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DESCRIPTIONMagazine written by anonymous journalists who try to explain diffuclt consept sof more adult art to the younger audience.
DIFFCULTARTS & CRAFTS
DIY Diff icult artMonthly anonymous essays ondifferent Dif f icult Art
Featured interviews W/:Cindy Sherman & John Baldessari
W o r d S e a r c h 9
J o h n B a l d e s s a r i 1 0
D I Y D i f f i c u l t A r t 1 1
C o l o r i n g P a g e 1 2
W i l l P e r g l I n s t i l l a t i o n 1 3
D i f f i c u l t y o f M e m o r y 1 4
1 I n t h e N u d e
4 F r e s h H y b r i d
5 D i f f i c u l t y F a c t o r
6 D i f f i c u l t y o f S c u l p t u r e
7 S t e r e o t y p e s
8 C i n d y S h e r m a n
TABLE OF IDEAS
Nudity can be tough! Seeing naked people in art is a weird experience and can be very difficult to process sometimes. It makes you ques-tion everything youve ever learned, going all the way back to first time your mom yelled at you for taking off your pants in public. Lets face it: people have always been taught that being naked is bad. But when it comes to art, its just not true. Like a lot of great moments in art, it gives you something to think about.Why is this person naked? How does their nudity inform the piece? Are they trying to shock me? How does this relate to my own body? There exists an endless world of readings which can only be opened up by removing clothes from the picture. In some cases, the uniform we put on each day can be very blinding and inhibitive. Clothing is often what makes a person who they are, so taking taking that away makes them every person. They can stand in for anybody, because when you re-move the clothes, you are left with the purest form of human being. You have a human in its most natural state, the state in which it was born into this world. So, dont let history tell you that nudity is bad. You were born naked, and youll surely be naked again sometime soon. Whats so wrong about a person spending some of their naked time in a piece of art?
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F R E S H
F R E S H
Sandy Skoglunds Fresh Hybrid is an art piece that
is considered both installation and photography.
This installation consists of fabricated figures and
human beings interacting in a man made space.
The sculptures and atmosphere have all been
made out of colored pipe cleaners and wool fibers.
The thing that i find most difficult about this piece
is that theyre are so many juxtapositions being
created all in one that it is hard to be able to form
a distinctive concept quickly. Several of these
comparisons include the materials being used
and the real world, fake figures to real humans,
from plant form to human form and bright
color to natural color. Fresh hybrid has difficult
subject matter but the piece feels inviting and
Im able to invest myself in it because I am able
to relate to the actual living humans that i see in
the picture. Iim left questioning what exactly is
going on with interactions and why everything
is placed the way it is, but it isnt necessarily a
bad thing. I want to keep coming back to this
image and keep investing more time because it is
so visually interesting. Overall difficulty i would
HYBRIDF R E S H
5DIFFICULTY FACTOR!WALL OF LETTERS: NECESSARY REMINDERS FROM
THE PAST FOR A FUTURE OF CHOICEAndrea Bowers, 2006
In this installation, a series of letters from mothers-(who-dont-want)-to-be to a small group of female abortion doctors are hung on the wall. These letters are full of very deep and personal stories, giving the viewer a feeling similar to the one you get looking into your sisters diary: one of intrusion and violation. The names may be crossed out, but you still feel that youre looking at something that no one wanted you to see. This piece brings up a lot of political debate, being a strongly pro-choice (in favor of keeping abortion a legal option for pregnant women) work, and as such creates a great deal of tension between the two sides of this argument. When you bring politics, religion, and the body into one piece, youve certainly got a pretty difficult work on your hands!
Difficulty in sculpture
and other 3d art is that it
breaks the barrier of the
canvas and essentially
has no frame. Without
this frame, we have much
more to consider other
then all the elements of
a 2-d work. One thing
thats first and foremost
important in deciphering
sculpture is the space.
Both the space it takes up
and the negative space it
does not need to be considered. Take notice at all
the aspects that are obvious, such as what is given
on the plaque, tor tag identifying the piece and
artist. Where is it located? When and where was
it made? Next we look at the technical aspects of
the piece such as how big or small is the sculpture
what is it made out of? How was it created? Carved
away? Built upon? How is it displayed? Now that
D i f f i c u l t y o f S c u l p t u r e
weve recognized all of the information immediately
available to us, its time to start digging in deeper into
what the artwork is all about. What is the subject
matter? (or lack thereof ?). What meaning comes
from objects used/the
material itself/ the overall
sculpture as a whole?
How is it presented?
Clean cut? missing pieces?
New? Old? Take into
that is obvious about the
piece. It may seem like its
too easy to be true but this
notion is important for
deciphering sculpture. It
is important to take these
into consideration when
looking at the conceptual
aspect of the piece. The
artist is well aware of the
piece they created, why
they created it and why
they utilized the space the
way they did. If you are looking at sculpture digitally
in the form of a photograph/video, it is also important
to keep in mind of the format and if it affects the
viewing of the art at all. Does it negatively or positively
affect the viewing, Is this digital format merely a form
of documentation or does it have a greater purpose
Today this generations extremely obsessed
with being recognized for beauty or trying to
become beautiful when one no longer what it
means to be beautiful, this same attempt to fail-
ure is through a generic point of vie in seeing
art. When one does not have an open mind it
becomes difficult to accept the lack of morali-
ty in religions, as well as tradition. This is what
creates difficult art. The art itself isnt difficult,
not is the artists intentional concept, it is the
viewers opinion, the one the artists chose to
produce it for. The viewers of art eyes are the
stage where a brush stroke, photograph, draw-
ing, dance and perform. Society is usually afraid
of old things being brought to light. There just
new locations with different performers and old
I met with Cindy in
her studio on a Sunday
afternoon. She made me
tea and then proceeded
to give me a tour of her
extensive collection of
props that includes a wide
variety of teeth, glasses,
and lips just to name a few.
The nature of Shermans
work portrays her ability to
transform an individual s
identity over and over
again. After the tour was
complete, we sat down
across from each other at a
table with the sunshine coming through the leaves on the trees
outside of the window, moving the shadows around the table
DAC: Thank you so much for having me, Cindy.
CS: It is my pleasure, thanks for taking the time to come and visit
my studio. I always realize how extensive my collection of stuff
is when I show guests around.
DAC: Are you always collecting and looking for new stuff?
CS: Yes, I go out to thrift stores weekly. Im interested in going to
thrift stores, because there is such a wide variety to choose from,
all in one store. I dont always know what I am looking for, and
sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by a pair of pants that have
cheetah print on them. You
just never know what you are
going to find.
DAC: How long does it
usually take you to develop a
CS: Hmmm, well, it varies for
each individual character. I
may come across the perfect
outfit in one trip to the thrift
store, but then I could spend
a week debating on what the
eyebrows are going to look
like! It is kind of ridiculous.
I suppose I make up for it
in my transformations that
manifest much quicker.
JK: Your art work is continually transforming identity through
change of outfit, make up, and persona. Would you say you are
just an adult playing dress-up?
CS: [Laughs] I suppose you could say that.
DAC: There are other elements to your practice other than just
playing dress-up that takes you away from being like a child.
Your work feels like you are trying to distinguish different cultural
roles that happen in our society both currently and historically.