Wk 10: Fiber Art Social Network

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Schedule

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  2. Come to before class OH on Wed 11:30-12:30 @Robek’s / Coffee Bean umbrella tables
  3. I can go to AS-120 (AS building is next to The Beach Hut, next to The Library) after class on Wed, at 3:45 and help anyone with anything.
  4. Make an appointment to meetup another time

California State University, Long Beach, College of the Arts, School of Art, Art Gallery complex. View from the Art Gallery Courtyard showing students in conversation in 3 areas: inside the Max L. Gatov gallery, outside the Gatov Gallery, and outside the Maxine Merlino gallery

Brewery Artist's live-work colony in Downtown Los Angeles. A large wooden structure made of hexagons and circles becomes a kid's jungle gym and kids and parents play and converse at the Fall '16 artwalk at The Brewery
Glenn Zucman

Points on BeachBored

All points through Week 9 are now up on BeachBored. Be sure to check your points and know where you stand! So far we’ve had 479 points possible. Here’s how many points you should have to be on track for each grade level, and how many peeps in 1p / 2:30 are currently at each grade level:

A = 431 points – 58 / 49
B = 383 points – 2 / 4
C = 335 points – 3 / 2
D = 287 points – 0 / 2
F = 286 points – 2 / 5

  • 1p GPA = 3.75
  • 2:30 GPA = 3.45

Leaderboard

Top 5 @1pm:

  1. Hannah Adams, 577
  2. Stephanie Arciva, 553
  3. Maritess Anne Inieto, 536
  4. Joy Elizabeth Uba, 525
  5. Carlos Villicana, 525

Top 5 @2:30:

  1. Nathan Davalos, 642
  2. Lydia Chang, 562
  3. Yesenia Hernandez, 556
  4. Jamie Van, 555
  5. Adriana Maciel, 551

Wk 10 – This Week!

  • Art Talk Discussionat the bottom of this post
  • ActivityFiber Art Social Network @FO4-267
  • Artist Conversation@SOA Galleries
  • Classmate Conversationnone this week

Write next week’s Classmate Question OTW here: Classmate Question OTW

Last Week: Art Care Packages

Nice work everyone! Here’s a few samples:

An Art Care Package from Emily Tomasello to her dad, featuring old records, baseball glove, ticket stubs, and other ephemera
Emily Tomasello

On October 21, 1991, my parents, Jim and Kristi Tomasello, got married, and last Friday, they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Getting to celebrate this milestone with my parents was very important to me. They have both shown me so much love and support throughout my entire life, and I thought it would be nice to send them a care package. I do plan on sending my mom one, but this week, I’m sending my first care package to my dad, Jim, in San Pedro, California.

In the back, I packed a Nat King Cole vinyl LP featuring the song “Unforgettable”. I packed this because my family likes to dedicate this song to my grandpa, Tony (my dad’s dad) because that was the best word to describe him: unforgettable. He passed away in 2008, but I can see so much of my grandpa in my dad.

What do you think of ephemera? Is it precious? Or trash? Does it gain in value over time? Does your grandma’s parking ticket from half a century ago mean something to you? What about her tickets from Woodstock? What might your grandkids think if you one day gave them the bead bracelet you wore at Coachella?

I definitely think ephemera is precious. You’re talking to the girl that actually did keep her first parking ticket! Hey, I thought it would make for a good story later on in life! I think everything has meaning, big or small. Though I don’t believe in excessive hoarding, I think it’s important to keep certain things that have meaning to you. Speaking of Coachella, I hope my grandkids think I’m the coolest grandma EVER for going! That’s why I kept my wristband and the box it came in, obviously!

Emily Tomasello

a collection of ephemera of life in Los Angeles, parking tickets, Target name badge, etc
Hailei Reyes

I decided to send my art care package to my sister, a 22 year old wandering college graduate. I wanted to send her an art care package because she is like a lost child looking for a job, and an apartment, and something stable to do with her life after making it through SDSU. I wanted to send her some stuff to show her what moving out of San Diego might be like. My art package has the good & bad of Los Angeles. Well at least from my prospective. I have included parking tickets, speeding tickets, my first target name tag, a map to the Getty Center, a ticket to the Paley Center for Media, a train ticket, an airport luggage tag, a stop homophobia sticker from LA pride, an “I voted” sticker, and a post card from Mel’s Dinner.

Hailei Reyes

a white tyvek envelope filled with bits of ephemera
Janett Moctezuma

I decided to send this art care packages to 22-year-old Lizette Cabrera from Riverside, CA. Lizette was my best friend from middle school. I say was because after our 8th grade promotion she moved away and I didn’t hear from here until few months ago. I found Lizette on Instagram about 6 months ago and we’ve been catching up on the 8 years of friendship that we missed. I think this art activity fit just perfectly because a few weeks ago I was telling her about some old letters that she wrote to me when we were in middle school. She burst out laughing when I read some of them to her so I decided to include a few of the letters so that she can read them herself. I also included a drawing of an octopus that she drew when we were in 7th grade. Lizette named the octopus Ms. Octopussy and put braces on it because she wore braces at that time. During middle school, we went to many amusement parks so I included tickets from the time that we went to Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags. Also, I included a colorful heart beaded necklace because we would always give each other beaded jewelry when we were best friends. Another item that I included was a program from our 8th grade promotion which was the last time I saw her. The items in this picture are memories from our friendship when we were in middle school.

The other set of items symbolizes what she missed when she moved away as well as current things that are happening now. The item that looks like a scroll is an invitation to my Quinceañera which I want her to see because that was a very special party for me. I included the eyelashes and nail polish to show that we have grown up and now we are into getting out manicure done as well as our makeup. The CSULB sticker was also included in the package because I remember we would always tell each other that we were going to go to the same college and live in the dorms together. Now, the Pink gift card is in the package because she loves Pink just like I do. Since I’ve been talking to her now she tells me she really likes that store as well as choker necklaces that’s a reason why I included it too. Finally, I included headlines from a magazine that have to do with the presidential election that is coming up.

Janett Moctezuma

An Art Care Package from Pamela Ajoste to a friend in Korea featuring many small photographs of their times together
Pamela Ajoste

This art care package activity was very enjoyable as I got to look back on pictures and memories that I haven’t seen in a while. I decided to send this package to my friend in Korea because I haven’t seen her in a while. This package mainly consist of pictures as each picture has a story full of memories with it.

Pamela Ajoste

hand written letter by Stephanie Valdivia
Stephanie Valdivia

For this activity I decided to send my best friend Vanesa an Art Care Package. I decided to send it to her because I miss her and I don’t see her as often anymore. I think she’s such a great person and it makes me so happy that she sees me as a best friend as well even though we might not talk everyday. She told me once how she felt like she didn’t know me because I never talked about personal things; we had a funny friendship where we seemed to talk about everything but personal things. So, in the box I included a poem about my feelings towards the friendship and how much it meant to me, a picture of myself from the second grade, a couple notes we passed to each back in high school, concert tickets, and a drawing of us. Making this package brought back a lot of memories and it was nice. It made me want to reach out to all the friends I don’t talk to as much. This activity also made me sad because I remembered how things were nicer before entering the “adult life.” This was an overall bittersweet experience. I hope Vanesa likes it. I think ephemera is so precious. I didn’t know there was a word for it but I’ve always loved it. I love knowing that in 10 years, I can open a box and see concert tickets only to remember and relive the moment. I wish I had more ephemera but I’m starting to collect and save more things.

Stephanie Valdivia

Art Care Package from Yesenia Hernandez to her sister studying abroad in Florence, Italy
Yesenia Hernandez

I loved this idea!

Why? You say?

Because I have always wanted to send a package to a loved one through mail. I always liked the idea of a pen pal. No matter how long mail takes it is a sweet gesture, which I think is greater than instant messaging. It takes more thought, time and effort to create a package than a text. It demonstrates real care.

I decided to send my package to my sister, she is living abroad in Florence, Italy for a year or so. I really miss her as she is my best friend. We did everything together before she moved.

Yesenia Hernandez

Nike shoe box that Abigail Manuel has transformed into an "Art Care Package" to her sister up in Northern California. Contents include polaroid pictures, a hand-written journal, and other ephemera
Abigail Manuel

Because I am from Northern California, I miss out on a lot of things with my sister. So I sent her Polaroid pictures of me and the friends that I’ve made here in college to give her a little glimpse of my life in Southern California. I also sent her a sticker that I got in the mail saying “girls bite back”, just because I love feminist art and I wanted to share it with her. I included a journal that I write in frequently as well, because literary art has to be my favorite kind of art. In the journal I already have a few entries that are poems, recollections of my day, and other little things like that. I also included pens in the care package so that my sister could also write her own literary masterpieces within the journal. The last two pieces were random pieces of art that I feel like my sister would appreciate, which are a wall fixture that reads “kind people are my kinda people” as well as a Dia de los Muertos skull that is a plant holder. I loved these pieces of art and I thought my sister would, too.

Abigail Manuel

ephemera collected by Brian Sath for his brother
Brian Sath

To the brother that I once knew. I’m not too sure where you are nowadays. I’m supposed to send this out, but I’ll leave it at our old house and maybe one day you’ll perhaps run into it… literally and figuratively of course. These are just some items that I would like to give to you.

Brian Sath

wooden box with a photo of Damonte Ford and his girlfriend  inside the cover and in the body of the box are many bits of ephemera from their time together
Damonte Ford

I decided to send my care package to my girlfriend and fill it with items that resemble our love. I had the idea to put many different memoirs from dates we have gone on throughout our relationship. That includes movie ticket stubs, amusement park tickets, flowers, a few pictures of us, and more. In my opinion ephemera are great in that one is able to reminisce on the past from different objects that mean a lot to that particular person. It may also bring back many warm and meaningful memories. Overall I enjoyed this activity not only because I was able to learn about ephemera, but also because I was able to make my girlfriend happy, and you know what they say, “happy wife, happy life”.

