Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
To-morrow's wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
To-morrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
For the grapes' sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost--
For the grapes' sake along the all.
Monday, November 2, 2009
All three artists depict feminine issues in their work. Xiuwen depicts a very young girl who is pregnant. So many questions can come to mind when viewing her work: How young is the girl? How did she get pregnant? Was she raped? All these are issues females have to deal with. Kahlo's work reflects her own issues with femininity and being excepted. She was a known bi-sexual and depicts herself in peculiar ways, that at the time were very controversial.
I particularly find Sherman's work interesting. Her series entitled "Untitled Film Still", seems to actually be classic black and white photos taken from movies in the 40's and 50's, but really the photographs are all of herself depicting different female stereotypes from those decades. What interests me in this series of photographs is the implied role of the male in each situation. Men finding her sexy, the female character flirting with the unpictured man, and the working woman in a man's world are all defined by the male role.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
For this project I would like to use mostly Photoshop. I really enjoyed the “painting” aspect of the program and I would like to familiarize myself better with it. I am planning on making a triptych, with all pieces the same dimensions and the centerpiece as the focal point. The centerpiece will be a surreal depiction of a headless, robed figure with arms outstretched. Swirling mist and faint objects will be floating out of the open neck hole of the robe. The print will be cut off at the hands. The hands will be depicted on either side in separated prints. I intend to make the multiple hands in each side picture. The hands will be each doing different tasks or holding different object.
The idea is to depict myself as a process oriented artist. My hands drive my thought and my thoughts drive my hands. My thoughts and ideas swirl out of control out of my body all the while, my hands are busy. The concept behind the robe is to illustrate the fact that I hide some of my true self from the world in order to fit in.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Crewdson's work at first glance did not attract me. However, after browsing over more of his work, I was drawn in by the lighting and film like quality of the work. Comprised of photographs depicting strange situations, sometimes ordinary, yet always a bit off, his work is extraordinarily film like. After listening to the NPR interview, I found out he stages many of his photos, like a director making a movie. One aspect of his work that I identify with, beyond the visual, is that he doesn't always know why he creates the images he does. The reasons why and the unknown are something I struggle with in my own work. It was nice to see that great art can be made without always having to answer those questions.
I immediately had a positive reaction to Hocks work. The playfulness and insight-fullness in which he manifests his art is contagious. Not only does he have a wonderful sense of composition, but his subject matter is particularly interesting to me. The series of work, which contains pictures of a man in a suit (which is Hocks himself) is my favorite. He places himself in odd situations, ones in which you are sure you would not normally find a man in a suit. This is what is most interesting for me. Society expects to see a man in a suit on Wall Street or driving a Mercedes, but not swinging on a chandelier or sleeping in boxes. In a way it seems like a rebellion against the expectations of society.
Wall's work is a bit on the stagnant side for my taste. Although I feel that may be what he is trying to achieve, the brief moment captured for all to see, I am not compelled by his work. The lighting, in my opinion is very flat.
At first I actually thought that Sherman's work really were film stills from 1940's and 50's movies. The depiction of the stereotypical female actresses and personas in her photographs are spot on. After reading the write up of the exhibition, I then realized what she was trying to achieve. I am not a feminist, per say, yet I feel most women have a tendency to be drawn to trying to understanding our roll in history. History has not been kind to women, Sherman's work is one of pointing that out, even in recent history. I have always loved black and white photography, so immediately I like her work. I do feel that it is even more powerful int he context in which she creates it.