Modernism took place from the 1890’s till about 1950. During class we took a look at several photographs including the charlie chaplin freeze shot where he is in the middle of what looks like a clock. The meaning of this photograph becasue of charlie chaplins size compared to the size of the machine shows us how people were influenced or taken over by machines and mechanisms. We also looked at two other pieces of art in looking down into the city and the fountain all had with different modernistic views.
Chris Ofili was born in 1968 and was english born. He studied art at the Chelsea school of Art in London from 1988-1991and at the Royal school of art from 1991-1993. Chris Ofili’s ways of painting are extremely original, he is probably most known for his use of Elephant dung on his paintings which was quite a controversy. His work is also built up with numerous amounts of layers of paint, glitter, resin and many other materials in order to make this crazy collage. In his painting of no woman no cry which you can see here to the left, he uses two lumps of elephant dung in order to set the painting and another to be used as the penant. Just an example of his work.
Right after the 9/11 attacks John Ashcroft, Attorney General, was photographed at the Great Hall in front of the two nude statues. But, John Ashcroft was not comfortable speaking in front of such statues so he had them draped. These Blue Drapes cost the United States Government 8,000 dollars. The Attorney General said that the blue drapes were an aesthetic and that they provided a good background for the tv cameras.
In the movie High Fidelity we see many different characters with artistic personalities. Rob’s (John Cusack) artistic passion for music is seen through his obsession with making mix tapes and counting down top 5’s. The movie is all about his past relationships and there shortcomings. His top 5 breakups are explained throughout the movie and he goes back and explains the entire story behind the breakup. All of his x-girlfriends focused on different stages of his life and the type of music that he listened to. His fling with the music artist Marie De Salle shows his current state and exlempifies his obsession with music. Case in point his past relationships are landmarks in his past.
Earlier in the year we talked about what normal characteristics were for artists we came up with a few. For example, Depressed, Psychotic, Suicidal, Poverty, Eccentric, Lonely, Family Issues. In the movie Amadeus we find that Mozart falls under a couple of these charactersitics. His eccentric behavior is probably his strongest characteristic. He has so much natural talent that it comes very easy to him and he treats everything as if it were a game. He had family issues because of this behavior as well as money issues. For most of his career he lived in poverty spending way too much and was known as a debter in Vienna. All of these characteristics run true with numerous amount of artists.
Last week we watched the movie Amadeus by: Peter Schaeffer which showed the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It showed how much Antonio Salieri who is very much the main character in the movie despised Wolfgang. It is hinted but we don’t know for sure yet that Antonio Salieri is responsible for the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the movie Mozart is portrayed as this annoying creature that was “God” gifted with his musical ability. We only watched an hours worth of this movie but, I am sure that the movie will unravel it self as we go along.
In this past weeks topic of Art and War I felt like for once I actually sat down and analyzed some form of art. The piece that we analyzed in class had a story behind it and after learning more about the Spanish Civil war I realized how much the painting actually had to do with the pain and anguish that overtook the Bask town of Guernica. The painting had different sections that told different stories and had different representations. We also analyzed Vincent Van Gogh who I found to be quite the character. His crazy behavior gave different meanings to his paintings and the fact that knowing his personality and the history of his life could let you know that there was meaning and there was thought behind everything. It gave me a different outlook on art and I can say that I am curious to learn more about these different artists.