Damonte Ford

photo of Hannah Adams at her desk with an Art Care Package she has created. The package is a large envelope filled with many small illustrations by Hannah.
Hannah Adams

I got to have the entertaining experience this week of creating something and actually sending it through the mail. I was intrigued when I heard about these “art care packages” and I didn’t initially know what they were going to be about. I did decide early on who I was going to send my envelope of art to though; my boyfriend Ramiro. It’s really quite funny that I have known him since high school, been dating him for a year and five months, and yet have never sent him a single paper letter. I literally had to text and ask his apartment address because despite visiting many times, I never actually knew his full address. Creating the art care package was much easier, and actually quite enjoyable. I loved thinking of all the funny little things I know about my boyfriend. I made one “picture” just a bunch of sayings that my boyfriend has. I liked making so many small works of art. I’m so used to making a single piece that often takes up a whole page. It was fun to worry less about making one perfect piece, and instead get to explore many different ideas with lots of smaller pieces.

Hannah Adams

a large tan envelope filled with various bits of ephemera including a drawing, a letter, and a CD
Janis Vernier

My Art Care Package is going to one of my best friends in Hamburg who is going to visit me at the end of December. I sent her some drawings of the projects I’m doing for my furniture class, a CD from the supporting act of a Devendra Banhard concert I visited some weeks ago, a funny little guidebook for America that I read on my flight to L.A., a postcard designed by Carly Lake (from my artist conversation wk4) and of course a letter. I can’t remember ever sending a package like that – even though I’m sometimes writing actual postcards and letters. Having these kind of personal things with it makes it somehow a lot more exiting.

Janis Vernier

an art care package filled with bits of ephemera including a book, a t-shirt, and a concert ticket
Monique Alcala

Art Care Package: Former Lover / Current Stranger.

We were high school sweethearts and I can say that because of him, I truly learned what love is and why so many people seek and crave it. Although many believe that I was the bad person for ending the relationship they never saw the struggles and hardships he put me through.

The wristbands in the package are the wristbands I got on my 21st birthday two weeks ago. Coincidentally we have the same birthday, October 4th, and we had been planning our festivities for years. I went bar hopping with all of our friends but didn’t invite him. I would give him those wristbands to show him how much I wanted to wish him a happy birthday and that he was still on my mind, as a friend. The next would be a ticket stub to a concert I recently attended. We both were deeply in love with the artist, Majid Jordan, and always talked about how much we wanted to see them live. Sure enough the artists had announced that they would be coming to LA months after we broke up. I would like to tell him about how much fun I had and if he ended up going and whether he liked their performance. I included a book that I read over the summer called “This is How You Lose Her”… Lastly I would give him my favorite perfume and the first t-shirt that I stole from his wardrobe. He truly loved the scent of my perfume and he never realized I had stolen that t-shirt from him until a year later, although I would always wear it around him.

While creating this ACP I felt a rush of emotions. I felt a mixture of sadness and happiness. I was able to reminisce about all of the good times we shared within our time together and it helped me focus not so much on all of the bad times we shared. I also experienced a rush of happiness and joy when I was able to reflect back on the relationship and look at how much I had grown.

Sending an ACP is not like sending a Snapchat in my opinion. When I use Snapchat, I use it in a very impersonal fashion, but sending an ACP is something that requires a lot of thought and effort into it. An ACP may not be the ideal view on what art is but to me I believe that art can be a form of self expression and that is what this is. The ACP is like a collage but instead of art or paintings it is a collage of your feelings and things that have sentimental value.

Monique Alcala

Jacques Louis David @ Getty Center, Westwood

With our Art Talk about the 19th century I offered that you could go out to The Getty Center in Westwood and visit his 1818 painting The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharis. A few of you took up the offer:

Adriana Maciel at The Getty Center in Westwood. Photo of Adriana with Westwood and Los Angeles behind her. It's a bright afternoon with rare to Los Angeles puffy white clouds hanging on the horizon
Adriana Maciel

I had never been to the Getty before, so I was completely lost once we arrived but everyone working/volunteering there was very friendly and helpful! The buildings were organized by time periods and even with that information, it took us about an hour to find this painting! And let me tellllll you, seeing a photo of this painting does not do it justice. The details were amazing and while I was there I learned more about the painting and it was actually based on the Odyssey–which I remember watching in middle school. Overall, the painting was very large and beautiful and I enjoyed being able to see this incredible piece in person.

Adriana Maciel

Melissa Rios at The Getty Center in Westwood, California, standing in front of Jacques Louis David's 1818 painting The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharis
Melissa Rios

My visit to The Getty turned out to be a family field trip, which I didn’t mind at all. I didn’t really know what to expect from my trip to The Getty. However, once I was there I didn’t want to leave… I think it was the first time I’ve ever attended a museum where there was so much content to look at… The The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharis was a lot more vibrant in person. The colors made the painting stand out in the room filled with other paintings.

Melissa Rios

Brewery Artwalk

Some of you also visited The Brewery Artwalk in Downtown LA:

Jisel, Hannah, Nathan Davalos & Jim standing and smiling for the camera in one of the Artist's Live-Work spaces in The Brewery Artist's Colony in Downtown Los Angeles
Jisel (photographer, B&W) Hannah (Nathan’s GF) Nathan Davalos, Jim (photographer, color)

After visiting the Art Walk of Downtown Santa Ana earlier this month I decided to also be in attendance at the Brewery Art Walk in Los Angeles. I made the 40 minute drive from Orange County to Los Angeles with my girlfriend. I was very excited to see all of the art, and I got even more excited when I did not have to pay for parking or have to pay for an entry fee. It was a very fun experience and I am planning to return in the Spring for the next Art Walk.

Nathan Davalos

Teale Hathaway & Damonte Ford
Teale Hathaway & Damonte Ford

This exhibit is Teale Hathaway‘s Cityscape Paiyand. This exhibit consists of soothing and relaxing paintings. The artists intentions were to create something that allows someone to feel as if they were completely relaxed. Her art is meant to relieve stress. I enjoyed this exhibit because it was actually meditating in a way. As I walked through the exhibit I began to feel at ease.

Damonte Ford

Art Talk OTW

  1. 3 Million Years of Art History
  2. Joseph DeLappe
  3. Mahsa Soroudi
  4. The Mind in the Cave
  5. Graffiti Writing: Bomb It
  6. Classical Greece & Rome
  7. Renaissance & Baroque
  8. 19th Century
  9. Aesthetics & Beauty and Realism & Romanticism
  10. 20th Century

Interactive Art History Timeline

If you want to play with the Art History Timeline that you see me using in these talks, you can get your very own copy & the Freemind software to view, modify, or make your own, here:

92 Comments

  1. Samuel De La Cruz

    It has been interesting learning about art throughout its history and how it has changed through each era. I can not choose my favorite era for art since I like them all but the modern era has had an explosion of art arise in the 20th century. Salvador Dali stood out to me because of the surrealism in his art. Dali’s most famous piece of art work was the painting “The Persistence of Memory” and it was painted by him in 1931. I looked up Dali in wikipedia and found some information about his painting “The Persistence of Memory”, its general interpretation of the work is that the soft watches are a rejection of time being rigid. It has other images in the painting of limp watches with a long and wide expanding background giving the impression that time is long. His painting as Glenn mentioned in the video is still popular today and found in dorms on college campuses in which it shows the lasting impression of Dali’s art work. The art form of earth works also caught my attention because the artist incorporates nature into his art work. Robert Smithson is an artist that uses earth works to create his art and has created ” The Spiral Jetty” in Rozel Point in Great Salt Lake, Utah and “Broken Circle” in Emmen, Holland. In both art works he incorporates the beach to make a nice design that fits the area it is at making it look like it belongs there. The 20th century has a lot of art and I would like to see what emerges out of art as time passes forward.

    1. Araceli Lozano

      Hey Samuel,

      I can definitely relate, learning about the different art eras has been really cool this semester. It is something that you do not normally stop and research. Like you, I too do not know what my favorite era is though i really enjoyed this week’s modern art video. Honestly I feel like I’ve heard of Salvador Dali’s but i had to research who he was because I couldn’t put two and two together. Looking at his work, it is just amazing. The colors he used were so vibrant. There was not one painting that i saw that i did not like. He draws your eyes in and really makes you think.Even just seeing pictures of him gave an impression that he had so many interesting stories to share.

  2. Tina Nguyen
    This week we talked about 20th Century art and one of the ‘branches’ that stood out to me the most was the ‘postwar’ branch and within the branch I thought the category Pop Art was particularly interesting. I did a bit of background research on one of the Pop Art artists, Andy Warhol. I looked into one of his famous pieces, the ‘Gold Marilyn Monroe.’ Warhol painted the painting in 1962, a time where things were pretty much still in black in white. Warhol took a newspaper article with a photo of Marilyn Monroe on it and used it to create different images of her in color. Further, if you were to look at the painting in closer detail, you could se that though Monroe’s hair is blonde there are splashes of black on the sides of her hair making it look like Warhol got a newspaper image of Monroe (which he did) and printed it many times. In addition, Monroe’s head is placed on a very large gold colored background. I found out that the gold color background is actually a reminiscent of Byzantine religious icons that are a central focus in Orthodox faiths. However, instead of drawing the religious icons, Warhol painted Monroe instead. I think that Warhol drew Monroe instead of a religious icon because Monroe was a pop icon in her days who tragically died due to painkiller overdose. Furthermore, Warhol is trying to say is that people now glorify celebrities similar to how people in the past used to glorify religious figures and that Monroe is the new Virgin Mary.

