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October 30, 2007

artist presentation-Julianna Smith

LINK TO CHAMBERS KITCHEN:
http://www.chambersminneapolis.com/chambers-hotel-art/
This is the hotel/restaurant with Damien Hirst (and others) art in it.


1) Damien Hirst
I chose this guy because he was the least pornographically themed of the contemporary artist that i found. I also thought that contemporary art these days is a lot of things that i am not interested in and that would be hard to convey in a presentation, such as video or installation pieces. Things that you can't really fully experience unless you are in person. Hirst's personality, work and ideas really resonated well with me.

2)
http://a.abcnews.com/images/Entertainment/rt_cow_hirst2_070601_ssh.jpg
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/popup?id=3234825&contentIndex=1&page=4

3)i like the way hirst uses the natural world, i find myself constantly inspired due to animals and nature. i also think that his personality and tenure that he's gained in the art world are something that i aspire to. I would model my work ethic after my own.

Artist Presentation - Betsy

The artist I chose is Nils-Udom. He is a modern artist who uses the materials found in nature and then constructs pieces at different sites of the outdoors. I was really drawn to him and his way of art because it's different from what most people think of when they think of modern art. He really uses only what's found in nature to make his pieces, which are truly beautiful and astounding to see.

There are many websites where his work can be found, and he's even co-wrote a book with his pieces in it.
These are two of the most helpful web-sites I found that had great examples of Nils-Udo's artwork.

http://www.knowitall.org/naturalstate/html/acc-fa/Nils_Udo/Introduction.cfm

http://greenmuseum.org/artist_index.php?artist_id=36

I really felt like his art spoke to me in a way that make me want to do what he's done. It formed my ideas about modern art into an idea that I liked - one involving nature and how it incorporates humans into it's everyday existence. I love the bright colors or berries and seeds he uses in his pieces to bring a vibrant, earthy, yet calming feeling to his creations. I'd love to see one of his pieces in real life, for I feel that pictures I've viewed are only a slight glance at the wondrous energy and brillance you could feel from seeing a piece of his for your own eyes.

Artist presentation- Jessica

1) The artist's name and why you chose this artist.
I chose the painter Frank Moore, because his works are different from a lot of the paintings I have seen. I also enjoy how he can be shuch a bold activist and still maintain a high quality in his work.

2) At least 2 examples of the artist's work presented as uploaded files or url's.
http://www.speronewestwater.com/cgi-bin/iowa/artists/related.html?record=13&info=works
Here are a whole bunch of his works, there are a lot of cool ones.

3) How this artist's work informs your own thinking.
I have never been so good with art, and it was nice to see an artist that was different from the others. I felt like I could connect with Frank because he is not your typical painter. I especially enjoyed his reason for getting involved with genetics. Instead of his reasons in a paragraph, he did phrases connected by arrows. When I was searching for an artist to discuss, I read way too many paragraphs, and was realived when I read about Frank.

Nathaniel Stern - Contemporary Artist by Michelle Stein

1. When I first looked at Nathaniel Stern's website, I was intrigued by all the interactive artwork he had produced. Because we had studied some of this type of art in class, I was interested in learning more about it. His artwork triggered my curiosity, and when I learned more about it, I was fascinated by the technology and other means he used to accomplish what he did.
2. http://nathanielstern.com/2007/undertoe/
http://undertoe.org/tech.html
http://nathanielstern.com/2007/call-and-response/
http://nathanielstern.com/2006/compressionism/
http://nathanielstern.com/2006/response/
http://www.artthrob.co.za/06feb/artbio.html
3. Stern’s work showed me more of the variety of artwork out there. I was never really into the technological side of artwork, but after looking at Stern’s work, I became appreciative of all the work/creativity/brains that goes into creating the pieces that he did. Also, he inspired me to think beyond the norm and try to discover new ways of doing things. (i.e. use a scanner on 3D objects)

October 29, 2007

NiCk DeCkEr

1) Chuck Close, because he is pretty much amazing, his work is atonishing given that he is paralyzed and has to used electronic aids in order to create is artwork. Very photo-realistic and also uses different media such as pencil and sometimes charcoal
2) I have many examples that are on my slides, unfortunately i only know a few
http://www.chuckclose.coe.uh.edu/life/scribble.html
http://www.chuckclose.coe.uh.edu/life/woodcut.htm
3) I am still amazed to this day that his work is astonishing. He has greatly impacted my view of art in that he uses a media which i enjoy a lot because it allows me to create texture and depth at the same time. Not too many medias are able to do that for someones artwork and he did it in a way that blows any artist out of the water

October 27, 2007

Scratch Project

Hey, This is the link to Sarah and Jessica's scratch project. Hopefully it works. . .
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/jessieZ/47349

October 25, 2007

Scratch Project

This is the link to mine and Julia's scratch project... its kinda cheesy, but we were just messing around!http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/finallie1/47967

October 24, 2007

More Graffiti- Ethan

Hey everybody should go check out Banksy's website if you liked what you saw in my presentation. Look through his outside section, its sweet. Also I am going to post the interview i read about him.
Banksy Website:
http://www.banksy.co.uk/
Interview:
http://www.briansewell.com/artist/b-artist/banksy/banksy-metaphysical.html

October 23, 2007

Life

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Scratch project!!

http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/C_Thor919/47350

This is the url for Chris Tuominen and Julianna Smith's halloween scratch project

Interactive Scratch Sketches

Add the url to your Scratch Sketch and title to a new entry iin this category.

Artist Presentation- Ethan

I chose Banksy for my presentation because his art is very public. He is a graffiti artists who's unique stencile designs are found worldwide. Usually his stencils display an underlying messgae about issues being ignored in today's society.
Israel's West Bank Barrier:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/4748063.stm
Tai the Elephant:
http://arts.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,1875419,00.html
I really like the way Banksy uses children or animals in his stencils because it uses their innocence to help you realize the urgency of the situation. He puts his artwork out in public for everybody to see inorder to get a reaction and people thinking. This quality is something that i want to have in my artwork. I want my work to make people stop and think.

