The Middle Ages, Cornell & Drawing

The Middle Ages  This weeks lecture on the middle ages was very interesting, i found myself wanting more and Google searched more images of Gothic Cathedrals.  It is very true that in today’s world we think of these places as Imax theaters, and their vast spaces amaze me how they could create something so large and yet very beautiful.  The rose windows were breathtaking with all the natural sunlight.  I found it interesting how that one Cathedral kept burning down and they rebuilt it but used a different style, and didn’t just try to copy the existing architecture.  I feel that goth and Gothic are two different things, although  it was pretty funny to see the jewelry side by side. church   Joseph Cornell After the lecture I found myself lost in images of his wonder cabinets.  I didn’t quite understand how intricate they actually were until i was zooming in and I wanted to be like Alice and take them apart and look even closer at each piece. My hangout group of the week also thought the Alice story was quite funny. We also talked about how some of us in the group could relate to his imagination and not even have to travel (pintrest)  One piece that stuck out to me was this: cornell2 I kept thinking that those were little doors that could be opened and have objects inside.   I also thought about how life could be like one of these doors and you have to open them up to see what is in store for your life. Drawing  This week I watched the video on drawing my name in bubble letters, and had more fun than i expected.  I also decided to do my painting project early, but that post will be next week.  But for now here is my attempt at my bubble letters. image (4)

Greece, Rome, & Woodman

Greece

Cruising into week three of this adventure in art history, it started with the ancient art and included Greece, Rome and other topics that weren’t not discussed but mentioned such as Egypt, Agean, and Etrucsan.  Surely the art that was created in this time period has effected how this classical art influences modern art.  The connection between art and science was interesting, and I found myself taking a minute thinking, that if there wasn’t anyone asking the questions, then there would be no answers.  Also the fact that technology today is practically killing the earth made me move my phone just a little bit further away from my desk, lol ( I just want my phone). Also the two sculptures were interesting to think about how the progression of art goes or could possibly go  from primitive to more life like features.  i loved when the lecture talked about the philosophers such as Aristophanes, because I am also taking a comic spirit class online this semester, it was great to think about how the plays of this era would have been done with this type of art around them.   In our Google Hangout my group, due to technical difficulties had a rough time getting the video clear so decided to text instead and shared some great and interesting thoughts.  For instance we talked about how values played a critical role in the way art was created in this era, and how older art has a sense of beauty that we sometimes lack with today’s modern approach to living, and also depends on a value system.

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Rome

Moving into Rome and learning a quick history about this atmosphere was awesome and interesting!  I couldn’t believe how large the Column of Trajan was and how intricate the carvings were.  The Roman topography and how it became a staple in modern art, logos and even movie posters! who would have thought that Trajan would be making an appearance in Titanic!!  The influence of Roman art transferred through history and is still appreciated today… which also lead to our artist of the week and how other artist can be influenced to create similar pieces of art like how Carol Twombly used Trajan topography in modern art.

 

Francesca Woodman

Like I stated before about how artist can be copy cats of each other.  I have no idea how to spell the two other artists that created other art pieces after woodman, but i liked to see how those other artists perceived and remixed her art piece of the girl hanging off the door.  I would have never guessed how keeping the art piece in its packing case would create a whole new dimension, and feel to the piece!  In the hangout we talked about how one person can’t be the judge of which art piece is better, like the old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Also i loved the quote that Banksy took from Picasso and made it his own by crossing out Picasso’s name was genius!

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All in all this week was awesome and i cant wait for next week!

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Caves, Body Art, And The Missing Hand

CAVES

This week was quite interesting to say the least.  To start going back to prehistory and going even deeper past the Paleolithic era and we came across cave art in hunting and gathering.  These huge yet highly detailed paintings were painted in karst caves.  At the early age of 17 in the year 1940 Marcel Ravidat and his friends discovered the Lascaux cave.  Being such a huge cave I was astounded at the fact that this young kid found such a great place.  From the picture I could see that the cave had several pathways and was a great place for cave paintings.  In our google hang out this week we touched on the fat that those cave paintings have held the test of time and still look amazing.  We would like to learn more about what materials they would have used to make such bright colors.  I thought it was very interesting why there were no paintings of the animals that the people ate, but only animals like bulls.  This cave only being used for special occasions was cool to learn about, it would be like the modern day fine china in the fancy dinning room.  The shaft part of the cave was the most interesting to me, the pocket of carbon dioxide just goes to show how the earth can change at any time.  The fact that the ancient people may have gone down in the shaft to do drumming and chanting.  The painting in the shaft is such an odd place to put a human painting since there wasn’t any human paintings in the rest of the cave.  My mind was blown when the professor talked about how other paintings like this “broken man” showed up in South Africa, and even was in a modern movie depicting a man dying and re-erecting to a shaman.  This weeks art history has enticed my interest in caves and ancient paintings and all the rich facts and history they hold.

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Carbon Dioxide at the bottom of the shaft.

 

 

 

"Broken Man"

“Broken Man”

BODY ART

This weeks artist of the week was a totally different type of artist from the performance artist Kaprow.  Ana Mendieta born in Cuba was a body artist, land artist, and environmental artist.   Known as a femoral artist Mendieta’s art work didn’t last every long like other art pieces in museums.  Her art only lasted for how ever long she wanted to stand there and pose for it.  Although with the use of cameras there were also pictures that were taken of her during her art performances.   Also in our hangout we talked about how her type of art made us stop and think about what Ana might want her audience to be thinking when experiencing her art.It was fascinating to see just how well she placed her body in her pieces.  The tree picture doesn’t even look like she is standing by a tree.  They way she never disrupted nature, she just blended in was amazing to see, and I am glad that pictures were taken so that others could value her art as much as I now do.

Google Hangout

Google Hangout

MISSING HAND

I had been excited for this weeks activity, and was ready to see what my cast would look like.  I had watched the video and was aware of the instructions, but I forgot probably the most important step… remember where you dug the hole.  After the 30 minutes were done the Professor and I were laughing at the fact that I pretty much “lost” my hand in the sand.  But minutes later and about another foot to the left from where I was digging was my plaster cast.  Weighing in at what seemed to be 15 pounds my plaster cast looked awesome!  With the added plaster on the bottom for a nice showroom touch my cast was perfect!  It was a un experience and it was great to hang out with Professor Zucman!

Lost!

Lost!

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Found!

 

Opening Eyes

This first week of visual arts has physically and theoretically opened my eyes to the world of art and it’s wide array of vastly interesting topics.  Starting out with the three million years of art history truly engaged me from the start and was also well talked about with my group mates.  The red jasper pebble looked so familiar to the picture of the Australopithecus Africancus people and I was amazed how it could look that way after years of water had formed it that way.  Also the beyond aspect of how that picture is in space and future creatures will be able to see how life on earth was.  In the group hangout we discussed the question about what is art? We all had different opinions about it, and I agreed with one of my group mates on the fact that I consider both hand made and naturally made objects to be art.

Google Hangout

Google Hangout

Where it be a rusty cool looking washing machine, or a painting, I still think art can have many ways it is formed.  Moving on to the artist of the week Allan Kaprow, the man who created happenings and made art physical and adventurous.  During the lecture I saw a picture of tires and was interested in just what it was.  In 1961 Kaprow placed tons of tires and called it yard.  It amazes me to think that after researching it further there are still many artist that try to recreate his work.

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