“Here, There, Everywhere” Subject vs Content (Abstract Project)

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Subject v Content

 This abstract sculpture is the combination of a vase and a small round object. I used the vase as the foundation of the sculpture and attached multiple round objects to it. It is made up of chicken wire which I covered with paper pulp. After covering the sculpture with the paper pulp, I then covered the entire sculpture with dried tree leaves and touched it up by dusting it with chocolate powder.

This piece is indicative of our society’s new found desire to try and preserve nature and society’s appreciation of nature’s beauty. The sculpture itself promotes awareness of environmental  preservation. Also, the sculpture almost seems to be a living natural thing itself instead of what it truly is; a sculpture. Thus, the organic appearance of the sculpture could potentially symbolize the idea that nature is a living and ongoing thing.

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Artist Report- Pablo Picasso (Sculpture)

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1. Baboon and Young, 1955, Bronze

2. Head of a Warrior, 1942.

3. Guitar, 1914. Ferrous sheet metal and wire.

4. Head of a Woman, 1932. Plaster.

5. Pregnant Woman, 1950. Plaster, Metal, Wood, Ceramic, Pottery Jars.

Artist Statement:

“It has always been typical of Picasso that he could not be captured within a single net. He was this, he was that, he was the other- at one moment a poet, at the next an inspired buffoon…” — John Canaday, New York Times.

Picasso’s “Pregnant Woman” sculpture: Subject vs Content

“Pregnant Woman”, by Pablo Picasso, is a sculpture that was completed in 1950. The medium of the sculpture consist of plaster with metal armature, wood, ceramic vessel, and pottery jars. The dimensions of the sculpture are 43 1/4 x 8 5/8 x 12 1/2″ (110 x 22 x 32 cm). The sculpture, as its name claims, depicts a woman who appears to be near the end of her pregnancy. It is a tanned colored sculpture and the belly of the sculpture shows a bit of the pottery jar that the artist used.

This sculpture is obviously representative of the experience that women undergo while pregnant. The rough look of the plaster might be representative of the toll that pregnancy takes on the physical body of women. The body appears to be very swollen and the posture of the woman definitely gives the audience a sense of pain, frustration, and discomfort.

The posture of the woman with her body standing upright, her arms and legs stiff, and her hands clenched might be representative of the sacrifice that woman are willing to make by enduring the pain involved with pregnancy to allow life to continue. The artist might have had a strong relationship with his own mother and may have wanted to pay her and women in general a tribute.

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Met Museum Report- “Stepping Out” by Roy Lichtenstein

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“Stepping Out” by Roy Lichtenstein is a painting made up of Oil and Magna on canvas. Lichtenstein depicts a man and a woman standing side by side. While the man seems to be a cartoon version of a normal guy dressed in a suit, tie, and hat, the woman is depicted as dissembled and only having one eye. While the majority of the painting is black and white, the artist does add an abundance of yellow and blue to the two people with a bit of red to the woman’s lips and facial features.

This piece of art seems to be portraying a man and a woman who seem to be having a hidden affair. The man is depicted standing behind the woman as if to hide the fact that the two are together. The fact that the woman’s face is discombobulated says that the artist wants to portray her as being ugly and wrong for what she is engaging in.

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Industrial Christmas: Subject v Content (Positive and Negative Space)

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My piece, called Industrial Christmas, is a bunch of Christmas candy canes made of ice. These candy canes were molded in ten inch plastic candy cane shaped containers. I cut each plastic candy cane in half and filled each half with water. I also added lots of wood screws into the candy cane mold. The candy canes are attached to copper wire and are hanging from a steel wire hanger.

This piece symbolizes how candy and unhealthy foods have become customary in all aspects of American traditions. The wood screws inside of the ice candy canes represent how each bite is just as dangerous and unhealthy as the next. Moreover, they represent the unhealthy ingredients in candy.

This piece is also symbolic of the lack of care that we Americans have regarding what we eat. The fact that the ice candy canes are transparent and the wood screws are visible shows how harmful candy is yet we carelessly indulge in it. Finally, the fact that the ice melts shows how candy slow deteriorates our bodies.

