Is anyone else a little frustrated with the examinations for this class??

I am frustrated with the material for the final. Kira was supposed to be putting up the lecture slides from week 1 of this class and the only week that was ever put up was week 1. I have read most of every article she has given but I feel like in most of them it is hard to find the main arguments that she is expecting us to know. She rarely went over the main arguments of them in her lectures. I may be complaining a little bit but I studied really hard for the midterm and got a D+. If we have another test in the same format I’m going to freak out! I feel like after we were given a midterm that we didn’t even get lectured on until AFTER we took it we should at least have a review class where she tells us exactly what she wants us to know from the lectures and articles.. At least a list of artists from the lectures and a hint as to what the main arguments are that she is talking about..

Lecture Review 2 @DAM-Natalie Prescott

Natalie Prescott

Visiting Artist Lecture @ DAM

Lawrence Argent

            I went to the Denver Art Museum to hear the artist lecture by Lawrence Argent on April 18, 2012. He likes working with materials and materiality and is known for his public sculptures and installations.  Argent aims to ignite the confidence in the spectator to ignite something else from what he presents. I’m not sure if he should be the sole artist in some of his works because very few of his works he presented did he actually craft himself. He is one of those artists that have a whole team of very intelligent people working behind him, or for him you could say that construct the works. Not only does someone else physically construct the work but often time they also put in their intelligent ideas into the idea and creation.

            Many of us from Denver know the large standing blue bear peering into the Colorado Convention Center downtown. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs commissioned the space to Lawrence Argent for Denver’s Public Art Program in 2005. He was told that they wanted him to do something that would give the public the idea of what we think Colorado is. Argent on the other hand, wanted to derail this idea of what we thing Colorado is and the mindset of it.  He wanted it to be apart of the building and not just a decorative component. It needed to have a symbiotic relationship with the building that is such a dominant architecture structure. Argent wanted to bring the mountains down to Denver and peak the visitor’s awareness of the uniqueness of their location. He came up with I See What You Mean, a forty-foot tall blue bear with a triangular textured surface. The bear peers inside of the much larger convention center with a sense of interest as to what events are taking place inside the facility. I like this work because I think it adds to the uniqueness of the building and it tells a story and makes people who are passing by want to know or be inside. This is a great work to help with advertisement and the curiosity of visitors as to what is held within the convention center.

Argent was commissioned in 2007 to design a public work for the town plaza entrance in Vail, Colorado. He was brought on as the artist selected to be the creative director for the project.  The Plaza needed an entryway that would accommodate the changes in season and is appropriate for a common meeting place for the townies. For this area Argent created two large sculptures that are unique to one another. One is a large bronze sculpture with swirling pieces leading up into a tall point on the top. The other, my favorite of the two, is a majestic piece that contains LEDs that illuminate different colors according to the different times of day. It is a large up side down metal cone, if you will, that has these bubbles all around it that contain the LEDs inside. At the bottom side of the sculpture is a bench that goes all the way around the base. I like this piece because of its location and materiality. It gives Vail’s Town Plaza an even more majestic and modern feel along with incorporating the arts into the area.

My favorite piece creatively directed by Argent would be the piece he was commissioned to do in 2009 for the Public Art Project and Plaza Design at the University of Houston called Your Move. The piece has three large sculptures made out of bronze, grey granite, and Red Indian granite in the courtyard of the Graduate housing at the University. Each sculpture is an oversized gourd like object, two in stone and one cast in bronze all placed upon and surrounded by grey granite pavers. Gourds are one of the first plants to be cultivated throughout the world and are thought to have spanned the globe on prehistoric times. Argent thought this would be a good object to put in a place where people from all over the world come together intellectually, mentally, and physically. This is my favorite piece he presented because of the weight of the materials used, the sheer size, and the colors and patterns. The patterns where carved in by a machine with a computer motherboard that does all the work. Then people go in a refine areas that couldn’t be reached by machine.  I think this is a beautiful piece of art and it goes to show how much money is being put into public art works today.

I’m not sure what to think of Lawrence Argent as an artist. I mean, he makes me wonder what kinds of works he would come up with without the financial backing and intelligent people who help him with his ideas. I know he is the creative director behind these works but I feel like to be an artist you must be more than just the director of the process of the art making. I also think that the countless numbers of other people who actually had a HAND or intelligent idea in making the works should each be credited, not just the company that Argent collaborated with.

Exhibition Paper- Natalie Prescott

Natalie Prescott

Exhibition Paper

Due: 4/30/12

More American Photographs at the MCA Denver

            I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver to see the More American Photographs exhibit. This exhibit brought back photos from the 1935-1944 FSA project to be exhibited alongside newly commissioned work that was inspired by the 20th Century project. The Farm Security Administration (FSA) was created as a part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal after the Great Depression to reveal to the world the “third of a nation”. This project was put in place to show what Roosevelt described as the “ill-housed, ill-clad, and ill-nourished” of America after the Great Depression. This was a political project that not only showed the “third of a nation” but also introduced the style of photography known as photographic realism. The FSA hired Roy Stryker to direct approximately forty photographers in their expeditions across the nation to photograph the people whose lives were hit the hardest by the Great Depression. He gave each photographer a “script” with specific things for each of them to photograph. Many of the images made in this historical project have become icons. Dorothea Lange photographed one of the iconic images from the series Migrant Mother during her time working for the FSA. The exhibit presents work from twelve of the approximately forty hired photographers for the FSA project. In the exhibit you will see work by Esther Bubley, Marjory Collins, Jack Delano, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Carl Mydans, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, and Marion Post Wolcott. Walker Evans stopped working for the FSA in 1937 and went on to make a book called American Photographs of 87 black and white images documenting American life. This book served as the inspiration for the design and concept of More American Photographs. In 2011, the CCA Wattis Institute gave a similar assignment to twelve commissioned photographers: to document the American landscape and people during the “Great Recession”. Each photographer was given one of Stryker’s original “scripts” and was taught about his methodology behind them. In turn, the images produced by these photographers are unique and contemporary.

