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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.

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

Andy Warhol 2

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on November 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm

Andy Warhol

Powerpoint presentation!!! 😀

Tokujin Yoshioka

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on November 2, 2010 at 4:56 am

I went to dream-like place which was filled with white clouds and mysterious feelings.

In summer 2010, there was an exhibition of Tokujin Yoshioka in Korea.

I went there with my friends, and both of us were amazed his works not just because of the scale of his projects, but also the items he used. It was so unique and interesting how he presents his idea through his works.

Tokujin Yoshioka’s official homepage:

Tokujin yoshioka was born in saga prefecture, japn in 1967. After graduating from kuwasawa design school in tokyo, he studied design under shiro kuramata(198-1988) and issey miyake(1988-1992) and went free-lance in 1992. He established the Tokujin Yoshioka design office in 2000. His works include shop design for issey miyake, space design for nissan, bmw, shiseido. He planned exhibitions for issey mivake, hermes, muji and peugeot. His product design series known as ‘tokyo-pop’, based on his previous ‘honey-pop design has been introuduced by driade. Recent works include a street furniture piece at roppongi hills entitled ‘chair disappears in the rain.’ He is the recipient of many international design awards.-

Interview with Tokujin Yoshioka on April 13th, 2004

what is the best moment of the day?
the early morning, when I’m alone I think a lot…

what kind of music do you listen to at the moment?

do you listen to the radio?

what books do you have on your bedside table?
no books.

do you read design magazines?
some. but not reading much.

where do you get news from, newspapers?
tv and newspapers.

do you notice how women are dressing?
I don’t have any preference. it depends on the woman.

what kind of clothes do you avoid wearing?
I want to be ‘normal’, all the time. I dress simple.
cannot stand the elegant, complicated style.

do you have any pets?
yes, a dog, a chihuahua!

when you were a child, did you want to become a designer?
yes, since I was six years old.

where do you work on your designs and concepts?
everywhere, I’m always working.
when I’m eating, driving, when I go to bed… even when I sleep.

which project has given you the most satisfaction?
collaborating on issey miyake’s exhibition ‘making things’.

who would you like to design something for?
I would love to design a contemporary japanese thermal bath.
and to collaborate with artists.

do you discuss your work with other designers?
no. but I discuss with technicians, researchers,
professors at universities…

describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.
I want to move on.
… surprise people. in a simple way.
the reason why I select materials is not because they are
interesting or new, my constant research is how to make
materials even more interesting. this goes for colour too
and I’m integrating gravity and the surrounding space in
my designs.

can you describe an evolution in your work from your first projects to the present day?
it’s very difficult, my work is so recent.
I don’t think I changed much.
my behavior is always the same.

I attempt to transcend banality with a form of experimental
layering that elevates the work.
my objective is to create something that no one has done

is there any designer and/or architect,
you appreciate a lot?

shiro kuramata, achille castiglioni…

and those still working?
jacques herzog

any advice for the young ?
NO! (laughs)

what are you afraid of regarding the future?
(I’m always anxious…)
I generally don’t care about stuff,
but I fear the lack of stuff – by ‘stuff’ I mean, very broadly,
the physical parts, the ‘real-world’ materiality – in a growing
nonphysical, immaterial world.
legitimation of stuff in the digital realm.
what will be the purpose of design?


Luc Tuymans

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on October 12, 2010 at 7:08 am

#4 – Luc Tuymans

“An artwork should point in more than one direction, not be this sort of placating, self-demonstrating, witnessing element.” -Luc Tuymans

” Luc Tuymans (Belgian, b. 1958) is considered one of the most significant European painters of his generation and he has been an enduring influence on younger and emerging artists. Born and raised in Antwerp, where he lives and works, Tuymans is an inheritor to the vast tradition of Northern European painting. At the same time, as a child of the 1950s, his relationship to the medium is understandably influenced by photography, television, and cinema.”   – MCA post


