Art Museum Bucketlist

Like many other artists before and after me, I want to go to as many art museums as I can. I think going to an art museum is one of my favorite past times, and I just really enjoy seeing artwork in a variety of spaces.

My personal goal is to visit various art museums around the United States, as well as internationally (I have yet to leave this continent, however) I do not count galleries or smaller museums, but rather larger, well known art museums when tallying up totals. I am not dismissing galleries or small museums as being unimportant, but I’d rather be in as many prominent art museums as I can be.

Art Museums that I have visited (this includes museums that are dedicated to just art, not museums of other nature or galleries)  thus far in chronological order include:

The Cincinnati Art Museum, OH (many many times)

The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, 2005, 2013

The National Gallery, Washington D.C. 2008

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC,  2012

The MOMA, NYC, 2012

The Whitney, NYC, 2012

The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, 2014

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PN, 2014

The Dayton Art Institute, OH, 2015

I realize that this list is rather small for an artist and art lover that is 23 years old. I have not had the pleasure of traveling to a lot of states. But I would like to go to as many as I can!

The art museum I want to go to most is dedicated entirely to my favorite artist, Vincent Van Gogh. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam would be on the top of my list, and I am determined to visit it before I die. I would prefer to go there over the Louvre!

If I were to go on a European trip, I imagine most of my time there would be spent in various art museums.

I will continue to update this list as I visit more. Hopefully I can add a new one each year!

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Exhibition Analysis: Space Signals

Bailey Dowlin

 

Senior Thesis Studio

Exhibition Analysis Worksheet

General Description of the Show

 

“Space Signals” 1305 Gallery 10/30/15 Opening Reception

Space signals is a show with two male Cincinnati artists using their personal aesthetics to create a narrative of some sort

 

The artists’ name(s):

 

Christian Schmit,

Artist Statement: I create sculptural scenes that depict the mysterious behavior of unseen characters. These dioramas grant the viewer a glimpse into private spaces, the kind of spaces occupied by obsessive types who spend their time building things, without thought of sharing their work with anyone. It is no coincidence that this mirrors my own behavior, as I sit at my table night after night gluing cardboard and paper together. I am the same as the man who for decades methodically constructs a vast model railroad in his basement. The only difference is that instead of constructing a model, I construct a model about the construction of a model.

 

David Wischer

Artist Statement:  My work functions, primarily, as an inside joke for a generation who grew up absorbing their worldly knowledge through television and the internet. I find myself both skeptical of and obsessed with the absurdity of mass media. That conflict, along with a penchant for satire and parody, is what influences the things I create.

 

How many pieces are in the show:  

 

Christian Schmidt: 7 Cardboard Sculptures

David Wischer: 15 Screen Prints

 

Describe the location/context of the exhibition space:

The  1305 Gallery is located in OTR. It is a very small gallery that is named from its address on Main Street. The gallery has goals with the Over the Rhine community to give rebirth to art resources.

Describe your perceptions on the content or idea behind the work:

The work  from Christian Schmit was very time consuming and detail oriented, models of people making art, I thought it was very interesting. It made me imagine the type of characters that would be in those little spaces, passionately creating work for themselves, and I really enjoyed that idea. I could relate because there is art that I have made for myself, or writing I’ve done for myself that no one else has ever seen or read, and it’s all about being therapeutic. This work made the viewer wonder about the character that would have occupied that space, and each sculpture was full of clues and details that helped the imagination create a non existing person.

 

David Wischer  had a more graphic style. His screen prints were simple and illustrative. The work made me think about lots of issues social media and television and how these elements of media impact everyone today. Using sarcasm and satire, he gives his opinion on these issues through a cartoonish illustration. It is apparent that he is somewhat disgusted over social media takeover in our society. Very relatable, but I did not linger on his work nearly as long because I feel it is work that I’ve seen a lot the past few years, and I’m not really used to seeing meticulous craft that was displayed in the  cardboard sculptures, which were both conceptual and amazing. WIscher’s work was satirical and witty, and I quite enjoyed a few of them. Aesthetically his illustrations had nice color that was pleasing to my eye, but again his work did not hold my interest as long.

