Friday, April 29, 2011

Three Dimensional Artists - Madison Rubenstein

Louis Bourgeois 
Born in Paris, France
Studied at the Lycée Fénelon, Paris, France,1921-1927
Studied Mathematics at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1932-35
Studied at the École du Louvre, Paris, France, 1935-36
Studied at the Atelier Roger Bissière de l‘Académie Ranson 1936-1937
Studied at the Académie d‘Espagnat 1936-1937
Studied at the École des Beaux-Arts with Devambez and Colarossi, Paris, France, 1936-38
Studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière with Othon Friesz and Wlérick, Paris, France, 1937-38
Studied at the Académie Julian, Paris, France 1938
Studied at the Académie Scandinavie with Charles Despiau 1938
Worked in the Atelier of Fernand Léger, Paris , France,1938
Moved to New York NY 1938
Art Students League with Vaclav Vytlacil 1938-39
Atelier 17, New York NY 1946

Since her work is focused on her own personal trauma I have not been able to locate events during each year that these pieces were made that are relevant to work. Regardless I will still list some for the sake of the assignment.
"Spider" 1966

"Untitled" 1969
February 2nd: Ten paintings are defaced in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Janus Fleuri, 1968

Growing up, Bourgeouis lived in Paris with her parents and her father had multiple mistresses that she was aware of and in accidental occasions, witnessed to. She became very traumatized by this and it has brought highly sexual and grotesque content into all of her work. She once said, "Art is the experiencing - or rather - re experiencing of a trauma." 
I don't really have work of here's I don't like, but Instead I have favorites. The first sculpture of the spider is my favorite. She has done several of those and these and she talks about how they are a type of "safe" zone or "protection" for her when she recalls her trauma. 
I love her work because it creates a visceral reaction. It disgusting and disturbing at the same time and that's a type of work that really interests me.

Holton Rower
Born in Greenwich Village, New York City, 1962
Attended The Putney School
Currently lives in Brooklyn Heights
Studio located in Lower Manhattan

Money, PVC Glue


Acrylic on Plywood


Money, PVC Glue

Human Hair

Acrylic on Wood

Fish Hooks, wire

I discovered Rower for his "Tall Paintings" (view the link below "Untitled" Acrylic on Plywood). He has a playful style to his art and is not afraid with varying his materials. While I find the mitten made of hair strange it's still pretty sweet, and for the most part just looks like a a wool mitten. As a student with no money I get annoyed when i see art made with excessive amount of money, I get a bit annoyed, and it just seems excessive. Regardless, work he has made with money is very impressive, interesting, and visually appealing. 

Dietrich Wegner
"Cloud Playhouse" Series
Often Wegner chooses materials that contradict an aspect of an image while striving towards a realistic depiction of the image. A mushroom cloud is fluffy like synthetic cotton, yet a Poly-fil mushroom cloud becomes fun and cozy.  A blood splat (such as in Red Field) is shiny and exciting, yet perhaps signifying something not so fun. Both a Poly-fil playhouse and a urethane blood splat are examples of material reflecting what an image looks like and contradicting the tone of what a subject feels like or “means”.  Sometimes the material choice does not both challenge and support an image; the material may simply do one or the other. In these cases, when the material does little contradicting, the image(s) itself must create the limbo.
"In Playhouse, I combine an atomic bomb’s mushroom cloud, with one of the safest places one can go, their childhood playhouse."
The series shows a juxtaposition between playful childhood comfort and a atomic mushroom cloud. I like this work because it's interactive and I enjoy the discomfort that juxtaposition provides. 

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

When I was in Vienna, Austria, I discovered the breathtaking work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. While he was more known for his graphic art and paintings, Hundertwasser had an amazing style of architecture. In his museum in Vienna, the floors were brick but were shaped in waves like lumps in the floor that lead you to the work he has displayed on the walls and move you through the museum. He explained in one of this books that he felt the flat floor was built for machine and was never meant for people. That by walking on flat ground humans loose their equilibrium. 

