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Museum Journal Blog – Living Critters from The Jungle

Exhibit: The Herrett Center in Twin Falls, ID Living Critters in The Jungle 

media: 2D and 3D

context: educational

Describe: My first impression was that I felt like I was entering a mini replica of the jungle or wild. The displays have large branches inside them and backgrounds that resemble untamed greenery or stones. The lighting is slightly dim making me feel like I’m in the wilderness or a shady place full of trees and wild life. The iguana and boa constrictor inside their individual cages seem relaxed. They look comfortable in their simulated natural environments. I would describe the installment as fun. It makes you feel like a kid again and you want to keep checking it out to see the reptiles move. It has wall text between the animal cages and text below the iguana’s cage. The information is about other animals from the jungle. It is all simulated to look like the jungle and like the reptiles are wild animals, but really they are probably more like pets. The point of view from the viewer’s perspective would be that you feel comfortable and intrigued. I’m reminded of being in the jungle with the animals greatly involving me into it. The meaning conveyed is to see these two animals in their natural habitat and to better understand what it’s like in the jungle. Some elements included are organic, closed form, interior, unity and space. Excluded elements would be open form and exterior. The choices the curator made might be influenced by finance budgeting what was and wasn’t included and politics might effect it in the way that it needs to educate children especially. Questions posed by this installment are why is it only an iguana and boa constrictor on display? Why not others or two different animals from the jungle? The context, funding and authorship influence this by how much information is included. It has minimal information, but enough to get it’s point across. The intended audience is people of all ages, but especially kids. It’s easy to read and understand. The atmosphere is friendly and exciting especially for young ones. it is an effective display. 

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Museum Journal Blog – Solve et Coagula

Exhibit: BSU Liberal Arts building, Solve et Coagula (A curious exhibit) Lost Letters by Tyler Campbell, Jessica Noel, Briana Maddox and Lauren Cavazos

Date: 4/11/14

Media: 2D and 3D

Context: Educational, Art

Describe: My first impression was I’m curious to understand what the significance of these letters are. They are nice, interesting drawers that are propped up so that people can see the contents within each. The drawers have letters, belongings and photos hinting that they once belonged to different people. To someone who hasn’t seen it, I would say it is an interesting installation about different kinds of lost letters. Specific words/phrases to characterize it would be personal, relatable, an assortment of belongings, tells of different times and circumstances, meaningful. It is in a glass display case with text about it and about each drawer. The objects appear as artifacts, but they are actually simulated. The point of view from the viewer is looking directly at and into these open drawers and their contents.The overall meaning is to get people thinking about an old form of communication and how not all letter reach their destination. The elements included are repition, interior, closed form, unity. Excluded elements are exterior, open form and uniform. Some of the decisions made for the information present could be financially based just for budgeting reasons. Money limits how much information and objects are shown.Questions posed would be how exactly did the messages not reach their destinations? It explains the jist of it, but not the full story. Context, funding and authorship influence the meaning by allowing the installation to properly explain it’s purpose and how it does so. The intended audience is for anyone familiar with letters or writing letters. I believe that it is effective because it’s right to the point of it’s meaning and presented understandably. Also believably.


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Diego Rivera

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Diego Rivera is one of the most famous Mexican painters and muralists of the 20th century. Long before marrying Frida Kahlo, he had become a notable figure. He created many murals mostly depicting Mexican history and culture. Some of his works were even too risky to show because of their non religious or offensive depictions. Diego was a volatile man with many harsh memories that effected his outlook. Although his personality could have used adjustments, his artwork was superb. He had been drawing since he was three and therefore his skills only got better, especially with the help of professional art schools. His art was so good and becoming increasingly popular, not just in Mexico but around the world. He even got to befriend Pablo Picasso and meet Henri Matisse.

Diego had a large interest in Mexico and it’s politics which shows in many of his works. He paints on walls and buildings, usually taken up all the space that he can. His attention to detail is great. Lighting, shadow, tones, perspective, composition, it is all very well done. In my opinion Diego is a very gifted artist with plenty of skill. Unlike Frida who generally stuck with a particular style, Diego from time to time changed it up. I find it understandable that he would be such a famous painter. 

