Still life 3 artist research:
Claes creates giant sculptures of everyday items to show us how little we really are. He reverses the point of veiw with the objects being large and us being small. I really connect with Claes because i think people are too involved with them self and not the world around them.
Roberts are is usually based from childhood memories and everyday objects like sinks and cribs. His art has an uncomfortable feeling which i like a lot.
Her art work is usually made with organic matter and play alot with life and death. Her art work often rots so she isnt ever sure of the end result.
Figure artist reflection:
In this piece i get a creepy/disturbing motive, the figures are long and distorted. They aren't normal and give off an erie vibe of being too different. The technique is bumpy, when he created this he wasn't wanting a perfect life like figure. he wanted a bumpy and unnatural looking person. Its not smooth but rather lots of texture. Giacometti has the distinguishing art work of lanky, colorless and bumpy art. Most of his works are stretched and not life like.
I get a feminine power motive from this piece, and a lot of her other work. In this work there is the idea of inner peace and power. This piece is pretty life like but has some cracks and isn't perfectly smooth. It has its creases and craters. Most of Bradleys work are female figures in stretching or powerful poses and lack color.
In this piece i get conflicting emotions. the balloon makes me feel happy but if you look closer st the face and pose you get an uncomfortable or unhappy feeling. this whole figure screams uncomfortable. Helaine's technique is bumpy and very textured. her characters all have strange colors in weird places. the figure also is very boxy and doesn't have the traditional shape of a woman. A distinguishing characteristic of her work are the colors she uses and the texture every single piece has. also most of her characters have an awkward or strange pose or expression about them.
Three Art Galleries:
Iowa State Fair
The art at the Iowa state fair was the easiest to relate to. The art was beautiful but more my level. It was easy to spot the techniques. the type of art ranged from fabric, knitting, sculpture, ceramic, painting and drawings. It was a little hard to look at art because i had my 5 year old nephew with me.
The first piece i took a picture of was a black and white drawing. Th art work has a very strong contrast of values. It doesn't have the "coloring book lines" and it used all of the values on the scale. The second piece is a rabbit that plays with patterns. The last one I took a picture of is the name Jayce Reed. they used a 1 point perspective to accomplish the 3D affect.
This gallery was the easiest to get to because it was free and here in Cedar Rapids. You just have to drive there and walk in, no fees unlike the state fair and Dahli museum. This was also the only one where the original art was for sale and had price tags. When Carson and I went we both felt awkward. We walked in and nobody said a word to us, we felt the need to stay out of the way. We didn't walk all the way through, there was an upstairs we didn't explore because we both wanted to leave.
The art at the gilded pear felt more home made in some cases. The first one i took a picture of made out of coffee cup holders. In this piece they played with patterns. The second piece was a ceramic tea pot. The handle was made by pulling on a chunk of clay which i have done before. The last piece i took a picture of before we split was the one i liked most. In this art work there were a wide variety of colors and you could see the paint brush strokes. I loved this.
The Dahli Museum
This was by far my favorite out of the three. That may be because i went to it with my dad who i don't see very often, but it was very cool. it cost $24 per person but it lasted all day. You got a free virtual tour on an ipod they handed out which helped you learn more about the art work. there were two artist featured; Edwardo Chillida and of course Salvador Dahli.
We started by looking at Chillida's work. The first piece is one of his steel works. he would heat and bend the metal to create an open but closed work. His art was very simple The second picture looks like a blind contour drawing of hands. My dad and i didn't like his art that much. Once you enter the Dahli art room you see some of his early still life art. The next picture i took is a portrait of his sister. It was originally a beautiful painting but after they fought he painted over the original, you can see exactly where the newer paint lies. The fourth picture is one of my personal favorites. up close you see a woman (his wife) looking out , in the sky above you see what looks like Christ. When you step away you see it is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. The last one plays with pattern and shading. in this painting there is a hidden image of a bull fighter with a green tie and red cape. His paintings were not only huge but you could look at them for hours and still find new things about them. when i go back to Florida i want to go back again.
This critique was kinda surprising to me. she noticed so much more about the art than i originally did. I agree with her about most of the art being kinda the same with the portrait and the plain backgrounds but i disagree with the ideas about the piece with the fish. I think that piece is beautifully simple and in my opinion i think adding more fish would be too much. In the video she talks about every little thing positive or negative, but she doesn't do it to hurt feelings at all. She never has a mean or negative tone in her voice.
Art Gallery Pictures:
Example concentration review:
This concentration focuses on taking things and replacing them with man made prosthetic items. I feel like this concentration is a little bland for my taste but it is a cool idea. Some of the art works are taking the easy way and not putting much thought or effort in it. this concentration is a good example.
This concentration i like a lot. It takes found items and transforms them into sea creatures. I think it took a risk with the two wood pieces that are painted. the strongest piece is the blowfish.
This concentration focuses on movement and almost every piece is made with porcelain. This shows their mastery with clay like materials. they show movement in many different ways. i think there was a risk with the hanging porcelain.