janine Antoni

Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni is a highly successful artist who works with sculpture. Her work deals with the concept of the human form and her personal interaction and experience with a work. In one of the key works she discussed she submerged herself in a tub of lard  and made an impression of herself, the excess she utilized by making busts of herself out of a soap made from the lard. She then proceeded to wash herself with the bust. Continue reading

Arlene Schechet

Arlene Shechet

Arlene Shechet is an intriguing artist who works primarily in ceramics with emphasis on the concept of multiples. Her work is highly charged as it deals with the usage of space and the importance of form. She originally began as a purely ceramics however as her work has progressed she has began to work more with a variety of materials including both glass and metal. Her work is beautiful as Buddhism heavily influences her early work. Examples of her early work include “Mind Field Series: Turning wheel.” This is a highly charging work in which her heavy influence from Buddhism bleeds through as the wheel is highly similar to that of a Buddhist Mandela. The Mandela is a traditional symbol of meditation meant to replicate that of a stoopa. This work was constructed during the phase in which she made her own paper. The innocence and innate beauty of the simple circle and its importance is furthered as she slowly moved from traditional papermaking into the world of papier-mâché. With papier-mâché she generated a variety of forms, which mimic the position of a meditating Buddha. The simplicity and innate beauty of the forms generated generates a highly effective piece in which the onlooker looks upon a forest of forms constructed to mimic the prophet, covered with the Mandelas and images of stoopas. The work is beautiful as it generates a sensation of tranquility and calm within the work meant to elicit a sensation of clarity and calm in the onlooker.

From this solid basis and understanding of form Shechet’s work slowly evolved past papier-mâché and into glasswork. She worked to generate several strong forms, which captured the freedom and essence of the common man’s spirit. Her glasswork was criticized by herself as being too innately beautiful to deal with the concepts that she hoped to achieve through her work. This was remedied with a transition of material back into ceramics. She now currently generates highly obscure and abstract forms, which are highly charged and beautiful in their conception and execution. The unique touch that she adds to her work is that the pedestals are made from the bricks that kilns are made from. Each painted a unique and festive color the pedestals add to the overall feel of the work and help to convey a sensation of life within her work.

Overall Shechet’s work is innately interesting as it deals with the simplicity of the form and the interaction between the onlooker and the concept of space. Her lecture was truly insightful as it allowed for a better understanding of her as an artist as well as the importance of her work in terms of technique and execution. Truly she is an excellent artist and her work is both simplistic and creative in nature.

More American Photography

More America Photography

The exhibition “More American” photographs is an innately intriguing exhibition as it highlights the unique relationship between the current economic state of America and the Great depression. The exhibit highlights some of the greatest American photographers of the 1930’s and 40’s such as the iconic Dorothea Lange, and Russell Lee. Continue reading

Still Yet Moving

Clyfford Still has come to be known as one of the titans of the art world. His work spans near the entirety of the 20th century. Just like America, Still’s work changed drastically throughout the century. Still’s personal challenges and struggles can be observed in his overall body of work. In addition the political and emotional strife of the American people during this century resonates strongly in his work. Still’s personal metamorphosis during this time not only mirrors that of the United States but also foils it in a sense. Highlighting the rejection of European ideals and the manifestation of the United States as a super power; as the nation militarily and artistically replaced Europe as the center of the world. Continue reading

Nicanors Profile

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

I am currently a triple major at CU, my primary major is in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, my secondary is Studio Art, and my tertiary is currently Spanish but i am considering switching to education. Continue reading

Smith

In “What is Contemporary Art” Smith works to define the distinction of “contemporary” and further analyze the relationship between work considered contemporary art and the globalization effect that art has gained within modern society. Smith does this by initially defining contemporary art empirically in terms of chronology.  From this smith then explores the concept that perhaps contemporary art occupies the niche of art removed from time. Raising the question at which point contemporary works cease to be contemporary works and become history? This is a unique view as this highlights an ambiguity within the taxonomy of art; in which the ability for work to thoroughly and historically be evaluated is diminished. As not enough time has passed to objectively look at social and political events which parallel a work. From a historical standpoint this ambiguity furthers the question to what extent is contemporary art timeless or removed from time?

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