Monday, February 28, 2011
Marsha Ambrosius- Singer/Song Writer
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Kevin Carter (1960-1994)
Though I have only seen a single photo from Kevin Carter’s collection, his name and that work will stay with me forever. The picture above depicts an emaciated Sudanese toddler trying to make her way to a feeding table; as she rested, a vulture landed and seemingly waited for her to die. The photo was first published by the New York Times in 1993 and won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize. Shortly after receiving the prize, Kevin Carter committed suicide by carbon-monoxide poisoning in his car stating reasons related to depression caused by the horrific and expansive cases of war, death and famine he had witnessed in his career.
In today’s media, famine is a common subject – so common that it can be hard to remember that the people depicted do indeed exist and are fighting everyday simply to survive. This piece of Carter’s collection was so moving to me, that I felt almost snapped out of that numb mindset. I chose to post it today with a hope that it may do the same for others.
For more information on Kevin Carter’s story and career, please see:
http://www.fotoflock.com/index.php/learn-photography/history-of-photography/54-history/3406-kevin-carter-a-retrospective - An interesting collection of peer reviews and questions for a reader to consider while viewing Carter’s work.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,981431,00.html – a well respected resource for a published article outlining career highlights and lowlights, and the death of Kevin Carter.
http://www.flatrock.org.nz/topics/odds_and_oddities/ultimate_in_unfair.htm - A more extensive and personal biography of Kevin Carter.
http://www.kevincarterfilm.com/ - the official website for a documentary inspired by Kevin Carter’s suicide.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)
Jackson Pollock was an American painter who lived from 1912-1956. He began studying art under regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League in 1929. Many classify him as an abstract expressionist. He is well known for his unique style of dripping and splashing enamel paints on the canvas without a definite subject matter but this style did not emerge until 1947. Prior to using the all-over style that he is best known for he painted in a style similar to regionalists but was also influenced by Mexican and Native American art throughout his career.
I do not have a lot of background in the arts and am more comfortable dealing with mathematical equations and Excel (spreadsheets) but abstract art has always intrigued more than other form of painting. In particular, Pollock’s works interested me because of his technique. If you look at one of his paintings you could certainly equate it to chaos and many have but when you take into account the overall size of his paintings and the consistency throughout the paintings, chaos as a description of his works quickly disappears. You can certainly try to interpret what emotion Pollock was trying to display in his works (he was a believer in Jungian Theory) but to me his paintings are just beautiful and calming for some reason.
National Gallery of Art- Gives a more in depth history and biography of Pollock's work as well as quotes from other people about his art.
WebMuseum- Gives a brief biography and also shows some of his earlier paintings.
JacksonPollock.com- More information on Jackson Pollock and his art. This is also a great site to lead you to other resources that can give more information about Pollock.
jacksonpollock.org- At this site you can create computer generated drip and splatter painting similar to Pollocks.
Jungian Theory- Pollock was a believer in Jungian Theory. This is the Wikipedia page on the Carl Jung and his theory of the unconscious.
Pollock on Youtube- A quick video where you can hear Pollock talking about his methods and see him working on a painting (there are many other videos on Pollock if this one peaks your interest).
- Heather Angel
- Born in 1941
- Heather Angel is at the forefront of wildlife photography in Britain and her work has been recognized by many awards all over the world including an honorary doctorate from Bath University, a special professorship from Nottingham University and a top award from the USA BioCommunications Association.
- Heather Angel was President of the Royal Photographic Society from 1984-1986. She communicates her enthusiasm for photographing the natural world via her prodigious writing, her workshops and lectures.
- Websites: http://www.heatherangel.co.uk/
- This is Heather Angels official website with information of current and upcoming exhibits that she will be doing and where you can buy official merchandise from her.
- The wikipedia page for Heather Angel doesn't have much information about her more current work but gives a lot of insight into her schooling and the awards that she has won.
- This is a link to an interview that Angel did talking about her passion for photography and what she likes most about it. It goes more in depth with who she is and how she began her photography career.
- I Am very passionate about photography and that is where I find my artistic eye drifting to most. In my opinion Heather Angel is one of the best photographers not only in Wildlife photos but in photography in general. She has a natural eye for animals and nature without manipulation of the environment. She has traveled all over the world and won many awards for her natural talent. Heather Angel is inspiring for Natural worldly photography that I admire greatly.
Steve McCurry- Photographer
Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III)
A wikipedia website of Oda’s most famous manga One Piece. This site gives a full description of the storyline of One piece in addition to each characters biography. This also includes new updates on the manga.
A basic biography of the manga artist Oda Eiichiro listing his favorite activities and his hobby. Also lists all the manga Oda has written thus far and all the movies that he has casted in as well.
The legendary interview with Oda Eiichiro that fans have been dying to read. This interview includes all the information of Oda Eiichiro and what influenced him to become the manga artist he is now.
Leonard Bernstein b. 25 August 1918 d. 14 October 1990
Friday, February 18, 2011
- Celine Dion is one of the best vocalists of all time, in my opinion. Although she is from Quebec and French is her first language, I am sure most of you have heard of Celine Dion because of her songs sung in English (the "Titanic" song, for example).
