Over spring break, I went to New York with other Maggie Walker arts students. We went to several galleries in Chelsea, and saw 3 museums - the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Unwisely, I forgot to take photographs of the credit lines for almost all of the works I photographed. The first 8 photos of the slideshow are from the Met, where I admittedly did not see much art that I particularly loved. I did see some that I thought Kenan would really like - it was in a room devoted to this one artist, but I cannot recall his name! I did photograph his work; birds and papers in boxes.
At the Guggenheim, I liked Josef Albers' exhibit the most. I took 3 photographs in the Guggenheim - the red and gray geometric painting, the clown painting, and the piece with writing. I noticed that it shares a compositional feature with Alexis Torimori's work that I liked. I really feel that this feature is something I could incorporate into my art, and something I should play with.
At MoMA, I liked the brushstroke and warm color of Picasso's paintings. I also liked several other paintings that I photographed, such as the outdoor scene with a sketch-like image cut out in the center - that idea REALLY intrigued me. The blue portrait is stylistically something that really interests me. I like the color-blocking and the overall shape of the subject. I have noticed a trend in works that I like, that many are busts with little detail in the clothing. I also doodle like this sometimes and I am certainly interested in creating work like this, or at least playing around to figure out how I can spin that concept into something of my own, that fits comfortably with how I create art.
I couldn't save images from her Twitter, so I included a link to it instead. Here! And here is her Instagram: Here!
This artist has virtually no information online, just her art. That's a bit frustrating when trying to write about her process and such, but I will do my best.
On one of her websites she is listed with "Graphic Design | Illustration | Icon Design" so I assume she works with digital media. All of her realistic art has what looks like a noise-filter overtop, making it look more like traditional art than crisp, refined digital work. Looking through her Instagram page, her compositions have always been something that appeals to me. I like the inclusion of the abstract shapes and blocked-in color. In my opinion, this is even more effective with the realistic work, as the contrast between the abstraction and the realism is sharper. She also frequently uses words in her work, which I don't plan to do but I could, given how much I value the title.
None of her backgrounds are white, which could translate into using colored paper for my work, which I have taken a liking to. I'm not sure how I could accomplish counterchange with a colored shape, as she sometimes does with red circles, but I could do solid red circles cut out from paper. Her work inspires me for a new way to incorporate shapes into my compositions.
I also really admire her mark, and the style of her realism. It's not hyperrealistic but certainly is not stylized. The way that she frequently blocks in hair and clothing looks really nice against this realism, in my opinion. I would definitely be interested in trying something like that in my work.
First off, I couldn't pick my favorite designs, so here are some links to her pages: Instagram Twitter Website
This year I have become increasingly interested in tattoo design, because a friend of mine asked me to design a tattoo for him. I ended up sort of abandoning that idea, but in the process I followed many tattoo artists online and discovered what type of design I really like. One such artist is Mio Im, also known as cochlea1313 on Twitter and Instagram. Her tattoo designs are done in a fairly realistic style, and frequently contain snakes, feminine figures, flowers, and skeletons. She only uses black and red ink, with occasional white ink. On her “About” page, she says that she “has explored the border between real and surreal world” and that her artistic goal is “showing a horror scene without horror, sharing weirdness in ordinary way.” I feel that she accomplishes these goals. Many of her snake designs wrap around wrists or ankles, or show the snakes in eerie patterns. The people she illustrates usually have some monstrous feature, like wings, a tail, animal skulls, multiple limbs, etc., or are portrayed in unsettling situations (next to a giant beetle, surrounded by witches, pierced by arrows, etc.) Almost all the figures are facing away from the viewer, which contributes to the subtle creepiness. The feeling of the work really appeals to me, as does the style.
The almost lanky way she draws figures is something I really like, and strive to emulate in some of my doodles. Her tattoos manage to maintain an illustrative appearance even on the skin, like a print from a book rather than a design traced onto a person. I think the horror of her work can help inspire me to come up with more “weird” or unique ideas for my art, and interesting ways to portray certain feelings. I would say she is objectively my favorite tattoo artist.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School