    1. Hi Tina,
      I love history one of my favorite times in history is during the 1914’s until 1980’s. I enjoy learning about the World Wars, and what not so the Post War branch also stood out to me as well. I actually have the ”Gold Marilyn Monroe” as a canvas and it is one of my favorite canvas in my room. I love how during that time as you said when everything when pretty much many things were still black and white he added color. I was not aware that the color gold in the background is a reminiscent of Byzantine religious icons. But as I googled some religious icons I can see that there is in fact gold in the background. I agree with you on why maybe Warhol did gold on the back ground because Marilyn Monroe was a very popular Icon during those times. You are right too people now do glorify celebrities a little too much than glorifying religious figures, but I think its a different kind of glorifying for both of celebrities and religious figures. For example many people view Kim and Kayne like goddesses but I feel like they view them as pop icon goddesses. But then there is also other people who view them in a very religious way. I think its just depending on the person how the view them.

    2. Hi Tina,

      I looked more into the postwar branch as well, more specifically Andy Warhol. I’ve heard of Andy Warhol the most in the pop art category. One of the styles of art I’ve seen the most is his prints of The Beatles. It is almost like taking a face, and the printing it in varying colors. In high school art class I was able to experience the process of doing this, but in a slightly different manner. To start off we had to make a “stamp” of our face. This was done by carving our face out of a piece of linoleum. After that we would roll different colors onto our face, and the print it onto varying pieces of colored paper. I thought this was cool because we were recreating work done by a famous artist in a more crude way. The coolest part after recreating this work is that I saw a print of Warhol’s piece about the Beatles in a store a few weeks after!

      -Andy Bui

    3. Hi Tina,
      We both enjoyed the works from Andy Warhol. I also believe that the 20th century paved the way for pop culture to gain publicity. I really think Andy Warhol was important in the emergence of pop culture. In addition, I liked how he took a different direction with art and made someone iconic into an iconic art piece. Thanks for sharing.
      -Andrew Nguyen

    4. Hey Tina! I totally agree with you. I found Andy Warhol’s work to be super fascinating as well as the Marilyn Monroe not only because she’s my favorite but because his work is so awesome! I found the piece to be intriguing because of the amount of detail that went into that piece. To have made one big painting out of many different pieces of colored newspaper must have taken so long and I think its amazing that he was able to create such a detailed piece out of that.

  3. Monique Alcala

    I really enjoyed this weeks video and enjoyed learning about 20th century art. Right away I was captivated by Yves Klein and decided to do some additional research on him. He is a french native who followed his parents footsteps of becoming a painter. He is partially responsible for creating the Nouveau Realisme in 1960. He mostly painted monochrome works and he had an exhibit “Proposte Monocrome, Epoca Blu” with 11 identical blue canvases and this was his most successful monochromatic work.This piece reminds me a lot of the piece Zucman mentioned in his art talk video about the “living paintbrushes” piece. Women were painted in blue and pushed against the wall which was white so their bodies would leave a blueprint in his work Anthropometries. I googled the final image and it was actually a really neat piece. It is interesting that Klein was able to think of this piece and captivate the beauty of the human body with such a magnificent color, in which he actually patented himself, “International Klein Blue”. Also the fact that he had an orchestra playing music in the background really elevated the art and helped the audience keep in mind that although there were naked women in the room, art was being created. I really respect Yves Klein for his artwork and I think it is very brave to base his works around a color.

    1. Hi Monica,
      Like you, I also liked Yves Klein’s artwork. I found it interesting and unique how most of artwork has the color blue in it. He loved the color blue so much he even has a art piece with just the color blue called Blue Monochrome. Klein could have chosen any color to paint most of his artwork with, however, he chose the color blue. I think Klein’s usage of the color blue is symbolic in that the color blue is every where around us. It is in the sky and the color of water in the ocean. Furthermore, the color blue is also symbolic in that the Virgin Mary is always associated with the color blue. I think Klein’s artwork really emphasizes the relevance of the color blue in society. In addition, I think that by just using the color blue, he allows viewers to focus on just his art and nothing else, similar to what someone is doing if they were to stare at the sky while laying down on a grass field.
      -Tina Nguyen

    2. Maritess Inieto

      Hey Monique Alcala! I enjoyed this week’s video as well. It is art that I am more fond of rather than the art from the renaissance period. I did not know that Yves Klein’s parents were painters as well. It always intrigues me when children follow in the footsteps of their parents. I like to joke that to be in that career in just in their genes. (Which is funny to me because it is obviously not). I actually have a friend whose mother is a biology teacher at the high school that we both used to attend, and she is currently attending CSULB to be a biology teacher at the same high school that her mother teaches at. Klein’s Living Paintbrushes piece was very interesting because the idea was so abstract. I wonder how the women would feel being painted and pressed against a wall. I also wonder how the audience felt as they watched women make these paintings. My last thought on the painting is, what inspired Klein to create such an abstract idea. A lot of Klein’s work is very simple, using minimal shapes and colors. The simplicity of his work makes me wonder what goes on in his mind, and if he lives his life like his paintings; simple.

    3. Brian Sath

      Hello Monique! I totally agree that Yves Klein was the most interesting from the video. I went on the website for Yves Klein archives and looked at each of his artworks. He is clearly obsessed with the color blue, gold, and pink. Along with that, he loves to do monochrome, monogolds, and monopinks. This was highlighted in the video of “Living Paintbrushes”. I thought that it was neat that Yves had painted naked women and had an orchestra playing. I’m not too sure but it does make it seem more professional by doing so. My favorite piece from Yves Klein is actually “peintures feu couleur” which translates to fire paintings color. I definitely recommend checking it out. It is very beautiful!

    4. Hi Monique,
      I also enjoyed this week’s video learning about the 20th century and different artist. Yves Klein is interesting and unique. Most of his artwork had the color blue. He was an artist with his own style and interesting how he preferred to use the color blue instead of any other color. I also agree that if the art work is only one color people can admire the artwork for what it is. People can focus only on the meaning behind the art work instead of what the artwork actually looks like.

  4. Art of the 20th is an incredibly diverse topic. Its amazing to me that hundreds of years of art can be covered at a time in previous videos, since art changed so little. But with 20th century art, one would almost need a video for every 10 years or fewer. Because of this diversity, i’m not going to attempt to give my views on every art movement. I just want to talk about the Dada movement and how it arose from the response to the first World War. I remember the First time I really heard about the First World War in 10th grade. I had heard so much about the Second World War that I was curious as to why the First World War was never mentioned. Our instructor talked about the disproportionate number of movies, documentaries, articles, and more relating to the Second World War. He tried to offer the best explanation he had. He told us that most people like when there is a clear enemy and a clear hero. That was a fairly good representation of the Second World War, with Hitler and followers being a decided and truly evil enemy, and the Allies being the heroic force to stop them. Our instructor told us the First World War is so neglected because it was a war without purpose. There was no enemy, no evil force to be defeated. It was just nations testing their power with youth who didn’t know the hell they were about to be forced into. It was a blot on the past, and I can understand why no one chooses to dwell on it. But for the young people forced to fight in this war and those that lived through it, war was much of what they knew. It couldn’t be shrugged off, so of course the generation’s artists reacted. And they reacted strongly with the art movement (if it even is art) called Dada. The classic Dada collage looks like the art equivalent of a Migraine. The scraps and photographs are haphazardly arranged across the page with bold lettering and harsh color scrambled into the mix. This was less art and more of a roar of anger against the conformity of intellect and culture in their societies that they believed led to the war. Dada artists wanted nothing to do with the strict rules and similarity of art before them. They rejected anything that art had originally stood for, out of anger for what they and their countries had been put through. I found this fascinating. It is simple to draw a piece of art that has a message in opposition to something. The artists could have simply made traditional paintings with the themes being the brutality and suffering of war. But in a way Dada was even more effective, and by far more creative. Dada artists wanted to make works that were the very opposite of art, because they wanted a system opposite from the one that had started World War One. I admire the creativity and the plight of these artists. With art today being so diverse, however, I wonder if we could ever do something as shockingly inartistic today?
    -Hannah Adams

  5. It’s amazing to see how art throughout the 20th century changed so much in the amount of styles in comparison to the other centuries. The Geometric Abstraction work by Ellsworth Kelly was something that really caught my eye during the video because his work presented in the video of basically extremely large colored rectangles on a wall reminded me of the modern art a lot of people like to post on Instagram. Typically, when people take pictures with modern art and post it on social media, it’s a picture of them with an extremely large version of something simple like a dining table set or a stack of plates (from The Broad) and a lot of people assume that the art is only good for the photos and Instagram likes. But, personally, I think it has something more to do with what Professor Zucman said about art as an experience rather than something skillfully done and wondrous to gaze upon. While it is very trendy to post pictures of the oversized art, I think the overall experience it creates is what makes all those pieces amazing. Looking at a picture of it doesn’t do much, but when standing in its vicinity and experiencing the feeling of seeing something usually smaller than yourself be so large is a breath taking experience almost akin to seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time in a way.

    1. Linda,

      It really is incredible to see how art changes over the years. I really like seeing how the generations and the history of the world influences our art. For example, WWI and WWII expanded and even created new forms of art. From this discussion, I have learned to see art as an experience rather than just for the physical aspect. I haven’t been to the Broad, but I have seen pictures of some of the pieces, such as the giant table and the giant balloon animal. Some people still wonder how this is art, but just looking at the grandeur of it would just be a jaw-dropping experience. I hope to visit someday to compare the modern contemporary art to something old and classic.

    2. Hi Linda!
      I enjoy the new ways of experiencing art as well. Being able to interact with art pieces in a way that doesn’t involve staring at them when they are mounted to a wall, gives off more emotions. Likewise, I also get that breath-taking experience when I look at the Grand Canyon or art pieces that don’t have objects scaled to size. It’s amazing how aesthetically pleasing the artwork is when they are brought to 2D and 3D forms that are a bit unusual to the eye. As popular as these art pieces are, I prefer those that are done by nature.