Chris & Jessica Collabortive Portrait

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Artist Presentation - Sarah

1.) The artist I chose was American contemporary artist, Tony Oursler. I choose him mostly because I thought his work that he did was so unlike anything I've ever seen before. I found out about him while searching through some contemporary artists websites and pictures of some of his pieces caught my attention. The art he does combines both photography, video and sound installations, and occasionally paintings. I was amazed by how unique his pieces were as well as how surreal and abstract some of them were.
2.) http://www.kunsthaus-bregenz.at/img/ourslerproj1.jpg
http://www.sfai.edu/i/inform_assets/20070331/Ours.jpg
http://tonyoursler.com/tonyourslerv2/main.html
3.) Oursler's work is very different than anything I have ever seen before. Though some of it I find creepy and a little disturbing, it is captivating nonetheless. I really like how he is able to take something as ordinary as a doll or a mannequin and projects a face on it giving it a realistic yet eerie feel. I also like the way he is able to capture certain images and display them in such a creative way. The colors and lighting he uses also adds to the feeling a viewer experiances when seeing his work.

October 22, 2007

Collaborative Portrait: Michelle and Betsy

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Collaborative Portrait: Michelle and Betsy

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Artist Presentation: Julia

1. I chose Nadir Afonso Rodrigues because he was a kinetic op artist, who studied to be an architect. I was interested in his progression of style and use of color and geometric shapes to create beautiful pieces (of cities/buildings).
2. http://espacillimite.blogs.sapo.pt/tag/berteley
http://espacillimite.blogs.sapo.pt/2007/05/
3. His work influences my own thinking by playing with the idea of abstraction with line and color. I am interested in artwork that is not realism. Its one thing to look at a piece of work and say that looks exactly like that place, wow that artist must have exquisite painting technique, but I think its much more interesting to say, wow, I can tell that this is an object and wow they played with line, color and abstraction to create a piece that is different, new yet resembles the originable object.

October 20, 2007

Artist Presentation- Nellie

1. Matthew Barney
-Barney is an American contemporary artist who works with a variety of mediums and has had great success with performance art. I chose him because his most knowne work "The Cremaster Cycle" was a very interesting visual collage that expressed a unique form of creativity.

2. Works: http://www.cremaster.net/crem1.htm
http://www.cremaster.net/crem2.htm

3. Well, to be honest, Barney's work deffinitly creeps me out. His sculptive creations used in his performance art are extremely complex in a grotesque way. The way in which these images relate to one another through out the performance adds to the erie feel of his work. Also, the music selected to complement the piece is of low bass tones that seduce the mind into themes of evil, or cruelty. His works are of a darker state but for some reason they are alluring and make me think in a realm that I couldn't possibly have dreamed of.

October 19, 2007

links

Some resources


We Make Money Not Art

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Rhizome

Stephen Wilson's - Intersections of Art, Technology, Culture and Science - Links

Add your Artist Presentations here

Post the documentation from your artist presentation in this category.

Include:

1) The artist's name and why you chose this artist.
2) At least 2 examples of the artist's work presented as uploaded files or url's.
3) How this artist's work informs your own thinking.

October 17, 2007

Collaborative Portrait tips

Technical tip- If you don't know how to do something, ask. It takes a lot longer to erase the background of a picture, then to ask someone for an easier way to do it, (trust me :)

Portrait tip- Find common ground so that you and your group can have fun and still achomplish something.

October 16, 2007

Collaborative portrait tips-Broc

Technical tip:
Use lots of layers, and label them right away. This makes edits much easier later in the process.

Collaborative tip:
Always put your ideas out there, don't be afraid of it being a bad idea, because even if it's a "bad" idea, it might help you or someone else think of a new better idea. Even throw out silly ideas or ideas that might not fit the project description. The key is collaboration-and you need a free flow of ideas for it to work well. Start with a brainstorming session where you just keep saying ideas, keep it positive. Start to narrow down the ideas later.

Broc's questions

What makes the rabbit experiment art instead of just another breeding experiment? Peopple have been testing genetics for a while now, so why does this one qualify as art? Is it just because the artist decides that it's art? Is artist's intention enough to make something a "work of art"-even if everyone else doesn't think so? (implications of this are quite large)

Interestingly, the GPF Bunny isn't exhibited like most art-it is not on a pedestal or in an installation, like most 3-D artworks. Instead, it's free to live like a normal bunny. It hasn't even ben exhibited in a museum or gallery. Does a work's presentation (or lack thereof) affect its status as a work of art?

Where do you draw the line between publicity stunt and art?

One ethical issue raised is, When do we stop genetically engineering plants/animals? Where do you draw the line? Also, it seems like we're "playing God"-like the world's our own little experimental playground, which I don't think is right.

Who do you label as the artist in such a collaborative work? Should the artist who had the idea/concept get the credit, or should the people (like scientists, technical people, computer people) who carried out the idea get equal credit/$/publicity.

Also, is it hard to persuade galleries or museums to feature such projects?

transgenic art: Michelle

Questions:
1. What is it that makes something art and not just a science project? Could art be mixed with other topics like politics or economics and still be considered art?
2. What measures are people (government) taking to ensure that animals are not being abused through this project? If they are allowing medical experiments on animals for purposes of developing cures for diseases, what types of privileges (if any) will artists or other people be given in this area?
3. When creating this florescent bunny, would it be easy to mistake one gene for another? How would this affect the outcome of the bunny? And what precautions are taken to ensure that the bunny is not injured?

transgenic art: Michelle

Questions:
1. What is it that makes something art and not just a science project? Could art be mixed with other topics like politics or economics and still be considered art?
2. What measures are people (government) taking to ensure that animals are not being abused through this project? If they are allowing medical experiments on animals for purposes of developing cures for diseases, what types of privileges (if any) will artists or other people be given in this area?
3. When creating this florescent bunny, would it be easy to mistake one gene for another? How would this affect the outcome of the bunny? And what precautions are taken to ensure that the bunny is not injured?

Collaborative Portrait: Michelle

Collaborative portrait comments:
1. Technical suggestion: When combining layers of photographs, there is many times a white square background that gets in the way. To remove this, select the background eraser tool (the magic tool seems to work best in most situations), and use this to remove the background. Then you can overlap photos without the white part becoming a problem.
2. Collaborative portrait suggestion: When working on photoshop, if there are a lot of little details that have to be completed, it is more efficient to have each group member working on a separate computer. That way, everyone can be working on something, and then each part can be combined later. This allows everyone to take part, rather than only one person working on a computer and everyone else only telling them what to do.

Transgenic Art - Kim

1) How does the process of GFP effect the bunny? Does it alter its genetic make-up?
2) How is transgenic art considered ethical? Is it even safe for an animal to go through these changes? How many
times can we do this before something will go wrong?
3) How can an artist just do this kind of art? Do they have to go through several extensive research processes
before this is possible? Do scientists need to help with this process?

Transgenic Art - Kim

1) How does the process of GFP effect the bunny? Does it alter its genetic make-up?
2) How is transgenic art considered ethical? Is it even safe for an animal to go through these changes? How many
times can we do this before something will go wrong?
3) How can an artist just do this kind of art? Do they have to go through several extensive research processes
before this is possible? Do scientists need to help with this process?

