Searching For Africa in Life
This piece reminded me of how much the media is censored by not telling the audience both sides of a story or leaving information out. Like Alfredo Jaar said, there’s a “failure to inform” and a “failure to represent” in the media, and in this piece, it’s Africans that have been left out. He said that throughout all these covers and stories in Life magazine, there might be some about African animals, but nothing about African people or culture. He talked about the racism and obvious favoritism towards some nationalities over others that’s prevalent in the media. It’s crazy how in this day and age, companies can still be biased to certain information whether they think it will bring a profit to them or not, or they just might not care about well rounded information.
Call to Revolution and Table of Brotherhood
Jose Clemente Orozco
I like Orozeo’s use of “dynamic symmetry.” The geometric/linear shapes unify the piece and so do the colors, with colder shades on the outside of the artwork and warmer reds focused in the middle. The person in the middle looks like a physical laborer, while the people on the sides look more worn out intellectually. They resemble mathematicians because of the straight edges that they are holding up. This piece reminds me of the industrial revolution while also stressing the importance of intellectual growth as well.
As an American, slavery is part of our history and it can’t be forgotten because of how cruel it was. Slavery not only helped with the improvement of our economy and our country back in the day, but it continually teaches us how to live and act now. I’m not saying that this suffering was beneficial, if I could stop all the slavery that’s happened then and now I would, but every mistake we make we learn from. Art like this is a constant reminder, not to make us feel bad about our history, but to keep working to make sure everyone is treated better and more humanly.
I thought it was interesting how Ms. Walker decided to do the people and earth in black and the air in white. Each color makes the other stand out and it parallels to how contrasting those two skin colors were to each other starting in the 1600s. The colors don’t mix in this artwork. However those two colors need to coexist to make up the complete grey scale.