I’ve been wanting to write about the Whitney Biennial since I saw it last week but I’ve been struggling to find the right words. The Week put out an article earlier this month that I think sums up my feelings on this show extremely well. Since The Week makes it difficult to read things on their website I’m sharing the full article below the cut as this is something I’d like to discuss.
However, I wanted to say that I think the direction the museum chose to go wasn’t necessarily a bad choice. I felt that, artistry wise, the exhibition left a lot to be desired. There were a few pieces that stood out to me as inspiring. Pieces that ensnared the viewer and inspired thought and response. On the other hand, I also felt that many of these pieces were set in for “shock value”. We discussed, afterwards, the underlying ‘queer narrative’ represented — and while I agree that that queer culture was certainly there it felt very poorly handled to me and more like an insult than something good.
The things that didn’t have shock value were, for the most part, unmemorable. There was a lot of bad “animation” — you know, that “”“”fine arts animation”“”” that is somehow incredibly popular and I have yet to fathom why (this is coming from someone who was formerly going into animation of course which might be a part of the problem). There was a great deal of social discourse but none of it seemed to be actually speaking to me. If this is the direction that fine art is going in the contemporary setting then I feel incredibly out of touch with what is happening and with what is being considered “great art”.
There WERE a fair amount of works I enjoyed, including in mediums I usually dislike. There was some monumentally astounding concepts and breathtaking visualizations of those ideas. But despite this, the whole tone of the show shoved the good things to the back of my head as I tried to wrap my head around everything else. My overall feeling as I left the Whitney was one of disappointment and I can easily say that many of my fellow peers felt the same. There were pieces we enjoyed but on the whole the 2014 Whitney Biennial just didn’t make the cut for us.
Now, on to, THE WEEK: Whitney Biennial 2014
I have been itching to make some collographs lately. I’ve seen some beautiful collographs recently and I have the materials so maybe I’ll do some over spring break!
I have those wood panels so maybe I’ll buckle down and make those little books I’ve been wanting to do.
Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving. Printmaking is problem solving.
Just have to breath and remind myself that when things don’t go as planned.
So next semester I’ll be starting work on my senior project and I still really love the idea of doing something with mythology and mechanical wings made out of paper. Like full size actually made for human use massive wings and every feather would be a print and each layer of feathers would be a different type of printmaking.
No clue if that sort of thing would fly (ahaha bad pun) as a project idea but it’s something I’ve been thinking about.
So I’m taking Drawing III this semester and decided that it would probably be useful for my own reference if I recorded some of the work we do outside of major projects and such and write about it to have a chance to see where I started at the beginning of the semester and where I ended up in the end. Most of these are going to be still life drawings or nude figure drawings.
Right now we’re doing organizational line drawings which actually isn’t something I’ve really done before. All the lines are actually a little confusing for me - even when my professor draws my head starts spinning.
Anyway, I tend to work small or on the computer (so… small drawing space, big canvas). Drawing courses tend to be a struggle for me because working large is a bit daunting. I’m really meticulous about details and straight lines and when drawing upright I have a tendency to make my lines curved which throws off my drawing. One thing I really took note of is my ability to… forget where I am in my drawing? I make reference lines but I’ll suddenly move a shape over and focus on that section for ages before I realize I put it in the completely incorrect spot. I did that in this piece and had to erase everything and go back in again to fix it. So… pay more attention to that I guess. Ahaha.