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Sketch of Dead Tree September 14, 2008

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Not sure if it’s dead or if it’s winter, when the leaves all fall off. I seem to have something for environment these days, I like lovely green trees, not dead ones. I think I should work harder to help the environment (after all the discussion in class about disposal lunch boxes and watching Wall.E)

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Aesthetics Department Logo Design September 14, 2008

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Actually I was quite at a loss of what to do, and i tried to think of how to put music/art/cooking together, but can’t seem to do it. And at the end I had a big headache and drew this up, just putting together all the words. I admit this isn’t anything great, but at least it can really be carved into stone!

Drawing of Praying Mantis September 13, 2008

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Did it last year for assignments, it’s a bit too large to scan in fully. Oh this one shows I’m not good at pencil drawings sadly. I really have no idea how to do the background and the face.

Oil Painting of Military Flute Player September 12, 2008

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Done in oils. The hat isn’t that great, but overall I think it’s still quite okay. Taken by camera, so I think it looks flat/shrinked here.

Oh there is this silver “thing” on the hat, which I sort of gave up on, the silver chains etc all took a lot of time.

Comparison between Homage to Newton and Big Bird September 7, 2008

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Homage to Newton by Salvador Dali
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Big Bird by Botero
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(a) Compare the different treatment of form and use of materials in these works
Homage to Newton was cast in bronze with dark patina. The artist, Salvador Dali, was born in the Catalan town of Figueras, Spain, on 11 May, 1904. He belonged to the Surrealist movement. He worked in a range of media and there are usually hidden images anf faces in his paintings, which are of a photographic quality, yet depicts unrealistic images. Big Bird was also cast in bronze and done by the artist Botero. Fernando Botero was born April 19, 1932 in Medellin, Colombia.His work includes still-life and landscapes, but Botero tends to primarily focus on situational portraiture. His paintings and sculptures are, on first examination, noted for their exaggerated proportions and the “fatness” of the human figures and animal figures.
In Homage to Newton, the sculpture is semi abstract, but we can still see that it is a sculpture of a man with a ball falling from its right hand, and it suggests Sir Isaac Newton discovering one of the most fundamental and important physical law. In Big Bird, Botero has “fattened” his bird, like many of his other artworks, and here it signifies the joy of living and the power of optimism.
Like his other surrealist works, Dali has created a sculpture that looks realistic, yet does not depict reality. He has also made people ponder over his artwork. The sculpture appears solid and heavy, yet there are two open voids. The torso of the figure and the head of the figure have been “opened up”. According to the introduction, the suspending heart indicates “open-heartedness” and the open head represents and “open-mind”. These are two necessary qualities for the discovery of natural laws as well as for success of all human endeavors. Although Botero’s Big Bird is unrealistic, for no bird will ever be so fat, one can easily tell that it is a bird. There is a quality of humor in the piece of sculpture. Although the sculpture is appears big and round, like a ball, it appears to be quite light and hollow, perhaps because of the light hearted ideas it represents.

(b) Why have these artists used simpified and abstract forms to express their ideas?
The front of Homage of Newton is a man, besides the two open spaces, it looks rather well modeled and shaped. However, the back of the man is distorted, especially the head. The head looks torn and pieces of irregular or flattened tubes seemed to be coming out from it. The veins of the figure can be seen clearly, and the right foot is separated into 3 parts, with another toe beside it. The distortion of the man causes people to ponder why the man who discovered Gravity is distorted by Dali. Dali may be implying that the living being, Sir Isaac Newton has become a mere name in science, completely stripped of his personality and individuality. To represent this transformation, Dali has pierced the figure with two large holes: one that portrays the absence of Newton’s vital organs, while the other clearly displays the lack of mind. What remains is only symbolic representation.

On the other hand, Big Bird is made from shapes that are round and smooth, such as ovals and spheres. It is highly simplified such that only the eyes, beak, body, wings, tail and legs are shown but are easily identified and made of the simplest forms. There are neither feathers nor other complicated details, such as scales at the feet. The feet and tail are oversized while the wings are too small. The bird could clearly never fly as it seems too heavy and disproportional, although it may also represent a balloon with air and thus able to float. This creates a comical look and thus reflects light-heartedness and joy.

Dali has used abstract forms probably because it leads to imagination and to question the viewer if Newton has become a mere name of Science. If he depicted a normal and realistic Newton with a ball hanging from his right hand, it would not induce the viewer to think, but rather, treat the sculpture has a replication of Newton, or a sculpture that simply tells people Newton discovered the physical law.
Similarly, if Botero has made the sculpture a normal bird with normal proportions, viewer may not get the idea of the funny and humorous fat bird, for the simplified fat bird looks almost chubby and happy, thus enabling Botero to enhance and show has idea of joy and light-heartedness. Also, it is Botero’s style to represent objects and figures by “fattening” them. He said “An artist is attracted to certain kinds of form without knowing why. You adopt a position intuitively; only later do you attempt to rationalize or even justify it.”

