When I first walked into the gallery, I was transported to a fantasy land with the numerous objects hanging from the celling such as the origami birds and flowers. Along the walls, playful and inviting paintings are painted on the wall in simply black. Looking much like silhouettes, the walls tie together the entire atmosphere with the images symbolic of Jinny’s work. In order for the viewers to differentiate between the works, a key is given on a piece of paper which explained that the circle, triangle, and square represent the different artists. Mounted simply on the walls, all of the works flowed together smoothly which allowed for viewers to effectively observe the works of all three artists.
The three artists represented in this gallery are Joanna Gray, Jinny Kang, and Alex Turner. All of their works are scattered throughout the entirety of the gallery without having a specific area for each of the artists. Joanna’s work focuses mainly on the colors of realistic paintings. Including colors that many others would not think to include in portraits allows her work to shine though with a very unique aspect. Being very inspired by people, “When I paint I attempt to understand my subjects and their social makeup as well as analyze how they have impacted me,” allows her to look deeper into her paintings while keeping the beauty of realism alive. One of her stand out pieces, in my opinion, is a portrait of myself. I find it fascinating to see myself through the idea of her as an artist. It is powerful to know all of the knowledge that comes behind her work, knowing that I was one of her subjects to paint. All of her portraits, especially the one of Alex Garret with the orange background, is beautiful as well with the orange color shining through from the background.
Alex’s work is very similar to Joanna’s in a sense of realism. Excelling in photography, his work consists of well-constructed pictures of himself and others with personal meanings behind them. Many of his pieces are black and white which allows an antique look to be associated with them. He recreates scenes from his head to mark an actual moment. His stand out piece to me is his collection of self-portraits. I really enjoy how simple they are and how powerful the color is. His work is very professional and I know that he will continue to make great work in the future.
Having a bit of a different style than the other two artists, Jinny encompasses the “randomness, the simplicity of chaos which life offers.” With a variety of styles and techniques, it is enjoyable to look at all of her work. Ranging from detailed pen drawings to abstract paintings, viewers are able to see how much she has grown as an artist throughout her career at Deep Run. My favorite stand out piece of hers is the self-portrait she made in Art III. Her drawing technique is so technical that it looks nearly identical to a picture.
After working continuously with paint media, I decided to try something new and work with charcoal. Having last worked with charcoal last year with another mash- up project, I was interested to compare my drawing skills from then and now. I personally feel very happy with the final product of this piece. I enjoyed working with a new media that was interesting to use and ended up looking much more clean than my works with acrylic paint. The class critique told me that I should continue working with my drawing skills to further develop myself as an artist and to see how higher quality materials would improve the final product of my work with cleaner, more distinct lines.
With this project I was assigned the following topics:
I believe that the overall success of this piece is ranked by my growth as an artist. I have learned many new concepts and design elements from my two artists which I plan to take with me into my future works. Based on the critiques from the class, I need to further incorporate the elements of design in my works so that they can flow together in unity. In the future I may also want to try doing more drawings to see how they compare to my usage of paints.
As I continue to grow as an artist, I am discovering techniques that work best for me. With this work, I incorporated design elements that I learned from my artist study on Louise McNaught. Both her conceptual ideas and use of line and space have inspired me greatly and I plan on continuing to use her as an inspiration in my next works. I felt very sucessful with the completion of this piece because I combined my idea of animals with elements of design. I have many ideas for my future works and I am excited to see how they are executed with my past ideas and elements of design.
With what I learned from my summer work, I continued with my process of stylizing animals much like I did with an owl. Overall, I am very happy with the success of this piece. I know that I now have a style and conceptual idea that I can work with in the future. As I plan my next piece, I am going to continue with the same ideals exhibited in this piece, but I plan to build upon it with more technique and attention to detail. The artist Louise McNaught has inspired my work greatly after I completed an artist study on her. I plan to take McNaught's color usage and her conceptual depths
In my three works I wanted to encompass some of the past techniques that I experimented with during my works in Art IV; however, I wanted to stray away from some of the concepts I used. Instead, I worked with more concepts that portrayed a more free spirit and fun theme. As show in my first work, feathers symbolize to me the lightness and wispy attitude of the summer. I really enjoyed being able to incorporate some of my painting skills with the highlights and dark shadows shown on the individual wisps of the feathers. In my second work, I brought in my past technique of geometric design with two dream catchers. I really enjoyed creating this piece because I got to focus a lot on space, color, and structure of my shapes. Similarly in my third piece I continued to carry out my theme of light- hearted concepts with a stylized version of an owl. This piece was overall my favorite and I hope to use the concept of stylized figures within my next works in this class. The idea of nature has always been a major motivator in my work; I hope to continue with some animals in my work because it is something that I have never really experimented with.
The process I took in making these works were very sporadic. I created each of the pieces during separate times of the summer. Each represents something that I was feeling during a certain time period. Some of the difficulties that I faced included the material that I painted on. Because of its porous qualities, it was difficult to get the paint to stay vibrant on the cork. After many layers of paint, the colors finally became vibrant. This provided me with the plans to work on smoother surfaces so that I can have tighter lines and more sophisticated work.
If I had to give myself a letter grade I would give myself a B because I know that I have a lot of potential to improve. I also know that some of my lines are not as tight as they should be. However, this work has given me many ideas for my future pieces and I plan to base the stylization aspects into my newest work. I know that this work is “hang ready” and I am very excited for where my work will go from here.
A local artist, I feel very connected to Scurlock's concepts in her pieces. My favorite of her works include her contrasting elements with her trees in her most recent works, shown in this image. The majority of her pieces consist of the simplicity of nature, with the basic and abstract structures of trees. Her process is greatly affected by the materials that she uses, which mostly includes oil paint on paper, with the occasional use of wax. As an artist, I hope to tie in her technical elements in my uses of nature. However, I plan on being less conceptual than she is by using more symbolism and brighter colors to create a more cheerful vibe than she does. Regardless of her dark colors, the movement found in her trees creates a whimsical element that is very lighthearted.
This graffiti artist uses his knowledge of color, symbolism, and geometric design to create massive collections as installations on large walls. His many concepts include: urban ills, overstimulations, frustrations, and addictions. His processes include creating individual works as a series that may not work together when you first look at them, but as you observe them more, the patterns create an overwhelming arrangement that connects with the shapes of the lines. His bright colors is one of the first things that drew me into his works, as well as the simple use of line to draw in his audiences. In my work, I would love to bring in the "urgency" that he uses with his bright colors, without overwhelming my audience. Being a modern artist, I find it very interesting that he chooses to uses color and line as his "conceptual" objects, which allows his pieces to be very icon iconic and abstract.