Lawrence Argent Review-H. Nelson

Heather Nelson

Professor Van Lil

ARTH 3539-001

30 April 2012

Lawrence Argent Lecture Review

            The lecture review that I attended was the Lawrence Argent review on April 18th at the Denver Art Museum. The reason that I wanted to attend this lecture was because I thought it would be interesting to hear the artist speak about his work that I see all over the community of Denver and the surrounding area. I wanted to see the man behind the big blue bear. Lawrence argent, which works with huge structures and public spaces, bases his art on the way that he wants members of society to engage with the space. He hopes that all of his work reflects the history, culture, and values of a space or city and that that such meaning is able to resonate in many ways for different people. Therefore, his work combines the senses of imagination with identification. Continue reading

Amelia Jones Lecture Review-Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson

Professor Van Lil

Art History 3539

19 April 2012

Amelia Jones Artist Lecture

            The artist lecture that I attended was by scholar Amelia Jones on “Queer Feminist Durationality: The Trace of the Subject in Contemporary Art,” on April 18, 2012. Amelia Jones is an art historian, art critic and curator, whose focus is in feminist art, body/performance art, video art and Dadaism. She studied art history at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. Just as well, she received her PhD from UCLA in 1991. Jones is known, through her work, to break down common assumptions and opinions of the art world and art history tradition and explain them through art. During her lecture, Amelia Jones read to us the final chapter of her new book, which has the title “Seeing Differently.” Continue reading

Viviane Le Courtois: Edible? Exhibition Paper

Heather Nelson

Professor Van Lil

ARTH 3539-001

30 April 2012

Viviane Le Courtois: Edible?

            The exhibition I observed is called “Edible” at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoca) by the artist Viviane Le Courtois. Le Courtois has been working with food for the last twenty-two years. Although she was born in France in 1969, she moved to the United States in 1994 and currently lives in Denver, Colorado. “She received her Diploma National Superieur d’Expression Plastique (MFA) in Sculpture/Installations from the International School of Art and Research in Nice, France in 1992 and an MA in Art History from the University of Denver in 2000” (Le Courtois, 2012). The exhibit focused on where food comes from, what happens to it along the way, and what its role is in our common and community lives. “Through sculptures, performance, videos, photographs, prints, and interactive installations, Le Courtois explores the processes of consumption, focusing on the repetitive aspects of food preparation, ceremonial food offerings, and the social implications of eating” (Le Courtois, 2012). Continue reading

Extra Credit-Cindy Sherman

I found the lecture on Cindy Sherman on Tuesday really interesting. It really made me think about stereotypes, how we see other people and ourselves, and most importantly how other people see us. I think it would be really interesting to know how strangers view me from a far on a day to day basis. I also think it would be unfortunate if we never had photographs. It is a very strange thought. With regard to her Bus Rider pieces, all of them from 1976-2000, I think they can be viewed as a collection of the times. I think that representing different types of people during different times really shows what was going on then. You can see cultural patterns and traditions through the fashion and the expressions. If someone did this today, about our school, what would the people look like? Boulder is very diverse and I think that if someone did this project about people riding the bus in Boulder you would get some interesting characters.

Extra Credit- Misc Sony Music Building Beverly Hills

A few weeks ago we talked about the design of the Sony Music building in New York City when were were talking about the shift from postmodern to modern art. I just thought I’d share some pictures of the Sony office that I work at in Beverly Hills, California which was designed by the brilliant Chinese American architect I.M. Pei. Also, inside the building is mural by Roy Lichtenstein in its 57-foot-high atrium. It is absolutely magnificant. I think that it is pretty incredible how this building represents a complete mix of different kinds of art. The building itself is art, as well as the paintings inside and the photographs of the musicians hanging on the walls. Along with all of this is the music that is made through this building. When I was working at the building I did not appreciate any of this. However, after being in this class and talking about everything we have so far I realized how beautiful the space is that I work in and that art is everywhere.

