Thursday, April 20, 2017

Theaster Gates, Sanctum, Temple Church Bristol, UK

I choose the Temple Church in Bristol UK, because It gives off a very natural and holistic vibe. The temple was built from salvaged pieces around the area after World War II. The temple in my opinion represents that its not about the venue of the arts but the performance. 

Louise Nevelson, The Chapel Of The Good Shepherd

           I chose this work by Louise Nevelson because its a very refreshing modern take on the chapels you seen done over centuries. This abstract chapel captures every bit that it should look like while still standing out using it unique style. Alone the abstract pieces on the wall are enough to make this beautiful but adding the whole atmosphere really ties it together. Right in our vicinity of Midtown Manhattan its defiantly something worth checking out.

Bee Chapel

The Bee Chapel by Terence Koh is a very alternative piece to say the least. It gives the subject a close up view of bees which are separated by the metal mesh as seen in the picture. The chapel is only small enough to fit one subject at a time, and the bees access the outside world with tubes that allow them to go out and collect pollen. sound is a key component of this chapel, and the natural setting is impressive as well. this piece is featured in seven parts at the Andrew Eldin gallery in Ny in 2016.

Theaster Gates, Sanctum, 2015


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The wooden design of the exterior is what drew me to this. Its history also incorporates to its look as well, as it is the ruins of  a previous bombing. The roof window is really cool as well as the front windows, which give it a welcoming look that draws you into it. 

Ellsworth Kelly, Austin Chapel, 2015

I chose this chapel because there were no pews shown. It's non-traditional to say the least. I also love the use of color in a way stain glass is not usually seen in a church. The colors resemble those of the LGBT community and I thought that it allowed for an open mind in church where people of at community might normally feel unwelcome.

I chose the 1978 Sister Chapel at PS1 in Queens not only because the beauty, details and colors of each piece but what it represents.  Sister Chapel is eleven  huge portraits of inspiration beautiful women that come from all different backgrounds. Greenstein collaborated with different female artists to get this done. This is a beautiful representation of womanhood, female empowerment and just the beauty and strength of women.

Temple Church, Bristol

This one stood out to me the most because of its woodsy exterior and interior, large windows to allow light and unique physique. It was bombed in WWII 1940 and was transformed using salvaged materials from nearby. It took 522 hours for it's beautiful transformation to be done. These artists were able to create a place that brings people together, they were able to incorporate a sense of comfort within the walls because of it's basic arches and woodsy feel.

Dorotheenstadt Cemetery Memorial Chapel

The one I liked the most was Dorotheenstadt Cemetery Memorial Chapel. The idea of the LED lights was very fascinating and the way they changed based on where the sun was is very unique. I liked how it brought together the natural and spiritual world. I think the idea of transcendent Chapels is very unique. I would imagine how hard it is to bring light installations into Chapels. These transcendent Chapels makes you look at them in a different way than you normally would have. Some of them make you feel like you’re in a museum rather than a Chapel. 

Dorotheenstadt Cemetery Memorial Chapel

A visit to the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery Memorial Chapel, created by James Turrell, appears to be a surreal experience.  What I find most interesting with this particular chapel are the light installations put in place.  The colors displayed inside the building when the sun sets truly captures the beauty of nature while incorporating many aspects of art.  I like the simplicity the artist used to create this chapel.  I like how something so simple (the lighting) can have a huge impact on the artist’s work.

Austin Chapel

I liked Ellsworth Kelly's Austin chapel because of how simple and calm it looked in the picture. I also liked that he created it without a religious program because it shows that someone does not have to be religious to be spiritual. This chapel seems like a very peaceful and welcoming place.

Terence Koh: Bee Chapel, 2016

In 2014, Koh left New York City and moved to Catskills. He admired the Indian philosopher, Krishnamurti, who taught that "To change society you must first start on a small scale with the single self." With that, Koh and his partner built a bee chapel. This experience was shared at Andrew Edlin Gallery in New York in 2016. He created a space with both spiritual and political undertones. I really liked this because of how in the Gallery, sound was made an important sensory element. Hearing the bees humming and a sound recording of two black holes colliding must have been a surreal experience. His work expressed that we live in vibration.

