Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
I will let Ms. Brady herself define what her art is about, "My work is a series of color photographs that work to stimulate unconscious emotions, desires, and sexual compulsions, all unified within a dynamic that vacillates between the real and the fantasized. I explore issues related to madness and alienation as they exist in contemporary culture, concentrating on expressions of neurosis, on feelings of anxiety, displacement, and loss of identity.These emotions are depicted in terms of visual conflict through my imagery, and manifested in terms of grotesque exaggeration. While investigating issues related to the unconscious, elements such as eroticism, twisted humor, and horror come across. I strive to create dichotomies between the sensual and the horrific, the beautiful and the destructive; the result, I hope, is a body of work comprised of deeply emotional and disturbing depictions of the unknown, staged imagery that functions on a metaphorical level, and inanimate objects and settings serving to illustrate the inner workings of the unconscious." (alisonbrady.com). I, oddly enough (wink wink), like her work. I now have come to realized that I also love eery qualities in art, which her art strongly inplicates.
Katarina Fritsch was born on February 14, 1956 in Essen, Germany. She is known for her sculptures and installations that make you see familiar objects in an unfamiliar, almost jarring, type of light. Fritsch is concerned with the psychology and reactions of people whenever they come to see her art in a museum.--I really like Fritsch's work. I like how she mixes familiarity with discomfort. I actually had the opportunity to see her work "Kind mit Pudeln (Baby with Poodles)", which is the poodles surrounding a baby Jesus, when I visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last summer. It was the most eye catching piece in the room.
Henry Fuseli was born in Zurich, Switzerland. He first started to become well known after showing some of his drawings to Sir Joshua Reynolds, and he then followed his advice and became solely dedicated to art. He then traveled through Italy where he then changed his last name from Fussli to Fuseli because of the Italian sound. He favored the supernatural. He painted over 200 pieces in his lifetime, but only displayed a small portion of them.He rarely drew from life or landscapes.--I love Fuseli. I love things that are fantasy like, or other worldly as you can probably tell. I like the idea behind his work, which is something that we may not really think of when we associate his times with what it is he painted. The darker color palette he chose really adds an eery quality to his pieces which I also really like, but his figures seem luminescent, almost glowing. He also portrayed action very well, like a moving painting.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Cindy Sherman was born on January 19, 1954 in the state of New Jersey. She first took up painting and saw too many limitations with it. That is when she took to photography. Sherman is notorious for her self photography. In 1977-1980 she created her famous Complete Untitled Film Stills. She has completed many self photographs ever since then in a series of which she dressed up in clown costumes and in another as a pin-up in "Centerfolds". She does not consider her work feminist by any means, however it has been featured as such. A lot of her work draws attention to women's exploitation in the media. --Sherman is perhaps one of my favorite photographers.
Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte was born on Novemeber 21, 1898 and passed away on August 15, 1967. He was a Belgian artist whom was deemed as one of the forefathers of surrealism. He became quite well known for his witty and thought provoking images. He challenged the viewer to perceive their preconceived notions of reality, and tune into their subconscious. --So I think that it's about time that I officially declare my love for Magritte. I mean, the guy was visual genius! I love the tongue in cheek in all of his paintings. I love how they aren't real, and yet they may seem like it. I love the dreamyness of all his works. I love how he would put riddles into painting without making they seem cheesy or cliche. I love the physical softness in his brush strokes. I love his color palette. I love how his mind worked. He took dreams to canvas and they turned out amazing. I love his whimsy!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Peter Callesen was born in Denmark in 1967. His work is primarily based on the relationship between 2D and 3D art. Most, if not all, of his works intail a single piece of paper. He then uses the removed paper to create his piece. Some are as small as 4", and others are as big as approximately 10'. I like the simplicity in the color, but I also admire the intricacy of his designs. It is extremely impressive.
Igor Mitoraj was born in 1944 in Oederan, Germany. He is a Polish artist. He first studied painting, but then became fascinated with Latin-American art. He then spent a year painting and traveling across Mexico, which led him to pursue sculpture. He mainly uses terrecota, bronze, and marble. His work is deeply rooted in the classical tradition, but with a post modern twist regarding the dismembered body parts. I enjoy the classical element, but I mostly enjoy the twist Mirtoraj put in his work, and as you can see most of his work is on a large scale, and of a part of the body, not whole.
Erwin Wurm was born in 1954. Wurm is an Austrian artist who has developed an onging series of what he calls "One Minute Sculptures"in which he or his models pose in unexpected relationships with everyday objects. Some of which are only captured through video. With this he prompt's the viewer to question the very definition of sculpture. His work is meant to be humorous and at the same time unexpected. Wurm also takes into consideration the everyday object as a means to creation. He sees many possibilities in each and every thing that surrounds him. His work is somewhat fascinating to me, almost like a modern dada that he is trying to instill, or fluxus pertaining to the performance pieces that he has done.
Juan Muñoz (June 16, 1953- August 28, 2001) was a Spanish sculptor, working primarily in paper maché, resin and bronze.He was a self-described "storyteller". He grew up under the rule of Franco in Spain. He told stories, very conceptual stories, on the radio as well as through his sculptures. I really like the eery oddballness in his work. The fact that he didn't use any real color whatsoever adds to that quality. Repetition, I believe does his work a lot of justice. Some may even find it disturbing, but I love it.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Do Ho Suh was born in Seoul, Korea in 1962. His works are co-dominated with both physical and metaphoric elements.He constructs "site specific installations that question the boundaries of identity. His work explores the relation between individuality, collectivity, and anonymity". I like his work in relation to his theme. Identity is a large part of what each and everyone of us may have or is struggling with whether we know it or not. I also like his use of materials, and the way they contradict their structures.