Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kerry Marshall

  • Frank Oceans new single cover was inspired by Kerry Marshall. Kerry James is an artist who focuses most of his painting on black folk art. The painting from above is called Mastry and was painted in 

Anicka Yi, Force Majeure, 2017

             This piece by Anicka Yi is unsettling in all the right ways. She has create a visualizing pleasing object out of something rather grottoes. While I do believe it has some deeper meaning and reading what the artist say I do not see how this portrays Asian women. Some of her other works are more gross and bother more but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Growing Art

Using science is always a beautiful way to create art. I really like this because its almost as if its a snow globe effect and the three dimensions adds character.

Anicka Yi

This piece by Anicka Yi is called Sister and was made in 2011. It is made up of a red turtleneck and  tempura fried flowers. She likes the idea of deep frying the objects because it attributes to the senses and can show pain and fragility. She liked how you can used violent techniques on delicate objects to expose vulnerability. Flowers are always seen as purity. The stems are dipped in batter and then in panko crumbs and placed in the deep fryer. She likes how radical art has shifted to the culinary side of things. I really enjoyed this piece because it kind of pulls you in and makes you actually want to touch the flowers to see what they feel like. I love how she used a bright colored shirt to contrast with the muted colors from the flowers.

That Fork Feels Good Sliding in My Mouth

I found Anicka Yi's work extremely interesting. She's taking things that are considered gross and turning them into art. The art world is predominately visual, Yi is trying to change that with her work that has themes of scent and tactically. The piece shown above is called "That Fork Feels Good Sliding in My Mouth" and is a canvas made with scented soap. The painting is a statement on the designer consumer culture that revolves around personal hygiene, luxury, and olfactory decor. This piece also puts a statement that art can be decorative, and hygienic (spiritual, intellectual) aspiration. The paintings scent is meant to draw the viewer in but the barren canvas prevents the viewer from reaching a closer proximity.

Anicka Yi, Lifestyle Wars, 2017

Lifestyle Wars is a room-sized sculpture that intermingles computer equipment, enormous fake mushrooms, mirrored panels, and thousands of live ants, which methodically amble through a series of tunnels built into the piece’s walls.  I like the piece because of the colors and the mediums she used to create the piece.  My favorite part is how she uses ants to create new designs in the piece.

Anicka Yi: Childless Comfort

This piece, by Anicka Yi is called Childless Comfort. It was made in 2016. It is silicone on panel,, with artificial flowers used. It is a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be, at 41.73 x 28 x 3.54 inches. I liked this piece because of the materials used in the border. Also, I thought that real flowers were used, and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it was artificial. The name, Childless Comfort, also intrigued me. All in all it is a simple, pretty piece to look at. I would hang it in my house.

Force Majeure by Anicka Yi

Force Majeure by Anicka Yi 

I found Yi's work and the mediums she has chosen for this show to be incredibly interesting. From behind the glass wall Yi has put up, the tiles each have their own individual work of abstract art. Inside the glass, the smell would be a hint as to what the art is made out of. The fact that each strain of bacteria, while selected specifically for color, was then left to create an unpredictable work is incredibly fascinating to me. What was even more interesting was the source of the bacteria - toilet handles and door handles in Chinatown and Koreatown. I think that this all really helps to communicate Yi's theme of of facing intolerance and conditioned perception. 

"Maybe She's Born With It"

     Anicka Yi is known for her more unusual pieces, and this one, titled "Maybe She's Born With It" is definitely unusual. It consists of tempura-fried flowers. 


     This photo is a close-up of the friend flowers. I don't think it looks too appealing but perhaps that was her goal, hence the title "Maybe She's Born With It" which is the slogan of the makeup brand Maybelline. 

Anicka Yi

This is just beautiful so to look at . The detail in this image is just fascinating. And the structure of the art farm speaks for it's self. What caught my attention was all the circuits behind the ant farm and how everything just blends together so well. You can see through all the circuits giving it a three- D look as well as a see through look. What really took me off my feet is that this structure really does look like some type of computer structure in my eyes, but to the ants it may actually seem like a home to them. And this is where manipulation places a role in art. It may be a world of circuits to us , but to the ants it is there actual home.

