To truly get the accurate perspective, evaluation, and benefits of going to a gallery I felt like I should do it at the end of our course because ideally by then I would have learned all that is necessary. I appreciated this being part of our class because had it not I wouldnt have ventured out and taken the time to valued the art galleries. Honestly speaking, I get head aches whenever I’ve gone to a museum (don’t know why though, maybe the environment?).
First up – Finale (a gallery at our school about all the work students have done in art classes this semester)
Not to be biased 🙂 but I think our tiny animals were the best part out of that entire gallery :P.
Other parts of that gallery that I really enjoyed were the self portraits and the art work next to our chair projects.
These projects (the square frames) were really interesting to me and I could only imagine how hard it must’ve been to do these. The amount of detail in each piece truly depicted the level of work that went into the pieces. Each of them was very distinctive and spoke various messages to me. The one that was the strongest to me was the white piece on the far right. The white appeared to be tearing off and to me it symbolized how purity or innocence (white color affect) was torn apart or taken away by force.
This piece gave me a very dark feeling. The bold eyes and the color scheme of the piece really made me feel uncomfortable. The intensity in the way the person created it was very distinctive. My guess is that they either sewed it together or something to that effect. Which ever method it was, the fact that they also showed how the piece’s eyes were sewed in as well gave it a very dramatic effect. The shape of the head being so rectangular gave it a lot of energy (having a vertical emphasis).
I dont watch a lot of American movies, but the overall piece reminded me of the movie Donnie Darko and the creepy bunny that was in the movie. As crazy as it sounds the bunny image really spooked me out.
I felt like you needed to see it to know what I was talking about
The self portraits were all great! The one that hit me the most was the one on the right. I think the part that struck me the most was the value on the piece. Most of the other drawings had various scales on their pieces but this one either had white or really bold black shading. Another thing that struck me was how the eyes on it were all black! Usually it’s the pupil that is darker than your eye ball but this person chose to draw the entire eye black. By doing that it definitely hit a dramatic note on the piece.
The other pieces that really got my attention were the ones done in the printmaking class.
My favorite were these two pieces (partially because I know the people in them 🙂 ). Again, I seemed to be enjoying the same type of art that day because these portraits also were dominant in their value. The one on the left had a very vivid appeal because of the black background and the lightness on the subject. The shading on that piece was very well done because it felt very natural to have the lower aspect of the shirt darker and to have one side of the face darker than the other. The one on the right had more variety in shading and thus it being effective to have a white frame. I enjoyed her piece being focused on her face and neck because I was able to pay attention to each of her features but also being able to look at it as a whole. Her hair, lips, glasses, nose, neck, everything was very well done and due to the value I could sense the texture of them.
*Side Note: I also went to My Sweet, Sweet with Michelle but I felt like I couldn’t do justice to my interpretation of them when it was shown on campus. But it was a great collection and I really enjoyed the mixture of pieces.
Up Next – My trip to the High Museum yesterday
So I went to the High Museum and didn’t know what to expect. The last time I went there was when I was in either elementary school or middle school……obviously a time I don’t remember. I stayed there much longer than I truly expected. I thought hey I’d be there for one hour and be done with what I needed because of the headaches I get when I’m at museum’s. Little did I know I would end up staying there for 3 hours! I was so mesmerized with everything. But before I got to that phase I had a headache for a while and learned that when I have a headache it’s when I don’t enjoy what I’m seeing (sad I know). Their were 5 levels at the museum and I could only go to certain levels based upon the elevator I was in (took me a while to figure that out).
I first went to the second level and started taking pictures, but I was immediately stopped because I was told that I couldn’t take pictures. So sadly I went on with my time there thinking I couldnt take pictures of anything I saw. The second level was a collection of Henry Carier-Bresson, from the modern century. They were all photographs of things he saw while traveling to different places. Because I couldnt take pictures of them all I can talk about is a reflection I had on his collection. They were all very distinctive and strong pieces, but I found myself gravitating towards the ones that were dark and sad. The one that I still see in my head was the one about Prime Minister of India having to make an address about Gandhi’s death. I was able to find a version of the picture online.
The image spoke volumes to me. The value in the photo was amazing and conveyed the sorrow message. The stance in which the Prime Minister was in made a great impact on the overall picture. He looks fragile and timid as he leans on something with a police officer on his right.
Many of his pictures reminded me of my classes that I’ve taken at Agnes. For starters, my anthropology class because some of the pictures made the people in them seem very uncivilized even though they are. It reminded me how we portray humans that we’re unfamiliar with a different way than people we share some traditions or customs with. Given the era the collection was made in, modern century, I also analyzed the way women were portrayed because of my women studies class. They were either really poor and in impoverished areas (if they were in Asian countries), seen doing house chores, or depicted as people who are living a luxurious life due to their husbands. I felt many emotions while looking at the chosen images but most of them werent happy feelings.
Before leaving his gallery I want to share a quote that I saw, “A photographer must be something of an acrobat, because he is always running, balancing, about to tip over. Do you know what it takes to be a photographer? It takes one finger, one eye, and two legs.” – Henri Cariter – Bresson.
Then I went onto the Skyway level and saw the Contemporary Art collection. I was blown away with everything I saw. Discouraged about not being able to take pictures, I browsed around and felt like I could talk about the pieces I saw. So before intending on leaving I asked the security guy if he knew about me being able to find the pictures of the art work online if I typed up the artist names and he said he wasn’t sure but that I could take pictures of the art work if I wanted. When he said that I was so shocked! He said yeah you just cant take pictures of one of the pieces on the Skyway level and cant take any pictures on the second level. So he went on to say that I should go downstairs and get a pass from the security guard and I’d be ready to take pictures!
So I went downstairs and the security guard told me the rules before I was able to take pictures. He said that I couldn’t post the pictures on public websites such as Facebook and other things like that. I asked him if it would be okay to post them on my blog and he said yes that’s fine :). I went back upstairs on the Skyway level and started taking pictures of all the pieces that I found really interesting.
These two pieces really struck me because of the techniques the artists used. The one on the left I found very interesting because it was a self portrait of the artist and he used a very distinguished way to show his piece. All that we were told is that he used oil on his canvas. You could see the different values depicting his features as well as adding an element of curiosity because the tiny diamond shaped things weren’t filled with solid colors, they had multiple things going on. The image on the right was of fascinating because the artist used a warehouse floor as a canvas and employed art students to find trash outside his city’s dumpsters. Using the things the students found he created this piece on his floor! This photograph was the only record of his amazing work, and it’s an image 40 ft above the floor. This is definitely a piece I would encourage everyone to see in person because my image does not do justice to it.
I went through all of the floors and saw all of the galleries but my favorite one was the folk art 🙂
All of these pieces (left) were done by Howard Finster (my new favorite artist). I loved all the different materials he used and the way he chose to captivate his messages in all of them.
These pieces were all amazing and their details are far too great for me to begin talking about them! These are a must see! I loved being able to see how people brought religion into art and how they interpreted it (anthropology shout out!).
One piece that really fueled me was something I saw in the American art section.
It was a sculpture of a Native American on top of a dinning table, in a pose that illustrated him serving. I was so upset when I saw this! I think the message was pretty clear about how racist it was and how back in the day this was probably not viewed the same as it is now. Art definitely did it’s job, got me thinking!
Overall I loved the experience at the High Museum and wouldn’t have done it had it not been for this class :). I truly discovered what types of art I like and what I’m discouraged at (cough cough American and European Mid-19th Century art).