Monday, August 4, 2014

Anna Cochrane KZNSA

1) Kwan Zulu Natal Social Arts
2) Interpreting Ceramics 
Ceramics association of southern Africa KZN Region
3) Dragon
Kyle Pierpont 
Ceramic Clay and paint
4) Coil building and other 
This was made in a lot of detail of a ceramic dragon, in certain areas such as the middle of the 'town" it shows coil building as there is a spiral oval shape with the dragon tail following around the middle in a circular pattern 
5) my piece is a ceramic dragon wrapping itself around a town in a sea that has a lot of detail with colours such as green blue and orange. it has been glazed and textures of scales have been made on the dragon 
6) It was beautifully made and had contrasting colours and attention to detail which looked extremely time consuming and hard to make which is why I was drawn towards it and chose it has my piece
7) colour - complimentary colours such as orange with blue and green 
texture - real scales have been made on the dragon 
tone - shades of light and dark colours created a mysterious and scary mood with the dragon 
9) the way the piece was displayed shows the piece as a whole but when you move close and around it, you see allot more than when from far 
10) Display

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tumi Qholosha ( gallery exhibition)

1. Kwa-Zulu natal society art 


3. 113 Astrid Dahl (artist), earthenware 1/1 (title), 20 000 (Price) 

4.coiling method, the sculpture is built up 

5. It is a 3d painting(sculpture) it is more shaped like a (peach) vase, it seems to look like a vase but things carving out and in like bulls horns 

6. It is simple but unique piece, because pieces are carved out and some left hollow, it makes me feel like it is part of you life because, in life you are mostly face with wonderful memories and things (surface) , but at the same time, there are the hard time (which is the points and holes)

7.colour: it is a very neutral colour (white ) 
tone:, it is a sculpture, that has been painted in one colour, but the way it has been made bring it some tone 
Texture: it is very smooth but the it has some sharp parts sticking out 

8. Yes the artist is well established, she has a Pinterest account

9. Yes it's is enhance the view because i am able to see everything, and I can walk around it 

10. it can be used as a display

Jessica Dawson KZNSA Gallery

1. KwaZulu-Natal Society of Art

2. Interpreting Ceramics - Ceramics Association of Southern Africa KZN region

Title: Nguni Bull
Artist: Phumlani Nyawo
Medium: Sculpture
Size: 60c
Price: R2500

4. The artist used slab building and sculpture.

5. The sculpture takes the shape of a bull and is glazed

6. I selected 'Nguni Bull' to study as it has both beautiful (smooth curves of the bull and the natural colouring) and dangerous aspects (the stance of the bull indicating an attack/defensive position) It is an endearing piece that depicts the true beauty and grace of the bull.

7. Line: the lines of the bull's body are curved to create the body of the bull and are natural.
    Colour: varying tones of browns, ranging from a black-brown to creamy whites.
    Shape: organic shape of a bull.

8. The artist is well established, with this particular piece being awarded highly recommended.

9. The piece is displayed along with three other sculptures of bulls with similar colouring but in different stances, it is the biggest of the three sculptures.

10. The 'Nguni Bull's' use is purely for displaying purposes.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Prehistoric Art Video Summary Theory - Nicola MacDonald

How do we tell one shape from another & different colors? We rely on pictures, shapes and colors to get through ordinary life. In the past it was imageless. Images have created our world today. 2D images are the collection of pencil lines on paper so you can see what you want everyone to see. We don't know how prehistoric artist found the ability to create images. 2000 years ago we had no problems drawing 3D pictures and almost 1200BC people knew how to draw. 

Northern Spain - Altamira

In Northern Spain, Altamira a 9 year old girl, Maria, made a discovery.  Maria and her father went to a unknown cave. They thought it was incapable for people to have lived in this cave. Maria made the discovery which made the country famous. She discovered cave paintings. These cave paintings are one first gallery of prehistoric art. The art mainly consists of an animal, orox  (spices of ox that's extent). These images were so good it was unthinkable that cave people did it, the paintings were ancient. "The cave walls were festooned with striking pictures of horses and bulls that date from the Ice Age, all rendered with exquisite sophistication and symbolic force. Upon exiting the cave, an awed Picasso declared, "We have learned nothing in twelve thousand years." "

- Cave Paintings in Spain

Now a days we paint anything. Prehistoric artist loved painting animals - horses, reindeer etc. Their subject matter not just anything. We believed their paintings were about hunting, maybe they thought it would improved the chances of a good hunt (if you capture the animals while painting, you can capture it while hunting). But, this doesn't match up as they are not painting the animals they are eating, they painting other animal (mammoths or rhinos, but they are eating goat and deer). Therefore the "hunting" theory was wrong. Prehistoric artist painted in narrow caves, where no one can see them, they are not outside where everyone can see them. Whats more wired is that all prehistoric artists are painting the same thing all around the world and they have no connections. They use squares and circles (which didn't exist in those times), spots and other shapes on top of horses and other animal paintings. 

You need to know how to paint a picture in order to paint it. A picture represents something in the world and someone who has never seen a picture can't understand what a picture is, unless you've seen it before. How did prehistoric artists know that collection of line dots and colors can make something?

South Africa, Darkensberg 

In South Africa, Darkensberg there was also prehistoric art. It was not thousands years old, but was done couple of 100 years ago. The San people were responsible for South Africa's prehistoric cave art. They had strange points in their paintings, like animal heads in human bodies etc.. Their religion was built on traveling to a spirit world, which still happens today, when is someone sick, you go help them in "another" world. Shaman is the leader who performed the ritual. 

