Saturday, May 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Bent by Julio Larraz
Oil on Canvas, 60 x 72 in, 2002
Julio Larraz was born in Havana, Cuba. Most of his reflects the progression from his childhood in Cuba through a move to the U.S. I like this particular piece because it has a fresh Caribbean style. The angles and the floating woman definitely caught my attention and brought memories of integration to a new environment.
Damien Hirst, "Saint Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain," 2006, Bronze
2500 x 1100 x 950 mm | 98.4 x 43.3 x 37.4 in | Edition 1 of 6 + 2 APs + 1 HC
Sculpture, Gold, Silver and Bronze
On display Chatsworth House, Bakewell, United Kingdom
Hirst's statue depicts Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles often referred to as Nathaniel. Hirst pictures Bartholomew holding his shed skin, alluding to his death during which he was buried alive. However, this sculpture envisions Bartholomew holding a scissor in one hand and a scalpel in the other as if implying he skinned himself. This metaphoric gesture refers to the martyrdom of Bartholomew since, as a Christian put to death for his religion, he accepted his death. Instead of picturing him weak and deathly, the sculpture displays Bartholomew with a triumphant and powerful stance. Shedding his skin becomes a a metaphor for his ascension into heaven; once he sheds his material existence, he becomes powerful.
Wang Xiaosong is a Chinese artist who paints on a number of mediums. He has a classical Chinese background and has many artworks that are traditional Chinese paintings. He has a number of these paintings on fans and also on large canvases. The artwork looks like the paintings in Chinese restaurants of flowers, cats, mountains, birds and other typical Chinese stuff. This artwork is apart of a series he has and is oil on canvas. I like the texture of this painting and the 3Dness of it. Looks like the cover of a science textbook or something. Like a bunch of red blood cells attacking something.
This picture caught my attention because of how there seem to be several parts of a face chopped up to make the whole picture. I like the way the artist rearranged each part in a specific way. The dots, and lines seem to add to the piece instead of just leaving solid color throughout the whole thing. I like the simple color choices he used, spreading color throughout the picture. Roy Lichtenstein had a very modern approach to his artwork by using many different shapes and lines with pops of color. All of his work seems to resemble itself as they all seem to look very cartoonish.