Give Detailed Descriptions of the Following:

The method of presentation of artwork (media of artwork, size of artwork, and how it is presented- frames, mats, pushpins, pedestals, etc.)

All artwork of both artists was split in half, one side of the room had Christian’s work, the other half had David’s work. David Wischer’s work was framed and had lights highlighting each piece.

Schmit’s sculptures were on square pedestals mounted on the wall, allowing the viewer to see the detail of the work at eye level. Presented very professionally, and to highlight each work of art instead of a collection as a whole. I believe they created even spacing and a particular order for their work to be viewed.

 

The nature of the exhibition space (size, shape, ceiling height, formal, informal, etc.)

The 1305 Gallery is very small with wooden walls which provided an interesting background for the space and the work.. There was only one room, so when you entered the space, all of the artwork was there greeting you as you enter the door. There was some room to walk around, but a little cramped. There was also a back room for storage and whatnot, but all the art was divided in one room. Ceiling height was pretty high, and the walls provided enough room to hang quite a bit of artwork. The space is longer than it is wide. The gallery was very informal, being a hip gallery located in OTR.

 

The type and nature of the lighting in the exhibition space

Lighting was very and  more focused on the works of art. There was an overall lighting going on, but more attention was put on the works of art than lighting the space evenly. Because of the small size, the lighting seem a lot brighter.

The relationship of the art pieces to each other (physical and thematic)

Schmit and Wischer had artwork that did not really relate to each other. One was more sculptural and time based, the other was more conceptual and 2d. Could not be more different physically, because of the nature of the medium and the process. Schmit’s work had lots of small details to take in, while Wischer’s graphic style was more loose.  The sculptures were made out of cardboard and glue, not painted but the natural color, while the screen prints were bursting with lots of color. Both bodies of work had some similarities however. The amount of time it took for the creation of the cardboard sculptures as well as the process of screen printing both are long processes. Both bodies of work were conceptual and visually appealing as well. I don’t think that these works would normally be put in a show together, besides being conceptual and contemporary.

 

Other external factors (noise level, air currents, number of people in the space, etc.)

 The 1305 was a quiet, intimate setting to enjoy artwork.  I think the smallness of the space reflected that. I almost felt as though I were crashing a private get together, there were lots of people there that seemed to know each other, and I have never seen any of them before. The gallery seemed more crowded because of a  small space rather than attendance. Because there were a gathering of people in a small room enjoying art, there was not a lot of loud chatter, but more contemplative nature of talking.

             How the Presentation Method Affects the Art

Whether you feel that the method used to present the work supports and enhances or detracts from and

weakens its meaning for the viewer, clarify the criteria upon which you are basing this opinion.

 

I feel as though the presentation of the artwork worked very well with the works of art. The hanging and spacing of the screen prints and the mounted pedestals of the cardboard sculptures allowed the viewers to focus on one piece of art at a time. Splitting the room up between the artists made it obvious which work belonged to which artist, and the viewer could enjoy the works as a group and individually. The lighting of the space was very nice, and highlighted the works very well. However, I feel as though the space was so small, it was rather cramped and harder to enjoy the artwork. It seemed somewhat smashed together in one room, and it was hard to move around and navigate. If I were to visit the gallery when there was not an opening going on, it would be a great space to enjoy the art. However, with a decent amount of people crowded into a small gathering, it makes it hard to meander and take in the artwork effectively.

I believe there was thought put into the ordering of the pieces in this space. Although it was rather crammed, the order had a purpose to the show. I liked that they considered how the artwork was placed and the order, because of the  tightness of the gallery, they had to take into consideration how to best use the limited space they had.

