Donald Morgan teaches painting and sculpture at the University of Oregon. Donald Morgan is a painter in the art world. In his undergraduate career Donald Morgan focused on painting. Donald Morgan’s work primarily focuses on incorporating material in his paintings or sculpture’s that is found in the natural world. Donald Morgan’s work is passive aggressive interaction with the paintings and sculptures between the viewer and the artist. Also some of Donald Morgan’s paintings were references to books or traditions like “The Pooch Log” sculptures which generated ideas to produce a piece of art. I thought “The Pooch Log” sculptures were very interesting because the art piece referenced a tradition in another country which it is important to incorporate cultural diversity into art. This was the first time I heard of a tradition called “The Pooch Log” which essentially is different to a piñata in the United States. I found that the sculptures of “The Pooch Log” told a narrative story and were humorous. I liked the sculpture of “The Pooch Log “which had a sad face on the log because it was very detailed, colorful while using natural material, and the use of the colors in specific areas. In graduate school Donald Morgan was influenced by an artist called Per Kirkeby. The reason Donald Morgan was influenced by Per Kirkeby is because the exploitation of the material, content in the paintings, the quality of paint, subject matter in relation to the natural world, the analogy of wet and messy paint with the Oregon forest, and uses references to nature. The paintings that Donald Morgan showed have similarities to Per Kirkeby which is to use the material and incorporate the natural world into art.
In the article “A Farewell to Modernism” by Suzi Gablik, Leo Castelli talks about the changes in the art world which has occurred in the past century (pg.468). In today’s society the changes are being realized which include two aspects. It is becoming apparent that the political and the geographical settings are changing in the art world. It is natural for the geographical setting to change but the difference is art is shifting to a new era. There needs to be a change in the political setting which should shift towards an individual needs to look at the content of an art piece. The most important aspect to talk about in art is cultural diversity. Especially in the United States in society there is diversity in schools but it is missing in art. An intriguing question that I talked about in my first blog was what is art? For me the definition art is a utensil was used to produce a piece of work by an artist. An art piece can be a painting, sculpture, or drawing but the hard part is the idea that an individual in society can say whether an art piece is considered art or not art. Also the museums and galleries can say a painting or a sculpture is or is not art but that is slowly shifting.
In Chicago Donald Morgan and his friend made a series of sculptures called “The Drunk versus Stoned” in 2004 which was largely based on humor. The sculptures looked like humans which was interesting. The robot sculpture was drunk which had the effect of the robot was on his knees with a hand against the wall. This painted a visual image to portray the sculpture was drunk. The stoned robot was humorous because the robot sculpture was standing and staring at the wall.
The picture that I picked connected to the use of material that would be found in the natural world. Although it is not exactly a sculpture or painting the idea of incorporating cultural diversity is important. The picture is called “Ice Castles” in the North Pole. The interesting part of the picture is the ice can turn into something inspirational and can be beautiful at the same time. The ice can be made into a sculpture which is referring to the natural world for ideas to produce art. In the picture there is water dripping off of the ice because melting is happening. The picture intrigued me because it is a material not used often because it melts too fast but still could be art, make detailed work, and can incorporate imagination.
Tannaz was born in Iran but moved to the United States when she was about 12 years old. When she got to the United States Tannaz went into art. I thought it was interesting to see that her ideas helped to describe her art work. Tannaz is a sculpture in the art field which was very interesting because when I think about sculpture the material commonly used is clay. Tannaz had a different approach to sculpturing which was interesting to see in her art work. The most important part of Tannaz art work was the distinction between identity and work. In her art work I noticed that Tannaz kept on using objects or letters to distinguish a different identity that incorporated her ideas into the setting. The setting in her art work always had a specific arrangement to introduce a different concept that could be taken from different point of views or perspectives. This is important because people have different point of views or perspectives from a sculpture. The artist has a specific meaning to the sculpture because it has a specific purpose. Tannaz described another distinction which was culture and political.
