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This oil on canvas is Jean-Frédéric Schnyder’s self-portrait Stigma created in 1987. The rich monochromatic colors work really well and makes the subject matter pop. The use of the values in monochromatic reds is beautifully done making a smooth transition. I'm not sure as to what this painting is about but the man in the painting has his hands up which usually signifies vulnerability especially since he seems to be in the nude. Is he using body language as a sign for giving up? Is he stuck?

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    Peter Fischli & David Weiss's: Suddenly this Overview in 1981 is a collaboration of over 200 very small unfired clay objects that are unrelated to one another yet have a humorous theme to it. No matter which clay artwork you see, it indicates a playful and whismiscal side of life. Fischli and Weiss want viewers to find humor in events throughout life. All the artwork seems to be in a simplistic form, what we would find similarly if a kid had made it.

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Sarah Sze creates an installation, Triple Point (Planetarium), representing the United States of everyday found objects but conducted in a more meaningful and visually interesting manner. Her installation is intricately detailed as if she's organizing disorder into something meaningful. With all the lines going sporadically everywhere, the viewer gets a sense of chaos and dynamic motion. It's difficult to say if this piece may have more than one focal point depending upon which angle you perceive it in.


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Kimsooja uses mixed media such as mirrors, translucent film, and light refracting off objects to create her installation called To Breathe: Bottari at the Korean Pavilion. It's an interactive installation where you the subject and appear in different mirrors placed on the floors, walls, and ceiling making it seem as if your are in different dimensions thus creating depth. With light from outside reflecting off the mirrors, viewers can experience of seeing a multitude range of colors. Kimsooja also created an anechoic chamber submerging participants in a space completely filled with darkness and the sound of your own breathing. The purpose of the anechoic chamber is to illustrate ignorance, how we take light and sound for granted.

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In the Venezuela Pavilion, Jorge Vivas (also known as Shock) graffiti coming to life was mesmerizing. He used a mixed media of spray paint, sound, and projected lights. First he spray paints the word "Shock" onto a blank white wall creating thick lines and effective use of values to create a sense of depth as if the graffiti was actually three-dimensional. Then the projected lights come into play making the word Shock comes alive by portraying actual movement of these red lines that infiltrate Shock, giving it a neon green glow for a second. The lights interact with the pace of the urban cultural music which he grew up with. It is a way for Vivas to be creative by intertwining his environment growing up and art in one.

 


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    Erin Ferguson

    A senior at Lander University. Visual Arts major with an emphasis of Graphic Design. I'm excited to blog all my adventures that I will encounter in Italy!

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