Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Spiritual Scultupures Monuments Through Out The World

           My class and I, recently took our last Filed trip #5  to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. It contained many things such as paintings, sculptures, and many other artifacts from all over the world and time periods. What really caught my attention were the different sculptures, and monuments. My exhibit is called "Sculpture Monuments Through Out The World" starting from 50-b.c through the 19th century. They come from all over the world such as Asian art, European sculpture, and Medieval art. What attracted me from the sculptures and monuments were the features of each of them, the color,and the way they were displayed and put together. Also how one may represent religion while another represent darker things such as anxiety and wisdom.
              I chose this theme because I think it would be interesting to see various sculptures and monuments from all over the world. I think in every country people have a specific way that they want to create and build something to show a part of there culture as well. The first two pieces in my exhibit are from the 19th century. Kongo Power Figure and Oracle Figure (Kafigeledjo) are both spiritual although one is powerful that helps reinforce the community and the other figure provokes anxiety through the sense of suffocation and entrapment. Both of these are my favorite the shapes, and there detailed really grabbed my attention.
             Next I saw Yaksha (Male Nature Spirit), Standing Nagarajas (Serpent Kings), and Manjuvajra from India. They are based on earth , destruction and wisdom. These were the most blind-blowing. They all have meaning and a powerful sense within each of them. although they are many more sculptures and monuments in my exhibit these were, some of my favorites.
Nkisi N'kondi,
 "Kongo Power figure", mid to late 19th century, Gallery 350

Cote d'Ivoire; Senufo peoples,
 "Oracle Figure (Kafigeledjo)", 19th-mid 20th century, Gallery 350.

Museum Purchase 1900
 "Coiled Serpents", 15th-early 16th century, 00.5.32

 The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection
 Gifts of Nelson A, " Male Figure with Raised Arms", 16th-20th century, 1978.412.332
 Balthasar Permoser,
"Marsyas", 1651-1732, Gallery 548

James Hazen Hyde,
 "Capital Four Heads",  1225-50, Gallery 305

The Sackler Collections
 "Bodhisattva, probably Avalokiteshvara", ca. 550-560, Gallery 206

Gift of Jeffry B. Soref,
 in honor of Martin Lemer, "Yaksha", 50 B.C

Gift of Jeffery B. Soref, in honor of Steve Kossof, 1991
 "Standing Balaram (Serpent King)", mid 5th century, Gallery 236

Bequest of Cora Timken Burnett
"Manjuvajra Mandala", 11th century, Gallery 238

Gift of  R. H. Ellsworth Ltd, in honor of Susan Dilon 1987
"Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja)", 11th century, Gallery 240

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Field Trip #5

                             Performing Art at the Whitney Museum

                        During my trip to the Whitney Museum, my class was introduced to " Rituals of Rented Island" which consisted of artist who participated in The New York performance art scene from 1970-1980. Many of the artist referred to important social, political and cultural forces of the time. The issues ranged from American imperialism and the war in Vietnam, to sexual and gender inequality, to pop culture and is commercialization. In addition three pieces that I had a strong reaction to were "Vito Acconci", "Jack Smith", and "Robert Wilson".
                      My first encounter was Vito Acconci, black and white film "Claim 1971", it was  64:11 minutes. The video consists of Acconci, in a basement ,sitting in a chair, blindfolded, holding two medal pipes. He is trying to perform hypnosis on himself. As he is repeating the same sentence over and over to himself he actually believes it. What I would get out of this video is social importance, in the fact that he is na├»ve and believes a lie that he is telling himself. By him repeating the words, he come to believe it forgetting that it is a lie. Acconci mentioned how the Vietnam war, was related to this video. I think if I were to be in that exact moment in the basement with him, I would try to escape and if I had failed I would be hypnotizing myself.
                   Furthermore, my next encounter was Jack smith "Untitled. C.1977".Perfromance photographs and video experts 1972-2002.This was a digital slideshow that is 14 minutes long. Personally this one my favorite the two brothers were unique, they had one a nose piece, they were wearing an underwear. They were care free individuals. I would categorize this as socialize in that    they don't care what people think of them. They relate to the cultural art scenes.They were part of a California movement in the early years of punk. That would explain their punk bad ass attitude. I think if I were in that moment, I would absolutely love it, being crazy, and care free that would my time to shine.
                   Lastly, the last encounter was Robert Wilsons, "Program for Overture". The film was originally 16 minutes long, but then transferred to 109 minutes black and white digital video. As I was sitting down on the chair I thought to myself " this video is really playing with my head", I was thinking that because it was a silent film. There was the teacher standing up not making any eye contact with the two older woman sitting down. People just came in and out of the screen and nobody would notice. They were not communicating It was very interesting, I got me thinking over and over on how what was happening. I would classify this art scene as sociable. I classify it as this, because they're are trying to make a point that communication is important for our society to function. What I would do if I were in that film , I would try to scream in silence of course,Iwould not enjoy being there at all.
                   Overall, my trip to the Whitney Museum opened up my eyes on how a particular field of art can impact a person and show them how our "past" can influence many informational art scenes, films, and art pieces.

