Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dear Glenn

       Thanks for all your artistic insight and inspiration :) I will never forget your lively spirit and spontaneous personality. You helped me become a more creative person overall and see the art in everything everywhere. God Bless!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Earth Art

Seal Beach at Sunset; March 31, 2011
             When you live....
             you thrive
             when you love
             you stay alive.
             Watching this beautiful sunset,
             my eyes and my mind
             thought to be true that
             falling for you was new while feeling loves' deja vu.
             Having him in my life now makes me realize
             my heart in soul never going unnoticed.
             From the first moments we laid our eyes upon each other, it was something different.
             Did sparks fly?
             Did the heavens open up?
             Did cupid shot his love infected arrow?
             None of the above.
             But what did happen was that God sent me someone to truely and deeply care for me.
             there was no catch to it.
             simplicity is our friend but often we can complicate matters.
             Falling for someone should be a simple day by day process
             with low expectation and a bit of faith.
             On this day, watching this sunset, he has left an impression on my heart
             which know I willl never forget.

              By: Ariah Green

Friday, May 13, 2011

Donatella Versace

     She is an Italian fashion designer and current Vice-President of the Versace Group, as well as chief designer. She owns 20 percent of the entire stock market assets of Versace. Her brother, Santo Versace, owns 30 percent. Donatella's daughter Allegra Versace inherited 50% of the company stock after the death of Gianni Versace. On 15 July 1997, outside the re-constructed Versace Mansion, also known as Casa Casuarina, in Miami, Florida, Gianni Versace was shot dead by Andrew Cunanan. A multi-continent search ensued for the suspected spree killer, but Cunanan avoided capture by committing suicide a few days after the death of Gianni Versace.  year and three days after Gianni's death in July 1998, Donatella Versace mounted her first couture show for the Versace Atelier at the Hôtel Ritz Paris. She built her runway over the hotel's swimming pool, as her brother had done every season, though this time using sheer glass. She now oversees the production of a dozen collections each year, though these days, Donatella is just as famous for her celebrity entourage and glittering parties.

     When you look at Versace, it always screams elegance and grace out. The modern style of her work is what makes it popular amoung celebrities and regular people too! I think that it was a tragedy what happen to her brother bu ti'm glad to see her stepping up and we know he would be proud. Having a worldwide brand of clothing shoes and so forth is a stepping stone in life that she has reached although it hasn't been easy. In my opinion, struggle can be an art form although unbeautiful and demented, we all go through it at some point. For this reason, she has made history as a fashion designer.

Alexander McQueen

      He was a British fashion designer and couturier best known for his in-depth knowledge of bespoke British tailoring, his tendency to juxtapose female strength and sensuality with fragility in his collections, as well as the emotional power and raw energy of his provocative fashion shows. He is also known for having worked as chief designer at Givenchy from 1996 to 2001 and for founding his own label under the name Alexander McQueen. McQueen has been credited with bringing drama and extravagance to the catwalk. He used new technology and innovation to add a different twist to his shows and often shocked and surprised audiences. The silhouettes that he created have been credited for adding a sense of fantasy and rebellion to fashion.

   I look at his works and I am astounded at the fact that he created some of these things. Do you see those shoes? I can see why off the wall celebrities like Lady Gaga would love to be seen in those. I think that he was a great creative artist because many of his styles came to life by themselves without the models even wearing them. In my opinion, that's what makes a designer just that. People want something that they have never seen before and McQueen definitely delivered his capitivating styles. 

Maya Lin

    Maya Lin, a Chinese American, was born in Athens, Ohio. Landscape is the context and the source of inspiration for Ms. Lin's art. She peers curiously at the landscape through a twenty-first century lens, merging rational and technological order with notions of beauty and the transcendental. Utilizing technological methods to study and visualize the natural world, Ms. Lin takes micro and macro views of the earth, sonar resonance scans, aerial and satellite mapping devices and translates that information into sculptures, drawings and environmental installations. Her works address how we relate and respond to the environment, and presents new ways of looking at the world around us.

      Her studio artwork has been shown in solo and group museum exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Ms. Lin's current exhibition Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes originated at Henry Art Gallery in Seattle and is the first to translate the scale and immersive capacity of her outdoor installations to the interior space of a museum. I think that Lin's work has abeautiful essence about it because she has the ability to clearly portait her meanings in all of her work and its visible to the audience.

Andy Goldsworthy

    A British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy's art often include brightly-coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, "I think it's incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can't edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole. Goldsworthy is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing. Photography plays a crucial role in his art due to its often ephemeral and transient state. According to Goldsworthy, "Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit."

      I like Goldworthys work because it is vibrant like me! It has a bit of nature, geometry, and focus all inone. I think that with all of these characteristics his art is one of the best I've seen in a whiole becaue he gives you a slim variation of the types but he perfects the craft of what he is familiar with and that is important here in the art world. i understand that being abtract and rebellious gets more atttention but sometimes I just want the normalcy of nature with a hint of beauty!

