Monday, January 30, 2017

Narcisse-Virgile Deaz De Ea Pena
       Clearing in the Forest
( French, 1807-187)

Adolphe Charles Edouard Steinheil
       Study of Poppies
(French, 1850-1908)

Jack Whitten
(American, 2006)

I always enjoy going to Baltimore Museum of Art. I tend to be more drawn to realistic paintings. Hence why I picked the paintings Clearing in the Forest and the Study of Poppies. These are two of my favorites in the BMA. But this visit, I saw a piece I never saw. It is 9.11.01. It is a mural size piece. This piece was tinted yellow on edges and the center there was black paint under black tiles. The clear black on black paint was a very intriguing visual, pulling people in and the clear parts were able to show emphasis and outline the materials placed in them. The glitter blue sky emerges with the grey tiles. I thought this was to show the smoke rising into the sky after the attack of 9/11. The black triangle is a pyramid which memorializes the dead and is also on the back of the U.S. dollar. This piece is very symbolic, as each piece references to another aspect, but they are all merge together to emphasis the feeling Whitten felt viewing the attack from his studio. The destruction of what he had seen is shown at the bottom of the pyramid, the remains of man. Bones, blood, ash, foot prints. The silver tower pieces stick out from the pyramid. Whitten casted objects such as the footprint, pieces and ash from the world trade center. He also added real bones and blood to signified the horror of the attack. The extreme texture and cluttering helps express the chaos and confusion during that day. What draws me in is that even with the destruction there was glitter on top. To me it was a little message that hope is there. The darkness mixing with the glitter gave me an exotic feeling. This piece was like seeing what whiten felt, not what he saw.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


In Visibility, Calvino explains how visibility can be either words that cause a process of imagination to happen. This leads to an image to be created with certain words. Or it can be an author’s image causes words to be formed such as a book becoming a movie. I agree with the statement how words can cause an image, but I never thought of having an image and trying to explain it in words. The article was very hard to read and understand due to a lot of it not being in English but Calvino’s was able to still convey his message by sharing situations where many could relate too. Also not being very spiritual, I had hard times connecting to certain religious aspects. I love how Calvino talks about daily things we process everyday but we don’t really think about the process. Him writing this article is also an example of visibility. His article was able to describe and cause images to appear while reading his work. I really enjoyed his perspective. Overall a very interesting concept.