Tuesday, December 7, 2010

2/2: out in Cali for cancer treatment right now and wanted to see some pictures.. Thanks.
1/2: Did anyone happen to take pics of all the work at Kavarna, if so could you post them here or email them to adamtoksoz@gmail.com, my grandma is

Monday, December 6, 2010

Kris Kuksi - Eden

Check out the sheer amount of detail in this sculpture. Amazing. I could stare at it forever. Look at his website if you're running out of ideas for your final project or need some last minute details.. http://kuksi.com/artworks/sculpture/

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Leviathon - Paul A. Romano


This is the album cover for the album Leviathan by Mastodon. The album is loosely based on Moby Dick, and the cover is fucking gnarly. all kinds of cool shit going on here, i would like to take my art in a direction like this, mixing fantasy and fiction and whatnot. theres so much to look here i dont really know which part is my favorite. Mastodon is a local atlanta band that hit it fairly big as far as metal music is concerned. if you haven't heard the album i suggest you pick it up or try and check it out on the internets cause its fuckin tiiiiiiiiiiiight.............

"MBT Firewalker" by Alexey "Karanak"

http://th00.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2010/327/2/e/mbt_firewalker_by_karanak-d33fhzb.jpg


This is one of those drawings that is simply amazing from a technical perspective. From the insane amount of detail on the vehicle, to all of the logistic specifications of its weaponry, countermeasures, and etc., its a truly impressive piece of imagination. The detail is amazing, and the fact that this thing seems like a plausible vehicle with all of the technical specifications is very impressive.

Anatomy drawing on cast

This is a cast with anatomical illustrations hand-drawn by Heather Tomkins. I really enjoy the use of medium in this "piece," in that what is illustrated on the medium also shows what is contained underneath the medium. The drawing tells the story of the body located inside of it. For my project I am incorporating similar elements of containment and unveiling of basic anatomical components.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Celestial Tree by Robert Venosa


"Under the tutelage of Mati Klarwein, Venosa learned to paint the fantastic with incredible detail as their New York City loft was visited by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Jackie Kennedy and Dr. Timothy Leary." (from a website)

This guy is amazing!

David Stephenson

http://www.heraldleaderphoto.com/2008/09/18/man-decorates-basement-with-10-worth-of-sharpie/

This guy is amazing. I found this a while ago and I think it's the epitome if two-dimensional design. If my landlord would let me, I would attempt this in a heartbeat.

"Dogs playing poker: Waterloo" by C.M. Coolidge


This painting is from the "Dogs playing poker" series by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. This piece is called "Waterloo" but was originally titled "Judge St. Bernard Wins on a Bluff".
C. M. Coolidge was an American visual artist. He was commissioned in 1903 by Brown and Bigelow to advertise cigars. He created 16 paintings for the company, 9 of the 16 depict dogs playing poker. I always liked these paintings and thought they were fun.

Andy Warhol’s “Gold Marilyn Monroe”


Andy Warhol’s “Gold Marilyn Monroe” is by far one of my favorite pieces of art. It is the first painting ever remember seeing as a child, even though at that time I did not have the slightest idea of who the portrait was of. I’ve always been very drawn to this piece. It is obviously a portrait of one of the most recognizable figures in pop culture, Marilyn Monroe. All one sees in the image is here head. Marilyn’s face is very life-like. The color choices in the piece are what make it appear not completely true to life. The color scheme Warhol used in the piece is the Split-Complemcentary colorscheme. Her face is a pale violet with spots of a blue/green to indicate her eye shadow and clothing. Her hair is painted orange; as is the border that the portrait is surrounded by.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

this an example of a Synesthesia inspired watercolor. Notice the wavy lines and and blotches of color and the colored dots. This is an example of what a synesthetic might see when he or she hears or 'sees' music

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Cherry Blossoms" Carl Radke



Carl Radke has been a favorite artist of mine for years. He is most known for his blown glass pieces. I didn't even know about this painting - "Cherry Blossoms". It looks like he just used a monochromatic red in this painting. I like it.

"Nude Descending a Staircase No.2" by Marcel Duchamp

This piece is called "Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2" by Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp was a French surrealist and dadaist artist. I like the color scheme of this piece. I really like the raw quality of this painting as well. I like the harsh lines and contrast of it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

which one is a better idea?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWzI_Wn0ZwM

and illustrated version of that guys nursery rhymes?


