Blog Post #8

For my second Non-Western piece I wanted to choose something very different than my other piece. I chose this piece titled Clean Heart by Singing Sandra because it has a great rhythm, calypso style, and great lyrics. It is a great example of Caribbean music. The combination of the instrumentals with the accented singing voice really make the piece a great one for me. It has a lot of culture with the style of music and it shows a lot of cultural background with the lyrics. Singing Sandra is one of Calypso’s greatest female icons. She has won the Calypso Queen crown several times and her music always has a positive uplifting message. She has an album titled Clean Heart that was released in 2005. Here’s her featured piece also titled Clean Heart along with the lyrics.

Lyrics:

Chorus:
Keep a clean heart
And a clear conscience
Is war and violence
It really doh make sense
Keep a clean heart
Make sure your conscience free
You good in words and deeds
Then you could jump and spree

Is time yuh ease yuhself from de struggle
Time to ease yourself from the stress
Cause so long we fighting this battle
And yes we life in a mess
All way we turn now is drug abusion
So much young girls in prostitution
Tell me what is your expectation
For the upcoming generation
Sometimes we blame it on world leaders
Dem is de first we does see to blame
And yet still we living in poverty
And we lifestyle it is a shame
But dis man does feel dat he dreader
And dis one does feel dat he dread
But you could never know who’s de dreadest man
Till you hear dat one ah dem dead

Chorus:

Too much raping, too much kidnapping
Child pornography pictures snapping
And if we live till 2K11
What de hell you think going to happen
When some fathers raping dey daughters
And mothers raping dey sons
Ah set ah five year old now in primary schools
Dey done know how to use a gun
Some boy doh want to work for no money
Tief’n is dey only resort
And if you see dem early Monday morning
In a jail van going to court
And brother first thing dem boy achieving
Is everything dey does loss
So is time to put down yuh gun, put down yuh knife
Give praises to de boss

Chorus:

You got to be good in all that you doing
Keep God in your heart day by day
You cyah sit down every day skylarking
And we can’t expect to get pay
Some fellas doh want no hard earn money
Dey only intend to rob and shoot
And dem is de first if you hear dem saying
Police fighting down de ghetto youth
Boy ah does fraid to put on meh TV
De way how dis country confused
Because ah know every day yuh sure to hear
bout 4-5-6 murders on de news
Dey tell we things will be getting better
And tings only getting worse
And de way I see dis country going right now
Like dis country bless with ah curse.

Singing Sandra
Clean Heart
Album Title: Clean Heart
Released in 2005

 

http://guanaguanaresingsat.blogspot.com/2006/04/clean-heart.html
http://caribplanet.homestead.com/101.html
http://label.faluma.com/faluma-digital/2008/09/singing-sandra-clean-heart-2005/

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Blog Post #7

I chose to portray a work from Diego Rivera. Rivera is a Mexican painter that was born in 1886. By 1906 Rivera was featured at the San Carlos Academy annual show with 26 different works being showed.  Rivera was interested in military issues and was fascinated by the Russian army. He began to travel at the age of 21 and eventually became a revolutionary. Rivera focused a lot on murals but also did smaller paintings, including self portraits.

 

 

Diego Rivera
Pan American Unity Project
November 1940

San Francisco
Panels 1 & 2 of mural.

 

I think that this mural is very interesting because it tells so many stories from many backgrounds. This mural as a whole looks great as art on a building, but it also tells many smaller stories that when looked at are very intricate and contain many details. The amount of work put into this mural is immaculate. I like the culture that is portrayed in the mural as well. Rivera was an artist with many ideas and opinions that I believe he wanted to share through his art.

 

 

 

 

http://www.riveramural.com/article.asp?section=murIal&key=1000&language=english

http://www.fbuch.com/diego.htm

Blog Post #6

For my virtual exhibit I chose to focus and exemplify the anamorphic style of the Post Modern era. This style was used primarily by artists using pavement as their canvas and created a whole new type of art with a different look and purpose. Pavement art was only able to exist for short periods of time before they were destroyed or washed away. These pieces of art were of great enjoyment, though, because these artists mastered deforming their subjects on a flat surface in order to make them appear as if they still held their true shape. I saw pavement art in Italy when I visited many years ago and still to this day the talent this style requires amazes me.

The first artist that I chose to portray is Kurt Wenner. Wenner began his pavement art in Rome in the late 1980’s. He was inspired by the anamorphic style used in frescoed ceilings to create the illusion of height. He devised a unique geometric style that enabled his pieces of work to be brought to the horizontal field of the streets. Wenner was known as the creator of this anamorphic, illusionist, 3-D pavement art. Wenner’s work utilized both conventional and optical illusion and much planning and contemplating of each artistic move. Wenner introduced the style for one and secondly people often viewed Wenner in action which provided a new type of entertainment and a new sort of appreciation for art as a whole.


Giant
No date or location provided
I like the depth and texture in this piece of work by Wenner. I think that his concentration on geometric figures and angles is present in this piece of work which gives it this anamorphic style that’s so special.

Fishing in Old Shanghai
No date or location provided
I think that this piece of work is important in illustrating the master geometric shapes that Wenner created and utilized on his own. The different objects in this picture each have their own specific shape and perspective that adds up to make a great anamorphic image.

 


Smoothie Ad
No date or location provided
I think it’s important and special that each of these artists I chose to research had experience creating ads for different companies. This ad for Dunkin Donuts has an amazing border that creates another level of depth. The distinct shapes of the fruit, cup, and the picnic cloth all grab attention and appear to be crawling out of the border.

