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This art explains the relationship between art and animation/entertainment.  Mathias used a 35 mm color film which was processed by hand-drawn animation that involves a character performing a musical piece. This piece uses 5,000 sketches/drawings and watercolors as well.  This animation can be found at the Austrian Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, June 1-November 24 2013.
Imitation of Life represents dark days, during the Great Depression. There is a twist to this creative piece. Instead of showing depression and the downfalls of that time, this artists uses donkeys that sing, rabbits and squirrels that dance, and birds that ask a few questions.  His purpose was to show the better side of escaping by making it a fantastic and magical escape. Throughout the piece there is depth and color that brings the work together. The background of each scene looks very realistic and adds texture to the film. The contrast between the hand-drawn sketches to the film is very effective. The whole piece creates unity. For example, the film itself, the animals, the color, the subject matter of this animation. The film uses a variety of animals that you don't necessarily see in most films these days.  This film has a Disney like feel to it that brings the piece all together. The warm colors in the film creates a calm effect, there is not too much excitement, but enough to get the point across without having loud colors. I believe that if you watch the film before having someone explain it to you it makes a difference. If you analyze the film very carefully you will be able to pick up the purpose of the film.  For example, if a child were to watch this film, they may look at it as just a cartoon, but someone much older may pick up on the subject matter.

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As said at the top the animation represents the dark days such as, the great depression but is turn into a imaginative magical type film. A lot of artist today deal with animation which can relate to this piece a little. The difference with this film is that there is a purpose and is more meaningful than most films that are published today. Instead of creating a painting or sculpting the Imitation of Life, he took a different approach. This artwork can be controversial due to the fact that it does not portray the downfalls of the 1930's, it creates more of an uplifting effect. This artist artwork is culturally significant due to the fact that it revolves around the Great depression era. This piece is critical of politics and propaganda as well as popular culture. The media does not change the meaning, it just has a different approach than most viewers would analyze that time and era. Instead of creating a depressed film, the artist took it to the next level. The technology in this piece has a significant impact on the meaning. For example, when thinking of this film it brings peace and tranquility that sets off the mood of the film, which makes the film interesting.  Overall, this piece to me is fantastic. I love animation and always will. The way the film was portrayed is very effective and caught my attention. The color of the film and the depth of it as well really pull me deeper into the film. I really enjoy this piece and would love to see it in person. 

 
 
Helen Marten
    Media/Technique: Sculpture
Simon Denny 
    Media/Technique: Technology/Data
    Opinion: The television has lines that create movement throughout the piece.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
    Media/Technique: Oil on canvas
    Opinion: Even though the paintings/drawings are dark the white in their eyes create a focal point so you don't necessarily get lost. Some highlights in the pictures bring out the piece even more.
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys
    Media/Technique: Video
Trisha Donnelly
    Media/Technique: Sculpture
Rudolf Stingel
    Media/Technique: Painting/Monographics
    Opinion: The installation has patterns that use some warm colors. There is repetition shown in the piece as well which is effective.
Yuksel Arslan
    Media/Technique: Collage
    Opinion: The details throughout the piece are interesting.
Christopher Williams
    Media/Technique: Photography
    Opinion: Black and white photography is always effective, depending on how it is done. In this piece, the photos are interesting and create depth in certain areas.
Katrin Sigurdardottir
    Media/Technique: Architect/Landscape
    Opinion: The patterns in this piece are effective, and the installation looks great as well. The forms in the floor are nicely designed.
Lawrence Weiner
    Media/Technique: Written Art
    Opinion: I think this idea is unique. Not only the colors being related to art, but showing that different languages can be shown as art as well.
Mathias Poledna
    Media/Technique: Historic Labor-intensive technique of handmade animation
    Opinion: It is interesting the way that imitation of life is portrayed through animation. The concept of this piece is effective because it relates to real life of course.
 
 
"Kamikaze Loggia"
     Media/Technique: Architect
    Opinion: I think it is interesting how they are extending the old building in the Arsenale  and also making it into a work of art.  Not so much of creating a painting.
Enrico David 
    Media/Technique: Wool/Cloth
    Opinion: In some of his pieces there is a nice contrast. Some works I do not understand, such as the portrait of someone. His technique is something I havn't seen.
Sarah Lucas
     Media/Technique: Sculpture/Ceramics
     Opinion: Looking at the composition I feel as if the artist is focusing on intimacy or something representational. Certain areas in each piece are dominant and create a more defined
focal point.
James LeeByars
    Media/Technique: Sculpture
    Opinion: These three-dimensional pieces speak for itself.  For example, the create line of course and the engraved letters give it a certain depth.
Mark Manders
    Media/Technique: Clay/Sculpture
    Opinion: The planks that incorporated in the faces adds repetition within all of the pieces.
Carol Rama
    Media/Technique: Drawing
    Opinion: I don't really see anything interesting about this piece besides the frame itself. I don't see what the concept is of each piece.
 John Bock
    Media/Technique: Daily life
    Opinion: Does not catch my attention. Maybe the perspectives of each room can be found interesting.
Hans Josephsohn
    Media/Technique: Sculpture
    Opinion: Each piece has texture and gives contrast between the sculpture and the room that it is displayed in.
James Richards
    Media/Technique: Photography and more
    Opinion: I don't understand some of the pieces, but the technique in the eye I find effective because I gives a comic book effect to itself.
Daniel Hesidence
    Media/Technique: Oil on canvad
    Opinion: I think the cool colors and light used in these pieces are very effective.  The lines throughout the artwork create effective movement. This work is very representational and abstract.

 
 
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uh!...What is this?! A little creativity with food to express the excitement that I have for this Italy trip. A little bit of tomatoes, onions and some other toppings goes a long way.  This is only the beginning. Can't wait to see what Italy has in store for us!This is only the beginning.

 

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    I am a Senior at Lander University. My major is Visual Arts, Graphic Design emphasis. I am looking forward for more adventures to come in the future.

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