Viviane Le Courtois Exhibition

Megan Watry

ARTH 3539

4/18/12

Viviane Le Courtois Exhibition

            Viviane Le Courtois has been engrossed with food for over twenty-two years. She has roamed the world looking at how people prepare and consume their food. Society is built around food and the kitchen. People talk, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company, all while eating food. Viviane is fascinated with how society is connected with food. Viviane deals with food preparation, ceremonial foods, consuming foods, how relaxation can be related to food, sustenance from food, over-eating, and under-eating in her two exhibitions called Edible? and The Garden of Earthly Delights. Everyone deals with food on a daily basis and therefore people don’t think about the connections between people and food. Viviane is increasing our awareness of this topic. Continue reading

Aki Sasamoto Visiting Artist

Megan Watry

ARTH 3539

4/10/12

Aki Sasamoto Visiting Artist

            Aki Sasamoto calls herself “The Green Giant” and is a comedian, performer, and installation artist. She often finds that these three self defining characteristics co-exist when she is making art. Aki’s performance art deals a lot with relationships between people. Aki is fascinated with how people relate to each other and how they interact together. She is constantly putting herself in the shoes of another person or animal to look at relationships between people and their environments. Continue reading

Nao Bustamante Visiting Artist

Megan Watry

ARTH 3539

4/5/12

Nao Bustamante Visiting Artist

            Nao Bustamante is entranced with the subject of bodies in performance; more specifically performance about the body. Nao doesn’t necessarily see herself as an artist but more as a story teller who uses her voice and her actions to tell stories. Stories can be used to explain, defend, recreate an event, and to create empathy. Stories connect people. Nao tells stories about human bodies through performance. Continue reading

“Gaming The Streets: Uncommissioned Art”

Street art is a difficult way to create art. Artist’s run the risk of being arrested for their street art. I watched a youtube video (I will add the link) about street art and was interested in this line of work. I will also add a link to a website about street art.

One artist called Invader will “invade” a city with his tiles and create little images. He will then take photographs and map where each image was created. He will then sell images of his maps online. What I found interesting is that his tile pieces are small and were more of a landmark. Invader was “marking” cities and places with his tiles.

Another artist creates site specific billboards. The artist will mirror the buildings behind the billboard. What I find cool about that is you have to be looking around and aware while you are driving in order to notice these billboards. Sort of shows us how we are so used to our habits that sometimes we miss details that go on around us.

D.C. Gecko takes ads and illuminates them from the back during night time. The differences between day time and night time can be quite different because of this lighting. Because of this difference it took months before a viewer would notice the difference which again highlights on the facts that people don’t look up often enough. It takes a great observer to see the differences between the two images.

Jason Effing created the pixilator. He pixilates digital ads so that the pixilation changes as the digital ad changes. What is interesting is that he has published how to do this online so everyone is able to pixilize digital ads.

Another artist puts a white bubble in front of person in an ad and will come back later to take pictures of what people fill in the white bubble. This interactive piece is directly responding to ads and the world we live in and how we think about that world.

Another artist has a project called “Take picture don’t steal”. He would hang a disposable camera around cities for people to take pictures of themselves. The disposable camera’s created an artistic community. The community actually protects the cameras so that everyone gets a chance to use them and take pictures of them.

An artist called Bumble Bee takes abandoned phone booths and puts fake hives inside of them to remind people that telephone signals are messing up bee’s migration patterns and the bee population is slowly dropping.

Another artist took plastic bags and created an animal. This plastic bag animal was placed on the grates that pass over the subway. When the subway passes underneath, the plastic animal inflates. I found this really cool because these animals incorporate transportation that many people use everyday.

A lot of street art is not about vandalism. Street art is to show others how often we miss ordinary things in our lives. Our world is surrounded by beautiful objects but sometimes we are moving too fast to see them. Street art is helping people to look up and down, keep your eyes open.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=NZcbOyKxW2M

http://www.woostercollective.com/#list-view

Art21 Kimsooja

I really enjoyed watching Art21 about Kimsooja. She is a brilliant artist. Continue reading

Clyfford Still and his artwork

How Clyfford Still Changed Over Time

My Intellectual Profile

1. I’m a sophomore with a degree in Psychology and Fine arts with an emphasis in Photography. I love to take photos of abstract buildings and I’m interested in becoming an art therapist. Continue reading

Terry Smith “what is contemporary art?”

Contemporary art is from about 1980’s to the present and is hard to categorize. Contemporary art is constantly changing with no apparent focus unlike the postmodern era or for that matter, other eras. Continue reading