March 2010 Archives
The piece I chose from this exhibition was Urgently! by Aristarkh Chernyshev. I just thought this looked like such a unique and interesting piece and it stood out to me over the others, mostly because I could actually tell what the object was in the piece. It is a trash bin that has several RSS news feeds coming out of them. This piece metaphorically represents how our society is constantly taking in news information every second and than immediately throws that information out for the next piece of news to be updated. It depicts how we've become so dependent on getting the news from different media sources and how we are always expecting the breaking news to at the touch of a button. I think this piece is extremely relevant to today society and has a very good meaning.
The clip I choose to analyze was the escape scene from the film The Shawshank Redemption. I've always thought that this is one of the best endings to a movie and I really liked how they filmed it. One thing I enjoy about this scene is how they do the lighting; the whole scene is shot at night and the only way reason we are able to see what's going on is buy a little moonlight coming in through a window and the lightning from the storm. Also, the music really adds a lot to the scene. The music starts off very light and slow as he begins his escape, but as he gets closer and closer to escaping it is constantly building and finally when he reaches the outside world the music becomes loud, dramatic and almost heroic. However, not only does the music add to the scene but the sounds going on around him as well, for instance the loud crashing of the lightning or the sound of the pounding rain outside. They use many different camera angles during his escape as well. After he gets out of the whole that he dug through the wall, he has to climb down three stories holding on to sewage pipe, and they use a long shot and pan down as well. Also at the very end of his escape, they use a long shot to show him running away from the place that has locked him up for so many years and then as he stands there with his shirt off, hands raised in the air, they slowly pan upwards, looking down on him from the sky. During the entire escape he is wearing his jail uniform but when he finally gets to freedom he strips out of his jail uniform symbolizing that he is stripping himself from his confinement and that he is now a free man
The piece that stood out most to me was Pencil #1. The artist use of color in this piece was incredible and very visually stimulating. Also his use of lines was very interesting because he didn't have a specific pattern, he just kind of sent each pencil in different directions to make it look three dimensional and like it was coming out at you, which I thought was unique. This painting also stood out to me just from the sheer size of it. I think it's really cool when an artist can split up a painting into three different sections and still blend it into one giant image. After looking at this image for several minutes I started to wonder what the artist was trying to portray or what his meaning was. I think by drawing hundreds and hundreds of all his pens and pencils and putting it on such a large scale he was trying to depict how much he loves painting and that it's his passion. He wants to show that not only do the tools he works with create beautiful images but that the tools themselves can be beautiful as well. In this painting he also incorporates pencils that look like blooming flowers. He does this to further the idea that pencils and pens can be seen as more than just a tool for painting and rather as a thing of beauty. I really enjoyed this piece of work and I really enjoyed going to Chambers Art Hotel to see all of the fantastic artwork.