Nelson Walter de Maria post

Our lecture last thursday on Walter de Maria and land art was extremely interesting with regards to the dialogue between man and nature or the connection between the two. The piece that was most interesting to me was the Lightning Field, particularly after hearing that you (Professor) had stayed over night there in order to see the magic come to life. I though that it was extremely creative to put a crazy number of poles in a land space in order to see how light reacts with them. My only questioning thought was that the artist alone cannot necessarily take credit for what nature does, obviously, naturally. He put the poles there to emphasize the beauty of nature. Therefore, although he is a brilliant artists, I think that the more important thing is to realize natures natural beauty and that we need to take advantage of this beauty more often. It is more about experiencing our surroundings rather than looking at a material piece.


Nelson Clyfford Still Paper

Heather Nelson

Prof. Kira van Lil

Contemporary Art

31 January 2012

A New Experience of Art

            Clyfford Still often said, “If you look my paintings with unfettered eyes you may find forces within yourself that you didn’t know existed” (Still, 2011). Still is one of the most influential painters who not only transformed American art into Abstract Expressionist but also is an important figure in the history of all modern art. After experiencing the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, I understood the transitions of his art. Throughout his career, the major transitions that occurred through Still’s work included a transition from realistic American paintings, to slightly distorted realistic images, to extremely distorted with no ground or focal point, and finally to pure abstract expressionism. Regardless of what he was painting, his work was extremely influential and a privilege to be able to see in person. Continue reading

Heather Nelson – Pollock Thoughts

Learning about Jackson Pollock was extremely interesting. I found it really awesome how he would literally get into his paintings and how he said it was more about painting his emotions that a specific object or person. I also really like how large the paintings are and the all over effect. Although I like paintings with structure I think that the size really allows you to enter into the painting. I think that the size allows the audience to understand the piece more and figure out what Pollock is trying to express. I thought that the way that the characteristics of his work were described was really interesting, especially painting as performance, gesture as extension of body, and rhythm. As music is one of my interest, I think that the use of the word rhythm really brings the work to life and makes the act of painting more understandable.

Heather Nelson-Willem de Kooning Thoughts

Woman V (1952-53)

I found the Kooning paintings shown in class, which were compared to Lucian Freud’s more structured paintings, extremely unique. At first I found his pieces hard to look at because there is no structure and no ground. There is no proper outline or layout of space. Then, when I heard that Kooning said he was more interested in making a painting then painting a woman I was intrigued. It definitely makes you think about the emotion in the work and how it was made rather than what is being portrayed. The emotion is intense, almost as if there is pain or anger. Maybe Kooning was trying to depict how women are seen or a certain view of them. I also found it interesting that he later changed his style to more landscape images and focused more on color and the importance of color use.


Heather Nelson-Terry Smith Paragraph

What Is Contemporary Art?

This article goes over this question in detail and describes the different meanings of contemporary art and how although there is a structured definition it is also changing over time. Smith writes that contemporary art is a huge part of our culture and all societies as it has captured the eyes of people all over the world. It has a permanent place in our society and although it is constantly changing and developing, it remains significant to our world, intellectually and economically. Also, contemporary art is not just about physical art. It is a major industry that is connected to other major culture industries such as fashion, design, mass culture, travel, etc. It is an industry that helps these other industries remain economically stable. The importance and interest in contemporary art can be seen through the amount of art magazines, art institutions, art courses in school, and museums there are all over the world. Therefore the definition of contemporary art can also be seen as art in our everyday life; art that is changing as we change as a society.

Smith also notes that although art practice involves certain standards and structure, it does not always involve knowledge of art history. Around the 1980s contemporary art was seen as being focused on painting or a return to painting. However, recently it has been seen through large scale works, photography, video, and digital projections. All of these changes makes people see contemporary art as period-less and is in the moment rather than completely based on history or past ideals of art history. Smith also discusses how standards for contemporary art have changes and decreased in order to cater to what audiences want to see. Museums need to make sure that people are going to be interested in their exhibits so they need to focus on understanding what people like. This leads artists to get more creative with there work which leads contemporary art to be harder to interpret.

