Monday, January 30, 2017

Baltimore Museum of Art

This work of art is formed by Magdelene Odundo and takes inspiration from the form of a woman's body in the creation of her art. It is described as "questioning the relationship" of societal conceptions and ideals of beauty contrasted to the true form of a woman. I was drawn to this piece of art because it lacked normal symmetry that nearly every other piece possessed, rather it was created in a unique form to the artist. 

This was my favorite piece that I looked at in the art museum because it was not crafted out of a single block of a substance, rather it was created using a metal frame and hundreds of different metal wires to construct this sculpture. The artist was Naum Gabo from Russia and was created with the idea of some form of futuristic machine in mind. This work's intricate design and form that was created out of so many components is what attracted my attention to the piece out of all the other works in the museum. 

This work was created by Jacques Lipchitz, an American and originally done in 1915. I was drawn to this sculpture not because of its intricacy but because of its simplicity. It stood out as a solitary figure and did not offer any true description in regards to the design of the piece. I especially liked it because it seemed to merge several shapes into one standing figure without letting any one shape dominate. The separate shapes are merged into one and no single structure could be separated from the statue and stand on its own. Rather the sculpture depends on each of its parts and would be nothing without each entity formed into one shape. 

Monday, January 23, 2017


"Visibility," is an article that speaks more on the contemplation of art and where the meaning of it actually originates from. A very apt comparison is made to where inspiration for visions or art come from in the form of an iceberg. Very little is actually seen from the surface but most of the substantial body, or inspiration in this case, is hidden from view. Inspiration for how we perceive are is rooted in our own minds and whatever factors shape them. Rather than depict art physically this article makes the case that allowing art to be construed in the mind actually offers a more holistic view. Rather than have the art created solely by the artist, authors have the ability to create art that appeals individually to every beholder. Similarly, when an artist does create a visual work, the idea for this art is perceived only in the eyes of the artist adding the individuality of a human mind and outwardly showing it to the rest of the world. It is impressive to think that each piece of art is formed uniquely by a sole persons mind and whatever causes shaped their mind in a way that outwardly produced an individual art form. An author has the ability to call on people to express this ability by forcing people to visualize how they perceive the art taking a more involved approach. The two approaches are alike in that originality is needed. They differ in the fact that in literary art, the reader is left to visualize and form their own images in their head, while a single artist requires the beholder to try and see into the artists meaning behind their work.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Whole Ball of Wax

"The Whole Ball of Wax," is an article describing how although art physically is unable to cause massive changes in the world, its impact on human beings is so profound that it can be attributed to global change. The thoughts and feelings that art provokes can lead to changes in human behavior which in turn alter the world in which we live in. Were there no art then these feelings would cease to exist. The negative impact of having a world without art would be greater perhaps than the positive impact art currently has on global world order and politics today.