Art & Popular Culture

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2010 by group8ball

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I haven’t really gotten to blog about a photography yet for this class and thought it was about time. I have chosen to talk about Annie Leibovitz. She is one of my favorite photographers and inspires me every time I look at her work. Her lighting is absolutely breathtaking, which is something very important for me. It has reached the point where I know her work just by looking at it, she has a very stylized way of photographing.

Annie is among some of the most well known photographers. Even if you haven’t heard her name you have seen her images. Annie began her magazine editorial career at Rolling Stone magazine in 1970, since then Annie has been working for Vanity Fair and also Vogue magazine. In addition to this, Annie has done advertising work. She has had the opportunity to photography many actors, rock stars, and influential people, including John Lennon just hours before he was murdered with Yoko Ono, Demi Moore pregnant, and she was the first to photograph baby Suri. Not only is Annie Leibovitz part of Pop Culture, she is recording it through photographs.

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Art in Popular Culture

Posted in Uncategorized on December 12, 2010 by rehirst

Being an aspiring fashion designer, I pay a lot of attention to art in popular culture. I love pop culture, even though it sometimes is kind of disgusting. Fashion is pretty much just wearable art that is always current to the themes in popular culture. All of the influential designers create pieces to be worn by socialites and influential clients. These designs then trickle down the system to be copied and made into pieces that everyday people can afford and wear.

Art and Popular Culture

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2010 by group8ball

The word ‘art’ is a very elusive term and topic. Art has an infinite amount of meanings and forms and is still constantly changing. In our popular culture today there is a new medium and that is the ability to create art on a computer screen. Instead of using brushes, paint, clay, etc we use a mouse and keys on a keyboard. However, can we classify this as ‘art’? This is a tough subject for me, especially, when most of my friends are graphic design major and Photoshop fiends. We never see eye-to-eye.

I can’t say I am a pro at Photoshop or anything that has to do with graphic design or even working on a computer. However, I feel that working on a computer cannot be considered as art. The thinking process seems to be completing different. The main focus of the artist is not on the meaning behind the work but on using the right tools and the look of it aesthetically. Yes, I do agree that art should produce this visual excitement. Though, the ‘artist’ is wrapped up in looks that most of the time the finish product is a meaningless image. It just feels as art is losing its authenticity.

 

-RGarcia

 

Art and Politics

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2010 by rehirst

I sort of feel like all art is political. Artists capture the world, as they see it, at the time. That capturing makes some sort of statement, whether they have turned it into something that is completely skewed into abstract form or not. Even some of the earliest famous artists are ones that were commissioned by Kings and other rules to paint their pictures, instantly making them a political statement. I guess the thing that comes to mind the most for me in regards to political art is folk song.. and protest music. I took a class on music and politics a few years ago. There are a ton of musicians who wrote songs to push their political stance, which is predominately for peace. I know there were a lot of songs written in the Civil Rights era by the Freedom Singers. They wrote new lyrics to the tune of American folk songs. Also musicians like Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs wrote songs around the Vietnam War and the emotions that came then. Someone everyone knows about is John Lennon and his political songs/agenda. The music in the 1960s in general was fueled by political messages.

 

Art & Politics

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 by nattier

Politics have been making their presence known in art for centuries and is very influencial in many artist’s work.  I am not a political person myself, but I am intrigued by the work of Banksy.  Banksy is a contemporary graffiti stencil artist from England, whose identity is unknown.  His work randomly pops up and has a political/surrealistic/comic slant. I included a video of the highly controversial into he did for The Simpsons recently.     

Non Western Cultures Contemporary Influence

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 by nattier

After thinking about this for just a few minutes the first thing that came to my mind was Anime and Manga.  I myself don’t really get into Anime or Manga, but I do read a lot of graphic novels.  Some of which are hugely influenced by Manga.  I am a fan of the Manga drawings.  In my opinion they are beautiful, over exaggerated, and very fun.  But, Anime and Manga has become a huge commercial business in America over the last few years.  There are cartoons, video games, and comics. The first two photos I uploaded are 2 of the more popular Pokemon and Sailor Moon and the third is the animation  I prefer.

Tarquin & Lucretia 1578-80

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8, 2010 by nattier

Tarquin & Lucretia by Tintoretto 1578-80

The painting of Tarquin & Lucretia is based on Roman history.  Lucretia was a virtuous matron who was raped by Sextus Tarquinius, who was the son of the king of Rome.  This hideous act caused the monarchy to be overthrown and the people established a republic around 510 b.c.  Sadly, Lucretia committed suicide, to save her family from dishonor.  (Courtesy of wall text next to the painting.)

The painting of Tarquin & Lucretia shows a struggle taking place between a man and a woman.  They are struggling upon a bed with silk pink and black bedsheets in a tangle.  Lucretia, the woman, is naked except for a white sheer cloth wrapping around parts of her body.  The sheer cloth wraps around her left leg, covering her vagina, and continues wrapping around her waist and below her breasts. Although this covers parts of her every part of her shows through.  Her pearls are in the midst of breaking and falling to the floor.  Lucretia is trying to break free from Tarquin’s grip.  She stands on her right leg, while using her left leg to push off from the bed and her left arm is pushing his head away.  At Lucretia’s feet is a a dagger, which represents Tarquin’s threats and her suicide.  The sheets are strewn about the bed showing this intense struggle between Tarquin & Lucretia.  Tarquin’s right leg is bent on the bed and his left leg is stretched out in the motion of pulling Lucretia back onto the bed.  His arms are also extended, pulling Lucretia by her waist and garments.  In the left foreground of the painting is a bronze statue that has toppled to the ground.  This statue was a post holding the now fallen canopy up along with three other bronze statues surrounding the bed.  Next to the statue is a white pillow in the action of falling to the floor.  This painting uses intense colors and the use of space in this painting is striking.  There isn’t any negative space.  The motion taking place is intense and painted beautifully.