Exhibition Analysis: “Playing with Barbie”

Bailey Dowlin

 

Senior Thesis Studio

Exhibition Analysis Worksheet

 

 

  • General Description of the Show

 

“Playing with Barbie”  Opening Reception 5-9pm  11/19 at Pop Revolution Gallery

 

The artists’ name(s):

Sue Kitzmiller Blaney

Artist Statement: This body of work represents my love of Barbie. While growing up, Barbie and I lived in an imaginary world where I was working as a fashion illustrator, living in New York and enjoying a fashionably chic life. My joy in developing this work begins with a sketch. I then use different media to bring the piece to life. The interplay of color and light also plays a major role in my work. I love working on the piece to create a sense of drama.

How many pieces are in the show: The featured artist had 15 paintings, and there were also 8 other artists who were showing work as well. Lots of paintings to look at!                            

 

         Describe the location/context of the exhibition space:

 

The exhibition space, located in Mason, is called Pop Revolution, and functions as both a gallery space and frame shop. The show was part of the gallery’s Third Thursday opening, every third Thursday of the month they showcase a featured artist and other artists around the area. “Playing with Barbie” was the featured artist that painted lots of oil and acrylic paintings of Barbies.

 

  1. Describe your perceptions on the content or idea behind the work:

 

The work had a nostalgic yearning for childhood love and memory of Barbies, no other content besides that. I saw that the artist was very interested in Barbies and had a fondness of them since childhood, and wanted to relive them by painting vintage Barbies in various compositions and styles. The way that Barbie was presented in these paintings made me think that the artist must have thought about her Barbies as more than just a toy, but a friend and fond memory of being young.

Give Detailed Descriptions of the Following:

 

 

  • The method of presentation of artwork (media of artwork, size of artwork, and

 

how it is presented- frames, mats, pushpins, pedestals, etc.)

 

Each Barbie painting was framed and hung in a circle around the room. Lighting was even throughout the entire room rather than being focused on each work. Walls were painted black which made the colors in her work stand out. Each painting was matted and framed, hanging with wires
The nature of the exhibition space (size, shape, ceiling height, formal, informal, etc.)

 

The Pop Revolution gallery is a very casual, informal space to sit and hang out. Ceiling height was high, and it is a rather large space with a separate room for the featured artist, and walls that separate a large square room that makes up the rest of the gallery that artists hang their work on. Another artist was painting a mini painting demo while the opening was going on in a corner, and there were a few tables of refreshments scattered about. Overall very informal, lots of talking, pretty loud, rather like a party scene.

The type and nature of the lighting in the exhibition space

 

Barbie lighting was even lighting, instead of highlighting paintings it just lit the whole room. The “featured artists” room was actually dimmer lit than the rest of that gallery that had other artists.  I felt that the rest of the gallery was well lit and it was easier to look at the artwork. Perhaps because the walls were painted black, it made the room seem a lot darker.

 

  1. The relationship of the art pieces to each other (physical and thematic)

 

The Barbie paintings worked as a series in the exhibition, each painting had a very similar style with a little variety. They could stand alone, but worked together as a grouping much better. Each painting represented Barbie is some form or another. Not only was the subject matter the same in each painting, but they were all matted and hung by wires in the same fashion, and all relatively the same size.

Other external factors (noise level, air currents, number of people in the space, etc.)

 

It was very noisy and crowded in the Pop Revolution. There were quite a few people for a Thursday night, I was impressed. Lots of people mingling and eating food. Because of the size of the gallery, there was plenty of room to mingle and chat without feeling too crowded, which was nice.

There was a guitar player playing in the room, which contributed to the noise level. There were chairs to sit and enjoy the art, which encouraged visitors to stay a while and hang out.

 

 

  • How the Presentation Method Affects the Art

 

Whether you feel that the method used to present the work supports and enhances or detracts from and weakens its meaning for the viewer, clarify the criteria upon which you are basing this opinion.

