Art Institute of Chicago

These are a few pictures I have taken of works at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Mass Tone: Manganese Blue Year: 1974 Artist: Marcia Hafif Material: Oil on Canvas I was going to add this under one of my rants considering I was wondering how could a piece of just one color be placed in the museum...that is until I read the description saying that this was created from home-made oil paint and that the Marcia wanted to show the different textures within her paint. So by taking a closer look, I noticed the different textures within her self-made paint.

Mass Tone: Manganese Blue
Year: 1974
Artist: Marcia Hafif
Material: Oil on Canvas
I was going to add this under one of my rants considering I was wondering how could a piece of just one color be placed in the museum…that is until I read the description saying that this was created from home-made oil paint and that the Marcia wanted to show the different textures within her paint. So by taking a closer look, I noticed the different textures within her self-made paint.

Untitled  Year: 1991 Artist: Felix Gonzales-Torres Material: Store bought candy To something that may have seemed like a simple pile of candy actually has a deeper meaning.  The artists' partner-named Ross- died of an AIDS related illness in 1991. So in a tribute to his life Felix created a piece that was the weight of his partner when he was at full-health (175 pounds). People are encouraged to take a piece of candy as at the end of the day the stack is weighed and then refilled back to its original 175 pounds, symbolizing Ross's eternal life.  Personally, even though the effort or intricacy may seem nonexistent at first, as a person, you really have to feel this piece appealing to your human side. Considering this piece was made from the death of a loved one, it makes you think, if you were in the artists' position, how would you honor them?

Untitled
Year: 1991
Artist: Felix Gonzales-Torres
Material: Store bought candy
To something that may have seemed like a simple pile of candy actually has a deeper meaning. The artists’ partner-named Ross- died of an AIDS related illness in 1991. So in a tribute to his life Felix created a piece that was the weight of his partner when he was at full-health (175 pounds). People are encouraged to take a piece of candy as at the end of the day the stack is weighed and then refilled back to its original 175 pounds, symbolizing Ross’s eternal life. 

Untitled Year:1960 Artist: Lee Bontecou Materials: Steel Canvas and Copper Wire Something about this piece intrigued me. Maybe it was the fact that the black hole seemed to go on forever for me. Even though I knew that there was just black canvas in the back, to me I was actually afraid to even try to stick my head in there (of course I wasn't allowed)

Untitled
Year:1960
Artist: Lee Bontecou
Materials: Steel Canvas and Copper Wire
Something about this piece intrigued me. Maybe it was the fact that the black hole seemed to go on forever for me. Even though I knew that there was just black canvas in the back, to me I was actually afraid to even try to stick my head in there (of course I wasn’t allowed)

Second Letter (Zen Spring) Artist: Brice Marden Year: 2006-2009 Material: Oil on Canvas I chose this piece because of what I learned in my Color and Design Theory Class last year, the fact that certain colors being placed in front of a certain-different colored background can impact the way the viewer perceives the color, in that it can make the foreground colors change to become different, or the same. In this case, the yellow, blue and black lines all looked like a shade of green to me.

Second Letter (Zen Spring)
Artist: Brice Marden
Year: 2006-2009
Material: Oil on Canvas
I chose this piece because of what I learned in my Color and Design Theory Class last year, the fact that certain colors being placed in front of a certain-different colored background can impact the way the viewer perceives the color, in that it can make the foreground colors change to become different, or the same. In this case, the yellow, blue and black lines all looked like a shade of green to me.

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