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Abstract Art at its Finest [Makeup Event]

Written by: Benjamin Tan

The art talk this time was entirely on abstract art. This was one area that I could not understand or appreciate.

However, after the art talk, I was much more informed on how to actually appreciate abstract art. These are the few tips I would like to share with you!

Firstly, it is the biography of the artist. Understanding where they came from and how they were raised from young can really give you a depiction of what kind of abstract they will be painting and also what is the effect that they want to draw out from their painting.

Secondly, It is the brush strokes. If you start to lean in and observe each of the abstract painting, you can start to see the different gestures that were used in each of the brush strokes. This makes viewing the abstract art even more interesting as you start to ponder what kind of emotions the artist was having when he/she did that brush stroke on this corner of the painting.

Thirdly, which is the most interesting is the grid. Every abstract art will always have a formula for a grid. Some questions that can help facilitate your pondering of the art will be is the grid dominating the whole painting? Is the grid symmetrical or is it distorted?

During the art show, there were 3 abstract paintings that were showcased.

Louise Fishman Abstract Art, 1995

For Louise Fishman, one thing really unique about her art is that the brush strokes were actually many different objects that were removed from the painting to give that really special brush stroke to the abstract art.

Purvis Young Abstract Art, 1990

For Purvis Young, he will use any kind of material and objects in his abstract and as shown above, he used carpet this time round for his abstract art.

 McArthur Binion Abstract Art, 1990

For McArthur Binion, the interesting fact of his abstract was that he used his own birth certificate for all the 4-inch squares in the art. Also, if you look more closely, you will actually see an oval in the painting too!

Overall, I was really glad to go for this art talk to learn about the wondrous world of abstract art.

Radioactive Coming to Live [Make-up Event #2]

Written by: Benjamin Tan

We all are unable to see the radioactive energy with our own naked eyes but what this artist did in their portraits was to use uranium and radioactive charcoal to paint a picture that can depict the drastic consequence of us human beings that have created such a huge impact towards nuclear energy.

Lilah Leopold the curator gave lots of context for the artwork even in terms of how the Krannert Art Museum is set up especially for this kind of artwork. Among all the many radioactive artworks, Lilah focused on these 2 artworks.

Lilah Leopold the curator giving context and explaining these 2 artworks

Both artworks are made up of synthetic uranium and radioactive charcoal. It depicted the amount of uranium that has been mined and for the left portrait, the land does not exist anymore due to the massive mining.

What intrigue me was the many vertical and horizontal lines on both artworks. It depicted graphs of uranium that been mined.

Artwork made up of synthetic uranium and radioactive charcoal. Timeline of a billion years

The one on the left was a graph of a billion years! From the graph, it can be inferred how the resource of uranium is depicting rapidly and the amount of radioactivity has been dispersed in the air.

Lines referred to the steepness of the rocks

For the right artwork, the lines refer to about 100 years of the uranium resource. Apart from that, it also was to show the longitude and latitude of the land. As shown, the steeper lines refer to the taller and steeper rocks.

Lilah also shared how the radioactive waste will take approximately 5 million years before it becomes jewelry and she put a thought in all of us asking how we can take personal responsibility towards radioactive waste.

It got me thinking, what are some actions can I take to contribute to the conversation of this radioactive waste.

Overall, I enjoyed the art talk! Looking forward to the next one!