This is Ian J. F. Wagner, a good friend of mine and he as been attending PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) for 10 years. Ian started by attending the FREE High School Program during the week days when he was a freshman, then attended the Undergrad program and is now about to graduate with an MFA degree. Ian doesn’t realize it, but his watercolors are amazing. He does other work as well like writing, drawing, and creating books. Though my favorite is his watercolor’s. There are these layers of colors and pigments that will just take your breath away if you look at them in person. Some of these paintings are 3 feet! When I asked him what his trick was he said “Lots of water and a very thick 8 inch watercolor brush that costs $50”.
Tonight I watched the sunset at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House. It was my second time experiencing a SkySpace created by James Turrell (My first time was at Moma PS1). A Turrell Skyspace is a specifically proportioned chamber with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky. Skyspaces can be autonomous structures or integrated into existing architecture. My experience was much different then the first, because I didn’t know much about James Turrell, I was not in art school at the time and I did not look at it for an hour during sunset. Looking up at the SkySpace I was able to really think about the comparison of the sky to the colorful LED lights surrounding it. I noticed that Turrell at certain times changed the LED lights slow at first, fast in the middle, and then slowly at the end. Sometimes I would have my eye travel along the perimeter of the square and then widen my eyes to enhance the colors. Another thing I did for a couple of minutes is close my eyes for ten seconds and then reopening them and think about how I could mix the color of the sky on on to my palette. The most interesting color of the sky for me was this bright green that I imagined mixing in my head cadmium yellow deep with cerulean blue and just a touch of mars black.
P.S. I highly suggest visiting at a SkySpace if you haven’t. There are dozes of them all over the world all you have to do is look for the closest one near you. Click here.
Le Noble Savage – Ink & Collage – 7’6″ x 5’6″, Noble Salvage – A person who has not been corrupted by civilization.
To day I was talking about collages with my co-worker, Victoria. She said that she loved collages and how she loves making hem with her sister. I on the other hand don’t see how people can like collages. I have always saw collages as a 5 year old craft or just taking out colors from magazines and using then to fill in a picture not using the subject from the magazines at all. That in my opinion is known as a stereotypical collage.
I will bow down to the person who can create a collage that can set my mind in aww. And the person I bow down to is Wangechi Mutu. I call her, Kara Walker: the collage version. The first Time I ever saw her work was it the fall of 2013 taking a tour at the Brooklyn museum ( I apologize for not writing about her sooner). The collages were huge, the one above is around 7.5 feet. First you notice the size, than the people, the fuzzy background, next the magazines, the thin paint lines and final the story.Just the size could scare anyone away. Wangechi Mutu has created giant monsters who’s beauty takes time and thought to see.
Sadly I can not just describe her work to do it justice with such a vague memorie. So if you want to learn more just click here.
Over the past few months I have been working on an art history paper for the Metropolitans Dedalus Art Histroy Reaserch Paper; Its a scholarship competition for New York City public High School seniors where the five winners get $2,000 each. I didn’t win, but I’m still very proud of my presentation using Zeega. Hope you enjoy.
James Turrell Zeega
Something that everyone must do really soon, is see the Doug Wheeler exhibit at the David Zwirner Gallery is Chelsea. It is a once in a lifetime exhibition that would change anyone’s perception on art. I felt as if I was in another universe where spaces is endless and time stops. Its an experience that everyone should live, so go see it. Please comment if you have seen it though I would love to know your interpretation of it.
For a better explenation of Doug Wheeler and one of his earlier works click the this link – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/arts/design/doug-wheeler-builds-infinity-environment-at-david-zwirner.html?_r=0
The David Zwirner Gallery, one of my favorite galleries in New York City – http://www.davidzwirner.com/
Hey have you guys ever hear of Meghan Boody, I bet that 95% of you haven’t. Well she is a very famous artist who does most of her work on photo shop. So she travels the world taking pictures and then using little bits and pieces from each photo to create an amazing stories. The thing that is really cool is that I got to go into her house. Well its not technically a house more like a really big loft, but whatever I got to go in it and meet her IN PERSON. Meghan Boody is so nice and interesting to be around. It’s like being around the Dalai Lama because she is so wise and looks at life in such a different way that it’s hard for me to explain. She gets most of her inspiration from reading old classic books like Jane Eyre, you know the ones that your teachers tell you to read but you really don’t. Meghan is the kind of artist that I would look up to because she is so passionate about what she does it’s really marveling to be around someone like that. But hey check it out for yourselves.
This is what her house really looks like but the photo is not taken by me because I don’t feel like putting someone’s home on the internet with out permission.
If you want to know more about Meghan Boody click here- http://www.lookingglasslabs.com/
So just last Thursday I had my last day working at the Rubin Museum until the next year, and because the holidays are coming up the Rubin was very generous and bought the teens who work for the museum tickets to see the Ann Hamilton exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory. This is so far the number one best gift I have personally every received. If someone really want to get me the best present ever then they would have a hard time beating this.
Ann Hamilton created this amazing piece of art that you could actually play with. There are these big huge gigantic swings that could fit two or three people and when you are swing you are moving this big white curtain in the middle of the room. Then on one side of the room there is a guy writing about the curtain and on the other side there are two actors reading about the curtain. Plus you could lay under the curtain and watch it move. Hamilton created the most childish dream I have ever had. I just felt like all the stress that I had during the week just floated right out of me. I can’t think of the last time I was truly at peace with myself. I had no clue what Hamilton’s message was but I didn’t really care because I was totally marveled over everything.
Though I did figure out what her message was until I read about it, but I just don’t want to tell you guys because I feel you first have to experience it before you know anything at all.
Just warning, that this is only going on until January 5th 2013, so make shore you get there.
For more information on anything here please click this -http://www.armoryonpark.org/programs_events/detail/ann_hamilton