Art 1 – Due Oct 29 – Rosenquist/week 1






****Post  detailed and thoughtful comments and discuss:

the relevance of Pop art to contemporary life,

responses to Rosenquist as an artist,

and considerations about whether or not Pop art is “old fashioned” or irrelevant since it is 50 years old.

In your sketchbook, do a one hour pop art style drawing. Keep track of your time on the back.


25 responses »

  1. I feel as though pop art is still relevant to contemporary life. Pop art seems to evolve as time goes on and people still appreciate it. Pop art was created because the artists thought art was too pretentious. In today’s society we seem to be less pretentious than we did back then. That is an example of Pop art evolving. It is still very much so relevant to contemporary life.

    I think Rosenquist was a brave soul. He stood up for himself and painted what he wanted to. I like his idea of collaging or layering different paintings to create bigger idea or concept. I also thought that it was cool he did such big paintings. It must have been terrible to lose such a big piece of art that took a lot of work in that house fire.

    I think Pop art is old fashioned but its old fashionedness brings a new element to today’s art styles. people like to bring back trends and styles and pop art is one of them. It is an older form of art but that is what makes it appreciated as it is evolving in small ways as time goes on.

  2. I think pop art can be comical and/or makes people look at common day things in a different way. It also reminds me of pop music in that it might not be the most beautiful or the “best” but everyone can relate to it because they are exposed to the images or songs or ideas so often. I think Rosenquist’s style of layering different images is really cool and inspiring. His intent for his pieces was also cool and motivational. Pop art is a bit passe but not old fashioned per say. It’s more like it’s a style that was really popular but not so common anymore… except in the comic section of the newspaper.

  3. Pop art is still used today, for old style ads, cartoons, and posters. Take, for instance the Obama “HOPE” poster. It is a Warhol-ish piece that was seen all across the country, and it wasn’t considered outdated or not contemporary. I think that pop art is even more relevant to modern art since the amount of consumerism and vivid imagery we see on the internet and in commercials has increased a lot. Personally i don’t really like the Rosenquist style of art, but his pieces are very impressive. The pieces are surreal in a way, as they take perfect images from magazines and ads and mix them with bizarre paintings. It is really brilliant the way he uses color and images to make incredible, large pieces. I don’t like the collage/creepy aspect of his work, but otherwise he’s incredible.

  4. I think Rosenquist has interesting art. I like the bright colors that he was using in some of the murals they showed. I think mixing styles of art is still relevant today because people still do that to come up with new artwork.

  5. Rosenquist as an artist, really works hard on all his paintings. Most of his painting contain combining and overlapping images, making them collage like. His wok with bring colors and the overlapping images really makes his wok look life like and have dimension. I think pop Art is still in style today but still not as much as it was in past years. We still see a lot of it in comic books, picture books, cartoons.

  6. I think that, while it doesn’t get as much attention these days, pop art is very relevant to modern life. Although I couldn’t name any professional pop artists, there are countless amateur ones who pursue art as a hobby focusing on fandom-related subjects and sharing it through websites such as tumblr and deviantART. I personally don’t care for Rosenquist much. Though his techniques are very good, I don’t like the style much and think that pop art in it’s present form is in general nicer to look at. as I said previously, I don’t think that pop art as a category is outdated, though I do think that the pop art of 50 years ago is not so relevant now.

  7. I believe Pop art is still relevant to contemporary life for art is always changing. Pop art was just another way people interpret art for themselves. It was created because people disagreed on meanings of art. So It will never be “old fashion” or irrelevant just because it was created 50 years ago. It may not seem as popular as it was in the past but it is still a part of our life which people still use to create their own art.

    I think Rosenquist is an amazing artist. I especially like his painting in the beginning with the all the amazing overlapping layers and colors. He uses layers to try and bring out a deeper meaning/concept. I think he and his paintings were very motivational (and still our) to others. I also agree with his notation that a spark can create other ideas. I love how ideas come from everywhere and inspire everyone.