The second artist I chose to include is Julian Beever. Beever is an English chalk artist that has been creating these pieces of work since the 1990’s. Beever often first draws his work on paper and then begins the work on the pavement. He uses a camera with a wide angle lens, placed at a distance, to reference to while drawing. This aids in keeping the right perspective. Beever also does freelance work and creates murals for companies. Here are a few of my favorites, they look so realistic, even when people are placed in the field of view.

About to Meet Mr. Newt
No date or location
This piece of work is a deformed image that is created by many different colors to reproduce this subject in its true dimension. For me, Beever truly displays his talent in this piece of work, because even though this three dimensional young girl is sitting on the drawing, it still looks just as real. You can see the geometric figures, but also an emphasis on color to achieve the correct perspective.

Girl On a Beach Mat
No date or location
This piece of work also uses great geometric lines and shapes to achieve the anamorphic style. I love the colors and the distinct lines of the towel, ball, and umbrella. There is also great shapes and shading of the woman to make it appear that she is laying on her side.

Make Poverty History
Edinburgh City Centre

The organizers of Live8, the biggest anti-poverty demonstration of all time, called Beever to create this piece of work. This piece of work is great for me because of the man standing at the top of the drawing. It adds to the perspective of the photo and even though it is an illusion, it looks as if the man is standing on top of the world.

http://www.kurtwenner.com/images/PDFs/Artist_Statement.pdf
http://www.julianbeever.net/pave.htm
http://www.kurtwenner.com/artist.htm
http://www.boredpanda.com/3d-pavement-illusions-by-kurt-wenner/

Blog Post #5

I have always been really interested in photography, so as these eras progress I’m happy to see more artists that I’m familiar with and can connect with. Dorothea Lange is a famous photographer that I believe did an excellent job photographing and documenting the Great Depression. Her portraiture and photographs of the time as a whole really focus on the emotion and ultimately the devestation of the people during this terrible time. I chose to use one of her more famous photographs Migrant Mother because it not only shows the emotion of the mother but it also portrays the emotion of the young children as well. This photo has a lot of artistic value in the photography world and on top of that it is a great portrait to display the emotion of the era.

 

Migrant Mother
Dorothea Lange
1936
Photographed in California

Blog Post #4 Impressionism

The Impressionistic style is a favorite of mine so far. I think that it was the first big step away from painting portraits and into a time of painting subjects that focused on weather and amusements/pastimes. The style moved away from subject matter such as history, antiquities, and religion and focused more heavily on pleasant matters. I appreciate this in art. The painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent is a good example of the style the impressionists used. I love the tonal colors in the painting and the pleasant mood of the subject. Another good example of the impressionist style is the painting Dance at the Moulin de la Gallete by Pierre-August Renoir. This painting is a good representation of the style because it clearly represents the activities/pastimes of the middle class, as they are enjoying some sort of festival or party, and the emotion of the subjects is very much pleasant. I enjoy the colors and the business that is shown in the painting. The colors used in these paintings are much more realistic than those that are used in the previous era we studied, the Classical era. Many artists of previous eras preferred to use pastel colors and fantastical subject matters, along with portraiture. I enjoy the more realistic colors and subject matter which is a major focus of the impressionistic artists. A good example of the pastel colors and portraiture of the classical era that differs greatly from the impressionistic era is the painting Bath of Diana by Francois Boucher. This is a painting that I don’t particularly appreciate for the previous stated reasons. I think that the Impressionistic era was a great step towards modern art.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
By: John Singer Sargent
1885-1886
London
http://jssgallery.org/Paintings/Carnation_Lily_Lily_Rose.htm

Dance at the Moulin de La Gallete
Pierre-August Renoir
1876
Paris
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal_du_moulin_de_la_Galette

Bath of Diana
Francois Boucher
1742
Louvre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Boucher_Diane_sortant_du_bain_Louvre_2712.jpg

Blog Post #3 Classical Music

I recreated my blog after realizing that we weren’t allowed to choose a painting from this era (even though I really do enjoy the painting I posted about previously).   After reading about the many musical artists of the Classical era I settled on Beethoven because I have fond memories of playing his pieces, such as Fur Elise, when I was younger. Before I even knew the history of Beethoven, as an artist, and of the era in general I noticed the way that this piece transitions and flows. It has a simple, easy to follow style, and is very pleasant on the ear. It seems to provide a sense of enjoyment and pleasure when it is heard. This style of music may have been more appealing to the middle class because it had easy to understand styles, simple styles, that were easier to follow (i.e the sonata and the symphony form). The music and theater of this era also took a drastic turn towards the middle class because the composers and producers changed the audience they exposed their works too.

Here is the link to listen to Fur Elise:

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Fur Elise

About 1810

Location created: Unknown

 

I am sure that most have heard this piece at some time or another, because it has maintained its popularity throughout different eras of art, it is just now that we are viewing it through a different lens.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%BCr_Elise

 

 

 

Blog Post #3-Classical

 

I chose this painting by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun because it genuinely stood out to me. After I had selected it I went back to the class notes and realized that this was one of her more famous paintings. I liked the colors in the painting first and foremost, they are unique and contrast well with the skin of the individuals and the background color. Secondly, I like the emotion and the relationship portrayed in the painting. It is a clear example of the Rococo style of this era. The subject matter is very light and the painting puts a lot of emphasis on the pleasure. The gentle colors and the curved lines of the bodies are also genuine characteristics of the style. I think the subject matter is what made it so appealing to the middle class. The content of this painting is much more realistic than any other subject matter before. People of the middle class were able to relate and understand this painting which made it appealing to them.