Archive for April, 2010

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.