The picture that Tannaz showed was very interesting but at the same time was very disturbing. The reason the picture was interesting is because of the story behind why the guy sewed his eyes and lips shut. The story was about a guy that was brutally tortured because he was an illegal immigrant in Iran. The meaning behind the picture was to show the act of protesting himself and to question the body of an individual. When Tannaz showed the picture the image was very powerful that I still have the picture stuck in my head. The reason why the picture is very disturbing is because I felt pain, seeing someone torture themselves, and suffering inside of the human body. Even though when I looked at the picture I felt pain because the idea of sticking a needle through skin would hurt but I could not look away.
In the article “The Aesthetic of Everyday Life” by Suzi Gablik, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett talks about artist that are creative (pg.415). This is a distinction between the artist and the material or a studio can be a sight of protest and productivity. In my opinion I thought Tannaz was a creative sculpture because she used different material that I don’t normally see in art. In order to make art different ideas helps to accomplish a sculpture piece. A picture or sculpture has to be beautiful in order for it to be art (pg.416). There needs to be a shift towards anything can become beautiful in art. Even some art that makes us uncomfortable can be beautiful. This then devalues art in general. The question then becomes what are artist going to draw or will the art world become boring if artist draw the same thing?
Tannaz talked about the special work in a studio which is important because art pieces have to be set up in a way that the artist wants people to understand the context and the content of the objects. Objects are important to incorporate in order to convey a message to the viewer. One of the art pieces Tannaz showed was a religious and ethical sculpture that exists in society. The song Go On And Save Me was in big letters against different walls. This was interesting because it was a challenge or a dare for the viewer, ironic, and irrelevant. The interesting part that I noticed was the floor was waxed which made the letters Go On And Save Me expand on the floor. The idea of the sculpture was to resemble eternity.
The picture that I choose has to do with human bodies and how they can be a part of sculpture. This picture was interesting, curiosity and intrigued me to look at the art piece more in depth. In the picture there are two objects made out of any material and has a projector that reflects a human body on the wall, separates the two bodies, and unites the two bodies that the image creates. This I thought really complimented the area of art Tannaz works in. To go in more detail the body on the left is standing up and the body on the right is sitting down.
Terri Warpinski talked about the reasons art is hard because a person has to find a specific field to work in, be dedicated to the work, the museums make the decisions to show a person’s work off, and of course financial stress. Terri Warpinski said that she knew at a very young age that she wanted to become an artist. The reason why Terri Warpinski wanted to be an artist is because she thought it was her purpose and started to experience painting at a young age. When Terri Warpinski was starting her career to become an artist there were three artists that influenced her work named Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Betty Hahn. Terri Warpinski has an art career in photography and is a professor at the University of Oregon. The interesting part is that Terri Warpinski talks about the act to balance a creative mind and career or academic and art.
In the article “Our Students Need the City” by Suzi Gablik, Carol Becker talks about art in a personal image of the world (pg.367). Terri Warpinski showed a couple art work pieces that I thought were very interesting because there were three different pictures but from different places outside of the United States. The idea behind the pictures was that the three pictures had the same meaning which was spiritual places in the world. One of the pictures was a temple which the architecture was neat. The collogue has different pictures were put in a specific place in order to match the photo beside it which fitted perfectly together. I really thought the idea was neat, to see the pictures overlap, the end product look like a photo, and the content was interesting. The art work that Terri Warpinski has done in different parts of the world has given me a different perspective which is every culture is unique in their own way. In the article “Our Students Need the City” by Suzi Gablik, Carol Becker talks about other cultures that is outside the American society (pg.367). In Terri Warpinski art work she incorporates many cultures which I think is awesome because it is important to learn the difference between American culture and other cultures. Terri Warpinski said that she wants to convey in her art work the change of a culture in a specific site. Also, to show the objects or people that change in the culture.
In the article “Breaking Out of the White Cube” by Suzi Gablik, Richard Shusterman talks about the ecological aesthetic agenda which Terri Warpinski took photos of different landscapes in different places at specific sites (pg.262). This means that society needs to be a participatory in nature by making art that incorporates the natural world. In different areas the formation of land is shaped differently than another area. This is important because the formation of the landscape needs to be recognized because nature and humans are provided with a place to live. I really liked the landscape photos because the methods that were used helped enhance the picture. The cactus picture was awesome because the layering helped to give contrast against the background. The picture was detailed and the method that Terri Warpinski used by erasing marks made the picture stand out more.
