Luna’s Half Indian Half Mexican. Megan Keith

Although I did not particularly enjoy Luna’s “Take a picture with a real Indian”, I was really struck by how powerful his “Half  Indian Half Mexican”photo was. In the series of three photos, Luna shows two aspects of his heritage through visual representations of himself. In the “Indian” aspect, he has long hair falling past his shoulders. In the “mexican” aspect, he is shown with short hair and a mustache. In each photo, he looks like the stereotypical representation of that race.

It is incredible how he is so able to become “different” races, simply by changing his hair and adding facial hair. My favorite part of the photo series is the head-on shot of Luna, when the viewer can see the Indian and Mexican appearances side by side. He looks slightly askew, as one side of his face does not match the other. But it is very interesting to see how he incorporates both aspects of his heritage into one shot.

Lawrence Argent, Megan Keith

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Aki Sasamoto, Megan Keith

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Aki Sasamoto

Although it’s been almost a month since I was introduced to Aki Sasamoto, I remember her presentation very well. In fact, her presentation is altogether unforgettable for a number of reasons. First, the presentation itself was very strange, yet captivating. Second, the artist herself is one of the most eccentric people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. She was so energetic. She was a tiny, tiny woman, but was absolutely wild in her expressions. She channeled that energy into her performance art, in which she appeared to be doing everything! Banging pots and pans, running through clothes, peeling potatoes, and more. Her energy level was just fascinating.

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Viviane Le Courtois: Edible…Megan Keith

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Viviane Le Courtois: Edible

After wandering through the Boulder farmer’s market, my friend and I decided to stop into the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. We were met with an interesting sight: all across the first floor were potted plants with lights hanging above them. Next to the plants were rugs, and a huge wall was covered with red splatters.

This incredible exhibition was Viviane Le Courtois’s “Edible”. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before! It turns out the potted plants were holding different types of herbs that the viewer could come in and pick. Then we could take a red pottery cup, hand made by the artist, and put our chosen herbs in it. After adding hot water, we had our very own tea that we could sip while sitting on hand made rugs.

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Why is Lawrence Weiner an Artist? Megan Keith

 

I must admit I’ve been having trouble in class these past weeks. Instead of being able to appreciate the works of these famous artists, I find myself sitting back and wondering “How is this art??”. Blasting a trench in the ground? Two large white blocks? An area of the floor covered by spray paint? I have a difficult time appreciating these feats, much less calling them “art”.

I understand that the appreciation of a work is incredibly subjective: some will like it, some will hate it. But how are there people who see the value in rows of white bricks on the floor? As it was mentioned in class, if a Pollock or a Rembrandt was removed from the gallery, it would still be a Pollock or a Rembrandt: an incredible piece of work. But when a pile of white bricks leaves the gallery, how is it still art? It is nothing, a pile of building blocks to be left by the side of the road. How can people call that “art” just because it appears in a museum?

I can only conclude that the above feelings reflect my decision to major in psychology. I simply do not understand art. I cannot fathom the incredible amounts of money spent by collectors or museums on works that lose all value once they leave the museum. I do not understand why Weiner’s works are so incredibly admired, I cannot see them as more than fragmented sentence graffiti. I do not, by any means, wish to offend those of you who so wholeheartedly adore these works. On the contrary, I envy your ability to find beauty in such mundane pieces.

 

Clyfford Still…Megan Keith

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Megan Keith

 

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Terry Smith, by Megan Keith

Terry Smith’s What is Contemporary Art begins with his defining it as “the institutionalized network through which the art of today presents itself to itself and to its interested audiences all over the world.” He goes on to call it “a trendsetting force”, claiming it to have the power to “mobilize nationalities”. I found it interesting that his idea of Contemporary Art represented a globalized component, as well as a local one, meaning a piece was to speak to a worldwide audience, while at the same time reaching out to a localized one as well.

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Intellectual Profile Megan Keith

Hey Y’all.

1.  I am a 3rd year Psych major and I’m studying Spanish intensely on the side, although I’m not double-majoring. I plan to go into clinical psychology or psychiatry after attending grad school at either CU or Texas Tech.  I’ve always wanted to work as a psychological profiler for the FBI, but I’m not sure I’m up for that much school. I think I’m shooting for a masters in developmental psychology, but we’ll see how that goes. Continue reading