 

There was plenty of room in the Pop revolution, there were other artists and paintings showing, but Sue Blaney was the “star” artist showcasing her Barbie paintings. The room allowed her paintings to have plenty of viewing space, but the lighting could have been better to place emphasis on the paintings. The way the room and the lighting were set up encouraged more of an overall scan of the paintings, rather than drawing the viewer in to each individual piece. There was also an area where people could get things framed in the room, so it seemed to distract from the overall feel and mood of the room; making it seem like a frame shop rather than an entire room dedicated to a featured artist. I understand that the room was the only place that was separate from the other artists, but having the frame section in the room took away from the art for me personally. Having a guitarist in the room also brought extra attention to the featured artist, which was nice. As much as I enjoy live music, it was a little hard to concentrate on the work with the loud guitar music in the same room. He was also partially blocking one of the paintings, which i thought was rather strange and awkward to look the painting. There was less consideration in order and hanging of these paintings, they seemed to just be hung according to size of the painting and frame. I feel as though the room did not enhance the artwork, it just separated the artist’s work and brought extra attention to it. It functioned as a separation and highlight for the featured artist rather than taking into consideration the body of work. Overall, I personally think the space detracted and weakened the meaning for the viewer.

Personal Aesthetic: Analyzing the aesthetic experience of Julie Green’s “The Last Supper”

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The artifact I chose for my aesthetic preference and phenomenon is a special exhibit I saw a few weeks prior at the Dayton Art Institute. “The Last Supper” by Julie Green is an installation of 600 ceramic plates. Each plate identifies inmates on death row, not by their name, but their last meal and execution date.

Before seeing this exhibit, I had never heard of Julie Green, so naturally I did some research on the project. She joined the capital punishment conversation and brings up the question of human rights by evaluating the death penalty, focusing on the final meal requests of inmates from US states. She has painted detailed depictions of final meals on 600 plates so far. The artist will continue to make 50 new plates per year until the death penalty is abolished all over the country.

This project makes for a complex conversation revolving around human rights, and I would best describe it being quietly controversial.

For me, this exhibit included the essential components that make for an aesthetically pleasing or satisfying art experience; craftsmanship, concept, and emotion, all three are elements that draw me to enjoy artwork the most. “The Last Supper” visually takes a stand against the death penalty in a poignant, inspiring way, all while showcasing Green’s talent in painting as shown by the details and beauty of each unique plate. It was beautiful and interesting to look at, it made me think, and emotionally moved me. All of which are important to my personal aesthetic.

I value conceptual art, I think it is important to make art with a purpose that visually evokes emotion and inquiry of something, rather than just portraying subject matter. Over the past few years, I have grown a fondness of conceptual art, whereas in the past, I did not value intent or context at all. I was one of those artists that scoffed at contemporary art, dismissing it as “fine art” because it was not a realistic painting or detailed sculpture. I am proud to say I have evolved from the close minded aesthetic principles, and value art as a way of communicating ideas and solving problems in which verbal words cannot properly articulate. If I had seen this exhibit back in high school, I wouldn’t have stopped to read the artist statement or gone on the research the project further and in more detail, I would have quickly browsed the room, admired the skill of the artist’s attention to detail, and left. However, I spent a lot of time in the room, taking in the colossal amount of plates. I observed individual plates, reading the text, contemplating the final meals, and thinking about how an inmate was forever encompassed by their last supper on a plate in a gallery.

I also value craftsmanship because I enjoy looking at works of art that was thoughtfully made, require some skill, and is somewhat aesthetically pleasing to look at. Although I appreciate more than just visual elements of artwork, I tend to favor art that is interesting to look at. I appreciated the tiny details Julie Green put into each plate. She included text deciphering every meal along with a pictorial representation, and it was fascinating seeing the wide variety of food. I also appreciate the setup of a gallery exhibit, and know that the curators work very hard to set a mood and are particular in placement of art so that it will be viewed properly. The gallery was set up so the plates were grouped by state, and there was a juxtaposition of large and small plates hung in a continuous line stretching throughout the gallery walls. This was a more interesting way of viewing the plates than a shelf or table would have been, and made more of a statement. The plates demanded to be looked at, and acted as little ceramic canvases spread throughout the room, a smorgasbord of blue, 2d meals.