In the article “Breaking Out of the White Cube” by Suzi Gablik, Richard Shusterman talks about the way society is not realizing that people are part of nature (pg.264). In today’s society is the opposite by regarding nature and destroying what is in the natural world. In today’s society the world is not taken care of in a way that is not healthy for nature or for humans. This is a important concept that needs to be improved in order to not have the animals suffer from the human destruction. The environment needs to be helped in a way to have a healthy world for nature and humans.
The picture that I choose pertains to the landscape of the earth and incorporates nature as well. The photo is interesting because the water has the shiny white which shows the waves that are going over top another wave. It has the effect of waves crashing into one another. This is nature because there are animals in the water that interact with each other. This is somewhat going in a different direction but since people can walk along the beach humans are interacting with the animals. Also, there are trees to the side which provides nature with living space.
I thought the article “You Don’t Have to Have a Penis to Be a Genius” by Suzi Gablik, was really interesting because the Guerrilla Girls mostly talked about how hard it is to get represented by an institution. The difficulty described in the article showed me a different perspective in which I have recognized to be intriguing. One year when I visited my dad he took me to the ocean which Marine Biologist has been my dream job. My major is to become a Marine Biologist but now my mind has changed to become a Graphic Design. My connection to the Guerrilla Girls and the article “You Don’t Have to Have a Penis to Be a Genius” by Suzi Gablik, is in order to become a artist I have to obtain drawing skills, talent, express individuality, and make art fun. Though I do not have talent in the drawing aspect my favorite subject was art in class. In the very beginning of the article “You Don’t Have to Have a Penis to Be a Genius” by Suzi Gablik, the Guerrilla Girls talk about the issues that women are facing in the art world.
In the article “You Don’t Have to Have a Penis to Be a Genius” by Suzi Gablik, the Guerrilla Girls have a quote which says “the conscience of the art world” (pg. 203) This quote intrigued me because some individuals have the choice to incorporate every artist and show work to the viewer in a museum and be presented by an institution. It should not matter about a person gender or race because an individual needs to be treated with respect. The idea to degrade an individual is not right.
I thought the article “Removing the Frame” by Suzi Gablik, Carolyn Merchant was very interesting because she talks about nature and how humans do not interact with nature. Nature and humans is the picture in the frame which needs to balance together. I really liked her outlook on social change and ecological revolutions (pg. 227). This is important especially in social change because people need to realize that the world is changing which means the animals are affected. When humans change the composition of a forest nature will need to adjust to the new settings. For example, humans replace a forest with homes which then nature losses land in order to live. The ecological revolution is the difference between right and wrong in relation to nature which both of these ideas connect to each other. Since the idea is to balance the earth between society and nature there needs to be a shift in today’s society to help nature rather hurt nature.
The painting that I choose is by two women artists named Kate Greenaway and Helen Allington. I was really intrigued by the painting because of the little girl behind the gate. Just by the girl in the picture I wondered what the girl was doing. Another question that I wondered was why the girl was in the picture? At first glance I did not see the ducks in the grass which is very hard to see. The reason the girl is in the picture is because the girl is watching the ducks. Also there is a yellow house and in the background are trees that have flowers with blooms or trees that do not have flowers with blooms. This connects to the article “You Don’t Have to Have a Penis to Be a Genius” by Suzi Gablik, because the Guerrilla Girls want to discuss and inform women that are not taken seriously as an artist which creates a problem. The people need to be held accountable for not taking women seriously as an artist. The Guerrilla Girls want to inform younger generations about the issue that might affect women in the future and to find a solution. This connects to the article “Removing the Frame” by Suzi Gablik, Carolyn Merchant connects to the picture because there needs to balance between the society and nature which the picture I choose shows the interaction between a girl and the ducks. The girl is observing the ducks behaviors which is important to recognize.
