Abstraction, Representation, Mattes, & Random People

Abstraction & Representation 

This weeks focus in history was nice to see how different art pieces that we have previously studied all tied into this lecture.  The comment that Courbet made to art students in 1861 was weird to think about “art is only real and existing objects”… for me i love to see an persons imagination take over and see what they come up with, whether it be something real or completely made up.  I liked seeing some of Kandinsky’s works, and see how he was motivated by Monet to create color, shape, and space, as well as Kandinsky’s realization that its okay if you truly don’t understand a piece of art, and how you can later understand what it means.  In this weeks hangout it was only Heather, Jessica and myself, so we had a great girl chat about how all three of us preferred abstract art over representational, giving the pieces more meaning. 


Eva & Franco Mattes

The hangout really came alive when we discussed the picture of Mickey holding the plate of bones and how we all share a love for Disney.  These two artists have a unique style of portraying their art in a fashion that almost makes me angry at them for creating it, but on the flip side makes me take a step back and think about how creative that was.  For example the picture of her playing Pac-Man and the toxic fumes coming out into the air.

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Random People

I decided that since i was going to a country concert this past weekend that i would dress up in my boots, and hat, and talk to random people at the concert. I can still remember asking this one guy, “hey what do you think my major is?”, and half intoxicated he replied a professional bull rider, and i thought that was pretty cool lol.  Another woman by the name of Brittney who sat in the row behind me took a look at me and my attire, and studied it for a second, looked at my body type and said “fitness”, which is pretty close to P.E so i was impressed. Many people didn’t want to answer my question and kept walking by, but not one person got it correct. It was a great experience trying to see if they could figure out that in all actuality i wear gym shorts and sunscreen all day and play sports with children.  Who knows maybe ill start riding bulls lol 

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– bull rider

-Fitness (2)


– Communications 

– Dancer

– Athlete 

– Math


Aesthetics Beauty, Romanticism, Cardiff & Prototyping

History Talk 

This weeks history lecture was not really history but more of an informational learning experience.  Learning what aesthetics really is and how it uses beauty to define itself opened my eyes to what beauty really is.  In our discussion group we talked for quite a long time about what beauty is thought of in today’s eyes, and how one must be a celebrity to be truly beautiful.  I believe what John Keates when he stated beauty is truth, truth beauty.  I also believe what Hamlet said that beauty can lie.  Its a fine line between the both.  The Birth of Venus painting was beautiful, but i can also see how it does not truly represent the world at that particular time.  The part about Romanticism was interesting, I never looked at it this deeply before.


Janet Cardiff

I was truly impressed by her her audio tour!!! The video that i watched of her at the train station was awesome, and tripped me out when she pointed herself out on the platform at the very end of the film. She style of art is really cool, it was fun to hear her change her voice for different effects throughout the film.  I would love to actually take one of her audio tours one time!!



I had a hard time being creative with this activity.  Until it dawned on me when i spilled my In N Out cup all over my car, that i needed to build cup holders for my car.  Ever since i got my car i have never found cup holders that fit, because i have 4X4 there is no room for a plastic set!  The struggle was real! many times i would end up driving with one hand on the wheel while the other is frozen holding my iced coffee.  It was time for an idea! My first idea was to duck tape a small box to the under side of my radio to hold my drink, but there was not enough duck tape to make it secure.  So i thought that if one day i could get two strong magnets i could place one on either side of my glove box and place the box there to hold my drinks… i haven’t found the magnets yet but i think you catch my drift!!


19th Century, Nikki Lee, & Instagram

19th Century

This weeks art history talk was awesome, I am truly beginning to understand the different time periods of art and how things have evolved into what art is today.  I had no idea about the encyclopedia, i was fascinated that there were only 4,000 copies originally made it sounds like nothing, but i’m sure back in that time 4,000 was a lot.  Also to realize that exactly 250 years later Wikipedia would be created, it amazing to think of how much something as simple as a book could grow to be something so huge in our lives, and then fall back to being nothing more than a paper weight on desks as we ask Siri to find the information for us, and most likely bringing up the Wikipedia site in the process.  Moving into the Realism portion of the lecture the part about how realism art was actually portrayed was cool to learn about.  The part about how realism art is about the content of the piece, and the Stone Breakers piece of art was a beautiful depiction!  In the Impression era i remembered back to my high school years in art class sitting in class making my 4 inch square that was eventually be a bigger part of the starry night painting, and not really caring what was going on, because all i wanted to do was go to lunch.  I now am realizing that that painting was and still is a big part of art history, and is so beautiful, and many people know of this piece of art.  The painting from Jacque Louis David and all of your past students renditions was funny to see, i might have to create my own one of these days.

david painting


Nikki S. Lee

  This weeks artist of the week was Nikki Lee, she has by far been very different from the other artists we have studied in the past.  I love that her art captures her in every shot. The way she tried to fit into each so called “click” of people was fun and new, she didn’t let her ethnicity and gender stop her from her art.  This type of casual photography is what made me think of all the instagram pictures, and made me realize that each one of us is kind of like a Nikki Lee.  




Like stated before i loved to see the casual photography that each one of the students posted on Wednesday! Some of the pictures were crazy to see how good a cell phone and different effects could make a picture come to life.  Seeing what each student was doing throughout the day was fun to see the hashtag! These were mine and some of my favorites:

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Google Hangout

😦 Sometimes the internet hates me and during the hangout i lost connection, and by the time i was able to fix it, it was too late. I managed to snap this photo before i was shutdown.






Renaissance Baroque, Meurent, & Spray Painting

Renaissance & Baroque

Now beginning to move to the right of the flow chart and into the 15th Century, starting at the bottom, art is reawakened. only taking twenty-five years to go from the early renaissance to get to the High Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci creates his famous Mona Lisa painting in 1505. It’s crazy to see how the painting is displayed and how many people visit it each day, it makes me think if  da Vinci every could have imagined people in today’s world standing in line to see his paintings. Also i see the Vitruvian Man picture in many books and really never knew that is was also done by the same artist.  In my hangout with  we talked about the painting Raphael created about his girlfriend, and how that same painting influenced other artists in later year’s. We both also thought it was strange that the carpenters for the Chapel created an entirely new steeple , but they could have easily just copied the  steeple right next to it.  Finally the clicker questions that were asked about the statues was hilarious!


Hangout with Julia

Hangout with Julia



Victorine Meurent 

This artist slash model for other artists is very interesting in the fact that while doing other research on her i only found paintings of her face.  Also in our hangout, we found it fascinating that for the art piece that is on the book cover she seems so calm and collected and she was only nineteen at the time.  We also started pondering about the question about her being a real artist or just a model for others….. which then brought us back to thinking about what is art, and this can be interpreted in many different definitions so it ultimately depends on the individual.






Spray Painting 

I went to Venice beach on the weekend of the 26th, and was greeted by an awesome man who goes by his street name Lost.  He then said his name was Jobe.  Jobe taught me many different tricks and tips to achieving that perfect painting.  From holding the can at a different angle to code words if i ever want to spray paint on a freeway and the cops show up….. the code word is  “one time”, that means you drop the can and run like crazy! It was a great experience, and i learned so much, i will definitely be heading back there to possibly paint more. Here my creation!!!

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