Off Campus Event

I went to the High Museum in Atlanta for my off campus event. It was so cool!! More amazing than the first time I went. I have been there once before with my family and I really enjoyed it then too. It’s so interesting to see all the different styles of art all in one place like that. I personally enjoy the ancient art more than the modern art. It’s just so unbelievably beautiful in the way it tells a story or portrays a message. I love how much detail had to go into each piece. Artists at that time had to dedicate years to completing such intricate works of art.

I have put a selection of the pictures I took on here. They are all very beautiful and I especially like the furniture that accompanies some of the art from the same time period. I am fascinated by old objects like. I imagine the history behind it as I’m standing there looking at it. Just imagining what that particular piece of furniture has been through to make it this long past when it was built is so much fun for me. I have always wanted to visit Europe and see all the castles still standing and the Palace of Versailles especially. Also, I HAVE to go to the Louvre museum before I die. It’s a personal goal J

I also loved all the white statues of women with what looked like drapes over them..like there was a white sheet draped over their whole body. I’m not sure what this means  but by the white color and the sheet over them I think it might be an attempt to preserve the purity of women. White representing purity and the covered face representing protection. It’s very beautiful but possibly it could also be seen as wanting to hold women back from what their capable of. I like to think it’s the latter!

On Campus Event

I went to the opening of the end of year art gallery today. It was really cool to see the progress of everyone involved in the art department over the semester. I had seen some of the artwork around Dana throughout the semester but it was still cool to see it all under the lights. Looking at the work from our class (the bust/bottles and the animals) you can really see the progress everyone has made since the chairs.

I saw some really great work in the exhibition. The girl in what looked like a birdcage was amazing. I interpreted it as a representation of someone sucked into the stereotypical society who is dying to escape and be her own person. In order to escape the place she hates she traps herself in the imaginary world in her book and stays there for comfort. I definitely relate to that. Sometimes I just have to get away from everything out there so I go and get my favorite book and lose myself in it. It’s an essential part of my life. Sometimes I feel suffocated by what society has determined for me instead of letting me figure it out for myself or what my friends and family think of me and what I have to do to make everyone happy. It’s just overwhelming.

Getting closer to the end…

I came in to work on my picture for a while yesterday and attempted to do the mouth:

I came in today and erased the whole thing ha. I regretted doing that as soon as I did though. It was better than what I accomplished all day so I’m going to have to start over AGAIN!!! I erased it twice again today. Hopefully this won’t become a trend again…

 

Essay Due

I wasn’t in class but the comparison essay was due today. Here it is:

Artists choose to express themselves in an unimaginable number of varying ways. Some people may choose to write a novel describing their life or bringing their own imagination to life through the different interpretations of children and/or filmmakers. Other might choose to sculpt or draw, expressing themselves in a more visual way and leaving their works of art a little more open for interpretation. Whichever way one might choose to do it, you can express yourself in whatever way you choose and have a tremendous effect on countless individuals needing to express the same ideas yet not knowing or realizing how to do so. Through watching the Art 21 videos and reading the booklet from the writers festival, I have learned how incredibly different but uncannily similar can be in the process of creating art. While Louise Bourgeoise uses molds and plaster to sculpt hands to represent multiple things, Briana Gerdeman of the University of Georgia uses the written word to get her ideas across.

When watching the Art 21 videos, one artist in particular stood out to me. Although she by no means limited to sculpting, Lousie Bourgeoise used the concept of the human hand both in her piece and also to make it. She constructed a work of art by either making molds of her or someone else’s hands (depending on what suited best) or dipping hands put in the desired position into wax. In one particular piece she portrayed her own hands covered by much bigger hands. What this piece says to me is: “Sometimes the guider, sometimes the guided.” If only everyone thought this way. So many try to do everything in life by themselves and it just doesn’t work that way. Everyone needs help every once in a while. No one can “do life” completely alone. The way a simple thing, as simple as a hand, can be manipulated to send such a powerful message is amazing. The complexity of the human body is so often over-looked. Ball your hand into a fist and you have strength, power, courage. Stick your middle finger up and you rebellion, defiance and, to a certain extent, arrogance. Stick your thumb up and it’s confidence, faith and sheer will power. Such simple gestures have such fabulous effects…

“There is nothing so fraught with significance as the human hand”

Louise Bourgeoise

In the writer’s festival booklet, one story really got me thinking. Stories about People in a Café  is a cycle of sorts. Briana Gerdeman uses her hands in a way that is completely different than that of Louise Bourgeoise. She writes the stories of different people she is witnessing until she comes to a man who is writing about her. In this story she creates a cycle…writing about writing. In this story it comes across to me that everything is connected in some way. Even though you don’t publish your life so that everyone knows what’s going on in it at all times, it’s always easy to read certain people. No matter what we depend on our surroundings (people, signs, music, etc.) to help us through daily life whether we recognize this or not. Sometimes the guider, sometimes the guided….

Both of these artists are truly inspirational in their own way. They use their own methods to express their views and ideas to the public. One through sculpting and the other through writing. Whatever the method, each piece is a beautiful representation of the artist behind it.

Alas, progress!!

