Space /Materiality: Museum Reflection

Describe one example of an artwork utilizing an inhabited space. What elements of this project caught your attention?

No Kill Shelter by Jodie Mack utilizes inhabited space by having a “communal TV” for everyone to sit down and watch the different abstractions that was shown through each television. The bright energy giving off from the old fashioned TV caught my attention from this work of art.

Describe one work example that utilizes a surprising use of scale

The Wall Painting by Judy Ledgerwood uses a big use of scale. It takes up three sides of the wall. The wall painting covering the entire space made me overwhelmed by the artwork at first, but the repeated patterns of the flowers and colors of pink, green, and blue on the wall started to symbolize a female body.

Describe one work example that uses visual counterpoint in an interesting way

Untitled by Ruth Root uses plexi glass, paint, and fabric to create a visual counterpoint through texture and color. The color contrast between the black and the white as well as the different textures from strokes of purple and white lines to a orange soft texture gives the audience to see each element separately. However, the collage somehow comes together in one piece.

What factors do you think informed Maria Shapiro’s use of patterning?

The use of patterning is influenced by Maria Shapiro’s passion towards feminism and collage (femmage). She exhibits her work by representing women through use of paper crafts, crochet, and embroidery. Hence, I think these materials help represent feminism because of this weak and soft textures.

In the introductory wall text, written by the exhibition curator for the surface/ depth exhibition, it states that decorative elements have been and can be used as a critical tool. From your perspective, what does the curator mean by this term? What specifically is being critiqued?

From my perspective, I think ‘critical tool’ defines that decorative arts can be used to symbolize or give a voice to the people about her personal and political passions about gender, racial, and sexuality identity, aesthetic hierarchy. Hence, decorative arts have always been seen lightly and as a ‘minor’, which Maria Shapiro and other artists display in the museum to help the audience see that decorative elements are a critical tool.

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