  8. Pop art is still relevant in modern life due to the fact that pop art is still evolving. Marketing and specifically album art are still relevant forms of pop art. If there are consumer items there are bound to be pop art depicting the consumer items. Pop art is an idea, and is widely accepted by many people, so it isn’t old for some. Pop art has evolved to a point where the original pop art might not be used much, but forms of pop art are very prevalent in the art scene today. Rosenquist’s art was interesting to me, because it was so optimistic and a nice complexity of overlapping mediums and colors and images.

  9. I believe that pop art is going to continue to be relevant, because culture and art are continuing to change. Pop art started as a rebellious art form and probably will continue to serve as an inspiration to other rebellious artists. Pop art might be considered old fashioned by some people, yet it is still the theme for different things. I like the bright color’s Rosenquist seems to use in his artwork, as well as his technique of layering different things. He seems like a very thoughtful, hardworking person.

  10. Pop art is certainly still relevant to modern day because pop culture has changed so much, and pop art with it. People still use pop culture in their art and use less traditional styles because of it. If you consider fandoms to be pop art, then fan art is a huge form of pop art still done today. If you don’t consider that pop art, there is still other art made now that uses ads to inspire them. Pop art changed the way we think too, about art and life. I liked Rosenquist’s art and the idea that if you think about three things they become some completely new idea.

  11. Pop art is still relevant to everyday life, because it is everywhere, essentially unavoidable. We see it a lot in advertisements and comics, and it has a profound effect on our lives. Because pop art is everywhere, it is not outdated, as it has evolved alongside pop culture. The pop art from 50 years ago can be considered outdated, but the same argument can’t be made for current pop art. For example, graphiti artists make comments on our culture, and some, such as Banksy, have gained notoriety from this art, making it relevant.
    Rosenquist is similar to Banksy in some ways, as he is trying to highlight inconsistencies in pop culture. For example, one of his first pop art paintings was derived from a magazine picture that he found ironic, so the painting can be considered a social commentary. Because of this, my response to Rosenquist as an artist would be that he was an innovative person that tried to use art to make a statement that was relevant to the masses

  12. I think pop art is still relative to modern life, its just become ingrained in our culture and world to a certain degree. Since pop culture has evolved so has pop art, they evolve with each other. The only irrelevant pop art is on something that is either a very niched element of our culture or something that doesn’t really exist or has totally gone away like pop art related to a milk man service would be pretty irrelevant. I really enjoy the point that he brought up that if you have 3 unrelated ideas that they will kind of click and make a new idea. Overall he seems like a well mannered, nice man who is very hardworking and doesn’t complain. I like him.

  13. I think pop art is still relevant because the media and pop culture are both so prevalent in modern society. America is incredibly consumerist. We’re exposed to a ridiculous amount of advertisements, logos, brands, product placement, etc. to the point where it’s nearly impossible to escape. Using images that reflect the consumerism and capitalism of American society is still a contemporary phenomenon. Also the pop art style, in my opinion, kind of transcends time in that I don’t think it needs a cultural/historical context.

    I really enjoy Rosenquist’s work and his ideas as an artist. His use of color, though sometimes a bit abrasive, is incredibly bold and I admire that.

  14. I believe that Pop art is still a very cool thing and though it is older we can still use it to interpret our lives. I think it is a very interesting way to describe the differences of our culture. The one thing that confuses me is what exactly is the idea of pop art? Like what defines pop art because it seems like tons of things would fit the outline… But otherwise I think it is a really awesome type of art.
    Rosenquist’s art is really interesting. I think that I can really tell what some of the things he is trying to deliver through his artwork and I think his works leave a message. I also believe that his art is very ‘real’ and personal and i think that is really cool.