The Sister Chapel

1978's the sister chapel  is a very nice piece of art. Showing the different sides of of woman from history and having different backgrounds and styles is a very different and cool concept.

Dorotheenstadt Cemetery Memorial Chapel

In late 2016, James Turrell took this chapel in Berlin over with one of his signature light instillations.  This project of his was an immersive light show timed with sunset every day with hidden LED lights with deep blue lights as the sun set and changed color every two minutes from a pre-programmed pattern, from blue to magenta.  Turrell wanted to connect the natural world with the spiritual world which was why he did this.  As the fading sunlight filtered through the opaque windows, it would be amber when it was lit blue and green when it was magenta.  I really like the idea and concept behind this because I think it makes chapel look really cool and really stand out more.

Ilise Greenstein, The Sister Chapel, 1978

In the 1970s, while Greenstein was looking at Michelangelo’s infamous Sistine Chapel, she noticed a glaring issue: “Where was woman in man’s relationship to God? God and Adam touching hands—almost. Where was Eve?” Greenstein was inspired to create an alternative chapel, made by women, for women. “I decided that I would challenge the Michelangelo concept; I would retell the myth of creation.”

I am in love with his chapel, because it challenges the traditional stereotypes of women's role within society and their relationship to God. Goddess Durga who is known for strength and power within Hinduism, is gloried within this chapel along with many other heroic female role models. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Temple Church in Bristol

Temple Church in Bristol, UK was bombed during WWII in 1940, leaving only a shell of the building behind. For 24 days, 24 hours a day, the site was transformed. The final product was done after 522 hours. Local musicians and DJ’s, poetry, gospel choirs and artists who were just visiting the city temporarily performed while the project was taking place. Sanctum is primarily a platform on which the people of Bristol have an opportunity to hear each other.

Sacred Place For People to Hear Each other

Theaster Gates, Sanctum, 2015

I think the concept of creating a installation with emphasis on light is intriguing in itself. As a photographer and direction I know how hard it is to work with lights. However these artists manage to create a space, a sacred one at that, in which regular people can go and hear other people perform. The place itself has a lot of characters to begin with, it's woodsy exterior and organic look directly connects it to the outside world of nature. It also seems to not be built with extreme precision principles of architecture and thats what make it stand out. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The First Abstract Artwork

Although it would be a huge deal to be accredited with the first abstract artwork I think it is a little silly that it is made out to be such a huge deal in the art world. It is very clear that their are several artists that can be thanked for the start of abstract art, but like the article says "one can treat abstraction a little more abstractly, if you will," we should appreciate the art for what it is and what the artists have given us instead of worrying about who the original abstract artwork was from.

Hilma af Klint

I chose Hilma af Klint because I appriciated how smooth and morganic everything she creates it. MOst other artists on the article are showing there art that has a sort of chaotic feeling. Af Klint painted colorful works full of organic shapes, spirals, and curlicues.

Wassily Kandinsky - Abstract Art

I thought that this article was very interesting to read. It was thought provoking and made you consider that there are many influences that contribute to art development and progression of art movements, such as the World War I. Furthermore, although this article didn’t disclose who the true first abstract artist is - rather, the author described abstraction as “an invention with multiple first steps, multiple creators, multiple heralds, and multiple rationales.” as well as using other influential artists that have used abstract art during that time period. Wassily Kandinsky is the most well known artist of the abstract art movement, which gives him the nickname as the “father of abstract art". The author molds the ending of the article in a similar way an artist would create abstract art - leave it up to the reader/viewer to decide who the true first abstract artist is.


What Was the First Abstract Artwork?

I enjoyed reading this article because it was very informative and I learned things I didn't know before. I always thought abstract art was cool because I like that it allows the viewers to determine what they see with the use of lines, form, color and shapes. It gives the viewer freedom to think/make what they want of the painting. While this article didn't focus on one primary person whom created the movement, it rather talks about the multiple artists that contributed to it.
Abstract art is very intriguing to the eye. To me it is very interesting but hard to hard understand. Often times it is made up of different things that sort of flow together. Sometimes it hard to uncover the meaning behind the work. Abstract are is truly beautiful because it is so original and can be interpreted in different ways. This article was very informative and Kandinsky's art work and contributions to abstract are amazing.  Even though he was not the first to do abstract art he is seen as the "The Father of Abstract Art."

Wassily Kandinksy: Abstract Art

I never had an understanding of abstract art so when further researching it I took that it doesn't represent a person, place, or thing in the natural world but uses shapes, forms, colors, and textures to achieve its effect. Wassily Kandinsky is known as the father of abstract painting. He believed that the colors he used provoked emotions and that the person viewing the work would create their own depiction of it. I believed he accomplished this when researching his paintings online and making my own depiction of his paintings. This article was very interesting and informative because it stated the many abstract artists and how Kandinsky is known as creating the first purely abstract piece of art.


I found the article very interesting and makes you wonder how much artwork was actually lost due to the great wars. The colors and geometric patterns were very vivid and I like how there is no structure. However I really never understood the meaning of abstract art work.


Kandinsky is the father of bract art and this is a great example how.  This style has gone to influence man artists and is used a lot as album covers. 

Wassily Kandinsky

Composition VIII is one of my favorite works I have gotten a chance to blog about. This composition made in 1923 uses some very interesting concepts that I would like to discuss. The use of line in this piece is really what makes it amazing. I find that the balance in this abstract art is amazing using bold colors and strong shapes.

Wassily Kandinsky

I thought the article was very informative. I don’t think it answers the question of who first started abstract artwork, but instead describes key abstract artists. They could have focused on one artist and their contributions to early abstract art. I think Kandinsky is the most well known and influential artists as he is know as the father of abstract painting. Abstract artwork is different from other artwork because it's up to the viewer determine what they are seeing. 
Wassily Kandinsky: First Abstract Art

This piece is done by Wassily Kandinsky in 1911, and called Composition V. Wassily is known as the "Father of abstract painting", although he was not the first to theorize and produce it. "His work Komposition V did, admittedly, jump start public interest in abstract painting. Exhibited in Munich in December 1911, this monumental work was just barely representational". Due to this, it can be argued that Kandinsky did provide the first general success within the public's eye of an abstract painting.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wassily Kandinsky: The First Abstract Artwork

I find abstract art to be very interesting because all of the shapes, colors, lines, forms, etc. are all very different and unique and make this specific type of art great.  Even though I do not know much about abstract art, however, I have seen tons of abstract artwork before, more specifically it is found in art museums.  I feel that this type of art is the true definition of art because it is creative and original using anything to make this picture and Kandinsky being "The Father of Abstract Art" helped make well-known into what it is today.  Kandinsky's work has set the bar in my opinion of what art really is and how it is portrayed and created.

Wassily Kandinsky:What Was the First Abstract Artwork?

 The overall concept of abstract art is fascinating, while this article proved to be very resourceful it does not explicitly state which one person created those movement rather it states most of the important contributing artists. While Kandinsky is known as the "Father of Abstract Painting," at the end of the day, there were more upcoming artists who were not as publicized as he was. Kandinsky's work is beautiful, and I believe is left to interpreted by his audience.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Abstract Art: Kandinsky hint at the real world

I have always been fascinated by abstract art work. However, I have never research it and its history. I find this article to be informative but it doesn't seem to establish who really started it but instead talks about major contributors to the movement. Kandinsky's work is definitely representative of the abstract arts in that its components seen to be independent of each other and of anything related to the real world. to most people this would be confusing art however, it is beauty and also seems to hit at the real world.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Man Ray

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I chose man ray because i really like his work. He has a common theme through many if his paintings. He paints a very nice and real landscape, and then take a single irrelevant object and paints it right in the middle of the painting. Though its nothing serious it still gives the surreal feeling to the painting. his paintings really show that one thing can change a whole painting. And in his case he's changing it from real to surreal.


Salvador Dali is known for his striking and bizarre images used in his surrealist work. His skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance painters. Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s - and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality”. I find this picture very interesting and thought provoking. 

Lobster Telephone', Salvador Dalí, 1936

       While I thoroughly enjoy Dali's painting this surreal sculpture really stood out to me. Its combines something you put near you face and something your would never want to put near you face. The idea made me chuckle while also being a really unique and interesting designed piece of art.

Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali was one of the most famous surrealist artists, but in the course of his career he also successfully turned to sculpture, printmaking, fashion, advertising, writing, and filmmaking. He was known for his flamboyant but also mischievous personality.
 I chose this piece by Salvador Dali because his use of clocks is very intriguing. I picked this art in particular because I never noticed the eye and eye lash that was pointed out the other day. To me the use of melting clocks is saying that time almost is being destroyed or ending. Also the background looks very surreal. Like an actually place somewhere. But the clocks added to this realistic background is what makes it so interesting. They are very dream like.

Man Ray: La Fortune

I chose this painting of Man Ray's because I felt that it was very unique and interesting.  One thing I like about this picture is that the colors are bold, especially in the clouds.  Man Ray's paintings are very contemporary and strange, his designs and unusual concepts is what makes his work appealing. 
Going through his other portraits, they are all looked strange and did not make sense and this picture does not make sense especially because of the pool table having no connection in this picture.  But that is what I like about it and it does not look like an ordinary painting.


Dali is one of the most respected Artists and for good reasons. The man was a master of surrealism and his work is referenced and used to this day. He is also known for being involved in the arthouse film Abulsiain Dog which influenced filmmakers like Lynch and Jodorosky.

Rene Magritte: Homesickness

Rene Magritte was a Belgian Surrealist whose witty and thought-provoking paintings sought to have the viewers around him to question their perceptions of reality. In his paintings, he often played with the perception of an image and the fact that the painting of the image could never actually be the object. His goal was to have viewers question anything they thought they knew about art or reality.

The image above was very interesting because, the title is "homesickness," After the Nazis invaded his house, he had to leave his home, so he felt lost and hopeless. The yearning for home is one of the strongest human desires.  

The painting "Homesickness" features  Magritte as an angel leaning over a bridge contemplating the river, perhaps thinking of suicide. Magritte had the courage and honesty to paint himself, on the edge... on the brink of catastrophe. He was losing the two things he most valued in his life: his wife Georgette and his home. 


The Meditative Rose

The Meditative Rose was created by Salvador Dali.  The reason I chose this painting was because I enjoy the simplicity of it.  I like how the title captures the actual state of the rose and the vivid colors used to create it.  I think the dull landscape that surrounds it draws attention to the rose and makes it more appealing to the eye. 

What's up with the Ants?

I wanted to do a little more research into Salvador Dali, specifically his symbol of ants. He uses the small bugs as a symbol of decay and decomposition. Dalí met ants the first time as a child, watching the decomposed remains of small animals eaten by them. He watched with fascination and repulsion, and continued to use them in his work, as a symbol of decadence and ephemeral. He was very intrigued with this and it was one of the many symbols he used in his works. 

Man Ray

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Man Ray has created "Space Writing" in a dream-like scene in which it is possible to write in the air. The scribbles of light are reminiscent of children's drawings, valued by the surrealists because children are thought to be more in touch with their impulses. The background lines on the left merge toward his head and come out the other side in the background shapes on the right, as if ideas were bursting from his head. His head is barely visible, but a circle of light is drawn around where the head should be, suggesting that the expression of his unconscious through this drawing is a more accurate representation of Man Ray than his photographic image. I chose this because it was different than the traditional photograph since it is scribbled with light writing. It also reminded me of what inside a confused persons mind might look like. 
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This piece is called, Napolean in the Wilderness, and was painted by Max Ernst in 1941.
Max Ernst was a German artist known for his unconscious and dreamlike art. Ernst challenged and attacked the traditions of art to create non narrative master pieces that would in many works sport religious icons and push the boundaries of what art was considered. Ernst was also highly interested in the art of the mentally ill in that it allowed him to access the primal emotions of man. This piece is a beautiful example of Ernst's work. The wildness and use of color and shape shifting is what really jumped out at me.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Salvador Dali: Destructive and Dreamlike

I chose this piece because I think his continuous usage of a melting clock is fascinating. The concept of time has always been a intriguing one for me. However, Dali takes the clock and almost destroys it in all his piece. He also believed that surrealism is destructive and is often a reflection of the subconscious mind. Hence his obsession with dream like images and figures. In a dream a lot of the things appears to be wacky and so to take that and portray it through his work i find to be amazing.

