Monday, September 27, 2010

"Take Me There" Susan Adamé

This piece is 13 x 10 and is an example of collage art. Although the piece is abstract, I think that the title fits it fairly well. When I look at this particular work, I see lots of different things. It almost looks as though there is a figure looking at the sort of map with glasses or magnifying glass. I think that it is very successful and could pass as a painting.

"Serenity 1" by Phyllis Stone Aliber

This piece is called "Serenity 1" by Phyllis Stone Aliber. I think the colors have a calming effect and I think it matches the title well. Another piece of hers, called "Seasons", is a collage that was featured in The Artist's Magazine's 1994 as a finalist. She is a collage artist living in Vermont and has been recognized in various national competitions.

"Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?" by Richard Hamilton

The title of this work is called, "Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?". It is by Richard Hamilton, who is an English painter and collage artist. It is a pop art piece that I remembered from Art History. I thought it was interesting and that's why I decided to post it. It was created in 1956.

"An Alternative History of New Zealand" Peter Lewis

This collage was made by Peter Lewis from New Zealand. He uses old images and old pictures from children's books. Looking at his work bring happiness to me, because it reminds me of being a small child again. The the people and animals in the piece look so carefree. The greens in the background so bright and youthful looking. I feel like I'm looking at someones imagination. Even though I am not from New Zealand, I can kind of see him representing New Zealand's past in this collage.

Michel Keck

This piece is by Michel Keck and is called "The Bee Keeper." She does abstract paintings, mixed media assemblages, and contemporary art prints. I really like this piece because of the way the blue stands out. I also like the collage aspect to it and how it is all different pieces of another person being made into one. I also posted a picture of this piece in an office because i thought it looked really great against the gray scale in the office and it really made the room light up.

A Rethinking of Collage and Color

"Somebody Call on Ambivalence", 2007
Paper collage, gouache on wood panel (Kara Walker)

Kara Walker is notorious for her titllating and salacious imagery of the antebullum South. However in some of her pieces like this 2007 collage "Somebody Call on Ambivalence" she doesn't aim for shock value but has a more contemplative vien. Piece has a minimal effect as subject matter is only limited to two characters against a stained white background. However the seemingly simple and pristine imagery belies the complexity of painting. The lynched corpse that seem as a sort of sordid decoration effortlessly blend and stain white background which perhaps indict the altruism--whatever it may be--of black woman. Walker keeping with her tradition of simplicity makes a provocative statement while allowing viewer to pause in a deafening and uncomfortable silence.

"Pretty Double-Headed", 2010, Mixed Media, ink, collage, spray paint on Mylar (Wangechi Mutu)

Wangechi Mutu unlike Walker takes another approach on her collage pieces. She doesn't aim for aesthetic simplicity but instead creates a sumptous visual feast by distorting the human figure. Her collages--which mostly comes from a mixture of porn and high fashion magazines gives her macabre compositions a perverted sexiness and a savage loveliness to paintings. Wangechi somehow manages to both exploit and explore the myths and realities of 'idealized' beauty all the while contextualizing this 'menage a trois' of information overload to further analyze how the African body is treated and percieved visually, culturally and physically in a Western world.

Barnaby Furnas is a great example of how to express one's emotions on canvas. Furnas explosive colors and cinematic video game effects of splotches and fervor intensity is absolutely incredible. Somehow he is able through the abstact expressiveness of paint to encapsulate and freeze key yet imaginative moments in history. In this piece titled "Hamburger Hill" he makes the viewer fully engage in the heat of battle. The bloody and garrish scenes of battle is not only visually stimualting but is deeply disturbing on a pyschological level. Either way the clash of color and movement of paint is very interesting.

Robert Williams- Retinal Delights

Robert Williams created the magazine "Juxtapoz" in 1994, paying homage to lowbrow art that is figurative with pop, narrative, surreal and occasionally psychedelic themes, in a variety of media and art styles. It is today one of the most successful art magazines nationwide. "Hail the voyeur, the only honest connoisseur," is one of his favorite statements.
I found this particular piece an interesting complement to the themes we're currently studying in class. Although this work is only oil on canvas, it has the feel of a collage with all of the seemingly random stuff he has thrown in there. One also gets a sense of freedom and joy from his bright color choices, despite the very crowded composition.

