Everywhere there is Art. We pass art in different forms every day. Billboards, graffiti, statues, and sculptures are all forms of art. With a little investigation work one can find that art has a place within every town. Not only that, but is found so easily on the web and at libraries. There are many venues that exist in my own art world/area that are publicly displayed. Many of these venues let artists, student, children, adults, and the community to view such imagery.
The places I investigated that reflected those values are the ABC Gallery, the Light, Space, and Time Gallery, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Banana Factory, and The Monsoon Gallery. The first place I visited was an online art gallery. The website’s URL is http://www. abcgallery. com. This website has the largest and most comprehensive online collections in the world! They have over 10,000 works of art and their collection is going daily. Their mission is dedicated to bring quality information about artists and their artwork form all around the world (Para 2).
The website’s creators, Olga and Helen Mataev and Yuri and Sergey Mataev all corresponded together to help children learn the history of painting, religion, and literature. It has become a very popular website among college teachers and students, and among art lovers. The webpage came into existences over 8 years ago. The size of the project and its popularity with web users was never expected to become this large from a small startup art themed webpage (Para 2).
They have a range of artist.
The top 20 are Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Claude Monet, Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, Edgar Degas, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Paul Gauguin, Alphonse Mucha, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Cezanne, Hieronymus Bosch, Diego Velazquez, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Raphael, Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Caravaggio (Para 1). The Artist that caught my eye while exploring the webpage was Vincent Van Gogh’s Lilac Bush.
This painting was painted in May of 1889 on a canvas. It is currently displayed in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia (Para 4). In the book it says “If our experience of being alive is the most value to becomes a critical choice,” well Van Gogh did just that in his paint of the Lilac Bush (Booth 53). This image caught my eye because it was closely relative to my painting on a canvas for our acrylic painting of your place. In the book it says “any artisan is only as good as her tools and how they use them” (Booth 76). His use of techniques with the paint brush mimic the ones we learned in the video log. For the brush we used the basic color wheel to expand upon the colors.
He created different hues and shades of green, blue and yellow to tie the colors together. The way he used the paint brush is evident. He split the brush to create dimension and design when creating the leaves and twigs on the bush. He used fanning motions and blotting motions to create surrounding bushes and the walking path in the picture. He use of imagery is prevalent and takes the piece into a different dimension and makes you feel like you are there smelling the lilac bush. This website is a great site for people who want to know more about art history.
This site is also a great place for kids, students, and teachers to use as a resource. The second place I visited was another online art gallery. The address for this art gallery is as follows, http://www. lightspacetime. com/about-our-art-gallery/. The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery was created to help new and emerging artists to participate in the art scene. Its main purpose is to help artists obtain exposure in the art world. Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery conducts monthly themed online art competitions (Para 1). All artists in the competition are exposed to the viewers each month.
The artist that has the most views ultimately the one with the most views is the artist who has the most recognition. John R. Math is the director and operator of the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery. Through Light Space & Time Mr. Math’s desire is to assist other artists to help their talent to be quickly exposed and promoted to the art world (Para 4). Light Space & Time is an online art gallery for artists to promote their artwork on a worldwide basis. It also maintains an archive of past art exhibitions along with the finalists’ artwork and biography on the gallery website, which I had the pleasure to look at.
Overall, it is the hope of Light Space & Time to promote artists in an ongoing marketing and promotional program. This program is designed to help the artist to build their professional experience and their resume while hopefully helping the artist to sell more of their artwork (Para 6). This gallery is perfect for any upcoming artist who is new to the art scene and wants to receive recognition of their work. The third place I visited was the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The address of the venue for the main building is 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
The address for the Perelman Building is 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130. I had the opportunity to visit this museum in a recent trip to my sister’s apartment. For this investigative report, I used many brochures on the art, and book gallery when I visited the museum. There are nine current exhibitions when I visited the museum and I have become biased with two of them. The first exhibition I found interesting was the Full Spectrum: Prints form the Brandywine Workshop, which is available to see now through November 25, 2012.
This exhibit is home to the surrounding issues of cultural identity, political and social issues, self-portraiture, and landscape. The audience of this exhibit is guided towards new artists and their uprising and also young adults who are concerned about our countries future. This exhibition reflects the characteristics of contemporary art (Philadelphia 1). “If our life experiences of being alive are the most valuable thing, then what we pay attention to becomes a critical choice (Booth 53). ” The art displayed in this section really made one think about the horrible and wonderful things going on in the world today.
