Artist Lecture 2 – Lawrence Argent – Lane Mitchell

Lane Mitchell

ARTH 3539

Artist Lecture 2

Born in England and raised in Australia, Lawrence Argent brought his massive public art to America and more specifically Colorado, often making us, the viewer, consider the location in which the art is placed. “Through my placing them, they take on a new meaning”, he says. Continue reading

Artist Lecture – Aki Sasamoto – Lane Mitchell

Lane Mitchell

ARTH 3539

Review of Artist Lecture

Aki Sasamoto makes me question exactly what the meaning of the word art is. Upon entering the lecture hall, I was prepared for yet another artist lecture; see some slides and hear the artist talk about their work, but as she walked up to the podium at the front of the lecture hall, Aki Sasamoto began to introduce herself. Instead of the normal, “Hi, my name is blah blah blah….”, she began to type on her computer, the screen largely projected in front of us. This was the beginning of the unconventional behavior. Continue reading

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Visiting Scholar Review: Amelia Jones

Alicia Baca

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Kira Van Lil

Scholar Review: Amelia Jones

The visiting scholars lecture on April 17th 2012 was presented by Amelia Jones. Currently a professor and chair of Visual Culture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. While she has written many essays and quite a few books, two within the past month, she presented her lecture on one of her papers entitled “Queer Feminist Durationality: The Trace of the Subject in Contemporary Art”. In this she explored her theory of identity in the fine arts and set her main focus on how identity, especially sexual and gender identity, affect the meaning that goes into an artists works.

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Logan Lecture Review: Lawrence Argent

Andrew Davis

ARTH 3539

Logan Lecture Review

Lawrence Argent is known for his engaging public sculptures and installations worldwide. He produces site-specific work that reflects upon, integrates, and compliments various aspects of the space. Working with big budgets and teams of architects, engineers, and other specialized professionals, Lawrence Argent explores associated subjectivity in relation to one’s ability to perceive passion and symbiotic relationships within cultural symbolism. Lawrence Argent engages his space; retaining conscious focus on formal criteria including understanding the history of a space, ensuring the object reflects cultural value, while allowing one’s imagination to serve as ideological glue. Your Move, completed in 2011, involves three colossal abstracted gourds, two sculpted from granite and one cast in bronze. Commissioned by the University of Houston, the installation resides in the International Graduate Student Housing Complex. Each of the three gourds represents common facets of the academic system. “Of all the known plant types, the gourd is one of the few that experts believe spanned the entire globe on prehistoric times. It was used by virtually every culture.”[1] By choosing a plant that has worldwide cultural associations, Lawrence Argent comments on the international importance of education within different cultures. The polished red granite gourd represents the various “steps” involved in the educational process. The second stone-carved gourd represents the “weave” of knowledge that is researched, theorized, taught, and perceived within the educational system. The final and largest gourd represents the “patches” associated with the assimilation of information and processes. Lawrence Argent chose to name the piece Your Move to inspire scholars to consider their prospects and potential within their pursuits. The forms themselves resemble game tokens emphasizing one’s control in the game of life. This was my favorite piece because Lawrence Argent strived to compose simple ideas in a way that challenged state of the art technological processes and human capability.  This piece compliments its academic environment, abstractly providing a conversation for intellectual and physical ways of gaining knowledge. This piece reflects a relationship to the past, present, and future and was the strongest piece presented in Lawrence Argents lecture.

On a more critical note, I would like to address the pronunciation of the word: idea. It drives me crazy to hear world-renowned artists pronounce the word idea as i-dee-er. Artists primarily work with ideas. An idea fuels a process and a product that influences other ideas. It is clear that Lawrence Argent is not the primary executer of his ideas. Working with big budgets he is allowed the opportunity to work with other professionals to help plan and execute his ideas. The word idea has vast and general connotations; However, I feel the proper pronunciation would only have supported his role as the artist and legitimatized his primary work with ideas.

Works Cited

Argent, Lawrence. Lawrence Argent: Your Move. Retrieved 20 April 2012 from Lawrence Argent:

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Kara Gordon

Lawrence Argent Logan Lecture Review

I have always loved Lawrence Argent’s work at the Denver Performing Arts Center, I See What You Mean. I find it fascinating because of how well it fits into the environment surrounding it. However, it was not until I went to the DAM Logan Lecture with Lawrence Argent that I realized how much he invests in creating perfect site specific pieces. Continue reading

Visiting Artist Lecture: Janine Antoni. By: Nicole Avant

For my visiting artist I chose to do Janine Antoni.  I firstly want to say that I was amazed at how many people came out to see her.  The entire 1B20 was packed to a level that I have never seen before I think that this was a huge reassurance to her that people do enjoy her work and want to see it.  Continue reading

Nao Bustamante-Lecture Review

Known for her outrageous, hilarious, and often sexual performances, Nao Bustamante has been hiking her way through Body Art and Performance art for more than a decade.  Continue reading

Logan Lecture Series: Lawrence Argent

            Lawrence Argent participated as a guest lecturer for the Logan Lecture Series held at the Denver Art Museum. In his lecture, he decided to focus on the values of Public art in the sense of culture, emotion, feeling and the mastery of technique and material. Continue reading

Visiting Artist – Arlene Shechet. Dasha Silva

Dasha Silva

ARTH 3539

Visiting Artist Lecture Boulder – Arlene Shechet

From 2/7/12

This very personal visiting artist lecture by Arlene Shechet not only conveyed her feelings about her work and her personal experiences very well, but also evoked feelings in me. Continue reading