Monday, September 27, 2010
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.
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
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
-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.
KEEP IN MIND:
- 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.
FOR TUESDAY 28:
-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
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'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.
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
Monday, September 13, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
"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.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
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.