Or something like this guys illustrations of his favorite movies. this is obviously the scene from big lebowski, at the bowling alley when the "Jesus," characfer is introduced. which can be seen here...
http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/2038468700

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Floating Ruins" by Randis Albion

http://randis.deviantart.com/art/Floating-Ruins-185446781?q=favby:Negative-Crown-Ent/8996733&qo=6

This is one of those images that just makes the viewer go "Wow." The sheer scope of this picture is fantastic, really giving an imposing feeling that this is a massive landmark in this fantasy world. The sheer size of the floating island castle is really impressive, and makes the viewer wonder just what is up there and why the young woman is there. The composition is also very well though out, with elements leading the audience's eyes around the floating islands and leading back to the woman and the castles at the apex of the image.

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Untitled" by Jackson Pollock


Normally I am not a huge fan of Pollock but I dig this one. It has more definition than his other paintings. I like the balance and color combinations. It was painted in 1939-1940. This piece was one of 100 pieces selected for the Twentieth Century American Drawings from the Arkansas Arts Center

Vladimir Kush “Visitor”

I recently discovered Vladimir Kush and he has quickly become one of my favorite artists. Most of his work would be classified as Surrealism. I was drawn to this piece in particular because it is very indicative of dreams. It also has a magical expect to it.
http://www.vladimirkush.com/popup.php?id=290&category=Originals/Available Originals

"Rubber Soul"

I know this is a photo of an album cover, but technically it is still art. I really love the perspective of the photograph and how it has an odd stretched look. The photo was taken by Bob Freeman, who did a lot of work for the Beatles. The lettering was created by Charles Front. From what I remember, the way the photo on the album came about was by accident. They were looking through photos on a slide projector and it had fallen back and it gave it a distorted look and the guys really liked the way it looked.
Meta, would you mind posting a link or picture of those little limbs with the holes in them that you were talking about? I'm interesting in finding out more about those. Thanks

Deterioration of Mind over Matter - Otto Rapp



Pretty fucking cool. I am thinking about implementing a little bit of surrealism into my final project, and this painting definitely has an influence on me. The bone deterioration is painted really well, and I love the droopiness Rapp captures. It reminds me a bit of Dali, but it's a lot more morbid than most of Dali's works I've seen. I think this is watercolor?

Final Project

1) I want to make a series of compositions on canvas, landmarking different significant times in my life. I will use acrylics and hard pastels.
2) for a second option, I will do an interpretive self portrait on a large canvas because it like it so much. It will be done with acrylics.
3) For the last option, I will take a photo of the student rush hour in between classes and make a drawing based on how I view the people.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jane Mackay

this is an example of an artist who paints using their Synesthesia. you can kind of see letters and number in the yellow. The red bold lines create a sort of psychedelic effect and reflects how I see things

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Final Project Ideas

1. A childrens book using adult themes disguised with child like imagery. kinda like some of the old disney stuff when you look really hard for it. probably on a thick parchment like paper, thats about 10-20 pages long, depending on how well i do at sketching it out....
2. series of water colors with oil pastels mixed in, displaying the seven deadly sins
3. nude self portrait..... which will only be worked on in class................

Dust Art - Scott Wade


This is done on the back of cars, and all he really does is use water and a brush to remove areas to recreate classic images, very cool example of temporary art.

Peter Donnelley, Sand Artist


This was done by Peter Donnelley, obviously in the sand. I thought this was a very interesting medium. There are suprisingly a number of sand artist out there. I chose this one because it was not a sculpture type piece which most of the other ones are. I really like the shape of this whole piece, and how it seems to just come out of no where. I also think the squares are awesome. I would not even know where to begin if I had to do something like this.

art show?


again disregarding the shitty photo quality, just something i did after working on my diptych and couldn't sleep.. debating putting it in the show with the other one.. yeah, no, or any suggestions for changes??

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"Clone War" by Livio Ramondelli


I really like this amazing piece by Livio Ramondelli, because it packs so much atmosphere in a single image. The rain falling down on the clone troopers and star destroyers fly overhead, its just a wholly engrossing and impressive visual. There is also good contrast here in color, despite the fact that the majority of the image is very dark an bleak. The cool blue glow of the hologram, contrasts the heat of the ships' engines in the background. Overall, this image truly captures "Star Wars' in an awesome way.