Vito Acconci
Video recorder
September 10, 1971

Kipper Kids
" Collection Of the Artist"
Video Recorder

Robert Wilson
"Program from Overture"
Video Recorder

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


      In the Art:21 episode I saw was based on "Balance". The episode was very interesting and raw. It shows three contemporary artist. The artist works were relative to the stated theme of "Balance". The three artist were Rackstraw Downes, Robert Manglod, Sarah Sze. Each of the artist relate to this them in their own perspective of what is balance. Rackstraw Downes paints his environment what surrounds him.He doesn't like to be refer as a landscape artist but as a contemporary artist. Downes admire the balance of his surrounding. The surrounding is what makes the shadows the depth and height for him to create a great painting. Robert Monglod is influenced by nature. Monglod sketches the structure piece before the final product, he hangs it up, sits and admire it until he is satisfied with the piece. Also his vision and semi-circles have to balance out the design, color of the piece. Sarah Sze builds sculptural pieces .Sze's balance is based on how people react to the unexpected appearance of her sculpture design. In an place where people walk such as a park. The relationship of each artist referring to balance, is very abstract in the sense of each artist having a ideal meaning for themselves and their art work. The word that I would put for this group is "UNREAL" because all have a unique way of representing what balance is to them.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

"LES" Galleries Reaction

Katherine Barzola
field trip#4

          My class went on a recent trip to the "LES" Galleries from Canal S.t to E. Houston. Although it took us a long walk to get there , the galleries were really urban and chic in my opinion. At first you would be able to tell identify that canal street would be holding art gallery. The galleries in lower east Manhattan compared to Chelsea were more spread out. It looked like a neighborhood and it felt comfortable walking. When comparing the walk from each gallery the one in Chelsea it was isolated no people were walking. While I was there I went inside  different galleries. One of them was a gallery called " UNTITLED", the space and atmosphere was really "chill" in comparison to Chelsea. The receptionist was really helpful, friendly, and  nice, compared to the receptionist from Chelsea. The collection from this particular gallery the artwork was hanged from the ceiling. It smelled like paint. It was a large room filled with picture frames and silly mirrors. The second gallery that I visited was "BOSI". This was one of my favorite ones that I visited. The vibe there was awesome the way the artwork was positioned were unique. the artwork may be considered a little "scandalous". The artwork was woman naked in costumes and face masks, in different settings. This store in like one of the galleries in Chelsea. It was scandalous as well. The same theme. Although the receptionist in "les" were nice compared to the "BOSI". The third and my favorite gallery I saw was " SHIN GALLERY". The artwork was so unique and I loved everything about it. This was definitely not anything that would be in Chelsea. I don't think that they approach to the same type of collectors and some of these gallery, painters are unknown . It smelled like paint and I think it added a little extra characteristics to the  gallery. The art pieces seemed as if they were coming out od the board. it have a 3-D affect. Over all these galleries were my favorite so far. It was a good feeling knowing that some of the artist are still unknown , it feels like if im watching each of these galleries become into something bigger.



