Art 1 – Due Nov 12 – Rosenquist/week 2



Big! James Rosenquist



****Post a comment and discuss:

the  political meaning of F-111,

and share your analysis of the specific ways in which the work is well designed.

(…consider the use of repetition, rhythm, emphasis, transitions, contrast, color, positive and negative space.)

For your sketchbook  (keep track of the time to total 1 hour ) do a pop art style drawing that has a social or political message that you care about. Like Rosenquist’s, it may require the viewer to make interpretations and draw  conclusions based on the pop imagery you present.


25 responses »

  1. F-111 was Rosenquist’s way of showing people what was going on in the world. He put a aircraft carrier to show the war and a little girl to show what kind of people the war was hurting.The interesting thing is that Rosenquist put her doing something happy. I think it shows how when you are kid you don’t know what is going on around you. I think the different colors are for different people. Showing that different people are effected by the war just not one person or one color.

  2. Rosenquist was tired of painting meaningless ads and billboards, so he used his art to express a message about the war and the things occurring in the world that needed to be thought about. The work is well designed in how it curves around the corners of the room. It uses repetition in the mushroom cloud look, and how the little girl’s hair dryer resembles the front of an aircraft. The use of so much color brings the attention to such a serious topic of war in a different way.

  3. In F-111 It looks to my (undeniably untrained) eye that Rosenquist painted the plane first, and than just painted other things on top of it. I tried to think up something about what I think the meaning is, but the things I thought of were pretty far fetched and honestly that’s what I would probably do and what he might have done. But if there is a meaning (and there probably is), it would only be obvious to Rosenquist and no amount of speculation on my or anyone else’s part could possibly uncover it. Be that as It may I think that maybe the meaning of the painting is in the individual objects, and not in the plane or the painting as a whole. Maybe the message isn’t even political at all. But like I said, I’m no expert and don’t really know what I’m talking about. The painting is well designed, his use of vibrant colors is nice and his painting style reflects all of those years Rosenquist spent painting advertisements.

  4. James Rosenquist created F-111 to express the connection between the aircraft workers and their families. He thinks that being an artist is unimportant compared to doing something like building an aircraft for your country. The painting has differing tone in the spaghetti, light and dark contrast on the mushroom cloud and umbrella, a contrast between the pictures of everyday life and the aircraft, but it does not look choppy, the colors are very bright. I like how there is no background or foreground

  5. James Rosenquist’s F-111 might represent that peace is good. It’s not really clear in Rosenquist’s painting what it is about or what message he’s trying to convey. Rosenquist painted this painting when the government was making the F-111. The government was making the F-111 during the vietnam war and were planning to use it, so he painted, like a bunch of artists throughout the century, a painting about peace. I do like his use of colors and making it into a certain type of collage. I think he took his skills from making billboards and transfered them onto a canvess, and the result is excellent art.

  6. F-111 addresses the connections between the Vietnam war, consumerism, income taxes, and advertising. This painting sends a clear anti-war message. Rosenquist was upset that taxpayer’s money was going toward such a terrible war weapon and found it ironic that the middle class was ultimately supporting the creation of the plane.

    In terms of style, I agree with Sushi–I like how there is no sense of depth perception. I also like how the various images transition nicely into each other. In regard to color, I like the section of the painting from the girl under the hairdryer to the spaghetti. All those colors compliment each other well.

  7. Rosenquist’s F-111 was an attempt to convey that life goes on, even during a war. The everyday objects, superimposed on and sharing the space with the fighter plane, show that while many things are affected by a war, many things are not, and normal things don’t stop happening just because there’s a war on.

  8. The painting of the F-11 shows the F-11 in a new light. Instead of representing it as some kind of huge war machine, it represents it as an economical, object, not a militant one. He is honoring the people who make the plane rather than the plane itself. This is common in the pop art movement; taking an image and distorting it in a way to make it look different. Rosenquist uses vibrant color, in juxtaposition with dark color to accentuate. His use of patterning, in the spaghetti, the mirror etc. Is also utilized to make things that are not of the pattern stand out.

