During my visit to Niki de Saint Phalle’s Queen Califia’s Garden, I was able to see the magnitude and beauty of her pieces up close. The garden had multiple sculptures all of which were enormous. De Saint Phalle was known for her large colorful sculptures and she enjoyed the idea of her pieces in nature. There were a couple of very tall totem poles with animalistic features at the top of each one which were very colorful and curvy shaped. Throughout the garden, mirrors were a constant theme causing a consistent vision of oneself. The mosaic motif of every single piece created texture. On some of the pieces, brown and gray pieces of rocks created a san texture from afar. Phalle incorporates some trees into her sculptures in order to incorporate nature with her sculptures. During the daytime, the sculptures glistened in the sun considering Phalle’s pieces include a lot of reflective glass works.
I appreciated the mirror idea. I believe Phalle wanted to make sure each visitor saw themselves laughing, smiling, or playing. The huge scale and flaming color in her pieces make people smile and laugh at how almost ridiculous but beautiful her pieces are. The environment was a little confusing because she had these large colorful statues in a dark green and brown landscape. There were other viewers present which made me feel like the space was very open. Open to anyone, the sculptures were vulnerable. It was a scary feeling to think anyone can come in but that’s also what made it so amazing. Anyone can see Phalle’s unique works for free. Free doesn’t happen often. I think Phalle wanted to create a joyful and open environment for people of all ages to come and enjoy her works. Her pieces also inspired creativity to her viewers. All in all, she created interpretative, colorful, large, and joyous sculptures.
Oceanside Museum of Art, 2/18/13, SYNESTHESIA: MANIFESTATIONS OF ENERGY, PAINTINGS BY ELLEN SALK AND SOUND BY CHRISTOPHER ADLER and ENVIROSCAPES: JEN TRUTE RETROSPECTIVE
I will most remember the surrealist paintings. They sometimes look very radical and out there but they have an in-depth message with a sometimes anesthetically pleasing front.
The effect in pieces painted and created by Ellen Salk have influenced me in my own work to use shape to develop line and layering to create texture.
The main flaw I found was in Salk’s pieces. She collaborated with Christopher Adler who developed a musical composition that directly relates to his own interaction with Salk’s paintings. The music was very sharp, loud, and overpowering noises which did not make the exhibition unique but more over annoying.
After viewing Jen Trute’s Enviroscapes, I learned that surrealism painting can be very weird and not necessarily beautiful but the message they send to the viewer is more captivating than the actual image. In viewing Synesthesia, I learned that contorted overlapping shapes make visual and actual texture and I personally find texture to be such an amazing tool in artwork.
I didn’t actually meet or see the artists so I can’t really form an opinion on my respect for the artists without firsthand knowledge. I recently learned that Jen Trute(surrealist painter) passed away about 2 years ago so I mean the fact that her works are still being seen in a museum is praise-worthy.
Title: Mountain Arts Network
Date: February 12th. 2013
Nature of the event: An art gallery in Lake Arrowhead, CA
My most distinct memory of my visit to the Mountains Art Network was that different materials can be used to make a unique and sometimes beautiful piece of work. I think seeing wooden materials used for sculptures has influenced me to maybe step outside of my comfort zone and try to incorporate more natural elements. I found the use of wood and carving was very popular in the Lake Arrowhead area. I also say these beautiful acrylic painted animals on large rocks and pieces of granite and marble. I believe often times with paint and sculpture we often revert to basics by using color and canvas or sculpting out of clay. We often do not use our surrounding elements to create beauty such as wood. I felt a lot of respect for the little gallery because it had so many interesting pieces and I would much rather take another trip to this gallery than most I have seen in San Diego.
Karen Schaffman’s Dance Class, 3/4/13
What I remember most from the event would be that dance can be all improvisation and still be pretty. During my time watching the class, dancers had some outline of choreography but for the most part they were told to improvise and it made the piece original and unique. The improvisation from the dancers helped pull out the beauty in the dance.
I think the most influential part of the dance which could/would affect my own work would be that mistakes are okay and if anything they make your work seem more real to the audience. Every line, color, move doesn’t have to be perfect because perfect is unrealistic. Mistakes are real, realism creates beauty. I guess you could also argue that the reach for perfection can also be beautiful.
I discovered that dancers do not have to fit a mold; be skinny, tall, flexible, female which changes the way I feel about dance. When I think of dance, I already have a pre-thought notion that dancers are physically and aesthetically perfect but the truth is, they don’t have to be. In my time observing the class, I saw skinny women, large women, short women, tall women, males, different ethnicities. Dance is gender, color, and “beauty” blind.
I don’t really have anything bad to say about the class.
I learned that dance doesn’t have to be for a purpose but can be an expression of your emotions.
I didn’t know any of the dancers but I have equal respect for all artists in the piece regardless of who they are aside from their work.