Archive | January, 2012

Surrealism assignment

27 Jan

I’ll post on the analysis latter.


About ”me”

27 Jan

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Surrealist artists research

27 Jan

Salvador Dali: The Persistence of Memory, 1931

”The Persistence of Memory”, which shows the image of the soft melting pocket watch. In the painting we see the figures which symbolized the sign of time are changed, and the shape of the clocks softened, transformed, and even somewhat liquid-like. I feel the place is so desolate that the time seems to stand still, and the passage of time is showing the implied death. We can kind of get the ideas which Dali suggests that human beings would somehow change or even distort the fact as to keep in their mind forever.

Rene Magritte: The Lovers II(1928)

When I first saw This painting, ”The LoversII”, what came out of my mind was that it is really romantic but sad. The lovers who masked by fabric in the painting is like telling the viewers that: We are brave to love, we could risk our lives for love even it makes us feel suffocated;Even you are beyond recognition, with any incomplete,I will still love you.; We should get buried together when we are dead, so that we will not be alone…  This is such a wonderful piece ,  but the source of inspiration is very sad. Rene’s mother’s body was found with her face covered with a skirt hem , and this scene deeply shocked him and strongly demonstrated in his paintings. The white fabric in the painting represents his shadow of childhood. The expression of the emotions become blurred and unpredictable through the fabric, because it covers the most important expression of the face, it is a contradiction which is like pulling the emotions of warmth and enthusiasm out abruptly.  However, his works really challenges viewers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality.

Joan Miro:  Carnival of Harlequin, 1924

Joan Miro, who painted whimsical and bizarre images in his works.  One of his most famous painting ”Carnival of Harlequin”, describes a scene of brightly coloured organic forms and shapes in a humorous manner. Harlequin is a common theater character who is usually the victim of unrequited love and usually plays the guitar.The creatures in Miro’s paintings appear almost everytime as the cartoons, also takes up the entire canvas so that the viewer won’t keep focus on merely one aspect of the scene. Some of the shapes appear to be floating in the top corners of the space,  like the one on the left side which uses ladders to climb up through the work. The figures in this work shows lively, remarkably vivid, and even the inanimate objects have an eager vitalit.

Artist research

10 Jan

1.Robyn Kahukiwa

Robyn Kahukiwa is a leading Maori artist who was born in Sydney in 1940, and moved back to New Zealand in the late 1950s. Kahukiwa’s paintings are often strongly politcal, they address the ”double oppression of Maori women” by the social structures of the dominant Pakeha culture and the changes in Maori traditions. She paints strong Maori women who can act as role models for the younger generation.

2.Dick Frizzell

Dick Frizzell was born in 1943, and he is the artist based in Hawke’s Bay. His work is best described as expressionist pop in its appropriation(kitsch kiwiana icons) and incorporation of them into his cartoon-like paintings. He often adopts unfashionable painting styles,(and he doesn’t stay in one style.)  Also, he is responsible for the lithograph ‘Mickey to Tiki’, and it becomes the best selling print in New Zealand. It portrays a cartoon ”Mickey Mouse” changing in stages to a ”Tiki”.

3.Weston Frizzell

Weston Frizzell is the  group name of Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell.

4.Norval Morriseau (March 14, 1932 – December 4, 2007)

He was an aboriginal Canadian artist and also known as Copper Thunderbird, people also call him ”Picasso of the North”.
Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his culture, people and the political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions. His works are full of existential struggles, deep spirituality and mysticism. Also he loves using thick black outlines and bright colours as his own style.

5.Jane Ash Poitras

She is a Cree artist who was born in Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta in 1951.  Her mother died with tuberculosis when she was six years old , so she was raised by an elderly German-Canadian lady, at a time when ”people did not take too kindly to Indians”  She was raised in the Catholic church(with different cultures and languages). Her works had a strong spiritual component, which facilitated the transition to a Native spirituality in the her adult life. She collects media from newspaper, magazine and books and combine with her cultural painting on canvas, which makes it really unique.

Sandy Skoglund assignment(2

9 Jan