GlOwInG BuNny Q's

1. When does these projects reach their breaking point, meaning where do you stop? when is the level of safety surpassed or when do you quit while your ahead?
2. How come this curator used a rabbit? their is really nothing ethical about a rabbit so i can't see how the glowing effect of this bunny will have on transgenic art. Is he trying to portary the glowing as a sign of defense since the bunny is the most vulnerable to any other speice?
3. One obvious question that comes to mind is why do it? Whose idea was the main impact for this project and what prompted you to create this piece?

Collaborative Portrait Comments: Chris

-When doing the collaborative portrait, I find it helpful to begin by talking about what the different parties have in common. From there you can go on to decide which method you will need to use in order to put these themes or ideas together into one solid piece. If you find it doesn't work, then you can always go back and reference the original ideas for another that works.
-The one thing that I think might have helped was for our group to start off with a list. That would make back tracking easier and it also creates the initial ideas. Otherwise, I would say that the participants should definetly have prior knowledge with the technology being used, this is mostly a time-saving idea.

Chris's Transgenic Questions

1. What else could be considered art alongside the GFP bunny, Chemistry, plant experiments, etc.?
2. If you are modifying the animal before it is technically "alive", how can you determine wether the animal is being harmed or not?
3.What was the main thought process involved in deciding to turn a normal rabbit or any creature for that matter into a glowing animal?

Collaborative Project Comments - Betsy

2. From someone with limited skill involving photo shop, this was quite the learning experience. I really was amazed at the tools available to us via photo shop. Michelle and I did encounter frusteration with an inefficient method of cutting out our bodies to transfer to the final page. The tool available was just a tracing tool, which, with eight bodies to outline was very time-consuming. We spent many hours outlining the bodies, with the one helpful tool of zoom aiding the task. Zooming in allowed for more accurate tracing, but also took more time. This did make the final project something we both felt proud of because we knew we'd taken the time to make it the best we could with the technology available. I do recommend for future collaborative projects that students know about this lack of efficient outlining tool so they could make a project that didn't require outlining as much as we did. I do know that the layout of the final page took some tweaking with light, angle, and size. Knowing about how to use 'layers' also helps when working on the final page layout. Overall, I learned about the tools available on photo shop and what they give a student possibilities of - a lot!

three questions-Julianna

1. Where do you draw the line between what scientists are doing and what artists are doing seperately? It could be said that what scientists are doing is art, and what artists do in this field is more scientific. Is there a distinction?

2. What will artists do with the living transgenic art that is not a complete success? I mean to say that, sure, the GFP bunny has a home with a family, but that is only one bunny. What about the trial and error part of experimentation? What will happen to the imperfect in these senarios?

3. DO you think that in working in a collaborative environment with many different non-artists, if you will, you have a greater chance of loosing the original vision of the project? Do any details get lost in the explanation to others?

Collaborative Portrait Comments - Betsy

1. The collaborative projects were a great way of exploring new artistic possibilities. Michelle and I had different ideas about the project initially, but compromising on a project we both felt represented us was process worth going through. The collaborative project was a way for me to branch out of my comfort zone, because Michelle had great ideas I hadn't thought of before and I got to explore the technology of photo shop. The project is a good way to learn a little about yourself, what you feel could represent you in an artistic way. Photography especially is a different form of art that required the viewer to see beyond what is physically represented, so the process of finding a way to convey that is also challenging. What I found to be neat was the differences Michelle and I had, but yet, we could tie them together in a large general way. This reminds me of how everyone has SOMETHING in common with everyone, but the process of discovering that, through art, is an experience that can't really be explained in words. A project that tested my creative expression, my technology knowledge, and even time management skills - I truly felt it was a satisfying final project and successful at showing Michelle and I as different people but also a connected in both a physically sense and mental sense.

GFP Bunny

1. If Kac were to allow the GFP Bunny to breed what would happen? The albino allele is recessive, but how about the others responsible for the green glow? Would this be an entirely new form of art, or would it break through the boundaries of contemporary art?
2. Why is Kac having such a problem getting custody of this bunny? Who else would have the right to it?
3. Did Kac have this genetic background to begin with, or was his contribution his thoughts and ideas while he collaborated with scientists who were skilled in that area?

The Glowing Bunny- Ethan

1. What other contemporary, biological concepts are artists working on in the world today?

2. How did Kac know that the procedure was going to be safe for the rabbit? (This has never been done before)

3. What is the next step now that this experiment was successful? Glowing humans?

Transgenic Art-Julia

1. How did you deem the project "safe" to continue in development and know there would be no surprises. How/why is the green fluorescent protein harmless to the rabbit.
2. Why would you create an animal unable to support their own survival in the wild - inability to camoflauge? Should all animals be able to survive without human interference?
3. The process of the GFP Bunny required ongoing dialogue between professionals in art, science, philosophy, law, communication, literature, social sciences, etc - who took part in what major components of the design process and through what/who did you communicate?

Transgenic Art - Betsy

1. Will altering the genome of Alba create issues with reproduction? If not, what are the chances of her offspring having altered genomes like hers. Even if she wouldn't be allowed to reproduce, hypothetically, would there be an issue with offspring genomes?

2. Is it possible to alter the genome to glow other colors found in other animals? Or, is green the only possible visible color to human eyes?

3. Have there been other animals that have had similar genome alterations? Are there other physical alterations that can be done, like the color change, that wouldn't harm the animal?

Transgenic art- Allison

1. Does the process have any negative effects on the rabbit’s health or well-being?
2. Have you received any complaints from groups for the advocacy of animal rights?
3. How did you come across this idea, what led you to create this transgenic art?

Transgenic Art- Nellie

Questions:
1. Will the alteration of animal genome evenually lead to the alteration of human genome? Also, will altering the human genome benefit the human race, or cause more problems?
2. Can altering the pigment of rabbit be considered unethical in the sense that it could considered equivalent to altering the skin of a human?
3. When was the bunny officially deemed art? Altering a rabbit zygot sounds more like a biology science experiment.

Transgenic Art - Sarah

1. What is the intended reaction transgenic art is supposed to give?
2. Is there any rules regarding what artists can and cannot do to animals when using them in their art?
3. What kind of preparation must an artist do when introducing an animal as a transgenic art piece?

