Wu Hung-lopezkr

Kristie Lopez

April 27, 2012

Arth 3539

Lecture 2

 

Wu Hung

I had no knowledge of this lecture prior, my only reasoning was that it was the only one that fit with my schedule. It was definitely about artwork but it also highlighted some different issues such as how certain artwork effects the environment. The lecture focused on three different artists and it was a little hard for me to get into an art mindset because I kept thinking about different issues. When I think about a dam I think about the effects such as what the dam is actually meant for. I think about what the function of the dam is to be. Some of the benefits such as preventing flood damage and it being major source of energy for China were only touched on. I know that it was an art class but like I said it was difficult for me to think of the lecture in that way.

The other effects that were mentioned were the negative effects that the dam would cause. Some of those other issues are the fact that it could disrupt ecosystems and cause people to relocate or have a disruption in the town. The negative that was obviously discussed the most was that fact that adding a dam would take away from the area and its aesthetics. This is true, dam for one are not pretty and for two putting a dam would ruin and hide parts of the environment that many would consider art and too valuable to lose. Something that you cannot get back once ruined. The argument that I keep going back to is seeing the big picture of taking everything into account. I do not know what the area looked like before the dam but considering all of the negative contributions that China has been giving to the environment in the past years the dam could really help. With all the coal that they are burning for energy any little bit would help with reducing their pollution.

One of the artists that Hung talked about was Zhuang Hui, I found him to be the most interesting because he foresaw a change and a project. He thought about the environment and he thought about art and the beauty of the environment. His project was a before and after of three holes that he drilled showing how dramatically it changed. The second, Yun fei Ji just looked at the art that Hung displayed and that was it. I could see that he was moved by the construction and wished it was otherwise. The third artist Chen Qiuling was also very interesting because she was initially from the area that was being relocated and I believe that her family still lived there. I just like the fact that she was included because she was able to offer something new to the table, it made her art mean a little bit more and was the only time that I really was able to put the environment aside.

I had no idea that things like this were going on and I love to learn something new and share with others. I was glad that I chose this particular lecture since it was different and allowed me to look at art in a different way. It allowed me to look at artwork in an unconventional way. Looking at the lecture itself I thought that it was very organized but at first did not know what we were actually talking about until he got to the first artist. It was still a good lecture.

Frederic Jameson-lopezkr

Kristie Lopez

April 26, 2012

Arth 3539

Lecture 1

 

Frederic Jameson

I went to the Jameson lecture because I learned quite a bit about him in my Post Modern class earlier this year and really enjoyed all that I learned and wanted to learn a little bit more. Being at the actual lecture I was kinda hoping that he would talk a little bit more about his work rather than what seemed like a critique of the world that we live in. He also was not what I had expected. At the lecture he had what looked like a well written speech but when it came to the actual speech he just read off of the paper. Even when it felt like he was jumping around he was still staring at his papers. The beginning of the speech was great and a little vague. I thought that because of the vague opening that the rest of it was going to go in deeper to the initial claims. That however did not happen like I thought it would.

The majority of the beginning was all about the post modern itself. He opened by saying that the Post Modern is a way of thinking or a philosophy. That it is a representation of the unconscious. He also talked about a lot of things that he did not explain or that he planned to just touch on. Topics such as singularity were just mentioned and I do not know much about it and what I did know I do not remember so it was difficult at times to know what I was supposed to be taking out of what he was saying. Not knowing also caused me to sort of tune out of what he was saying. Therefore what he may have been saying afterwards might have helped me to understand what he was trying to say. I was unable to give my full attention after that and it became difficult to go in and out of the speech and try and grasp what was going on. I would key into specific times that seemed like transitions for Jameson. This was a way for me to start over with a new thought and get something new and get a meaning from it and how it related to Post Modern.

After a while it was clear that a main focus that Jameson had was the role of curators and their relation to the artists. He also talked about what the world of art has come to with all the new technology that has risen these days. When you look at art through a new medium sometimes it changes the art. Jameson says that when a piece of artwork goes through so many mediums what we see is more the idea of the work. What he says is both singular and theory at the same time. Its singularity versus particularity which he did not really explain so I am not exactly sure on the way that I should apply this to the other things that he has said.

When he talks about the curators he says that the role that they are taking is the role that in some way takes the artist out of the situation. Saying that we might not even have great artists anymore we might just have great curators. That maybe what we are seeing is what the curators want us to see or better yet enlighten us to see.

The lecture was good and regardless of the things that I did not like about it. The point is whether or not I took anything away from the lecture and I did which makes the lecture worth it and what makes it a learning experience. It could have gone better but that does not matter and there was a take away so it was worth it.

Viviane le courtois-lopezkr

Kristie Lopez

April 28, 2012

Arth 3539

Exhibition Paper

Viviane Le Courtois

When I went to the Boulder Museum I was very surprised with what I saw. I have never been there before so I was surprised that it was bigger than I had anticipated. I have also not been to many museums in general to really make a judgement. When deciding which museum to visit I first did a little research and on who the artists were to see what might interest me. I ended up wanting to go see “Edible” and more importantly it was close and fit into my schedule as well. I was excited to go to this exhibition because I have recently started to learn about art and am trying to learn more about a little more unconventional art because currently it is hard for me to think of art initially as more than a painting by an artist. I have learned a lot within that realm but thanks to this class have been introduced to a lot of things that I did not know of previously. It has also been the most interesting art that I have seen because it is different and unique. The kind of stuff that many people who are not as into art would find fascinating. The kind of stuff that you go home and tell your friends about this giant cheeto that you saw which could lead to them asking who and maybe even wanting to see them as well. This exhibit was right up my alley. I knew from looking at her website at some of the things that she has done before and what she tries to accomplish with her art that I would definitely find something worth mentioning to someone else. From this experience I have developed a new found appreciation with art that I would normally not think of as art and wanted to learn more.