It really made me step back and reflect on my life and how far the world has come. The second exhibit that caught my eye was, Shipwreck! Windslow Homer and The Life Line now available to see through December 16, 2012. This exhibit showcased around Winslow Homer’s masterpiece “The Life Line” 1884. This exhibit is based on the universal image of rescue. His paintings and the imagery revealed the clash of gallantry and the unexpected closeness between strangers thrown together by catastrophe (Philadelphia 3). His images in collaboration made one think of how danger brings people together.
That there is love and hope shared throughout people who are complete strangers. In the book it says, “Many people become aware of their scripts only as a result of earthquakes in life (Booth 71). ” This quote pulled from the book, reflects greatly in what I feel Homer was trying to reflect. Than we all go about living our lives by society’s rules and reflections, but in the time of disaster this image clearly fades. Strangers only help strangers when things like earthquakes and shipwrecks occur. Lastly the Library was one of the sections in which I feel let kids and adults alike to get a better understanding on what art is.
The Library is one of the major art reference libraries in the United States. It is home to 200,000 books, auction catalogues and periodicals dating from all the way back to the sixteenth century. All the books in the library reflect the museum’s collections. Within the Library there is the Reading Room, this is where people can use the electronic resources to read up on the many books that are available in the library and all over the world (Philadelphia 2)! Also in the reading room there was a part where you could use different art tools of the day, I went on college day so it was a special exhibit for the students.
I part took in using early century art tools, much like the ones we used today. College Day is something every year that the museum does so that more college students have the free opportunity to learn more about art. The Banana factory is the fourth place I visited, and it is a visual arts and education campus in Bethlehem, PA. , located at 25 W. Third Street in a restructured banana warehouse. There are many art exhibits in this campus, there is the ceramics studio, studio artists, and 3 award-winning galleries; Crayola gallery, Banko family room gallery, and hallway to the arts.
There are also studios for artists who rent out the space in which they make their art; many of them teach classes in their studios. I had an opportunity to go into one of the artist’s studios. The studio was set up much like the ones on the video documentaries for the class. There were two separate tables surrounding the easel. There was a table devoted to different mediums, paint, oils, and color pencils to name a few. On the other end of the table there were paint brushes, pencils, paper, and blank canvases. The other table back behind the easel was more of a counter and had a sink and paper towels on it.
The easel was facing the open room, where there were tables and easels for other students to sit was facing the easel. It was the first time I ever was in an artist’s studio. It was much smaller than I thought it would be, and the room was sort of messy looking. There was paintings and pictures of inspiration all around the room. In the book it says “artists create masterpieces the way we all accomplish things in life (Booth 14). ” Well in this studio I realized that artists are not given god given talent, they practice their art my putting small component pieces together in complex ways.
That is why artists have studios, so they have some place to go and just create by using different mediums. While they are creating they are learning too. Every piece they create is better than the next one because they are using what they learned to create again. The Banana Factory is a great place to take young kids to learn about art because of their many kid orientated activities. It is also a great place to create and learn more about art and the various types of art. The last location I visited was the Monsoon Gallery located in Southside Bethlehem’s art district.
Their address is 11 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem PA, 18015. The main art director is Ranjeet Pawar and the gallery manager is Rori Prushinski (Interview 1). When I first stepped into the art gallery I was greeted by the head are director Ranjeet Pawar. They were setting up a new exhibit from a local artist. As I told him about the art project and that we were to research where and how art is in our neighborhood, he was very understanding and eager to answer all my questions. With opening arms Ranjeet gave me a tour of the new exhibit and also gave me pamphlets to assistance me to answer my questions.
The art gallery is home to a wide collaboration of artist. “Our collect includes painters, glass blowers, wood turners, sculptors and ceramicists around the world,” stated Ranjeet (Interview 1). Their styles range from abstract to realism as I wondered around the room. “Many of our collections are actually from many artisans who have permanent pieces in museums from New York to Milan; many people of this community often don’t recognize that our collections are so worldly, said Ranjeet (Interview 1).
” In regards to one of the pamphlets, their mission statement is that they “deliver the finest of customer service by developing strong relationships with our clients and artists. Your needs are our needs. From aesthetic design to art installation, our goal is to provide our artists and clients with goodwill and experience (Interview 1). ” Many of their world renowned artists find them as it seems. Their diverse collection is constantly changing; the new exhibit is the third this month. Their art gallery is a great place for new upcoming artists to check out the art scene.
This art gallery put this into prospective on how much detail and work goes into one piece. Many of these pieces took months to create. Our class parallels greatly, when we were given many weeks to create “your place. ” This time wasn’t given us to procrastinate, but given to us so we could see the whole picture. Noticing is the most important part of art, as noted in the book, and that is what art is all about. Taking experiences, places, political/social views and using imagery to make people notice. As Ranjeet said, “Art is more than an expression… art is an experience (Interview 1). ”