Lecture Review 2: Lawrence Argent- Nell Pollak

Logan Lecture Series: Lawrence Argent Review

Nell Pollak

Lawrence Argent was born in England and later trained in sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia where he developed his love for sculptural and public art. Argent is interested in how we as people perceive things and likes to incorporate those ideas in his works. He also has great interest in materiality and likes to encompass materials that are engaging but also questionable to the viewers. He likes to make contradictions in his works, which sets him apart from many other artists. Continue reading

Visiting Artist Lecture Review 1- Nao Bustamante by Nell Pollak

An Evening with Nao Bustamante

“Melted, Plotting out a Cross-Genre Narrative”

Nao Bustamante, a performance, video installation, visual, film, and writing artist, visited the University of Colorado at Boulder on the third of April as part of CU’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Her presentation was far from the norm of Visiting Artist Lectures I have seen in the past. In fact, her presentation was definitely the most unique from the ones I have been to. As a performance artist, she chose to present herself and her artwork in a performance-like manner. Continue reading

Exhibition Paper:Ed Ruscha- Nell Pollak

Exhibition Paper:   On the Road by Ed Ruscha

Nell Pollak

“The marriage of image and word in the contemporary urban environment is only one aspect of a subject which goes back to ancient history and forward to mobile phones.” (Tipping, Richard) Several contemporary artists, artists that produce art presently in time that coexist with us, use text as a means of communication in their art.  Ed Ruscha is an example of one of the many artists that have used this approach. In his exhibition On the Road that was recently displayed at the Denver Art Museum, Ruscha wove together visual images and verbal symbols to produce a masterful body of work. Continue reading

Nell Pollak Clyfford Still Paper

The art world transformed tremendously post World War II. A new style of painting developed called abstract expressionism. The group of artists that followed this new style crafted non-objective, abstract pieces. Among one of the most renowned abstract expressionist artists of the time was Clyfford Still. Continue reading

Nell Pollak Intellectual Profile

  1. I am currently a junior with a studio art major with an emphasis in photography. I developed my interest in photography very early on and continue my exploration of the medium and the elements it has to offer. As an ardent traveler, my main focal point in my artwork relates to people and their culture. Some of my best works in the field were just recently displayed at a photography exhibit in Florence, Italy; where I spent my last semester studying abroad. Along with photography, I am very interested in the history of world art. I hope to integrate and progress my previous knowledge of art history from past studies and from my experience abroad in this class. Continue reading

Smith Paragraph

Defining Contemporary Art is not easy. Art historian, Terry Smith, provides very interesting definitions for the global shift from modern to contemporary art in his article, “What is Contemporary Art?” Not only does he provide his own definitions for Contemporary Art, but he also provides explanations from other historians. He conveys the significance of Contemporary Art with an historical perspective. He identifies Contemporary art as constantly changing and developing in art.

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