Nick Geoigou

Nick Georgiou was born in NYC, in 1980. He received his BFA in Film and Television from New York Universities' Tisch School of the Arts. After graduation, he worked as a Production Designer and Art Director on independent films before focusing full time on his career as a sculptor. Georgiou creates meticulously hand-stitched newsprint sculptures, which he integrates into the urban environment. His sculptures breathe new life into discarded books and newspapers found on the streets and comments upon the regeneration of the printed word in contemporary society.My art is inspired by the death of the printed word”.

Nick Cave
Central Missouri

Cave is an American fabric sculptordancer, and performance artist. He is best known for his Soundsuits: wearable fabric sculptures that are bright, whimsical, and other-worldly. I love his mixture of African American and modern style costumes and clothing. They have amazing presence. 


Friday, April 22, 2011

Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt is a Chicago based artist born 1935. He started with sculpture in 1955. He does a lot of big public sculptures made of metal. The forms and shapes that he makes out of metal are really interesting and organic. His work seems pretty abstract, but it's appealing. There is definitely a lot of movement with many of his pieces.

Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins is an artist born 1970, and resides in Washington DC who does a lot of street installations. One thing that he uses a lot is packaging tape. A lot of his works are strange and things that don't make much sense. He plays a lot with surreal scenes, and likes to alter the human body (like making the head of a person a stop sign or something). His most impressive pieces to me are definitely the packaging tape animals and sculptures.

Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen is a Danish artist born 1967, and he does a lot of cutting out paper and making really cool sculptures out of it. The level of detail that he puts in the sculptures is really amazing. Somehow he manages to create these beautiful sculptures out of one piece of A4 paper.

I don't know if there's much information about him, but here's his website, and some pictures:

Some of his works.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Theo Jansen

Is a Dutch artist who studied physics and now builds amazing structures that move and "walk" by using the power of the wind.

There are some videos of this amazing creation here

These skeletal creatures move up and along the beach. He creates these things to basically have a mind of their own that can sense obstacles in its way and avoid them. Also some can store the wind to continue moving even if there is none while others have devices that can anchor themselves to the ground in order to avoid being blown over.

Jansen quit Physics to become a painter and then made a UFO at one point that flew across Paris. And then later developed an amazing painting machine

Leo Kempf

There is very little information on this specific artist..His website and blog are a little vague on the details of his life but he has some awesome furniture design that is extremely eco friendly! And that is a total plus for me! He uses recycled tires and cardboard for a lot of his design. The bottom piece is a cardboard coffee table called "Conversation Table" So not only is he a great and eco-friendly designer he's also witty! Two points for Leo!

Jennifer Maestre

Jennifer Maestre is a South American born artist, who works primarily with pencils. She graduated Wellesley College for Fine Arts and Economics in 1981, and got her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art in 1997. Her sculptures were first inspired by sea urchins. What she does is takes a bunch of pencils, cuts them into one inch sections, drills a hole in them so they become beads, and sews them together. Then she makes super awesome sculptures.

here's her website, and some photos: Jennifer Maestre

Robert Bradford

Robert Bradford grew up in England and after graduating from Beckenham School of Art he worked in the medical field to support his art making which then focused on drawing and painting with a few experiments in film and photography. He then was offered a lectureship in California where he lived for the next 5 years.

He switched his focus to sculpture upon his return to London to study psychotherapy. He placed many public/interactive pieces throughout London where he became better known.  Now he is working on his recycled toy sculptures, which are pictured here.

Andrea Meyers

Andrea takes sculpture to a whole new level combining fiber and paper based 2D art into her 3D work. She uses color and mass to create crazy shapes and incredible designs.

She has spent the last 8 years living and working in Chicago although she was born in Ohio. Her art explores the relationship between construction and deconstruction.

She uses fabrics like felt as well as her own printed paper and paint. She creates almost collage-like structures to build forms that are identifiable like volcanos or plateaus or just abstract forms that are aesthetically wild to look at.