Non-Western Part 2

These untitled sculptures were created by Koffi Kouakou. He was 1962 in Ahitou-Kongonou, Ivory Coast Africa. Died in 2008. He was an apprentice under his father who was a renowned gold-worker. Later in 1980 he moved to Grand-Bassam with his brother and then began his sculpting career following in the footsteps of his grandparents.¬† These sculptures were made in the year 2000 when Koffi was 38. These robot sculptures were based on action figures and other children’s toys of the time. They are just under three feet tall, and made of wood, metal, and plastic.

I chose these pieces of art because my grandmother used to live in Africa as a little girl, and recently  she has been sharing with my family and I different sculptures that she has collected from her life there. When i saw these sculptures it just kind of reminded me of some that she gave us. Though most of the ones she has collected are made mainly of wood. I really like these sculptures that Koffi created they are very original and creative.


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Two Hawks in a Thicket, painted by Lin Liang. A Chinese man of the 15th century Ming Dynasty.

Lin was one of the leading court painters of birds-and-flower painting. At this time hawks had never been painted like this. His usual paintings of hawks were of them on a high perch overlooking there surroundings. Whereas is this painting the birds seem distant, and uncaring. “Standing like monuments to strength and courage on the highest frozen peaks, swept by bitter winds, living in worlds that lesser creatures could not inhabit”. This was painted using ink and pail coloring on a scroll of silk.

I selected this work because hawks are amazing birds, they can see something like two or three times the distance that you or i can see. They are just fascinating creatures, and in this painting they are portrayed in great detail and they seem withdrawn from the world. There untouchable.

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Sand Sculptures

This Virtual Exhibit i chose to do it on the art of Sand Sculpting. While sand sculpting two basic ingredients are needed, sand and water, so most sand sculpting takes place near a beach. Some sand is good for sculpting and some is not so good. Good sand is dirty with silt and clay mixed into it. This makes it easier to keep the sand together when you are forming irregular shapes.

The first few sculptures I’ve chosen to show were created by Radovan Zivny. Radovan Zivny was born November 23, 1973 in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. In 1992 he studied at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He worked as a painter and a sand sculptor, then in 2002 he entered his first international sand contest. He continues to enter contests all over the world. When not competing he lives and works in Portugal.

This sculpture i believe was made in the year 2000. Though i am not sure i would also guess that it was created somewhere in Portugal because that is where he lived at the time. This Sculpture is called Gulliver. It comes from the story of Gulliver’s Travels. It is very nicely detailed and a pretty massive looking sculpture using the lamp post beside it for scale.

This is another work from Radovan, it is titled The Bedouins. He created this in 2006 at the Sultan of Sand Worldwide Sand Sculpting Service. Bedouins means desert dwellers, they live in different places around Northern Africa. This sculpture shows the Bedouins moving to a new area where there is water and food.

This piece is called The Swimmer. Radovan made this at the International Sand Sculpture Competition in 2007 where he took 2nd place. He got the idea for this from a newspaper article about the world famous B.C. swimmer Brian Johns. This sculpture is of a man swimming and lifting his head above water to catch a breath or air.

The next three sand sculptures will be from Dan Belcher. Dan lives in St. Louis, Missouri his home town. He got his bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. He had his first professional sand sculpting project in 1990, and since then he has been working with the best in the world. With his team he has won 2 world championships, along with three solo world championships in 2005, 2006, 2007.

This sculpture by Dan Belcher is called Apollo. This is the sculpture that won him the world championship of 2005 in BC Canada. This sculpture is of the Greek God Apollo. The sun is behind him, this is because Apollo is the god of light and the sun. I really like how detailed he could get with the muscles and wavy hair of Apollo with sand. Its really amazing.

Jack & the Beanstalk, is another great sculpture from Dan Belcher. Inspiration for this comes from the old fairy tales where Jack gets magic beans and grows a massive beanstalk and at the top is a Castle in the clouds where a giant lives. This sand sculpture is pretty big, and again i just love the detail work he did with the castle and the people.

