Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aus Contemporary Art & Stick It! Exhibitions :)

19th August 2010.

I have visited the NGV many times but going this time gave me a new appreciation towards some of the art that was displayed. Before we got to see the 2 exhibitions, Australian Contemporary Art and Stick It! (Collages), David talked briefly about the history of art, the movements, especially Cubism, perspectives, design elements and principles and most importantly, whether you are an artist, photographer, architect, or any type of designer for that matter, we need to provide a clear message and be able to communicate with our audience.

Why is it that we like something? Is it because of the colours? Shapes? A personal feeling or memory? Why do we hate things and just ignore the reasons why? With these questions in mind, we were asked to pick 3 pieces of artwork that we like and 2 we dislike and see through the artists eyes, why they created the pieces they did and the reasons we liked or didn’t about them.


*Artwork #1:
Sacred Tentacles by Moya McKenna,
Oil on canvas, 2007

Colour: There are vibrant colours of yellow and oranges but when blended with the browns and turquoise/mint greens, it creates a very calming, peaceful and nurturing look to the artwork.

Form: There are thin and thick brushstrokes in this piece, the thicker lines create a wet look to the piece but gives a bit of depth as well.

Content: McKenna ‘arranges still life using found and fabric objects,’ she used clay for the tentacles and created them to make the piece look like its coming out to reach the audience, towards the foreground. There is a nurturing/spiritual feel to the piece, like a tree of life, with roots coming to the foreground but from my first glance it looks more like an abstract alien type creature coming out of a treasure chest box.

*Artwork #2:
Sung out of Sight by Mira Gojak
It is a 3D piece that was created in 2008.

It is the nature of the subconscious and automatism.
It was created to loosen minds and the control over our hands.

It is intriguing because of the intricate wires both thick and thin used. It’s like being tangled into a web where you can’t get out. Having these thick and thin wires adds a depth to both the top hanging and bottom pieces. 
The bottom piece is like a wave and the wires are all curved inwards together.

*Artwork #3:
Zugubal by Alick Tipoti

This piece really fascinated me because of the intricate work done; there are so many little, thin lines it looks like the artist would’ve spent a long time creating it.
Alick Tipoti was born on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, so his artwork reflected upon tribal/spiritual and ancestral warriors. Concepts like body sacrification, elaborate masks, drums, weapons, skulls, snakes, land, nature are all part of his work. The linoprint is done in black and white however some of his other work has a green or brown touch to it as well.


*Artwork #1:
Mirror #2 by Brent Harris,
Hand coloured paper pulp with stenciling
Flock and silver leaf on handmade paper, 2005

Colour: The majority of this piece is baby blue and pink, with black and white. The artist has used beautiful textured gold paper as well.

Form: Black solid curvy lines to separate certain areas and 2 large circles for eyes.

Content: Organic and anthropomorphic figures, a very simple and childish looking piece because of the big, googley cartoon eyes in the middle, there looks like there’s no real concept behind this piece, the colours of the blue, pink and gold don’t blend that well together, however the gold textured paper looks nice on the piece.
The artwork looks like a bit of a map because of the black curvy lines separating some of the areas.
  • Anthropomorphic means that the concept, most of the time abstract, has attributes of human characteristics.  For example, the force of nature, like the wind having a human characteristic.
*Artwork #2:
Green and Black Reflection by David Thomas
Enamel paint and synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 2007
I can see the meaning of this painting through the artist’s eyes; it is obvious it is a reflection because of the black line in the centre of the artwork between the green slab of paint. It is a hardedge monochrome (green), Thomas experiments with light, depth and perception. Which are good concepts, but I think this piece is so bland, there is no detail or anything but this massive green patch with a black line in the middle. Where’s the light, depth and perception in this concept?

There were many good pieces in the contemporary art area, but the most I enjoyed were the 3D models. 
The Stick it! collage exhibition was not as fascinating as I thought it could’ve been. Some pieces were okay; the majority were the same and boring. I expected them to have more layers of text and paper like more of a scrap-booking feel to it. Overall, I got to appreciate the cultural pieces more, and the Alick Tipoti artwork helped me with another school assignment, which was helpful too J

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