    3. Tommy Duong

      Hey Linda,
      Art work now, you no longer have to focus on only the frame. The surrounding environment in which the piece is placed becomes a factor. How much space the art work is given, sometimes defines it's uniqueness. Like how you mention the Grand Canyon and how it's vastness effects your emotions. If the Grand Canyon was small, it would have not made a big of an impact in your emotions. Same goes with art, considering the surrounding environment and whether if it was to personify an art piece or work with the environment can have an effect on your emotions.

    4. Hey Linda,
      I have to say, watching all these videos and learning about the different eras of art was really interesting. I can’t believe how much things have changed. I always question myself and wonder how things came to be or how it started. I now have a bit of insight and more knowledge on the history of art and I have also gained more interest in art. I agree that we get more from art when we actually look at it and pay attention. A lot of people go to museums for the “artsy” pictures but I think there’s more to it.

      Briana

    5. Hello Linda

      I agree with your point about modern art, especially abstract art being more about the experience the artwork invokes rather the artwork it self. Abstract pieces of art like those of Pollock and Duchamp, to name a few, are more about how they makes us feel. They challenge the traditional standards of art and beg us to question how we ourselves define art. They make us wonder if art is something that is supposed to look nice and pretty, and depict things like sceneries and people, or if art is about the meaning behind the pieces of art. When we look at a piece of art by Pollock we do not know exactly what we are looking at, but we know exactly how he felt about art.

  6. Juan Vasquez
    The work “The Persistence of Memory,” by Salvador Dali, was a mural on a wall in my high school and up until today I did not know its importance. I had never tried reading into the piece but looking at it now definitely adds more perspective toward interpretation of the work. I know that the U.S is fairly young country and I am surprised to learn that abstract expressionism originated here and influenced the rest of the world. There are far too many categories to cover and it is amazing how so many different ideas came out in the 20th century. For me the Geometric Abstraction is either a hit or a miss in the sense of whether I like the work or not. At times the work can make you wonder about the idea put behind the certain image that is displayed while at times I feel like I’m looking at random things an artist simply through together to call art.

  7. Nhi Truong

    It is really interesting how people interpret things differently and from that, create different art experiences. Dada was one that caught my attention due to its dark definition. I looked up some characteristics of dada and it says that dada only has one rule: to not follow any known rules. This pushes artists to create new art that shocks the public with something they have never seen before. Another interesting concept that Professor Zucman touched upon was the fact that modern art is sometimes questioned by the public as to whether if it is really art or not. I admit, I was part of this group, thinking how this one simple painting can be valued at millions of dollars. The way Professor Zucman addressed this really opened my eyes and made me understand. Like many people, I am used to looking at the art as just that. If it takes great skill, I consider that great. If not, I question it. Now, I know that I must take into account every aspect to achieve the entire experience. One needs to see not only the physical aspect, but the emotional aspect as well.

    1. Hello Nhi!
      When the professor was talking about Dada my attention wasn’t really caught. But now that I read about what it was about to you its really interesting because I think its the complete opposite of pop art. Pop art being the topic that interested me. You say how Dada was about not following any rules and pushed this whole new urge for creativity which to me is really amazing. In contrast, Pop art was more of producing what was already out there and taking that and turning it into something great, it was basically this idea of “make something simple extraordinary.” Another thing you mentioned was that Dada, made you want to look beyond the physical aspect and connect to the emotional. Once more Pop art i think really only makes you look at all the physical characteristics of every piece.

    2. Lukas Fuentes

      Hello Nhi,
      I also found the dada movement to be very interesting. The idea of refusing everything we’ve come to know and believe, and instead turning it upside down is very profound to me. Just because one thing didn’t work, doesn’t mean that the exact opposite will be any better. I think it is kind of absurd to believe this. Regardless it was an interesting movement. On another note, like you, I was interested by what Professor Zucman had to say about modern art. I was also one of those people who would say, “well I could’ve painted that and made millions.” I didn’t really believe that when I would say it but I still did not see what was so amazing about a lot of modern art. However, after this video I think I start to get it and I will try to have a more open mind about it when I encounter modern art next time.

    3. Hello Nhi,

      I also find the Dada movement interesting, but because of its one rule. I like the the idea that the only rule is to not follow any rules. It’s an interesting thing to think about when trying to pinpoint what is and is not Dada, which to do one would have to look at aspects (or rules) of pieces considered Dada in order to define what is or is not Dada. I would agree that having rules and working within them forces people to try to make something challenging and creative that the world had not seen before. To stand out, one has to look at what exists and try to challenge that, which in a way is what Dada is about. I like the Dada mindset because it can make us question the world as we know it and truly learn something new.

  8. Selena Lara
    For this weeks art talk discussion we talked about art in the 20th century. The one that stood out the most and I felt could be relatable was post war pop art, so I decided to find out a little bit more. Pop art was basically a movement that reflected the affluence of the post war society. The movement of pop art is categorized by consumerism and popular culture focusing on the simple but giving the art itself a hip feel. The inspiration of many pop artists came from the everyday. My favorite pop artist is Roy Lichtenstein. Interestingly, he was one of the most influential pop artist of the 20th century. His piece that took the world for a spin and was the big starter of his career was his “Look Mickey” piece. The piece is very bright colored but it probably has to do with the fact that he only used primary colors. I think my attention was driven to Lichtenstein’s work because they’re paintings that I’d want to have in my bedroom or in my house. But at the same time because his pieces are so real and were basically produced through what was already out there makes me question his desire for originality. I just kind of feel it completely throws off the preconception of mine that art is supposed to be original. In my mentality its supposed to be something that I never really captured or the beauty I didn’t see in something. It almost feels like pop art really makes me question on what art is. How different it looks from the finer art we were shown in previous art talk discussions.

    1. Hi Selena

      Interestingly enough, pop art doesn’t appear to many as a form of art or the most mainstream type but it certainly is one of the more interesting and expressive forms out there. I feel like pop art is starting to gain popularity amongst the younger crowd and I have noticed this via instagram and Twitter whether it’s for a makeup tutorial or it’s some kind of funny meme. It’s cool to see a revival in this art since it was created in the 1950s and I would also like to put these pieces in my home because of the bright colors and cool messages that they display. His “Look Mickey” piece was humorous and very youthful but the piece “Drowning Girl” was my favorite due to the fact that we was able to create an aesthetically pleasing painting with different shades of blue, white, and nude and being able to capture the essence of the painting which is a bit sad. I believe that it is hard for artists to try and create original pieces all on their own, at some point in an artists life they may have had an inspiration or thought of an idea for their work based on another person’s work. Art can be expressed in many different ways and I believe that with the changing of times and technology, it is hard to be as original as before.

      Monique Alcala

    2. Hi! I thought the same. Whenever I think of art I always assume that someone creates something out of nothing- or something that doesn’t already exist. What made me think is that they are probably creating a new style or technique out of something that already exists and is adding to it. Now that Halloween is literally right around the corner, I’ve seen so many people imitating pop art in their costumes on instagram. The makeup that they apply to recreate this look is amazing! It is super cool that art created in that time still has an impact on today’s culture.

    3. Hi Selena! I agree with you on your preconception of art being original. However, I think an artists can take something that has already been done and add their own style and eventually make it their own. My favorite piece by Roy Lichtenstein is “Look Mickey,” since I find it very funny. I think it’s something I would set up on my desk, or perhaps have it as my laptop background since I love Disney related stuff.

  9. Stephanie Arciva
    For this week’s video, Glenn discussed modern art. Interestingly enough, the topic of abstraction came up, which I recall in last week’s video, I had investigated the subject “abstract expressionism.” Abstract expressionism encompassed a 19th century movement that focused on partially depicting what was perceived as reality by integrating various colors and indefinite lines. Similarly, for this week’s topic of abstraction, the ideas from the 19th century carried over into the 20th century movement. I found the explosion of many movements interesting after WWII. I felt like all that war time allowed artist to explore various ideas afterward. But from these previous events, including the influence from the 19th century, I find pieces and ideas from many different eras in the pieces we explore for this time period. Even the movement of Abstraction broke down into different categories, including suprematism, futurism, cubism and a couple more. I feel like this branching of many ideas is reflective of the different identities that were revealing themselves through this historical time period. I feel that many artists were able to explore new techniques and sort of grow from the fundamental ideas that have been carved from these previous movements. I also want to mention the sub-movement of Fauvism within the Abstraction period, because the art was particularly interesting to me. I love the incorporation of various colors. The colors all popped and made the work really interesting! I was looking through fauvism-inspired portraits and I found those beautiful! I feel they bring a different lighting into play that really changed the emotion of the painting. Overall, I found it pleasant to find such interesting artwork in a time-period closely relevant to ours!

  10. Gabriel Gonzalez
    In this weeks video about the 20th century art, an artist from the genre post war pop art that caught my attention was Andy Warhol. I did a bit of research on Andy Warhol and discovered that he was an American artist born in Pittsburgh, and his art work was mainly to be focused on celebrity culture, advertisements, and simple expressions of himself. In the 20th century, there was still the whole black and white images going on, but Andy went a different direction, into adding color to his artwork. Most his artwork is colorful, and self expressing with its vibrant colors. A color I tend to see a lot in his art is yellow; it tends to make his work stand out more, like in his Marilyn Monroe image, Michael Jackson, Campbells’s soup, etc. The 20th century was simply a century of forever lasting art, that will continue to amuse people in the future.

    1. Hi Gabriel, I find what you said about Andy Warhol’s art interesting, and how he contributed to the whole mass media culture. After doing some research, I also found interesting how his art is basically referencing to the ever-growing mass producing culture we live in. He used stamps in a lot of his prints, which again goes to reference the speed and ease with which mass produced objects are pumped out in factories and distributed all around the country. Using notable people in popular culture as the subjects of his art went to show that same concept, as many of these people were unmistakable throughout the country no matter where you went everyone seems to know who they are. The concept of a seemingly universally recognizable celebrity is an interesting topic in itself in that our culture is so fixated on the idea and grandeur of these people.