Collaborative Portraits- Nellie

Part 1: I really enjoyed created collaborative art with comrades in class. I would most deffinitly reccomend putting time into deciding a theme for your piece before diving in to the photo process. At first my group started taking photos but didn't really no where to go with them. Then we started to really think about ideas. If I did the project again, I would probably do the latter first. Once we started talking about possibilities for our project we saw that we three people we had less in common. So, we went for a broad theme: the fact that all of us are here in Minneapolis adjusting to the college lifestyle. We decided to make Minneapolis as the main theme, and backdrop for our piece. Once we had our main idea, the ability to express our feelings through the city was the next step. We added ourselves into the portrait in unique possitions to look almost as if we might be playing with the city. After this step we felt the piece was quite bare and needed more. I reccomend that at some point in the middle of your collaboration you should step back and talk about how to add flavor and convey your true message to the audience. This is exactly what we did in order to come up with adding props, outlining Minneapolis, and adding the grafiti (my personal favorite). Once everything was in place it felt accomplished, which is exactly how I think a collacborative portrait should feel.

Part 2: In regards to technically improving a collaborative portrait, I would suggest using some of the distortion methods to spice up your work. I really enjoyed these features, and even though my group decided against using a lot of them, I think they are still great tools if they fit your particular piece. One frustration I had with the photo system was cutting out our exact body outlines to fit in the picture. The tool used to do this on the photo system is tedious and not completely user-friendly. One thing that made this tool easier to use was to zoom in to the particular area that I was working with. Zooming-in made everything easier to see and saved me time. I also think using a new tool or feature wether it be on the photo system or not is a great idea just for learning purposes. I learned how to use the grafiti tool online, for example, and really enjoyed it!

October 15, 2007

Transgenic Art- Jessica

1- Is transgenic art the future for art?
2- Is there any proof that some animals have been harmed while making transgenic art?
3- How much research is needed before you begin a project like this?

Eduardo Kac

In preparation for our visit with Plant Biologist, Professor Neil Olszewski, read about Artist Eduardo Kac and his transgenic art work.

Neil Olszewski

Neil Olszewski is hosting a visit with our seminar class at 2:00 pm on October 16th. Neil has been working with Eduardo Kac, doing novel research for artworks that Eduardo has planned for exhibitions and public art projects at UMN.

On Tuesday we will meet in Room 648 in the Biology Sciences building in St. Paul. To allow time to travel to this new destination, we will begin class at 2:00pm.

The Campus Connector is a very convenient way to get there.


Please check the blog category Transgenic Art to find out about the readings and questions that will help you to prepare for our visit.

3 questions to seed our discussions on 10/16

In preparation for the class:

Read and Post :
(select Transgenic Art as the Primary Category and add you name as the Title of your Post)

1) Read Eduardo Kac’s article about GFP Bunny


2) Read 2 reviews of your choice from those listed here.


3) Post 3 questions on the blog:

- 1 related to contemporary art and the biological issues that artists are investigating.

- 1 related to ethical issues that are raised by transgenic art works such as GFP bunny.

- 1 related to the process of creating these artworks, a process that is a departure from the traditional notion of the sole artist creating work in a studio context.


You may be interested in visiting the online networked version of Genesis that is active for a few more weeks.

Interact with the Genesis project here.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Transgenic Art - Andrew

1. How does transgenic art stand out from the crowd of other comtemporary art forms?
2. What would have been the effect on transgenic art if the GFP bunny had been harmed in the injection process.
3. What was the inspiration for making an albino bunny glow?

October 14, 2007

Andrew, Kim, and Nellie Portrait

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Collaborative Portrait: Julia and Allison

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October 11, 2007

MCAD and MIA - Kim

MCAD-
I think the theme The Rotten Sun shows art pieces that we normally wouldn't accept as good art. We would normally look at the art, and say or think the piece is dumb or completely nasty and never look at it again. The definition of The Rotten Sun we were given was art and design that is grotesque, uncanny, transgressive, bizarre, formless, ugly, and impure. The most compelling piece to me was Tom Garrett Garden Glory. I liked it because the thorns and granades were all intensified. This piece showed the impure and bizarre part the The Rotten Sun theme. The picture really caught my attention because it was these huge flowers with big drops of water on them. Then in the center of the flowers there were granades, and there were big bugs just randomly all over the picture. I'm personally not a fan of bugs so seeing large ones was not too fun and made the picture even more impure. Even though this piece was supposed to be ugly I still walked back to it several times, and still liked it.

MIA-
The MIA is a large art museum that takes a very long time to observe all it's nooks and crannies. I liked this building because there is most generally a place for everyone to visit. I liked how they had the whole place arranged, but I don't know if this would be a place that I would recommend to people who don't appreciate art. You need to want to view many different types of art in order to like it. My favorite part was the photgraph region.

October 10, 2007

MCAD/MIA Jessica

MCAD
The "Rotten Sun" piece that stuck out to me was "Garden Glory," by Tom Garrett. To refresh you memory, this was the picture of the flowers with the grenades in the middle of each one. I think that this piece fits with the theme because the weapons make you think of how they are being used. Everyday people wake up to the sound of gun fire or people screaming. In the United States we aren't aware of this as much as people in the middle east or other warring countries. The contrast of the flowers and the grenades shows that things so ordinary and peaceful can turn into anything. In some places a grenade exploding is just as common as a wild flower.

MIA
The MIA definitely takes some time to go through. I was there for an hour and hardly got to look at anything for any length of time. This was very different then any other museum or exhibit I have ever been to. I kind of felt like I was in a movie because everything was so big and there was such a contrast of items. I felt like I was surrounded by history and culture. Over all I left with an overwhelmed feeling that there is so much out there to see and learn about.

October 9, 2007

Sarah, Julianna, and Becca's Collaborative Portrait

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Collaborative Portraits

1) Add your portrait to the category listing Collaborative Portraits. (Primary Category = Collaborative Portraits).

2) Each person in your collaborative portrait group then adds their own 2 part comment about your collaboration:

part 1 - a suggestion related to the collaborative process that you would recommend to others

part 2 - a technical suggestion for constructing a collaborative portrait that you think is helpful, fun, inspiring, a way to avoid frustration or visually interesting.

MIA - Betsy

As an art museum one usually feels that you go to see the art, not the building which houses it. But this assignment had me looking at how the walls set up the pieces, how the nooks and corners helped show off certain pieces, and even how lighting could set the mood of a room and then set the mood for how you viewed a piece. I really like how the classic art had the high ceilings and regal feel seen in the pieces. The rooms with the modern art also had a more modern feel with wide open spaces and sparse decoration. In all, and simply put, I felt that the museum set up the mood for the pieces portrayed in different rooms with the architecture around it. The new part of the museum added on even gave the same feeling, and one couldn't tell when entering or exiting the new addition. I really feel like seeing art in a certain setting can make you see art in literally, a different light.

