Korean Artist’s Exhibition Paper, Ryan Shand.

CA paper

El Anatsui, Ryan Shand, Extra Credit Post

Today in class our quiz question was based on the artist El Anatsui, so I thought it would be good to further research his life and career. For most of his career is lived in Nigeria, although he was originally born in Anyako (a town in Ghana), where he worked as a professor and worked mainly with the medium of clay and wood. Through these materials he created different sculptural objects that helped transform his passion in instillation art. In Nigeria he worked with many natural, earthy materials (such as cloths) that he would weave together into large, fallen, organic forms. He is originally known for being a “Ghana Sculpture”, which means that he creates sculptures in a country that is located in West Africa. Now that he is a widely known artist, he travels the US places his work in front of a western audience. He has taken part in two main exhibitions: Magiciens de la Terre, 1989 and Documenta 11, 2002, which we have both discussed in class lecture and learned in our readings.

Extra Credit- Cindy Sherman, Ryan Shand

Cindy Sherman is an artist who has continually pushed the boundaries in the art world by questioning how far she can really go with the artwork she produces. She is a photographer who is best known for the portraits of women and men, which continually push to doubt and question women in society, and in the world. In her work, she becomes the artist, the actor, a different character, as well as portraying every woman in the world in each photograph while remaining as different and unique as she can to herself. She is known for working in serious of costumes, she photographs herself where she takes on a role in her studio and proceeds to play it as best she can. She is an extremely intelligent individual in the art world for literally pushing the boundaries of what she can do, making the audience believing she is a little bit insane, while honestly portraying each individual (as well as herself) to the best of her ability through color, costume, design and intensity. He work is based on viewing the stereotyping of women that is present through mass media (TV, movies, magazines etc) and the importance of erasing all judgment that is portrayed upon them. Through her work and her very unique style is how she has become so widely recognized and studied by the public eye, she has stayed true to her own style and continues to grow and question society’s role on women in this day in age.

Extra Credit, Jeff Koons- Ryan Shand

Jeff Koons work as an artist has been questioned throughout his artistic experience by artist, students, art historians and the world that has had the pleasure (or maybe not) of viewing his work. The questioning of his artwork has been raised several times and the concern that maybe his appropriation, his reproductions and instillations are maybe too costly and do they really portray a piece of artwork that so many of us look for. Koons is an American Artist who is greatly known for his imitations of “banal art”- which mostly include large, sculpture, instillations such as his balloon animals that we so commonly see. It is impressive to observe the different responses that we often get out of his work, some individuals think of his work of very important historical influences that we must notice, and take note of, while others simply don’t know quite how to view it.
I personally know is works of art from viewing them for the first time at the Guggenheim in Spain. His extremely large puppy dog that stands on its own outside of the building, dressed in all kinds of flowers finds a way to draw you in, want to observe it and figure out why it is really there. His works sometimes have a way to feel like they are misplaced, like they simply don’t belong because of their massive structures, colors and the kind of objects that they are. Personally, he is an artist that is hard to completely admire because of the immense prices his pieces go for, they are interesting and visually pleasing to view, but in my opinion they aren’t worth the amount of money that they are going for. The amount of money the public spends to view pieces such as balloons make out of steal, a puppy dog or any other kind of object along those lines. On the other hand, I appreciate him and his work for questioning the audience so vividly and brining all of this uproar into the art world.

Ryan Shand Artist Lecture 2 – Sasamoto

Visiting Artist Lecture 2

Extra Credit thoughts on Postmodernism Art Theory -Ryan Shand

Postmodernism and modernism theories: from readings:
This is a discussion about how the reader has actually influenced what art is and what art wants to do to a very high degree. It is a big shift from conceptual values to more conceptual values and has been extremely influential for the academia arena of art and students. We want to admire the artist for doing something that no one else could, so this changed the value of originality. When we discussed the reading “Postmodernism Art Theory”, we talked about; October gang of art historians and how he thought of it almost like taking art away from being something that everyone can enjoy and making it just a political and academic thing. He is not sympathetic and not outspoken with this art movement: he is writing on the next generation of art history and art theory. The author quotes, “Academics as readers elevate their own importance over artist as authors”, readers of art works are at least as important as the artists who create the work. But what is the importance is not the artist’s intention, but the actual work that comes out of it. If an artist gives a title to a piece of art work then the criticism of that piece of work you need to be somewhat “suspicious of” because it is their role of the piece. Then we discussed if we still lived in a post modernism time, and came to the conclusion that it is a somewhat transition period between this and whatever it next because nothing has been defined and there has never been a clear transformation. It isn’t really it’s own time period like modernism. Post modernism, the reading says there is no post modernism without modernism- but is it only something that is responding to modernism or does it exist and stand on it’s own? This is when throughout all of these movements artists thought out “what is the essence of art” – the two dimensionality of the canvas and the 3 dimensional of art objects and where abstract painting emerges. This is what we call the theory of “modernism” – it is like a construction for a kind of art, but is never like an exact kind of art piece. Throughout all of these discussions and realizations of what art really is, and the type of art; it is clear that their is never an extreme specific and it will always be changing, and that includes the role of the artist, the reader and the art historian.

