I'm going kind of back and forth. I want to add more linear elements but I want to keep the strong foreground of the piece. I think im gonna add the dark purple I have digitally drawn on top (picture on the right) and then go back over with white to create and calmer foreground. I like how the carvings peek through though and I'm looking forward to experimenting more with an art style like this.
The artists that influenced his work include Williem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Motherwell. These artists made him become associated with the well known Abstract Expressionist movement, however, he disconnected himself from this by his relationship with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Jones. His work was sometimes connected with minimalism, for example Black, White, and Gray. His work was sometimes deemed "high-art graffiti". He had more than just paintings though. Twombly had produced many sculptures produced from a variety of materials such as found objects, clay, and plaster that were all painted white to suggest Classicism.
Twombly began his artistic career studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and at Washington and Lee University, and at the Arts Students League in New York City where he met the previously mentioned Robert Rauschenberg. Twombly and Rauschenberg both attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina followed by a trip to Italy and North Africa. Rome became Twombly's primary residence in 1957. With the Abstract Expressionist movement in mind, Twombly began to use calligraphic, graffiti like repetitive marks on his canvas using oil, pencil, and crayon. It was as though he was achieving some kind of stream of consciousness hand writing in art. His marks often include pieces of poetic text. Upon close look one can tell that his marks have a variety of tension and have a wide range of emphasis. His work was eventually placed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 1979, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1994. In 1995 the Cy Twombly Gallery was opened at the Menil Collection in Houston. A year after, he won the Praemium Imperiale award, which was presented by the Japanese to artists who have "contributed significantly to the development of international arts and culture."
I personally fell in love with the Abstract Expressionist unit last year, and I've wanted to explore back into that style without completely throwing away the linear elements that my art usually has. I am currently experimenting with carving into an abstract painting, but I wanted to try to add drips to it as-well. I may not do it with this piece, but I am hoping to try oil with the next one and take inspiration from his marks. My piece is similar to his in the fact that it tells a story and gives light to the inner state of mind similar to how old masters gave light to the outer states. I have included words in mine similar to how he often uses excerpts from poetry. I also like how he separated himself from the AbEx movement because he did not want to limit himself, and his use of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional art is really intriguing. I think he fits on my list of my top 5 favorite artists.
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Information about his Art
Credit line for piece above:
Leda and the Swan
190.5 cm x 200 cm
oil on canvas
Although I am not planning on going to an art school I felt like this was a very insightful and interesting talk, especially since my sister is now a sophomore at VCU for art. I like how we had many people having a conversation about the arts in college rather than one person speaking on the subject, I felt like hearing all the different perspectives about their different paths added a lot to the subject. My sister had a pretty similar path to Eli, as she wanted to go to art school because it's her passion but her style of art is not what people typically want. When she took AFO she felt like she was doing mostly busy work because it wasn't exactly what she wanted to do. She favors drawing fossils and extinct animals which is pretty unusual, except she found her place in scientific illustration.
I learned that professors in college for art are more of mentors than teachers telling you what to do. They give you an assignment but you're completely in charge of the idea, it's partially self directed. It was interesting to me how some people felt like there was a lack of representation in professors and peers causing a lack of connection. It makes complete sense, as ones self shows up in their work and without a connection from student to teacher theres a barrier between the work and the content. I didn't really realize how amazing the VCU facilities are, even though my sister goes there. The fact that they have open spaces for students to create is amazing because everyone gets creative impulses at different times and should have the resources available to them to create what they want. What I mean is that their art-making-time shouldn't be restricted to a buildings schedule (for the most part). I thought Jack's input was particularly interesting and real. And I've heard similar things from my sister. I feel like VCU tries to get everyone who isn't a real artist out of the program with AFO, even though the difficulty truly depends on the teacher.
I also thought that hearing about the architecture program was very different because I've never really thought about that career before. Describing as a creative outlet with clear directions and guidelines makes complete sense and is a very different way of looking at it to me. Overall, hearing about everyones experiences and input about art schools was very informative. I feel like I could never do anything similar to the work they do in school. I'd prefer to keep it as a hobby, as I wouldn't want art to turn into work rather than a creative outlet. Having an art class for me now is motivating me to continue creating, and I hope to do something similar in the future so I can continue building my portfolio, but I don't think I'll be attending anything as extensive as an art school.
mad respect to the people who do
I decided to re-do the lines again and I feel better about where this piece is going but I still don't like the simplicity and cleanliness of it. I want it to be more messy and hectic but this has been a fun experiment with a slight change of style.
I cut out all the magazine pieces I need for my painting, and I've started the first few layers of paint. I picked a dark blue because I find it aesthetically pleasing and I'm planning on making my one line drawing a combination of poorly mixed warm colors to give a particular effect. I know the content is not going to be clear in this piece, but that will be more of a focus on my next piece, I like the quote I added though. The contour line drawing will be of a hand touching water. The piece is meant to be interpreted, as I am taking slight influence from Aria Dean. I want people to see it in their own way. The way I see it is commentary on people's passions and what they do and need to survive.
I did not take many pictures of my process because I simply forgot, but I will make sure to take pictures along the way next time and make a process post after each time i sit down and paint. I do have pictures before and after I decided to cover the eyes. I was scared of painting the eyes, but since this piece was being destroyed I did not really feel the need to paint them realistically. And the picture itself is from a really sad time and I felt as though covering my eyes from reality added to the content. I also have the images of the process of destroying. The content behind this piece is that the picture was taken at a very sad time period, and the person destroying it is the person who makes me happy now (leaving out the personal details). I have my other project on my gallery, I think this is the last time I will be using wire, and I do not think it is a good piece to present. It is simply a nostalgic piece for my mother and does not connect to my art.
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