MCAD - Betsy

I felt that the exhibit in general was filled with what the rotten sun displayed - grotesque and odd art that makes hte viewer feel extremely out of his element and uncomfortable. Art is supposed to be about expressing emotions which was exemplified in this exhibit. Art here gripped your uneasy emotions and made you stare longer and harder to try to comprehend how the artist could possible have thought up the idea. I really felt that the 'Deadly Pumps' piece - showing three pairs of shoes each made of a different object. One was made of fingers, which really had me thinking - why fingers? I think it may have been because fingers and toes are opposites and so it's odd and strange to see fingers holding in toes. Another was made of razors. Razors are physically uncomfortable and painful to the holder if used improperly, so it's understandable how this could fit the exhibit. The other was made of bugs, a creature often felt by society as gross and creepy. They are often referred to as creepy crawlers - due to the way people feel about them. I felt the Rotten Sun exhibits idea of what emotions it'd convey were really seen in this piece.

Presentation Schedule

Artist Presentations:

10/23

1. Nellie

2. Broc

3. Ethan


10/30

1. Sarah

1. Julia


11/06

1. Julianna

2. Jessica

3. Betsy

4. Nick

5. Michelle


11/20

1. Andrew

2. Kim

3. Rebecca

4. Allison

5. Chris

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MCAD and MIA - Michelle

MCAD:
At the MCAD Gallery, a piece of artwork I found fitting for the grotesque theme was Jennifer Danos’ Untitled (Dirty Walls I, after the South Street Seaport), 2007. As I walked up to the wall holding Danos’ artwork, I saw the label for the work but was confused as to why there was an empty white square carved into the white wall. Did someone take down her work? Or why wasn’t it there? Then, I realized that that was her work. She had spackled drywall and cut out a square in the middle to reveal the drywall as it originally was. I was intrigued by its plainness, and I think it was this plainness that drew me to it initially.
Although it appeared simple, the symbolism in this work was very interesting. It is the artist’s response to an essay by Tom Finkelpearl, “On the Ideology of Dirt.? In most cases, people would associate dirt with being grotesque and cleanliness with just the opposite. However, this work reveals another side of the meaning of dirt. In this case, and many others, dirt shows character and “evidence of history.? The spackle on the drywall symbolizes this buildup of dirt, and, along with it, a history of its own. By cleaning up and removing this buildup by turning it back to its original state, demonstrated in the clean cut square, “evidence of history? is being removed.
So, although most people correlate dirt with disgust or grossness, this is a situation where something of a grotesque appearance can actually be considered a precious or positive thing. I would even go so far as to say that the removal of this dirt, the clean cut square, is grotesque. To think of getting rid of history, or trying to remove memories of the past, can be a grotesque thing. Some people try to run from their past, instead of learning from it, an action which I would consider a mistake. Although, I do not mean that dwelling on your past is a good thing. But it is good to realize what you have done and how you can do better in the future. Also, history is not only filled with mistakes. There are many events in history that are important to who people are today, and by getting rid of these memories is to get rid of a part of themselves.

MIA:
I visit the MIA every Thursday for one of my classes, but I had never been outside of the EUROPE & AMERICA sections. I never knew the museum was so large until last Tuesday. And even Tuesday, I spent my whole time on only the third floor and didn’t even see everything there. Having been to the older part a few times already, I never had really thought much of the structure. It seemed like a typical museum layout. It has a fairly modern architectural structure but a traditional style of design in the galleries (in the older part). However, when I went into the newer section, I did notice taller, less ornate ceilings; more open spaces; and brighter lighting. There weren’t any odds and ends, like the glass window boxes with artifacts in them that could be found in the older section. This cleaned up the spaces and gave it less of a cluttered feel. The brighter lighting and more wall space gave it a colder feeling than the older sections. This is a similar feeling to what I get when viewing modern artwork. I felt like this modern gallery style blended well with the modern and contemporary paintings and works that it contained. I also feel like the more traditional gallery style in the older part fit the paintings it contained as well. The warmer, more densely crowded spaces reflected the busy frames and detailed paintings of the European and American artwork I saw in the old section. I look forward to going back to explore the second floor and the remainder of the third floor.

Rotten Sun / Experiencing Art in the Museum

MCAD - Rotten Sun

Select 1 work in the Rotten Sun exhibition and discuss what drew you to this piece and how you interpret its relationship to the exhibition theme Rotten Sun.

MIA - Experiencing Art in the Museum

Using your response to the architectural, spatial and cultural experience of the MIA, reflect on who this environment influences your experience or art.

MCAD/MIA Ethan

MCAD

The Rotton Sun exhibit was very different and it displayed some unusual pieces that were very interesting to view. My initial thoughts of the title Rotton Sun were of things that were spoiled, stinky, nasty, in other words, stuff you would find in the garbage. After Saw some of the pieces in the exhibit, my opinion changed of the title. I think the title had to do with all the little things that makes us cringe inside at the thought. Also, the many problems that are often overlooked in society because nobody wants to take responsiblity for those issues. "Around...and around...and around" by Mary McDunn caught my eye because this piece brought up a issue that I have thought about before. The piece was a print of a polar bear going around in circles for the entire day because he is confined to his cage at the zoo. Why is it all right to keep an animal away from the wild and put it into cage. For humans when we cage somebody up it is prison, and they did something wrong. This is a very ironic issue that many people overlook.

MIA

I always enjoy visiting the MIA because it is a place to see some of the pieces of the great artists of our time. It had been awhile since I had last been at the MIA. It was really cool to check out the the contemporary wing of the building. My favorites were of Lichtenstein and Chuck Close. Towards the end of the hour I viewed some more of the newly added on wing. Architecturally, I did not think that the design of the add-on fit the program of the rest of the site. It seemed to be a bit open and the atmosphere did not flow. Overall, I wish I had more time to check out some more pieces and will probably return soon.

MCAD and MIA: Chris

MCAD-
What does the title Rotten Sun mean? I went to the opening statement for help on this one, the Rotten Sun is something which is traditionally portrayed as beautiful, generous, and full of life. But underneath, the sun is dangerous, ugly if looked at in the right way, and controls everything around it (gravity). You just have to decide for yourself whether it is one or the other.

