About Art and Artists

All kinds of art from all kinds of artists


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Elizabeth Peyton

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Elizabeth Peyton creates mainly portraits of friends, intimates and celebrities all with a variety of tools. Commonly she uses pencil, water colors and etching on prints, lithographs and woodcuts. Her style resembles that of fashion illustrations and the people featured tend to be androgynous. Most woulds say her style is similiar to that of Andy Warhol for it’s use of colors and celebrity features. Elizabeth has said that she enjoys seeing expression or emotion because it tells a lot about an individual. She captures this in many of her artworks and well. She likes recognizing talented people in particular and memorializing them through her art, such as David Bowie and Kurt Cobain. 

What I especially love about Elizabeth’s artwork is it has a mix of modern and classical art. I’m constantly reminded of today’s fashion models and statues from Greek/Roman times. Her figures all appear flawless and almost as if they were sculpted. Her colors pop and give such personality to each person she illustrates. Through her art I can see her interests shine through. I can tell she gets to do something she loves and I envy her for that. We all wish to make a living off of our passions, but not all of us are as fortunate. I’m glad Elizabeth is a genuine artist who is able to produce stunning images all while maintaining her own unique style. She makes it look effortless and so simple, yet when you look at her work closely you’ll see a lot of attention to detail.

 

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Peyton

http://www.artspace.com/elizabeth_peyton

http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Peyton/dp/0847827526

http://www.indexmagazine.com/interviews/elizabeth_peyton.shtml


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Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

  1. Describe what I see: Stone benches in half circle formations. Man-made dip with shallow water and rocks. Stone placks with many quotes from rights activists. Spacious and organized with walk ways. Set outdoors with plenty of greenery and trees.
  2. Degrees of representation: They don’t seem too intense or dynamic; everything is cohesive. All text on stone placks are in varying sizes of paragraphs and images are sparse. The rocks in the man-made dip, fencing the area and made into benches are all consistent in colors and texture. Brown, tan and grey is the general color scheme.
  3. Visual elements/principles that dominate: Stones seem to dominate the memorial. Lots of rocks of varying shapes and sizes, but also some greenery. It’s mostly organic and uniform in layout.
  4. Site-specific: Yes. They put it in this particular location because it was convenient and a good place to educate students, in addition to visitors from all around town. It is an easily accessible memorial.
  5. Created, funded, designed: Boise Parks and Recreation along with community volunteers made this all possible.
  6. Materials, media: Many stones, concrete, metal, water, wood and plants. Some information came with audio.
  7. Text/word elements function: Easy to read, linear and mostly engraved into stone. Otherwise, typed.
  8. Intended meaning/function: The intention is to inform with pleasing surroundings and little distractions. They want visitors to learn about human rights history, especially that of Anne Frank, while enjoying nature and a peaceful atmosphere.
  9. How successful in my opinion: Although not promoted or advertised much, it is a nice location and with a humble layout. The fact that the museum is available to everyone and is easy to navigate around makes it a great area for learning.


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Fred Wilson

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Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose work focuses on racism and gender politics; primarily the history of such. Not only do viewers find his art to be informative and educational, but they are surprised that Fred uses already made objects belonging to museums. He doesn’t have to go far for his materials, seeing as it is all unintentionally provided for him. He tries to present to the world how African Americans are treated differently from other races, typically from the White peoples’ perspective. With many of his artworks it is obvious that Black people were considered less beautiful or valuable than White people. Another message Fred conveys is equality for all. Every person is worthy and no one race should be considered superior to any other. Through his work future generations can learn from their ancestors past mistakes, and the result being change for the better.

Like I mentioned before, Fred’s choice of medium is commonly what is in museums’ inventory. Whatever is available and possible to be used for presenting his ideas accurately; he will use. With this in mind, you can figure it requires little to no money, ideal to any artist! Fred is smart in his method and brilliant in his presentation. Simplistic, but deep, not many words are needed to inform his audiences.

I find Fred Wilson’s work clever and educational. I like that his art is genuine, obvious that he has a deep interest in what he does. Some artists are superficial, perhaps more of businessmen rather than artists, however Fred isn’t like that. I can respect art that is meaningful. 

