10-29-08 Culture Wars (Watt's Tower and the Riots)

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Unformatted text preview: Watt’s Art and Our Papers 1 Watt’s Art and Our Papers 2 Watt’s Art and Our Papers Simon Rodia, Watts Towers, constructed 1921-1954, Los Angeles Watts Tower – Italian Immigrant Simon Rodia build this assemblage (art composed of disguard or junk and art emphasizing the process rather than the product) in South Central Los Angeles and between 1921-54. Pottery, Glass Bottles and Jars – all of these were some of the objects Rodia used which indicate a folk like style. Watts tower resembled the temporary towers constructed during festival “La Festa De Gilli” in Rodia’s Birthplace which man produce clues to the self-taught artists spiritual or nativist intentions . Watts tower influenced other assemblages (Art style using junk to create wart work and focusing more on the process rather than the product) artist such as George Herms and Betye Saar. Because Rodia received little formal training and had no connection to the art word, most scholars label Watt’s Tower as outsider art. 1. Watt’s Tower, 1921-1955, Simon Rodia 1. Historical Information On Watt’s Tower 1. Today, Watts tower receives a lot of tourism yet few people in LA know about the art project. 2. Watts tower was worked on for over 35 years 3. To build the tower, Rodia salvaged random objects, whatever he could find. This included paying children in the neighborhood to pick up garbage which became part of the construction. 3 Watt’s Art and Our Papers 4. With one little money he made working his day job, Rodia bought cement and sand 5. Rodia used scaffolding to construct the tower but often added to the construction without proper safety equip 6. Watt’s tower influenced George Herms and Nikki de Saint Phalle, two professional artist. 7. The Watt’s towers were not commissioned so Rodia worked as tile worker and cement finisher during the day. He often worked on the towers during the night. 2. Information about the Rodia 1. Rodia began work on the tower at the age of 42 2. Rodia never said why he built the towers when people asked him what he was doing he said he was doing something big – that’s it. 3. Rodia was born 1879 in Nola Italy where he received very little education 1. Nola Italy famous for street festival, La Festa De Gilli, in which 3 towers and one boat are constructed so the town can parade around these makeshift objects. 1. The Nola towers may have influenced the Watt’s Towers. 4 Watt’s Art and Our Papers 4. Rodia was described as having an abrasive personality – He Often made off-putting remarks and fought with his neighbors 5. Rodia spent much of his time alone 3. Artistic Style of Watt’s Tower 1. Watts tower known as assemblage folk Art 2. The entire project includes 3 large spires, a ship, and a patio 1. The tallest spire rose 100 fear 3. During the 34 years of construction, some of the visual moments were occurring such as Harlem Renaissance, WPA Murals, FSA Photography, NY abstract movement....
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