The piece that I thought fit the description was Child Army by Ulana Zahajkewycz & Margie McGee. At first I didn't like the piece and I walked past. But the more I thought about it, the more an idea came to me. The choice to depict the future of the world (children) as being taken over by horrible things out of their control was odd to me. When I think that those kids are being brainwashed by the military, schools, corporate america, I began to see the ugliness in growing up in today's culture. All you have to do is look at the fact that today's kids are heavily medicated to control their attention and you see that kids today are growing up in a completely different world from their parents. I just think that the idea behind today's culture has a definite place in the Rotten Sun exhibit.

MIA-
My first impression of the MIA was that I felt at home amidst all of the notable artists and artworks. I knew that I had a time constraint, so I would have to rush my viewings, but I still found the trip worthwhile. The contrast between the sometimes unknown artists at MCAD and MIA was striking. I found most of the pieces at MCAD more enjoyable than some at MIA, but both still had amazing works. Some of my favorite pieces at MIA included Blow Top Blues: The Fire Next Time was interesting because of the bright colors and the flames coming off of the subject's head. The next work I found interesting was Reply to Red by Yves Tangvy due to the surrealist shapes. I only wish I would've had more time to explore, maybe I will go back some other time and get lost in the artists of the past and present.


HEY HEY THERE

ROTTEN SUN FACULTY SHOW @ MCAD

I thought that the title of this show was reflected well in the piece i chose.

"Child Army" by Ulana Zahaykeiwycz and Margie McGee
2007, Carved Basswood

This diorama like three dimensional setup was pretty cartoonlike when i first looked at it. Little doll sized carvings with extremely animated faces and personalities stood out to me. Among them were an army general, women, children, an Attila the Hun or Genghis Khan looking character, an angry alien-like man, a half princess half reptile woman, an opera singer spewing snakes, a soldier with an amputated leg, and the list of contradictory characters goes on.

I thought that this represented the idea of the grotesque and also captured the quote from the show's descriptive first panel, "the core of our being is the disgusting condition of the desire for answers to life's myriad problems."

The character's were painted by two different artists; they have two distinct styles. The "normal" figures (women, men and children, with nothing mystical or supernatural about them) were done in a placid way, using calm colors like yellow and blue for their clothing. These people are typically innoffensive and there is nothing physically wrong with them. They also aren't showing any emotions obviously.

The second group of more creature-like characters was done by the other artist, and are more outrageous. they are the hybrids and the things that show emotion, often ugly and violent.

I thought that this was very literally one group of grotesque, deformed and faulty people or things and one group of healthy, normal , saltine cracker people. The grotesque show the ugly side of all of us; the war monger, the envious, the greedy and gluttonous and so on. The contrasting lives that exist under the sun. I think that literally the Rotten Sun can be applied here as something that offers no guarantee. You can be born with faults and with mutations and hatred and anger. The sun is something that all people are under, but not all people are the same under it.

In this same sense, the sun could be a thinly veiled metaphor for God. Those religious among us who wonder why God chose them to have some fatal illness or an early death have to believe this problem had a purpose. "Believing" in the sun is not a guarantee of safety or prosperity, nor is believing in God. I thought that Georges Bataille's original essay in 1929 may have even been alluding to the sun being some religious factor.

Either way, i felt that the piece "Child Army" captured the grotesque as something real that walks among us every day and even though they wont obviously be 10 feet tal or a half lizard, they could still be there. The grotesque is apart of all of us, obviously or not.


MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS

I really liked my time at this place and regret having to leave early because of the terrible weather.

Something that i love about this place is the fact that it's always free. Art is available to the masses in this way, they just have to know where to go. Seriously, to have an art museum with such stunning works throughout history be available absolutely free all the time is super cool. I plan on going back soon just because i can. I love that they offer that, everyone should make the most of it.

I was really suprised at how huge it was too. After about an hour of wandering around with Broc, we totally lost each other and never met up. So its a pretty big place with a lot of options to go see, which is nice. It is thorough about each time period that it chooses to dedicate space to, instead of just having like, one or two pieces from the period then calling it quits. I like how nothing here is a half baked idea.

This museum also had a few stellar pieces that stick out. Edward Ruscha, Peter Paul Reubens, Salvador Dali, Chuck Close, Frank Stella all had exemplary work there. I thought they were good representations of these artists, rather than some obscure rendering they did at one point in their career.

All in all my experience at this institute was really positive. I really want to come back and spend many more hours here. It seems like a place with a mission and i think they execute it well.

MCAD and MIA

MCAD Rotten Sun Exhibit
I didn't get to look at the MCAD Rotten Sun exhibit for very long; however, for what I did see I thought it was very interesting. The title of the exhibit alone was very provoking and the pieces seemed to follow the theme of being grotesque and disturbing. Many of the pieces had a very dark, sad and "rotten" feel to them and seemed to contradict anything sunlike at all. There were various pieces involving dead animals which was indeed grotesque and disturbing. One piece that captured my attention was Mary McDunn's piece of the black and white pictures of the polar bear. While looking at it I felt kind of sad and disturbed by it, which I'm sure, was the intent of the artist. This piece fit the theme of the rotten sun. I think I would like to go back sometime and look around at the exhibit when I have a little more time and can look at some of the pieces more closely.

MIA Museum
While walking around MIA I couldn't believe how big it was. I had never been in there before and didn't realize how much there was to see. There was alot to look at and my favorite exhibits were the photo and painting ones. I thought it was really cool seeing the photograph by Dorothea Lange. I can't remember what it was called but I remember seeing it in my history book back during the tenth grade when my class was learning about the great depression. I really liked the black and white acylic painting of the man with the curly hair and glasses titled "Frank" and thought it was a photo at first. Once I realized it was a painting I was amazed at how realistic it was and even more when I learned out it had been done with acylic paints and not oils. There was also some things in the museum that I couldn't believe deserved to be there among many of the other extraordinary pieces. One of those pieces was a canvas completely painted a tan color which I think was titled "Skin". It didn't really help that this piece was just feet away from the realistic portrait of the man that I liked though either. There were other exhibits that I thought were very boring such as the Asia and Africa exhibits. Overall I liked walking around MIA and would like to go back again sometime to look at areas I didn't get to see .