  15. When Andy Warhol created his famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe–part of a series in which he manipulated and reproduced common images such as coke cans and turned them into art–he immortalized a popular icon. Marilyn Monroe was the ultimate symbol of popular culture in the mid-twentieth century–a figure that many would dismiss as fluff or a trivial symbol of mass culture–yet Warhol’s portrait of her was groundbreaking because it used an element of popular discourse to make a larger point about the nature of society. Popular culture is an important subject for a true understanding of both the modern world and the past because very civilization is defined in some way by its popular culture.
    One of the most interesting things Rosenquist said in the interview was his explanation of pop art as a collection of “disparate images.” I really like that way of framing of the genre because not only does it give a physical description (many of the pieces are fragmented) but it also gets at the meaning behind pop art. As a genre that seeks to make a statement about society, it makes sense to have the pieces be a combination of lots of different elements.

  16. Pop art is NOT old-fashioned. I mean, it wasn’t invented last week, obviously, but it still has relevance to our lives today. First of all, I think the “idea” of pop art is a lot more important than the specific styles and methods used by pop artists of the mid-20th century, that idea being that the common, the mundane, the mass-produced should be celebrated/criticized/examined via art, and that not only Greek Gods and Biblical characters can be the subject of paintings and drawings. That idea lives on: it is seen in murals, graffiti, and even Obama’s “hope” graphic from the 2008 election.

    What I really liked about Rosenquist’s art was that he didn’t feel the need to focus on a single object/face/image in his specific pieces. Instead, he overlapped and juxtaposed different images, each shown in its own way (photograph, drawing, cartoon, etc.) This brings about the idea of looking at culture from different perspectives.

  17. I think pop art is totally relevant to modern culture today. I think this because there are so many pieces and art forms that the common joe or teenager or whomever just doesn’t understand or appreciate because of its vagueness and or abstractedness. Not to say that those abstract pieces of artwork aren’t worthy of appreciation just that not everyone has a taste for that kind of art. Sometimes it can be hard to relate to. Pop art on the other hand is easy to relate to considering it’s intricate blending of art and popular culture. People relate to common comfortable images that provoke feelings of familiarity and that feeling is presented with timelessness by the greats of pop culture.

    What I appreciated about Rosenquist’s art was the fact that he sourced his material and inspiration of his paintings from real pop culture sources, magazines. I think this demonstrates his understanding his perspective of where pop culture comes from.

  18. Pop art is still an inspiration for artists today in many different ways. For example, pop art was a form of rebellion against the standard artists of that time. It might inspire artists today to do a similar thing. It also is sort of a time capsule, showing what events were going on at that time and how people were reacting towards them.

    Rosenquist was very brave and dedicated. He stood up against the “gorilla guys” and continued to work in what was evidently a dangerous job just because he loved to paint. It was also brave of him to quit that job, knowing it would be difficult to find another one. I admired his acceptance when he talked about his house burning down. It must have been devastating to loose all of his work, but he seemed to have come to terms with it. I thought his collage style and how his art was on such a large canvas was very interesting. It was neat that he could pin point an exact piece of art that had inspired him (collage with the 3 objects). After all, not many artists can say that.

    Although it is from around 50 years ago, that in no way makes pop art irrelevant. As I said before, it continues to be an inspiration in many ways, including showing how art itself can be a rebellion and the variety of technique. The fact that art in this style is still showcased in museums around the world proves its relevance and that it is now considered a part of history.

  19. The pop art uses abstractive style to express what it look like in the real world(even its not real, maybe a carton, it’s just a interesting style on painting), which also may let people think about things in another way by looking at the painting. It looks messy but the great difference in color let people feel it’s fun. I’m not sure it’s a good way of art people may really like it, but it’s really good to try.

  20. Pop art encapsulates experience of daily life while showing us the extraordinary in the ordinary. I admire Rosenquist’s perseverance and creativity. I especially liked his abstract style of collage in which he would find the common ground between his subjects. I believe that although some pop art’s content is out dated, because it focuses on vastly stagnant aspects of daily life such as social interaction or sleep, it remains relevant to the modern world.

  21. I think that pop art is relevant because it shows a new may to portray everyday things and highlight certain aspects that the artist finds relevant to the time or mood of sorts. My response to Rosenquist is that he is very imaginative and what he does is harder than it may seem at first. To be able to look at things in a different way and see how others may view it. I think that pop art is not out dated and is kept relevant to the present because of the different ways in which it can be looked at and the way it shows things that may still be familiar to us.

