Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Duane Michals sparks an interest of mine because he takes incidences out of life and places them in sequential order with a twist. That extra twist is his take on the imagery or what he feels as an artist. One piece by that I found clever is called "Chance Meeting." This sequence piece reflects the idea of passing someone on the street and trying to collect who they are. Then within seconds, each person turns around at different times and discovers that person completely gone. It's the idea of a thought passing through the mind and never knowing what the aftermath would be. Trying to figure out the unknown or the what if thoughts. This piece is very powerful by far and I would say it's a positive imitation about life itself. We all wonder about the buts or what ifs; therefore "Chances Meeting" is an example of not knowing what could've been. It's the feeling that overpowers everything about this artwork. Plus, it's also a narrative without words. I find that fascinating because when an audience views this artwork, they can create their own narrative for it. It's a realistic event that does happen and it's wonderful that people can relate to this real life scenario.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
What I admire mostly about Tina Barney's work is her style. She produces portraiture of people in her life or the people of elite status. What I find most remarkable about portraiture is capturing facial expressions, body posture, mannerisms and so forth to help represent an image. In Barney's work, she simply captures her subjects either in distraction or when the subject has complete knowledge of the photographer. So, she displays multiple poses to deliver her point to her audience. Her work is a positive gesture because it's truthful. A photographer can pose his or her subjects different ways or make them act in another character other than themselves but her photography has a natural presentation. She may allow her subjects to be themselves to tell a story about who they are as individuals. Since every person is unique, looking at a picture of an individual is going to be different among other portraits. Barney respects the personality appearing through the photograph because in that photograph tells a story in a moment.
John Baldessari works in many different modes; infusing various materials and techniques in a single piece. Most of his works address various issues in contemporary art, including artistic authenticity and the use of flat shape elements to assert two-dimensionality. In his figurative work he employs the disassociation of the figure and its environment, which forces the viewer to re-evaluate subject-matter and content. From original images or appropriated photographs and film stills, he distorts them by changing their color, modulating their form, emphasizing parts or deleting information altogether. I think that Baldessari's work has been important for fine-art photographers as he was successful in appropriating photography as a high-art medium and re-asserting its context in museums and galleries.