Exhibition Paper- Ed Ruscha

Emily Potter

April 24, 2012


Exhibit Paper

Ed Ruscha

At the Denver Art Museum Ed Ruscha’s paintings fill a small area, but expresses much emotion.  His collection On the Road is strongly influenced by Jack Kerouac’s book.  Curators chose to show these pieces in Denver because of its history and atmosphere that fully captured the lines in Kerouac’s novel.  Ruscha’s paintings of mountainous skylines look simple, which is what makes their complexity so interesting. Continue reading

Visiting Artist #2

Emily Potter

April 30, 2012


Artist Lecture #2

Lawrence Argent

Lawrence Argent is an installation artist who is interested in visual perception and recognition of an object.  He presented his lecture at the Denver Art Museum in the Hamilton Hall.  He is extremely fascinated when the idea of exploration with how one interacts with his installations and the process of how the audience relates to it.  However, though I chose to attend this lecture, I had a very hard time appreciating his work. Continue reading

Visiting Artist #1

Emily Potter

April 30, 2012


Artist Lecture #1

 Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni is a contemporary artist who mainly focuses on the idea of process.  She uses her body, hair, eyelashes, and even mouth as tools to perform these everyday acts to create her work.  Many of her works express not only process, but materiality, the body, her art historical background, and cultural perceptions of women.  Her well known works Gnaw and Love and Care are perfect examples of using her body, or parts of it and the cultural perceptions of women.   Continue reading

Middle East Lecture 4-17

The lecture today about Middle East art was interesting, but what really caught my attention was Turbulent by Shirin Neshat.  It is a nine minute video in black and white.  On one side a middle eastern man sings on stage with an audience behind him.  While he walks on stage, the other side of the video (on opposite walls for the original installation) is a woman walking on stage, back turned from the camera, facing empty chairs of the auditorium.  The man begins to sing facing the camera.  Music accompanies the man and the camera stays still.  Once the man is finished singing, the audience claps and the woman begins.  No music accompanies the woman.  Instead, she goes by her own melody and rhythm; her own vibrato and crescendo.

I was overwhelmed by the woman’s performance.  Once she began, I completely forgot about the man’s.  Her voice was so powerful and emotional, but adding more to it was her facial expression.  I feel that the simple lighting even drew my eyes more onto her face and pay more attention to her passion.  I was blown away.

Hearing the woman create her own masterpiece clearly gave out the impression that women from the Middle East do not need to be sympathized. They have the capability to use their own voice and express themselves, maybe, even more than men.

This was a piece that really grabbed my attention for the first time in a long time.  Being an art student makes it easy to zone out during art lectures because the majority of the time we have already learned about the piece we are looking at.  Shirin Neshat’s piece really woke me up and made something spark inside my head.  I really, really thought it was something else. Amazing.



Clyfford Still Paper

Emily Potter

January 31, 2012

ARTH 3539

Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still

            Clyfford Still was named to be one of the top Abstract Expressionist artists of the twentieth century.  His paintings began obvious in meaning and apparent in inspiration with shapes and figures the audiences’ eyes were familiar with.  Gradually becoming more familiar with his own style Still began to slowly transform the shapes and figures into something more “somber and complex” in approach.  Human figures began to transform into creature like shapes and becoming ominous in quality. In the 1940s, Stills art continued to advance in inventive and highly original ways transforming into the paintings we now know as Clifford Still’s.  The museum provided an overview of the artist’s imagery and his dramatic stylistic progressions during his fifty year career.  Continue reading

Intellectual profile Emily Potter

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

I am a Super Senior and Studio Art major with an emphasis in Digital Art.  I did have a main focus in photography, but I took classes at CU and they were not what I was expecting at all.  The instructor was terrible and extremely unsupportive, which was very discouraging as a new art student.  After having a horrible experience with photography, I went and played with Digital Art with Matt Weedman and fell in love with it.  He encouraged me and told me I had an eye for it and to stick with it.  Greatest man, ever.  Ever since, I have gotten back in touch with photography, but have expanded it with my digital focus. Continue reading

Smith Paragraph

Contemporary Art has several different meanings and interpretations.  It takes place in areas such as fashion and design, politics, and education, while having a constant expansion in the art world.  It has been a continual question on what “Contemporary Art” would transform into.  Some questioned if it would ever become “periodlessness”.  It has transformed into a permanent “unfolding of the visual arts”.

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