Blog #8

April 29, 2010

Wastepaper Bag, El Anatsui, 2003

El Anatsui was born in the Volta region of Ghana in 1944. He attended the College of Art at Kwame Nkrumah University in 1965 and finished in 1969. He had taught in Ghana but he then took a teaching job at the University of Nigeria-Nsukka in 1975. He holds the position still as head sculptor at University of Nigeria-Nsukka. He has a profound influence on the young artists in West Africa.

He emerged as an artist during the vibrant West African post-independence art movement of 1960s and 1970s. He has received international approval for his highly experimental sculptures.

Anatsue in this sculpture did not want to portray metal as how it is usually portrayed as stiff and rigid. He wanted to portray it as soft and pliable.

This is an eight-foot-tall sculpture. It is a very large wastepaper bag. He says that this shows the all to often-disposable nature of human life. That the disposable items are such as printing plates used for newspapers obituary pages. That announcements and images of the dead that remind them of the disease, crime, and persecution of their nation are being printed on these items that could be recycled but are just thrown away.

I think that this is a strong statement. I think he means that they are not “recycling” or not getting rid of the bad such as disease, crime and persecution. They are reminded of it all the time because they are not getting rid of the old. Such as if they “recycled” they would not be reminded of all the bad things. That if they were not always reminded of the old that maybe they could get past it and work on the future.

So he was saying that if they recycle and get rid of it that is reminding them of all the bad it would make it easier for them to move on instead of not disposing of it and it being there all the time to remind you of the crime and hurt.


Blog #7 Non-Western

April 26, 2010

Man Released from the Mechanistic to the Creative Life, Jose Clemente Orozco, 1932

Jose Clemente Orozco was born November of 1883 in Ciudad Guzman. He went to school at the Agricultural School of San Jacinto. After that he went to San Carlos Academy of Art. He started of intending to get a career in architecture. But he then applied his talents to painting, drawing, and printmaking. He was one of he leaders of the group Syndicate of Painters and Sculptors. This group played a major role in developing Mexico’s modern art. Their major focused was on mural painting. Jose Clemente Orozco died from a heart attack in 1949 at his home.

The painting I picked is a piece of a twenty-four-panel mural. Each panel represents a scene. The mural covers the history of the migration of the Aztecs into central Mexico.

I chose this painting because looking at it, I thought that it was a man who is in the middle of what was the past and what is new, the future. He is facing forward with his arms high.  The dark black tools look used and old and he is facing the future. Walking away from the broken and old things into the new and improved ways of life.

Blog #6

April 22, 2010

Street Art

Julian Beever has been doing pavement drawings sine the mid 1990’s.  He does his street work all over the world. He does portrait paintings, old masters, self-work, and illusions. He works as a freelance artist and creates murals for companies.

Queen Elizabeth I

This old masters portrait is called Queen Elizabeth I.

This was a old masters portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. He created portrait in 1999 on Oxford Street in London.

Portrait of Diana

This is called Portrait of Diana.

This was a portrait of Diana. He made this portrait in the West End of London. It was a very popular drawing. It was shown all over the world through television and daily newspapers.


This is called Self-portrait.

This is a portrait of Julian Beever himself. This was made on a high street in the Brussels.

White Water Rafting

This is called White Water Rafting.

This is one of Julian Beever 3D Illusion drawings.

Batman and Robin

This is one of my favorite 3D illusions from Julian Beever. It is called Batman and Robin.

The next artist that also does street art is Kurt Wenner. Kurt was born in Ann Arbor Michigan and then was raised in Santa Barbara, California. He commissioned his first mural when he was just 16. Then at 17 was earning a living from his graphic arts. He attended Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Center College of Design. He was also employed by NASA where he created conceptual paintings of future space projects and extra terrestrial landscapes according to the latest scientific information. He left NASA in 1982 to go live in Italy and study art. He then started living in Rome. He began his street art in Rome in 1982. He was recognized as a Master Street Painter in 1984. Many artists who use this technique of 3D art can be traced back to Wenner’s invention from the early 1980’s.

This 3D illusion is called Babel.

This illusion is called Neptune.

This one is called Echo & Narcissus.

Blog 5 Composition IX

April 10, 2010

My piece of work that I picked from the Early Modern time was Composition IX by Wassily Kandinsky.

Composition IX
1936 (120 Kb); Oil on canvas, 113.5 x 195 cm (44 5/8 x 76 3/4 in); Musee National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Wassily Kandinsky’s full name is Wasily Wasilyevich Kandinsky. Kandinsky was a Russian artist born on December 4, 1866. Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa. He learned how to play the piano and cello at a very young age. Kandinsky went to school at the University of Moscow and studied law and economics. He after being quite successful in his position got offered a job at University of Dorpat when he was thirty and this was when he began painting.