Maya Lin- Extra Credit (Ryan Shand)

After having a few classes talking about Land Art, viewing different artists and exploring the work of several individuals; it reminded me of an artist of the name of Maya Lin who I learned about in the past. Maya Lin is known for her work that she did in Washington DC for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that I have previously studied in my last class in Art History. Lin is a Chinese American who studied at Yale University and discovered her love and passion for art. Although she is most known for her piece she created in Washington, she has also made several other pieces of land art, such as; Sculpture 2*4 that is located in the San Francisco Museum of art. /Users/ryan/Desktop/Maya_Lin_sculpture.jpg

I thought it would be appropriate to write an extra credit response on her since we have spent a lot of time this semester so far discussing Land Art, she is a very significant Land Artist in the art community and has definitely been a subject of interest in several classes in the past.

Ryan Shand Artist Lecture Paper

Artist Lecture

Mark Rothko Extra Credit- Ryan Shand

Red, Orage, Tan and Purple 1949, is another amazing painting done by Mark Rothko that I had the chance to study after our discussion in class today. We had the chance to discuss the vast and vivid colors that are created across the canvas in Rothko’s work, and the expression of energy that is shown in every painting. It is clear that in Rothko’s work there is an immense about of tense that is present, even more so then in Newman’s work. Most of his canvas’s are show vertically, which is much different then most other artists and it expresses a much more upright, confronting point of view to the audience. Rothko describes his work as, “actors on stage, performing drama as well as the notion of tragedy and the transcendental”, it is clear that their is an extreme amount of drama that is being create, and it becomes more interesting as we view his paintings as actors, as colors dancing across the canvas. In this specific painting that I viewed, the colors of red, orange, tan and purple create a vivid yet serene kind of landscape. The colors mold together and form this drama that he talks about and you can view each different color as a different actor making each part of the painting that much more interesting. In these works he creates a very real, alive piece of work that allows the viewer, the audience to enjoy and appreciate his work that much more.

Clyfford Stills Ryan Shand

Clyffor stills final paper

Clyfford Stills Paper

Ryan Shand

1)    I’m a studio art major, currently focusing on photography as my main interest. I’m taking art history courses to fulfill requirements as well as learn more about the history of art to gain the necessary knowledge of all art I’m learning about, as well as creating.

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Extra Credit

In our reading for Smith as well as in class we discussed contemporary art vs. modern art. Smith described modern art as a historic period that is over and ended, as well as postmodernism that we view as a transitional period between contemporary and modern art. He claims there will never be another period like modern art; there is no style that dominates like it did in its era. It’s hard to believe that we will never have a time that compares to it; in class we also discussed how popular it is becoming to visit museums, it is much more widely accepted then it was in the past and because of that, “there are more people now a days visiting museums then going to football games”. Now, when you first hear that statement it seems almost unreal, but the more it lingers the more it makes sense, but that just makes it much harder to believe that there will be know other era like the modern art era. I believe their will be, as widely studied and viewed contemporary art is, there will be many other forms of art that will come into new eras and new popularity that will be studied, and I believe that is extremely important to our culture and the culture of visual arts.

assignment 1

The big question, “what is contemporary art?” is asking, and answering a lot of curious ideas and hopes about this current art form in the world. Artists are finding a new form to change and shift the way people view visual arts today, while making a kind of indent in history to promise it won’t go away. Not only are individuals single handedly making these changes, whole galleries and museums are starting to follow their lead in holding some of the great contemporary art in the world. According to Smith, it is becoming an important “agenda” and we watch it become true as the whole world follows in the changes that are forming through new forms of visual art. Smith discussed “postmodern” art and the dance that has occurred between both modern art and contemporary art forming new kinds of art, such as; instillations, large scale photography, video and digital projection. Although very different, this kind of art work has taken on a very important role in telling stories about our world, whether it be past, present or future. This art if taking on the roll of representing different economical interests, political and world issues in the form of art; allowing it to be easier to express, and for a lot of individuals to view.

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