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Sources:

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

http://www.biography.com/people/diego-rivera-9459446#early-life&awesm=~oBEmDnRloPrjjA


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Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo is a famous Mexican painter most known for her self portraits and surreal style. She would paint herself a lot because she knew herself best. Also, it wasn’t until Frida had been in a major traffic accident and forced to recover for several months at the hospital that this passion developed. Since she was usually bed ridden, painting was a way for her to past time and not think about the pain. Much of her work emphasizes these pain of hers, but also her feelings, emotions, personal experiences and relationships. It wasn’t until she met Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican painter before her, that she took her painting more seriously. He encouraged her and convinced her to really keep at it. Frida ended up marrying Diego, but the relationship was faulty. In some of her works she will show this; paintings of her affairs, however he also had affairs. I believe it’s because she never had seen a healthy romance that this kind of behavior appeared normal or justified. Regardless, Frida was very much a strong personality with an interesting mind.

Her paintings were all done with oil paints on canvas. This started with her mother making her a canvas and her father letting her use his paints and brushes. I find Frida Kahlo a very unique artist with a lot of talent. Although her work might seem dark or strange, I think that it all is understandable to her life. She self taught herself to paint and is honest with her desired messages or portrayals. It makes me wonder if her paintings would have stayed the same had she not been seriously injured. Would she have even painted without it? No one can say for sure, but certainly that accident had one positive and that was igniting her with a passion.  

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Sources:

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

http://www.fridakahlo.com/


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Dan Graham

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Dan Graham is another conceptual artist on my list, but his way of getting into the art world is rather unique. He has no education after high school and was low on money. For this reason he created art by initially writing publishing essays and reviews. He’s a rock lover which was one thing he would write critically about, but he also wrote about Dwight D. Eisenhower’s paintings and Dean Martin’s television show. His subject matter is commonly centered around cultural phenomena, incorporating photography, video, performance art, glass and mirror structures. He sometimes draws sketches for these projects and will also display them in his exhibits. These sketches will usually be for his mirror structures or pertaining to architectural works of his. Through his artwork  it shows that Dan Graham is an intellectual man who you would never guess had so few years of schooling.

He writes well, presents his work simplistically yet flawlessly and genuinely creates interesting art. He doesn’t rely on shock factor or other similar methods to garner attention. The things he creates are smart, modern and how I would visualize as art of the future. I find it all very sophisticated. On some pieces I might criticize that many of them are so similar that it might get boring, but I don’t think it’s a good enough reason not to like his art. His style shines through and it’s nice to look at it regardless. With many of his large structures they make you want to poke and prod at them. Investigate why or what Dan was thinking when he made them. Involving the audience like that is a great skill indeed. Overall, I enjoy Dan Graham’s art and I hope he keeps making more of it.

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Sources:

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

http://www.lissongallery.com/artists/dan-graham

 


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Billy Apple

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His real name is Barrie Bates, but he conceived the name Billy Apple in 1962 and stuck with it. This alter ego of his is a large part of his identity and huge part of his career. It’s the name he goes by before his real one which makes sense considering his artwork is mainly apples. Apple structures, installations, drawings and paintings. He’s collaborated with Andy Warhol before; along with other pop artists. He’s also a notable figure associated with the New York and British schools of Pop Art dating back to 1960.

I believe what makes Billy Apple such a successful artist is that he is one of the earliest artists to really emphasize logos and branding. He made it into something modern and smart, simplistic and tasteful. I’m not for certain why the apple is the icon he chose to go by, but it definitely is a big part of who he is. 

I like Billy Apples artwork because it reminds me of graphic design which I’m really interested in. It has a lot of qualities that businesses nowadays look for, which in it’s self shows how good his work is. For this art form to increasingly be a mega part of today’s society means that his technique was brilliant. He helped change the way people advertise and express themselves.

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Sources:

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

http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/billy-apple

http://www.moellerfineart.com/artists/billy-apple/