      1. Amanda Martinez

        Hi Jasmine! I did not know that Andy Warhol used stamps in his work I thought he just repainted the same thing over and over again. It makes sense to makes stamps so he could focus more on the colors he wanted to use and so he can get them done quickly enough. Since it seems like he did make conscious choices about what colors to use when since he uses a lot of arbitrary colors.

  11. For this weeks art talk discussion we covered the 20th century including what artist during the time of the World Wars and Postwar where creating. What stood out to me most was Pop art that was being created during the Post War. I myself am very intrigued in The World Wars that have occurred in the 20th century. I know the facts and backgrounds of these Wars, however I knew really knew much about the artist side of what artist were creating during this time. So for me it was interesting to learn about they different types of art being created. Pop art stopped out to me because I have a replica of the painting of Marilyn Monroe done by Andy Warhol. As I was watching the video I also noticed that Warhol also created the Campbell’s Soup Cans which also is pretty cool. As I did research on it I learned that Warhol’s painting consisted of him painting all the varieties of soups the company offered during that time. It is also said that after Warhol’s canvases of campbell’s soups made a exhibition in Los Angeles it made Warhol be placed him on the art world map and changed the face and the content of modern art.

  12. Stephanie Arciva
    Hi Tina!
    After reading about your interest in postwar pop-art, I decided to look some up for myself! I found it interesting with its’ use of bright colors. I found that piece you mentioned particularly interesting as well, considering it has a gold backdrop. I think if I would’ve seen the image itself I would not have thought too much on tying it to matters like religious motifs but it is interesting that you mention that! I think it goes to show how different cultures impact art and how art portray each era. I feel that everything is influential upon itself, even in our world today. My favorite Warhol piece from my brief research on him was the Rolling Stone piece with all the different colors! I feel like the whole century encompasses a variety of different ideas in each movement but I found this century to be the most interesting and exciting!

  13. This week, I got to learn a bit more on art of the 20th century and the influence that the two world wars played in the general culture of the time. Before World War I, we see genres such as modern, and abstraction, followed by art after the First World War which includes Dada, Surrealism, utopian, and organic sculptures. I find it interesting how this post war period is mostly geared toward finding a sense of freedom from the war, in particular utopian art, which seems to be searching for the ideal in a time that may have seemed confusing after the changes brought on by war. As for World War II, after the war we see the emergence of performance art, and land and earth art which I find very interesting because of the more non traditional mediums used. Typically, when one thinks of art the first thing that comes to mind is perhaps a sculpture or a painting or drawing, but with the emergence of performance and earth art, you see art in much different way.

  14. Among the many 20th century movements, Surrealism has been an influential part of my life. It has popped up in art classes, Spanish classes, and even surprisingly in my orchestra class. Surrealism is the movement that pertains to the potentials of the unconscious mind.The most notable surrealist is Salvador Dali, whose painting called “the Persistence of Memory” made many appearances in my life. Salvador was born in in Figueres, Spain in the year 1904. His artwork has included a variety of interesting paintings that seem bizarre compared to the artworks before his time that depicted more of still people or the glories of war. “Living Brushes” by Yves Klein is quite interesting as well. The idea got me to connect to how we leave our own imprints everyday. If it were a normal body pressed to the canvas, you wouldn’t necessarily see the imprint in the sense that it isn’t highlighted. But when Klein introduces color, the imprint is highlighted. For example, our phones are left with oil marks or fingerprints, and we don’t necessarily notice until the prints are more prominent on the screen by the “highlights” of oil. What I’m trying to say is that, we leave our marks in subtle ways that we don’t notice.

    1. Hi Cindy!
      I really liked Salvador Dali and his work in the “Persistence of Memory,” because it doesn’t seem possible at all. It’s as if we were in an new universe where clocks/time doesn’t stop or bend for anyone. I’ve been so used to seeing this painting that I actually never stopped and thought about it much. To be honest, I had no idea what you meant by the “normal body pressed to the canvas” until i searched what “Living Brushes” was. It makes sense now, and I completely agree with you. We do leave our marks in subtle ways that we don’t notice. It’s interesting how only certain parts are “highlighted” or transferred onto the canvas and makes an entirely new piece of art. Rather than looking at the body as a whole, we only see certain parts get transferred on the canvas.

  15. Tommy Duong

    In the video, the art piece that caught my attention the most was Ellsworth Kelly’s work with geometric abstract. People wouldn’t expect four lines shaded in different colors as art, but it is. Kelly’s work goes outside of the box and uses the architecture and the surrounding environment as his piece of work. Like Professor Zucman said, people tend to think that a whole piece is a 2D object, but Kelly’s work is not complete without the whole space surrounding his work. After researching more of Kelly’s art work, his work is consists of geometric shapes and shaded in solid colors. I find pleasure in looking at his art pieces.

    1. Hello Tommy,
      I heard Professor Zucman mention Ellsworth Kelly as well, but I didn’t really go to research his art. His work just seemed too strange for me. You said you find his work pleasing, but I just couldn’t understand what his art was about. I’m used to works that at least somewhat resemble something in real life, or try to illustrate a concept like emotion. Kelly’s work is so different though. I just can’t figure out exactly what his works are supposed to be about. Looking at his works, they don’t even attempt to look like something in real life. They are just shapes in bold contrasting colors. Or in the case of a group of paintings called “Spectrum” they are gradients of colors. But I guess in a way they don’t need to be any more complicated than that. You said Kelly’s work is art, though some may not see it as such. I suppose that art is broad enough field to encompass a work that is nothing but a celebration of color. His art doesn’t necessarily have an absolute meaning, but it certainly conjures up feelings in the viewers. Like when I saw “Spectrum” I felt immediately peaceful seeing the soft color gradient with the quiet transition. But I felt uncomfortable with the harsh primary shapes overlapping on a single canvas. It might not be the first thing I think of when I think of art, but Kelly’s work show that even the most simple shapes and colors can become a masterpiece.
      -Hannah Adams

      1. Hey, Hannah. I totally agree with you on the Ellsworth Kelly pieces because, honestly, it’s always hard for me to dissect very simple and minimal pieces like the one he creates. Sometimes I’m just like, “well, I could’ve done that myself” and now that I think of it–no, I can’t. I forget that minimalism doesn’t mean simple. There’s so much meaning to be interpreted and I think that’s what I enjoy the most when I am observing minimal pieces like the geometric abstraction example for Kelly. There’s a lot to take into consideration when viewing figures. I agree with Glenn when he says these types of artwork are “deceptively simple”.

    2. Hello Tommy,

      Yea I too like his geometric based art. It give the eye and the mind another way of looking at art and it also challenges the mind to look at the image created in different angles. I think it is cool that he is also consistent with keeping the theme of have geometric shaped in his art to describe what he visualizes. It is pretty cool to apply a 3D visual all on a 2D canvas and after many trials of doing it, it can become a skill like it turned out for Ellsworth. i too like that he uses the environment around to really support his skill as show balance i every independent piece that he has created.

  16. Maritess Inieto

    War does define so much of our life and our culture. I can totally see how Picasso was the master of geometry because his art was very linear, and geometric. The colors are relatively neutral, so the lines make more of a statement rather than the colors. Matisse is indeed the master of color because he uses very vivid colors in his work. Rather than having just one color pop out in his paintings, all of the colors kind of pop out at you. Modern art, compared to art of the past, such as the renaissance age, is far more abstract. The renaissance period had very literal and realistic art, whereas modern art is more figurative and abstract. Dada reminded me of another form of art that we have learned about since it has to do with going against the norm. The short detour about gender and its role in history really made me feel some type of way. It made me think about how people used to always only refer to men in the law and how even to this day, there is such inequality between men and women. You would think gender wouldn’t play such a big role in things like how much jobs would pay in today’s world, but nope. There is still quite a difference between those things. Anyway, I have always seen Salvador Dali’s painting of the melted clocks but I never knew he was the artist. I love how he distorted clocks which kind of makes you think a lot of how time is distorted. My friend actually has one of the clocks that Salvador has painted. Magritte’s painting of a pipe that says “This is not a pipe” really made me laugh. I love little silly, simple paintings like that. Something so simple makes you just wonder, what was that artist thinking? There were many forms of art created postwar of World War II, ranging from film, to geometric abstraction, to combine painting, to abstract expressionism. You actually have a handful of movies that were created postwar, showing events during World War II. Pop art is also one of my favorites. Andy Warhol has created some very signature paintings used all around the world. My friend actually has the Marilyn Monroe pop art painting hung in his room. I liked Klein’s trinity because it’s so simple, yet there’s still a little dimension to them. Describing one of Klein’s work as “Living brushes” was interesting because it was so literal. He really did use living brushes. Ellsworth Kelly is one of the modern artists that I am more familiar with. It is extremely simple, yet it makes you wonder what went through the minds of the artist. The earthworks were really nice to look at. There’s actually an earthwork in the Bay Area, called “Land’s End” where you can find the earthwork at the end of a hiking trail.

  17. Lukas Fuentes

    Wow! I never realized that so much occurred in the 20th century. It makes sense though, with two world wars and the technological advances that came with them, that a lot of important stuff happened in this time. I decided to dive a little deeper into cubism because it seemed a peculiar art style to me. Pablo Picasso was one of the leaders of this art movement. Cubism tends to look at objects from different viewpoints and represents them in an abstract geometrical way. When I look at cubism works, they tend to depict something familiar to me but at the same time something foreign and strange. Perhaps that is what the artists were trying to get across with the different viewpoints idea. Something that looks familiar to me may not be familiar to somebody else. I was intrigued by a particular work called “Woman with a horse” by Jean Metzinger. It caught my attention because I can make out the woman in the work, but I could not initially clearly make out a horse. Eventually I made it out and I really liked that it wasn’t immediately obvious to me. Cubism has a really interesting perspective.