Life is Cheap - Anicka Yi

     Anicka Yi's latest exhibition "Life is Cheap" showcases a unique diorama of tiles containing live bacteria growing in agar medium. This piece is collectively referred to as Force Majeure displayed in a large room setting made to represent a bathhouse or a hospital clinic. The bacteria cultivate generously in agar, therby transforming each tile into an abstract painting. Yi says that bacterial growth has an "aesthetic quality" because it is capable of producing different colors which relate to their function. Some of Yi's previous work focused on olfactory senses, however the smell of bacteria is masked as they are placed behind the glass because Yi admits "That's the hardest part: dealing with people's prejudice and intolerance for what they consider foul odors." I really admire Yi's work because she chose to incorporate two of my favorite things: science and art. I remember making agar plates of various microbes in Microbiology making her artwork very relevant. Her work makes you think outside the box and come to your senses, literally. Yi is trying to make a statement with her art by saying that two most frequently used locations - "the toilet handles and door handles" are filled with bacteria that you probably didn't recognize or put little thought into prior to looking at her exhibit.

Anicka Yi 7,070,430K of Digital Spit

Anicka Yi calls this piece "7,070,430K of Digital Spit" which was seen at the Kunsthalle Basel in 2015. Yi's art represents beauty, organic materials and science. I am unsure if this is really spit or not but the glass confidential for possibly holding in odor leads me to believe it really is spit!

Anicka Yi, Lifestyle Wars, 2017

Anicka Yi, Lifestyle Wars, 2017 
The lighting is beautiful to me. I appreciate the structure of the ant farm, and how well it blends in with the circuitry design. It blends so well, and creates an idea of this interesting utopia which blends technology and natural design/structure. I thought it was funny to think that the makers of that ant home had the idea of keeping the ants happy, and that the lights and technology kind of keep us happy in a very artificial way. I liked that the ants were donated afterwards and not destroyed. I found it even more interesting that the ants were not to be placed back into their natural habitat, because they may carry pathogens...which kind of brings up the imagery behind the art of whether technology or this artificial happiness corrupts us from our natural ways. 

life is cheap

Life is cheap exhibit is very cool, from a far distance away. I love the colors and tools that were implemented, but then I realized that it is bacteria and ants and gross stuff and I couldn't really appreciate to it. Art is typically something that people can relate too. I understand that other can maybe relate to this because one may not be able to afford the nicest of things, I just don't know if I could appreciate the art or focus on it once I found out what the materials are. When I think of art, I think of bright colors and paint, odd objects but not bacteria. I applaud her idea and want to do something so crazy, I just don't know if I would totally consider it art.

Anika Yi

This artist is interesting to me bacause she did a typical sculptural installation that  include honey, taxidermy, fake fur, electronics, contact lenses, flowers, or desiccated shrimp. I would love to see something so interesting like that. I think she is very talented. 

Ant Home || Computer Structure

Lifestyle Wars by Anicka Yi
Firstly, I would like to say I am an instant fan of Yi's work. However, I am a bigger fan of this complex sculpture simply because of its hidden gem. Yi put together a room of computer equipment/motherboard and a fake mushroom with a ton of Ants. The ants can be seen making their way through this complex structure. However, what I found is that this computer structure in many ways resembles an ant home structure underground. This to me is fascinating because the ants might treat this structure as home not knowing that it's a computer structure that's manipulated enough with element from their natural habitat. 

Awol Erizku

I chose to write about Awol Erizku because it was interesting to find out he was the one who photographed Beyonces pregnancy portrait. Besides this fact, I was interested in his art with intense anti-trump statements imbedded in the artwork. His show in London featured 14 peices, and 9 of them have the Black Panther party logo. He states that he wanted to make a statement because he is a black muslim man, he is scared about where this presidency will lead and he felt he needed to make a statement on it but not in America because he didn't want to receive bad attention for his works. I found these works to be powerful and inspiring in a time of uncertainty for minority groups.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Anicka Yi

Anika Yi is an amazing artist who takes things that most people find gross or disturbing and turned them in eye catching works. This piece is made up of bacteria that is formed from swabbing different things in Chinatown and Koreatown and being allowed to grow and spread. They were fed agar to help create this color. Its amazing that all the bacteria are alive, which means that the pieces of work could change in time due to the growth of bacteria. The beauty that is created from something most people kill and get disgusted by is gorgeous, each pane/tile of the work is different and Yi had little control how each tile would look yet they all blend together to make a gorgeous piece!