- http;//www.shin-gallery.om/ehibitions



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Design in Our lifes

Katherine barzola
Intro to art
Design in our lifes

On my recent trip to Moma we came across many art works. some of these artworks we can use in our life's. We were asked to search for "two highly functional artworks and "two" non-functional things. I think that art and design are the same thin and there is nothing that separates them. In order to get and "art piece " you have to have a layout and design it to whatever you want it to be.
Ergonomics is the study of functional things.

The first functional artwork that I chose was the Mine kafon Wind-powered Deminer by Massoud Hassani. I chose this object because it is a hand made object. This is powered by the wind. its is meant to be in land mines area. Now this object rolls onto the mine and will destroy itself and the land mine at the same time. it is made from bamboo and biodegradable plastics, the Mine Kaffon also has a GPS chip integrated into them. I think this is functional because it can be very useful for when people go to war and need to defend the country.

        The second functional artwork piece I chose was The postwar kitchen , Ease, Cheer , and Sociability. I think this is a functional art work because it s a kitchen that you can cook in. Before they used as a kitchen Elizabeth Mock of postwar kitchen design said that they made the mistake to use the kitchen as laboratory and confused the art of cooking with the science of food chemistry. They also used is as a place to cheer and spend time with each other.

      The first "low-functional" art piece that I chose was Flat-bottomed paper bags by Margaret E. Knight. I think that this is a low-functioning piece because if your try to put something in it  might brake due to the thin material of the paper. although is meant for storage for tins.
Margaret E. Knight, Charles B. Stilwell. Flat-bottomed Paper Bag. 1870s-1880s

The second non-functional art piece that caught my attention was Three-legged side chair by Charles Eames. I think this object is non functional due to the fact that is only has three legs. This chair in not normal. It doesn't accommodate to anyone, if a heavier person wanted to sit they cant due to the fact that the chair doesn't have balance. Although the color and its is design with color its not convenient to sit on. It gives off the appearance if you were to sit on it the chair will brake in half.

"Margritte: The Mystery of The Ordinary"

Extra credit #1

For this extra credit assignment we went to the MOMA museum. I went to the new special exhibit "Magritte: The mystery of the ordinary, 1926-1938.Rene Magritte was a  Belgium painter who was a major figure in the Surrealist movement in the 1930s. Surrealist artist were uniquely interested in issues of phycology and how are subconciouse mind interpret the  world around us.
 I choose LOS AMANTS THE LOVERS PARIS 1938, oil on canvas. This specific art piece, caught my attention and had me thinking all thee different things , like "why do they have that cloth covering their heads" and "why are they kissing when they know they have that cloth separating them". I think this piece draws a line between reality and fantasy .I think reality the picture depicts two people obviously in love and wanting to show affection to one another. The fantasy i think is what if they haven't seen each others faces and leave them wanting more from eacheachotherother . Also the fantasy, leaves them wanting more love from each other. I think the elements that she used to make our reality awakened is the woman and men trying to show affection to one another. I don't think that she shows anything to deny or negate the understanding to reality. I think this art piece does alter my perception of the real world due to the fact that they are lovers and they want to be together and show love but there is something holding them back from being together. This piece could have many different stories about it , it also matter how the person  views the picture.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Chelsea Art gallery Reaction field trip #5

 On october 2, 2013 my class and i went to a field trip. We were pretending to be people or artist that were on a hunt in Chealsea Art galleries for atrwork pieces that we wanted to buy. We had to choose two that we liked and two that we disliked. This was a mission theyre were many art works that i loved and some that were strange.
Philip-lorca diCorcia
Todd M. Brooks, 22 yeard old , denver,Colorado
chromogenic print
framed 31 3/3 x 44 1/2 x 1 5/8

I also choose this piece due to the fact that the guy is just laying on Hollywood, blvd . He looks sad, he may even be homless. I admire this art becouse in my opinion is based on everyday life and the struggle that people go throught. This artwork really cought my eye i could look at it all day long.

The first artwork that I choose was from Philip-LOrca dicorcia i love this artwork, its so unique and normal. I love the fact that they guy is sitting in a car looking so "bad ass" with an attitude. I would hang this up in my apartment. I would buy this without a doubt.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Major Tom, 20 years old, kansas City
Chromogenic print
framed 31 3/4 x 44 1 5/8