Friday, May 22, 2009

NYC's Guggenheim celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1943–59. Perspective, 1943. Ink and watercolor on art paper, 50.8 x 61.0 cm. Lent by Daniel Wolf and Mathew Wolf in memory of Diane R. Wolf.
FLLW FDN 4305.749 © 2009 The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

May 15–August 23, 2009

Fifty years after the realization of Frank Lloyd Wright’s renowned design, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum celebrates the golden anniversary of its landmark building with the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, co-organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. On view from May 15 through August 23, 2009, the 50th anniversary exhibition brings together sixty-four projects designed by one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, including privately commissioned residences, civic and government buildings, religious and performance spaces, as well as unrealized urban mega-structures. Presented on the spiral ramps of Wright’s museum through a range of mediums—including more than 200 original Frank Lloyd Wright drawings, many of which are on view to the public for the first time, as well as newly commissioned models and digital animations—Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward illuminates Wright’s pioneering concepts of space and reveals the architect’s continuing relevance to contemporary design.

During his seventy-two-year career, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959), who died just six months before the opening of the Guggenheim, worked independently from any single style and developed a new sense of architecture in which form and function were inseparable. Known for his inventiveness and the diversity of his work, Wright is celebrated for the awe-inspiring beauty and tranquility of his designs. Whether creating a private home, workplace, religious edifice, or cultural attraction, Wright sought to unite people, buildings, and nature in physical and spiritual harmony. To realize such a union in material form, Wright created environments of simplicity and repose through carefully composed plans and elevations based on consistent, geometric grammars.

In his earliest designs, such as the Larkin Company Administration Building (Buffalo, New York, 1902–6) and Unity Temple (Oak Park, Illinois, 1905), Wright carefully deconstructed the boxlike environment of his European contemporaries by opening up corners and using walls merely as screens to enclose tranquil interior spaces. While the aesthetic strength of Wright’s work has invited people to revisit his idiom, it is the ambition of Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward to celebrate the basic idea behind his architecture—the sense of freedom in interior space—and inspire visitors to see the potential that architecture can carry for the here and now and for the future.

Highlights of Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward include newly created three-dimensional scale models that examine the internal mechanics of functional space in relation to exterior form in a variety of Wright’s projects. Among these are an exploded version of the Herbert Jacobs House (Madison, Wisconsin, 1937); a mirrored model for Unity Temple; and a sectional model of Beth Sholom Synagogue (Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1953). Large-scale models of unrealized urban projects, including his Plan for Greater Baghdad (1957), the Crystal City for Washington, D.C. (1940), and the Pittsburgh Point Civic Center (1947), provide insight into Wright’s visions for the landscapes of the city. In addition, special animations offer viewers the opportunity to experience an interpretation of nine of Wright’s unbuilt or demolished projects as well as his own Taliesin and Taliesin West.

The exhibition is curated by Thomas Krens, Senior Advisor of International Affairs for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design; and Maria Nicanor, Curatorial Assistant, both for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in collaboration with Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives; Margo Stipe, Curator and Registrar of Collections of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives; and Oskar Muñoz, Assistant Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives. Mina Marefat, an architect and Wright scholar, has served as Curatorial Consultant for the Baghdad module of the exhibition.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Art of Drawing

Drawing is defined as a visual art that uses many tools to create a two-dimensional medium.
graphite pencils
pen and ink
ink brushes
color pencils
charcoal's (Black or Color)etc..

Types of Drawings:

. Anime- is very popular in Japan and is recognize throughout the world this form of art can be hand drawn or created in a computer program.It is used frequently in TV Series, films, video games, commercials, and the Internet.
Sailor Moon

. Graffiti- is a permanent form of public expression which is usally done by permanent markers or spray paint.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Interview w/Karen Ruenitz MFA art+design program

1) What influences your work and do you prefer a certain medium?
Karen has a combination of different influences that play a large role in her art work she previously attended a school for fashion design, while there she developed a Passion for fashion and started designing high heels. I also found out that she prefers Installation art she describes this as fleeting a work of art in the moment she uses paint, kink graphite, tissue paper and collage these particular mediums are meant to make the connection to human mortality and its very fragile environment its type of art that's not meant to last forever but only to be enjoyed for a small amount of time.

b) What particular artist inspires you and why?

Karen is motivated by Lisa Seagull's work because she constanly combines color and collage together, when creating her own art she intentionally tries to incorporate Lisa's techniques and craft but with her own artistic vision in mind.

2) How would you describe your artwork and what makes it stand out?
Karen inspires to be a strong artist and is constantly improving her drawing skills she tends to focus on: proportion, line, color, texture, patterns, collage and the formal aspect when creating any work of art, which is left open for interpretation she feels that any individual "Student or Critic" should have the opportunity to express their personal artistic views when looking at any work of art by doing that it makes the emotional connection to the art stronger.

3) What do you see yourself doing in the near future?
Karen said she loves teaching her students about art and feels very comfortable in the education environment because you never stop learning which gives you the advantage to strenthen your craft.....Karen also belives that as long as your a dedicated individual to your profession its always possible to go after your outside ambitions examples:
. Having your artwork displayed in a art gallery
. Attending a new drawing/painting seminar etc...