Within the realm of political commentary, each of the six artist explored varying methods for getting their point across. Some were sculptural, photographic, media influenced, while others were made with traditional mediums.
i did this for a sholarship over Spring break and I think I'm going to redo the top
Kris Knight is a Canadian painter whose work examines sexuality and the secrets that we keep within ourselves. His portrayal of young men with pastels and soft backgrounds showcase how males can be portrayed in a soft light. Knights use of color helps to set a gentle tone for his subject, however he expression and the way the figures are positioned set a deeper undertone for his paintings. I enjoy the colors he uses in his works as well as the message within his body of work.
Kris Knight | Night Bloomer Kris Knight | Shades of Red
Propaganda can take positive forms as well as negative forms. What can be a positive message to one country or group can also be seen as something harmful in another. Specifically with North Korea's government, the idea of taking down a nation like the United States seems to be something that they are dedicating everything in their power to do, even if it sacrifices their people. However, this a a threat to the United States and we promote better relationships and/or taking down the country in response. However limited information reaches the public unless more research is done by a citizen.
There is also an issue of taken one artist work in order to spread your message across in order to recruit new members. Artist like Brian McCarty have had anti-war messages taken and doctored into propaganda for war by ISIS. Completely changing a message can have a large affect, and unless someone notices the image from previous exposure then the original message becomes lost.
I started the picture of my Granny however, acrylic was really splotchy so I transferred over to oils at the last minute. I have gotten further than I thought I would within the past week and I might be able to get it to where i want it this weekend. However, as of now i can not find any burnt umber and may need to get some or just compromise with green and scarlet and just lighten the highlights. And i still need to do the cardigan.
Picture from the 3 galleries we visited and a mural.
So we saw a lot of art and I really enjoyed the visits. I really liked the alumni show from the center for the arts exhibit. I enjoyed the different art styles and pieces of work. I also enjoyed the color used at the other exhibits and wish to explore color and its application.
Embroidery is something I never really thought anyone would make a portrait out of after I failed at it, but I was proven wrong by the success of Cayce Zavaglia. She is able to achieve very detailed portraits of people through the embroidering different color threads and acrylics, layered on top of each other to create different color, highlights, shadows, and much more. It is amazing the detail and color she is able to achieve when the work is viewed from a distance. In other works she is also able to beautiful loose portraits of her subjects through the use of paints on linen, giving the painting the appearance of painting splattering and loose strings.
I am finishing the girl I started painting before my last project. I'm going to add some drips and maybe some lines to this painting after I finished up the basic layout (fixing her mouth which is crooked and makes her face look scary) and colors I want on her face.
Michael Vasquez is an artist who explores the life and the reasons why young children turn to gangs as a replacement for a missing parental figure. The color images he creates showcases the rough but idealized male figure a young boy yearns for when growing up in a single parent household. Through his work, Vasquez also explores a gang as a family with its own set of values and as a ritualistic system with its own right of passage when becoming fully apart of the gang as well as becoming a man. Vasquez's works are insightful, as many never would have understood why someone would turn to a lifestyle typically related to violence. By showcasing these works of his friends he show cases a story that may have never been told and understood with simply words. While this will not stop children and teens from turning to gangs and other actions and groups for support, I feel as though this could help our society if more stories like these were known. We would not simply teach abstinence from something and build another prison, but work harder to give them love and other activities better within their community.
So... it was a great trip, I saw a lot of great stuff, it did not rain this year, but I got to the meeting point early and got hustled by a sweet old lady selling bracelets.
Mr. Ritchie's sketchbooks were amazing and although I got a tour of the archives, I felt as if his sketchbooks were some of the most interesting things I saw throughout the trip. It was very interesting to see his planning and how rough sketches stand as their own.
I also enjoyed the Richard Serra exhibition Rounds. Although they were just black circles, there was a depth to them that change from one round to the next. Some were simply a round an others were rounds with splatters surrounding them. It was interesting to see how one object can take on so many different shapes.
The artist John Baldessari also had an amazing exhibition. The differently (geometric) shaped canvases gave the artwork a new look. His use of photography as well as painting and layering were nicely composed and I loved the look of it coupled with the shape of the canvas.
