Week 10: Structures





The structures that I photographed are all cars AND they are all black. There are many people who have used cars in art, as I have shown in a previous blog. Another example is John Chamberlain who is known for bringing crushed cars to art galleries. Below is one of his pieces. 






Week 9: Someone whose material blows your mind

Jason deCaires Taylor

When thinking of a material that really surprises me I was hoping to find something from the artists list that do soft/skin sculpture, especially since I need to come up with ideas for my upcoming project. However, I found most of the materials those specific artists use to be quite normal, which is why I am so amazed with what they were able to create. I was looking for a material that wouldn’t naturally come to mind and was out of the box and I think I found it, living coral.

Jason deCaires Taylor is an English sculptor that specializes in underwater sculptures which over time develop into artificial coral reefs. I am fascinated by this concept for several reasons. I love the idea that a piece of art can change and become something different, more beautiful and more alive over time. I love that the sculptures must be seen underwater, so just getting to the sites would be an incredible interactive experience. I love that the sculptures can become the habitat and home for living things. It is a very intriguing concept.


The material choice is obviously deliberate to create the goal of having a piece that will organically change over time. Some materials used are: cement, sand, micro silica, fiber glass, ceramic tiles, and live coral. “The texture, chemical composition and design actively encourage the settlement of embryonic corals. Areas of shelter and void space provide a habitat for creatures to breed and take refuge.” http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/underwater-alien-sculptures

Another thing I love about the sculptures of this artist is that the story behind them are thought provoking and tie in with the nature surrounding them while still connecting it back to human beings. A great example of this is his sculpture of a lone naked woman in a sad posture clutching herself named “No Turning Back”. “The sadness portrayed in the piece references the recent statistics reporting how Caribbean reefs have seen losses of up to 80%.” http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/jason-decaires-taylor-underwater-sculptures

“I have a whole team of underwater helpers that come along and do all the finishing for me. The coral applies the paint. The fish supply the atmosphere. The water provides the mood.” – Jason deCaires Taylor 2010











The basic idea was that I wanted the finished project to be useable. I wanted to make a wine rack because that is something that could make an easy present or I could use in my next house where there isn’t a wine rack. I wanted something that was functional and necessary. 

When confronted with the piece I want the viewer to think functional, smooth, sensible. I used a palette because I look at them everyday and really wanted to see if I could make something worthwhile or beautiful out of one. Maybe it was a “one mans trash another ones treasure” thing. Anyways, I also sanded all the pieces and rounded the corners on the front to make it smooth. The joints were sensible because they make the rack more secure. I only used palette wood. The poster I thought worked well with the color of the stain and the overall feeling. 

I learned I can make something useful out of a stupid palette. I also learned to feel comfortable with using power tools. I feel more confident if I should have to woodwork in the future. If I had to do it again I wouldn’t have gotten sick so I could have had more time. I also would have picked a better palette so I wouldn’t have to spend forever sanding and cutting down a piece of wood I didn’t need. 


Week 8: Textures/ Surfaces


The consistent theme is that all of the surfaces/ textures are all from an automobile. There are about a million ways someone could use these materials in artistic projects. There are several artists who have used cars as canvases including those in the BMWs on going art series like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. One artist has used 3D printing and a custom mix of materials and coatings to create the look of liquid metal on a car. The following is the work of Ioan Florea.


Week 7: Someone Who Changed Your Perception Of What Art Can Be

Walter de Maria


Intriguing man to say the least. Walter de Maria was an American sculptor, illustrator, and composer who recently passed away last year at age 77. He is well known for his monumental outdoor installations but has done many pieces of different varieties.