Anicka Yi

In Anicka Yi's exhibition called Life is Cheap, she used bacteria as her media to explore societal problems. Yi states that we live in a world that is obsessed with cleanliness. She states "as an artists its part of my job to render visible the source of our discomfort, and our anxieties, and our intolerance." In this piece of work, she exposed a petri dish to the environment to see what bacteria can grow on the plate, and make the point that we live in a world with multiple organisms other than the humans. I really enjoyed Yi's work because I learned about this in my microbiology class and by looking at this plate, I can identify the microbes that are present on the plate. Overall, I liked how Yi incorporated science into her artwork.

Lifestyle Wars

     I chose this piece by Giese because I found the story behind it to be very inspiring. The background of this art was originated in the desert of Utah. This art was made after the work of ants, expressing their fiercely matriarchal communities. He states how the role of a male ant become drones and their sole purpose is to inseminate and then shortly die after. I think it is super interesting how this pattern is traveling in several different directions reminding me of ant families. Ants resemble team work and when I look at this piece it reminds me of a figure being built to create a larger mechanical object. I really enjoyed the artwork and Giese's creative imagination.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Cj Hendry is a modern artist. She is not only modern because of her work but also because she is a woman. Back then, art was mostly done by men. It had to be fancy and persist. These things and others have changed the face of art. Art has become more casual over the years, letting the artist decide what they want to do and how they want to do it. This piece is really cool because its a couple different art work in one. 3D plate, extreme details with the pineapple and then her. Artists don't typically go into their work, but she does. 

Toshio Saeki

The artist I chose was Toshio Saeki. The 72-year-old artist, who some have christened the “Godfather of Japanese Erotica,” has lived in the Japanese mountains since the 1980s, when he left Tokyo to escape its bubble economy. Today, still actively working, Saeki has published 21 monographs of his erotic art, for which he’s earned acclaim and exhibitions all over the world.  In this particular piece I like how the expression of the male object is unmoved in each position while the women is trying to get his attention.  It could also mean that he is paralyzed by her actions and that the women has most of the control in situations like that.

Koons and Balloons

   I chose this piece because I thought this was a very creative way to design a piece of art. I enjoy how the artist made it look very shiny and from far away it easily looks like it is balloons. This piece is nice but it is also very unique and I enjoyed being able to read about it and viewing the dedication that was put into this. I also like the color that was chosen to design this piece. The yellow is very striking and attracts the eye very well.

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons caught my attention right away, I have always been a fan of balloon art since my childhood. I just love the fact how people are able to turn a a plain balloon into basically anything. What stands out the most about this balloon art is the fact that it is gold and it is a bigger size than usual. If I was to see this as a child I would have gone crazy and still today seeing this balloon art still brings me happiness. As soon as one sees this balloon art they are brought back to their childhood and it make this piece of art that much more enjoyable.

CJ Hendry

I chose to write about CJ Hendry because she chose to promote her artwork via Instagram, an app I use on the daily. Her instagram account by the name of The Cool Hunter received a lot attention and commission from different artists, galleries, and brands. Although her technique with the use of pen and paper is common, her work is brilliant to look at it and resembles photorealistic black and white images. In particular, I found this 100$ note of Kanye to be hilarious because this work completely represents what kind of person he is. CJ does a great job of making a photo image come alive. Although deserving, i'm impressed to see a 26 year old college drop-out become so famous and successful.

CJ Hendry

CJ Hendry is an Austrailiam artist who makes life like pieces. These things are incredible. They are done in pen and ink. Each piece is an enlargement of a black and white photo. I really love all the detail and how life like it looks. The crippled cards look so realistic to me. It must be extremely meticulous for her to do this.

Jeff Koons Woman in Tub

I love Jeff Koons' work in general. His sculptures are iconic to say the least. Koons has recreated forms that everyone can identify: Michael Jackson and his monkey Bubbles, a balloon animal (dog), and what i see as a Cabbage Patch kid in a bear suit entitled "Amore". However my favorite work of Koons' is Woman in Tub. The fact the the woman is so expressive with only half a face eludes to Koons' talent and amazing thought process. The entire piece is amazing to me and i love that if a patron stands behind it at the perfect distance and height, they can complete her face.