It took forever, but I think I finished the abstraction of the model Winnie Harlow. I thought about adding color to the white, but i feel that that would take away from the dark purples, blues and red of the water color. I spent roughly two hours today adding harsher lines and the middle piece to split the picture somewhat, but the spots on the painting stuck out too much so I covered them up slightly before deciding to go back in and finish it up.
The readings this week dealt with artist response to pain and suffering as a result of war. Art is a medium that gives people the ability to show the emotions they have within them after the effects of an outside force. Art is also a platform for commentary on issues that are being faced within society.
In "When Modern Art Met Modern Warfare" there is the use of art by the artist to externalized the loss and devastation around them, with a focus on the aftermath of World War 1. The pain showcased within the art works not only transcend into our time, but also explore the idea of pain being something that does not go away. Even when the world forgets the mind still holds onto certain events. The artwork (ex. Slaughterhouse-Five, the sculptures) reflects this portal to the mind of the artist, a constant reminder of the pain due to a single event in one's life.
"Horror Is a Constant, as Artist Depict War" by Alissa Rubin took a different approach, instead focusing on civilian sufferings rather than the affect war had on soldiers and their loved ones. This focused on the civilian lives lost as not just numbers how showcasing the bodies of the dead had more of an effect on people. Rubin also explored these pictures as a recurring documentation of war, as history begins to repeat itself with war so to do artist repeat past artist through showcasing the acts of war onto inocents. Although artist were commissioned to show the achievements of war, the destruction outweighed the good. I found this part of the article interesting in this aspect, as although during wartime people tend to look towards the positives in the end it appears to be the negative that stays with us.
Sandra Chevrier is an artist living in Montreal who utilizes collage and heavy painting to make her figures emerge from the canvas they exist on. Her works goal is to expose the limitations of our world, to show the limitations we put on ourselves, and to allow us to free ourselves from these ranges set on us. Sandra Chevrier explores these concepts in her series "Cages" and "Super Heroes" and the outcomes are amazing. He style is amazing, as in "Cages" the style is loose in the back ground and everywhere else on the body of the figure then face becomes more clear and detailed. In "Super Heroes" the comic book pages become the mask and the clothing of the figure, while the eyes and mouth is left out. This emphasizes the power within the subject. Chevrier's works are nothing but beautiful, amazing, and cool.
I have two projects going on because I forgot the other at home, but that is great because now I am kind of ahead. Through they are kind off different in execution, they both feature a person who has some part of them taken and abstracted to some degree.
In the first piece I plan to pixelate the parts of the picture that the viewer would not notice at first glance, while keeping detail on what stands out on the person.
On the second piece I have taken a signature part of a models identity [which is her very symmetrical vitiligo(a disease which destroys the melanin)], did on outline filled it in with watercolors.
Former VMFA director held a lunchtime lecture in the black box, in which he talked about his journey into the art world and what he has learned about life and art throughout his years. Although his family attempted to deter him from a life in art he eventually found that it was something that he loved and that if he truly wanted to he could make a life in the art world with the passion he had for it. He went through ups and downs, which everyone experiences, however, he got back on track and was able to support his family and raise two children and eventually have grandchildren all the while enforcing the same lessons he learned in life to them and to us as well.
While I am still working on the first idea I finished TJ: 18 months old. I did the entire piece in colored pencil.
Work Time: all together about 4 hours
Update 11-16-15: I showed it to his parents
His MOM was so happy and wanted the picture saying it looked just like him (because he also is always eating or drinking something)
His DAD said it didn't look like him, and that he looked more like his mom than he actually does.
I have completely changed my plan as my clay broke into pieces ( and every time I glued it together it fell a part even more) when I moved it, but I still plan to follow with my original plan, but with a spin. I want to ask people what about society makes them angry and why. While I have some pictures already drawn, I will have more little drawings of different things, while still exploring culture appropriation and inequalities within our country.
I'm going to continue to document TJ as he gets older. I still plan to use the first idea for my project to make a bigger and more throughout out in class project or second home project.
I really enjoyed the sculptures and could not say anything bad about the exhibit. The works were very unique and I liked how Haley talking about enjoying the way his machines pressed an old washing machine and scrap metal into paper ball like shapes. It was nice to know that he loved the process in which his work is created. I also liked the hanging donut looking sculpture (and the drawing machine even though it was broken, which was kind of ironic.)
This website is an online portfolio for art class.