This style of abstract painting was not yet recognized. A lot of his paintings could reflect the influence of music. He stated “I applied streaks and blobs of color onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could…” This made him become the founder of abstract art.

To create his pieces of art he would occasionally mix sand with the paint to give his painting the granular texture.

It took him another ten years after his last canvas to create Composition IX. The wide diagonal colors serve as a solid background for the shapes that seem like they are floating in front of it. It is like a dream like form. It is known as one of the least impressive of Kandinsky’s series. They say that it is a pale piece of art compared to his other earlier compositions.

I think that this is a very unique he used a wide range of colors and had them side-by-side as a background. Instead of having a solid background or a background with a color fading into another such as black to grey, he had six different colors in the background. He had all these colors without fading into each other but just the solid color and then then next solid color. I think this made the painting very unique. Then on top of the background he had items painted. Where they do have the illusion that they are floating. I also like that it is not cluttered or very busy. A lot of the items that are painted are close together at the top of the painting but I think that the bottom of the painting balances it out because the bottom of the painting is almost bare and not so busy. I really like the painting because of its vibrant but soft tone colors. I like this painting a lot and I liked that he mixed it up and had some changes from his other paintings.


March 31, 2010

The word impressionism was created by the painted work of impression and sunrise from the artist Claude Monet. I personally love the impressionist paintings. They are paintings of things that made impressions on people. So these are paintings of what they think is beautiful and what they love. This was something that has made an impression on their life and would want to keep it and share it with others.

I love that these things were important and made an impression on the artist and that they painted it to share with others.

Paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir were paintings of every day life and things that happen every day, but he wanted to capture the moment. I think that that is awesome and this is why I love the impressionist paintings because they were capturing a moment that will never be exactly the same ever again. Things change, there will be different people at a race, there will be a different sunset or sunrise with different clouds in the background, there will be different clothing, and expressions on a face. Everything will be different and they are capturing the moment at that given time.

Just as Edgar Degas he was influenced by photography, capturing a moment in time. He was doing the same things with his paintings. He liked painting spontaneous moments.

One piece of work that I like from the impressionist era is from Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This piece is Luncheon of the Boating Party this piece is just a moment in time of probably friends, family, or acquaintances just having fun at a party with smiles and conversations. You get to see expressions on the people’s faces. There are wine bottles on the tables, a dog in one of the ladies arms. It is just like a day at a party.

Pierre-Huguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881

Another painting that I like is from Claude Monet it is Regattas at Sainte-Adresse. To me a lot of the paintings are like how I look at pictures. This is because in every picture it is a moment in time and that is why I love pictures and this is exactly what these paintings are doing. Nothing is the same there is always going to be something new and things changing. As in the painting Regattas at Sainte-Adresse, this is a beautiful painting, but there will never be a day with the exact same clouds and ships and people. It is amazing and I love this picture with the ripples in the water and the clouds scattered around. It is just a beautiful painting.

Claude Monet, Regates a Sainte-Adresse, 1867

Post-impressionist paintings showed the brush strokes of the paintings. The post-impressionist painting I looked at was Place du Carrousel. In the Place du Carrousel . In post-impressionist paintings they use color and shapes to get the psychological view. They do this so you focus on what is actually in the picture and the meaning and reason for the moment in time instead of the actual appearance.

Camille Pissarro, Place du Carrousel, Paris 1900

The Queen of the Night Aria from the Magic Flute

March 17, 2010

Queen of the Night Aria from The Magic Flute

The Queen of the Night Aria is from an Opera that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed in 1791. The opera is called “The Magic Flute” which was made for Emanuel Schikaneder.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart full name is Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. He was born in Salzburg, which is now Austria, to Leopold and Anna Maria Pertl Mozart. Wolfgang’s father was Leopold who was the deputy in charge of music making for the orchestra of the Archbishop of Salzburg. Leopold also was a teacher and had published a violin textbook.

Wolfgang was a very influential composer with composing over 600 works. He showed ability for music at an early age by being proficient on the piano and violin. By the age of five Wolfgang had already composed a piece of music and had preformed it before the European royalty. For many years Wolfgang traveled with his family and preformed in different parts of Europe along with his sister Nannerl.

The Queen of the Night Aria is about the Queen’s daughter becoming the wife or Tamino. But the Queens daughter Pamina is due all the darkness and supersitition so together the couple must go through several ordeals in order to be worthy enough for the Temple of Light.

