The art piece I have chosen to talk about is not from this class. I am a painting student and feel that this work is a better representation of my art than much of the work I have created for FA 102. My creative goal has been to tell a story about the people closest to me through the objects that remind me of them. For this reason I have chosen to discuss my piece based off of my grandmas hands. I believe that you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their hands. You can not only see age, but also the struggles of that persons life. In my work I attempt to use complimentary colors to push the subject matter forward in the painting. I chose an ambiguous background so that there aren’t any distractions from the hands and attempted to create a highly detailed work without completely losing the brushstroke.
Using color, scale, and repetition, Katharina Fritsch creates a unique form of sculpture based on everyday objects. She transforms the meaning of a mannequin, a rat, or a kitchen table by giving each a story. In her piece the Rat King, the shock of seeing thirteen rats, taller than the average human staring you down in a menacing, unmoving black gives the viewer a completely new perspective on the rodent. Originally placed in New York one may wonder if these giant rats might be a symbol of the city itself. The animal that is normally feared, becomes a point of curiosity. These thirteen pillars are not only united by their identical image but also are literally tied together by a large knot in the middle of their circle. In another piece, Company at a Table she uses her repetition of more than thirty sober looking men to make a statement about lack of diversity in culture. The black and white figures dressed in identical clothing, with identical posture, expressions and spacing creates an over-manufactured look to the employees at the table. Meanwhile the table itself is patterned, almost like a picnic table creating a sort of levity to the weighty figures in the piece. I think the processed quality of Katharina’s work adds to the intrigue of the pieces themselves. Between her unique placement of pieces and the quantity of the pieces they are difficult to ignore. This German artist has made her her systematic and minimalistic art with the intent to make the view think about their own life in relation to the object portrayed. Whether it is a table full of business men or a circle of united rats towering over a city she wants the viewer to interpret its meaning by giving them the most basic information she can. Katharina has made the point of understanding the location of her pieces and pushing her point based on the audience of it.
Alberto Giacometti was a talented painter and sculpture around the 1930’s. Inspired by cubism and African art he created beautiful and unique works of art. After a few years he moved towards surrealism then changed once again. Giacometti became almost obsessive over his works drawing and re-drawing the same pictures to study the human form as he transferred his human forms to sculpture they became so thin that some crumbled to dust. The figures are described as being seen at a distance but to me seem more like the elongated shadows of humans. These skeletal forms make a statement about the people coming out of World War II. Just as those who have struggled and starved in concentration camps there is very little left of the figures. These faceless being become known only by their poses. I believe these pieces were larger than life size adding to the impact of the figures themselves. The figures are hauntingly gorgeous. It is easy to see Giacometti’s artistic history in the pieces through the simplified form and rough texture of the material itself. I believe these also tell an artists story of frustration very clearly. The almost stick figure quality seems as if Alberto kept chipping away at the work until there was nearly nothing left.