    1. Marcelo Ceballos Jr. – 1PM

      Hey Lukas! I think that cubism is a really interesting perspective as well. I looked into Futurism myself and it is very similar to cubism. Futurism actually comes from cubism and the pioneers of Futurism drew a lot of inspiration from Cubism. When I looked up “Woman with a horse” and it took me a while to figure out where everything was too. Once I was able to make out the picture, it was really beautiful. Glad to hear you enjoy Cubism and the weird but awesome perspective it brings!

  18. Andy Bui

    This week Glenn talked about numerous influences of art during the 20th century. A lot of the art during this time was influenced by the World Wars. Some of the artists rejected logic, reason, and futurism because they believed it led to war. In surrealism, Dali had art with distorted and altered states. Although it was altered and distorted, Glenn mentioned that it was popular for people to have copies of these artworks because it might’ve accessed a nonverbal consciousness so it looks right to us. After the wars. a famous artist named Andy Warhol did art called pop art. In high school we tried to recreate one of his pieces using our own faces. We would carve our face our of linoleum and use it as a stamp to copy our face four times onto a piece of paper. I thought this project during school was interesting because it gave an insight on how tough it was to create art. When talking about Elisworth Kelly and the monochrome strips, it taught me another way to look at art. Sometimes you shouldn’t look at just the figure itself, but the ground that was influenced by the figure itself such as with cars. On the other hand, it is also possible to look at the figure itself and how it resonates with the architectural space it exists in.

    1. Hi Andy! I definitely agree with you that art was heavily influenced by the World Wars during this time. I also think that many artists rejected the ideas of logic and reason because they thought it would eventually lead to war. I think this time era for art really broke down many barriers because different types of art was able to gain publicity such as pop art. Thanks for sharing
      -Andrew Nguyen

    2. Hey Andy. I like that you mentioned artists rejecting logic, reason, and futurism because they believed it led to the war. I always liked that idea: artists basically saying, “No, screw this, we’re going to do something else because it didn’t go well the last time.” I love surrealism because there’s so much to analyze and interpret. What’s the main message? Is there a message at all? Are melting clocks a metaphor for dreaming or something bigger? It’s just kind of fun to me. And I like that after the whole “Screw you” moment, artists went even further and made a bunch of highly expressionistic and abstract art.

      —Nick Lemmerman

  19. Brian Sath

    This weeks video was very extensive. There were so many different aspects that contributed to art within the 20th century. Post war seemed to have a huge contribution to this. My top two favorite art forms were Pop Art and New Realism. When you look at pop art online, it is very vibrant and resembles such an artistic movement. It gives off a comic book vibe to it. It definitely has style to it that is aesthetically pleasing. If you go on google and look up pop art make up, there are actually cool images that were influenced by pop art. My favorite overall was actually the New Realism. My favorite artist from that time period would be Yves Klein. Although I never heard of him before, I find him very interesting. To me, Yves Klein was interesting because of his obsession with monochrome and the colors of blue, pink, and gold. I thought it was also interesting that he named his own color.

    1. John Savage

      Hi Brian

      I too liked the Pop Art Style because of the colorful and comic book vibe you get from it. This style definitely represents an artistic movement. The pleasing aesthetic of Pop art left people wanting to see more of it. The New Realism art form I also found intriguing because of how beautiful some of the art is and how realistic an artist can get is just amazing. Sometimes it is hard to tell if it is a photo or a painting because of the talent of these artists.

    2. Hi Brian! Pop Art is definitely one of my favorites from this video! The way that it is so vibrant and color makes pop art so much fun to look at. I agree that the style of it is aesthetically pleasing. One day when I am rich and have a lot of space in my house, I definitely want to hang a medium to large sized painting of pop art. I think it would change the whole vibe of the house and make things more dynamic and lively which is what I think pop art is intended to do.

  20. John Savage

    The video was very interesting and taught me a lot about the 20th century arts that I had no idea about. I found that the effects the wars had on the art produced in the world to be very intriguing. The response by artists to the wars through their art was indeed a push that changed how we view art. It also introduced us to performing art that was a cool new form of media that is way different than the art that came before it. I also found the Surrealism art to be interesting to be because it was art that took you to a weird fictional place where odd things and unreal things could take place. This kind of art is almost an escape from reality as to think about something other than the immediate events going on around the world at the time.

  21. The moment I saw the Treachery of Images 1929 (of the pipe and realized that it was captioned that it wasn’t a pipe), I wanted to find out more about the artist and their intentions. Rene Magritte is a famous Belgian surrealist artist. Magritte was famous for his witty and thought- provoking images. The reason why he drew a pipe and captioned that it wasn’t a pipe is because he wanted to confuse the audience and evoke mystery. Unlike other paintings and art, the audience is constantly trying to figure out what the message the artist is provoking and constantly trying to figure out how the art makes them feel. The painting is obvious, it’s an image of a pipe, but Magritte wanted to show that it wasn’t an actual pipe, just a representation of the pipe. I really liked how Magritte wanted to be different. He wanted the audience to be engaged rather than looking at it and feel this or that, Magritte wanted them to think.
    One of his most famous paintings The Son of a Man is a self portrait of Magritte and a green apple hiding his face. It reminded me of middle school where girls would cover their faces and post the pictures because they didn’t like how they looked or they thought it was cute to cover their face. This was not what Magritte intended to do. He wanted to show that “Everything we see hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.”

  22. I thought that the abstract expressionism topic in this weeks discussion video was super interesting. It is amazing that these artists had such an effect during this period that they created a movement in the art world and whole new way to express themselves through art. I researched Jackson Pollock and was stunned to recognize many of his pieces. Pollock makes a statement about this form of artwork saying, “The painting has a life of it own. I try to let it come through.” It is very intriguing to think of art in this way because so many artists before him probably see art as an expression of their lives and not the painting’s life. Pollock’s work is described as dynamic and always keeping your eye moving. I found this to be extremely true when scrolling through his pieces on the internet. His works do not have any identified parts or emphasis so it is hard to focus on any one point on the canvas. I enjoy looking at this style of art and I always think that it take a certain type of person and a great artist to create something that is abstract.

    1. Hey Allison,
      Expressionism is something that I also thought was super interesting to me. I like how you mentioned that its amazing how with expressionism artist started making art more about how they are feeling rather than the depiction of the world. That’s when art became more personal and they got to express themselves. I love the quote from Jackson Pollock that you mentioned. I feel like it describes expressionism and what it was about. Now that you mentioned it, I took a look at some of his paintings and totally agree with you in the sense that his work is dynamic and always keeps your eye moving. One of the pieces that I like was “The Flame” because it had bright colors.

      Natalie Santana

  23. Araceli Lozano

    Every week my art knowledge is expanded more and more. Going off of the comment I left on Samuels post, Salvador Dali’s work was extremely eye catching. The more famous pieces i was familiar with because i feel like i’ve seen them on Facebook post or memes (isn’t technology and social media great lol). I especially loved his work because of the optical illusion element of them. Paintings such as “Sailor Take Warning”, “The Mysterious Lips that Appeared on the Back of my Nurse”, “L’Amour de Peirrot”, and others had these hidden but obvious second image. There was one where I could not figure out what the second image was suppose to be. It was his painting titled “Bowl of veggies or face”, it wasn’t until i saw it upside down that i saw the face image. The last one that I’ll talk about is one that I’ve seen before, i just cannot pinpoint where exactly I’ve seen it before but I absolutely love the painting. It is titled “Old couple or musician”. I love how you can see both images clearly and how the illusion does not take away from the beauty of the painting. I definitely look forward to next week’s art discussions, it’s fun to learn and appreciate these paintings from hundreds of years ago and how they influence current artists.

    1. Hi Araceli! I was also really interested in Salvador Dali’s works. I had seen his more famous paintings, like melting clock, and was interested in why or how Dali visualized these paintings. I researched more about Surrealism and found that Surrealism was all about the unconscious mind and imagination, so it wasn’t much surprise that many Surreal works are really weird and out there. I really liked the creativity of surrealist artists.

      Amy Song

    2. Hey, Araceli
      I had an interest in Dali’s works as well. It was unique in which the way he thought of his ideas. These works are different from things we’ve seen before but when you look up the definition of surrealism you realize why it’s like that. It’s creative how their work is structured. Overall great insight on their work.

  24. Amanda Martinez

    I looked up Robert Smith because it was really cool how was able to make a jetty into a piece of art instead of something that is used to prevent erosion. I found a really neat quote by him saying: “Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future”. This makes me think that maybe a part of the reason that he used the environment to make his work is to remind people not to forget about it. I saw some of his other Earthworks on his website and two of them stood out to me. One of them was asphalt rundown and the other one was concrete pour. They stood out because his other pieces show the beauty of nature with alterations made by people, but these two seem more negative to me since people live in areas covered by both asphalt and concrete. It is often not possible to see nature without having to drive pretty far.

    1. Hi Amanda!
      I did not look up Robert Smith, but I love the quote that you wrote about. I believe that it is trying to say that new memories that we form don’t cause us to reminisce on the past but it actually causes us to forget out future, which essentially means to focus on the present. Robert Smith wants us to live in the moment and not to worry about anything that we do. Living by this quote, he can use his art as a call to action, like you said. If he has a piece about the environment, maybe he wants us to focus on the environment and what we are doing to it at the moment to try and prevent a worse future. Just a thought.

      Kaya Quarles

  25. This week’s video was interesting. It’s interesting how you compare the art from the 20th century to the art in today’s world. The art work of these artist was an impact to the art world during this time. Yves Klein was an interesting artist also his favorite pick of color for his art work was blue. He did most of his art work with the color blue. After doing some research I found out that he did make some art work in another color other than blue but when he made his art work in only one color, it helps people find the true meaning behind the piece of art.