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Wilson_(artist)

http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/fred-wilson

http://www.artspace.com/fred_wilson


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Transformation Journal

1. Words that describe my object formally: smooth, somewhat heavy, cold, green, light green, dark green, small, imperfect, simple, small pieces made to form one whole piece

2. The original function of this object was to be aquarium rocks for a fish tank, but instead I changed them to be formed as a heart. I was attempting to change it into something meaningful and relatable to audiences. How I did that was by taking many of the rocks and piecing them together to shape a symbolic heart. However, I think my downfall on really making this project a success was not changing the color and not making it even bigger. Since I left it in it’s original colors, the transformation doesn’t quite seem complete. Audiences can still tell what it’s made of and therefore, can’t escape the idea of aquarium rocks over a heart. Also, if it was bigger the impact would be more attention getting, rather than looking like some sort of paper weight. Overall, I do like what I was going for, but deep down I wish I had more time to work on it further.


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Skeleton/Skin Journal

I wanted to create something colorful, but odd and abstract. I twisted up wire to make the body and used balloons for the round parts. I then used paper mache and newspaper to create the skin around it. Lastly, I colored the body using pastels, watercolors and highlighters with hairspray to help keep it together. It took me about 5-7 hours to complete and if I were to change anything about the final product, it would be to have less skin and more skeleton.


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Annette Messenger

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Annette Messenger is well known as an installation artist, incorporating photographs, drawings, prints and various other materials. Her work is rather childlike and playful, but can seem eerie depending the piece. She states herself that she always works with things that are covered, half hidden, or half revealed. The reason for this I’m sure is to convey some mystery or some connection to the human psyche. Her work seems to relate to people and as such is a representation of humanity. Whether it be about mind, body, or customs, Annette always has a relation in one way or another to this. She also likes to incorporate stitches, netting, knitting, embroidery and meshes. In some works she may actually use these materials while in others she’ll have a sort of representation of this. 

All her mediums have been from the home: colored crayons, stockings, cloth, sewing materials, newspaper clippings, etc. Annette has said she would love to work with video, but that it she feels it’s incapable of using that kind of material today. If it was as easy as using a pencil she might feel more comfortable about it. That said in her own words.

I overall really enjoy Annette Messenger’s gallery. It’s rather colorful and it’s childlike innocence is sweet. It comes across as innocent and perhaps like something out of a storybook. Adults and children alike could find it captivated, and even as a family both be intrigued by what they see. I also fancy the message underlying each work of art, adding much depth instead of just surface aesthetics. Annette is crafty and it shows, telling me that she honestly does have a joy in art. 

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annette_Messager

http://www.mariangoodman.com/artists/annette-messager/

http://ridiculouslyinteresting.com/2011/08/01/birds-in-little-sweaters-annette-messagers-le-repos-des-pensionnaires-1971-72/

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2009/mar/05/annette-messager-hayward-retrospective

http://www.jca-online.com/messager.html


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Erik Boker

Erik Boker is a artist and photographer of culture, absurdity, idiosyncrasy, poetry, museology, and paradox. Much of his work involves ready-made objects put on display or a deeper look into commercial items. An example of that would be his dissected toothpastes or his T-shirts with iconic brands converted to have religious undertones. What he is creating is a constant exploration of the roles of art, science, nature, the consumer, the institution, product, fabrication, reality, taxonomy and people’s relationship with seemingly insignificant objects that effect us daily. He’s taking familiar items we know well and arranging them in new, unexpected ways. There’s also a strong connection between nature and the unnatural. Something totally man made appearing as if were organic, like that of an animal or rock. It’s this play on opposites that many find intriguing and clever.

Erik’s medium is commonly everyday objects, items you would commonly find in a home or workplace. Probably about half of his work has a religious connection; another play on something considered serious, turned into something comical. I don’t know that this is so much to upset viewers, but more of combining opposites like I mentioned before. It’s mainly to surprise, and make an individual look at something seemingly normal, into something rather different.

I find Erik Boker’s work an interesting take on art, but not a bad one. It’s subtle, but says enough without any or few words. I like that it does cause viewers to think and wonder about what message is being conveyed. It certainly involves people to prod the ideas, which I believe is a great way for Erik to connect with them. Whether someone is into it or not, each piece peeks your curiosity.

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Sources:

http://www.erikboker.com/

http://www.lightstalkers.org/erik_boker

http://lenscratch.com/2011/07/erik-boker/