Rene Magritte- Surrealist

Rene Magritte was a Belgian artist who was widely known for his Surrealist art. He was very good friends with the founder of Surrealism (Andre Breton), which was influenced by Freud and Marxism. His art was thought provoking, capturing simple everyday pictures and turning them into new meanings. His goal was to make the observer challenge their preconditioned perceptions of reality. His art focused on putting ordinary objects in unusual places. Some of his famous works include The Lovers, Golconda, The Son of Man, and Not to be Produced.

Man Ray- The Lovers

Observatory Time -The Lovers has been described as a Surrealist painting, a supreme example of isomorphism, the use of organic forms oddly and obliquely referring to man, in a kind of fastidious, realistic illusionism. The canvas was eight feet long and over three feet high, and it took Man Ray two years of daily work to get it right. I really liked this painting because of the red lushes lips are floating over a forest. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Un Chien Andalou Reflection

In this film I feel the main theme is death. Throughout the film there is 5 deaths, all representing something deeper. The man carrying the piano with the two priest on it is representing the burden that the man carrying with him. The film itself seems like somewhat of a dream having unrealistic things happen like the ants crawling out of the mans hand and the constant jumping from place to place. Overall i found the film to be difficult to decipher other then the death theme, but very interesting as a whole

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Un Chien Andalou Reflection

I am not entirely sure what the theme of the film is. It includes many different sorts of unique elements which blend together. For example, the lady with the armpit hair is clearly a symbol for societies strict norms against women. Another element which is clearly evident throughout the film is death. Looking back, the scene with the eyeball is clearly meant to depict death, and this theme is reoccurring throughout the rest of the film (spiders, etc.) Overall it's an interesting film and it took me a couple times of watching it to really feel like I got the point

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Adulsian Dog

This work of art by Salvador Dali brings on the feel of a disturbing nightmare. The pacing,random objects disappearing and scenes like bugs coming out of the man's hand really demonstrate this. The film is very influential in both having the first ever gore scene as well as inspiration great art films such as Lynch's Eraser head and Polanski's Repulsion.

Un Chien Andalou

Personally, I didn’t understand the underlying plot to this film, Un Chien Andalou. I thought that the story line (if there was even any story line) was very jumpy and was structured very poorly. It was hard to understand the concept but I think that was also the artist’s purpose of the film - to leave the judgment to the viewer and have them understand it in their own unique interpretation. Ultimately, although this film doesn't make sense, I think that the confusion it leaves with the viewer is what makes it so unique and different from other films created during this time.

Un Chien Andalou Reflection

        I believe this is about the social constructs of the time. The use of the women armpit hair representing the norms of society. Even going as far as religion when the men were attached to the pianos. The eye ball part I actually have not idea about though. The older man scolding the younger man looks as if it representing parenthood. The box and many other things became a reacquiring theme that  the creater wanted to make stand out.

Un Chien Andalou

I felt the film Un Chien Andalou was very confusing. It was strange and dark and did not really have a plotline. I thought it mostly just jumped from scene to scene with no real explanation. However, I understand that it might have been created for the purpose of being indescribable and therefore explained in different ways by different people, and the bizarreness of the film might have been a point to capture people’s attention. I like the fact that the film is named Un Chien Andalou because the oddness matches with the fact that the title is so random and has absolutely nothing to do with the movie.

Un Chein Andalou

I don't think this film had a main plot, it was definitely dark and weird. Silent films have always given me the creeps and I think it has something to do with the music being played, with the acting and the slight fast forward it has in it. I have watched silent films before that have had plots to it and it was somewhat easy to keep up with. However, this one didn't seem to even know what direction it was going in. There were objects that would come up from scene to scene, and I thought maybe that would tie the short film together, but it didn't. I didn't know what was happening.

This film was very confusing to me. There was no real format or rules to this film. It was very all over the place. There was no real plot to this film.  This film stands out from others because of this though. I believe you can kind of interpret it and pick the meaning out yourself. That could be the purpose of why it was created this way so that viewers could kind of take their own meanings out of it.

Un Chien Andalou

After watching Un Chien Andalou, I was left confused.  I thought this film was overall bizarre and unclear.  I did not understand it nor do I think it relates to art whatsoever.  It appears the title has little to no meaning to the film.  I do not see a connection between the film and dogs or Andalusia.  I thought there was no focus on one particular concept.  There was much switching from scene to scene which made it hard to discover the overall purpose.  However, I am curious as to why it was made and what impact it had.