BERNINI!

11/06/2013

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Firenze MVSEI

In Florence, Italy there is a small museum that houses the biggest most influential sculpture in the world (or at least that’s my opinion).
            Michelangelo’s David is an absolute treat. Because of the perspective and size, Michelangelo made the top perspectively larger than the bottom. David’s hands are about 3 times (I would guess) the size of a normal man’s hand, but his feet are almost normal man-sized feet. The time, energy, and studying this artist devoted to the human figure is mind-blowing.  
            The museum was full of sculptured busts and also some paintings, but the magnificence of David was overwhelming.

http://musei.firenze.it/galleria_dell_accademia.htm


 
 
You can find these art events randomly. and though they are no vermeer or rembrandt, they are the normal people in our normal world who create things they want to

The Everything Museum


http://www.musevery.com/ilpalazzo/en/



This was an impromptu museum created by artists who were not professional but just had something to say, or show, or do. It was interactive and free, basically one would wander around in a slightly guided-by-signs way and observe the art.
            I came to find it was a more relaxed art atmosphere, not too many serious artists. One that interested me, however, was a man that grew plants. He tried to combine different plants to make them grow different ways to look more appealing.             Another person that intrigued me was a passionate girl who loved to create special coffees. She mixed different types of coffeebeans to get a certain feeling or flavor. Italy, on the whole, was about making what you loved an art. That is totally what I got out of it.

            

 
 
 
 
The best part about this exhibit was the smell. It was a very "you-have-to-be-there" kind of works. I also thought the colors were beautiful. It was a very creative way to make art.

This photograph was one of a series of photographs of birds in flight. What makes the photos so special is that they were some of the first color film photography, i think they are from the 30's. They are so crisp and sharp and full of kinetic motion.
I absolutely loved this artist's work, the caption said that he was obsessed with his wife and they had a whole wall of photography with his wife dressed up. This was the other part of his work, a bunch of psychodelice inks with use of negative space as the line. It really inspired me and i am working on ink paintings now actually.
Shirazeh Houshiary.

      
 
 
This girl has some patience and some creativity! I think it has a big comment on how much we americans actually waste as well as putting that waste to good use by putting it into interesting art!!
The only real way to see it (besides being there) is to watch it in motion! so if you didnt see it in Italy check out that video!!!


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THIS was not pleasant. actually grossed me out a lot. But it definitely evokes strong feelings.

 

Biennale

08/01/2013

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George Condo

Love his eery style, and that red is so beautifully shaded. He seems to be really influenced by music and you can tell in the dynamics of the strokes and the complex colors of the backgrounds.

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Couldnt have said it better myself, im sorry to appropriate this from http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/vadim-zakharov-russian-pavilion-venice-biennale

In what's quickly becoming one of the most striking scenes at this year's Venice Biennale, the world's most prestigious art fair, conceptual Russian artist Vadim Zakharov has created a shower of gold coins. Housed in the Russian Pavilion, the work is Inspired by Greek mythology. The metaphor follows the myth of Danaë, who was locked up in a cave by her father, King Acrisius of Argos, to prevent her from bearing children. A prophecy stated that the King would be killed by Danaë's son. Zeus, however, came to her in the form of golden rain and impregnated her. Soon after, their child Perseus was born, who would later fulfill the dark prophecy.

This piece, called Danae, is a modern take on the myth and is also a statement on the greed, cynicism, wastefulness and gluttony of the 21st century. As Udo Kittelmann, director of the National Gallery in Berlin and curator of this pavilion stated, "The Greek myth of the impregnation of Danae is subjected to numerous readings: a falling shower of gold makes reference to the seduction of Danaë as an allegory for human desire and greed, but also to the corrupting influence of money."

Visitors watch as gold coins fall from the ceiling, forming into huge heaps on the floor. Only women are allowed to the lower floor, where they're handed see-through umbrellas to protect them from the coins. The women can pick the coins up and put them into a bucket which is then hoisted up to the ceiling.



In my own words: It was very though-provoking and an original idea most definitely. I love the money greed men and women relationship questions the work poses.

In the Russian Pavilion at the Giardini, the conceptual artist Vadim Zahkarov re-stages the ancient myth of Zeus’s seduction of Danae in the form of a shower of gold as a comment on the materialism and greed of modern times. Visitors can observe from a gallery gilded coins tumbling from the ceiling above onto the floor below, where they form an enormous heap. Access to the lower floor is restricted to women, who are handed transparent umbrellas to protect them from the cascading largess, and invited to pick up coins and deposit them in a bucket, which is periodically hoisted up and its contents poured onto a conveyor belt to replenish the supply of coins falling from above.
-NY Times




And i had no idea i was standing on this work shown below. I'm now sad I didnt notice it..

 
 
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Peter Fischli and David Weiss

      These two guys have come together to make some seriously funny and also politically opinionated figurines. They had an almost commemorative Dr. Suess figurine, and even a giant hippo! there were stereotypes and all sorts of commentary. Really interesting artists.



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Enrico David
            I thought his work was interesting, i did not enjoy the visual texture, and it was rather phallic. But thats probably just an opinion. I at first thought it looked like fingers but  a friend pointed out the phallic-ness and texture and I found myself completely turned off of the works.

Tarike Haapoja

        All you do is breathe into the CO2 receptor, or blow, or do whatever, and the trees' photosyntheisis happens underneath a microscope with sound. I's really interesting, but I felt like the trees were almost screaming. It was really sad, like they missed sunshine or something.
 

Biennale

08/01/2013

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Biennale https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venice_BiennaleCarl Gustav Jung
           saw a vision of God defacating on a cathedral and distanced himself from the church and embraced spirituality.
"The Red Book" - very spiritual works and an almost Native American trippy style. repetitions and patterns give all the pages order, but it still ambiates a natural and flowy feel.


The people who moved and made noises:
    I'm not sure what these people were doing, i think it was a family that kept changing spots, but one would sing and the other move to the music.... or the singer reacted to the movement of the dancer. It was a big question and I liked it because it was such a mind boggler.
   It was very primal, almost a universal language.
Shinro Ohtake
       awesomely creative guy! He made these many many 'streetbooks'  out of mixed media. It's all completely random but with intent. Kind of descriptiong of many di fferent psychological thought-processes.