January 20 Art 101 Notes

January 20 Art 101 Notes - Thursday, January 20, 2011 The...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 The Creative Impulse (Chp 1.) Subject Matter Nature – the native physical world that surrounds us and the biomechanical world without our physical selves Culture – A society’s images, idea, attitudes, customs, skills and arts. Artist’s Relationship To Nature -Reflection: Landscape, painting photography - Interaction : Earthworks To Culture - Artists can reflect cuture - Artists act as social critics To Self – Self Portraits, Emotions Ex) Van Gogh – Self Portrait w/ bandage ear, 1889 Ex) KAthe Kollwitz – Deathing Seizing A woman, 1934 Modern Art Art for art’s sake: subject is neither nature nor culture Example: Jackson Pollock – Untitled Number 1, 1950 Understanding Art Subject – The “what” of a work of art: the people, place, things, themes, processes and ideas in a work. Representational – imagery that is recognizable as being representatives of something in the physical world. Ex) Leonardo Da Vinci – Mona Lisa, 1503-05 Abstraction – Imagery that is representative of something in the physical world, though the image has been skewed or altered in some way by the artist. Ex) Piet Mondrian – Abstractions of a Tree Non-objective Art – Art that is non-representational, that does not portray figures or objects from the visible world.
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Ex) Robert Motherwell Form: The “How” Form o The general structure and overall organizations of the work—sometimes synonymous with “shape” when describing a 3-d object o What you can physical see about an artwork. Picture Plane o The picture plane surfaces of a painting that separates the viewer from the image o Think of it as a window opening into space o Ex) Rene Magritee – The Human Condition, 1934 o Ex) Raphael – The school of Athens, 1511 Media o Materials used in creating art Content: the “Why” Content o All that which Is contained in a work of art: the visual elements, subject matter, and underlying meaning or themes . Semiotics o Systems by which signs are interpreted o The study of signs o Sign = Signifier/Signified Signifier – what you see or hear Signified – what it means Code o Rules that determine what a given signifier means in a given culture o Ex) Cigarette Ad – Circa 1960s
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Iconography o Study of themes and symbols in the visual arts, figures and images that lend meaning to the work o Specific vocabulary of symbols and sign “Putting it All Together” Style o Signature look of an artist’s work o Distinctive characteristics of an artist’s work and those of a culture or era or movement Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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