Simultaneous Contrasts: Sun & Moon by Robert Delaunay

This painting is a great example of how abstract art can evoke multiple emotions, meanings, and ideas. The obvious intent is meant to bring about ideas of the sun and moon, as the title directs the thoughts of the viewer, but without a title the mind can wonder to find its own meaning. There is also something about the composition being placed in a circle that is incredibly appealing to the eye.

*On a side note, why does nobody leave comments on here, has nobody ever blogged before? Not that I actually do blog or anything, but aren't these things supposed to be like open discussions? I mean come on folks, for school work this shit is pretty gnarly.... Just sayin' player......

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Morris Windrush

This artist cleverly uses dull colors to accentuate his painting. He uses a dull tan off white kind of mix to give a rustic back old country feeling. You feel somber and at home, yet it makes you think with all of its complexities. I think his choice to not finish the leaf at the bottom right was a very good choice composition wise because it creates a sort of mysterious ambiance that makes you think about the entire composition; it really opens the entire piece up.

Dorothy Field - Untitled

Dorothy Field has used layered, handmade paper in this untitled collage. The work portrays an emotional pear shape, which alludes to a curvaceous woman's form. The shape leans against a deep blue and gray wall. This collage is simple but heavily packed with visual interest and appeal.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Listen to Your Heart by Patipat Asavasena

Listen to Your Heart by Patipat Asavasena has a great mix of primary and complementary colors. The green and brown of the girl's shirt make a warm contrast with the cool background of blues and light yellows. The wings give an expression of freedom and the heart and ear piece provide a feeling of life and music combining into something special.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Next Project Application Phase

-Among the 6 you must have at least 2 only collage and 2 only painted ones (the remaining 2 are your choice of collage or painted and you are allowed to incorporate both).
-Also among the 6, you must have 1 composition in a circle frame, 1 in a square frame and 1 in a rectangle frame. The remaining 3 are your choice.
-Among the 6, you must incorporate at least 4 different color relationships from the website. And again, only 6 colors total per composition.
- Each project will be turned in on full size (that fits in your clear sleeves) bristol board. So if you do a circle or square composition, you may either draw the shape onto the final board or you may make in on a separate piece of bristol board and mount it onto another one. Remember that craftsmanship counts.
- Do visual research!!!! See what other artists have done successfully. See what other artists have done unsuccessfully.
- For these projects you are allowed to explore texture, so the paint does not have to be completely flat and even like in the previous assignments. However, make sure that it WORKS visually and conceptually. Be able to defend your decisions.
- Do thumbnails and sketches. Sketching in color as well as pencil can save you a lot of time and money in the end.
- These are compositional studies only. We don’t want any representational images. For example, if you were illustrating the word “sad”, don’t draw a picture of a person crying, but rather an abstract composition in which both the layout AND the color evoke a feeling of sadness. The same thing goes for the collages. We’re going for abstract studies here, not scenes.
-Bring all your painting supplies
-Bring collage materials (magazines, newspaper, glue sticks). I’ll bring the magazine stack that I brought in before, but you may want more.
-Bring in 10 thumbnails of both emotions (20 total) and 4 sketches of each (8 total)
-BE READY TO START WORKING RIGHT AWAY. We have our in progress crit on these on Thursday the 30th.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Blue Isolation - Trisha Lambi

This painting is by Trisha Lambi. The Painting clearly shows isolation without it being too obvious. The scene is a peaceful beach, isolation of not just the umbrella but of the beach we see itself. The blues Trisha uses adds an element of calmness to the scene. This painting interests me because it reminds me of how everyone has their own happy place that they go to when they are stressed. Where it is just the person, in a place, and nothing else.

Ralph Steadman - Hunter on Ducati

Ralph Steadman's composition in this piece effectively shows direction.. Not just because it is a motorcycle and we know they are supposed to move, but the way he did it, the motorcycle actually appears to be in motion. Part of this is probably the way he splatters his ink when he draws. I think it makes his work very interesting.

Mark A. Webster

This painting is by Mark Webster and is done using a gray scale. I've always liked grays because I'm a fan of black and white pictures and paintings. The composition in this painting is also interesting because there are several things that make your eyes move throughout the painting. The trees make you go to the left while the river and the fence make you go towards the right and closer to the top of the painting. The river is also a nice contrast from the bank which is much darker. I also like that the river looks like ice almost, I would not know how to make that affect with paint.

Steven Dix - Stumps for the Stormbird

Although more than three colors were used in this piece, red, red orange and yellow orange are primarily used throughout. That makes the color scheme Analogous. There is use of violate but what really pulls you in is the warm colors.