Final Project Ideas

For my final I really want to take a well know children's story and reinvent it.

1 Im thinking about doing The Three Little Pigs story. Except instead of pigs and a wolf it will be little pandas and an evil tiger(maybe) and I'm going to change the story around a little. I have a 9" x 12" hardbound notebook to put the story in. I was thinking of collaging the story with a little drawing. I'm still trying to figure out what to do about the text.
And I if I were to do this, I would have the pandas defeat/kill the tiger, but I feel bad since Tigers are endangered. :( So I'm still trying to figure out if I will use Tigers or not.

2. I guess an alternative would be making one to three or so big pieces summarizing the story instead of having it in a book.

3. I could do another story besides the Three Little Pigs.


3 ideas

1. This was not in my original 10 but I was thinking about doing something involving a tree painting( and other materials) with different sized clayboards(or something like it). All of the different pieces making one picture. Maybe have each piece a different medium but all of them connected.
2. A mirrored type piece, maybe using actual mirrors and the image being mirrored.
3. Something on a scratch board, not sure what I would put on it yet though.

3 ideas for the final project

1. Make an animation
2. Paint a scene on an old door
3. hinge/attach several records together and paint them

3 final ideas for the final

Here are my 3 final ideas for the final project

1. Make a film

2. Make a stop-motion animation

3. Paint a mural in a toilet

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Final-Final Ideas...

1. Re-Create collage-head self-portrait study on 30 x 40 paper
2. With the revised 'collage-head' self portrait I wanted to project film footage on paper to make piece seem more alive
3. Create a series of 50-60 minature watercolor and graphite drawings as part of a long narrative. Drawings will tell a bizzare, non-linear tale. (This could also be part proposal as well)

Still Life with Wooden Vase by Hang




Hang is an artist from Vietnam and she has quite a few paintings on her website that I am a fan of. I liked her still life painting before I saw the photo and even more after I saw it. I like her use of dark colors and the void in the wooden vase is cool.

Peter Nagel “Parade”

www.easyart.com/.../Parade-166669.html

Even though this piece is rather empty, I find something about to be very I interesting. The only colors found in the image are blue, yellow and red. The figure, as well as the ground it sits on are made up of shades of grey, black and white. The figure appears to be an abstracted soccer player. The black and white stripes that make up the soccer player makes it up pop against the blue sky. The yellow and red ball also stand out a great deal.

Narrowed down ideas

Okay, my ideas have been narrowed down to three:
1)Paint something interesting with tea. For example, I drink a cup of tea every morning
(What? I'm British.) I'm thinking of doing a series of small watercolor-like paintings of my daily tea bag (oh, shut up) with the tea and some thin, black pen contour lines.
2) Do a series of daily drawings based on the first thing someone says to me each day. Super conceptual. I don't know how feasible this is because I still don't know what "Hey, how's it goin'?" looks like.
3)Objects with "ingredients, " chemical structures, and physics equations written on the respective objects with pen or paint pen depending on the material. The writing would look very textbook and not stylized. For example, a hot water bottle with it's chemical makeup (cis-1,4-polyisoprene, copper phthalocyanine blue, etc) technical drawings of said chemicals, and a whole lots of physics equations about heat properties and conductivity.

"Jazz Still Life" by Keith Mallett

This piece is called "Jazz Still Life" by Keith Mallett. Mallett is an American artist. I really like this painting. It is abstract, but you can still tell what it is suppose to be. I really like the colors that he used also.

children book Ideas

children book Ideas:
1)duck and kitten go on an adventure teaching them about idealism
2)metaphorical concept of the wind and how it gains it's courage
3)a metaphysical concept about a child with an over active imagination
4)kid with the inability to sleep and stays up and creates beautiful masterpieces
5)three year old who sees music in objects and the way they are positioned
6)kid who sees color when he hears sound
7)little girl and her struggles with sexism at a young age
8)book about many animals who fight to get equality
9)overly adventurous kid and his many exploitations
10)little boy who has the power to see hidden worlds

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Silk Neural Network - Shoshanah Dubiner

For my final project, I'm thinking about doing something abstract that is heavily inspired by the brain and its neuronal functions ... I thought this was a pretty cool example of a representation of that, especially with the added theme of spider and web. The labyrinthine section at the bottom of the piece is really intriguing as well. I will definitely be browsing more ideas like these in order to find inspiration for the final work.

Friday, November 5, 2010

10 Ideas

1. Comic book
2. 3D sculpture made from foam-core. I would add texture and color to the surface.
3. Series of paintings interpreting my three favorite songs.
4. Series of large scale paintings of my favorite Pop Icons.
5. Series of large scale paintings of my favorite places.
6. Children’s Book.
7. Altered Book
8. Mural
9. Collage
10. Video using stop motion animation

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Final Project

1. i want to do a detailed selfportrait of how we all feel on the inside....yea...i know crazy 2. a perspective drawing on how we view the world. 3. a composition on body figures. 4. a project where we try to recreate a famous painiting or drawing using acrylics...hard..lol. 5. a piece were we try to convey the most using the least. 6. draw what r kids would look like. 7. draw a our fears. 8. crazy perspectives..9. compose a face with one color. 10. make a drawing using our off hand..i.e. left handed people draw with their right and vice versa.

more upcoming pre-thanksgiving deadlines...

Nov 9
Still Life is due
Decide what piece will go in the class show
Narrow down final project to 3 ideas- post on blog no later than nov 9. I will approve your ideas via the blog so you can begin work on the 11th.

Nov 11
Bring supplies to class to begin working on final project
By the end of class turn in a written timeline for your project progress
Bring your show piece READY TO HANG with title, name, date and medium

Nov 14
Sunday night I will hang your show at Kavarna. Anyone who would like to help is welcome to show up

Nov 16
Show at Kavarna 6-8pm 707 East Lake Dr. Decatur GA 30030

Nov 18
Work day

Some considerations for your final project...

- What are you trying to convey with your piece?
- Who is your audience?
- How is your piece presented? (ie on the wall, on the floor, in public, suspended, etc...)
- How does the presentation relate to the concept of the piece?
- How do your materials relate to the concept of your piece?
- Are there other unique factors? (Is it interactive, temporary, etc...)

These are all questions to consider while formulating your plan. Also they will need to be addressed in the final presentation, which will consist of the following:

1. The final piece presented in it's proper state. For example, if its an outdoor piece, we'll go outside. If its multiple pieces, set them up as they are to be displayed. You can use other spaces in the building besides our classroom.

2. A 7-10 minute presentation in which you discuss your concept, process, materials, artistic influences, etc.

3. A typed artist statement.

These will be presented on December 7 and 9 (8 people per day). You will draw dates closer to the end.

Tentative Ideas

1. Painting something interesting with tea.
2. Drawing/painting a stylized (or not) infrared spectrum on an object.
3. Diptych with birdcage on one panel and small, escaped bird on the other. In two different styles, maybe using photo transfer.
4. Dismembering a book and making something, though this seems blasphemous.
5. Experiment with painting on layers of resin.
6. Large molecule painting with photo transferred faces of my friend Teddy on the atoms.
7. "Ingredients" list, molecular structures and physics equations drawn/painted on an object like a baseball bat or coffee pot.
8. Series of daily drawings based on what the first thing someone said to me that day.
9. Found object painted with the scene of where I found it.
10. Making something out of the thousands of old slide-projector slides of my father's.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

final project

1) I really want to do a thing like the Humument idea, I liked that alot.
2) maybe some sort of collage because I enjoy that also.
3) something with xacto knife stencils and spray paint, i used to make stencils more often and would kind of like that
4) draw? something on some all white vans...
5) series of ink drawings
........... I really cannot come up 5 more ideas. If anybody has suggestions that would be great.

Ideas

For the final project I know I want it to have a lot of color.

1. I really liked the book idea where you add things to the pages of a chapter book.

2. make a large portrait made with interesting items like. I think I would do it of a singer I really like.

3. I was also thinking of getting a picture book I used to really like and sort of re create it in n interesting way.

4.Or I could pick out one page(from the picture book) I like and recreate a scene in collage and paint or some other media.

5. Maybe I could get a blank book and fill the pages. I think I would make it have a theme so the pages aren't too random.

6. make something on a puzzle and do something interesting with the puzzle.

7.sculpt something

8. Make an underwater ocean scene

9. A large self-portrait

10. make a christmas scene with lyrics of Christmas songs.



Final Project

1. Make a short childrens book using a small sketchbook my cousin made me for xmas.
2. Do a 4 piece painting series of my favorite marvel character.
3. Take shrooms and draw whatever come2 to mind.
4. Pin-up style portraits of my favorite pinup ladies.
5. gigantic watercolor mural of something or other....????
6. found object collage, and possibly a drawing to go along with it...
7. abstract thing done outta beer bottle caps
8. giant painting dedicated to proposition 19/ legalizing marijuana
9. tribute illustration for the decadence of 80's hair metal.
10. really large fantasy poster, with something to do with greek or german mythology....

Final Ideas

Final Project Ideas:
1. Re-Create collage-head self-portrait study on 30 x 40 paper
2. Create a series of 30-45 minature watercolor drawings as part of a narrative. Drawings will tell a bizzare, non-linear tale
3. Attempt to re-create a live version of a surreal painting on film. Eg: Rene Magritte
4. Juxtapose 3 different perspectives of the same image together. One on film, the second in a photograph and the third as a drawing.
5. A diptych piece that showcases two stages of a still life. One piece would be a drawing and the other would be on film. In drawing, still-life would appear 'whole' while on film the still-life would either be moving 0r detoriating. Either way I want to show a stark contrast in imagery.
6. With the revised 'collage-head' self portrait I wanted to project film footage on paper to make piece seem more alive
7. Present film on my back. I thought it may be cool to project film footage on back as part installation/live-performance piece.
8. Incorporate collage drawing, film and live performance in one. I was thinking of sitting in front of drawing and have both film projection to reflect both on back and on drawing surface at the same time.
9. Create a series of 50-60 minature watercolor and graphite drawings as part of a long narrative. Drawings will tell a bizzare, non-linear tale.
10. Install film as a living painting. I was probably thinking that to have 2 or 3 moving 30-sec images projected on wall. These images would be bordered by an actual frame.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

some ideas

1. draw a bunch of different cartoon-like body parts, cut them out and string similar parts together (string of legs, string of nipples, string of arms, etc.)... present them all together in some interesting way
2. string different objects, wrap them around something (think of stringing popcorn and putting it around a Christmas tree, but with things that are not tacky and not inspired by the birth of Jesus)
3. abstract oil pastel drawing covered with cut-out drawn neural network, somehow made 3d
4. photobox full of trinkets
5. michael jackson memorial caricature
6. paper food
7. crazy knit objects
8. something inspired by periods or vaginas or semicolons
9. abstract characters that look like cartoony uteruses floating in beautiful backgrounds
10. many abstract pieces put up together, all encompassing a single abstract idea, such as "flow," or "grow," or "form," etc. (Need to come up with central idea first)
1. hinge/attach several records together and paint them
2. Paint a scene on an old door
3. Make an animation
4. Make a film
5. Paint scenes of turner field on baseballs and photograph them
6. Photograph sidewalk chalk drawings/paintings
7. paint something on an old car hood
8. Make a collage/wax painting (with candle wax)
9. create a picture out of human hair
10. make a plaster mold of something then paint something on it.

10 possible project ideas

10 Project Ideas-

1. Make a film

2. Make an animation film

3. Take an old guitar and break it up and paint on the body

4. Large scale collage

5. More velvet paintings (maybe with cheetos)

6. Doing something with a book looks cool.

7. Painting a scene on a lamp shade

8. Painting a mural in a toilet

9. Painting a scene on silk

10. Gut an old T.V. and painting something to fit inside and do something with lights inside of it.

Diptych project

Disregarding the tiger, shitty cell phone quality pictures, and random marks at the top left of my sketches, are there any suggestions for colors of the table on bottom left sketch or the egg holder things in both. I made the cup red as you can see and I want to leave the background color white, but I'm stuck on these two things. Thanks, Adam

Project Ideas - Kyle

So far, these are my ideas:
1- A book where the pages open up in 3d, like those children's book where they open the page and something lifts up from the pages.
2- A flip-book where you quickly use your thumb to go through all the pages, I would essentially be making an animation with it.
3- A "character creator". I would set up a simple 2d character model and make several drawn pieces of clothing, character expressions and faces, and the audience can make a character from it. I would probably use magnets or velcro for the pieces to stick.
4- A "comic creator". i would lay down several base panels, along with dry-erase speech bubbles, and several various drawing of characters with different expressions. The audience could then organize these however they want to make their own mini-comic.
5- A 2d piece with several 3d elements sprouting out from it to add depth and shadows, which would show different things based on where the light hits.
6 - a 2d piece with a light bulb behind it that would allow for beams of light to show throuhg specific parts of the artwork.
7 - Some sort of animation, 2d. Could do it on computer, or paper.
8- Something similar to 6, but on black paper and the slider would be used to show different parts of the piece, some viewable while others are swallowed by the shadows.
9- Maybe something involving knights and dragons, with movable elements to add interest.
10- Same concept as 9, with movable pieces within the work, but instead of fantasy it would be sci-fi with ships and such.

Project ideas

So far one of the only ideas I have is to make something for my sister. She is graduating in December and I thought if it turned out nice I could give it to her for a graduation present, and I find making things for other people helps motivate me.
1. I could do some sort of a portrait of her?
2. Maybe one of the both of us
3. A mixed media portrait
4. scratchboard (I like these)
5. Maybe something to do with her and her boyfriend (because she would like it)
6. Some sort of sculpture
7. Maybe something that she could use like some sort of jewlery or something
8. Something involving pictures of her/us in a collage type of thing
9. She likes making things with beer bottle tops, so maybe something involving that
10. And we are twins so maybe I can use that in some sort of mirrored picture or something involving the fact that we are twins

I have a long way to go but at least I think I have a theme.
Let me know if anyone has any cool ideas.
Thanks.

My 10 Project ideas

The following are the ideas I have come up with for the final project.

1) Photographic Mosaic.
2) One of those book things (the one where the guy painted the pages of the book)
3) A Textportrait maybe?
4) Some sort of drawing on shoes, I have always wanted to do that.
5) Maybe a series of something involving the 7 deadly sins, i did a little project in highschool art using this theme and loved it.
6) Something involving animals.
7) Another Diptych.
8) A collage.
9) An Angles vs. Demons thing perhaps.
10) Carving Egg Shells (it just looks really cool)

These are just the ideas i have so far. Might come up with better ones later.

"Lemme have my last smoke" by 'andrahilde'

http://negative-crown-ent.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d2zo9pp

I really enjoy looking at this piece of work, simply because it seems to tell the story of a single character in a very basic way. The blood and eye patch make the character appear to be some sort of rough fighter who might be arrogant or stubborn, or simply seen a lot of action in her day. Her expression also appears concerned, but not overly angry or upset, but concentrated. The red hair seems to flow with the elements of blood scattered around, while contrasting th dark background. All of the elements seem to work together, making your eyes look around and see all the grungy detail sued throughout the painting.

Monday, November 1, 2010

"Goldfish" by Robert Joseph Rich


He etched for Zsa Zsa Gabor, Colgate-Palmolive-Corporate Headquarters, Marvel Comics and the Trump Taj Mahal. (I didn't know that Trump had a Taj Majal). Anyway, I like his work and hope I can do a fraction of what he can with glass/mirror. Wish me luck guys!

"Still-Life" by Willem Kalf

This piece is called "Still-Life" by Willem Kalf. Willem was a Dutch painter who specialized in still life paintings. Most of his pieces features a porcelain Chinese bowl. His pieces have a great deal of detail and I like his work.

Still Life Portraiture


"Perspective: Manet's Balcony II", 1950
Rene Magritte

This 50's painting by surrealist artist Rene Magritte is very intriguing because though it technically reads as a still life it is very much a portraiture. Here Magritte makes these hard hollow caskets seem as though they have soul. They feel very human by the way he contours each line and the shading he gives to objects. It is very interesting how he obscures the line between what is considered an object and a figural piece. This overlapping of meanings is very powerful because it makes you wonder what kind of family is this? Why are they entombed? Though they are grouped together and read as a whole they each seem a world apart. You definitely get the sense of devastating alienation and loss looking at family--what it is I am not quite sure as each casket holds their own dark secrets.



















Salvador Dali " Illumined Pleasures".


This piece is an homage to the film industry. Dali was very intrigued by motion pictures and that is what he is trying to convey. The painting is very whimsical in true Dali fashion.

Genesis 1: 24-25 By Tina Bradford

This is a Diptych called Genesis 1:24-25 by Tina Bradford. This picture catches my eye with the way it was painted but what draws me in is what i almost didn't see. At the bottom there are horses who are semi-transparent running through the picture. The way the work flows gives a calmness or a at one with nature feel.

"Sweet Tooth"


This still life is made with watercolor by Terrece Beesley. This picture is so fun! I really like all the colors of the candy wrappers. I also like how she put comics under the candy. The colors of the candy are a great contrast to the grey comics. I think there is a good balance of candy and comic, so both stand out.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Elvis Presley Painting with Cheese Puffs on Velvet - Cheesy Art in Cheetos

Cheese Puff Elvis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXigfZGqsLM

This is specifically for Chuck, but I think everyone can enjoy. An exploration of different media, this shows what you can do with delicious foodstuffs and black velvet. Think outside the box, people. Paint with all sorts of weird crap.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Still life


This piece is by Joan MirĂ³. It is titled Still Life with Old Shoe. It was done in 1937 and it is now in The Museum of Modern Arts, New York, NY, USA. This is an abstract version of a still life. The colors and shapes are different than they were in the real still life. This makes this piece more interesting. The fork reminded me of the fork in one of the still lifes in class and i like how it looks here. The background and color add movement to this picture.

THIS IS AWESOME IN ALL CAPS!!!!!


i just found this and wanted to share it cause its super fuckin gnarly but it has nothing to do with class, i just like it a lot....

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cryptic Diptych


I actually found this painting for sale on craigslist, which may be frowned upon by art elitists. I do think this is a strong piece, though. Compositionally, it works to have all of the spermatozoa (or neurons? these are two things I typically look for in art, I guess, and two things I find to be somewhat visually synonymous) congregating in the center, and having the painting split down the middle creates tension. You want this to be one painting, but if it were it might be less interesting. It works. The illuminated sperm cells are especially beautiful. Maybe the whole idea of the piece is supposed to be one big play on words... "Dicktyp diptych"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"The Last Stand" by Mary Kay

http://www.deviantart.com/#/d31jzzo

Every once in a while an image shows up that just makes you stop and really LOOK at it. "The Last Stand" by Mary Kay does just that, bu showing off an amazing derelict ship at sunrise. The image seems to perfectly capture the light reflecting off of the water and the texture of this ship's rusted metal frame. The piece is also very strong in its composition, with the sun's rays occupying the right side, the dark presence of the ship on the right, and the rocks cascading from the right downward.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Seeing things a bit differently

"Corolla Fallujah", 2009
Digital silver gelatin print on fiber based paper, selinium toned
(Richard Mosse)

By conventional standards,Richard Mosse's photograph, does not fit the stereotypical view of what is considered to be a still life painting. For starters it doesn't consist of the standard fruits, jug and flowers composition but instead imagery is submerged in a bloodbath of bullets and subject matter is politically charged. As its title suggests, Fallujah is not only an insurgent stronghold but is a haven for terrorists and it symbolizes the various internal and external conflicts that surround the Iraq war. An epic center for violence, safety is paramount. A car becomes a real necessity for quick and safe transportation in and out city but it is also a vehicle, both literally and figuratively, in keeping one alive. It is quite interesting that Mosse juxtaposes these realities on top of one another. Image is even more interesting as car in picture is not just an ordinary car but an American car, a corolla to be exact, which makes it into a living target. It is no accident then that car is disfigured by the overwhelming spray of bullets. It is overkill and Mosse doesn't mask this fact--he doesn't shy away from the ferociousness and brutality of violence. This gesture is undeniably a scathing indictment of war.



"Hoping the Light will save us 2", 2008
Diptych/Installation View, Carleton University
(Pascal Grandmaison)

Pascal Grandmaison diptych installation is quite interesting. At a glance it shows a face of a man but on close inspection there is something odd and asymmetrical about composition. One is upside down and the other upright but together it feels balanced and doesn't make you feel disoriented. I am not sure exactly what it means but you feel that look of man is piercing --you feel that you cannot escape his reach. The intensity of look is downright uncomfortable. His intense glare does something to your nerves. Somehow eyes seem to tear at your unconscious beckoning you to step out and come into view--stepping out and coming into the 'light'.

