So Jeseph Beuys was the artist in which I looked at this week. Joseph first interest was medicine but after his involvement in the war switched mindsets and entered into the Dusseldorf Academy of Art to study sculpture. He is well known in the art world of his work somewhat within and similar to the Flux group which were about (to my understanding) bringing art even more into society by incorporating literature, music, visuals, and everyday life actions. The idea was that everyone can do art and life is art. Many of Joseph's performances brought attention to many different elements of everyday life, and how the viewer part of everyday life interacts with it.
After watching a movie about his work and reading a few tid-bits about his work I'm still in a cloud about what I think of his work. I understand the significance he had of the art world but personally he does not resinate with me. What I mean is, if everything is art doesn't that also mean that nothing is art? I think he boarders on this line way to much, so I lean towards not finding much of his performances relevant and therefore I have tended not to appreciate his work as much as some others seem to.
see for yourself and how you respond to it...
Now, as for my project, I came upon a photographer that I REALLY resonate with; Anne Brigman. She was a pictorialist in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her work uses the female nude in landscapes, creating compositionally something similar to a renaissance painting. My portraits try to portray the nude model posing with sheer fabric and I realized that my work has very similar lines and framing to her lines created within her landscapes. Her use of curving lines with the body and the environment is something I would like to achieve going into this project.