Although I am not an art major I have very excited about Contemporary Art. Last semester I took a course on the postmodern and found all of th art work fascinating and am excited to further my art knowledge. I expect to learn about how contemporary art has progressed and to see art pieces that have changed the way people think about it. I am also excited to go to the museums and get more involved in the culture of our city.

Heather Nelson’s Intellectual Profile

1. My name is Heather Nelson and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am a senior communications major and will be graduating this upcoming may. I plan on attending Law School soon after my graduation. My main interest is music and I have worked at Sony Music for the last three years as a music licensing intern. It would be a blessing to get a job in music supervision and to compile soundtracks for movies.

2.  One of my favorite exhibits that I saw was at the Tate Modern in London. I do no remember the artists name but it was a fascinating piece where an entire room, about the size of our classroom, was a broken mirror. It was not actually a mirror but it was ground that was covered in an oil. This made the illusion that it was a mirror as you could see your reflection, however, if you looked in one spot it was clear that it was a room covered in this oil. It was wonderfully crazy.

Another one was this past summer in Los Angeles. It was at the MOCA in downtown LA and was called “Art In The Streets.” It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. It was an entire warehouse shaped into different rooms, showing the work of famous graffiti artists, such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey. The color was amazing and each room so unique. Also, it wasn’t just pieces on the wall, there were cars and miscellaneous objects. There was one room that had all black lights and was filled with neon objects. I recommend that every body watch the movie Exit Through The Gift-shop about Banksy and his work.

3. The books that I read most often are the Chelsea Handler books that she writes about her own life. One is called “Are you there vodka, its me chelsea.” Although they are not intellectually challenging, they are hilarious books that are easy to read. They are almost relaxing after a long day at school and homework. That particular book contains stories about her childhood and sneaking out in the middle of the night. She talks about her family and all of her funny childhood experiences. The stories are very relatable and remind me of my high school and college memories. If anyone is looking for an easy and comical read I recommend her books or her show on E!

4. Besides art my main interest is music and going to concerts. Its unfortunate that the music industry is not as stable as it once was and people think im crazy to want to work in the industry but it is the only thing i love. I would love to compile soundtracks for movies and oversee music placement in TV shows, commercials, etc. My other interests are outdoor activities. I particularly love the ocean and the beach and although I am sad to leave Boulder am excited to get back to the west coast. I love to scuba dive and boogie board and would love to learn how to surf. I also play the drums.

5. The blogs I check the most are Perez Hilton and Deadline Hollywood.

6. A cultural event that really interested me lately was a Snoop Dogg and STS9 concert at red rocks. This was my first time going to red rocks and I was amazed. It is one of the most magnificent landscapes I have ever seen. The formation of the rocks is beautiful and the way that the sound just echoes perfectly outward is great. You could see wonderful views from the top. I know its seasonal but I wish I had utilized this venue more and definitely recommend anyone that has not been to red rocks yet to go (although I know most probably have). I will definitely go back as soon as possible and would like to go whenever I visit Boulder after graduation.

7. An interesting article I read lately was something that my dad sent me that he had read online. It was interesting but frightening. The article said to beware of miscellaneous water bottles on the ground. Kids and young adults (although it could be all ages) are putting water, aluminum foil and drano in a water bottle shaking it up and leaving it on the ground for someone to pick up. When a person does so it explodes like a bomb. There has been many reports of people losing fingers or whole hands. I found the article very frightening and I am not sure why anyone would do such a thing or think its funny to hurt people. It is extremely dangerous and now makes me second guess picking up water bottles that I think are trash.

8. This quote keeps me motivated to work harder and do more. “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Gandhi

9. I have never been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder?