A-Z Management and Maintenance Unit; Model 003 – 1992

Andrea Zittel, A-Z Management & Maintenance Unit; Model 003

I like the living spaces she designed and built. They are minimalist but still looks good. Most people our age are in apartments or dorms at this point in their life. Maximizing space and utility but still keeping it nice is a problem we all deal with. I like these particularly because its a fusion of productivity and creativity. A lot of art that we come into contact with are useful only in their appearance. These works are functional as well and involved multiple design and construction elements. It also just reminds me of my own living situation. Last year I was in a ’76 Holiday Rambler which I traded up for a ’07 Dutchman (both RV’s). The rambler was considerably smaller but it reminds me of this picture. You could lay in bed, wash your hands in the sink, and reach the kitchen stove all in one go.

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A Circle in the Andes -1972

I like that this piece relies mostly on the natural beauty of the landscape. The only hint that anyone is there is the placed stone circle. In some ways it seems like an intrusion or disruption. Like it isn’t supposed to be there. At the same time it brings the piece a little warmth. The sense of knowing I’m not alone here, under the intimidating mountain and in this vast expanse. The black and white really helps show the contrast between the top 1/3 and bottom 2/3. The scattered snow packs helps subtly blend the two together.

Bas Jan Ader- Fall 1, Los Angeles (1970)

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I like this set of his work. And really anything of his that stops action mid-motion. That part of the work seems like something that couldn’t happen. Just like the other part, self-inflicted injury, they both are something that either shouldn’t or couldn’t happen. Yet he forced the situation and captured it. I’m not really sure why I those elements except for the obvious relation to myself. I like sketchy situations, usually for the moment in which it occurs than to plan or reflect on it. I also tend to be a little sarcastic and “anti-authority” which this piece doesn’t necessarily represent. However, the whole idea for me comes from that doing something you shouldn’t do feeling.

Richard Walker- Fireplace and Shadow

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This dude’s stuff is interesting. It’s like a lot of common things you might see on a day to day basis but juxtaposed into a situation you wouldn’t see it in. Like in the piece I chose there is a staircase, a couple chairs, and a fireplace. The chairs don’t look like they’re in a realistic position though. They kind of float around the room. The staircase doesn’t look like it goes anywhere and if it did it doesn’t look nearly large enough for anyone to walk around in. I also feel like I can see more of the mantel and fireplace then I should at that angle. However, the whole piece reads off as a normal scene in an abnormal position. Each piece is a little off kilter but you still know for the most part what it is. It give me a comfy feeling of disordered order. As if I’m a couple beers in and the world is starting to get that protective fuzziness. I know it’s not what it seems, but what it seems is good enough for me.

Ana Mendieta – Bird Transformation

ana-mendieta-bird-women_670 I’m not going to begin to pretend I comprehend this hen.

Instead I’ll write a cluckity coo for me, you, and the crew, sit back & crack a brew

Class is in an hour or two and I’ve still got no clue what she was trying to do or for who

I do know if I don’t post my grades a ghost, if our host alerts the provost I’ll be shipped to the coast maybe this boast will save my toast

And eggs. I’m getting hungry, better eat before I get grumpy, maybe she laid me a Humpty Dumpty.

Check and see if its golden or old and thin, good for sellin or throwin in the oven..? I think im losing the flow, I suppose that means its time to go.

The Rocky Mountains Lander’s Peak by Albert Bierstadt

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So before I chose the painting to respond to I first tried to find a spot I’d most like to be myself. Somewhere I’d sit right down and set up shop. I found exactly that in this piece, I see nearly everything on my landscape checklist, we’ve got mountains to surround me and make me feel at home. Clean water and expansive land for me to start farming. As a bonus, in this moment, I’m surrounded by friends and family. Now obviously this is depicting most likely some nomadic native american tribe whose only here for the moment; but I’ll put my own spin on that and say its offering me a sense of change or movement. I’ve always moved around and never stayed still in one place and I hate having the same job day in and day out so I feel I relate to the people in the painting which makes me appreciate it even more. Aesthetically it’s nicely balanced with the tanning rack filling in the only empty space in the bottom left corner. The depth given my the sunlight on the water fall gives a sense of.. more? Like if I swam down that lake and hooked right I could keep following the river upstream. Overall the entire group of painters at the Hudson River School blew me away, they were all beautiful landscapes but if I had to pick one artist that consistently captured what I wanted to see I’d choose Albert Bierstadt.

New Sharon Church Rd. 25 Damian Stamer

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I like this photo because I think I see a boat. Or at least I want to see a boat, and there is enough on the canvas for me to fill in what I want. That’s also a great thing about it is there are missing spots for the viewer to fill. I see an old boat that was left in a shed on the water, as time goes on the shed collapsed taking the boat with it. But thats what I’m getting from it, the amount of distortion and clutter that is present allows for multiple ways of looking at this same scene. The dark tones feels comforting even though the scene seems a little down but there are tiny spots of brightness like the left side of the blue boat or the beige counter top in the background or my favorite, the little splash of green and teal on the right hand side.