The rhythm makes you go into a trance then you fall down to ground unconscious and this is where they supposedly visit the spirit world. There are parallels of the men and the animals dying, the paintings were about their spiritual traces. They are drawing what they see while hallucinating. People were familiar with the visuals they saw while hallucinating - this is how they new how to do 2D paintings.

The cave paintings are nailing down there visions they see when they go into a trance

- Cave paintings in Drankensberg 

Justinian and his attendance - Georgina Zaloumis

Medieval and Byzantine times:

Summary of the times: 
Romans controlled most of Europe. Theodosius split it into western Roman Empire and eastern Roman Empire. Huns, Goths, Vandals and Francs created chaos by constantly fighting and invading Europe. Known as dark ages as not enough time to do art. Many years later Europe had been split into many empires but controlled by the Roman Catholic Church.
Byzantine empire on the other hand (east)
Iconoclasm sought to removal and destruction of paintings and sculptures. Didn't want people to look at physical beauty but spiritual beauty. Churches had veiled Mary but mostly had geometric patterns on walls. Churches are in control, so art often used religion as subject matter. West was a patron of the art because of the church therefore they had more freedom to do art.
Artist became more realistic in portrayal of the world. ( Giotto was known as father of art, starting to move towards naturalism) Romans would bury you in a catacomb. This would accommodate a large number of bodies. This is where Christians would practice their religion. Constantine first Roman Empire to recognize Christianity. Justinian (in brightest clothing and has a halo as he paid for it and smack bang in the middle) 
Put 'maximianvus' In front as he is more important and has his name but can't make him look better as Justinian paid for it. Maximianvus feet are in front but top half of his body is at the back. Justinian and his wife are facing each other.

Title: Justinian and his attendance.
Medium: Mosaic
Period: Byzantine Art (6th Century AD)
Description: Emperor surrounded by his army and members of the church.

Elements of art and principles of design:

Line: Lots of 'definite' straight line(no curve so not feminine)
         Vertical(creates rhythm and movement)
          Vertical lines make figures more prominent, easier to see as church had no                                                                         electricity.
          Figures have been stretched.

Tone: Justinian(main figure) is in dark tone which creates a focal point.
         * Here tone is not used to make 3D dimension

Colour: Very natural, earthy colours
            Lots of gold has been used as it is symbolic of "God" and wealth.
            Purple outfit symbolizes royalty

Shape: Bodies are repeated which creates a sense of harmony
             Bodies are also out of proportion as they are long and elongated

Texture: Not naturalistic, visually quite flat.
             *TESSERAE - tiles(if you had to run your hands on it, would be rough)

Space: Quite crowded
            Feels claustrophobic 
            Confusing as two main figures:
           1)Justinian- arms are in front of Maximianvus
           2) Maximianvus- feet are in front of Justinian
           Has depth as the figures overlap one another

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Louise Jennings- seascape by Lara Rabinowitz

1. Kwazulu natal society of art.

2. Ceramics association of Southern Africa and Interpreting ceramics.

3.  Seascape, louise jennings, clay, R1500.

4.  Coil building. The artist stacks long coils of clay, spiraling upward. The artist will then smooth out the edges to create a smooth cylindrical object.

5.  The piece consists of cylindrical mugs and they are glazed. 

6. The cups are very well sculpted, as the heights vary and this gives them a sense of movement. The colours are tranquil and this caught my eye immediately. The different techniques the artist used to create movement throughout the cups and the contrasting shades of blue draws attention go the piece. 

7. Colour. The colours used in the art piece are blues and greens. The colours are used to create a tranquil feeling throughout the piece. The artist also places the lighter mugs on the outside and the two darker mugs in the middle. This creates a focal point for the viewer.
Line. The lines of the cups create a vertical movement.
Texture. There is implied texture by the way the artist paints vertically using darker/lighter colours then the bass colour. The mugs are also painted wit glaze and thus would be given a smooth texture. Therefore there is infact some sort of smooth texture.

8. Yes the artist is well established. She received a highly commended award from the ceramics south Africa.

9. Yes, the cups are placed in a row directly at eye level, the way they are placed draws your eye directly to the first one and then across all of them. 

10. The piece consists of mugs therefore they are able to be used as a utensil

Georgia Gutteridge Kznsa blog

 Art Knzsa
1) Kwa zulu natal society of art
2) interpreting ceramics, ceramics association of southern Africa Kzn region

3) a tall vase sculpted by Garth Hoets: aprox 60cm 
 R 1435
Description: tall narrow vase with figures stoneware
Medium: Reduction fired clay 
4) I think the artists has used the coil method as the coil method can be used to make long cylindrical objects.
5) The shape of the vase is long and as it reaches the top it narrows then curves, the shape of the vase depicts the women on the vase, as the women's body has long legs and a curved waist. The glazed effect adds to the women's physique. Form would be a sculpture.
6) The art piece I chose is very mysterious, because of the mysteriousness i wanted to look deeper into the meaning of the piece, this revealing that the picture of the women imitates the shape of the vase.
7) colour: the colour of the vase adds emphasis to the meaning, the dark brown colour of the vase makes the silhouette women stand out making the curves of the vase stand out.
Form: the main design of the vase is the women so because the vase is tall it makes        me as a women feel powerful and strong.
Line: this artwork is very curvy enhancing the womanly theme.
8) Yes they do, 
9) yes, the artwork has been displayed in its own space with nothing near it this making it the main focal point.
10)yes you can use it as a utensil.