I walked into the museum and was immediately taken back with feelings of what I expected competing with what I saw. It had that museum feel, which I would hope it was considering that is what it is but it also felt like I was somewhere else. The first work that I want to talk about is more of a whole room and the experience that goes with it. This room had a main focus of the herbs and the plants in the center and what was definitely the focal point but at the same time had a lot of pieces that felt like decoration but was still drawing your attention. The tables, the lamps, the rugs, even seating were all things that I could see being anywhere else in the aspect of what they actual are. Maybe something like a waiting room where you could find these items. The big difference to note is that it would not be the same. There were frames all over the walls that commanded there own individual time but they were also put together as part of a larger whole. In the same respect it is probably the area that most people spent most of their time doing their waiting and figuring out what to do next. The room itself was pretty simple but I spent a large amount of time there as well. Even though it was pretty simple it also made me ask questions and wonder what the point of some of the pieces were for and why things were situated in the way that they were. I think the rugs themselves with the single center piece were the most simple thing there but at the same time it was the one that I had the most questions about but did not really know why.

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The second piece of art that I thought was interesting was the “Cheetovore.” I like this piece because once again it is so simple but probably took so much work that is taken for granted. A cheeto is something that everyone knows what it is and what it looks like. A cheeto is so small and miniscule but is now art and is going to be looked at by many. It takes things to a whole new level when something like a cheeto that people eat as a cheap snack is now being thought of as a well crafted piece of art which it is. The fact of it being a cheeto is taken away even though the essence of a cheeto is still there. It is also the kind of piece that resembles what it is suppose to but at the same time if it did not say what it was I might have guessed cheeto but may not have been sure. I might have guessed many other things as well before I stopped on cheeto. What I liked the most was just the mere fact that you can take something so small and turn it into something so big and full of exhausted effort.

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The third art work that I focused on was one that I thought that many others focused on as well, “The Venus of Consumption.” The reason that I chose it was because I am oddly drawn to it because I am confused. I kept telling all my friends to come look to answer why it is here and why it is presented this way. For one it is a deformed human that is just lying there in a position that does not even make sense. The only way that this body is realistic is when it comes to its extremities. The legs however look backwards and uncomfortable. The right leg even looks like it would be broken. The same goes for the left arm it looks broken. I stand there staring at the piece trying to figure it out and get no where I understand that it is a representation but I just keep analyzing which I think is a good thing and many time the point of art, to ask questions.

 

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I really enjoyed the exhibit and would go to see it again not to mention that fact that I was telling people about all of the different things that I saw. I also appreciate that I have been opened up to a whole new type of art and make me look at more conventional pieces in a different light.

Clyfford Still Paper – Kristie Lopez

Kristie Lopez

January 28, 2012

ARTH 3539

Clyfford Still

After his fifty year career Clyfford Still’s paintings were hidden away for thirty years after his death in 1980. It was not until Clifford’s wife Patricia struck up a deal with Hickenlooper that a museum would be made here in Denver to showcase his 2,000+ pieces of artwork. Clyfford Still lived all over the United States and started at a very young age and through all of the changes that the art world has endured Still worked has also changed over that course. Over this time he did other things then just paint, he also taught for a large period of time. His first paintings were specific and detailed, they had objects that were centered and were the focal point of the piece. His earlier pieces had landscapes and people in them and what seemed to be a story behind them. The people that are in the painting are mildly distorted but still humanistic none the less. About ten years later his works changed and the objects and people that were the focal points of the piece started to be more obscure, fine lines and elongated features. The later works of his and arguably my favorites are known as Abstract Expressionism. They are indeed abstract, very different from his earlier works. He seems to be a very well rounded artist with a large range of works. They no longer had objects and made more use of the canvas and different techniques. There was areas that had a blank canvas which allowed for a different kind of focal point. There was some Abstract Expressionism that was for lack of a better term simple and some that was more complex. He used vertical canvases, dark tones, and chunky paint lines making the piece very thick and full of texture. If I see one piece of art that is his I can see a distinction and know what kind of artwork is his. Then I see a very different piece of his that looks nothing like some of his others that I have seen. He seems to have a grasp of many different styles of art that he picks up on. He also seems to change and evolve over time with the changed of not only the art world but the general world as well. His art is also very expressive of himself as well. At times in his careers he used a lot of dark colors and at other times he used a lot of vibrant colors. He used different strokes and canvases with a lot of blank spot and some where the whole canvas is covered. A lot of the darker pieces have a distinct almost unnoticeable spot of color. You learn more about the painting the longer that you stare at it. Over time you find new color and you find new patterns and create a different overall idea of what the painting is about.  Continue reading

Kristie Lopez

Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest. Here at CU I am a communication major and have taken at least one course in the majority of fields offered here. I really learning about philosophy and psychology. I as recent as last semester I took my first art class and learn about the history of the postmodern and enjoyed the class and decided to take another. Continue reading