Still life watercolor painting


This water color still life was painted by Derek MCcrea. I like how only the corner of the table shows when it could have been straight across. Im so impressed with how he handled the lace with water colors in the background. The shapes are so delicate the beautiful. It's my favorite part to look at. I kind of looks like he painted the red shapes to create the lace. That impresses me. There is so much detail on the vase which looks difficult as well.
I love the look of water color. The colors blend in an interesting way. Like on the leaves and the red on the walls.

Michael Naples- Apple Orange Diptych

Oil on 1/2" Board, 3.75"x6"
"Each painting is meant to be framed separately and hang next to each other allowing each composition to compliment the other."
I thought this was an interesting play on a still life diptych. It appears as though each object is half of a whole piece of fruit, however, this is not the case. The choice to do an apple and an orange is interesting in that the audience immediately thinks of the connotation of "different as apples and oranges," even though they add together to make a complete composition.

sumthin dif'rent




Here's a couple different examples I've found for diptych ideas. with the exception of the football pinup one, the other two tell stories within two images, and both are a little comical. anyways i dont really know what im gonna be doing for the project yet, but im sure some things will come as i do a little more research/image surfing. anybody had any good ideas yet?

Connor Walton- Still Life Judgement VIII

This still-life painting was done by Connor Walton. The only word that comes to mind when looking at it is "Amazing". It looks like a photograph. The attention to detail is very intricate and the shadowing is perfect. Everything looks perfect, each line is perfect. Connor Walton is originally from Dublin, Ireland and a modern day classical painter.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

W.C. Heda- Still Life with Oysters, a Silver Tazza, and Glassware


This is a still life by W.C. Heda. It it a very realistic version of a still life. It has a very dark feel to it and has a dark color palette. The composition could be a little more interesting and less straight on in my opinion however I do like that the table goes out of view on the bottom and on the right.

An Urban Landscape

the artist uses the diptych technique very well because it actually adds something to the piece. It is not unnecessary, the split panels heighten the shadow of the skyscraper and add a level of depth that would not be achieved if the artist hadn't used the diptych technique.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Diptych


This painting is called"Genesis 1:24-25." It is by Tina Bradford and its size is 60 x 40. This is a nice example of a diptych because there are two different paintings but they are so similar they read as one. The colors and the painting style are the same on both pieces but the space filled up is a little different. I like the dark red color of the trees against the lighter background. The lake and the reflection are also very interesting and I like the fact that it is also red. The lake almost connects which also helps make the piece read as one.

Pyramid of Skulls - Paul Cezanne

Obviously, Cezanne did a lot of still life paintings. This one particularly catches my eye because of the subject matter. There are no apples or oranges, no vases, and no dainty little trinkets, which is what I generally think of when I hear "still life," and which are the objects Cezanne seems to have used most often. There are merely four well-placed skulls. The composition is nice, in that it is slightly centered but not completely. It hints at what is in the shadows although we cannot actually see this part of the painting. Good work, Paul.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Forever Always - Octavio Ocampo


One could spend large amounts of time figuring this piece out, its composition and layout are visually astounding. I really love art that trips you out and take more than just a few seconds to register what is actually going on.

p.s.
Where the fuck was everybody last night, not even one of you showed????
Its cool i didn't really give you guys much info, but you missed out, and you can still come see the artwork all month at East Side Lounge

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Self Portrait



This is a super cool self portrait that hangs in the modern museum of art at the Atlanta High. The artist worked in an airplane hanger, placed found objects to create the image then had it photographed from a crane. I was hoping the photo that I took had the artists name in it - sorry! Chuck and I are planning to see the Dali exhibit at the High and I will be sure to update this post! Please, standby!

"American Gothic" by Grant Wood




The title of this piece is called "American Gothic" by Grand Wood. It was painted in 1930. Grant Wood was an American painter. This is his most famous piece. Linda and I were driving through Eldon Iowa and saw a sign that said "American Gothic House" and we followed the signs to the place. We thought it was pretty cool. The couple in the painting are actually suppose to be father and daughter, even though a lot of people mistake them for husband and wife. Wood used his sister and his dentist as models.