  9. In F-111, Rosenquest compares mundane objects with the machiniery of war in a free association of images which transition seamlessly into a cohesive painting. He makes this comparison implicitly, by setting two similar images on top of each other (e.g,, a mushroom cloud becomes an umbrella). By doing this Rosenquest critiques the jaded American attitude toward war, where the sight of an f-111 is no more startling than that of a hair-drier. Given Rosenquest’s active opposition of the Vietnam war, it is no coincidence that the F-111 was prominent in that same war.

  10. I think Rosenquest wants to express his political idea through the medium of F-111. War is furious and cruel, so he draws the US air force and a big mushroom cloud to represent the war. On the other hand, he wants to show that the war is original from the country’s economy, and people are actually get benefits from the war, I think that’s the reason that he draws a girl under a hiar-dryer, spaghetti by the time the F-111 plane is conducted to support the Vietnam war.

  11. When we see images of war on the TV or in the news paper it’s sometimes hard to believe that it’s really happening here and now. There seems to be a disconnect somewhere that should be registering that “Oh my gosh, thousands of people are being killed every day and they’re being killed by machines that we help build and the sons and daughters of people we know.” F-111 kind of bridges that gap. Putting every day things right next to a bomber plain makes you think about it a little more. Whether he meant it to be that, I don’t know. Lots of artists around this time found their work being interoperated as a political statement regardless of the actual intended message. Either way it’s a beautiful piece of work and a lovely thing to ponder.

  12. I think Rosenquist combined the image of the F-11 with everyday objects such as spaghetti, umbrellas, and hairdryers in order to prove a point about the contrast between a war, and the daily life of people. I agree with talavania in that he compares life going on to a war, but I don’t think he does it in an optimistic way. While some might say “Oh, life goes on!” I think Rosenquist is trying to say “How can you live your life normally when there’s a war going on?” I think he uses the very separated positions of the different objects to show how separated the subjects are: war and daily life.

  13. I feel that the political meaning of the F-111 can be seen in the way that it penetrates through all the different sections of the painting. Each part is depicting very “homely” things. Like the small girl, the spaghetti and the light bulbs, and all the while the F-111 is piercing through that. I feel that Rosenquist was trying to say that the plane was sort of breaking or killing normal homely life. What I think is great about Rosenquist’s work is how each object in his paintings that contain a few different objects are all somehow connected. He doesn’t just plop a bunch of stuff on a canvas. Everything has some relevance to him. I don’t think it was fair for critics to ridicule him, I feel his art keeps on having some sort of relevance, no matter how old or not with the hip culture it is.

  14. The F-111 is showing how involved people were in the war. To the people who were working on building it, the bomber was a source of income. The children of these workers just as ordinary as other kids who enjoy something as simple getting their hair done. I really like this piece because it relates things that seem to have no connection, when in reality the are very closly connected but not in the way you would expect. Planes, spagetti(plane equels job equels income equels food), and a little girl getting her hair done(normal people involved in the building or a hooriffic thing who don’t know what they are getting involved in.) THe piece is also done with no negative spave, every inch is consumed by loud and bright pictures.

  15. I think the F-111 represents that war is brutal and cruel, but not just to the people involved. Although it helps the American economy, it is more detrimental than it is good. He shows through household items that although war seems distant and far away, and people usually detach themselves from it for that reason, it affects everyone. Sometimes even at a personal level. I think he’s sending a message that people should realize that war is not some strange, abstract thing. People should take it seriously and speak up about their opinions on it.

  16. I think the F111 represents part of the 1950’s and early 1960’s attitude about America and what it meant to be American. Lots of national pride was built around the structure of the American family (unlike that of the Communist Menace) and the type of media floating around often consisted of images of America’s industrial strength and boom, such as the might of our military and ads to buybuybuy. The images in the painting show images not uncommon in the magazine and TV commercial of the era partially contrasted with the new fighter plane made clear commentary on the attitude of American industriousness at the time.

