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Giotto di Bondone

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on December 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Renaissance Art

• A revival or rebirth of cultural awareness and learning that took place during the 14th and 15th centuries, particularly in Italy, but also in Germany and other European countries.

• The period was characterized by a renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman art and design and included an emphasis on human beings, their environment, science, and philosophy.


Giotto di Bondone


•Italian painter & architect

•The most innovative artist : the revolutionist who altered the course of painting in Western Europe, striking out of the Gothic and Byzantine styles towards the Renaissance

•At the age of 10, he was found by Cimabue, who took him to Florence to study art

•Worked in Assisi, Rome , Padua, Milan and Naples.

•The impact of Giotto’s innovations –Masaccio, Michaelangelo (compositions)


“Capella degli Scrovegni,” Padua, Italy. (1304-1306)


“Interior of the Arena Chapel” (1306)

Four paintings by Giotto,
from his fresco cycle in the Scrovegni Chapel:

The Birth of Christ

The Adoration of the Magi

The Flight to Egypt

The Presentation in the Temple

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints (Ognissanti Madonna).

c.1305-1310. Tempera on panel. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.


Egon Schiele

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on December 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Egon Schiele

1890, Tulln- 1918, Vienna

Egon Schiele was an Austrian Expressionist painter and draftsman. His major stylistic influence was drawn from Gustav Klimt, as well from the ARts and Crafts movement. He focused on the human body as his principal subject, producing higyly erotic images of male and female nudes. During his very short artistic life, Schiele established a controversial reputation. He was even briefly imprisoned for creating works that portrayed sexual images of very young female models, considered obscene. The artist was also an accomplished portrait painter, especially successful in the production of numerous self-portraits. His works were deeply personal revelations of internal psychological turmoil and provided a glimpse into the artist’s inner world, which was fraught with tragic loneliness and unfulfilled desire. The inspired rawness and tormented honesty of his painting shocked contemporary audiences. Schiele’s short, tumultuous life has come to epitomize him as a tortured artists.

– Art_A World History by Elke Linda Buchholz, Gerhard Buchler, Karoline Hille, Susanne Kaeppele, and Irina Stotland

I didn’t like Egon Schiele’s works when I was little. To me, the mode of his painting was so gloomy, depressed, and sad. However, these days, I really enjoyed looking his works because his style is so unique and now I can understand the beauty of his works. His usage of line and color is exclusive, and I love his composition too.


In Items on December 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Any Trivialities

In Encounters/Observations on December 13, 2010 at 11:08 am

Oprah Winfrey’s triviality of starting a conversation with a big smile led her to be a successful female talk-show host. Bill Gates’ habitual giving back to the society brought him many benefits in his business. Trivialities that people easily overlook can lead people to have more opportunities in their lives.

Every day when I get back from school, I write down plans for the day. I list what I have to do such as home works or chores on my pocket notebook and urge myself to use time wisely. It helps me concentrate on getting my work done. It is a simple thing to do that takes me a minute but brings tremendous helps for my time management. I can figure out what I have to do before I am able to enjoy my free time. By practicing my triviality, I create opportunities for both leisure and work.

Jackson Pollock

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on December 13, 2010 at 10:59 am

Paul Jackson Pollock

1912, Cody-1956, East Hampton

Honestly speaking, I don’t appreciate abstract art piece well. I have no idea how to analyze the work. It’s not what I am interested in. It is intriguing to observe the formal elements such as line, color, shapes and so on. However, it is hard do understand the meanings of art piece for me.

With his “drip” paintings, Pollock became one of the most famous American painters of the 20th century. His early work had an expressive style that was influenced by Mexican murals. Around 1943, he turned his attention toward the automatism of Surrealism. The pictures, painted in fluid, expressive brush strokes, suggest musical and figurative associations. In 1946, he developed the technique known as ” dripping”: The picture surface now became an area of experimentation for the autonomous painter’s free and easy presentation. The action- oriented painter was influenced in equal measures by spontaneity, calculation, inspiration, and confident dexterity.

– Art_A World History by Elke Linda Buchholz, Gerhard Buchler, Karoline Hille, Susanne Kaeppele, and Irina Stotland


In Items on December 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm


In Items on December 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Talking with the Old man

In Encounters/Observations on December 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I went to Walgreen market to get some food. I was waiting for the line, and the man behind me asked started the conversation with me. The man had gray hair and seemed he was about 50 years old. He was kind- at least LOOKS nice.

“Is it your lab-top or notebook?”(pointing my labtop in my bag)

My bag opened and I didn’t even notice that.

“oh, this is my labtop” I answered.

“Is it for your class?”


“What school do you go to?”

“I go to SAIC- School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am majoring in art”

Then, we keep talking about ourselves. Actually, he asked me a bunch of questions and I answered. Then it was my turn to pay my stuffs. He went to the next line since the lady just opened the next one, and he said bye to me. So did I. It was short but good time to have conversation with him.



At the Restaurant

In Encounters/Observations on December 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I went to the Sushi restaurant with my friends. It was about 7 o’clock and there were a lot of people in the restaurant. Since I didn’t eat at all today, I was hungry. The restaurant serves sushi buffet. We check the list of meal that we want to order and we can eat as much as we can.

It was really cold outside today. When I entered the restaurant, I could feel the warmth because people were crowded. I was so ready to eat. My friends and I were sitting on the second table from the counter, which is located to next to the window. Four of us were waiting foods served, and I found a man who was sitting facing to me.

The man looks he is a Chinese businessman. He wore a gray suit and white shirt, without tie. He was on the phone while he was waiting for food served. He was speaking in Chinese, I assume, and seems that he was talking on his friends in business. He held his cell phone on right hand, and using chopsticks on left hand. His voice was loud, and I was really wondering what he talked about.

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Book as Art Object

In response on December 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

Would you consider book art, art as well?

Explain why?

As Jonathan said, “I was more interested in subtracting than adding, and also in creating a book with a three-dimensional life. On the brink of the end of paper, I was attracted to the idea of a book that can’t forget it has a body”, his work is full of graphic design forms. By cutting out and carving out the books, he created new type of art work.

And explain who you think the audience for book art is?

Do you think this is a different audience from more common art forms?

I wouldn’t think there would be any limitation for book art. Since some part of book art use text, it would be more effective to people who can understand the words. However, even though people can’t understand the words, the audience still can appreciate other visual elements such as form, shape, layers of this sculpture.

Where would you like to see book art exhibited?

I would like to see this work in the library too since it is ‘book’ work. It would be really interesting to see ‘art work’ in not only art gallery, but also in public places.

If you could do a book art project, what would you like to make a book

I would chose my favorite book as he did, and make my own meaningful book. I want to put the value on my work, related to plot of the original book. It is intriguing to create my own unique version of book.