Art 2 & 3 for critique on 4/12 and 4/24


Look at any of the videos at the following site (in English or another language you understand) and make  comments about  which one you watched, the ideas and insights you gained about the artist, the art, the artistic process, and  how you might apply these insights to your own work.

Artists talking about art


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  1. i chose to watch the video about Leon Kossoff. his paintings and drawings are very gestural and flowing. its as though they are never in the same place. he didn’t really talk about the process or what he used to make them. but i can tell that he did maybe oil or acrylic paintings and charcoal drawings. he was usually inspired by other famous artists and choose a work that he wanted to replicate. he replicated some of Rembrandt’s work, but in a way made it different. i didn’t really learn anything from this guy besides the fact that gestural movement drawing is fun and looks cool. he reminds me kinda of the baroque era and how the art in that time was based around movement. i already do gestural drawings so i guess i’m just happy that there’s someone out there that just does it all the time.

  2. I was drawn to George Tookers video because of the realistic artwork displayed on the screen. Finding a similarity between his artistic style and my own also drew me to his video. As said in the video, Tooker was a very methodical and slow working artist, something that I can relate to. You tend to be interested in people that you have some sort of similarity with, and for me, the fact that he was very detail oriented appealed to me. I like that he drew from his own experience with being gay to produce art that expressed the negative attitudes towards gays during that period of time. He made it so the viewer can plainly feel the hatred society had towards the gays as well as the hurt and sadness felt by the gay people. All of his paintings express so much emotion that you can’t help but stare and wonder what he was feeling when he was painting.

  3. Watching the Leon Kossoff video I though it would be helpful for me to apply a more loose line quality to my art, which is generally more rigid. It was interesting to see how he gained his inspiration: from other artists, which is what you are asking us to do thorough this blog.

  4. I’m interested in Vincent Hawkins’s abstract paintings and collages…I always like the abstract and sureal ideas, that you can look that them from differnet perspective and have your own interpritation of it, and the color scheme he’s using is also dascinating to me.

  5. I watched the video about Andrew Litten. One thing he said that I found particularly interesting was that he actively seeks to shock the viewers of his paintings so that they become more engaged. There are many ways of shocking the viewer, he said, for example, with the title, with a juxtaposition of images, or with the implied narrative. I like how he tries to pull the viewer in. He also said, however, that the process of creating art should be personal–if you don’t care about it, why should the viewer? To a similar end, he said that he doesn’t like to explain his art to people; he wants them to come up with their own interpretations, so that it can be personal for them as well. I almost never think about the viewer in my art. Perhaps I should try encorporating his ideas about this into my own work.

  6. Like Evan, I also liked the Vincent Hawkin’s surreal paintings because they allow you to not focus on a certain subject of what the artist painted, but to focus on what the artist wanted you to imagine it to be. To have your on creative interpretation of it. And it’s cool because everyone has their own idea about it; it isn’t clearly the same image to people.

    • In response to you and Evan. Although many people believe that the only kind of art of which you can create/form your own perspective is surrealism, I have to argue other wise. Yes, it may be easier, but lots of objective art still allow the viewer to form their own interpretation. A man sitting at a table conjures different emotions and interpretations for different people, even though it is a painting with objects.

      • Also, this guy remind me of an artist I saw on the street downtown a few times. He uses markers and high lighters to draw. His works are great. There’re like cool patern, sureal project and impressionism…I wish I can upload that photo to show you guys…

      • Yes, that’s a viewpoint shared by many perceptual painters, Sedem. Here is a quote by Rudolph Arnheim: “All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention.” Objective and perceptual art can convey lots of personal meaning by the way the artist translates perceptions in addition to the subject matter.

  7. I am very fond of Ruth Weisburg’s painting and her approach to art. Like a lot of great artists, she likes to study art history and discover the relationship between body structure and emotion. I think it’s not only proper but also necessary for artists to study art history, not for seeing different styles but for learning the expression of art. Certainly, some of classical paintings have been Weisburg’s inspiration. I admire her for not being afraid to learn from great artists, and more importantly, reply those painting by her own dialogue. It’s a conversation of art…When I look at her painting, I always find myself was going back to an era by the time machine. There’s subtle, somehow ambiguous relationship between the modern character and the original character to let audience imagine. To be honest, I didn’t take a lot of sources from what I did in real life, but from the literature that I read. It could be a poem or a short story. When I was reading “Rain Lane” by Dai Wang Shu, I can always imagine a melancholy woman with an umbrella walking in a long, long street in a rainy day. And then I made her appear on my paper…

    • This is a great assessment of the nature of her process and links to art history. The artist’s dialogue with other art and artists has always been a favorite approach to art making for me, as an artist and a viewer. You have a rich imagination and affinity for literature and it is always enriching to hear the inspiration behind the artwork that you make.

  8. I also watched the Leon Kossolf video, and I agree with Rowen about the flow of his work. I really like that quality of it. I also find his use of color very interesting and how it works with that flow.

  9. This time I watched the video about Leon Golub. I thought it was quite interesting how he used all these everyday objects that I would never think to connect with art in his paintings. I liked how he painted what he wanted to paint and showed what he wanted to show even in the face of accusations and adversity.

  10. With my most recent work of art, a quote of Andrew Litten’s stood out to me. The fact that he wanted to shock his audiences. I’m not sure that that is what I want to do, but it definitely resonated with me. I want people to look at my burned out shell of a painting and think twice. Working a narrative into my art might be interesting as well, especially as it is more abstracted.

  11. I watched the video about the painter Jake Berthot. He mainly paints trees that are outside of his house. His paintings usually have to to do with the mood he is in or how his is feeling. I like how he stated that he doesn’t particularly care how others interpret his art. That is a quality I am jealous of because I think too much about what others might think. Berthot says that his favorite part of his artwork is that up close, the painting is just material, but from far away, the painting becomes something real. I also love that part of art and I enjoy looking at my art from far away to see what it really becomes. He says that there are two basic artistic processes: deciding either a system or a method. A system is when you know what the beginning and end of your painting will be and a method is when you begin with an idea and develop it. Berthot makes it clear that he uses a combination of both methods, however he states that his paintings are becoming more real and systematic. I would use his ideas to combine both kinds of methods, because right now I am just creating a system. I have to work on following a method and seeing where that takes me, which is what it seems like the projects we are working on right now are helping us to improve.

  12. The second video i watched was about Leon Golub, i didn’t really like his work. i mean i thought i was going to love his work since it was charcoal and was on people. but i didn’t, i thought it was ugly. I didn’t really gain any insights, because he didn’t really say anything. He was very exact in his work. maybe i’ll apply the exactness in my work, i guess? also he didn’t really talk of the artistic process.

  13. I watched Judy Glantzman. She worked in a lot of different mediums and I thought that her portrayal of the people she sculpted was interesting because their features were all exaggerated, and the ones she drew/painted because of the positions she drew them in. Nothing like you’d see in a real person. I liked her little use of color too; I think it worked better with her style.

  14. I watched Helen Mirren on Kandinsky. Like her, i agree that art is something someone does in there free time for pleasure. She really likes galleries, and talks about how she likes to view the gallery. She says she pushes the boundaries, and gets as close to the painting as she can, to see “what the artist sees.” I agree, if an artist has a gallery, he or she wants you to appreciate the art, so one should do what they need to (nondestructive) in order to enjoy the art. She says Kandinksy paints good accidents, I love that. Sometimes accidents can be the best thing to happen to an art piece.

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