Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hildegard von Bingen

    Hildegard von Bingen was an intense writer, artist and nun in her church. She composed a play called Ordo Virtutum with theatrical elements. Bingen was an artist who was multi-talented in various areas. Her major shrine was called the Eibingen Abbey. It was later took over by Nazis but now it is a sacred shrine where her and her fellow sisters remains are located.
  Bigen was a visionary in literature and in spirituality. She was made "magistra" unanimously by her nun sisters. Her main compositions were Dendermonde and Riensenkodex. Bigen was devoted to her spiritual life as a nun because she also wrote about her strict views in her "Book of the Devine". Although she goes against odds because she is a woman artist, she definately doesn't believe in a corrupt lifestyle. Because of this, Bigen became a figure of reverance within the contemporary New Age movement.
 Her style was primarily in the religious field in art. A lot of her life was spent in that area and generally in art I think that the better a person knows something, the more they can push a message out to an audience.When Bigen became an artist, their were issues with her being a woman artist because in that era, women were considered as lower (less worthy). In the potrait above, it looks to me as there is a nun writing/reading something outside. At the same time, the frame is a bit small and it looks as if she is stuck in the middle being unable to move. I take it as a different perspective because as a nun, a person is unable to leave or have a wide range freedom by their type of lifestyle.

Hildegard von Bigen is an inspiration to others from every time passage and generation. Her art speaks out in the means of "so what?!" So what she was a nun. So what she was a woman and a devoted religious one too. Bigen knew of the issues she would face in the journey that she took but she still choose to be an example of how to truimph over all odds and for that, she will always be respected highly.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Graffiti Rebellion!

     Watching todays film, it is clearly evident that all around the world graffiti is something that is generally looked down upon with in the political views. However, in the communities of the artists, it is something worth fighting for and looked at as life and freedom. For example, in Berlin if someone is caught "vandalizing" public property, they can spend up to three years in prison or even pay a hefty fine. This proves that many are unexcepting of the aspect of this type of art. Unfortunately, the negative views on graffiti tend to be more prevalent than positive ones although they do exist.
     In Cape Town, there is a high level of political warfare. On the film, minorities are treated as lower than others since there is a constant black/white race shuffle. Being involved with graffiti lets them have there own voice and identity inside of a world in which they do not. The artist do believe they make a positive difference in their society in which I agree. A prime example of that is when a few of the cities graffiti artists go to a nearby school a do a mural which is inspirational to the students. On the contrary, Sao Paulo is a city with no governing structure so everyone basically does what they want how they want.

    My overall thoughts on graffiti as an art all together is that it is something which is very misunderstood all over the world.In my world personally, grafitti is a way of defininate expression although many are against this form of art.When people see a piece of graffiti placed on a bare brick wall along side a street, they immediately stop and stare. That very moment when they take a glane at it, they have been captured. Whether the piece is positive, negative, beautiful or horrid it still has an impact on everyone. 
  Either people view it as something inspirational or as something disgusting/repusive. In my opinion, it can equally be both. It all depends on where, how, why and the purpose behind it. Whether it's political (a portrait of Obama with his famous words) social, racial, gang related ( a photo taken of a strategic territorial place gangs meet/gather), or just free expression, grafitti has an impact in all aspects. The world should view it in a manner of in a place of trash, graffiti is the treasure ;)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Matrix & more....

That Maxtix movie really had me interested. The fact that he was on a quest for enlightment and wouldn't rest untill it came is kind of an inspiration. I can see why that would be considered a form of art because it's something that indicates education and expression. Also,today iu Art, Mr. Glenn talked about all of the different times in which art has grown and changed. I think that as time went on throughout history, people created art with whatever they had. The culture of that time will generally reflect how the art is presented. It's so interesting to see how art can evolve!