His “New York Earth Room,” which opened in 1977, was a 3,600 square foot loft filled with 22 inches of earth (treated so nothing could grow in it). Another was in Germany where he pushed a solid brass rod into the ground  so that only its smooth top was visible. “In October, the artist presented his installation “The 2000 Sculpture” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it occupied most of the Resnick Pavilion. The piece consisted of 2,000 white rods arranged to form a geometric tesselation, creating different reflections of light.” http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/26/entertainment/la-et-cm-walter-de-maria-died-20130725



He is well known for his, “The Lightning Field,” western New Mexico. “The work is a grid of 400 stainless steel poles averaging 20 ½ feet in height and spaced 220 feet apart covering an area 1 kilometer by 1 mile.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/arts/design/walter-de-maria-artist-on-grand-scale-dies-at-77.html?_r=0


One of the rather important ideas he tried to communicate in his life what that the, “the invisible is real”. I believe he did a great job of this. I can’t imagine what “The 2000 Sculpture” would be like but I really think if would make the invisible come to life, if just for a short while, with the effect of the reflected light. The same can be said for “The Lightening Field” which I would love to see especially since I think lightening is dangerous, electric, and magnificent. 

He uses materials that enhance or create the effect that he tried, and succeeded, to accomplish so I think the poles, and rods, and whatever other materials he used were absolutely necessary. 


Many people have claimed the same thing about this man. In a word I feel like he is a legend. He has shown me that capturing lightening can be art and I find that quite exciting. 

“I think he’s one of the greatest artists of our time,” said LACMA director Michael Govan, who had worked with De Maria for a number of years. “I think there’s a quality to his work that is singular. It was sublime and direct.” http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/26/entertainment/la-et-cm-walter-de-maria-died-20130725


Singular, sublime, and direct. I think there are no better words. 









Week 6: Interesting Joints

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The theme that connects most of these joints is that they are all structural rather than decorative. The last three wood joinings that I found could easily be used in the wine rack I plan on making. It was good to see these functioning in real life when I didn’t even notice they were there. Charles Prowell is an artist that often uses wood joining similar to what I have photographed. The following is one of his pieces. 


Week 5: Some whose work is confusing



Something about his art I just don’t understand. When I first looked him up I found one of his pieces to be reminiscent of a creepy teletubbie and that thought has stuck. Also, is he even a reverend?


Turns out the answer is yes. Reverend Acres has, “an honorary doctorate of divinity from the World Christianship Ministries in Fresco, Calif., a mail-order organization he came across on the Internet. He preaches on Sundays along Fremont Street in Las Vegas in his powder-blue tuxedo. Sometimes he preaches in trailer parks around northern Nevada, taking along a portable chapel in the back of a 1965 Shasta camper.” http://www.nytimes.com/2000/01/21/arts/art-in-review-ethan-acres-reverend-ethan-acres-s-rockin-millennium-countdown.html

So this guy is interesting. Preaching in a powder-blue tux out of a camper? Perhaps I can get on board. Perhaps not. From what I can gather Reverend Ethan is spreading the Word in more modern and unconventional ways. Not only does he deliver sermons but performances and mixed-media pieces as well. Many of his pieces are supposed to inform the viewer of biblical passages but it has been said that, “nobody could leave Acres’ exhibition with any deeper understanding of Christian principles.” http://www.frieze.com/issue/review/reverend_ethan_acres/


He has several different materials and forms. Weather it be digitally altered photographs, sculptures, or him dressed in some interesting get-up I think that he finds a way to communicate his idea well. The generalization that I get from most critics is that he creates a mixture of religion and pop culture and his goal is to portray the truth about the Word of God without mocking it. “His work is funny, flashy, gauche and eye-catching: all things which generally arouse suspicion about the integrity of what is being said.”http://www.frieze.com/issue/review/reverend_ethan_acres/

This is exactly what he is going for, as he says in an interview with Paul Young:


There’s a long, great history of religious figures and holy fools doing outrageous things to get people to stop what they’re doing and reconsider their relationship with the divine. I feel that that’s my job: to put a big old fork in the road and force people to stray to the right or left. I could care less if that means they love me or hate me, just as long as they have to take a moment and think about their faith, or lack of it, in a new way.”



Overall, I still can’t say his work is for me or really makes me question my faith. However, I now have a better understanding of what he is trying to achieve and I appreciate it. I would much rather see this look at faith than some others, I find it fresh and intriguing.