Removing labels — The acts of un-defining art

This paper started with an intention to find the departure points between the Fluxus movement and the Neo-expressionism movement that followed it. What I found instead was an interconnecting array of art styles with a similar set of ideologies that all combine to form a bridge between Modernism and post-modernism. The underlying ideology is often … Continue reading Removing labels — The acts of un-defining art

A Reading Reflection – In Pursuit of The Irresistible Topos

Reading:  Debora Silverman, “Art Nouveau, Art of Darkness: African Lineages of Belgian Modernism, Part 1”, West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History & Material Culture, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Fall-Winter 2011): 139- 181. In Pursuit of The Irresistible Topos In pursuit of a national art identity, or “gesamtkunstwerk” (143), King Leopold II facilitated … Continue reading A Reading Reflection – In Pursuit of The Irresistible Topos

La Belle Iseult vs. Woodpecker Tapestry

William Morris, founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood interpreted Medievalism in his work as an aesthetic devotion to the cultural expressions of that period. Influenced by the ideals of Ruskin and Marx, Morris saw Socialism as a path to counteract the ugliness of industrialized production, an ideology to promote the Arts and Crafts aesthetic of … Continue reading La Belle Iseult vs. Woodpecker Tapestry

A Visual Reflection on: The Hayloft by Rosa Brett

The Autobiography Of A Painting There is far less information written about Rosa Brett than other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. According to Nunn (1984, 633), it was the intention of the artist to be an outsider of this group. Starting with the use of the masculine pseudonym, Rosarius, to her aversion of socializing with … Continue reading A Visual Reflection on: The Hayloft by Rosa Brett

Defining beneficial inconsistencies in pursuit of art for the masses

The history and legacy of the New Deal arts program is intertwined with the Mexican muralist movement. Its role in the evolution of public art helped define the Americana voice and opened the possibility for an ever-evolving American art scene. The practice of painting murals was present in the USA before FDRs New Deal. The … Continue reading Defining beneficial inconsistencies in pursuit of art for the masses

Where Art Lived

I found this in a "to work on" folder. This is how I once had my work displayed in my house. I still use this wall to show off work, but it has become a moving feast. Paintings and other wall-hanging art, as well as ceramics that can fit on the mantlepiece are always coming … Continue reading Where Art Lived

The Prevailing Form of Ceramics in Montreal Today – Part 1

My original research question is changing continually as I get more and more into it. This is the current wording of my research question: "Is the bowl the most popular form of ceramic art in Montreal today and if yes, how might it have become so?" The results of my original inquiry have led me … Continue reading The Prevailing Form of Ceramics in Montreal Today – Part 1