Emotion is very important to me in artwork. Personally, I am a very emotional person, and art is my therapy. Making art helps calm me down when I am upset, makes me happy, and helps me sort through my feelings when I cannot think of any other way to express myself. I also want to look at art that makes me feel something, or think. The art experiences I tend to remember is when I am emotionally stirred internally, and feel differently when I enter and leave the room. I applaud artists that are talented enough to evoke an emotion and create a mood.

Entering the room full of these ceramic plates was quite overwhelming. I enjoy being overwhelmed when I view art, it makes for a more exciting, memorable aesthetic encounter. I spent quite a bit of time scanning the entire room, then looking at the individual plates. The plates included  detailed paintings of various food with text describing the meal. Some meals were extravagant, such as an entire birthday cake, some were small snack items such as candy bars, and some plates indicated that there was no meal at all. I was drawn to the appearance of the massive amount of plates on the wall and having to walk around the space several times to take everything in. The atmosphere was respectful and quiet, which allowed me to fully enjoy and interpret the work in the space, even the dim lighting was peaceful, encompassing the essence of the plates. I feel although 600 plates is a lot, the experience would not be the same without the surplus amount, because it visually represents 600 lives impacted by capital punishment, and further consideration, all of the family members and people affected by these 600 people.

There was something very eerie about knowing the last items of food that an anonymous inmate ate and the state of their execution, but not knowing their name, crime committed, or anything else. Even without the knowledge of the individual, knowing their final request reminded me that each plate represented a life that was taken by the death penalty. It was a beautiful sight, but very powerful and disturbing at the same time. So many emotions were running through me, and I had a true aesthetic experience visually, emotionally, and consciously. It takes a very powerful exhibition to make you appreciate beauty, feel powerful emotions, and make you think critically all within a short period of time. I spent 20 minutes in the exhibit, and felt I could have spent more time, if time permitted me to.

Another artist, who was with me at the museum, had a different take on the exhibit. She quickly browsed the room, only looking at 3 of 4 of the plates up close, and left, bored and a little angry. She thought the exhibit was aesthetically beautiful, but was upset by the intention of the artist. She believed that the artist was glorifying the prisoners, rather than seeing it as questioning the humanity of the death penalty. She believed that the prisoners must have done a heinous crime to be put on death penalty in the first place, and did not think they deserved any positive attention or “glorification” for what they had done. She has a point, that they might have done something terrible in order to be on death row, but that does not make the death penalty a humane solution, in my personal opinion. It is interesting how this female artist and myself, who are of similar background, but different schooling and aesthetic preferences, can have totally different experiences and opinions on the same exhibition.

To sum up my aesthetic experience during this museum visit in a few words, I would describe it as poignant, moving, depressing, awe-inspiring, overwhelming, and beautiful. Overall, the best art is the art that creates an aesthetic experience that appeals to viewers in several ways, and Julie Green was quite successful in making that happen for me  with her “Last Supper” exhibition.

The Dayton Art Institute

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Some of my favorite photos from my visit to the Dayton Art Institute.

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I went with my Mom and one of her art groups to see the American Impressionism exhibit.

It was a very nice exhibit, it was great to see a variety of impressionism paintings from the US that I haven’t seen before. I al

There was also an exhibit entitled “The Last Supper” featuring 600 plates with the last meals of inmates on death row, and I found it to be an interesting and profound experience.


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Although the museum was small, it had a nice collection.

Here is a Tiffany Lamp. I really love Tiffany glass!

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It was very cool to see two great exhibits in one day, as well as breeze through a collection of great art. Overall it was a wonderful day!

Throwback Thursday: Show at the Contemporary Art Center

Freshman year at DAAP, our studio was fortunate enough to showcase some work at Cincinnati’s own Contemporary Art Center! In 2012, the CAC had a show entitled “Spectacle” which featured work based on music media. This exhibit explored music videos as an important and influential art form in contemporary art. Our assignment was a response to this exhibit. We chose a piece in the Spectacle show, and made a response piece. I do not remember the name of the artist or the title of the piece I responded to, but it was a piece based on a music video made entirely out of yarn. Steriogram’s “Walkie Talkie Man,” directed by Michel Gondry, is the music video of the piece that my piece was based off of. When seeing this piece, I thought it would be very interesting to make a piece made completely from yarn.
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My Mom, our friend Laura, and I went together to check out the show and decide which piece I should respond to. Very fun girls night!