    1. Classical Art versus Modern Art. Similar but at the same time very different. The sample piece by Elsworth Kelly is a great example of modern art because it simply symbolizes the artist’s thoughts, ideas, or emotion during the process of creating it. And in my opinion this is what is starting to tear down the bridges between modern artists and regular audiences: there is no correlation to what the artist feels and thinks towards what their final product is. Somehow, I think that they expect us to assume what the message is and interpret the painting ourselves. However I feel that it makes it difficult for me, an amateur, to enjoy a painting that has nothing to do with what it is suppose to portray. In classical paintings however, the artist focuses to telling the story through detailed and vividly colored art works that speak to the individual rather than the individual attempting to uncover what the painting or piece is trying to portray. And I think that is the beauty of classical art and that it should displayed more often. Modern Art cannot even relate with modern people, instead it is made for critiques and for individuals who know more regarding art.

  26. Andrew Nguyen

    This weeks video we were introduced to the 20th Century art. I really enjoyed learning about this era because I have a lot of interest in pop art. Andy Warhol was a specifically popular artist during this time and is known for some profound pieces like “Gold Marilyn Monroe”. I loved how Warhol was able to make such a simple image of her and made it into something so trendy and popular. In addition, that specific piece is still reprinted and used in a lot of street-wear fashion culture. I liked the color scheme he used in this piece it really made look so great behind the gold. I believe Warhol stepped away from the norm of religion and focuses his art more on current events of his time, such as someone famous. Overall this time century /era definitely made room for more emerging artists within the pop culture theme.

    1. In response to Andrew Nguyen’s comment, I was also really enjoyed learning about this era because of pop art. I believe after all of the post war movements, pop art is one of the movements that remains relevant today. I agree Andy Warhol is extremely talented, and was able to make a simple image iconic and beautiful. You mentioned his piece “Gold Marilyn Monroe,” personally one of my favorite pieces by Andy Warhol was his “Campbell’s Soup” and “Eight Elvises” piece. I have seen some of Andy Warhol’s work in museums in Downtown Los Angels. Many of Andy Warhol’s pieces are based on pop culture and I think that is why I enjoy his work.

  27. Marcelo Ceballos Jr. – 1 PM

    Looking deeper into 20th Century art, I have come across and liked the art style of futurism. A piece that I really liked was Gino Severinis’ Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin. I really enjoy this piece because it is so fragmented to a point that it is not really a picture at all. It gives off more of a feeling to the viewer. The brighter colors also give off a joyous and happy feeling that I enjoy. The Futurist movement itself draws from the Cubism movement and shares many different aspects with each other. I think this type of art and expression is important and stands out to me due to the times we live in. Now we have cameras and computers that than get such detail from there surroundings that they look realer than the actual subject. Since we are at a point that realistic pictures seem so crude compared to technologies capabilities, I think that abstraction and futurism is an interesting art form that creates a juxtaposition to the realities of today’s technology.

  28. Christian Gallo
    I have not heard of Salvador Dali but I have seen his work before. Some of his work is shown in television and movies and that is were I have seen his work. I find it amazing how art has changed throughout history and the art of surrealism is the one that sticks out the most to me because to me it has the most differences compared to past art from different eras.

    1. Hi Christian,

      Same here. I had no idea who Salvador Dali was but I knew about his art. I didn’t know that he was the one who created the melting clocks painting. I agree that it’s amazing how art changes throughout time. I didn’t even know that there are many types of famous art a long time ago before I was born. It’s nice learning all these different types of art because it makes me appreciate it even more.

  29. Alex Miramontes
    For this weeks art discussion we are talking about the Art History Timeline, specifically the 20th century. Each week we get closer and closer to the modern day, and it has been interesting to see how art has changed and evolved over the course of time. However, art from centuries ago has strongly influenced art today, and this is seen with 20th century art. The 20th century was strongly defined and shaped by world war one and world war two, and today these wars still strongly influence artist today. As our professor mentioned artist continue to make films and books based on these two wars. One of my favorite movements and style of art during this century would have to be cubism, and the artist that strongly influence cubism was Pablo Picasso. What I really enjoy about cubism is the use of geometry, the shapes used add a lot of dimension to the art and makes it abstract. I have seen some of the paintings created by Pablo Picasso, and they are amazing. Another art movement and style that I enjoyed during this century was surrealism, specifically Salvador Dali’s work. Before this art discussion I only knew about one of Salvador Dali’s painting “The Persistence of Memory” and I did not know that it was part of surrealism. After watching the video related to our discussion I decided to search his other paintings and I enjoyed his “Elephants of Stilts” paintings. After the war many post war ideas were created in art and I was most fascinated by the pop art movement. Pop art today remains to be a popular form of art and many arts today are stongly influences by Andy Warhol.

    1. Hi Alex, I love how you talked about art being interesting because of the way it changes throughout time. It is interesting to see the different types of art that we have went through. Also, my favorite part, like yours, was Salvador Dali’s painting because of the distortion that he portrayed. Pop art is pretty fun to look at as well. I think it’s fun because of the playful colors and the way that it stands out. You should look into the Postwar because that was my ultimate favorite part of the video, learning about Surrealism, but especially Jackson Pollock because he demonstrates that simple paintings have endless ideas as well as meanings. They can mean anything and represent anything but have so little detail to them. That’s what I love about art.

      Aleah Lomeli

  30. Amy Song

    This week’s discussion is about the 20th century. There were a lot of different art movements and artists in this period. I actually did not know that Modern art ended in the 1970’s. One of the artists that interested me was Salvador Dali. I only knew of the painting with the melting clocks and I really wanted to know more about Surrealism. I looked at more paintings by Dali and I thought his paintings were very intriguing. It makes me wonder how he came up with these paintings. What I found interesting was that the bit about Utopias came between the two World Wars. Another art style that interested me was Minimalist art. I find it interesting but also difficult to understand. When Professor Zucman talked about Ellsworth Kelly’s pieces. He mentioned that his pieces exist in resonance with the surroundings. He also mentioned that in some 2D art, there is a ground and a figure and many times people only focus on the figure but not the ground. Overall, the 20th century had a lot of information to take in, with many very interesting art movements.

    1. Hi Amy
      I agree that Salvador Dali and his art work is interesting. I was also only familiar with his work on the melting clocks. The Utopias between the two World War is interesting. I wonder if they did this to escape from the war’s impact on the people who lost relatives, loved ones or the soldiers. I wonder if the war might have had an influence on this form of art.

  31. The 20th century was a fascinating topic because it’s close to today’s lifetime. The 20th century was primarily shaped off WWI and WWII. I like how Picasso’s art focused more on geometry but it all came together in the end. My favorite part about this discussion was Art Between because it was such a dominant movement, especially Dada (1916-1922). As said it was such a chaotic time in which everything seemed to be wrong. There was no logic to agree on, it was more of a political and irrationality thing to agree on. Also, a key concept to this time was Surrealism. My favorite artists of this time period was Salvador Dali’s art work “Persistence Memory 1931″ because of the clocks and time. It simply represented a distortion that doesn’t exist in reality. Another favorite part about this discussion was the Postwar because of Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollock specifically. He focused on studio art in which his art displayed multiple splatters. I did a little bit of research on him and learned that he was an alcoholic which explains his splatters in his art pieces. Another cool thing I learned about him was that he didn’t put a title to his paintings, rather he named them by numbers such as 1,2,3, etc. There is this cool documentary on him that is called,” Who the Fuck is Jackson Pollock”. Pop Art is also amazing because it shows the fun and playful side of art. The 20th century in general is amazing because of how close to modern it is. As we get closer to the 21st century, it even gets more modern. It’s amazing to see how much art has changed and evolved throughout all these years.

    Aleah Lomeli

  32. Natalie Santana

    I would have never thought that referring to modern are is referring to 1863-1972. I am a little familiar with Fauvism and Expressionism and decided to do a little more research on those topics. Fauvism was inspired by Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and others. This art work emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. One of the major contributions to modern art was “its goal of separating color from its descriptive, representational purpose and allowing it to exist on the canvas as an independent element.” The strong colors projected moods within the work of art and it didn’t have to be true to the natural world. With expressionism it was art coming from within the artist and not about how they viewed the world and the standard of expressing a work of art became more about the character of the artists feelings rather then actually analyzing the composition. It was great learning a bit more about these art movements.

  33. I was looking into post war art where art was some art represented politics and the after math of the war. People were expressing themselves and how they seen the war. I began to look up some paintings and sculpture and i found some that i thought were very interesting, Some were of solders resting probably after a long journey form a mission. With these paintings artist can show the world what is happening and how it effect the people around the battle areas. “TROOPS RESTING” by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson shows British troops resting but the way they been drawn in a geometric shapes. I think it a very interesting because its something different and abstract. There was a little article I found on http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2016/modern-post-war-british-art-l16141/lot.3.html which talks about “Troops Resting” and some other paintings.

  34. Kayla Tafoya-Sablan

    I wish there would’ve been more on surrealism because I’ve always been fascinated by surrealism and the concepts the artists incorporate. I often like to stop and think about the art I’m viewing because I like to get things–understand them, I mean. It’s like a puzzle. I’m always trying to get to the bottom of something and I really enjoy breaking down things highlighted in certain pieces of art that are far from obvious just by first glance. Also, I noticed we briefly went over Earthworks, which from the three examples shown, were so beautiful and almost fake–I’m not sure. Still beautiful nonetheless. As far as Ellsworth Kelly, work like his which seem so simple and self-explanatory sometimes are overlooked by not only myself but other just because we think we “get it.” I agree we forget it does relate to sites and spaces which are things often overlooked when observing minimalism in my personal opinion.