(c) Asscess how and why you think one sculpture is more effective.
I prefer Botero’s Big Bird to Dali’s Homage to Newton. Botero’s sculpture appeals more to people of my age while Homage to Newton is a bit too serious. I like the way Botero has simplified the bird and it give a comical and fat look. The message behind it is light-hearted and simple as compared to Homage to Newton. Bird Big is also easy to understand and causes optimism and a fair and good mood whereas it may be difficult for people to understand the in-depth idea of Homage to Newton. It also causes people to be reflective about what they thought about Isaac Newton and gives a dark atmosphere and mood. Compared to a dark and pessimistic message from Homage to Newton, I prefer the light-hearted and simple message given by Big Bird.

Although Botero has been effective in conveying its easy and happy message, Homage to Newton by Dali is also pretty successful in inducing people to reflect on their thoughts about Newton. However, Big Bird appeals to viewers of all ages while Homage to Newton is for those older and more in depth in their thinking. Dali, belonging to the surrealist movement, created pieces of work such as The Persistence of Memory and Soft Construction of Boiled Beans and succeeded to make people think about the juxtaposition he has used and why some forms are distorted and Homage to Newton is another one with distorted forms such as why the right foot is separated into three parts.
Botero many other works such as Roman Gladiator and Head were also created using the same style. He is attracted to “fat” forms and has been successful in conveying light-hearted messages since “fat” makes the figures look comical.

Block Test 2008 (Part 1) August 31, 2008

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1. Montien Boonma, Two Buffaloes

(a) Explain in your own words, the meaning of ‘Installation Art’.
Installation Art is an artwork where different elements are pieced and assembled together to create a visual effect or the idea the artist wishes to express. It can make use of the surrounding and be site specific, or it can involve the assembling of different materials, images and sculptures or both. Installation Art can involve videos, sculptures or an assembly of paintings arranged by an artist in an environment. It is a modern way of expressing art and themes by the artist. Most of the time, each element or item of the installation would be related to each other and interacting with each other to produce a effect or voice and express ideas. Examples of installation art works include Two Buffaloes by Montien Boonma and Bicycle Wheel by Duchamp.

(b) Describe the subject matter by Montien Boonma, highlighting the significance of the materials used.
Montien Boonma is a Thai artist who has gained world recognition. He is interested in expressing the ideas of the spiritual and transcendental, being a devout Buddhist, many of his works explore Buddhist beliefs. He has also been involved in expressing issues regarding the environment and traditions, as it is up to an artist to express his views and raise the issues to others around him.

Two buffaloes is an assembly of found materials. Two rice sacks are placed on top of two four-legged stools. Although the two stools do not taouch each other, the rice sacks appear to be side by side, or connected. A horn protrudes from one rice sack while a bundle of straw resembling another curved horn protrudes from the other sack.

The whole assembly of materials is mainly in the shades of browns and earthy tones, giving it a primitive down-to-earth look. The lines and shapres are sinous and natural. Due to the ‘horns’, the assembly can be depicted as two buffaloes, with the four legs of the stools being the legs of the buffaloes, the sack of rice being their body and the ‘horns’, being horns. The materials used are all natural, primitive, found materials assembled together, with no use of metals or technology items, giving the artpiece a primitive and ‘farm’ feel. The materials suggests that the buffaloes are ‘natural’, ‘brown’ and earthy, perhaps the artist is encouraging more awareness of the nature and animals around us.

(c) With reference to another work by the artist, explain why the subject matter appeals to you as an installation, as opposed to a painting.
The subject matter in Two Buffaloes appeals as an installtion as opposed to a painting because it is not painted and done on a mostly flat surface. Two Buffaloes is three-dimensional, much like a sculpture, however, it is constructed with an assembly of items, such as those of Installation Art. The subject matter can be viewed from all angles and directions and each element of the artwork in Two Buffaloes are connected, and only when properly assembled do they resemble buffaloes.

Another work by the artist is Lotus Sound. It is also an assembly of materials, this time, of overturned vessels much like ‘cups’ and ‘containers’ that resemble bells and other materials that construct together to form a lotus. This work is influenced by Buddhism, and like Two Buffoloes, it is also a piece of installation art. It requires the proper assembly of elements to interact and express the artist’s ideas.

Both artworks are not done on flat surfaces like paintings. The artist has not drawn nor applied paint, but mainly assembled different elements together.

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Appassionata XII Concert Ticket Design July 9, 2008

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I actually did spend quite some time on it, but they prefered another design, and so did I, probably because of the series thing. But oh, we never had that concert ):

So it’s in white, because as far as I remember, all the concert booklets and band tees (and even tickets) ar in black, so I was hoping to get a white/bright feeling instead. That’s why its colourful. The rest is just a great bunch of instruments cluttered together. I like the trombone and horn a lot 😀

Tramborine in watercolour June 22, 2008

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Not much comments too. Did it for coursework, after the trumpet in watercolour.

[edit] I think I like it more now, the proportions are the most alright of all my drawings recently 😀 [/edit]

Cello player in watercolour June 22, 2008

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Definitely not well scanned. Not much comments…

Oh and not forgetting, not only Audrey and Kim Yung or Leona (?) I’m sure many people have told me the position the cello is held is wrong, and I am aware. Because yeah, didn’t pay attention again. I think this was done sometime in *ahem* early morning. Get what I mean?