October 8, 2007

MCAD and MIA: Allison

MCAD Rotten Sun-
I think the title “Rotten Sun? is an interesting and provocative choice for the exhibit. I wasn’t sure, at first, how it could be applied, so I read the introduction on the vibrant wall in the beginning. It was named after the “Rotten Sun? written by Georges Ballaille, who claims that it is the “core of our being? to respond in revulsion, horror and shock to certain things. I would have to agree. At first, after leaving the exhibit, I’m not sure I was entirely convinced that it was successful for me. I just thought that a lot of the pieces were relatively ugly, but now I see that that was the aim. The idea behind it was to force the viewer to accept the somewhat unacceptable and look beyond them to find a deeper meaning. The word grotesque was the tie between all the pieces, it “accepts the base instincts within us all.? The exhibit was meant to “admit anxiety and contradiction are as important as optimism and hope.? They deserve just as much recognition and time.
In relation to the title, I chose the piece by John Gaunt called “Deficient Data.? I thought it was intriguing in that it was addressing landscape, which is a common subject in my architecture class right now. The description said that he is interested in “merging the natural and unnatural,? which is exactly what architects must deal with. The piece itself seemed to hold a lot of movement. I liked the lines and how they faded into the background. It felt almost angry. The dark, “messy organization? of the piece ties it in with the rest of the exhibit, exposing the less beautiful side of art, in general.


MIA:
When we entered the MIA building, I was first drawn to the fact that there was a Dale Chihuly piece hanging above the lobby. Chihuly reminds me of home, as the first piece you see in the Milwaukee Art Museum is Chihuly, or at least it is the first I remember. Ironically enough the piece was a sun, which related so well to the previous exhibit. The old part of the building created a very bold environment for the artwork, I thought. It made you feel slightly detached from the art, as if it is not something you could relate to making, though you may relate to it on an emotional level. It glorified the art and the artist. It is certainly deserved, but it is a different experience from that of the newer building. The new part of the building creates a very simple flowing pattern from one room to the next. It urges you forward, rather than trapping you in a highly decorated room. It let the artwork speak for itself. The clean lines and open rooms were slightly more to my liking. For example, when looking at Chuck Close’s “Frank,? the large portrait of the man, I felt the need to get very far away from it to view it in its entirety. The floor plan allowed for this. Though the old building is beautiful and ornate, I feel that art needs to be placed where it can be viewed without distraction. I enjoyed both parts, but the newer building worked best, in my opinion. I plan on going back soon to see portions of the collections that I missed, as well as to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit!

MCAD/MIA Andrew

MCAD

The Rotton Sun exhibit was different and less conventional than others that I have seen recently. My first thoughts on the meaning of Rotton Sun was basically me just taking the connotations of the words literally: rotton=dead, sun=alive. After looking at the pieces, I now believe that the Rotton Sun exhibit was about things that from a distance look pleasing, but as one gets closer they understand how "rotton" the thing actually is. Mary McDunn's piece, "Around...and around...and around" was very interesting to me and fits well into my idea of the Rotton Sun exhibit. From far away, one just sees the common scene of a polar bear swimming around at a zoo. But, when they come in for a closer look and read the title, they realize that the piece seems to be about the cruelty that is involved in locking up an animal in a space much smaller than its natural habitat. I liked this exhibit a lot because of this deceiving nature that was in the pieces.

MIA

I really enjoying visiting the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, partily because it stood in contrast in ways to the Milwaukee Art Museum, the museum that I have been to maybe 50 times. For example, the MIA is a much more open and tall structure, which I enjoy more than the shorter, one-two level style of the MAM. Also, the MIA has many more works by famous masters like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Monet. But, I much prefer Milwaukee's new Calatrava addition (full of light and beautiful lines) to Graves' new wing, which made the wing seem like a civic building. Overall, I had a great time at MIA and I hope to go back soon.

October 7, 2007

MCAD and MIA Becca

I came to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design wondering what this “Rotten Sun? exhibit would be like. I wasn’t sure how such a contradiction could be pulled off, but as soon as I entered the room I understood. The first thing seen when one walks into the door is a big yellow wall. Not a nice cheery yellow, but a vivid yellow that screams for attention and yet hurts those who stare at it. On this wall was an explanation of the exhibit title and some ideas of the inspiration for it. This title refers to the “grotesque? in life, the things that we usually try to hide, or ignore. These gross and dirty things are brought to life by the sun; thus contaminating that light.
The piece I felt that really strengthened the theme of Rotten Sun was the piece by Jennifer Danos, Untitled (Dirty Walls 1, after the South Street Seaport). When I first saw this piece, I was unsure whether or not it was actually something meant to be seen. The simplicity of it made me want to turn away, but then I realized it was more than just a flaw in the wall. This piece consisted of a white sheet of plaster placed behind a whole in the actual wall. The color was white, but because the light was illuminating it just right, you could see streaks of dirt. This intrigued me because it brought on memories of service projects and slummy neighborhoods. But how could a something so simple bring on such complex feelings? Danos explained her piece by talking about the dirt and whether or not it was right to remove it. She wondered if removing the layers of dirt would remove the history of the wall. Also, she went on to hypothesize that maybe all dirt wasn’t bad it could be, “positive or negative, beautiful or ugly, funky or gritty, authentic or neglected.? She has a good point. Society today does have an obsession with being considered “clean.?
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a wonderful museum. I had never been there before, and I was really surprised at the size and scale of the building. I couldn’t believe how many different rooms there were, each holding a different feeling for the viewer while displaying different types of artwork. The way they set up the classic artwork within the old parts of the building was very fitting; likewise for the contemporary things—Chuck Close just wouldn’t have been the same if he were in a rotunda with pillars surrounding him. The new part of the building gave a really easy feeling, it didn’t convey that “high class? feeling that the older parts of the building gave. It really felt comfortable, and was not distracting to the artwork. Sometimes in the old building I was more interested in the carvings of the ceiling than the actual artwork itself. The new galleries felt spacious, with plenty of light to enjoy each piece as fully as possible. The environment here was entirely different from that of the old building. However, I find it hard to decide which atmosphere I enjoyed more because they each had something great to offer and complemented the artwork they withheld differently. I can’t wait to go back to see the things in that museum that I didn’t have a chance to view!

McAd and MiA

At first i had no idea what the exhibit rotten sun was going to look like and honestly i really did not want to find out. After reading the explanation of the artwork, i felt like a may enjoy it. The term rotten sun jumped to me in a heart beat, i knew exactlly what it meant. When you think of a sun you think of happiness, brightness, livelyness(however you spell it). So when the word rotten is placed in front of it the whole term gets reversed. Disturbed, grotesque and sadness were almost captured in all of the artworks that i found there. There were some that i had no idea what the curator was thinking but that is for another time.

The piece that stood out most to me was the comic book strip done by Wirth. You want to talk about artistic skills she had plenty of them. I would love to read a comic book or anything done by her. I felt she captured the term rotten sun the best in her artwork. She symbolized grotesque in a way that is different from all the others. She used pictures of people and their expressions rather than swirls and lines to somewhat get the effect of a rotten sun.

