Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The Reading for Alex Plemmons

1.) I do not know if destruction is crucial to abstracting an object, image, or idea. The viewer of a painting will more than likely search for the image as they can relate to it within an abstract painting. A good of this is the Kazimir Malevich painting below entitled "Landscape with Yellow House." After analyzing the painting for a minute or so the viewer would not search for what has been removed from the landscape, but rather what remains of it. They will attempt to see the house as opposed to viewing what is left of it.
2.) I do not wish to discuss such things. I do believe that my medium is fitting to my work. But these are things that will change over time. Everything is always changing, even the ideas. I do not believe that one medium will be constantly fitting to my ideas. 
3.) I believe that the photos selected were selected due to their marketability. I do not believe there was, or could, have been any other reasoning behind it. The artist was extremely bland. To attempt to pull such ideas out of such a situation is pushing the envelope.
4.) There are similarities between art and documentation... In some cases the art can be documentation... And so on and so forth.
5.) I saw many similarities between the work that you make, and the art created by the artist in the article that you presented us. To use words like environment and mood is hard for me. It is hard for me to pull emotions from "abstract landscape" paintings. I believe that they are successful in their own right. It is hard for me to put a level of success upon a painting of this category as well. I feel as though that is like telling your child that he ran the bases wrong during a tee-ball game. These are things that are by no means necessary no matter what the situation.
6.) I am not quite sure, nor have I been informed of, the message in your paintings. I was told that they were aerial views of landscapes. Once again I am baffled at how I am supposed to answer a question like this. I want to say that you should take your own photos to use as reference, but statements like these are not for me to make. 
7.) I believe scale is extremely important to a piece of work. I have posted an ideal situation below in which scale became a necessary factor to the success of the concept within the piece.

8.) I am once again confused when you ask the question of my thoughts on your color palette. I do not think about the color palette when I view your paintings. I suppose for your next painting I would suggest using colors that makes energy visible. A concept that Pollock used for a chunk of his career, and it seemed pretty successful.

The reading for Shellie
1.) I definitely think that there is quite a bit of satire that could be used in reference to modern art school when dealing with the work of Woody Allen. The conversation of the size of a painting was one of the first things that came to mind when reading the article.
2.) I do not feel as though i am surrounded by people that feel the need to fake liking my work. If I were to think such a thing I would be disgusted with myself. I would also feel as though I was being paranoid. Even if people were faking emotions with my work, they can fuck off. Who would need to do such a thing? This question has my mind completely baffled. To say the least I do not feel as though I have ever faked such emotions.
3.) I feel as though art can swing to either side of such a fence. It depends on the person making it, and what they were feeling or going through at the time. This can relate to the aesthetics involved with an art piece.
4.) I put an extreme amount of care into my work when I am creating it. The work I have been making is done when it is done. Recently I did have to have a piece fixed in a certain part due to the fact that the vinyl was not put on correctly.
5.) I do have an intellectual response when I view your work.
6.) ME-5 YOU-5
7.) I have no idea why you would tend to reject intellectualizing art. To do so would be ignorant. To Intellectualize are is one of the many qualities that differentiates us from our distant cousin the Ape. To reject the intellectualization of art would be to rob yourself of culture.
8.)Your art is most definitely relaxing to the viewer. I find your work to be calming. I find the same soothing qualities in your work that I find in viewing the way that nature is portrayed in many older Japanese prints.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


      My political concerns are directly related to the internal condition of the United States of America. Many events that happen in this world beyond myself carry many consequences that have a direct affect on my life. I do not believe that these consequences are visible in my work, but do indirectly shape ideas that are evident in my body of work.
     Artists should provide any insight that they deem pertinent to their current situation. I am not educated enough in the field of poetry to answer wether or not poets are uniquely suited to speak publicly about human aspirations. Therefore I choose not to answer such a question. Many artists that I view, and have viewed, throughout the years have been known to make commentaries on various political situations.
    To be politically active one must have a hand in changing the political situation that surrounds them.
    I do not know if I can relate to the work that you have made this year. I do read the New York times in the morning, I believe that might be the extent of it.

    I do not know what would make your work "better." Maybe get a "hype man?" I have no idea how one would begin to answer such a question?

    Well you do trace the covers of various New York Times newspapers. I believe that the standpoints of that specific newspaper would be considered liberal? I really have no idea...

    When I read the New York Times it gives me various insights into world events. So maybe that piece would give me insight into various world events?


The poor image is a "copy in motion." Other ideas were expressed on the true definition of a poor image, but that gives the most concise answer to the question.

There are various classifications that categorize an image by its "quality."  An example of this would be the differences between low resolution images, and high resolution images.

Experimental work would be work that has broken boundaries that were previously placed on work similar to it.

Painting has many direct assoctiations with the quality of an image. This affect was evident when the camera was invented.

I do consider the measure of quality that an image contains when making work. For one not to consider such things would be foolish. The human condition also plays a large part in nearly every artists body of work.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I felt as though both articles read in succession to one another were extremely pertinent to my life as an American citizen. The collective subconscious of the American psyche is an extremely dangerous, and apathetic, entity. This apathy found in our minds is a direct result of the greed that capitalism instills upon our every day lives. A small notion of optimism was placed instilled in my mind after reading the articles based on the ideas of Thoreau. The only attempt one can make to fix this sick machine, comprised of our American psyche, is to abandon our greedy aspirations placed upon us by the capitalist machine. These machines, that Thoreau speaks of, will more than likely continue to function successfully as a whole well beyond my years on this Earth. The notion of rectifying this extremely flawed machine is not an option in my mind. The only success that one can experience when dealing with this machine is to completely detach themselves from it. I truly believe that once you have detached yourself from this large mechanical apparatus you will find complete gratification, as opposed to half contentedness.


1.) Albert Fish met Grace Budd by chance.
2.)A long series of random and strange events, including a letter that had a certain recognizable embossing, led to the incarceration of Albert Fish.
3.)There was a long history of mental illness that ran in the male bloodline of previous generations.
4.)The taking of communion in a Roman Catholic church was compared to his cannibalism.
5.)I think that rituals involved in my art making are not necesarily where they should be at this moment in time. In time I ope to hone the rituals that are involved in the various processes in which I make things. I believe that the rituals involved in the creation of your art are honed, and skillful in nature.
6.)I believe that the various gains we make by knowing peoples motivations are extremely varied from person to person.
7.) I believe that the answer to the question of number seven can be answered by my previous answer, in which I had answered in number six.
8.)I do believe that more importance is placed on certain pieces of art, or maybe even perhaps an artist. I believe this is true due to the fact that I believe that it is possible to create extremely "bad" art. As humans we are one, but we are not the same.