  35. Raylyn Diep
    As I watched this video, I recognized Salvador Dali’s paintings, especially the piece The Persistence of Memory. I remember seeing this painting during my intro to art class during high school. My teacher was extremely enthusiastic about Salvador Dali and his paintings. Salvador Dali was also mentioned when my history teacher went over surrealism. Another artist mentioned that I found interesting was Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty. The idea of Earthworks sounds unique and amazing. It would be really cool to see his works in real life one day.

  36. Today’s art talk video discussed about Modern Art which surprisingly isn’t so modern, I would have expected it to be sometime in the 2000’s but it ran through the years of 1863-1972. Some of the art is interesting because many of the pieces are not something you’d be familiar with. The whole idea behind modern art was that it was different from what was normal or expected art at the time so the artists usually went out of their comfort zones when creating these pieces. Many of the pieces were extremely abstract such as pieces from Pablo Picasso. As from the research I found many of his paintings had abstracts shapes as well as figures of people who look realistic but at the same time is still a bit abstract in the way their bodies were.

  37. I would agree that the paintings definitely rely on the space they are set in. The paintings alone would not evoke the same feeling that they would in the architectural space they occupy. The four paintings would give a different vibe if they were set up in a different setting, such as a pitch black dark room with nothing else occupying its space but the walls. All choices made in art are deliberate. Some may point to things that happen by accident, but even the choice to keep those in art is deliberate. The setting becomes a part of the art as much as the piece(s) is/are. Sometimes the setting or a certain piece of an art can make all of the difference between “it’s fine” and “it’s great!” to the viewers.

  38. It is interesting to think that the art style became so different when the 20th century came. The artists in this time period aren’t as recognizable as the artists previously, but their art is still recognizable and prominent. The work that I recognized in the video was by Salvador Dali. I have seen his “Old Couple or Musician” piece for a very long time and still see it circulating throughout social media sometimes. It is my favorite because of the optical illusion. I tend to notice the old couple first and then the musician by the way. This piece is my favorite because it kind of feels like a game. With other art, I feel that when you are trying so hard to figure out the underlying message of a piece that it becomes not as enjoyable to just simple look at the art. I take delight in simple art so while most of Salvador Dali’s pieces are not simple, they are just simply fun to look at.

    1. Laura Lockett

      Hey Demi,
      Along with you I also found it very interesting just how much the art style changed during this century. It became a whole different style of art not entirely derived from another time period.

  39. In this week’s video, we were able to get a small glimpse into what 20th century art was like. One art movement that I was already familiar with was Surrealism. Surrealism, as defined by The Art Story organization, is a movement in which artists sought to channel the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. Everyone who is familiar with surrealism knows of Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Andre Breton, among many more. The one I am most familiar with is Salvador Dali, whom was introduced to me by my sixth grade Art History teacher. In this class we were to recreate one of his most famous paintings, “The Persistence of Memory,” which I found to be extremely weird and confusing. Now that I did a little bit of research on it, I found out that Dali actually painted this based on a dream he had. As stated on “Salvador Dali Persistence of Memory: Meaning of the Melting Clocks” by K Shabi, “in The Persistence of Memory Salvador Dali illustrates how useless, irrelevant, and arbitrary our normal concept of time is inside the dream state,” which is true. There are times when you can take a nap and think you’ve only slept for 3 hours, when in fact you only slept for 15 minutes; or vice versa. Another thing the professor talked about in the video was about the Dada art movement. This is a movement I had never heard about, and quite frankly, it disturbed me when I searched what it was about. Basically, that Dada art movement rejected reason, logic and futurism. Dada artists opposed all norms of the bourgeois culture. It was a chaotic movement that believed reason, logic and futurism led to war. Although I still don’t quite understand this movement, I am intrigued to learn more about it.

  40. Christopher Yuen

    I think that so far in these art talks, the 20th century is by far the most artistic century. I personally thought Yves Kieves had the most unique and creative art. What really stood out to me was the fact that he used women as “paintbrushes” to create paintings and I find it kind of funny that he was so obsessed with the color blue but after reading more on it I found out that there is a complex and deeper meaning behind the colors he uses. He also believes that pink, gold and blue are trinity colors because they are all colors of the same state and these colors became so important to him it became almost like a second religion to Klein. I believe Klein is most known for his body paintings and I can see why. Especially during the time frame, I feel like such a statement like this would undoubtedly attract attention from society and put the artist down as one of the most influential. To also host shows with live orchestras shows just how much Klein cares about the content of his productions. All eras of the 20th century seem so interesting that I can’t really pinpoint which one I enjoy the most.

    1. Samuel De La Cruz

      Hi Chris, I agree that there was an explosion of art in the 20th century as compared to previous centuries. Every century in the past nice art emerged, but it took hundreds of years for a new art form to emerge as compared to the larger amount in the 20th century alone. I really liked Dali and Klein because they both had unorthodox art that became very popular and famous and is still popular today. I didn’t know that Klein believed that pink, gold, and blue are trinity colors because they are of the same state. It explains as to why he used blue so much in his art and he went on to patent his own blue.

  41. Briana Garcia 1pm

    I think the 20th century might be my favorite era in regards to art. That is the case not only because I understand it more but because it’s more appealing to me. If I had to choose a style of art to put up in my room, it would be pop art. Like many others, I am a fan of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe paintings. I love how many pop art paintings, like this one, have some color and detail. I learned that in the beginning, pop art was also used in the form of posters. A popular one that I’ve seen a lot is the Campbell’s can of soup. I just think it’s interesting to see how much art developed since we started looking back at the history of art. I actually shared these with my sister because we’ve actually gotten closer now that i’m taking this class. My sister is a talented artist herself. I showed her the Marilyn Monroe paintings and I’m sure she’d be inspired to paint something similar.

  42. Probably cliche, but I always loved “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali. There’s just something about it that gives me this sense of upset-ness and dread—I guess schadenfreude would be the best term to describe my feelings about it. I also love it because of how shocking it must have been for people at the time; they’d probably never seen something so surreal.

    After doing some research, it turns out that it was inspired by watching cheese melting in the sun.

    The painting is open to a ton of interpretation. Most seem to think it has something to do with dreaming, with the melting clocks symbolizing how time feels while falling asleep or during sleep itself. The weird creature in the center can be viewed as a figure you’d see in a dream—fading and blurry like something you can just barely remember and describe. If you go with the idea of time decaying, then the melting clocks would still fit, and the ants would further the decaying idea.

    —Nick Lemmerman

  43. Jacqueline Sanchez

    This weeks art discussion focused on the art of the 20th century. Art movements and art works of this time period are very unique and interesting because of the historical context in which they emerged in. One art movement that was discussed in the video that really stands out to me is abstract expressionism. To me, abstract expressionism is especially significant because it one of Americas greatest and most influential art movements. This movement is important because it changed the way we look at art. One of the leading artist of this movement was Jackson Pollock, and many people criticize his paintings by saying that anyone could do that, but they miss the point of abstract expressionism. Abstract expressionism placed more importance on ideas, it emphasized that ideas were more important than mere skill. Abstract expressionism rejected the idea that in order for something to be art it had to be a realistic painting or of an identifiable subject. Jackson Pollocks paintings are not so much about the artworks themselves but about the implications they have.

  44. Kaya Quarles

    The video for this week focused on the 20th century, and I personally think that it is the most interesting we have done. I have looked up more about the surrealist painter Salvador Dali, and I really looked at his piece “The Persistence of Memory” This piece was super interesting in that it was trying to portray a dream that he once had. Sometimes our concept of time can be so off and that is true because after I press snooze in the morning I feel like I have only closed my eyes for 30 seconds but in reality it’s been like 30 minutes! I also did some research on the Dada movement. It was super interesting in that they seemed to reject all norms. Throughout my research I also found out that it arose as a reaction to World War I and the nationalism that many thought led to the war. People also believe that this chaotic movement led to modern art. I found that interesting as well.

  45. Laura Lockett

    The 20th century definitely is of interest to me. My parents lived over half of their lives in this century and my grandparents lived the large majority of their lives in the 20th century. Pop art is an interest of mine and I actually created myself into a pop art cartoon just last Halloween. I think it is awesome for our class to be moving throughout the time periods and seeing how different the idea of art changes.

  46. Joy Uba
    1pm

    20th Century art is such an interesting topic. I enjoyed searching up more about Yves Klein. His artwork consists of the shades of blue and very abstract. Some of his work may seem somewhat simplistic. But for sure there is a meaning behind it. A lot of people can connect to his art and some can’t. He reminded me of the artist I talked to a couple of weeks ago. He loved geometry so much that he used that into his artwork. He used all the formulas he knows and theorem to create his art. He made sure that all of the angles were accurate and the size. It’s amazing that any obsession can be used to produce fascinating art.

  47. This week’s art talk discussion focused on the 20th century’s art line. The works in this era are really unique because of its historical content and the time in which they came out. An interesting one that was discussed in the video was abstract expressionism because it is one of the most influential art movements ever. This movement is significant because it changed the outlook we have on art.This was important because it showed that abstract expressionism focused on creating ideas and then the talent. That idea changed the outlook of today’s art in many shapes and forms.

  48. It is cool that this weeks art talk discussion is on 20th Century art. 20th century art had its first movement of Fauvism in France and Die Brucke in Germany. I found the art that was shown of Fauvism to be pretty cool. I really like the description of Dada’s perspective for the Art between the World Wars. I really think that to a certain degree many artists take the approach of what Dada did in the 20th Century. There are some artists out there that will use their art to express there disagreement with war all around and they also choose to have a sort of negative attitude towards how society acts. These to me are the most interesting artists as I believe I can relate to their mentality except the description of nonsense. However the description of Dada’s perspective is interesting and I believe that there are living artists now that carry some of his characterisitics.

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