Andy Warhol's "Shot Blue Marilyn" 1964

This is a painting by Andy Warhol. I am loving his use of colors in this piece. I think I have seen it before, but have never thought about why I liked the color combination. I now see that there is triadic color scheme using red, yellow and blue. I would never think to make a face red by itself, but when paired with blue eyeshadow and vibrant yellow hair, it works well. Marilyn is still so beautiful! The bright colors used makes this piece fun to look at.

Shifting Perspectives

"Branded Head", 2003, Lambda photograph
(Hank Willis Thomas)

Contemporary artist Hank Willis Thomas is notorious in re-assigning new meanings to familiar pop cultural icons. As in this 2003 example, "The Branded Head", the Nike sign is immediately associated with the NBA franchise that features mostly commercial products such as basketball and sneakers. However putting this classic signature on a black head instead of a basketball or sneakers instantly changes its connotations, and symbolism becomes more potent. With this new perspective it seems to connote this sense that the black body is a sort of commodity even alluding to chattel slavery. It could also be a critique on the sports industry and how black men are valued in today's society. This new association gives it a new meaning that is very provocative. The Nike emblem now has a very loaded feel due to this slight manipulation by artist. With this situation I saw the correlation between what we were doing on our current assignment which was simply to find innovative ways to re-interpret ordinary letters and numbers in an abstract way. And as a class we have discovered that just a slight change in a letter's direction or the overlapping of it obscures its original meaning and physical look.

Hans Holbein - Sir Thomas More

This is a portrait of Sir Thomas More (1527). This picture caught my eye because it is so vivid. He uses the complementary colors of green and red to make the picture stand out. The deep green in the background brings out the persons face and the red on the sleeves makes the picture whole because the black dulls it out. He was a German artist that focused on portraits. Hans was also important in the Renaissance artist.

Van Gogh- Sunflowers

Sorry for the obvious choice. This Van Gogh painting is the fourth in his Sunflowers series. I chose this one for his analogous color choice. Vincent Van Gogh was friends with Paul Gauguin, and he wanted to impress his friend with some home decorations while Gauguin stayed with him. In a letter, Van Gogh wrote, "Now that I hope to live with Gauguin in a studio of our own, I want to make decorations for the studio." An oil on canvas, this work now hangs in the National Gallery in London.


Argo is the most well known Velvet Elvis painters. He is from Tijuana, Mexico and is also known for Velvet painting of Richard Nixon. He uses a blue monochrome scale in this piece. I think his choice of color communicates a bit of gloominess; Which is a wise choice since it clearly captures his later years.

"Orange and Yellow" by Mark Rothko

This painting is by Mark Rothko, who emigrated from Russia to the U.S. The title of this piece is Orange and Yellow. It is abstract impressionism. It's based on an analogous color scheme. I really like the colors, it has a very warm feeling about it.

Aleksandr Rodchenko -The Best Nipple

Here is a really amazing work in advertising using complementary colors. The image is incredibly striking, and the balance between red and green are undeniable. This is a government funded advertisement for a rubber factory that makes baby bottle nipples, but is linked to the idea of Communism, war, and revolution.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Henry Moore- Reclining Figure

The way Henry Moore makes your eyes move through every space from the bottom left to the top right ties the entire sculpture together. You see it in its entirety no one part of it is more interesting. all the negative space makes the entire thing really breath it's open and full. The soft brown color of the wood also has a very nostalgic feeling. It feels like if you were to sit on it it would be soft.

Subodh Gupta - Cheap Rice

I love the way Subodh uses objects in this piece. He has created a sense of crowdedness by piling golden goblets on top of a bicycle. The contrast between the bicycle's thin wires and the rich, heavy-looking goblets sitting atop it creates tension and volume in this cutting edge sculpture.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Derek Hess - Isolated

I think Derek Hess's decision to use a monochromatic scheme, especially using red, really makes this work interesting.. It helps draw more attention to the blood on his hands because everything else is either black or white or pinkish.. He does this for a lot of his works and it really makes them interesting and makes him one of my favorite artists.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Bill Watterson's use of the complementary colors orange and blue really highlights the Calvin and Hobbes sleeping in the tree. Though all of the background is orange/yellow it gradually darkens as you move towards the characters this effect leads your eyes to look at them. The blue on Calvin's jacket makes him almost spring to life as Watterson cleverly contrasts that with him sleeping. Everything is very ambiguous except what he really wants to show through.

Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz

In this classic image Chalres Schultz cleverly paints Charlie Brown in an orange coat and the background in blue which are two complimentary colors that create balance. The choice of color also draws the focus to Chalie Brown. You will also notice that your eyes are drawn to Charlie Brown because Schultz painted him in the left quadrant of the frame, which follows "the rule of thirds" principle.

"Primary colors"

This painting is by Kristen Ankiewicz and is in her "Strange landscapes" series. She uses mostly primary colors and also black and white. I think that the use of primary colors makes this painting more appealing because it is more abstract. There is also a good amount of movement going on in the painting which is one of my favorite parts, It makes your eyes move throughout the entire painting.

Vincent van Gogh's "Bedroom in Arles" 1888

This is the first version of Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles. The image seems like simple bedroom, but the colors make up for the simplicity for me. I realized most of the colors used are blue and orange, which compliment each other. The blues and oranges seem more vibrant and rich in this bedroom. I can see how these color work together, because if the blue color wasn't present, I wouldn’t be able to see how much orange was incorporated like in furniture, frames on the walls, and even the floor. I think if this painting was made in black and white, I wouldn’t appreciate it as much. The colors makes the scene more pleasing to me.

Steve Penley - Untitled

When looking through Penley's online gallery, this piece stood out because of its vibrant red background. It displays all three of the primary colors as well as a few complimentary color combinations. Although the piece is a bit abstract, the color palette stays true to life. Aside from the red background, blue is the second most used color. The blue is spread throughout the painting; and in some spots, comes in direct contact with yellow. There is also a small spot of read in the in the flowers that is placed near green.

"Magic Mirror" by M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher is one of my favorite artist. He was a Dutch graphic artist. This piece was done in 1946 and it's called "Magic Mirror". It is a lithograph. I chose this because we had talked about gray scale and this is in gray scale. I like the composition of the piece and also I really like the perspective. He has some nice work. I encourage you to look at more of his stuff if you've never heard of him.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nicolas Poussin - The Death of Germanicus

Nicolas Poussin, The Death of Germanicus, 1627, Oil on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

The primaries (red, blue, and yellow) account for much of the color and vibrancy of this 1627 painting. While parts of the piece are painted in other color mixtures, those other colors seem to have been intentionally made subtler in appearance in order to make the primaries pop out more. The other colors are merely backdrops for the lavish primary-colored garments and textured fabrics.

Color Interpretations

Here are a couple of examples of paintings that had great use of the color wheel palette in acrylic, photography and installation format:

"The Actor Hezekiah Washington as Julian Carlton Taliesen Murderer Frank Lloyd Wright Family"
2009 acrylic on pvc (Kerry James Marshall)

In this Kerry James Marshall piece he uses the colors: red, yellow and green to dramatically punctuate the darkness of portrait. Though colors are in background they seem to jump out at you more than the portrait of man in foreground. This play of color creates the sense that man is trying to hide or disappear but is unable to and the title of painting also makes piece even more mysterious.

"From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried", 1995-96, C-print with sandblasted text on glass (Carrie Mae Weems)
Carrie Mae Weems monochrome photograph is very interesting. Her use of the color blue coupled with the portrait of woman had a beautiful sadness to it. Each layer of blues in many ways deepen that layer of empathy that image evokes.

"Think with the Senses, Feel with the Mind" Acrylic latex wall paint, colored pigment on wall (Odili Donald Odita)
In African artist Odili Donald Odita his use of the color wheel palette in his wall installations are simply stunning. He makes these simple colors to feel ultra chic and modern. Even though colors are fused together by its design he maintains color's pure integrity. Its very cool.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

mibou(full name unkown) - Frozen Heart

I recently found this artist and I got to say, he does a great job with his colors. All of his works seem to have a certain "glow" to them. His characters have good proportions, and are rendered beautifully. He manages to really effectively utilize complimentary colors, and this is just one of his many many pieces that shows off his talent. Please go check out his other works, he deserves the attention.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Rob Milliken - Pain

I don't really understand the title for this, unless the artist thought it was a painful process to do this piece, however i think it fits into what we're doing. This is a pretty cool composition, with these beat up old lanterns, done in the primary colors. It captures interest due to there positioning in relation to each other, as well as the negative space between and around them.

Thursday, September 2, 2010