  22. I think pop art is relevant to contemporary life because it’s a pseudo reflection of contemporary life. It calls attention to the fascist of out life that we may not see as art and put it on a pedestal. I enjoy Rosequists stick to it attitude. This reflect its self in his art in that he seems to dedicate himself to each project he starts. It is also seen in the fact that he refused to settle as a road sign painter. The style of pop art is never irrelevant because it changes with society. However, certain pieces become irrelevant because they no longer mirror current society. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate them though. It just means that the way we view them has changes. They become artifacts of history. Less of an art form and more of a testament to a time period.

  23. I believe pop art is still relevant today, because the newly evolving culture of the internet allows for far more sharing of media and different art forms. Many people define art differently, and their differing opinions contribute to the modern pop art scene.

    I like Rosenquist’s use of bold colors and shapes. I also found the style of incorporating mixed media or mixed images interesting.

    The age of a style or conveyed message does not necessarily mean it is irrelevant, and people can still learn from previous society’s creations. Pop art should not be considered old, despite it being popular in the fifties, because it is still a form of art to appreciate and analyze like any other.

  24. Pop art is extremely relevant to contemporary life, especially now that so much photo-editing software is available, such as photoshop or SAI. It also reflects seemingly ordinary content, such as the famous Campbell’s Soup, but in a surreal fashion. This type of art, arguably, could never become irrelevant to contemporary life, as it is based on icons of modern society through the decades. It is easy to think that, as Marylon Monroe and glass bottles of Coca-Cola are generally considered “old-fashioned,” pop art could safely fall into the same category. However, the entire Point of pop art is that it depicts the current trends and icons.
    I think Rosenquist would have made a great comedian, actually, because most successful comedians can find unique inconsistencies and peculiarities in modern life, and display them in a subtle, yet entertaining manner. Rosenquist is wonderful at this. However, I think he is a much more successful artist, because of his dedication to his work.

  25. One of the motives of Pop art is to make imagery understandable and accessible to the masses– thus as popular culture evolves, so does pop art. Part of the reason why pop art is used in so many ads, in my opinion, is because it not only “immortalizes” that advertised, but people begin to find that it appeals to popular culture. People can easily look at the subject of pop art and identify these objects or icons nostalgically from a bygone time period.

    Pop art is still very relevant today. Although pop art has sort of slid out of existence in retail advertising with the advent of Photoshop and modern photography, it is still used, but now implements graffiti and can be found in almost any corner. Instead of alluding to popular celebrities and products, much of the pop art today seems to have an even more rebellious or political statement to make. One famous example we all hopefully remember is that of the 2008 Obama campaign, where Obama is colored patriotically in a Warhol style. Che Guevara was iconized in a similar way with red an black colors to symbolize that he was a hero of communism. Just the colors you use and your subject seem to make the whole statement– and much of the time the subject is just an adapted version from a photograph. Bansky is a famous example of graffiti pop art as well, who makes very political statements, but also much criticism of society itself. So instead of glorifying what was popular at the time, much of today’s common pop art tends to also criticize it.

    Rosenquist’s pop art, which differs from most in that it overlaps many popular things of the time into the same frame, seems to represent the busy and consumerist culture America has. So many things are popular at once that you can immortalize just one thing from a time period and say that it represents that period. It would only represent what might have been popular to you at the time.
    A lot of his art is actually very abstract in my opinion. A compilation of his artwork that seems to be dedicated to illustrating Brazil also has a very busy nature– it has multiple subjects overlapped, but he also creates a very jungled pattern by putting a striped frame over some of the faces and grassy plants and images shaped like them to represent the “wild” atmosphere Brazil also represents. They’re very colorful and vivid, another aspect of Brazil. So Rosenquist seems to take cultures and tries to summarize in one frame what either we think or the culture itself finds is popular at the time.

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