Here is a link to the music video “Walkie Talkie Man” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7UvbwCjXUkmusicvideo_2

The original installation at the CAC I based my piece off of. I wish I could find the artist’s name and title of the work! I incorporated the color and piles of yarn into my own, but smaller quantities.

This piece was the first “all-nighter” I ever pulled in college! Since the original piece involved music and yarn, I made a guitar out of yarn. Cutting out cardboard in the shape of a guitar, I hot glued yarn around the entire thing, using black yarn for the base and red yarn for the guitar strings. This was a very tedious process of making sure the yarn was straight and stayed in place.

I also added rainbow yarn to add interest and dimension to the guitar. I also covered wadded up paper balls to make the appearance of full balls of yarn. Lastly, I wished to make a music note surrounding the guitar, which was the most difficult part. Using wire and paper as the “skeleton”, I wrapped white yarn around the paper, and glued red yarn in the shape of music notes.

I was pleased with the outcome of the piece, and was surprised that I could make an interesting yet fun sculpture covered in yarn.

531700_326158567441564_1980385815_nPosing with my piece at the CAC. Please excuse my strange posture, I suppose I was very excited to be showing at an actual renowned contemporary art center. The show was only up for two hours, and everyone took their pieces down. Even if it was short, it was a great experience to be able to have a piece shown in a space like that with all of my DAAP peers.

As for the sculpture, I still kept the guitar part, which I keep as a decorative piece lounging in my room.

Van Gogh Repetitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art!

On Wednesday, May 21st, I was fortunate enough to attend the Van Gogh Repetitions exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I have never been to the Cleveland art museum before, and it has always been a goal of mine to attend being an Ohio resident. My professor recommended attending the show, and Van Gogh is my favorite artist, so naturally I made a point to see it! Any chance I can get to see a Van Gogh original, I am going to take it. This was the first time I have ever seen an exhibit devoted entirely to his work, and it was wonderful.

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My mother, artist MB Thompson Dowlin and I went together, both of us being artists & lovers of Vincent’s art.

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35 paintings in total hung on the walls of the exhibit, displaying several copies or versions of different paintings Gogh created in his lifetime. The theme of the show, Repetitions, is a painting technique Van Gogh often used in his work, where he painted & repainted the same composition & subject matter several times, altering each canvas in varying measures. Research for this show included studying letters he wrote to his brother and technical analysis of each work.

My ticket to the show!

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Along with the show, there was extra audio commentary provided, which proved to be very interesting and added to the written information by each painting. While viewing each grouping of paintings, I learned many details. This was the first time I was intrigued so much by an exhibit that I actually wanted to read all of the displayed information & listen to all commentary. Absorbing all of the information & contemplating each painting, it took us two entire hours to get through the exhibit! I wasn’t expecting it to be that long, especially since most of the works were replicas! Looking at the variations of each work was so interesting, and comparing & contrasting each piece helped me learn about Van Gogh’s practice.

Understandably, no photography was allowed in the exhibit, so I have no photographs of my own I could provide of the paintings, but I have included some of my favorite images from the show that are taken from a book. I have never seen the majority of this work before, and it was nice to see more breadth do Van Gogh’s work. There were some paintings that I never would have guessed he painted! The collection had a mixture of portraits and landscapes, which I liked very much.