MIA has to be the coolest art muesum/gallery i have ever been too. Just the fact of how big it is really makes you feel like you are in an important strucuture. What was really neat is how they divided each genre of art into different levels. I thought that was really cool how you can be enriched in one type of art solely in one section of the building. Now being an architecture student i absolutely loved the modernism gallery. The chuck close piece amazing, if not the greatest piece there. I thought seeing van der rohe's pieces in real life was a great experience than wathcing them on film. I liked graves design of the modern wing, i felt he did a excellent job in capturing the artistic feel for modern architecture. I guess there was a room for FLW and i missed it!!!!!!!! I gues i will have to go back and see it because i will definetly go back again some time. That place was amazing

MCAD/MIA: Julia

MCAD:
After viewing the Rotten Sun at MCAD this past week, I chose to focus on how this theme was expressed in the piece Delivered Data by John Gaunt. It was a piece in which he created in 2007 and used oil on canvas. Lines in grid-form created parts of circular balls, while other lines blended to form a blurred backdrop. Mostly gray blues and bright yellow oranges were used. After reading where the title of the show, the Rotten Sun, came from, which was Georges Batalle’s description of a monstrous sun, I concentrated on the word, grotesque, as life’s myriad of problems, which frustrates us. Some of what comes from the grotesque is unease, confusion, shock, revulsion, an expression of reality through distortion and undermining the beauty of nature.
What drew me to the piece that I chose was the “uncanny or mysterious interpretation of the landscape,? said by the artist himself. He said that his goals of the piece were to express natural and unnatural structures, express an object as a verb rather than a noun and develop tension between order and disorder. He accomplishes each of these well, which contributes to an easier understanding of the underlying theme, the grotesque.
He expresses natural structures simply by using bright orange fixed lines that form recognizable shapes in space that form parts of a wired sphere. Whereas the unnatural structures are the confusion of the background by the use of blurred and blended gray blue hues. The idea of an object, such as a landscape, expressed as a verb rather than a noun, is shown through the movement of the overall piece. The movement follows the bright lines in grid-shape of a sphere and the blurred background distorts the feeling of being still. Instead it allows you to focus on the concrete bright lines while having the feeling of movement by being unable to focus on a still background. These ways of confusion and distorting of the goal (representing an object as a verb rather than a known) represents the grotesque. I feel the tension between order and disorder again in the contrast of concrete space and lines versus the blurred and endless feeling of the background. To me, the underlying focuses of the show, such as confusion and an expression of reality through distortion, were most represented in this piece.

Minneapolis Institute of the Arts:
This was my first experience in the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, however, not my first experience in a museum. Comparatively to the other museums I have been to, my first impression was this museum was huge, not only in the actual size, but in what styles and the quantity of artwork they had. I enjoyed it greatly! It was also nice to walk into a museum that felt more modern in architecture with all the openness the glass created along with the lighting and glasswork instillations. This experience for me was different compared to other trips to museums by the sole fact that people’s diverse focuses and stylistic likes could all be met in the same visit. I was able to head to the third floor to focus on the modern art, the photography exhibition, and the room designated to Frank Lloyd Wright, while others for example, were able to spend the whole time in rooms designated to earlier European artwork. I enjoyed the modern section more because I think my art takes more forms from those styles versus for example, the renaissance era. I also realized when I stepped into the European rooms a feeling of anxiety and pressure almost like intimidation. The architectural designs of those galleries were slightly different, with higher ceilings and decorative ceilings. However, the art had intensity as well with ornate frames and religious detail. When I was little, I remember this being the styles of art I would only see on field trips to museums and this bored me, therefore, I developed an early hesitancy toward that style. I liked the new addition of the building. It appeared more open with wider doorways and brighter lighting. The atmosphere appeared more friendly and more galleria like than museum like. I appreciated being exposed to this museum in the cities and plan on returning soon and often (it is so big you can spend hours looking at everything)!

October 6, 2007

Rotten Sun: Nellie Brau

MCAD Rotten Sun:
While viewing the Rotten Sun exhibit, I found many pieces and themes inwhich I enjoyed and was able to link back to the common title of "Rotten Sun." The theme of the exhibit was quite obviously focusing on a more dark, sarcastic, and contradictory part of art. "Grotesque" was the word I believe MCAD used to describe the works in the exhibit. This was certainly fitting, seeing as that all the peices had some sort of gross element...I believe the pieces were meant to make you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. I did feel odd about the grotesque side of art, though in a strange way I was also pulled to the exhibit out of curiosity and interest for this "grotesque" feel

The name of the exhibti, "Rotten Sun," was quite fitting to the overall theme. When I think of something rotten, my mind comes up with words like garbage, old food, and perhaps even bodies. The term "rotting" is not a pleasant one, it almost makes me feel as if I should plug my nose. When this term is paired with the "Sun" contradictions arise. The sun in my mind is a bright, happy, and life-giving power. The sun is certainly not something I'd link to the term "rotten." But of course, the MCAD exhibit was trying to capture this contradiction to describe their exhibit. The grossness of something rotten being paired with something bright, and happy to twist the final fate of the said happy object is exactly what I believe MCAD was trying to convey through the works. Therefore, the title "Rotten Sun" is a perfect description of the exhibit. The phrase captures the theme entirely.

A piece I found interesting would be Barb Schulz's "Teenage Cat Girls in Heat." This piece was a larger version of a comic book strip. The comic portrayed whorish women teasing men and ultimatly sleeping with them. It showed women as sexual objects without true human qualtities. At the end of the comic strip the whores turned into cats and clawed the now-sleeping men to death. A very grostque portrayal of what this artist deemed as "the view of women" in the 21st century. I rather enjoyed the piece. I felt the work fit in with the theme of the exhibit, because of its qualities of gross exaggeration, violence, scandal, and sarcasm. This was a grotesque portrayal of women but I believe the artist wants one to realize how inadequetly women can be seen in the world of today. I also belive the work held some truth about "who women are"...and "what women have become" in comparison to other centuries.

The Art Institute:
The Art Institute as a mesmorizing collection of many kinds of modern and ancient works. I enjoyed my time there and viewed many famous works. The majority of my time was spent in the new wing of the institute which holds contemporary works. The new gallery was large, open, and bright and displayed the works in a fantastic way. I was able to see a few Warhol pieces, as well as the famous "Chuck Close" painting. I also visited the European section and spent time with the Baroque Era pieces. The works in the historical euro section were incredible. I also enjoyed seeing "Lucrezia" and other netherland area works. The institute was a great experience overall and I will certainly be returning!