- Youtube is a great place to start if you want to hear more. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdjt0mWWH_M The song on this link leads to one of her most famous French songs and whether or not you speak French you know what she is singing about. This is called Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore.
- I just love the way her voice gets to my emotions. Her songs evoke so much empathy in me so that even if I haven't experienced a certain situation, I feel the emotions of someone who has. Her songs are usually love songs and that is one of the most intense emotions and most complex. The songs never get old because you can reinterpret them over and over. Plus, I really love to sing along! It makes me feel so full of life!
- To learn more about her personally, I suggest going to wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celine_Dion Wikipedia will also give you a little background about her career and history.
- However, I will give you some essential information that the wiki doesn't. She hired a manager when she was 12, who later became her husband, Rene Angelil. The age difference is 26 years. She dropped out of school when she was in 8th grade to pursue her career. She was hit by a car and almost killed when she was 4. Her father opened a pub and it became Celine's first stage. The pub burned down when she was twelve and she thought she lost her dream, but her mother got her an agent, saying that "maybe it's time for Celine's dream". That was really meaningful, seeing that she was one of 14 children in a very poor family and, since she was the youngest, her siblings often said she was a mistake and a burden to the family.
- Last but not least, you can go to http://www.celinedion.com/ to see the more superficial layer of the artist. I get the feeling that her website is done by professionals; many, many professionals. However, there is bound to be a plethora of information on her site. Most of the pictures on the website homepage seem to be of her Las Vegas gig, which is her current venue.
- Here is a list of some of my favorite Celine songs which I hope you will come to adore...
- Sous le Vent
- Because You Loved Me
- It's All Coming Back to Me Now
- Then You Look at Me
- Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore
I recall seeing her for the first time on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance. There was something about her movements, and probably the heavily sequined leotard she was wearing that caught my eye. As a sixteen year old in love with musical theater, I was entranced. She had the whole package: a rockin' body, stellar vocals, and a killer wardrobe. To top if off, she could dance and had a truly unique sense of self. Right after that episode of SYTD, she became a sensation. Not only did she did she shock and appall audiences with her strange acts, but her music brought back the familiar techno sounds of pop.
Of course, the critics began to scrutinize her, saying her music was just overdone Britney Spears and similar to every other diva on the planet. However, I feel this is not the case. Similar to Madonna, Lady GaGa is constantly changing her image to suit her mood. She is inventive, creative, and ready to give it her all for hers fans. Consequently, that is something I admire and find to be very daring in the art world. It isn't often that people will put everything on the line to be themselves in front of crowds of people. As well as that, Lady GaGa was also classically trained in music as well as a little piano. You can hear those influences in her music, especially in her vocals. As a classically trained singer myself, I can tell when she's really using her mechanisms the way you're supposed to.
Furthermore, as I stated before, she's the whole package. She writes her own music, does her own dancing, designs her costumes, etc. She is the triple threat of the pop world and for that very reason, I find her fascinating and thrilling to watch as well as listen to.
This is a link to her biography which provides a lot of insight as to her personality and humble beginnings in rock and Burlesque.
This link is to her ever so famous video Bad Romance. I felt it was appropriate to link to one of her videos because it provides a lot of insight to her movements, which are unique in nature and almost skeletal, as well as her fashion sense, which does differ from video to video. Bad Romance shows an eclectic mix of alternative glam rock and dark fantasy. Furthermore, this song is also a great example of her stunning vocals, particularly in the end during her riff of "Want Your Bad Romance."
This is an interview with Lady GaGa where the interviewee asks her a lot of questions about what sorts of artists have inspired her work. The origin of her stage name, Lady GaGa, is also revealed. :)
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Geeta Kapoor choreographer
Geeta Kapoor is a very famous Indian television choreographer. She is best known for her classical moves. Geeta was one of the judges of Dance India Dance, season one. She perfomed extremely well as a judge. After season one she returned as a judge for season two. At this moment she is back as a master of Dance India Dance Doubles. Geeta Kapoor has choreographed a very famous dance from the movie "Tees Mar Khan". The dance was performed by Katrina Kaif. The song was "sheila ki jawaani"which became one of the best dance of the year 2010.She has also choreographed lots of other dances in very hit movies like: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Heyy Baby, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, and more. Geeta Kapoor is one of the best choreographers in the Indian Television Industry.
Picture From: http://gallery.oneindia.in/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=1325822&g2_serialNumber=3
In this cite, you can find information on the movies that she has choreographed.
Here you can find information about her life and watch a video of her performance in Dance India Dance season one grand finale.
Here is a sample of Geeta Kapoor's choreography in the most famous song of the year 2010. The movie was "Tees Mar Khan". The song is "sheila ki jawaani".
