For my final post, I would like to introduce my favorite piece from this semester. This work is not specifically from this art 102 class but, from my intro to drawing class. The objective of the project was to show shadows through contouring/cross-hatching. I was able to connect with this project more than others and I had fun working with fine detail. I felt that this was one of the first projects where I immersed myself and spent time to perfectly emulate shadows. I decided to try and mix mediums by using sharpie for the more detailed shadow work, while I used India ink for the background.
Tintin Cooper is a female artist reigning from Bangkok City. I probably ran into her work from either Tumblr or from late evenings of procrastination, and was instantly mesmerized. I give credit to Cooper for initiating my love and interest for collage work. In her work, she uses notable figures form sports to popular media to point out society’s celebrity obsessions.
“My work takes its starting point from icons/images of masculinity, heroism and male identity, which are subsequently deconstructed through the mediums of sculpture, installation and collage.” – Tintin Cooper
These images are usually constructed in a way to obscure the figures’ faces as if to mock them. What I also enjoy about these photos is the quality. Cooper purposefully takes photos from the 80’s because they’re “less complicated and more romantic”. I also understand her intentions and admire the vintage feel. Cooper’s work of a man in a red sweater has to be my favorite because of her interesting use of weaving in order to distort the figure’s face. However, she arranges the image in a way where you could still put together the man’s face.
One artist that I have recently stumbled across and have been OBSESSED with is Matthew Cox. Raised in Philadelphia, Cox attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City and Otis/Parsons in LA. He is known for his work with mix media such as drawings, oil paintings, and (most notably) for his inspiring fusion of medical x-rays and embroidery. What makes his art so enchanting is his blend of completely opposite mediums and his way of turning everyday medical equipment into works of art. Many of his weavings either add on to the x-rayed body parts or add a scene around the x-ray. In his most recent mini x-rayed weavings, Cox takes a chest x-ray and adds on iconic heads such as Ms. Piggy, Snow White, Casper, Barbie, and many more. I wish I could visit his exhibits in person just to see how he combines the two mediums together; either he sews on top the x-ray or somehow places the two together. I also love the fact that a man is able to create fine art weavings with such detail and accuracy, when usually women are associated with weaving in US culture.