In this particular Artwork of Ann Hamilton, I notice that she constructs a fabricated environment that was labor intensive and it consist of humans with animals. Most of the Materials used drew my attention. According to Ann Hamilton's website, Hamilton and assistants laid 750,000 copper pennies on a honey-coated floor. Behind the pennies sat an isolated figure in plain clothes, wringing its hands over a honey filled felt hat. And behind the figure was an enclosure of grazing sheep. The pennies looked like the scales of a gigantic fish. Hamilton used a lot of materials in this installation that gives the viewer clues to the meaning of the work. For example, She used pennies; the pennies were laid by hand, by laying out the pennies it looks
The artist I received is Agnes Martin. When I first looked at her work I found it boring. Most of her art was just colors on the page; like her painting Night Sea (1963). Night Sea is a dark blue on a canvas that if you look closely may appear to be a lighter shade of blue in the bottom right corner. I thought “Is that all? It’s just the color blue. I could look at a colored pencil and see that.” I wrote her off as boring an uninspired without even looking at any of her other paintings. I also assumed she painted for money, not enjoyment.
This work refers to a personal journey, physically and emotionally. The main focus of the painting is the head of an antelope, almost all of Sarah Fordham’s artworks incorporate an animal. The overall artwork is quite mixed and seems to be telling a story: “He gave her a doll, a plastic Johnny Cash”, “Indiana”, “Wolverines”, “Go team go”, “She is a little unsure of what to do next. She has consulted the stars for guidance.” All the little phrases written in the artwork are quite jumbled, but all join together to create a story that only the artist herself could fully understand it’s meaning. She has a lot of patterns in the artwork, and layers a lot of images, all the individual details form together to make a bright, colourful and playful painting. As well as the antelope, there is a smaller reindeer in the background. Sarah has used enamel, oil and acrylic paint on canvas to create this painting. “Pokeepskie” creates a happy feeling but also seems a bit mysterious as well, if you look on the surface it looks bright and colourful, but then when you look closer at all the details, it’s like an incomplete story. The colours used consist of pink, orange, blue, green, yellow, red and white. Although it looks like a happy artwork because of the colours used, they have also been used because the artist loves to use these colours in her work. The meaning of this work seems to be a way for the artist to process a personal experience and play with thoughts and
The artwork is a realistic portrait of a women. It is abstracted with asymmetrical balance with exotic and vibrant colors. As if the women is sitting in the corner with two
Jasper John’s 1983 artwork of Racing Thoughts and Byron Kim’s 1991 Synecdoche are both in the exhibited as part of the Whitney Museum’s: Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney Collection. Applying encaustic process, which is known as a hot wax painting, Jasper John created this screen-print with wax crayon on collaged cotton and linen. Jasper John describes this piece as a series of images that ran through his mind while he was lying in the bathtub. He included items he saw around the room and things he was thinking about. Some of the elements in this piece are his hanging khaki pants, the running faucet, a nail on the wall, a dirty window, a vase and a decorative piece on a piece of furniture. Until you read the artist’s description it is difficult to tell that the white smear of paint is, evoking a feeling of disorientation. His arrangement of his images is seemingly affixed to the faux-wood grain background with trompe l’oeil tape, thumbtacks, and a protruding nail. The scale of images in Jasper’s Racing Thoughts appears to be scaled to real life. The texture of the painting evokes feeling of an antique surrounding like a bathroom in a third world country. In addition, the colors and patterns in this painting, display how he is a person with many things going through his mind at the same time with unorganized thoughts. A panel of Byron Kim’s, 1991, Synecdoche is displayed in the Whitney Museum one section out of a four hundred panel ongoing project depicting the
Rosalie Gascoigne started working as an artist in Australian later in her life during the 1970’s to late 1990’s. Her focus was on the environment and sustainability as she often used discarded objects such as streets signs and drink crates and gave them purpose. Her line of work is closely associated with the postmodernism movement which challenged the notion of art existing to be representative and instead insisted there is no ‘real art’ meaning anything can be art.
I visited the Janice Mason Art Museum located in downtown Cadiz, KY. The gallery they had on display was “Colorstorm” If not now… when? by the artist Stacey Torres. The gallery featured upward towards 50 original paintings. Some of the artworks in this exhibit include: The Reddest Thread, Cathy, Queen Anne, Poetry Man 1, Poetry Man 2, and Journey. Stacey Torres is an African-American folk artist, writer, and dancer. She was born in Jamaica, New York and currently lives in New Castile, Indiana. The primary focus of her work is women in natural settings. Her paintings include brilliant colors using different media and include watercolor, oil pastels, and acrylics. (2) The piece I chose to review was titled Journey. This was a large (24 x 36) acrylic painting.
As I walked to The Art museum to observe a few of the art work. There were many canvases, but one particular canvas that caught my attention was an oil painting. The oil painted canvas is of a realistic mysterious woman and a phonograph, by the artist named Robert Bean. The woman shown in this painting has short dark brown hair with a long black beautiful one shoulder dress; her skin color is very light that gives that beautiful glow. Her long black dress has a mixture of dark blue and white. She is standing with her arms semi-crossed with one hand holding a small white fan. The small fan has a design of brown flowers. She is standing sideways on the right of the canvas with a piece of light green fabric around her arms; the light green material has a tent of light blue and
The reason I this piece of artwork appealed to me was because of the vivid use of colors. The bright pastels of pinks, yellows, blues and purples caught my eye and drew me in. They created a bright, relaxed, elegant and uplifting feeling to the setting. What I thought was interesting was that at first glance you see a woman, but rather than looking joyful, she seems upset or confused. Due to the colors of the setting I imaged the women’s emotion would match the bright and uplifting colors. I thought the artist’s choice of color was unique because I would typically imagine the colors to be gray and black with the emotion of confusion and sadness. It really causes the viewer to have to examine the image as a whole as well as piece by piece.
The artwork during this time was influenced by Art Nouveau which included “curvilinear shapes, illegible hand-drawn type, and intense optical color vibration inspired by the pop art movement” (Psychedelic 60s). Pieces included abstracts swirls, intense colors, and bending
Born with the painting in her veins Jessica Monroe has dedicated her life to represent our Mother Earth in the most vivid way possible. Her desire of realism and to protect the place where we live has taking her to paint beautiful landscapes and animals that can be found in our country. “With my paintings I try to
Often times misunderstood and, at times, even complex to understand, Abstract is a category of artwork that challenges the viewer’s intellect through its array of bold color schemes, extracted ideas, and conceptual viewpoints. Expressionism is a sub-category of Abstract artwork, which encapsulates the philosophical, intellectual, and emotional stimulation it hopes to create in the observer, which frequently, is the objective of the artist who created the conceptual piece. Three artists who embody the abstract principles are Joan Mitchell, who was one of the first women expressionist painters who focused on landscape-type portraits, and a successive artist to similar abstract painters such as Mark Tobey, and also preceded by modern sculptor Lynda Benglis who literally “cements” abstract painting concepts into unique dimensional sculptures. Yet, Mitchell’s artwork is “special” to me