The final sand sculpture is called No Room at the Inn. This comes from the bible when Jesus is about to be born to Marry and Joseph and there is no room for them to stay anywhere. Dan created this in Jesolo, Italy while working with Sultans of Sand. I like how he even sculpted a few angles watching over Marry and Joseph as they found there way.

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Migrant Mother, photo taken by Dorothea Lange

Dorothea Lange was born of German immigrants  in Hoboken, New Jersey. Lange contracted polio at age seven, which left her with a limp for the rest of her life. In 1919 she opened a successful portrait studio in San Francisco. When the Great Depression began Lange left her studio and began working on the street taking photos of homeless, and starving people in the states. This eventually got her hired by the FSA (Farm Security Administration).

In this portrait , and the other five taken of this women by Lange, it shows a poor women suffering at the affects of the Great Depression. This women who was 32 years old, had seven starving children she was trying to feed, as well as herself. This still photo captured the woman’s horrors. In the photo you can see that she is tired, scared, worried, and has no idea how she is going to provide her children with food.

I liked this work because of how much emotion was captured in a single photograph. Just by looking at this photo you can see the suffering that this woman and many other people went threw, and you can also feel it yourself. You can feel her worries and fears all by the way she looks in this one photograph.

This portrait is directly linked to the Great Depression. You see a women that is greatly affected by the decline of the economy, and the stock market crash. Forced to sell almost everything she owned so she could buy food. The portrait pretty such sums up the worlds pain during this time.

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Italian Renaissance

Journey of the Magi, painted by Benozzo Gozzoli

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Benozzo Gozzoli was an Italian painter born in 1421. He is best known for his murals in the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Benozzo lived to be 76, and died in Pistoia in 1497. He was buried in the monastery of San Domenico.

The painting Journey of the Magi was painted in 1459-1461. Depicted in this painting is one of the three wise man on there journey to Bethlehem. There are many other paintings that act as the next scene to the painting. And in those are the other two wise men. The middle King and the old King. But in this section of the scene the young King is depicted along with many followers. An interesting thing in these paintings is that Benozzo paints himself into the painting. Along with many other influential people of the day. Such as Piero de Medici, Giuliano de Medici, the three sisters of Lorenzo de Medici, and others.

I think that this painting connects very well to the Influence of the Medici Family. Obviously Benozzo was influenced enough by the family that he painted some of them into his art. The painting also shows influence of royalty. Because there are kings of men depicted here as they lead there people to Bethlehem.

I really enjoy this painting because i have always liked the story of the three wise men journeying to Bethlehem to meet there savior. And all of the background in scenery is very beautifully painted.

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Classical Theatre

Goetz von Berlichingen, playwright by Johann Wolfgang yon Goethe

Johann Wolfgang yon Goethe was a playwright from the classical era. He was born August 28, 1749. As a young boy he had a knack for learning. By age 8 he had acquired some knowledge of Greek, Latin, French, and Italian. In 1775 Goethe became the manager of the court theater. In 1832 he died in Weimar, and was buried in Ducal Vault.

Goetz von Berlichingen was written around 1771-1773. He chose to write about a 16h century robber because the robber represented himself as he protested against established order, and demanded intellectual freedom. Goetz wrote this play based on the memoirs of the historical adventure poet Goetz von Berlichingen. In they play the character Goetz is supposed to be a pillar of national integrity against a deceitful and over-refined society. A famous quote from the first version of the play was when the captain asked him to surrender, Goetz replies with “Me, surrender! At mercy! Whom do you speak with? Am I a robber! Tell your captain that for His Imperial Majesty, I have, as always, due respect. But he, tell him that, he can lick me in the arse!”

This work is connected to the rise of the middle class because it was the middle class that made this play so successful. Now that theater was more of a public form of entertainment, not just for court entertainment anymore, the middle class people could all go watch the plays that were going on. This resulted in the plays being much more of a success then they used to be now that audiences were not confined to being court officials.

This play was appealing to me because i enjoyed that fact that even a robber, a man who was feared and hated could come out and be the hero. Also the fact that he had an iron prosthetic arm was pretty cool.

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