SAD Wiseman Exhibits
The painting that caught my eyes the most at the Wiseman exhibits was the painting of the chickens. The chicken painting was painted by an American artist call Doug Argue.
Argue didn’t have a name for the painting so it remain untitled. He painted the chicken painting on a canvas with oil paint in 1991-93. The reason why I think this painting is catchy the most was because of its sizes. Like the summary of the painting stated that the painting was painted as a life size painting making one feel like they’re part of the painting; that is why it stands out so much comparing with the other art works. While reading the summary it was stated about how Argue painted the feather, beak, crown, and the wire cage very well, making it seem like he wanted the viewer to pay close attention to those object while he painted the chicken very sketchy. When I read up to this part of the summary it made me wonder why this painting fit with the theme SAD. But after thinking it more carefully I finally figure out why the painting fit with the theme SAD. The reason why I think it fit into the theme SAD was because the artist wants to point out to the viewer by saying that when one is lock up in a wire cage they feel like they are nothing just like how the artist drew the chicken, very sketchy, symbolizing that they aren’t important that why are all out of focus. The reason why the wire cage, crown, beak and feather are more in detail is because those objects symbolize something also. Like the wire cage symbolize the bars in a jail cell. The bars in the jail cell is what’s locking the jail mate from the outside world, just like how the chicken is lock up in the wire cage who being locked out from the wilderness. The feather symbolize the uniform they have to wear when they are locked up, just like when a person is locked up in jail cell where they have to wear an orange uniform; but for the chicken they are wearing feathers. Then the crown and the beak symbolize the health and the food. The crown shows how healthy a chicken is, and when a person is in jail they have to be keep healthy. The beak is symbolized as food because a chicken eats from its beak while a human eats from its mouth. Stating that since both a chicken and a person who is in jail/cage have to eat, they have to get there food by others. Just like when the humans feed the chicken when they are hungry and how people in jail have meals time. Also since the painting is a big painting of a lot of chicken inside a cage, it can make one see that they’re standing in a hall of a jail cell. This is why I think that the painting fit in with the theme SAD. It’s also because it symbolizing how a person feels when they are locked up in jail/cage.