Archive for March 2011

Fritz Scholder

My artist to research was Fritz Scholder.  I could not find that much on him other than that he was a renowned Native American artist.  He was born on October 6, 1937 in Breckenridge Minnesota.  He new at an early age what he was meant to do.  He attended a music camp and was voted best boy artist and president of the art camp.  He met many Native American designers from the Cherokee tribe and also studied alot with Hopi jewlery designer Charles Laloma.  Scholder graduated from the University of Sacramento and soon after was invited to participate in the Rockefeller Indian Project at the University of Arizona.  Now he currently has some of his works of art in the Museum of Northern Arizona.   These are some of his pieces shown there.

Man In Blue

 

one of his most famous artworks

Future Clone

This statue to the right was created by Scholder in 1999. It currently resides in George Gustave Heye Center.  Scholder sadly died February 5th, 2005, but his beautiful creative art still stands in museums across the country and also some works he created in London, Paris and Budapest.

Posted March 16, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized

LACMA Baby!

I visited the Los Angeles Museum of Art today and absolutely loved it.  I have been here before a few times but have not seen as many works of art as I did today.  One of my favorite visits was when they had the Pompeii exhibit.  It was very interesting and made me want to research and learn more about it, just like today when I saw more of the museum and more artists that i had not known about before.  Our assignment was to find pictures that made us think about ourselves and how we connected or how we saw ourselves in them.  The first painting I came across was done by Richard Pousette-Dort called The Edge.  It made me think about how all of us can be on the edge sometimes and how crazy my life is right now.  I barely have time to do homework or clean while working a bunch of hours at my job.  I seem to have so many things I’m thinking about at once that this is sort of what my brain is filled with, a lot of clutter.  I really enjoyed how Pousette-Dart used so many different colors and shapes to show how someone can be on the edge of reality and not know what is going on sometimes.  This work of art was in the Americas Building of the museum and it was the first piece i had seen of his.  So it was pretty cool that an artist i had never heard of related to me in the way I feel these days.

The second painting I came across was a Georgia O’Keeffe piece named Horse’s Skull with Pink Rose.  I have always loved O’Keeffe’s work since elementary sch0ol since i gave an art lesson with a friend to my class painting some of her flowers.  But this piece especially caught my eye because she made something horible like a horse’s skull looked almost beautiful with a pink rose.  Like there can be beauty in death even know that is one of the things we fear the most. How it relates to me is that i just lost a dog a few months back that i had had since I was six and we recently buried him and put a flower bed around his grave, so when the flowers start blooming we can always think about him.

This painting by Granville Redmond named California Poppy Field, was another piece of art that I enjoyed because since I was young my family and I have visited the poppy fields down in San Diego when they bloom.  It is kind of like a ritual on Mother’s Day for my grandma and my mother to see the hillside with the poppies with our family.  Also this painting relates to me because I have grown up in California and couldn’t dream of living anywhere else, because of the beautiful flowers and great weather we get almost year round.

This ofcourse is a Pablo Picasso piece that I have seen before  named Head of a Woman.  It made me think of how sometimes this is how I see myself in the mirror in the morning :).  A little disfigured and like oh my I need to take a shower and put on some make-up.  There were  many more Picasso’s and even though it is hard to see a reasoning or beauty behind his work I think this one can relate to alot of women who feel the same way as I do some times in the morning. 

The 10th of August 1792, by Baron Francois Gerard kind of made me laugh because it depicts a court room scene and how everyone is in chaos here, when in real life court is more serious and not everyone is standing up shouting things.   I have had to go to court before so this kind of made me smile because even though it was for something so little I remember smirking and kind of pissing of the judge just  for the reason I thought it was not that big of a deal.

In this painting by John Hoppner named Miss Charlotte Papendick as a Child it reminded me of how i looked as a little girl.  All dressed up with curly hair and rosy cheeks posing for the camera or in this case the Hoppner.  At the moment when my “glamour” picture was taken I wasn’t to thrilled but now I’m glad because I can look at them and smile about that day.

Posted March 16, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized

Lecture

In Class on February 23rd we talked about how identity was an argument about how art has been about either me, you, or us.  Chicano art or more commonly known as Latin American or Spanish art was focused on bad to good and proud about their heritage.  They also would take words of oppression and celebrate it through their own expressionism.  Many would use this as a basis of initiative to show how far they have come in a world that wasn’t accepting at first.  In 1996 Gary Locke was the first Chinese-American governor in U.S. history, and he had an office that was only a few miles away from where his Grandfather was once a servant.  That adds to how ambitious “minorities” are in proving that they to can do great things in America.

Cindy Sherman was a great photographer that would take self portraits of herself in the 20th century that would make a vision or almost a story in each photo.  This photo above was named Cinderella.  What I acquired from this photo was that she does not look like our vision of Cinderella, not a servant in a household, but more of a business woman who may one day find a good job or maybe even her prince 🙂

Posted March 16, 2011 by stpauligirl16 in Uncategorized