Saturday, January 31, 2009
This picture by Matthew Barney is amazing in its capture of brilliant dynamism in the absolutely still medium of photography. As an athlete and master of many visual art forms, he has united his interests with his talents to form this truly masterful image. This cluttered, almost futuristic room, combined with the man's flying, triumphant pose, imparts to the viewer a certain hopefulness along with feelings of awe, particularly toward the power of the human body.
Tara Donovan is a sculptor who sees the extraordinary in the ordinary. The work seen here is made of mylar and hot glue, and demonstrates that, by learning to look at things through the artist's lens, simple objects can be transformed far beyond their simple origins. She even has used pencils and cups to explore the representation of cities and mountains.
I think this particular sculpture is magnificent. It reminds me both of clouds viewed from above, and of an archipelago peeking up from the ocean, and thus also captures the dichotomy between the ephemeral and the concrete.
(info from http://wmagazine.com/artdesign/2008/09/tara_donovan?currentPage=1)
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This piece by Agnes Martin captures my attention because of the similarities yet subtle differences between each of the rectangular parts. The background of pink and blue is constant in all 9 of them, but the black lines on top are different. It seems they were just randomly added to the base, since the lines seem really scribbly. This piece pushes us to look more closely at each of the separate rectangles since there is such a contrast between the vast white spaces and the chaos that is the mingling of the pink, blue, and black lines.
This piece by Joseph Beuys is a very interesting piece to me in that it incorporates three very different 'objects' or styles. The harshness of the rocks in teh front is contrasted with the smooth architecture of the background, and the man in the middle stands as the only sign of human life in a black and white world. The sharp contrasts of blacks, greys, and whites, makes this piece very appealing
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This image is from a Ann Hamilton performance in which each line of a book was burned out. This is a somewhat shocking ritual as books are usually treasured pieces of information. Perhaps she believes words are not the best way to express meaning, and therefore is getting rid of them. I like this particular image because you can actually see how hot the burning metal is in contrast to the darkness of the burned out lines of text.