I’m finally making some good progress!!! Whoo hoooo!! I can actually see something legible forming. I’m so happy about this. My brain and my hand are finally cooperating with each other. I going to have to show people this ha. They’ll think I’m good at art or something 😛

Keep on keeping on..

We worked more on the portrait today. I’m still having heaps of trouble liking my work ha. I keep erasing it. I can’t help it! It just never looks right to me. It never looks real enough in my opinion. I am making such little progress in so much time and it frustrates me so much ugh. I think I’m finally getting it though. I understand that you have to blend everything together and it can’t look fake. I can’t try to MAKE it look real; you just have to let it happen.

This is what I did today:

I also went around and looked at other peoples pictures. They’re all looking really great. I’m kind of jealous about how much progress other people seem to be making and how easy they’remaking it look.

We started our final project today. The assignment is a self-portrait with a little twist. Instead of drawing the picture, we have to erase it. We have to completely blacken a piece of paper using charcoal and then, using a kneaded eraser, erase yourself out of the charcoal. We set up a station each using tables stacked on top of each other, and bench to sit on and a lamp to promote shadow and dramatic effect. The idea is to start at the tip of the nose and work out. So start there then move to the cheeks and mouth then move to the eyes and chin, etc.

I have NEVER done something more difficult in an art class. Erasing yourself does not seem like a daunting event but when I started…then started over…then started over…then started over, I realized that this would be a longggg and drawn out process. It seems as though as soon as I get my ears wet and really get into the picture, it will get easier but until then I am stuck being frustrated and making little progress. Although it is very difficult, it is pretty fun at the same time. I believe I will enjoy this project immensely and can’t wait to see the final product.

Started with:

After two full hours and countless restarts I ended the class with this:

Reverse Portrait

More Videos

We watched more Art 21 videos today. The segments were on Bruce Norman, Kerry James Marshall, Maya Lin, and Louise Bourgeoise. They all have their own special way to think about their artwork and what they put into it. The one that stood out most to me was Louise Bourgeoise. I wrote down all of the quotes that came up in her video.

“I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands”

“All we have to open the past is the 5 senses …and memory”

“There is nothing so fraught with significance as the human hand”

– Louise Bourgeoise

It was amazing to hear what she said and see what she did with her hands. So much can be symbolized by a simple movement or manipulation by a human hand. People don’t realize what goes into a work of art; don’t understand the meaning behind it.

Before this class it was our task to go to the writer’s festival and listen to one or more of the presentations. Between games and practices and such I was unable to attend but we talked about it in class today. We have an assignment to write a paper comparing one of the artists from the Art 21 videos to someone from the writer’s festival. After listening to what everyone had to say about the writer’s festival I decided I was going to write about Louise Bourgeoise and Briana Gerdeman.

A Little Chat….

Today we sat downstairs in the Gallery and discussed the exhibition and all the artist involved (a.k.a. all the professors). We talked about what constitutes artwork or being an artist. We had a few different opinions in the class. In my opinion, people don’t appreciate artwork like they should, especially old artwork that needs to be carefully taken care of. For example, in Europe there are many ancient buildings and paintings. These paintings are so old that they can’t withstand the flash of a camera and tourists are not supposed to take pictures of the exhibitions because the flash of the camera will damage the paintings. However, people continuously take pictures anyway for their own amusement and consumption. They have absolutely no regard for the beautiful delicacy of the artwork and don’t care about trying to preserve it. People care more about getting a good shot of the pictures than of the pictures themselves. We have spent hundreds of years keeping these paintings in good condition and that alone has been a tremendous accomplishment. For people to come in and purposely, knowingly damage the paintings is just disrespectful.

We also talked about the differences in the way people interpret artwork, specifically the piece that was in the main gallery where we were sitting. It was a piece that represented the media and how they manipulate us, the public, into doing what they want us to do. It’s so easy to be sucked in by a simple advertisement. Before you know it you have way more than you need all because of a pretty box or colorful packaging. We need to wise up and realize what’s happening to us before it’s too late.

A little chat..

Today we sat downstairs in the Gallery and discussed the exhibition and all the artist involved (a.k.a. all the professors). We talked about what constitutes artwork or being an artist. We had a few different opinions in the class. In my opinion, people don’t appreciate artwork like they should, especially old artwork that needs to be carefully taken care of. For example, in Europe there are many ancient buildings and paintings. These paintings are so old that they can’t withstand the flash of a camera and tourists are not supposed to take pictures of the exhibitions because the flash of the camera will damage the paintings. However, people continuously take pictures anyway for their own amusement and consumption. They have absolutely no regard for the beautiful delicacy of the artwork and don’t care about trying to preserve it. People care more about getting a good shot of the pictures than of the pictures themselves. We have spent hundreds of years keeping these paintings in good condition and that alone has been a tremendous accomplishment. For people to come in and purposely, knowingly damage the paintings is just disrespectful.

We also talked about the differences in the way people interpret artwork, specifically the piece that was in the main gallery where we were sitting. It was a piece that represented the media and how they manipulate us, the public, into doing what they want us to do. It’s so easy to be sucked in by a simple advertisement. Before you know it you have way more than you need all because of a pretty box or colorful packaging. We need to wise up and realize what’s happening to us before it’s too late.