December 8, 2008

Final Project: Tryptch

For my final project, I chose to use Photoshop. I took each of these pictures, and then added the flowers to make it look more surreal. It's suppose to convey contradictory emotions, since the trees and background are kind of depressing, but the flowers are still vibrant and growing.

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Here are the same three photos separately:




Project 4: Memory

Made with Flash... The "memory" is a picture I took on a trip up north last summer.

December 1, 2008

Project 3: Timeline

It's about the beautiful things in the world. Music by: UNKLE (feat. Thom Yorke), Radiohead, and The Beatles.

11/17 - student work response

Across the street gallery:
There were a lot of good works of art on display at the Nash gallery. The first piece that caught my attention was the "Splendor Series" by Drew Peterson. His works are all screen prints on paper. The series is very colorful, vibrant, and abstract. Each piece is consistent in that it features a mix of random shapes and designs with real life objects.

The next series was by David Brian Dobbs. His three works were fairly large, and were done with ink on canvas. Each piece featured thousands (?) of little dots and lines that formed patterns and shapes. None of the canvases had any color - just black and white. It reminded me a lot of random subatomic particles moving around, and of optical illusions.

The third series I really liked was by Jamie Winter Dawson. The medium for this artist's work was oil on wood, with each piece having a very different shape and color. The artist's purpose was to "elicit action when surrounded by apathy", and to, "unearth beauty in the midst of ashes". Each piece seemed to reflect these sentiments rather well.

The next artist I found to be impressive was Joseph Gilbertson. He had two pieces displayed, and both were 3D. I generally don't find sculptures and the like that interesting, but his were an exception. The first piece was untitled, and was made of cast bronze, cast iron, rope, steel, and wood. Literally, it was a log hanging from the ceiling, and inside the log, were steel pipes. The second work of his was called "Landscape Triptych". It was made from a lot of the same material as the last one - steel wood, string, plastic, and electric motors. This work consisted of three "electric motors", and from them hung numerous wooden balls. It was very hard for me to resist touching them. Part of what really added to the work was that he had the balls swaying slightly with a light shining from above. The resulting shadows really added a lot of depth to the piece. His artist's statement said that his work focuses on "the interaction of forces and the relationships that exist between humans and nature". The purpose of his work was to "raise questions about a complex relationship we do not fully understand".

Halls of Regis center:
Of the art featured in the halls of the Regis building, I liked Caoilfhionn Gifford's work, "Birds #2". It was simply ink on paper, but the birds were very detailed and surreal. The black and white with no color created a nice contrast, and brought out the composition well.

There was another artist, Benjamin Money, that also did just ink on paper. He had three smaller works, one of which was a sun, the other a tree that turned into a hand, and the last was some sort of abstract piece. I really liked the picture of the sun, because it had a lot of cool designs and details in the middle of it. I use to do a lot of ink drawings, so I always enjoy looking at other people's.

The last piece I will mention was by Megan E. Anderson. Her work was labeled untitled, and was made using oil on a wood panel. It featured a head-on portrait of a smiling girl. The texture of the piece appeared very rough and scratched. In a way, it produced contradictory feelings, because the girl seemed very content, but texture of the canvas did not. I liked the simplicity of it.

Project 2: Perspectives




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Assignment 3 - Nash & Weisman gallery responses

The first gallery we went to was the Nash Gallery. They had an obvious World War II theme going on, with a variety of three-dimensional pieces. None of the pieces really struck me as being that masterful, but they utilized many different forms of media. I found it helpful to read the descriptions when viewing the pieces because it gave each work more meaning and depth. I especially liked this one pieces that contained a lot of mirrors; it messed with the viewer's perception in a cool way.

The second museum we went to was the Weisman. This museum was a lot larger, and featured many different works and styles of art. The large-scale pieces, such as the one with all the chickens, were particularly fun to look at. I can't imagine having enough dedication to complete something like that. There were also a lot of propaganda posters from World War II which were interesting to read.

Overall, the museums were enjoyable and had some fun pieces to look at.

Assignment 2 - Walker Art Center response

Response #1:
I've been to the Walker Art Center twice now, and each time I've gone, my favorite piece has been "Emanation" by Anslem Kiefer. this artist is a German painter and sculptor whose works incorporate materials such as straw, ash, clay, lead, and shellac. His art is rather depressing with a destructive tendency. Kiefer's themes seem to be based off addressing controversial issues from recent history.

His work feaured att the Walker was finished in 1986, and is made of oil, acrylic, wallpaper paste, and lead on canvas. It's very large - 161.5 x 110.75 x 9.25 inches, to be exact. Literal qualities? It's a painting of a stormy ocean and a grey sky. Down the center of the piece is what appears to be a jagged tear. The painting is very powerful, and evokes a feeling of hopelessness and incongruity. The boldness and sheer size of the work is what makes it so powerful.

Response #2:
Another piece I really liked is called "Schuttbild" (Poured Picture) by Hermann Nitsch, another German artist. It is made of oil on canvas, and was completed in 1963. The fact that my two favorite pieces were both made by German artists whose goal was to convey the horrors of the second World War makes me want to look into more art from that period... Anyway, his painting appears to be simply a big blood splatter. The paint is a very bold red - some spots are darker than others. Like the last piece I mentioned, it is very powerful in the emotions it conveys. The painting is gruesome, violent, and distressing. There is variation in that the left half of the splatter has very sharp, defined lines, where as the right half has more blotches and smears. It made me wonder what happened. Another aspect I liked about this piece was that the background color is a sort of murky, reddish-brownish-pink. It really adds to the overall composition and feel of the piece.

The Walker Art Center is cool, and has some really good pieces, but I'm always disappointed that it's not bigger!

Project 1: Self Portrait

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Assignment 1 - Andy Warhol response

Andy Warhol was most noted for his prominent influence in the pop art movement. Pop art, short for popular art, is a form of visual art that emerged in the 1950's. It is characterized by the themes and techniques found in popular mass culture, such as advertising, mass-produced objects, and comic books. Pop art also encourages the use of mechanical means to reproduce or render art (hence Warhol's silk-screen printing). The pop art movement is generally considered to be a rejection of Abstract Expressionism, which considered popular culture to be a thing artists should not concern themselves with.

Andy Warhol is considered by many as being important to recent art history because of the way his work shocked the art world. For instance, one of Warhol's earliest paintings, "Campbell's Soup Cans" (1962), features 32 life-size soup cans that appear to have been printed by the company itself. The cans all look the same, minus the label which tells what kind of soup it is. Warhol entered this work in an exhibition, and claimed himself to be a "fine artist". Since no one had ever seen art like this, controversy and change once again enveloped the art world.

Personally, I don't find Andy Warhol to live up to his hype. True, he did introduce and make popular a new form of art, but regardless of that, I don't find his art to be that appealing. It's relatively simple, and doesn't provoke much thought. Maybe it was one of those things that you had to be alive during the time to really understand.