Sunday, February 26, 2012

Field Composition

illustrations by Nik Christensen

Ralph Steadman

Best known for his political cartoons and book illustrations, British artist Ralph Steadman's work (born in 1936) can be easily recognized for its disturbing, crazy psychotic style and sketchy social caricatures. He does ink drawings as well as works in a variety of printmaking techniques such as silkscreen, lithograph, etching and other experimental processes. He has done illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, Animal Farm and his work was on the cover of several Hunter S. Thompson books. Along with art he also writes and works with Thompson. I really love his exaggerated style and the mark making he puts into his work.

Albrecht Durer

15th century Germany artist Albrecht Durer was a real renaissance man. He worked in painting, drawing, printmaking and dabbled in writing and mathematical studies. He is best known for his woodcut printing and engravings which revived printmaking as an artistic medium. As an artist of the Northern Renaissance, Durer created religious work depicting scenes from the bible, as well as studies from nature. The printmaking medium allowed for mass distribution of his work, and was an affordable product for many of the time to buy. This gained Durer much success throughout Germany and into Italy as he traveled. His most well known pieces include The Rhinoceros (ink drawing), The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (woodcut),Adam and Eve (engraving) and his self portrait (oil).

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

Field Composition

Illustration by Atelier Olschinsky

Field Composition Example

By Julia Rothman
(Irina Wang)

William Schaff

William Schaff is a contemporary artist based in Providence Rhode Island. He is known for creating artwork for bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and most notably Okkervil River, who have used Schaff for all of their album covers. Schaff works in cut paper, embroidery, painting, drawingm scratchboard, mail art, and printmaking. His work deals with subjects of lose, debt, and violence, taking cues from the albums he designs covers for.
"Three Skulls" 2011 Intaglio Print

"The Stage Names" embroidery

"I Am Very Far" 2011 cut paper

"Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You Meet" drawing

"Black Sheep Boy" scratchboard

"Wounded Stag" 2011 cut paper

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) born in Spain, practiced painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, and stage design. Picasso is often heralded as one of the most influential artists of the 2oth century, he is noted for the co-founding of the cubist movement, the inventions of constructed sculpture and collage, and the development of a wide variety of styles.
Picasso is known for employing many different printmaking techniques in his work, he is even cited as possibly being the inventor of reduction printmaking. Other techniques he used included intaglio techniques such as engraving, drypoint, etching, and aquatint, as well as lithography and linocuts.

A series of lithographs abstracting the form of a bull.

"Grande Tete de Femme" 1962 Linocut

"Mother and Child with Shawl" 1966 Color Lithograph

"The Bullfight in Red and Yellow" 1959 Color Linocut

"Still Life with Skull" 1914 Drypoint Etching

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Peter Tscherkassky

Peter Tscherkassky is an Austrian filmmaker in the 1980s where his work is exclusively found footage, where he uses film and edits them in the darkroom. He would rather work with film raw then an intervention of technology. He combines and overlaps film in creating different scenarios at once, which creates its own setting depending on the film.

In my presentation, I implemented three different films. The first one in my presentation a mini clip in 1999 called Get Ready. The second one is called Outer Space in 1999. And last but not least, his latest film in 2005 called Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine. All of them are exclusively found film put together but share a similar theme throughout. These films evoke a dreamy, unreal scene where it plays with different scenes and people. In Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine, Tscherkassky chooses Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), for his project is vital. In addition, this work has both narrative and formal aspects, but it goes one further in the way it calls attention to its narrative, its aesthetic and its medium, all at once. And the fact that these are experimental films being made in 35mm CinemaScope. It somehow makes it more appealing and honorable to watch his work since he puts so much time and planning into it. “Tscherkassky takes the shots through his elaborate transfer process, extracting, distorting, stressing and degrading them. Sometimes he repeats, reverses, negates, overexposes and overlaps the shots, creating a highly familiar yet vastly different stream of images”. The sounds he uses technological sounds and mechanical noises. Some of these noises are very familiar and you hear in every day life, like sirens.

His technique goes hand in hand with his concept of the subconscious thinking because it is not just film from one particular place but a mixture of everything. This shows how we as human beings go through one day viewing and experiencing so many events they all tend to mesh at the end of the day as we think about it in an unconscious level. His sound goes along with this because it is not something you can make out but murmured as the day goes on and new encounters arise.

My interpretation of his work is that it takes place in an old setting allowing me to flashback to a time that I never existed but always wanted to encounter. His films helped me experience this in a very surreal way because its very dream like to me. It makes me believe that I somehow took over someone’s body at that point and time and saw this happening to me. I. Personally, enjoy this factor because it intrigues me to experience more and enter a temporary life.

Katherine Kollwitz

Katherine Kollwitz was a German painter, printmaker, and sculptor whose work demonstrates the human hardship in the first half of the 20th century. Her compassion for the less fortunate at this time was displayed the best through the graphic means of drawing, etching, lithography, and woodcut. She encompassed the sufferers of poverty, hunger, and war. Originally her work was directed towards Naturalism, but soon after shifted to Expressionistic qualities. Kollwitz apparently had a lot of mental issues dealing with the death of her brother where she had a lot of migraines and hallucinations since she was diagnosed with Alice and Wonderland Syndrome.

Works such as Hunger depicts black and white woodcuts of the tough reality of poverty and starvation. The exaggerated bags on the little girl’s eyes and her parents viewed in a few simple lines as they disappear into the dark convey the reality of hunger.Kollwitz shows the bond of mother and daughter with harsh lines and the way the mother rests on her child shows the dynamic comfort in each other. Kollwitz pieces are based on the revolutions of poor people such as worker strikes. Her main purpose was to fight against communism and socialism. Kollwitz's art shows us the anguish she obtains in portraying such hardship but still having hope for the change towards peace.


chiaroscuro — kelli

Virgil Finlay


"Documenting the Sample" a painting by artist and astronaut Alan Bean

Monday, February 13, 2012

this is a chiaroscuro woodcut by either antonio da trenta or parmigianino it is unknown whether parmigianino drew and carved this himself or if his apprentice carved this after one of parmigianino's drawings. It is called the philosopher.

Chiaroscuro - carlota

Jean-Pierre Norblin
"The Designer"
-- etching


Day and Night by M.C. Escher, woodcut


Ritual in Honor of Psyche, c. 1602
Giuseppe Niccolo Vicentino

~Alyssa Hendricks


M.C. Escher "Portrait of Jetta" 1925 woodcut print

NEW chiaroscuro

One that's not a photograph....
Dan Haraga