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Readings for Tuesday?

The Ramirez Highly Critical Utopia reading is very hard to see. I’m not sure if it is just my devices but I’ve tried on both my computer and ipad and most of the text is unreadable.

Visiting Artist Lecture 1-Natalie Prescott

Natalie Prescott

Visiting Artist Lecture: Janine Antoni

3/6/12

 

I really enjoyed the visiting artist lecture by Janine Antoni. Antoni was born and raised in the Bahamas so she grew up being pretty secluded from life outside of Bahamian lifestyle. This made her adventures outside of her hometown a must in order to figure out who she is and what kind of artist she is. It wasn’t until she realized that she never had to leave the Bahamas to figure this out that she figured out who she was as an artist. Antoni is an artist who works within the relationship of her body and the object.  Janine Antoni is an amazing artist of the 21st Century, known for her contemporary art pieces and performances. Continue reading

Christo’s canopies over the Arkansas River controversy

In the news for the past several days they have been talking about the artist Christo putting up his canopies over part of the Arkansas River. The Federal Government has giving him the go ahead on his art project “over the river”. You can read more about this on the Denver Post’s website at http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_19285982
This goes directly with our class discussions on minimal art, land art, and installation art. These canopies once finished would probably considered a part of all three of these categories. It would fit into minimal art because the materials used have to be mass produced in a factory somewhere and not directly hand made by the artist. It also would have the features of repetitiveness, space relationship with its viewer, rectangular shape, and no self expression of the artist as to who he is. It would also make the category of land art because it is being installed directly onto the land itself and would be site-specific. Having a direct relationship to its natural/land surroundings. It would also be installation art because it has to be installed outside over the river. Because of its permanence I’m not sure if it would be more so considered land art due to the fact that the installation won’t be taken down.
Many people disagree with this even being “art” saying that it is basically littering and destroying its environment. There are people who would not oppose it if it did not have an affect on the environment.  The proponents of this piece say that it will have minimum affects on the environment and wildlife but the opponents are calling the canopies “rags” while emphasizing the environmental harm of it.
I am a fine arts major and would love to see this piece put up in all it’s glory and beauty. I think it would be a beautiful piece like nothing ever made before. But I am also for preserving our environment and nature. I would have to see the facts on its impacts to th environment and wildlife before I could say I was pro or con for sure. I know as an artist I want to see it and would love to have it made in a public place where it could never be taken down, charged to see, or closed off to the public. But as someone who wants the environment and nature to be preserved for my children and grandchildren to be able to see like I have always seen it. I’m very torn because my focus is photography and my passion is shooting wildlife and if this piece disturbed my work and the subjects of my work then I would be heartbroken about it. But as an artist I want to see it! Ugh…

Clyfford Still Museum Response- Natalie Prescott

Natalie Prescott

Due: January 31, 2012

Clyfford Still Museum

            The Clyfford Still Museum located in the heart of Denver’s Cultural Art District is an impressive display of Still’s work from his entire estate, including his complete archives. He wanted his estate to be given to one city where it would be housed in a building designed specifically for his work only, without the distraction of any other artist’s work. The museum was started in December 2009 and finished almost two years later in November 2011. It displays a wide range of Still’s work starting with his first pieces to his last monumental sized Abstract-Expressionist pieces. The museum takes the viewer through each of the different time periods of Still’s life from his first drawings in his teens to his latest paintings in the 70s, all in which show how his artwork dramatically changed over time. Still became known as one of the leading Abstract Expressionist artist of all time. As I walked through the museum I realized how hard it would be to choose just three pieces of his to write about. I decided to pick a piece from each of his different types of works; a piece from his works on paper, one multi-media piece, and one piece from his monumental-sized Abstract Expressionist collection. Continue reading

Intellectual Post- Natalie Prescott

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

 I am majoring in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Photography and Art History. I’m also minoring in Business. I transferred here from a state college in Florida. I enjoy shooting nature and wildlife and hope to be printed in National Geographic one day. My photography has been published in two photography books. Right now I do free lance work and am planning to open my own photography business after I’m done with school.

Natalie Prescott- “What is Contemporary Art” by Terry Smith

Terry Smith answers the question “What is Contemporary Art?”  He goes in  multiple directions explaining what Contemporary Art is.  Smith explains “Contemporary Art is the institutionalized network through which the art of today presents itself to itself and to its interested audiences all over the world. It is an intense, expansionist, proliferating global subculture, with it’s own values and discourse; communicative networks; heroes, heroines, and renegades; professional organizations; defining events;  meetings and monuments; markets and museums— in sum, distinctive structures of stasis and change.” . It is a culture that matters and to itself a subculture. Continue reading