Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day 2 - ATPP camp

trainer asked us to be curators and decide how should the 27 pictures of artwork be displayed ...our target audience was preschoolers.... 

and immediately, michelle, who is a mother of a 3 year old and a 8 month princess, took charge .... telling us how to use a preschooler mind set to curate the artworks..... 

A few piece of the artworks caught my special attention so went home to google about it.... info all cut and paste from the net de... too lazy to re-phrase...=P 

Lang Kacang – Bayu Utomo

It is a sculpture of an armless tribal warrior screaming into the void. The expression on face is contorted by his roar of frustration and anger. Warrior is the symbol of the spirit who becomes a source of protection and support throughout his life’s journey. 

However, in the sculpture the warrior seemly caught in the midst of confusion and seeking direction. Through the expression of the face, the sculpture may describe the emasculation of the modern man, who are soulless and empty within. The armless warrior is useless, appearing as something weakened and unable to fight back. It may hint on the impracticality of culture and tradition beside the rise of modernity. 

However, elaborated headdress symbolizes rich culture and tradition. The upright tilt of the head suggests a sense of defiance and pride and resolve. Also, his head is thrown back with the force of his roar of frustration and anger. The facial expression is contorted in emotion and yet the torso stands stiff and rigid, bound by bandages of metal. In contrast to the constricting armour of metal, the feathers of the headdress stand defiant and proud, symbolic of rich traditional culture and evocative of traditions past that are slowly being abandoned. 

Though the body of the warrior is slightly bent to the front while the torso stay stiff to the ground, it seems as there is a force pulling the warrior forward and the warrior is trying to resist it with all his might. And the metal armour and chains may symbolize suffering and the misery that the warrior is going under.

Guitar (1912) - Picasso
It shows Picasso’s reification of the negative space of the guitar’s hole as a cone and his use of the space within the body of the instrument as the core of his sculptural form. The fact that a guitar’s body is bounded by parallel planes must have been particularly suggestive to Picasso, who peeled off the instrument’s front and varied the depth of the sides, which he retained. He scooped out the guitar’s neck and defined the plane of its face with frets, indicated by crudely-knotted strings. The first guitar of 1912, made of paperboard, paper, string and wire, is so simple in its means of construction that it might be a recent children’s school project.

It was shown hanging above a varying group of drawings and collages in a series of photographs of 1912, but when published in1913 the guitar rested upon the sliver of a cardboard tabletop which cantilevered from the wall, as it did, surrounded by further elements, in a still later photograph of the artist’s studio. The cardboard construction functioned, then, as did the works on paper that Picasso pinned and re-pinned to the wall around it – as a means of working through variants of ideas.

Picasso disassembled the cardboard Guitar and tabletop and packed them away in 1913, not to be seen again until after his death. The artist left the work to MoMA, to whom he had already donated the sheet metal version; the Museum considered the cardboard Guitar a maquette for the metal version. When MoMA reassembled and publicly exhibited it, in 1980, it was the instrument alone.

the little 14 year old dancer - Edgar Degas
It is a sculpture of a young student of the Paris Opera Ballet dance school named Marie van Goethem. The sculpture is two-thirds life size and was originally sculpted in wax, an unusual choice of medium for the time. It is tinted to stimulate flesh, was clothed in a read bodice, tutu and ballet slippers and topped by a horsehair wig tied with a silk ribbon.  28 bronze repetitions were cast after Degas’ death and appear in museums and galleries around the world today. The tutus worn by the bronzes vary from museum to museum.

The exact relationship between Marie van Goethem and Edgar Degas is a matter of debate. It was usual in 1880 for the "Petits Rats" of the Paris Opera to seek protectors from among the wealthy visitors at the back door of the opera.

 Metal Cows by Miina Akkijyrkka
 Miina Äkkijyrkkä, a controversial Finnish sculptor, is known for her love of the Finncattle, the native Finnish dairy breed. She mixes visual arts with cattle-raising.

She assembled massive scrap metal car parts into sculptures of cows that are both colorful and expressive within a woodland landscape. These cows raised many debates as they were bringing agriculture as a theme to the Finnish contemporary art scene. 

 Monogram - Robert Rauschenberg
 A stuffed Angora goat standing atop a platform consisting of a collaged painting and amid objects such as a police barrier, a shoe heel and a tennis ball. The goat has a used automobile tire wrapped around the middle of its body. Robert is primarily known for his “combines” – a combination of 3D objects and paint. He uses everyday waste, thrown away objects to create his work. 

Fountain - Duchamp
It is considered by many to be the most influential piece of modern art. It is one of the pieces which were called readymades (also known as found art).

“Whether Mr. Mutt made the fountain with his own hands or not has no importance. He CHOSE it. He took an article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under the new title and point of view – created a new thought for that object.”

Love how the trainer used the question on what is the similarity between all the artworks to lead us to the focus of the day on

our first challenge: create a 3D figure from a 2D paper in less than 3 minutes
title: searching for his head
wahahaha.... no time to paste the head on the figurine

came up with this idea cos din wanna copy my course mates' ideas of crushing the paper or folding it into origami

second challenge: we were given about an hour to create a sculpture to represent someone who made an impact in our art career.... 


it's a special person who has a tattoo on her ankle 

course mates' work 
her hubby as a super owl with a cape

family portrait
blue heart (with red outline) - hubby
red heart (with blue outline) - wifey
small blue heart - son
small red heart - daughter
yellow heart - mother who's holding the family together 

depicting the fragility of life
 see.... with a swipe of the scarf and this is what it became

each of the flower represents the level of the pupils she taught 

depicting the watchful eye of her mother

super cool hubby who plays the saxophone combines with her who does art   

daughter & father

course mate's son who's a professional rock climber  

course mate said that his wife's concerned voice (nagging) is as sweet as the music produced by the harp..... how I wish Mr Ang thinks so too.... =S
next up - installation 

the difference between sculpture and installation: 

Sculptures are designed to be viewed from the outside as a self-contained arrangement of forms whereas installations often envelop the viewer or the user in the space of the work. Viewers enter a controlled environment where it sometimes features objects as well as lights, sound and projected imagery. The most important is the effect towards the viewer’s spatial and cultural expectations and experience as well as giving the viewer critical thoughts.

my group's 

web of obstacles

 other groups' installation 

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