|Woman on Blue Bus Seat (NYC Subway Map), 1998, painted plaster, plastic, steel, paper, 81 x 54 x 36 inchesI find this piece interesting due to its casual nature. Although the bus seat is a bright vibrant blue and the subway |
map is full of color, the solid white woman still doesn't seem out of place. The contour of her body and her upright
position as she holds her bag really captures the simplicity of what is going on in the piece, just a woman waiting for her stop.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
"Depression Breadline," George Segal, 1999, Bronze
Segal made molds using friends as models. Here, he depicts a scene common during the time of the Great Depression. The body language of the men on line for food rations, their dress, and the coldness of the door make this a vivid reminder of harder times.
The Dancers, one of Segal's first sculptures done in bronze was made as a model in 1971 and casted in 1983. This work includes four female dancers in a circle and is a reminiscent of works by Degas and Matisse. I really like the flow of this sculpture. the way that they are set up makes your eye flow through all four pieces as a whole and then also individually. The one woman with her foot up is the focal point and is where your eye starts and where it eventually ends up again.
George Segal, The Diner, 1964-1966
Plaster, wood, chrome, laminated plastic, masonite, lamp, glass, and paper
I really liked this situational sculpture of The Diner. It reminds me of the Edward Hooper painting Nighthawks. Segal's sculptures usually do not have much precise detail or color, which I personally do not care for, but I can appreciate the uniqueness of it. Segal would drape the figures in the plaster and carefully cut them out of it, when creating his works.
This imagine is so moving because it has strong ties to the holocaust. I chose this sculpture because of that fact, specifically because I was in Paris this summer studying abroad. I took a holocaust class, and was able to learn so much about the Shoah, which is the common term accepted in the Jewish community for the holocaust. This image is moving because it shows the horrors of the Shoah, but the man standing gives the viewer hope. It also foreshadows the fact that the Germans did not succeed with the Shoah and that the allied forces prevailed.
Exactly what you would expect to see walking through a park, it is so quaint that it fits right into the park bench as if it is a natural environment. I love how the body is manipulated by itself, where muscle presses on fat, or the anatomy relaxes on the bench. It is a piece that blends in so well, that it just adapted to that bench without anything feeling out of place.
I chose this work of Segals for the most part as it was one that i recognized most readily. It captures a degree of realism and humanity as a moment frozen in time. What i found most interesting were the postures of the models in the work with the front man seemingly slouched and the man in the back, morpheus, standing upright and strong. A depicted collection of individuals reflecting the diversity of city life is captured in this work.
This piece by George Segal is titled "The Holocaust." It is a pretty straight forward piece, in that it is exactly what the title is. The piece captures a lot of the pain that went on inside the death camps in Nazi Germany. The scene portrayed is a gruesome reminder of the millions that died during WW II. It is a strong piece, and that is why I chose it.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I chose The Embracing Couple by George Segal done in plaster in 1975. I admired this piece because like most of his other work he sculpts ordinary people in their ordinary everyday environment. The portion of the bodie that he chose to capture worked very well for this piece, the lines and curves of the female body and the placement of the males hand is done beautifully. I admire the people that had to hold this pose for this detailed piece of work as well.
I chose this sculpture by George Segal 1976 because I thought it was cool that when I first looked at the sculpture I didn't see the man laying in the bed. I think Segel used blue to represent the sorrow the woman may of been feeling and to should emotion. George Segal's goal was to explore the mundane images of life. He explored how people connected both emotionally and physically to their environment. He chose his subjects so that they could best depict the routine of ordinary life and how these routines alienate us from one another.
Title - Walking Man
Artist - George Segal
Date - 1988
Dimensions - overall 72 × 36 × 30 inches
Materials - bronze
Location - On view at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
George Segal created from a plaster cast formed directly on a real-life model. Segal recast the work in bronze, applied the patina by hand to impart a rich, painterly quality, and placed the figure not on a pedestal, but on a simple fragment of concrete sidewalk near one of the Garden’s tree-lined walkways. Here, passing visitors are drawn to this lonely, human-scaled figure.
This piece by George Segal is called Walk, Don't Walk. It was made in 1976, made of plaster, cement, metal, painted wood and electric light. He created this sculptures by wrapping his subjects in plaster. This piece shows the challenges and the hardships of the weight of the working world but they are going to soldier up and move forward.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Oldenberg created an 18 foot sculpture made of aluminum and fiber -reinforced plastic that was then painted over. Each feather weighs about 450 pounds. I really like the idea of creating an everyday object and blowing it up in size and putting it out of place. I find it really interesting how you can something so ordinary and make it into something that can be so eye-catching and pleasing.
The idea I am going for is the inside-outside sculpture, most famously captured in the works of Damien Hirst, and English artist and entrepreneur. He is a very predominant contemporary artist with a very extensive and diverse art collection.
I truly appreciate the use of anatomy in this work along with others.
Here is another torso by Eddie Dominguez called "Night Sky." He says of clay:
“I think clay is a very humble material, it’s so basic. It can’t get more basic than dirt in that you can use this material to do all sorts of things. It’s a fascinating kind of material. Every other thing that I had attempted to do before that fed into that. All the formal thinking, all the ways painters had influenced me, all the things that I had studied, histories—it all started to be fed into that one material.”
He also loves to use colors because of how direct they are in conveying emotion, "So color is just the color that they are, very simple.”
This piece by Arneson is another self portrait. He was known for taking his face and making it silly or different. He is known for his tongue in cheek comedic style, Here we see Arneson sticking his tongue into another Arnesons head. I really like how different this artist is
Pablo's Picasso boundaries were pushed, when he started to create his precious ceramics plates. He used different types of background on his plates to provide a distraction to the viewer by the use of creative firing, line, and bright color. Picasso only used four different shapes for his plates; circular, oval, square/circular, and rectangular.
I have decided to choose Jeff Koons instead because I really love his artwork. I think it will be a lot easier for me to attempt to do my sculpture project based on his artwork rather than the other artist I chose. I love how he designed balloon objects and he is also known for his reproductions of many banal objects. I think its cool how these sculpture pieces are made out of stainless steel.
Alexander Calder is known as the originator of the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended components which move in response to motor power or air currents. He originally started out as a toy maker creating "push and pull" toys for children before he became interested in sculpture. He works in many different materials but mostly with wire and aluminum. Fun fact during World War I I he tried to join the Marines but was rejected so he continued to sculpt instead.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Red Grooms and his colorful pop art is my chosen artist. Now don't get too excited, I said pop art not poptart, hue hue hue. He has a humor behind his work that people can appreciate. He started off paint everyday objects like telephone poles near amusement parks and that kind of sums up his kind of style where he takes these real life atmospheres and puts a fun spin. His art reminds me of growing up in New York, kind of like watching an episode of hey Arnold. I like that his art is inspired by what's in front of him, and he puts hi own non serious spin on things.