“Art is an experience, not an object.” Robert Motherwell
While I was traveling once, I noticed a lot of locks hanging from the railings. On each lock were names, events, and writings that could be left as memories or records. These were mainly sold for business purposes in nearby hotels or stores. Sometimes it is improvised. So are these objects just simple locks? No one would think that this is a lock and that it was made for the purpose of locking something and protecting the things inside. Because of the words written on it, that is, the experiences.
Every time I see a scene like this, I think of Robert Motherwell’s “Art is an experience, not an object.” The words come to mind. When you think of art, painting is not true art if you think of canvas, brushes, paints or flames, drawings, exhibitions, etc. This is a shape and a form. True art has experience built into it. That is why they say it is the soul of an artist and that the spirit of an artist is necessary. If we recognize that a painting is no longer a two-dimensional plane, but rather a door that opens another dimension or space, art and painting will become even closer and more meaningful. It took me a long time to realize this.
Now when I look at a canvas, I feel the space beyond the canvas rather than just a flat surface. So in this respect, I like Velázquez's painting Las Meninas, The Maids of Honor. As we look at this painting, we become interested in the artist's experience at the time he painted it. And I wonder. What on earth did he intend to paint this picture? And this painting seems to be inviting the viewer to come into the painting. I think the depth and dimension of the painting are outstanding in all respects. I am enjoying the process of drawing, little by little, learning more about what art is. Will I one day be able to paint the paintings that everyone is curious about, like Velázquez? That's my hope.
Maira Kalman is an American artist, illustrator, writer, and designer known for her paintings and writings about the human condition. She is an author and illustrator of over 30 books for adults and children, and her work is exhibited in museums worldwide.
Many of you have probably seen her stunning illustration on the cover of The New York Times magazine. In addition to the colorful and beautiful paintings, I like her way of life and the way she draws while keeping her own style.
She has been running a drawing blog for a long time. She and she have published several books for adults and children. It's astonishing when you consider the amount of her illustrations in real life. Among her paintings, I really like the chair picture below. If anyone draws a picture by unplugging themselves and putting themselves down, it will look like the picture below.
She writes a political column for the US Democratic Party called ,'Pursuit of happiness'.
Below are some of her personal favorites.
Devon Rodriguez, who lives and works in New York, paints on the subway. Starting in 2020, he draws a stranger sitting across from him in a New York subway with realistic expressions, delivers it to a model, and records the reaction as a video and uploads it on TikTok. The post got 5 million views and 1000 followers went from 1000, and the second video posted the next day got 21 million views and 200,000 followers in an instant.
The reason he debuted through TikTok was the pandemic. When he was isolated due to the pandemic, he recklessly took the subway to go out. And he made a short cut of strangers wearing masks and uploaded it through TikTok. People suffering from disconnection, fear and loneliness due to the pandemic were moved by the pictures conveyed through his video clips. Above all, the small sketch he handed over saying, “Excuse me, I drew you. The picture gets known and the video explodes in views.
TikTok Artist Devon Rodriguez
Here's an interesting post on his Instagram. The portrait on the left was painted in 2010, and the one on the right was painted in 2015, five years later. What does this mean? I like both. However, I can feel his hard work, effort, and unstoppable passion for 5 years.
I also love to see his instagram and tiktok reels. Because it gives another pleasure to see people who are happy to see the pictures in it.
I think he is an artist who knows the true value and beauty of art. It is touching to see him not being isolated alone with his work, but living in the world by taking it to the streets and communicating with people by subway. I think the message he conveys itself is art. If he kept this mindset and did it with all his heart and not for fame, I think he would be a true artist. But sometimes, as an artist, I worry because these looks are so perfect. We look forward to seeing him continue to work with good intentions and influence. We look forward to seeing more of his wonderful activities in the future.
Ivan Aivazovsky's art in < Ivan Aivazovsky - Ship in the Stormy Sea (1887) > is truly astonishingly powerful and engaging. The Russian artist's works masterfully capture the forces of nature and human inferiority and the interplay between the two. In particular, his sea and storm-related works are known to demonstrate his artistic clarity and expression of the inner world.
Aivazovsky's works mainly depict ships being swept away in a storm. This is probably a symbol of nature's tremendous power, human helplessness, and fear of danger. However, it is not only serenity or danger in his paintings. Your observations of the roles and proportions of the sea and the sky are very precise, and seem to express the essence of his art.
In his work, the sea and the sky harmonize beautifully with each other, and even transcend the roles of ships and humans, giving the feeling that the sea and sky represent the mystery and infinity of nature. In his paintings, the sea and sky often symbolize peak moments and unstable states, which can also represent uncertainty and change in our lives.
Ivan Aivazovsky's work evokes our emotions through the beauty and power of nature, perhaps because he appreciates the connection between man and nature and seeks to express that interaction through his art. Through his paintings, we feel the infinite driving force of the sea and sky, and at the same time, we have the opportunity to think about our own existence and our role in it.
Ivan Aivazovsky's Seascape
American Quilt artist, Bisa Butler
Bisa Butler is an artist who creates detailed quilts that look like paintings. Some art experts say her technicolor portraits of blacks are transforming the entire medium of quilt-making. Her first private museum exhibit is now on display in Chicago and was viewed by NPR's Cheryl Corley. Butler chooses his palette like a painter. Most of her palettes of her fabrics come from Ghana, her father's hometown or other African countries. A native of New Orleans, her mother grew up in Morocco. Erica Warren, associate curator of textiles at the Art Institute, said the museum has been collecting quilts since the early 20th century and has a collection of about 230 pieces. Warren says Butler's quilts resonate across the fields of painting, photography and textiles.
The intricacy of the quilts — the billowy dresses for four little girls, the layered fabrics that make up a background — astonish many of the gallery visitors who pull out their cameras for pictures.
Butler's artistry is part of a family tradition — a knowledge of textiles and clothing passed down from her mother and grandmother both accomplished seamstresses. Typically considered a craft, Butler agrees the art world is beginning to give quilting its due.
I like what she said in a magazine interview below.
SA: What do you want viewers to get out of your work?
BB: [My work] is a document of what my life is like as a black woman and the way I see things. So I made this portrait to show others how black people see themselves. It's an insider's view of a community that isn't always paying attention, a community that's deliberately mischaracterized, lied to, or ignored. I hope my legacy tells the truth about the black community.
She spends more than 200 hours per piece to create great works through precise, long-term research and hard work. Each color in her work has a meaning and has its own story. This is not a simple quilt or fabric art, but it feels like a life that is engraved by individual experiences.
Her work is beautiful and powerful. The characters in her quilt work are stuffed in her grandmother's old photo album. However, she summoned the characters of her past to the present day with modern sensibility and three-dimensional color and texture. And then it seems to remind us again how beautiful, sophisticated and cool black people are. There are black people among my friends too. I actually don't like the division of colors into black, white and yellow like this. Because, as Bisa Butler said, we are just human beings. Her views on life and philosophy were engraved on fabric and appeared in public. I really want to visit an exhibition of her work someday.
Myungja Anna Koh