Takashi Murakami

           Takashi Murakami is one of the perfect examples of someone who created a brand with him art. He created some incredible pieces but he has become recognizable for his smiling flower. This quickly became his signature and branding. He creates really eye popping and pleasing to to look at works. 

Joel Mesler

Joel Mesler is an art dealer that is trying new methods and models to the art world. He decided to leave his partner Zach Feuer and their ourpost in New York to work execlusively on his own. He sold pieces of art through a gallery he rented out in the Hamptons. He decided that he would rather have more down time outside of the city on the beach. Also doing so he was able to avoid the idea of galleries and having to split the profits with partners/gallery owners. His rental gallery on the beach allowed for him to work directly with his artists and and keep as much of the profits as possible.


The article mentions CJ Hendry who began by posting her artwork on her Instagram account and she now collaborates with galleries and brands. Her work inspired me to look for other artists known for their work published to Instagram. With his real name unknown, Evoca1, is a self taught artist who was born in the Dominican Republic but has lived in Florida since the age of 11. His nickname comes from the Spanish word "evocar" which means to evoke. Most of his paintings are street murals that show the difficulties impoverished people have to face which evokes feelings in the viewers. The piece shown above is called "Running With The Wolves" and it shows a homeless man struggling to protect what is important to him against society.

Jeff Koons Puppy

     This piece is called Puppy by Jeff Kloons and it was at the entrance to the Guggenheim Bilbao. I like how creative this piece is and how innocent it is. Not only is it a massive sculpture but it is combining two things (puppies and flowers) that bring people a sense of joy. I also like how the combination of different colored flowers in bundles of different sizes creates a mosaic look to the sculpture. 

CJ Hendry - Instagram Art

In this article, the artist CJ Hendry is mentioned as being an example of artists working outside the gallery. Hendry displays her artwork on her personal Instagram account, where she currently has over 276,000 followers. This platform has allowed her to collaborate with different galleries and brands. Considering the major impact of social media, Hendry is very shrewdly using this platform to reach an enormous amount of eyes instantly. The piece above is from Hendry's instagram account, where she fifty different photorealistic foods in fifty days - all the pieces were uploaded to her account. 

Dana Schutz- Sneeze

 Dana Schutz titled this painting "Sneeze" (very appropriate). Schutz wanted to portray the sometimes embarrassment and exaggeration of what sneezing can be like. Obviously the piece can be seen as a little unflattering since snots and boogers are seen all of the place but one must remember that that is what happens (microscopically) when one does sneeze. I enjoy this painting because although I am somewhat of a germaphobe at times, this picture is real and there is nothing fake here about what sneezing can be like.

Koons and the Balloons

I knew after seeing the balloon dog that Koons is known for what this article was about. Artists becoming celebrity status symbols, open air installations, and taking away from the gallery or museum aspect has become a trend within the art world. I am a fan of the obnoxious and bigger than life works of Koons, he even went as far as working closely with one of my favorite singers, Lady Gaga, on her album ARTPOP. I do see how these movements can change the way we as a whole view art. We take away from the classical training and make it into celebrity status instead of enjoying and appreciating it. I know when I visited the Louvre in Paris, we were not allowed to take photos with the Mona Lisa, I feel that with these types of pieces they become nothing but tourist traps and attractions.

Cj hendry

CJ Hendry is a 26 year old college drop out. She is also one of the most successful artists her age. She is known for her hyper realistic drawings using a biro or a ball point pen. Her work is fresh and very hip to her background and thr millenial generations. I find her work so colorful, despite the lack of color there. I like the shiny lego to contrast the broken cinderblock.

CJ Hendry

In the article, they mentioned an artist named CJ Hendry who started showing her drawings on Instagram. She used this type of platform to interact with galleries and brands. I thought this article was very interesting because today social media is a big hit and for artists to represent their work online it opens the doors to new viewers who are prone to social media. CJ teamed up with Christian Louboutin by creating an exhibition on "Complimentary Colors," which is displayed during the Art Basel Hong Kong art fair in March 2017. It is a collection of ultra pigmented drawings mimicking oil-paint blobs. 

Jacqui Kenny

Kenny lives with agoraphobia which is an anxiety disorder that causes individuals to avoid venturing into crowded or remote places, for fear of having a panic attack and being unable to escape or find help. She fears leaving home so she roams the globe via Google Street View, and virtually combs streets and landscapes to snap screenshots for her photography series “Agoraphobic Traveller.” This is very interesting and a very different way to go "travel" to other countries/places. She also has very interesting pictures like she caught two people kissing in the street , camels crossing a street in Saudi Arabia. Very interesting !!

Changing Market | No Commission Art Fairs

 No Commission Art Fair’s inaugural edition
The unusual art fair is designed to directly benefit artists, giving them free exhibition space for their work and 100 percent of the proceeds of their art sales. So indeed, the market is and i believe that this is great for the arts. For far too long the art world have been run by a few big name galleries that can afford to spend $500,000+ on rare works. I think its time that independent artist and small galleries get to participate (but this of course is to a certain extent). There have alway been great artist who does not have the backing of financials and I think the no commission Art Fair is the perfect example of how the market is changing. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Salvador Dalí

I chose to write about this because I found the story very interesting. In 1974, a police car inspected a truck and discovered 40,000 signed pieces of paper from Salvador Dalí. The press said he "killed his market" by singing hundreds of copies of his signature. He realized having his signature would make him money and he was claimed to have signed up to 1.800 sheets of paper a hour to make 72,000$. The article continues to talk about how Salvador Dalí was money hungry and changed his art techniques to allow him o make the most money while doing the most work. He switched to printmaking. Many rumored his signatures were massed produced and not authentic. After this discovery, a lot of forgery of his artwork and signatures caused concern in those who owned his artwork and the art world and caused issues with forgery. They had court cases to prove that the artwork wasn't forgery and that the signatures were also authentic. He caused a ruckus in the art world with his pieces, rumors and interesting larger than life lifestyle.

-Megan McCarthy

Changing Market

Social media has had a huge impact on todays economic, political, and even art world. Just looking at the people I follow on my accounts, I have seen groups selling clothing, promoting clubs, and personal business (ie. barbershops). I believe that its great to have so much on a tiny screen but at the same time, how long is this market going to last? 

personally, the social media platform lacks a sense of intimacy when dealing with art. you're not actually seeing the textured detail or , if a piece of work is large, you're not allowing yourself to be engulfed by the work. Going to these galleries there is always a sense of vulnerability you are letting yourself feel along with a sense of adventure and curiosity into another persons mind/thoughts. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Margarete Heymann

Margarete Heymann makes tea cups worthy of sitting in my grandmothers tea cup collection. This one in particular seems simple yet the artwork on it makes the set stand out. I like the color combinations Hetmann uses and the designs of her pieces are impeccable. Overall, I am a fan of Margaretes work.

Margarete Heymann

 I chose Margarete Heymann because she creates designs that are simplistic while still straying from what a normal tea cup would be. She create created her own form of something that most people at the time would use everyday giver his personal spin on it. The 2 circle handles are what stand out but her designs are not note worthy as well, creating beautiful pieces with solid colors or lines.

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher
Her work is so abstract and colorful, i felt like it was there to be abstract and appealing to the most inner child inside every child. It felt as if she was competing with the male sculptors at her time, but still keeping her feminine nurturing characteristics. These toys are definitely appealing to the simple mind, because it seems like many children toys and blocks are shaped around the formula or colors and shapes. Alma Siedhoff-Buscher used these structures and colors to depict her own design in a male dominated wooden sculpture world. I appreciate how these structures generate thought of real life things such as a highway (top) or a boat (bottom).  

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher

I liked this artist because she switch from weave work to a male dominated department. She was still able to sculpt according to her own style and was a able to create toys and furniture. I like her pieces because they are very youthful.

Benita Koch-Otte

The piece I chose is woven fabric however it isn't meant to be worn but to be put up on a wall to look at.  Benita Koch-Otte made the cloth in 1923. I liked how detailed the fabric was and how the colors combine with one another. 

Anni Albers

I chose the work  of Anni Albers because the first piece I was of hers, Knot 2 (1947), caught my attention. The primary colors used in such a chaotic yet precise way allows the eye to follow each string on its journey through the knot. If other colors were used or even one more string was in place, making sense of the knot would become a task too difficult to see through. I feel as though her colors in her other work such as Study For A have three colors for a purpose as well. To clearly understand and be able to make sense of the chaotic or busy subject matter, color is not an asset, it's a distraction.