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Subject v Content Statement: “Shout” (Assemblage Project)

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“Shout” is a four foot creature that weighs roughly five pounds. Its four legs are cropped aluminum cans and its base is a traffic cone. While the torso and the head are both bottles, the arms and fingers are from pieces of a wooden branch. It also has two eyes, one a wheel lug nut and the other is a penny attached to a piece of branch, but it does not have a mouth. Finally, the entire creature is bound together by aluminum silver tape which also completely covers the parts of the creature.

This piece emphasizes the notion that emotions, ideas, opinions and feelings can be expressed without saying a word. As a matter of fact, the creature doesn’t even have a mouth. From the awkwardly popping eyes to the extremely flashy texture of the aluminum tape, “Shout” is oozing with different emotions and eagerness to express itself. While it is infused with excitement, enthusiasm, anger, surprise, and amazement all at once, it is up to the individual viewer to formulate their own interpretation of what the piece means by relating their own emotions to its physical appearance.

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Artist Report- Antony Gormley

 

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  1. Hinge: 2011, Cast Iron
  2. MEME LX: 2009, Cast Iron
  3. Firmament III: 2009, Stainless Steel bars and bearings
  4. Song: 2008, Forged ball bearings
  5. Lost Dog VI: 2002, Forged ball bearings

 

Artist Statement- “Every work is an attempt to make an account of its time and place.”

Idiosyncrasy- Antony Gormley is well known for creating sculptures, installations and public artwork dealing with the relationship of the human body and space. His work seeks to answer questions in respect to where the human being stands in relation to nature.

Subject v Content Statement

Hinge is a pixel sculpture that replicates two human bodies, made up of cast iron, seemingly holding one another or at the very least propping each other up. The piece stands about 6.3 feet tall and its dimensions are 192 x 264.5 x 102.5 cm. The cast iron is colored with various browns and tans which are mixed together throughout the sculpture. Each body has a head, two arms and two legs. Both bodies also seem to be bound together because the entire sculpture stands on only one foot from each of the bodies.

In my opinion, Antony Gormley is conveying to the audience the notion that people need one another. He emphasizes this by creating the sculpture in such a way that it stands up by using one foot from each body, which equally distributes the weight of the sculpture. The fact that he chooses cast iron as the medium to bind the bodies together, tells me that Gormley acknowledges the strength of a human bond or relationship. Also, the various pieces of cast iron that form the pixel sculpture could very well be representative of the multitude of dynamic parts that make up the human body and make it unique.

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Artist Report- Tim Hawkinson

 

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  1. Pentecost, 1999 Medium: Polyurethane Foam, Sonotubes, Solenoids, Found Computer Program & Mechanical Components
  2. Drip, 2002 Medium: Polyethylene, Mechanical Components & Water
  3. (Index) Finger, 1997 Medium: Pens, Pencils & Polyester Resin
  4. Emoter, 2002 Medium: Altered Ink-Jet Print, Monitor, Stepladder & Mechanical Components
  5. Signature Chair, 1993 Medium: School Desk, Paper, Wood & Metal Motorized

 

Quote: “Mr. Hawkinson traffics in the fuzzy zone, which roughly accounts for his breakout appeal. His art is part sideshow spectacle, part something vaguely loftier.” -Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times

Idiosyncrasy: Hawkinson is very well known for creating sculptures that in some way incorporate either his own body or something relating to himself. At times he has even included parts of his body in his art such as fingernails and hair. This self-portraiture allows him to re-imagine himself in his art and have an intimate connection with it by paying close attention to detail.

Subject vs Content

The art work by Hawkinson, Signature Chair, is a wooden school desk that is flooded with hundreds of pieces of paper containing his signature. The school desk is designed so that it automatically signs “Tim Hawkinson” onto a piece of a roll of paper which is then chopped off and dropped into the existing pile. The school desk itself is very plain, dull, and appears old. The surface is filled with motorized metal contraptions which aid in the signing process. The pieces of signed paper simply lay in a pile in front of the desk.

In this work of art, it is my belief that Hawkinson’s aim is to distance himself from the world or at least to imply it through his art. Since he designed the sculpture so that it mechanically creates his signature, it is as if he is acknowledging that he doesn’t like doing it himself. Also, through the sculpture itself, Hawkinson is indicating that the effort and detail that went into the sculpture’s creation far outweighs the less important recognition he gets for creating it.

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