Thursday, May 6, 2010
Pictured at National Gallery of Victoria - International Galleries is Ron Mueck's massive scultpure of a new born girl.
This was the first sculpture in the second room. The space was light and bright in contrast with the room that held "Dead Dad". The room with "Dead Dad" was dimly lit and solemn.
The mood in this room was uplifted and the audience were amazed at the size and attention to detail Mueck gave to his baby girl.
Photograph by mrsmatthews-artteacher.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
1st century BC- 1st century AD
This wonderful sculpture is part of an exhibition held at the National Gallery of Victoria titled "Drape: classical mode to contemporary dress". It represents a hellenistic female form in a tubular draped form of dress.
To think the sublime form has been rendered in carving from marble is to realise the skills of the ancient artisans.
Photograph taken by mrsmatthews-artteacher.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
While thinking about Ron Mueck I was struck by the memory of sacred Spanish sculpture from the 16th century I saw at the Getty Museum in 2009.
The same meticulous attention to detail, scrupulous colour matching and blurring between reality and art.
Muecks' representation of the profane have the same power as these sacred images must have had in dimly lit churches and cathedrals.
Mrs Matthews uses a Sony Alpha 200 DSLR or her trusty Panasonic Lumix compact.
Remember when taking images of artworks to always check the gallery or museum policy first. Most will allow images being taken without flash.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
America the beautiful.
Electronic Superhighway: Continental US, Alaska & Hawaii
Nam June Paik
This enormous artwork by Paik is located in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC.
This museum is not located on the National Mall with the other Smithsonians but is in downtown DC. The museum features the most fantastic contemporary Atrium linking older buildings together and house a remarkable collection of both historical and contemporary visual and applied arts.
A feature not seen in Australian galleries or museums is the open storage collection, and the conservation center. Both gave an insight into the behind the scenes aspects of curating, conservation and managing the collection.
Paiks' work "Electronic superhighway" is approx. 14 metres long by 5metres high and includes 49 channel close-circuit video elements and neon tubing.
you can find more about this artwork at http://www.americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=71478
Photograph taken by Mrs Matthews-Art teacher
Measuring the Universe.
This performance based artwork was undertaken at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2009. Attendants at the museum measured visitors height just as parents measure their children's height. Mrs Matthews-Art teacher has her name recorded twice as she visited the space twice. The attendant wrote her name and the date at the point where the top of her head was against the wall. As you can see traces of thousands of visitors are recorded in this performance based artwork. The room had four walls with the names of visitors recorded.
Photographs taken by Mrs Matthews-Art teacher
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
X-Blind Spot 2008
Artist Yang Shaobin knows that most Chinese coalmine accidents do not have happy endings.
In his series of works X-Blind Spot, Shaobin explores as subject matter the thousands of Chinese coalminers who are injured at work every year. They are not superheroes, they are not indestructible, they are just working to feed China's enormous appetite for coal fired power.
The X-Blind Spot body of work includes large paintings and a social realist style sculpture of a caolminer where the figure is damaged in addition to this sculpture.
The pictured work was a hit with the kids at APT6 GOMA Brisbane- and it surpised a few adults too!
Photograph taken by Mrs Matthews-Art Teacher
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
WHAT THE "ELK"?
Pix-Cell Elk at GOMA
Kohei Nawa's taxidermied elk was a highlight of the Asia Pacific Triennial held at GOMA in Brisbane, Queensland.
The elk is covered with crystal balls that simultaneously obscure and reveal the elk's surface.
The work stimulates thought about the pixelated nature of digital imagery and how we now mediate our reality through digitsed versions of the real.
The effect is enhanced by the placement of the sculpture in an all white room with even lighting.
This work was popular with the audience at GOMA on the day I visited APT6. Pix-Cell Elk appealed to the young, and the young at heart.
Photograph taken by Mrs. Matthews-Art Teacher
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