Even though his repetitions had similar results, given further looks it is apparent that some works were quickly finished while others carefully considered and painted with greater care. “While casual observation of van Gogh’s paintings may suggest that repetitions are mere duplicates of the original, closer inspection reveals that a far more complex relationship often exists among the works in a repetition sequence.” william H. Robinson

Here is a closer look at a few of my favorite sets of repetitions:

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Portrait of Joseph Roulin March 1889 “The Postman”

Van Gogh drew 3 drawings and 6 paintings of Roulin, who was his dear friend and drinking buddy. This set of paintings was the one I compared and contrasted the most. Each painting was very similar, almost identical in composition, but the style varied as well as the backgrounds. I was not crazy about the portrait with the flowers in the background, I felt that the simpler backgrounds made the facial features stand out, while the patterns in the background made the paintings too busy.

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Dr. Gatchet

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These etchings were so interesting to me. After taking an intaligo class, I have a much deeper appreciation for printmaking. I loved his details and linework used, especially in the facial features. Dr. Gachet was actually Gogh’s physician during his mental breakdown, and was the one that introduced Van Gogh to etching.

While at the museum, I wanted to sketch a little so I would have a Van Gogh inspired sketch to take home with me. Little did I know that not only was photography forbidden, but apparently sketching was as well! I got quite far with my sketch when a security guard came up to me & told me I had to stop! Oops! Here is an unfinished attempted museum sketch:

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The Road Menders 1889

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These paintings were one of the last ones I came across in the exhibit, and I stopped and stared for a very long time, studying the differences. Interesting fact, one of the paintings has a canvas that is made of red diamond fabric, because Van Gogh was impatient to wait for an actual canvas to be delivered. Upon closer inspection, I could see tiny little red diamonds scattered sporadically throughout the painting. Very slight, but they added an interesting, personal aesthetic to the painting. I love the atmosphere the compositions of these paintings convey, and the shapes of the tress are wonderful.

I thought I knew a lot about Van Gogh, but after attending this exhibition, I found out I was wrong. I never realized he made so many copies of his work, as though he was experimenting with different methods trying to achieve the perfect ideal image he wished to convey. Because he reproduced so much of his work, the likelihood of a Van Gogh painting being a fraud is very likely.

Interestingly enough, the show included 2 fake paintings, which at one time were believed to be original Van Goghs. I thought it was pretty easy to mistake one of them, but there was one that was very very different from Van Gogh’s colors & style, and titanium white was used in the painting, which was not around at his time. Apparently, fakes of Van Gogh appeared as early as 1901, and experts say there could be over 45 forgeries.

Overall, I was very impressed with the show, and glad that my Mom and I were able to make it up there in time before it closed!  Definitely worth the long drive! The museum is absolutely stunning, and has a great permanent collection as well!

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

In honor of Memorial Day today, I wanted to make a reflective post on my trip to the Vietnam Memorial!

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, created in 1981 by Maya Lin, is a sleek, modern tribute to brave men who fought for our country. The V shaped monument located in Constitution Gardens in Washington D.C. consists of two black granite arms 10 feet tall and 247 feet long. The chronological list of names represent those who gave their lives or went missing during the war. “The memorial, commissioned by Vietnam Veterans for Vietnam Veterans, serves both to commemorate the dead and missing and to provide a place where survivors can confront their own loss (Stokstad 1114).”

Washington D.C. May 9-12 08 113 Visiting the Vietnam Memorial was an amazing and profound experience. It is one of the most moving memorials I have ever seen. The aesthetic and message of the monument are both simple, serving as a tribute and reminder of the men who were lost. The black granite material allows visitors to see all of the names of those who gave the largest sacrifice for our country, along with their own reflection, as pictured below:

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This is a photo I took with my own reflection, which was a unique and poignant experience.  The memorial is interactive in that sense, the viewer sees their reflection while looking at the names. I think this memorial has changed the way viewers mourn and appreciate veterans with the combinations of names and reflection.

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My brother and I in front of the memorial. That day was rainy and gray, which made it easier to see the names and our reflections as opposed to a sunny day.

 

Remember to celebrate those who have sacrificed everything for this amazing country. God Bless the USA and thank you to all that serve our nation ❤ Happy Memorial Day!

 

 

Stokstad, Marilyn . “The International Scene Since 1950.” Art History. Fourth ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc. , 2011. . Print.