Thursday, April 20, 2017

Art Events - Greek Pottery and Crankies

At the greek pottery art event we learned that all the items in the collection that were on display were acquired by one man's grave robbing efforts in Italy. The vase that interested me most was one that depicted what the display said was Hermes dressed as Dionysus riding a donkey going towards a woman, although the only reason they thought it was Hermes instead of Dionysus was because he was holding Hermes's staff. Personally I think that it is much more likely Dionysus was just having too much fun and ended up taking his staff.

The Crankies were wonderful, with the lighting effects and the shadow puppets and the excellent background music. I think my favorite part about it was when she was explaining that most american folk ghost stories usually don't have anything actually happen in them aside from "a ghost showed up", so she edited the stories a bit to make the ghost actually do something for the purpose of better storytelling.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Robert Motherwell - Africa

Acrylic on linen, I could not find much information on the authors thoughts or methods when making this painting. The contrast of light and dark combined with the image of what seems to be a stone arch with someone walking on top of it, or perhaps the roots of a tree, gives the idea of adventure and mystery.

Morris Louis - Untitled 5-76

This abstract expressionist painting is based on many different methods of composition, Louis uses varying methods from textured brushstrokes, splashed droplets, and liquid stains.

Mark Rothko - Black Over Reds (black on red)

From the late 1940s until death, Rothko created abstract paintings characterized by hovering rectangular form. Black over reds is marked by the use of dark coloration and contrasts. I find this painting interesting because it reminds me of both a window, a door, and a garage at the same time. It gives the notion of depth and three dimensional visuals.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Student Art Event

I greatly enjoyed the art on display at the student gallery on Thursday, specifically how the artist used mirrors or the idea of mirroring in many of the works. In this work in particular, we see a contrast between the natural beauty of rock and the man made wall of a dam.

Looking at this picture, I see the continued theme of reflection, in although in this case its almost as if the reflection is giving you a glimpse into the past as opposed to how an object currently is.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

My Thoughts On Visibility by Italo Calvino

I found Visibility to be very interesting, although I did not agree with the authors points on what feeds the imagination. Italo Calvino near the end of the reading seems to suggest that it is a tragedy that so many people are caught up films and digital media as opposed to the print media he grew up on, he fears that it may have a negative effect on the development of human imagination, the furthering of our mental growth. If anything, I believe that the accessibility of the internet will help human imagination soar to new heights. If, as Calvino says, people's imaginations in the past were limited by what visual images they could conjure based on their own personal experience and things they have seen in their lives, how much more should people today be able to fantasize? If the activity of our imaginations is determined by how much we have seen and experienced, should not the incredible diversity of media at our fingertips today increase our potential stock of things to imagine? I believe that if anything, the opportunities to experience things which would otherwise be outside of your sphere of knowledge through the internet is possibly the best thing that ever happened to creativity and imagination.