In the article “Searching For Essence of Art” by Suzi Gablik, Arthur C. Danto brings up a person named Carlos Castaneda, which talks about a picture has a point but a assembly of objects that needs to fit within the picture. When a picture is created by an artist there is a reason or idea that is behind the painting. The artist makes a point or to focus on a specific part of a picture that tells a story to the viewer. Also, it is important to try a picture in different positions because sometimes it does not work on the first picture. This is a process that takes problem solving skills to the next level because until the picture looks right and conveys the emotion intended by the artist the picture is not done. Ron Graff showed two different pictures that he painted then wanted to convey another aspect in the paintings. The two pictures that Ron Graff painted two years later showed a couple differences. The first painting was hard to see the cows and the background. In the first painting the point was not clear and the context was hard to understand. The same painting done two years later was the same picture but it was more interesting because the colors together made the picture stand out, see the objects better and added objects, the point was clear, and I thought the sky was very neat with different colors. The detail in the sky was very neat because the colors were blended together.
In the article “Searching For Essence of Art” by Suzi Gablik, Arthur C. Danto explains a diagram which the museum has people come and view a picture. The idea is that in the museum there is only one viewer. A group of people perform a dance which describes the participatory part of art. The problem is that in art there usually is only one individual that paints or draws a picture because there cannot be two people working on one painting. The only way two people can work on a painting is to switch people around. A bigger problem is people have different ideas, different emotions to convey, different point of view, and to tell a story to the viewer. There were a couple of pictures that Ron Graff showed that I thought were very interesting because the picture had an intention to show and the idea behind the picture. The drawings of the kid was really good because it really made the picture edgy, see the details better, since the kid in the picture was sleeping the picture had a peaceful setting, and it had many emotions that helped the picture tell a story. This was a drawing that was a clear concept and the picture had a caring aspect. The other picture that I thought was interesting was the table with the flowers in the vase and the window reflecting light. I really thought this was one of the most interesting because of the shadow covering the table and some of the light didn’t.
In the article “Two Undiscovered Aborigines Dancing on the Wound of History” by Suzi Gablik, Coco Fusco talks about people that have different interests by interaction. This is the same concept as Ron Graff talks about looking at landscape and how it interacts with nature and society. The reason for looking at the landscape is the visual content. I really liked the picture of Amazon Park because it was interesting to see the way art can be made by construction. Ron Graff took a picture of the original Amazon Park. The original picture of Amazon Park had no color and was boring. Then Ron Graff painted a picture that had more color, a better bridge across the river, and the bike path was taken out. The painted picture Ron Graff draw also had a sun rise and a colored sky which made the picture pop out.
The picture that I found was very interesting because some of the objects are hard to see clearly. One of the shapes in the picture that can be seen clearly is circles. The circles are raindrops in the picture. Even better I thought the colors used in the picture were very vibrant and went together with the color that was beside it. I have noticed when the colors are really vibrant the content is clear in the picture which was interesting to me. The picture is called “Raindrops #4”.
In Dan Powell’s photographs he expresses depth, altering objects, and language. I thought these ideas were interesting especially language speaking in a picture. For example Pattern Seekers / The Letter had an interesting image but since there were words the picture was speaking a language. Dan Powell used a lot of materials in the images. There were objects, words, overlapping, and shadowing effects in the photographs. The Pattern Seekers/ Sports page I thought was more interesting because it incorporated objects in the air flying or crashing in the background.
In the article “Ten Thousand Artist, Not One Master”, by Suzi Gablik, Satish Kumar talks about how art and life has been separated from each other. Integration means to try to bring art and life together again. It is important to have a sense of art because beauty needs be incorporated into the picture or photograph. A connection between the landscape and the artist is important because an artist does not take a photograph for the fun of it but sometimes a landscape might be beautiful and appeal to a person.
Dan Powell while going to graduate school made more of traditional art. In Dan Powell’s art conceptual art he manipulates a photograph. This is done by drawing on the surface of the image. A quote on (pg.137) from the article “Ten Thousand Artists, Not One Master”, by Suzi Gablik, Coomeraswamy says “the artist is not a special kind of person, but every person is a special kind of artist”. This quote I think talks about the art that Dan Powell made when he was in graduate school because he used all of these materials in order to create a specific image. Even though Dan Powell in some of the art did not undergo change but different ideas in the picture. For example the Wall Complex Series #1 did not change much but Dan Powell did add objects or writing on the picture. In one of his art pieces called “The Letter” series there were colors used. The color was interesting but it made the picture to bright. I really liked the black and white photographs because it made them look edgy, picture was clear, and visual effects. In picture called Flow chart #2 there were airplanes, helicopters, the plant on the bottom of the page, and it was layered, graphical, and narrative.