  17. In my view, I think the F-111 exposes the dark side of the war. The little girl beneath a hair dryer, a mushroom cloud, spaghetti well represent how cruel the war is. I think the mushroom cloud shows the serious consequence of a war. Moreover, I think the reason why Rosenquist put a little girl in his painting is because that he wants to show that the horrible war will hurt the innocent people. Besides, in order to show how horrible the war is, most of us will choose only to use black and white to represent fear that we feel. However, Rosenquist decided to put every brilliant color into his painting. This makes a contrast that showing the world is so wonderful, why there are wars to break this goodness. Therefore, all these elements combine together performs such a meaningful and great artwork.

  18. I think that the f111 represents America and all the things going on at the time like the war and such. he shows that a lot of people take away or detach themselves from what is going on in the world. I like that he uses just regular everyday items to show what he means and how in expresses himself in the various ways that he does. I really liked his work.

  19. In my opinion, the F-111 is Resonquist’s way of showing the cruelty and severeness of war.He also shows how the war affected people’s every day lives by comparing the mushroom cloud to an umbrella. The little girl in the piece I thinks shows how those people are affected by the war and everything that’s going on around them. I think, despite it’s heavy political meaning, F-111 is really fun to look at and see all the different ways that colours and shapes are being balanced. (:

  20. To me, the F-111 represents what the plane is fighting for. The umbrella, the broken eggs, the spaghetti, and the girl under the hair-dryer represent small and daily things that we as Americans can have because of the army and the battles they go through. The F-111 was an interesting piece or artwork. I liked how it was on three sides of the room instead of being all on the same plane. One repetition I noticed was the use of red, blue, white and black over the canvas and throughout each pop culture item.

  21. The F-111 represents what the plane is fighting for. I think Rosenquist combined the image of the F-111 with everyday objects like hair dryers, umbrellas, and spaghetti in order to prove a point about the contrast between a war, and the daily life of people. I also liked how it was on three sides of room. I also agree with how there is no sense of depth perception, and I like that. I also like how the various images transition nicely into each other. I like the section of the painting from the girl under the hairdryer to the spaghetti in regard to the colors.

  22. When I look at F-111, I get the sense that Rosenquist was not making a comment on the military but on American Consumerism. The artist himself called it a “defense economy item”. The way that the backdrop of the work–an airforce jet–is interspersed with different logo-like images (a lightbulb, a woman getting her hair dried and an umbrella) is terrifically done, creating a rhythm that flows through the almost scrapbook-like painting.

  23. The F-111 represents what america was made up of during the 50s and 60s. This shows how America was at war and is fighting for the freedoms that America is known for. He illustrates this so well with his collage style, which allows him to overlay the pictures of American culture over the war pictures. He then uses color very effectively to show this as well. Because each picture has its own color scheme so it adds to the contrast like with the explosion and the umbrella, which is able to effectively blend the war movement and the peace its providing back home.

  24. Rosenquist used the F111 painting to reflect both warlike aspects of their culture and the sense of intense anxiety that arose from World War 2 and never fully disappeared. The space and color, all sharp and evoking a sense of danger and dissatisfaction with the world and the people that live in it. It highlights life against death, birth against life, and the role of consumerism in a post world war society. This gave people something they could relate to, a world they could understand and yet look at it in a new way without a degree in philosophy or even a sophisticated viewpoint of the world. The color that is most striking in the painting is the color red. It is scientifically proven that red is a color that evicts danger in our minds because in the wild red is a sign of poison or something dangerous to eat. It provides the opposite effect of blue or green, a sense that a predator is creeping up behind you and that your inner aggression is about to break out of it’s shell. The painting used red to sharpen the mood of the painting and show the dangers of a consumerist society.

  25. Rosenquist’s F-111 is meant to be an appeal to the ethical standards of society. It is meant to evoke the sense of reason in people and to cause them to think about the war in a more logical manner. He juxtapositions various images of innocence into the fray to dehumanize the war efforts and to redevelop the idea that we’re killing PEOPLE, returning the human nature to our enemies. It does exactly this, and for this reason I think its a well developed piece.

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