Today Todd Mrozinski came in and talked about how he went about writing his articles, which I think was very helpful. I wasn't quite sure what to do at first and how to do it, but now I have a better idea on how I want to go about my article. I think that being an artist helps us understand the work better and gives us more of an incentive to write better. We all know how we would like our art written about and I think that helps us write about other's work. I also thought it was interesting how he went to the same show eight times before he wrote about it. By then I'm sure he understood everything in greater detail. If you go to an exhibit a second time or even a third time, you see things that didn't notice the first time. You pick up on different things and are able to look in greater detail.
As for my research for the article so far and how things are progressing, I know that I am going to write about art controversy and how it affects the people in Milwaukee. I am still in the planning stages of how I want to lay things out and what order I want to talk about them, but with Todd coming in and talking to us, I think I have a better idea on how I will go about everything.
I am planning on writing about art controversy in Milwaukee for my article. Talking about the idea as a whole instead of a single artist, seems very interesting to me. I've been thinking about what I can all talk about in the article and how I want to format it. Some ideas I've had so far are talking about each artist's original intent with a specific controversial art piece in Milwaukee, finding artworks that have the artist original intent hidden and/or apparent, how others see it, and how that affects the community. I was thinking about asking people around town, inside of MIAD and outside, to see what they think of a specific piece. Seeing if they think it's controversial, if so why, and how it affects them. One artwork that is very controversial right now in Milwaukee is the "Headless Woman" on the north side of the P.H. Dye House building created by Andres Von Chrzanowski. It would be interesting to see how this work affects not only women but men. Another very controversial artwork in Milwaukee is the mural of "Devontay" in the Black Cat Alley by Adam James Stoner. Is it an unclear portrayal, a negative stereotype of African Americans or does it stand for Milwaukee's legacy of a high incarceration percentage of black men than any other city? It would be interesting to ask multiple people what they think of it and see how this mural affects them, if it does. It would be also interesting to see what they think about the vandalism of Stoner's mural that had just recently happened.
I plan on finding many different controversial works around Milwaukee and asking people about them. I want to see how they react to specific art and what they have to say about them. I find art controversy to be a very interesting topic to not only write about, but research further and get more information on the subject. I want to get direct quotes from people I talk to and do a lot more research about why art controversy exists in hopes that will strengthen my articles importance.
Vincent is a local artist in Milwaukee, WI. He works with paintings, drawings, solargraphy, show posters, moon curse vinyl, photography, and stained glass (both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional). Vincent has been the head glass painter at Conrad Schmitt Studios since 2007. For his job, he designs, paints, and fabricates stained glass windows for clients throughout the US, restores turn of the century stained glass windows, including replicating broken pieces, paints and installs murals and statuary, and does light oil painting restoration, which includes cleaning, varnish removal, and touch-up to conservation standards.
Vincent's professional website is separated into eight different
sections, which are separated by each medium he uses. Each section will then show all the work he has created. He does not have a main landing page, it goes straight to his art. In the top left corner of his website, he has "Hello", "Friends", and "Following" tabs that show more about him. He doesn't have a lot listed about himself on his professional website, but does keep his Linkedin and bio on Conrad Schmitt Studios update to date. