Appreciating Artists

After many hours of working on this cardboard project, I really do appreciate the artists that we first looked at. They understand their material very well and have made a connection with it. I think that we finally came to understand the cardboard towards the end of the project. It was stressful at the beginning because we hadn’t worked with it for a long amount of time. Once it was time to put the pieces together and assemble them, it became easier to figure out which way the corrugation was supposed to go in order for the layers to be sturdy, where to attach the supports, and how to evoke craftsmanship.

Tom Sachs is a big metaphor man. My favorite piece of his is the guillotine. It shows such a strong ironic contrast between “Chanel” boxes and a guillotine. To me, it represents the struggle for women to look perfect and skinny. “Chanel” products almost force girls to think that. Because of this mental image of perfection, this leads to starvation and almost killing yourself (the guillotine) to be accepted in this messed up society. Tom Burckhardt fancies cardboard. He made an exact replica of his studio out of it. (Crazy man) I’m not entirely sure if there was a metaphor hidden in it or if it represents something. It’s amazing whatever the meaning is supposed to be. He really came to understand the cardboard. He began to capture incredible detail in everything and this whole project was because he didn’t know what to create next. (Again, crazy man)

Okay Mountain’s work of the corner store was awesome. It definitely represents the busy/ crazy/ small feel of a corner store. There was a lot of detail on the objects. Each one represented a meaningless item that someone probably thought they needed, even though it didn’t make any sense. Everything was exaggerated and uncomfortable too, which made it interesting. Lisa Lou’s kitchen was so incredible. I never would have guessed that it was all made of beads. She really understood her material and because of that, her piece was successful. It represents domesticity and almost refuses to be pretty.


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