This week in the art galleries was the Drawn Out 2015 BFA Illustration/Animation Senior Show. I was really intrigued by all of the beautiful animation pieces because I had never seen anything like it before in the art galleries. I thought it was really cool and I loved looking at every piece of work. In particular, I really loved artist Sara Garcia’s exhibition. I loved all the pastel colors she used for her illustrations and the characters she was bringing to life on paper. Looking at each illustration I could see there was a small caption telling what was happening like a narration. I loved this the most because I wanted to know more about what was happening in the picture.
According to Garcia, she is a “head in the clouds kind of person”. She daydreams a lot when the real world becomes tough. As a sort of escape, she imagines stories about “fairy tales and fantasy” and this is what influences her work. She also has her stories take place in the past. I felt I could relate to Garcia’s work because I loved her escape from reality. The real world is tough and we all need something that can help us cope. For Garcia, that is drawing out stories from her daydreams and imaginations about a different time for her stories.
This week in the art galleries the shows displayed many paintings which are one of my favorite types of art to view. The Liminal show was very interesting and i loved the variety in all the paintings. Liminal was the title which means, of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process. The painting that I liked the most was Mi Familia by artist Andrea Albarran. What appealed the most to me was all the vibrant colors that were incorporated in the painting itself. Also, the painting looked like it depicted a hispanic family. I come from a Mexican Family so I felt that I could really relate to it. I have had family members who wore the traditional dresses the girls in the painting were wearing also.
However, what I also noticed from the painting was the serious and almost dark mood that it gave me. The colors were very bright and light on the family members but behind the colors contrasted making it seem much darker in the background. the family also looked unhappy to me and a little sad. I felt that there was tension and issues the family was having. I felt that there was a story about the hardships the family had went through. According the Albarran, “The utilization of color exposed” emotion to her. I could tell there was definitely many emotions the artist was portraying throughout her contrast in colors.
This week during the Art Shows my favorite show was in the Gatov west Gallery. The title of the show was called Breakdown which was a juried group exhibition. This gallery displayed beautiful photos that captured my attention. I love looking at photography trying to find the meaning behind the lens to find out what the photographer was thinking or feeling and interpreting it with my own view as well. However, the photo that captivated me the most was “Flawless” by Jennifer Oh. Jennifer Oh described the photo to be “… a piece from an ongoing series that questions the perception of female beauty”.
The photo was so simple yet had such a strong meaning to me . I felt like as a woman, I know we are pressured to meet an expectation of beauty and to look “appropriate” all the time in public. So, to do this we need to go through the process of putting on makeup which we have viewed as beauty. There are two photos side by side in the art piece. It is of the same girl and in one photo she has applied a lot of makeup to her face such as eyeliner, lipstick, and blush. In the other photo i think she looks just as beautiful by going natural with her face with no makeup. However, in our society people think that to look pretty we need makeup. Sadly, i felt emotional when i was looking at the photo because I know that i feel less confident without makeup and much more confident with makeup and I wish i didn’t. this piece demonstrated and questioned the perception of female beauty in a way that i could connect with it and i thought it was captivating.
This week as i wandered into the gatov-west gallery i was immediately captivated by the scenery the paintings around me all displayed. With all the beautiful colors the paintings had, it really made the gallery stand out. It seemed that “Odyssey: an intellectual or spiritual wandering, a long voyage” was the subject of the show. The drawings and paintings in the exhibit are based on places explored and re-imagined. Each artwork attempts to poetically piece together the emotional and intangible experiences. The painting that i thought was the most intriguing was Florence by Makaila Palmer. I have always wanted to travel when i get older and looking at the painting made me imagine actually traveling to Italy and all the things i could explore there to make memories.
According to Makaila, time and space are intertwined and “memoryscapes” are created through depiction of specific foreign cities while color and style of rendering show the power of personal connection. Florence exhibits and embraces the excitement of a new city, new country, and a new experience. This is exactly what i plan to achieve one day in reality. To have the chance to travel to foreign beautiful cities and countries and experience new things.