Tuymans was born in Mortsel, Belgium in 1958. He began his studies in the fine arts at the Sint-Lukasinstituut inBrussels in 1976. Subsequently he studied fine arts  and art history at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium and was honored by the Belgian government when they bestowed upon him the title of Commander, Order of Leopold in 2007. (

[His Works]

His works does not have strong colors his own stylish mode and feelings in his paitings. He uses a lot of images from photography, television. and film, however, his distinctive compositions make his paintings unique by cropping, close-ups, framing and so on. According to art statements of Tuymans, he explores issues of history and memory, relationship between photography and painting. He is interested in the lingering effects of World War II on the lives of Europeans, and expresses those themes well on his paintings. I love how he shows the images with “fresh perspectives on the medium of painting as well as larger cultural issues”. After Gerhard Richter, Luc Tuymans is considered as the most influential European contemporary artist.

Gerhard Richter

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on October 5, 2010 at 9:29 am

#3 – Gerhard Richter

“Art serves to establish community. It links us with others, and with the things around us, in a shared vision and effort.”

-Gerhard Richter

Along with Keith Haring, Gerhard Richter is my favorite artist. His amazing paintings blow my eyes and I really love his unique style. When I was in middle school, my art teacher had mentioned about him, showing some pictures of his works and I was shocked because his works are so diverse.

‘Richter’s early work is of blurred figurative paintings, both with and without color followed by seductive abstract paintings, with a color palette that is either brilliant or subdued. His surprisingly diverse range of work has received prolonged discussion form critics, esapecaill due to Richter’s disregard for “traditional” stylistic progression and his use of photographs.’ – displayed at MOMA (2001)

I can appreciate the beauty in the ordinary from his works. According to him, his work forms from structures and ideas that surround him. His works cover ordinary stuffs and themes, not special or glorious subjects.  However, Richter finds  ordinary beauty and recreate in his own version on canvas.


Gerhard Richter was born in Dresden, Germany, in 1932. He grew up in the countryside, in Reichenau (1935) and Waltersdorf (1942) in Saxony’s Oberlausitz. His mother was the daughter of a concert pianist. She encouraged her son’s artistic interests. His father was a local school teacher and a member of the NSDAP who lost his job after the war (in which he had served). In 1950, he applied to Dresden Art Academy but was rejected. In 1951, he painted political banners for state-owned businesses. In 1952, he reapplied for Dresden Art Academy and was accepted to the “free painting” class. He studied there for four years, during the final year in the mural painting class.

Richter is by many considered a “conceptual painter” whose “paintings are statements about for paintings”. Richter himself said that he wanted to express “the inadequacy in relation to what is expected of painting” through his art, the inadequacy of the making of images and the critical examination of it. He is considered a master of “deconstruction” of formal conventions of painting. (

Martin Spei

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on September 30, 2010 at 6:20 am

#2 – Martin Spei

” Martin was raised in France and Detroit, Michigan. After living in Florida and then Chicago, where he attended the Art Institute of Chicago, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Martin works mostly in bronze, but he also sculpts using rubber, iron, resin, plaster and wood. His work is represented by galleries in Santa Fe, New York, Orlando, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Manchester, England. ”

– Charles Simic

Even though I couldn’t enough information about Martic Spei, his works are enough interesting to blow my eyes. I don’t get really excited about sculpture works, but I really enjoyed his pieces.  That’s because his simplified, stylish, chubby figures are really charming, I would say.

When I first saw his art works, several questions came up with my head; Why all the figures are chubby, why are they all walking with a briefcase, where are they going? why all are bald? Why do they close their eyes? Even though I didn’t understand what the artist want to say clearly from the sculptures but how he made in actual figure is just intriguing.

I hope to get more information about Martin Spei and to see his more works in the future.

Martin Spei


In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on September 15, 2010 at 1:30 am

C’est Olivia Hussey

Hello world!

In Artist/Filmmaker/Writer on September 15, 2010 at 12:45 am

“Form is all we have to help us cope with fundamentally chaotic facts and assaults. Formulating something is a great start. I trust form, trust my feeling or capacity to find the right form for something. Even if that is only by being well organized. That too is form.”

Gerhard Richter