Over the course of the semester, I worked on many paintings. Many of these paintings were very abstract. Abstract paintings are what I enjoy doing because they have a hidden meaning and you don't have to stay inside the lines. An artists who really inspired me was Karen Moehr. Moehr is an artists from Arizona who creates abstract art and abstract landscapes. She likes to do basic art and likes to bend colors so it isn't just one defined line and the colors overlap. Two pieces of mine that show how I learned from her style would be my pink sky painting and my two figures painting. Even though I was basing the two figures painting off of another artists, Moehr's style really inspired me. Contemporary art doesn't have to be clean cut and new looking. Contemporary art is just unique in whatever style you want. It can be a painting, nontraditional material, a sculpture, anything. I enjoy working with paint and making them abstract but still contemporary. When I first started doing abstract I thought it had to be just random shapes and a lot of colors but now after looking at moehr's work and other abstract contemporary artist's, I realized your work can just be blended colors in a beautiful way. I grew from looking at her works and now realize there's very little limits in what you can make and what a certain type of art is.
For the NCMA project I really enjoyed walking through the museum and seeing all of the different types of art. I really like abstract art because It conveys a mystery. I really connected with the Two Figures piece by Robert Motherwell. It was very abstract with neutral colors. The two black bold figures in the middle capture your eye. I decided I wanted to try to recreate the project with just different colors and not as bold separation of the colors. I like the way it turned out although I wish the colors were brighter.
For my what I never got to say piece, I had to dig deep. I decided to base my piece off of something close to my heart. Every summer for the past 3 years I have traveled to Ecuador on mission trips. Over the 3 years I have developed relationships with people there. This past summer was our last year going on the trip and there was one specific person I never got the chance to say goodbye to. If I had the chance, I would say goodbye to him. I decided to partner up for this project because Liz had the same idea just with China. We took photos that we took at each place that look similar and put them side by side. We then used print making as the background for the piece, I really enjoy the concept of this piece even though it was somewhat difficult to think about a topic for it.
For the non-traditional material project, I couldn't decide on anything to do. I was considering many options to make the project out of and I knew I wanted to make an abstract structure. I decided to use spoons. I wanted to cut them up and make them into a flower. I tried to hot glue them and then melt them and that didn't work. I also tried melting them with a heat gun and a flame first but that didn't work either. So I cut the spoons at different lengths then took the longest ones and glued them together. I stacked them the shorter they got. In the end it ended up being a FAILURE. The melting didn't work and paint didn't stay on so I gave up and glued it all together. The next time I do this project I would like to plan it out more and get better ideas.
Art can be made from a number of different materials. Not all of these have to come from an art supply store. Making art out of nontraditional materials like spoons or hair or food makes your art unique. People tend to forget that art doesn't have to be made out of just supplies found in the art supply store. People can find art supplies everywhere. In your back yard, in a hardware store, in the grocery store, and even in the trash can. By using nontraditional materials, your art comes to life and can become ironic, more meaningful, and even more real. Never limit yourself to use just supplies from an art store. Expand your horizons to many different types of art supplies from many different places.
The article by Olivia Gude really made me think about the importance of some art techniques and procedures. I believe that the "insignificant" exercises really are important to have. Even thought the purpose of them may not be seen right then and there, the effectivness of these exercises shoes in the artwork. In order to make artwork, you have to know the basics and how to do certain things required to make the art. Knowing what seems like insignificant details of art really makes a person think and affectivly make art. Learning the elements and principles of art lets a person create a stable base for a project. Knowing what color's importance is and what the importance of lines are allows for the artists to create depth and meaning. After reading this article, I realized how important the details are that may not seem important at the moment. Every art student should be required to learn about these principles so they can make effective art.
What if you take something harmful and make it beautiful?
For my project this week, I wanted to take something harmful and somewhat ugly and turning it into a sign of peace and beauty. I also wanted to play off a project I did in art 2 where I glued matches into the shape of the United States and the burned it to show deforestation. For this project, I decided to burn the matches before I put them on the canvas. Then I had to decide whether or not to try to put them into some type of pattern based on how burnt they were. I decided not to because I liked the randomness of the matches and the way it came together at the end. I really like how my project turned out. I like the contrast between the light wood and the burnt wood. I also like the way the background doesn't pop too much but it adds color still. My project shows that the harmful ugly matches can turn into a beautiful cross.
Is art without meaning decoration?
Art without meaning is decoration. Just because art doesn't have a meaning or theme, doesn't mean it isn't beautiful. Abstract art is my favorite kind of art because people view it in different ways and it doesn't have to have a meaning. Decoration is defined as the process or art of decorating. There doesn't have to be a meaning to decoration.
How do you define meaning in art?
Meaning in art is having a theme and message of something. For example if I had a painting, the meaning could be love which would have to be shown through either words, actions, or emotion.
For my first art 3 project I decided to use paint as my media. I really enjoy working with paint because it is easy to use and can be layered on top of each other. I also like the way you can mix different colors to get what ever color you want. I choose to do the element of color. Color is a very broad element to use because anything can have color but its what the color makes us think of that counts. For my art work I used one main color of pink. I decided to add white and blues to get different shades but overall this painting is pink. Using one main color shows that you can still portray an image with very few colors. I decided to go with pink because I usually don't choose this color and when people think of the sky and water they think of blue not pink. My art is very abstract and almost hard to tell what it is but I like the mystery behind it.