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. 



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