In Dan Powell’s later art work landscape started to show the beauty of different places that nature interacts with society or how society interacts with nature. Dan Powell was observing and incorporating ruins site that were interesting. Who are we as individuals? In the article “When You’re Healed, Send Me a Postcard” by Suzi Gablik, James Hillman talks about therapy is helping an individual by saving the soul. This is saving an individual by saving the world. This is interesting to me because the world does need to be saved by helping nature and society.
Another important aspect that Dan Powell talks about is transmission. This art uses language and body in the photographs. In one of the pictures it incorporates the past into present in the photographs. The picture was a building that fell apart. Then it shows a lot of trees in a forest. Just looking at both of the pictures side by side was interesting because time has changed. In the article “When You’re Healed, Send Me a Postcard”, by Suzi Gablik, James Hillman talks about how art affects the world.
The picture that I found is the art that Dan Powell was doing with his photography. The picture has a tree in the middle of a swamp. The tree is a shadow that is on the surface of the water. Then in the background there are trees lined up in a row that has shadows on the water. This is art to me because it is using resources in order to create a picture. Interacting with nature gives ideas in order to make a better picture. Furthermore it uses talent by knowing how to get a camera to make the effect of a shadow from an object.
In “No Art in the Lifeboats”, by Hilton Kramer, discusses the idea of art quality which goes on to describe an artist is not incorporating society into the art world (pg.108). Society is important to incorporate because the viewer can try to figure out what the artist is trying to convey and then make an opinion about the picture. In “No Art in the Lifeboat”, by Hilton Kramer, talks about a picture does not need a purpose, when it is created and appreciated to be art not something else (pg108). Art is interesting and fun when a purpose is not behind a picture. The reason I think that it is fun or interesting because if a picture does not have a title then it was intended not to have a unique purpose. This is when individuals can be creative and make a unique title for the picture. This usually leads me to ask questions about the picture? For example, a picture can have shapes that overlap but it does not have a title. Sometimes art doesn’t need a title because the picture can explain what is happening. It is sometimes helpful to have a picture with a title. Without a title it is unclear and confusing at times.
In the article “No Art in the Lifeboats”, by Hilton Kramer, talks about traditional media art on (pg.110). Does art have a definition? Can art be distinguished? In today’s society traditional art has changed in the sense of what it means to be an artist and what it means to have success. Also, in today’s society it is changing because in the cultural world is suggesting that art is no longer of significance. This attitude will lead to failure in a cultural sense which losses the value in aspiring artist. This is interesting to me because if art did not exist in today’s society then how would the world express emotion in a picture. Another question can be what if there was no utensil to draw a picture? For example, markers, canyons, colored pencils, and pencils or pens would not be used. Jack Ryan showed us videos that did not use any utensil to draw art rather it was human beings conveying art. The picture that I found is interesting because the picture can be perceived in different ways. The blue person is playing a violin. The figure looks happy because his face shows it. The person on the right is crying and has a frowning face. In the picture to me the figure that is crying does not want the other person playing the violin. There is another scenario because the figure playing the instrument could be playing a sad song. I really like the picture that I found because the artist put different kind of emotions into the painting. In the picture it was easier to perceive what was happening in the painting. In the picture expression is conveyed. In the picture it is clear where the different details are incorporated. I thought the video Jack Ryan showed with the colored hexagon was interesting because the image was unclear but the colors changed. In the video the colors of the hexagon shapes outline a person but it was difficult to see. The video was very hard to perceive information without the outline.
Jack Ryan talked about perceiving art in the world. The best way to look at art is to care and be sensitive to the people in the world. In order for nature to exist in the world humans need to take care of the earth. This means that it would be bad to destroy nature and earth. In the article “Ten Thousand Artist Not One Master”, by Satish Kumar, talks about Indian art and how it is not portrayed as an individual creating art but rather a community (pg.144). Jack Ryan relates to the topic because people need to interact as a community by coming together and create art. Individuals can perceive reality and a better community by working together. Also in the article “Ten Thousand Artist Not One Master”, by Satish Kumar, talks about the soul that India conveys in their art work which is interesting to me (pg.141).