Ana Mendieta

     She was a Cuban-American artist famous for her performance art and "earth-body" sculptural, photographic, and video work. Much of Mendieta's work may be considered strongly feminist by some; it is in essence autobiographical. Later Mendieta focused on a spiritual and physical connection with the land, most particularly in her Silueta pieces, which typically involved carving her imprint into sand or mud, making body prints or painting her outline or silhouette onto a wall. In 1983 she won the Prix de Rome and took up residence in Rome, Italy. During the last 2 years of her life she started creating "objects", mostly permanent sculptures and drawings, it was her intention to retain the connection with nature via the vibrations of the natural elements she continued to use in the works.

      I think of nature when I look at her art work because it seems humble and calming. Mendieta has a soft gentle approach with her art which I think anyone could understand if they tried. She has a humanness about her work which I think is good because it makes it more relatiable to the audience.

Allan Kaprow

      He was an american painter, assemblist and pioneer of creating the concepts for pereformance art. Kaprow helped develop the "Environment" and the "Happenings" in the late 50's-60's. Eventually Kaprow shifted his practice into what he called "Activities", intimately-scaled pieces for one or several players devoted to the study of normal human activity in a way congruent to ordinary life.The "Happenings" first started as tightly scripted events, in which the audience and performers followed queues to experience the art. Kaprow says that the Happenings were "events that, put simply, happen." There was no structured beginning, middle, or end, and there was no distinction or hierarchy between artist and viewer. It was the viewer's reaction that decided the art piece, making each Happening a unique experience that cannot be replicated. His work attempts to integrate art and life. Through Happenings, the separation between life, art, artist, and audience becomes blurred. The "Happening" allows the artist to experiment with body motion, recorded sounds, written and spoken texts, and even smells.
                                                                   Collapsing Inwards

       Reviewing Kaprows work, I can see that he has an outskirt look on art. He deals with some issues in humanity which they face daily and something are more random because as he stated this that just happen. The arrtistic view would be to look at how he can about and how he has ended up. Is there muchof a difference? I think the fact that he gets people invovled and it isn't just a solitary thing fot him is hte reason he is ground breaking.

Improv Everywhere

      A New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001by Charlie Todd.

     When you see all of the work Todd has done to make a statement in the world, it makes oyu really appreciate the flexibility of art. He has all these thousands of participants who do not even know each other being unified for a purpose and we can not even come to conclusion about social security and welfare in our society. I think it is a a tremendous contribution to the art world because although people do not undrestand what is going on at the time, it is making a statement of I dnt care and I do what I please. That's an important way to look at life and the people who surround you in unchanging judgements. In my opinion these people have some real balls and I give credit where credit is due!

Burning Man

       It's a city in the desert, dedicated to radical self reliance, radical self-expression and art. Innovative sculpture, installations, performance, theme camps, art cars and costumes all flower from the playa and spread to our communities and back again. Burning Man from its early days on a small beach in San Francisco through its evolution into the bustling city of some 48,000 people that the Burning Man event has become today. These people make the journey to the Black Rock Desert for one week out of the year to be part of an experimental.
    After seeing the artwork of the Burning Man I view there work as free and extraordionary to what art is perceived to be by the outside world. In life, there is conformity and non conformity hands a bigger challege to be apart which of these people choose to be. I think that its just amazing that I havent ever really seeen anything like th is but I hope to start in the future. They are intriguing yet we try to find ways to figure out why instead of embracing them in the art world.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Isamu Noguchi V (1904-1988)

      Noguchi is a well respected Japanese-American sculptor who has created fountains and gardens which are the focal points in some major cities. He attended the East Side Art School in Paris  where he was awarded a scholarship to go to Paris as an apprentice to the abstract sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Brancusi was a strong influence in Noguchi's art because he felt that the art form he used was well suited for him. His form of art suggest that nature with one another in their surroundings. Noguchi's work was greatly inspired by European surrealism and abstraction which is art that demonstrates the imaginations while using distortion in it and does not resemble any object. 
                                                                        Akari Lamps
                                                                          Red Cube, 1968
                                                        Moerenuma Park Sapporo, Hokkaido

                                                                           Coffee Table
                                                                           Black Sun
""Best Friends"1952 (porcelain tea cup with saucer)
      Water tap illusion which developed "Nine Floating Fountains" in Osaka Japan which seem to be flying!

                                Statue at the Rockefeller Center by Noguchi

        After seeing Noguchi's most prominent work, I feel that his art is unique in different ways like how his sculptures are shaped and the natural essence behind them. I can definitely appreciate his abstract inspiration because it shows through his work. I can see that he finds the beauty in a chair, table, cup or even a playground. You can see his detail indeed with his work which is why I think he is so admirable as a artist.

"Everything is sculpture," said Isamu Noguchi. "Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture."