Began sculpture project/ finalized ideas! Decided to go with chicken ire foundation and then cover with plastic wrap maybe??? 1.75 /2 wire brain forms made. All my pictures are sideways this week.. Not sure why.
Creating popular art is tricky. Very rarely can an artist sit down and deliberately create a piece to simply draw attention from the art world. That is part of the reason why art simply must fall in the right place and right time to achieve popularity. What's popular now might not be popular in 20, 45, 100, years time. In the three article we read, Homer, Lincoln Memorial, and Georgia O'Keeffe, the theme of art being found and appropriate for a certain time period plays into effect.
Most of the greatest artists we appreciate now were highly discarded and overlooked during their lifetime. There is a strange irony in that art seems to rarely become popular and regarded as great while an artist is living. In the Homer reading, I really felt that his background affected his art and success. Homer stuck to his roots, and made art that fit the story of the common American. However, as his works are now being examined and looked into more now, we can see the effect that time has had on his works. While they were believed to be gloomy and dark, new technology has determined that he painted them to be much brighter than we can now see. Time plays an important role in art and its' success. If art cannot withstand time, its' message might change over time as well. In smaller reading we did but never seminared on(?) It mentioned the effect that timing can have. These artists, like Homer, painted the American way, but the timing was correct for them. They became influential during their lifetimes due to, "unique American perspective and practice of a new genre" (Hot History, 1). I found it interesting that we read this which was so different than so many other stories. Very rarely do the time and place mach up for an artist. After reading the Lincoln article, I also saw how important time is to the beauty or failure of a piece. With sculpture, especially memorials, it is important that it can stand up against time. While the Lincoln monument is so iconic and respected, other monuments like the Arthur Ashe one on Monument aren't thought as highly of. It is important that a piece avoids becoming "dated". The Lincoln statue is so great still now because it is in a location that emphasizes the monument's strength, its' width. The Lincoln memorial fills the area it is in, and its's design by French and Bacon is one that allows for people to connect and remember it. As time progresses, there are many works which we begin to appreciate more. O'Keeffe' work shows the growth in appreciation of women's artwork. Women's work has been widely overlooked and overall, "The disease we face is fundamental disrespect for women and unacceptable attitudes than women's thinking, observations, and creative output hold little value" (Sackler, 2). Women's artwork is just now reaching a time where the world is beginning to open up to their art. The more success women have in big auctions, like O'Keeffe, the more confident they will be in trying to fight for their work.
Timing and location is key in the success of artwork. Most commonly, art that is highly regarded now won't be in the future, and art that will be praised in the future, probably hasn't been exposed yet. As we shift and grow, our art and what we find praiseworthy changes. Not only is time essential for popularity, it is also important for growth and acceptance and change. As we grow, society and the art world are beginning to accept and find value in women's artwork. I think that like great cheeses, art grows better with age.
Began planning for the Sculpture project! This will be interesting...
Sayaka Ganz grew up in Japan, but now resides in Indiana as a teacher at Purdue University. Her works are made out of "reclaimed objects." The majority of her pieces are out of plastic materials and utensils, with some of her other work out of metal scraps. Her goal is, "for each object to transcend its origin by being transformed into forms that are alive and in motion." I think it's really interesting that all of her work comes from pre-used objects. It's amazing how colorful they are.
Charlotte Wilmouth, born and raised in Richmond, VA. This site is for my work and things which inspire me to try something new. This is a blog for my art.