-20-most-rousing-quotes

The article talks about how he keeps speaking no matter what the government does and how he is accomplishing that still today. It also links to twenty images of him and some of his work with twenty of what the author of the article thinks are Weiwei’s greatest quotes.

Enjoy!

Janine Antoni

I was quite blown away by Janine Antoni when she came to visit. She has such a lovely presence and wonderful way of making everyone around her at ease that I could not help but fall in love with her and her work. She is soft-spoken and utterly curious about her experience on this Earth and in her body and the work she produces reflects those qualities. Antoni is a sculptor and a performance artist and her materials vary based on concept, working between permanence and the ephemeral and sometimes finding that the boundaries between the two can blur. Continue reading

Aki Sasamoto

I went to the Aki Sasamoto lecture this past week. What a trip she is. Goofy, with a laugh that seals the deal, but sharp as a knife. Her work as a performance artist is a mix of her training in dance, education and theatre. She started her performance career in dance. You can see that influence through her movement in her work as she rolls around and hangs from things and finds poses that are going to best influence her audience. She expresses her feelings in her work like that of a dancer, interacting with her created stage in bold and confident movement. Continue reading

Joe Wilkinson Clyfford Still Paper

The first half of the twentieth century was a hard world to live in. Fifty years in which two world wars raged across Europe and the Pacific, and a Great Depression throughout many nations around the globe which brought entire populations to their knees, provided many strong feelings ranging from anger, hate and sorrow to joy and nationalistic pride. These moments of adversity reshaped the landscape of power and changed human perception in many ways. The art world as part of that population, suffering with the world around them, reflected those changes through their paintings. Following the transition in power from Europe to the United States, so to did art, culminating in abstract expressionism, an American movement that painted those feelings that were so tangible all around them. Clyfford Still, as one of those abstract expressionists, was a prime example of an artist that wore those feelings on his sleeves, living through the tumult and painting the movement and color that best fit the heartbeat of what was occurring around him and in the larger world. Continue reading

Joe Wilks Intellectual Profile

1. I am now a senior here at CU, getting close which is both awesome and scary. My field of study is studio arts with an emphasis in ceramic sculpture. I started my artistic endeavors in photography around 2003 attending the Art Institute of Colorado (which in my opinion needs to have the name art taken out of its name), graduating with a decent portfolio focusing in fashion. I spent a few years assisting in New York, finding that it wasn’t what I was looking for as a career, and that I wasn’t finished searching for an artistic voice. In 2007 I moved to Breckenridge, where I took a class in ceramics and here I am 5 years later, working to refine that voice and navigate my way into the best possible mindset and situation to leave school to a long career spent in the studio

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Joe Wilks Terry Smith article

Terry Smith’s article “What is Contemporary Art?” provides a great dialogue about the state of art regarding the last thirty years. He explains from different perspectives how contemporary practices and works are perceived, allowing a well-rounded view to take from. Smith starts with an overall vision of the artists themselves as a global subculture with an “institutionalized network” to stay in the stream of a globalized community. He points out that they are important to themselves, to their local cultures, and to the international “high culture”, recycling old artistic practices in their own way, and catering to uneducated high-capitalist collectors. Utilizing those historical practices in a world saturated which imagery, these artists create art that both aims at selling while also mocking the system in which they sell. They do not fit into any movement and are as diverse in use of medium, which leads to the perception from the curators and critics. Continue reading