My Blog List

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Abstract Expressionism
1.Wassily Kandinsky                                             
 A. "Red Spot 1"                                                     
     Oil on Canvas                                  
     131x181 sm                                                         
In my opinion, this one definitely goes into the contrast/chaos category. I love how Kandinsky uses the different colors for his expressions and it seems to work. The lines, to me, are repetition. How he uses the same types of strokes and the dots re what stands out to me.

  B. "Picture with a black Arch"   1912               
     Oil on canvas
     188x196 sm

 The black lines are the repetition in this painting. The strokes may be different sizes, but the fact that they are black resembles repetition to me. With that said, the scale is the same as the one above. I see contrast with a hint of chaos. Believe it or not, I see more chaos in the one above. The black lines give it some type of harmony.

2. Clyfford Still                                           
  A. 1949
      oil on canvas    

     105 x 81 inches

Def, def, definitely contrast. I see chaos in all of the reds. The black marks add to the painting and with the way they arranged, it gives me a sense of chaos. The repetition, of course, is the black marks with the use of red painting. It's not similar, but that does not mean it is not repetition. I keep seeing the black and red and that to me is repetition. 

 B. 1957                                                                   
     oil on canvas
     113 x 155 inches

No harmony whatsoever in this painting. With the marks looking like they are pointing downward, it gives me the sense of repetition. I keep seeing the same thing over and over with the marks. The black marks are in the background, but I see the reds more. I am attracted to those more and therefore see the contrast in the painting.

1.Dan Flavin                                                               
 A. Alternate diagonals of March 2. 1964 (to Don Judd)       
      Daylight and cool white fluorescent tubing
      144 x 12 in

First, it is apparent that the materials used are fluorescent lighting. All I see is harmony. Well that's what I get out of it. The way the lights are arranged and the direction they seem to be going in, is pure harmony to me; no contrast. Due to the amount of lights being used, that's how I can explain repetition. More than one is being used, and the brightness is hard to ignore, it gives me the sense of repetition. Honestly, all I really see is lights being arranges in an organized manner.

 B. Greens crossing Greens, 1966                                                  
     Green fluorescent light
     2- and 4-ft. fixtures,
     4 feet 5 inches x 19 feet 2 1/4 inches x 12 feet

Now this one is a bit more interesting to me. I chose these two because I can see how he became more comfortable with the lights. I do see a bit of contrast. Yes, he still uses the lights, and they are set in a harmonic fashion, but the way they are arranged gives me a sense of constrast. I want to look in both direction. Again, the repetition is due to the fact that only lights are being used. But I do like this one. Although it is nothing but lights like the top, the color and the way it is arranged, give it a more interesting outlook.

2. Frank Stella
  A. Ifafa 1,from V series 1968                                  
      lithograph, printed in color
      41.3 h x 56.7 w cm

I can see there is no argument here that repetition is being used and how. But to clarify, the v's give the repetition away. I see pure harmony is how they are arranged and printed out and that they seem to be aligned perfectly well. Doesn't really do much for my eyes except show me a bunch of v's. But I do like that they are very clean and soemtimes you just need to see that.

B. Tomlinson Court Park, 1959                            
       Enamel on canvas
       84 x 109 in

Love, love how the rectangles are arranged. I know it's pretty simple, but this is something that attracts you instantly to it. You may not like it but you cannot help but too look and examine it further. With that said, harmony is applied and very well. The eyes want to keep moving towards the center. Which lead to my repetition. The repetition of the rectangles is what make this artwork function.

Post Minimalism
1. Joel Shapiro                                                                       
 A. Untitled, 1975
      Cast Iron
      Overall: 2 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.
      (6.68 x 12.06 x 15.88 cm

The only sense of repetition I get is the layout. I chose this one because I like that it is something so plain but intricate at the same time. You want to say it's nothing more that an iron box but yet you ponder it it may be something more. On this one, I am in between. I do see harmony, but I also see contrast. I see contrast in the sense that  there is a cast iron box but it's not meant for that. The harmony comes in when I see the shape and can't help but assume that it is a box.

 B. Untitled, 1983-1987                                                     
     73 in. x 39 1/2 in. x 14 in

So, Joel went a bit crazier (I guess) on this one. This sits on the harmony side for me. The shapes and the media speak nothing but harmony to m. I could say I see some contrast due to the long stem like shape, but it's more harmonic that anything else. The repetition, of course, is that he is using the bronze and bending it to create this magnificent shape that had come about. It is the same media used over and over to create this masterpiece.

2. Cecil Touchon                                                                 
  A. Post-Dogmatist Painting #288 
      Acrylic on Canvas
      60x40 inches

Well the repetition is definitely in the patterns being used. I really liket he colors that were used in this painting. I see contrast due to the layout and the placement of the yellow compared to the blue. I want to see a pattern but can't seem to find one. I don't however see it chaotic. It sees to balance itself out with the amount of blue to the yellow.

B. Post-Dogmatist Painting #289                                             
      Acrylic on Canvas
      54x36 inches

This one is a pleaser to me. I see the repetition in the patterns of the black and white. I see them as letters that have been cut off and somehow trying to find a way to get back together. I'm torn between harmony and contrast. I see harmony because, like I said, they appear to be letters trying to fing their way back. But I also see the contrast in how they appear to be stacking on op of each other.

1.Richard Wentworth                                                                          
A. Baton 2000
    Ceramic plates
    177.2 x 69.8 cm

 I cannot stop thinking about the Disturbed song, Dropping Plates!(lol) But on a serious note, the continuance of the plates scream repetition to me. I see harmony and harmony again. I do like it though. It reminds me of a crazy party and this is the results. I enjoy the very precise cuts down the middle of the plates.

  B. Sky Munich, 2000
      Mixed media                                                    
      h: 36.5 x w: 25 x d: 25 cm
      h: 14.4 x w: 9.8 x d: 9.8 in

The only repetition I get fom this is the measuring tape that is wrapping around the pitcher. The way it is arranged, my eyes want to follow it and see where it leads it it leads to anything. SInce I do see repetition, the tape gives me the vibe of contrast. How the size of the tape compared to the pitcher is not at all harmonic and that the tape is taking over, it seems a bit chaotic to me. Not that I don't like it, it's just that I dom't know if others will see it that way. (they will now though) 

No comments:

Post a Comment