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Visiting Artist Review: Janine Antoni

Alicia Baca

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Artist Review: Janine Antoni 

Freeport, Bahamas native Janine Antoni gave her lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder on March 6th 2012. To be quite honest, I had indeed studied her work back when I was still a Studio Arts major, but her name had escaped my memory and it was was not until she presented her artworks that I finally remembered who she was. However, she came off so much more soft spoken and humble than I had imagined her to be in comparison to the strong messages that her works of art communicated.

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Visiting Artist Reflection: Janine Antoni

Andrew Davis

Visiting Artist Reflection

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Janine Antoni primarily uses her body as a sculpting tool. Janine Antoni opened her lecture by showing and discussing a work titled Ween. This installation was an early work in her career and explored objects that seemingly defined humanness through culture. It was a series of horizontally adjacent relief molds into the wall. From left to right the dialogue began with a mold of her breast, then her nipple, three separated baby-bottle packaged nipple reliefs (maintaining a horizontal presentation) and a last relief of the bottle nipple consumer packaging. This sculpture questions the transition concerning consumer products replacing natural processes. I was particularly interested in the conceptual presentation of this idea. The artist as a mother, experiences first hand, the convenience of the industrial world and products that both mimic and relieve humans from maintaining traditional evolutionary necessity (such as breast feeding). The point at which these inanimate objects serve animate purpose is interesting. The composition as a whole maintains a balanced presentation.  Janine Antoni’s breast is the largest relief. The packaging relief is a little smaller, but visually challenges and relates to the size of the artist’s actual breast. The three bottle nipples reflect a very similar size and shape to the artist’s nipple. However, more attention is drawn to the deeper values of shadow within the multiple industrialized nipples. The simplicity adds to the complexity and I was particularly drawn to the meaning behind this work.

Lick and Lather, produced in 1993 was another playful piece done by Janine Antoni. This project involved a series of self-portrait busts, cast out of chocolate and soap. Janine Antoni proceeded to bathe with the soap busts, and lick away the chocolate busts, physically altering the appearance of the casts. This installation and process speaks to how everyday activities such as bathing and eating shape our lives. Simple concept and technical execution attribute to the beauty of Janine Antoni’s art. Her work explores the transformative nature of the art process, physically and mentally involving her body in the development. Her choice of media was specific for this project, providing opportunity for change and conceptual depth.

My favorite piece of hers was Tear. Tear is presented as a battered wrecking ball accompanied by live video and sound. The video consists of a blown up, close up recording of the artist’s eye. The process involved a soft lead wrecking ball destroying a building. The sounds of impact were recorded and synched to match the video of the artist’s blinking eye. It is a conceptually layered installation. The wrecking ball speaks to an oxymoronic quality of being destructive yet vulnerable to the damage. The word tear is a play on meaning and pronunciation. On one side tears from eyes serve as a defense mechanism and reaction to emotional stimulation (Tears are used to protect the eye as well as express emotion). The wrecking ball symbolizes a destructive object but yet bears the scars of its destruction. The viewer serves as a subject in the piece too. By understanding the influences of destruction in relation to a human response, viewers can relate to and understand the meaning of tearing (as an act of deconstruction) and tearing (crying) and the many correlations between the two acts. I found her lecture very inspiring. Her use of paralleled ideas and media to support concept, represented a full cycle of thought that was both intriguing and relatable.

 

 

 

Artistic Lecture #1- Paige Lowe

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The lecture was held in the Denver Art Museum. The lecture room was black with bright red seats. On the walls were sharp angled lines criss-crossing randomly, mimicking the steep angles of the building seen when walking into the building. The main wall was colored in the same bright red color as the seats. The room has off an intense feeling that I assume is suppose to go along with the design of the building. However, the overall effect of the room gave me a headache. I did not like the bright red contrasting if the stark black walls.

The lecture lasted over an hour with a few questions from the audience.  – Richard Tuttle did not follow a pre planned lecture. He seemed to talk freely from his thoughts, which was confusing to understand his artwork. He had difficultly answering audience questions. He had trouble communicating the meaning behind his works to the audience. He constantly was saying that he placed objects to question reality. Then he would go on a small tangents about his life, such as about his daughter, his trip to Denver, and his mental process. he used numerous materials to complete his works. From home made rice paper to saran wrap.

He mentioned that he should not of included one of his works of art, System 3, Measurement. Although he was encouraged to remove the piece by the curators he refused to because he was very attached to the work. System 3, Measurement does stand out from the others pieces of work and it is missing the differencing levels the other works contain. However, I really enjoyed this piece of work, the feathers are beautiful and t he bird feels to new flying. This piece shows a different subconscious of the mind. I think the bird may reflect dreaming. The show would have been missing a different aspect of his work without it.

Overall, the meaning of his work is to show the different levels of perceived reality. His work has a psychological component. He does not set the base of the works on the ground because he wants to show the foundation of the mind and reality. In his work, he shows the levels of reality the best. The dripping mass into the floor and the stairs going above the base level all show that reality is subjective onto the person, that reality can go above and below what we perceive as reality in our minds.

The show was set apart from the other works by an open walk through making the price the main focus of the show. The work contains paper mâché balls that are wrapped in plastic saran wrap. Overall, I really enjoyed experiencing an artist lecture and seeing how his work is created.

Janine Antoni

Kara Gordon

4/29/2012

Review of Janine Antoni’s Lecture

The art building lecture hall was filled with students and community members to hear Janine Antoni speak in early March. Having studied Antoni in many of my art history and studio art courses during my college career, I was very intrigued to hear her speak in person. I have to say that she did not disappoint; her willingness to engage with students and explain her art work added to my appreciation of contemporary art.  Continue reading

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Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni is an artist from the Bahamas. She was born there in 1964. She moved to America and received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and later received her MFA from the Rhode Island school of Design in 1989. Continue reading

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Visiting Artist Lecture – Aki Sasamoto. Dasha Silva

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Visiting Artist Lecture Denver – Aki Sasamoto

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Aki Sasamoto is a very interesting woman with the ability to give an equally interesting artist lecture. Continue reading