There are different things that contribute to her being conceived as powerful and in charge. What made me think that she was in charge was how she looked and was dressed, how she posed herself through out the song and opera, and her vocals. She dressed powerful but beautiful, with her hair pulled back and wearing a long dress that looked as if it was natural but long, beautiful, and elegant. She poised herself by making fast and swift moves. She poised her self to look powerful and move powerfully. But her vocals I believe are what made it all come together. When she was singing to her daughter she was singing with passion and anger. You could tell that she was angry with every step that she took and by her facial expressions. When the queen made a move Pamina was terrified. But the pitches that were made by the Queen were just phenomenal that would make anyone tremble also. Her voice is so beautiful but it would make you tremble with fear.

The person who represented The Queen of the Night Aria had to be able to sing in extremely high ranges. But what The Queen of the Night Aria was saying to Pamina while she was singing was “The vengeance of Hell boils in my heart, Death and despair flame around me! If Sarastro does not through you feel the pain of death, then you will be my daughter nevermore. Disowned may you be forever, Destroyed be forever all the bonds of nature, if not through you Sarastro becomes pale! Hear, Gods of Revenge, hear a mother’s oath!”

So as well as how the Queen portrayed herself and sounded she was very angry as you can tell by her words. She was feeling betrayed and she no longer wanted anything to do with her daughter if she ended up going to the Temple of Light.

I thought that the whole song was interesting but what I personally really liked was hearing the range of The Queen of the Night Aria. It was powerful and she went so high with her vocals and would just change vocals in such a high pitch. It was amazing and fascinating to me to hear.

Taruffe By Jean-Baptiste Poquelin

February 23, 2010

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, Tartuffe, 1664, Versailles

Tartuffe was a comedy made by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. His stage name was Moliere. He died in 1673. Nine years after his play had fist been staged. The first time it was staged was at Versailles in 1664.

There are tons of props in this play. The first scene of this clip has a table with a tablecloth with feathers covering the bottom of it. Then the board that is behind them above it is covered with feathers also. They are wearing very classy clothing. They look like they are in royalty or of high-class families.

Tartuffe is comedy play. I think they show the comedy by how they speak, their actions, and their facial expressions. I believe they show comedy by their actions. One example was when the man is touching her in places that are may not be normally touched in public or by man who you are not married to. He touches her leg and she moves his hand saying, “Oh what can your hand be doing there”.  Another part is when he is putting his hands on her shoulders she acts as if she is uncomfortable but also enjoying it. It seems as if it is not common in their culture for the men to touch them in that sort of way. You could tell by her actions of her moving away from him as if she knows he shouldn’t do that but also having a giant smile on her face to show that she also enjoyed it.  I think this also made it comical. This is something that everybody can relate to. There are always different times that women feel flattered and even ways that men also feel flattered but where you are also unsure of what to do. I believe that this is what was trying to be portrayed and what was to make it be comical.

“The Birth of Venus”

February 12, 2010

Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, tempera on canvas, c. 1482 (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)

Sandro Botticelli was born in Florence, Italy. He was an Italian painter during the Italian Renaissance.  This painting is called “The Birth of Venus”.

Sandro Botticelli did many painting. He stayed busy doing different paintings for the Medici family. He did portraits, mythological themes, and religious works for the Medici family. This painting was made for the Medici family.

“The Birth of Venus” had shown mythological feminine beauty. Venus who is the lady standing in the shell was from Greek mythology. It is said that she was blown to shore or was held up by Zephyrs. Her being naked was to be a symbol of spiritual love. The lady on the right who was trying to hand her clothing is supposed to be the goddess of seasons.

I think this is a beautiful painting. It is calm but is showing so much. A beautiful grown God coming from the sea with flowers dropping behind her and the sea going on for eternity. She is standing with her beauty standing before the sea, the land, and the people. Her body is radiant with her hardly covering her body and with her hair flowing in the wind.

It is interesting looking at the paintings and how everything they painted is so natural. It is all natural beauty in these paintings. It was fun to learn and view all the different paintings from the renaissance times.

Hello world!

January 30, 2010

So this is a picture of me! I’m in one of my favorite places around where i live. It is a little campground thirty miles out of my town (Tok, Alaska) and it is the pretties area. This is a place my best friend and I would just go to get away from the town and people and just take picture and have a blast. This is where i saw the beauty of our state and could be in it without any distractions. Besides my best friend being there 🙂

I love it here! Hope you enjoy!