Something I read about Andrea Zittel was that for part of her experimental designs for living she made six “uniforms” and wore them everyday for six months. I really love this idea. There is no reason people need 20 shirts/pairs of pants/shoes etc. I love how part of her design is to live minimally. She is asking, ‘what do we really need?’ I also like the design of the dresses she made. They look like they are made of very natural materials, and would make me feel closer to nature wearing them. If this was a fashion line and also affordable, I would probably buy one.
This piece reminds me of the dirt drawings we did in class. I like that it looks like it was done with his hands. It seems like maybe he had the edges of the rectangle taped to give the straight edge appearance. As much as I like certain aspects of this piece, however, I don’t think it really comes through in photograph and kind of just looks like wallpaper. I wish the piece was not so uniform. I love the idea of dirt as a material, but I think the subject matter still needs to be interesting. This piece, like a lot of the pieces I looked at by Long sits somewhere between art and just showcasing nature for me. I know art means a lot of different things to different people, and we can define it many ways, but it is sort of frustrating to see something so simple and accept it as art.
I really like this piece. A lot of the sculptures that I saw by Eaton seemed to have political messages, and this one is no exception! To me this piece is a criticism of the high value we put on oil. Wars are fought over oil, and we are willing to destroy the planet in order to get it. We put oil before the environment and human lives. The fact that Eaton included a stream of motor oil down the wall symbolizes to me that we are draining the world of its oil. It almost reminds me of a streak of blood or a tear, like it is a symbol for the suffering of the world. Also since the continents are drawn on the inside of the funnel, I think the piece represents how a lot of corporation leaders view the world–as nothing more than a vessel out of which they can get oil for profit, and everything they do inside of this system is just a means to that end.
Richard T. Walker, Video Still
I like Walker’s idea of creating paintings that fit in with the landscape. In this particular painting it is interesting how it is shaped like a guitar pick and also the artist is holding a guitar. I don’t know what is the meaning of all the musical symbols used by Walker. I would like to know if it is simply a passion of his or if there is some other meaning. I also find it interesting that Walker chooses himself to wear the paintings and put them in the landscape rather than a stand. It’s kind of like he is putting himself in the landscape as well. I also love the mountains in this photograph because they remind me of the blue ridge mountains.
Overall I really don’t like this artist’s style of painting. As much as I try I have little appreciation for abstract art (I know I’m uncultured). This kind of style just looks sloppy to me. I chose this particular painting, though because I think the figures are interesting. The expressions are all sort of morose and I’m not sure why. There seems to be a bit of story here as to who these people are and their relationship to each other. The painting is called “Monkeys,” and I have no idea why. I watched a video of Walker talking about his work, because I don’t feel like I have a lot of insight into this. He said in the video he wants to be as inventive as possible, like how Picasso would push the image as far as possible like in a face for example having two eyes and a nose, but making a creative landscape at the same time. I don’t like the aesthetic product of these ideas, but I can appreciate the ideas themselves.
At first when I was scrolling through the pictures of Mendieta’s work I was a bit creeped out. The work put me on edge, and I was forced to question what the meaning of the portrayed violence was. I then realized that her work wasn’t something creepy and removed from me, but close to home. The work to me is about the feminine struggle. The violence is not for shock value, but a slap in the face of reality for many women. I think the nature aspect is perhaps Mendieta’s personal tie to nature as a place of refuge, or maybe a representation of all womens’ tie to nature.
Waking up Water
I appreciate a lot of aspects of Goldworthy’s work. One thing I like is how he works with the land to create art. He changes something small to give the effect of a hidden bit of magic and mystery. I also like how he uses objects, which are found in the natural world, but uses shapes that are not found often in nature, like concentric circles or squares. I enjoy the fact that this art is ephemeral. The photo will last forever, but the art itself will be destroyed by nature. It is also created in a space, where not even the artist can take ownership of it. He has to leave it, and anyone or anything can come along and admire it, or destroy it. I think it is beautiful to create art in that way. I wonder if he would still make this art if there were no way to capture it forever, as in a photograph.