On Halloween we had a One Night Only show where it's up for one night... only. Usually there are just two or three artists which exhibit but this time it was open to anyone. There were some pretty creepy finger foods and pieces of work. I showed up in my "Madonna with Child" costume, imitating Byzantine paintings.
I'm lucky to be at a University that gets guest speakers pretty frequently. The most recent one was Birney Imes, a very well known photographer from Mississippi. Read it to see what I took away from the talk.
Chattanooga TN has a great little corner of art of the river. Daniel (the boyfriend) and I arrived at 9 am in the springily cool air and bright sun to explore the outdoor sculpture garden.
It was great to see the alien-looking things frozen in a garden, the unfamiliar mixed with the familiar. The two contrast each other beautifully, emphasizing the differences which gives each its identity. I wonder how differently the sculptures would be perceived if they were in a different location.
I noticed that artists create things about what they find interesting or important. Displayed beside each other were two artists, Jeffery Morton was interested in kudzoo while Jan Chenowith explored what it meant to be foreign and how cultures influence each other artistically.
I got to sketch a bit before we had to leave for lunch, I wish I had more time but this is what I could come up with in 5 minutes. It was so very refreshing to exercise my drawing muscle.
One of my idols, Ansel Adams, was displayed in the museum, he has four awesome photographs there. They are simple, extremely well exposed and printed shots of nature, yet to me they were so much more than that. Ansel Adams is so admired because while the whole world was focused on the use of photography for documenting and sharing important events around the world, he was taking pictures of nature. Something which doesn't tell of all the horrors of war, and something that will probably still be there tomorrow. I think that he is so well known today because he reminded the world of something peaceful and rich which belonged to everyone in a time of depression and war.
Another artist that I recognized was Willem de Kooning. I blogged about him in my "Project: de Kooning - Part One" post. I don't really understand this piece, but I do appreciate it. Most of his paintings were of women, and I think that some shapes and contours in this painting show it. I don't really get this piece, but it is expressive, implicative, and quite interesting. It calls you to look at it, think, and feel.
Contemporary art, the art of today, focuses on using a mix of different medias to challenge the the rules and ideals of society.
I was taken back at how well I fit into this genra. It really made me wonder whether I'm just a product of society and the art movement or if I was just born into the right time. Would I still have this mindset/theme if I wasn't born into this specific time? I am tempted to reject the contemporary theme so that I'm not just another product of society, but that would still mean that society is affecting me. So whatever I do, I'm still a product of the world around me. Therefore, I won't run towards it or away from it, but rather continue to carefully make my own path. As one of my friends likes to say, it's better I travel well than to arrive.
A look back at a favorite drawing project from freshman year, and how it was inspired by de Kooning.
Lorrin Webb, one of my friends who has a pretty awesome t-shirt company (wanderite.com) introduced me to birdcap aka Michael Roy during MSU's In-Vision art camp.
Michael Roy is an amazing street artist who does murals all over the world. My second home, Starkville, MS was lucky to have him paint a mural by one of our much loved food places, Stromboli's. Meeting him was a pretty great experience. Michael Roy is a spunky down to earth guy... even if his murals are a bit out there.
The murals were inspired by local folklore and animals around the Knoxobbee Wildlife Refuge where he stayed as a part of their artist in residency program.
I got to hang out with Michael and Lorrin for part of that day at City Bagel as we worked on our own projects. It was neat but anticlimactic to see behind the scenes of an known artist, they seem to develop their ideas just like art students do. So it was still very encouraging. Later we met some others from the Starkville Mural Collective at Mugshots and said goodbye to Michael before he had to leave Starkville.
While his murals are amazing, I was more impressed by Michel himself. Even though he is a well known artist, he is so humble that you wouldn't ever guess how well known he is. Plus, he is a pretty spunky and friendly dude to be around.
Thanks for the inspiration Michel!
Check out more of Michel's artwork on his tublr! bridcap.net