Andrea Zittel

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I found this work to be dynamic because of the juxtaposition of the scene and the room it’s in. I love that the ceiling looks like a warehouse which is very rigid and structural, but the walls look like country home wallpaper. Then this white landscape left me almost confused because there is no real element of life to it for me. It looks both bland and separated from nature while also emulating a snowy scene that hasn’t been touched by people. It captured extremes for me that I think we have spoken about a lot throughout this course where what is displayed in the artwork contradicts its meaning/effect on the natural world. The bare, rustic feel to it around the edges really creates a play of hard and soft that I enjoy. It almost feels like a setup they would have in a camping store where there could be a shoe display or something on the fake terrain that signifies the opposite of nature when you think about it. A lot of her work made me think of camping store fake scenes set up and I actually liked it but couldn’t place why exactly. Probably the same reason I love plastic fake food. It’s just interesting to duplicate natural existing things in fake man-made materials, because really why?

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Richard Long

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I enjoyed this piece in particular because of the people within the image. The figures walking added an element of life to it and made the piece seem more grand due to its size. I like how consistently jagged the paint splatters are. They look kind of like venus fly traps on their own, and together they resemble kind of a monster/ tapeworm. These are not cute things to be comparing it to, but basically I am trying to say that it has movement and animalistic qualities.  I can just picture little kids running in between the paint and that is something I really enjoy. People almost have to interact with this art because it’s in such a central location, and I respect that.

Severn Eaton

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I know that other people have already commented on this artwork, but it genuinely is the one I responded to the most. This piece instantly made me think of heroin and the violence and death hidden beneath the beauty of poppies. On the surface this painting is beautiful and the armed individual is almost an afterthought, but after thinking about it I just think about the danger of illegal drugs. Being able to see the very organic natural root of heroin in the form of soft flowers, in an almost water-like state, illuminates the disconnect that often comes with the drug-making process and the jobs people take to provide for their families. It reminds me of a documentary we watched in my social justice movements in Latin America class. The images of the armed individuals walking through these beautiful landscapes almost directly mirrors this piece.

Bas Jan Ader- Melt

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This piece brought me joy instantly. It has whimsy and an intimate quality, like I’m honored to be looking at this particular moment in time.  The facial expression of determination is perplexing given the context of the photo which makes it even more fascinating. A relationship instantly formed for me with the subject, simply because of this rare moment being stilled. It reminds me of films when the music and sound is stripped from a scene and the raw breath and facial expressions of characters are all that is left. This image looks noisy if that makes sense, and yet in this one moment, it’s entirely still and silent.

Ana Mendieta

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I was struck by this particular image because it was untitled, something that I normally dislike in art. The work simply had a description stating that the work was made with blood and feathers, and for some reason, I felt very satisfied with my opportunity to impose my own meaning and title on the piece. The first word I think of when I look at it is shame. Shame, then discomfort, then strength. I wonder what story lies beneath those feathers, how the blood and feathers came to be applied. What does that facial expression stand for? female violence and humiliation? Female empowerment? She looks natural, in tune with the background, while simultaneously looking out of place and uncomfortable.

Bamboo Spires- Andy Goldsworthy

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I like this particular work because the juxtaposition of hard and soft creates a dynamic visual, even in stillness. The points from the bamboo move all the way up through theater and rolling mountains in the background, and create a path for the viewer to follow. Everything from the tip to the fanned bottom suggests strength and stability, while the water is calm, with nothing more than a little ripple to it. I also like where the rocks meet the water because it creates a far more defined line than I would think. What makes it stop at that exact spot? With sand you can usually see the movement and old grooves that the water has created, seen where it has been. With these rocks the water has no element of time which suits this piece.

Timothy O’Sullivan

This photo has such lovely juxtaposition. The rock structures in the front look almost like a liquid, or like lava that is in the process of hardening while moving. And right behind that movement there is such a stark difference seen in the rigid, tall rock structure. I like the way the shadows hide in every crevice creating the texture you can almost feel looking at the rock. The sheets of rock closest to the camera look like phyllo dough after its been baked and separated from all the butter. The few bushes add life to the photo and a sense of strength because they are managing to prosper in every possible place within the rock.