This scene is from Dance India Dance Doubles show. These two dances are in Geeta Kapoor's team and she choreographed this song.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
An American Composer
Take a few minutes and list a few American composers. There aren't many the world recognizes as part of that ever elusive list of "Great Composers Everyone Should Know" - with one exception - Aaron Copland. His music has made classical music more known and accessible to the average American and beyond. Some of his most famous works ("Fanfare for the Common Man," "Appalachian Spring" and "Rodeo") are wellknown and part of standard repertoire for ensembles everywhere. His music reflects the American spirit and transports his audience to a different time.
Wikipedia's page on Aaron Copland is long and requires a dedicated reader; however, PBS in six short paragraphs here, examines where his purpose would take music and how he left his mark.
The Library of Congress catalogued all things Copland: from letters to essays written by Copland himself. Besides letters being a gateway into his more personal life, the essays he wrote for various publications sheds light on what drove him as a composer. Unfortunately, his handwriting is illegible.
The Copland House is dedicated to continuing his legacy, first by keeping his music alive by playing throughout the United States, and secondly, by encouraging American composers through the Aaron Copland Awards.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Tracey Moffatt is an Australian artist who follows her passion. She is, by self-proclamation, “obsessed with art.” She isn’t concerned with what art is, or what it’s supposed to be, or even what’s normal. She is solely concerned with what’s inside of her, and what she wants to create. She represents the Australian spirit. She doesn’t limit herself to one medium and she approaches each medium in an unconventional way. She composes a photograph as one would plan a painting; placing certain items here or there, trying this, trying that. I am a firm believer in candid photos. I will never put someone in a pose, or place an object in my plane. Some part of me feels that this art of a photograph is in the capturing of the moment, and that composing the moment is cheating. But here, Moffatt approaches photography in the completely opposite way. She plans photos out in extreme detail and they become about the construction of the set, and the conveying of emotions. One of her most stirring series is the Scarred for Life series. She has taken a photograph and created a deep emotional plea with her audience. And is this not an integral goal of art? She attaches lines of text to each piece in this series which really enhances the meaning. She creates really conceptual pieces, which I really admire. You can tell there is meaning, concept and emotion attached to each one. The way she manipulates each medium showed me that there are many different ways to approach art, and that you can always push the boundary; there are always places to take your art.
This site has a comprehensive list of Tracey Moffatt’s work, complete with high-quality photos of all her work, from throughout the years. There is also a time line of her work, and a biography.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation has a posted a transcript of their radio interview with the artist. Provides great insight to the stories and meaning behind her films and photographs.
This gallery website has an extensive resume and list of Tracey Moffatt’s work in conjuction with many photos of some of her series. There is also a biography.
http://qag.qld.gov.au/collection/contemporary_australian_art/tracey_moffattThis link to the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art shows one of Tracey Moffatts more controversial yet popular pieces. Attached to the photo of the work is a description of it’s significance to the artist.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
His name is Marcel Duchamp, and he is a French artist. He wondered if it is possible to make a work of art that is not a work of art, and his ideas give a big revolutionary notion to later generations of artists.
Here is a webpage: www.marcelduchamp.net/Bicycle_wheel.php.
The first sight you see is a bicycle wheel picture; you might wonder why this is famous. It is just a bicycle wheel, which is not beautiful like an art should be, and you can see bicycle wheels in your daily life. However, he became really famous.
This site shows his works with the time during his life. He avoided any alliances because he had been refused to put his art in a gallery by someone, but he told the person that he thought Cubism was free.
And this one: www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/duchamp/index.html.
It tells his background and story. He paints one same side with different position while others painters paint one same object or person with different sides. You can see where a motion is from in Duchamp paintings such as Nude Descending a Staircase.
I chose him because he breaks the line and rules of what art looks like, and he believed what he believes even though at that time nobody likes his works, but he never changed his mind. If everyone just follows what already exists, there would not have today technology and many inventions that help people's lives a lot. The way of people's thinking is easily blocked by themselves. Sometimes, I feel so surprises by those new things because I am such curious how come someone can have the idea and really can make it out in real life. Thoughts are virtual, but they make them come true.
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)
Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt's work in the early 1900's exemplifies the transformation of popular art style between the old art of the nineteenth century and the new art of the twentieth with a strong theme of 'sexuality in art'. Klimt's early career in the late 1800's was based mainly on commissions; however, this stage came to an end when he presented the commissioned, Philosophy to the Ministry of Culture and Education, whose congress deemed Klimt guilty of pornography and excessive perversion. Despite this controversy, Klimt's work grew to be highly appreciated by the general public and Klimt was soon considered a favorite portraitist by women of the time. Interestingly, Klimt approached a new work by first painting women naked, before adding their clothes over the top - this is thought to be a rebellious step against the hypocritical Victorian repression of the age.
For further information on the life of Gustav Klimt, please see the links below.
http://www.iklimt.com/ - Gustav Klimt: His Life and Work
A simple site with (ignoring the occasional typo and grammatical error) interesting highlights of Klimt's personal and professional career displayed in an interesting, interactive form.
http://www.expo-klimt.com/1_4.cfm - Klimt Online Museum
A long list of many of Klimt's work with information for each including the titles in original languages, dates and media used.
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/klimt/ - WebMuseum: Klimt, Gustav
A summary of Klimt's professional career including information on some of his most famous works.