What are you doing!? Artist inverts Mondrian’s colors to make a point

Artist J. Robert Feld has gone very far in making a point about people that rush through museums. Therefore, he created paintings that are to be viewed using a smartphone. The title of this show is “Mondrian Inverted: The Viewer is not Present”. Feld took Mondrian’s work inverted the color scheme. To see what the painting really looks like you need to see it through the function of an iPhone or Android. 

The artist stated that the paintings are not his actual work, “The act of looking through the phone and seeing the painting appear more real and recognizable on the screen than on the wall in front of you is the concept of the series,” he said. 

Source: http://news.artnet.com/in-brief/artist-turns-mondrian-works-into-augmented-reality-paintings-44216

I think this proposal is creative, but for my taste I am more of traditionalist and when I see a painting I would like the artist reflect his inner world of emotions. This art show was not about the artist, but about the viewer and a way of criticizing their technology obsession. Next time give me something I can cry or rejoice about.  

Who needs a curator? MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES DO!

The  Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is has allowed you (yes, YOU!) to choose which paintings will be hung on their walls. I know I am getting the news late since this happened in January. But allowing the average person to curate an art exhibition to drive engagement fails to recognize the complexity of curating.

I know that in today’s world everything is about engagement. Companies and organizations that engage their public will get more attention from their customers. But there are some things you should have boundaries with. 

It’s nice when artists all over the world have a chance for submitting their work to a curated online exhibition. Sometimes some contest have a prize for the art that the public liked the most and another prize for the work that the curators liked the most. 

But having an exhibition in a famous museum curated by people and not curators is not a good idea.Curating is not the act of choosing art you like and putting it there for everyone to see. There is a story being told by each painting; together the exhibition forms a thread that takes time for the viewer to notice. I respect the work of curators, I am an artist and I don’t curate my own exhibitions, I need the help of a professional. 

Taking a complex task that takes years of training, is not right. It is some what okay when an art gallery or web page does a crowd sourced event to get attention. But when a Museum allows YOU, the average person, to arrange impressionist paintings on their walls, it diminishes the work of curators who spend their lives figuring out which are the right paintings that align with a specific artistic style or theme. 

Instead museums should be trying to teach the audience how to appreciate the art and the way the curator has arranged it to improve the experience of the viewer. Some things are better left in the hands of experts. 

Mi desk :)
I know it is messy It is not always like that.
For those of you who are just catching up I am a grad student, that is also an artist. Afraid I have not been able to make a living as an artist, I studied my undergrad in Business Administration now I am doing my Master’s in International Management. Notice the contrast my books and my art all in one. 

Mi desk :)

I know it is messy It is not always like that.

For those of you who are just catching up I am a grad student, that is also an artist. Afraid I have not been able to make a living as an artist, I studied my undergrad in Business Administration now I am doing my Master’s in International Management. Notice the contrast my books and my art all in one. 

Painting is easy, finding your own voice now that is complicated

I got into an argument with a friend, he insisted he could paint better than me. It is not about skill I told him it is about finding your own style your own way of doing things. So I came up with a list of reasons why painting is not always art.

1. Painting is a basically a technique, having the right instructor and practice can make you a very skilled artist. But knowing and executing this technique does not make you a Master, why? because there is more to art than just skill.

2. Why is skill not enough? There is something deeper something spiritual as Kandinsky would say, a strong bond between art and soul that makes a painting a Master piece.

3. Good art can be made without having any technique just look at naif art. The fundamental thing about art is not a skill but is the artist ability to communicate through lines, colors and shapes. 

4. How to know if something is art or not? After a while of seeing art you develop a very good intuition. However, sometimes it is hard to know, because new ways of communicating are always evolving. 

You can acquire the skill of painting very easily but being an artist capable of finding a way to express his own inner thoughts and emotions…that ….is….ART!

Life as a Grad Student

When I came here I had nothing to offer. I was adrift. Did not even care about finding a job I liked. I had no more fight in me. I survived. 

Slowly I started opening myself up to friends. Not  your average I will go to the mall or movie theater with you, but real friends that want to see you happy. 

I study like crazy. I try to paint as much as I can and when I can. I laugh, I cry, I work and try to find a balance in my activities. 

To find an outlet for my artistic passion I am a reporter for the Manhattanville Touchstone.

But I am only starting to live, I dont know were this journey will take me, but now I know I have a choice.

We are like children building a sand castle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of colored glass. The castle is ours, off limits to others. We’re willing to attack if others threaten to hurt it. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sand castle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea.

Pema Chodron

(via quotestuff)

Yes, I visited the Met!

One thing I have learned this year is to never say never. I thought I was never going to see a Van Gogh face to face. This year I did. 

As I could not find any friends to join me in this adventure I went by myself to the Metropolitan Museum in New York. 

I almost felt the sculptures from Rodin were alive. Seeing them in a book is not the same as standing in front of them.

 I saw Julia Margaret Cameron’s photos and felt transported to a different century but at the same time could relate to the melancholic faces of the women in her portraits.  

I got to see the swirls in Van Gogh’s paintings. His brush stroke as vibrant as his use of color. 

And I even saw a Rembrandt and in front of one of his portraits I felt I was seeing him not an image of him. 

But as was noted to me by one of my Professor’s you can never see the Met in one day, because there is too much to see.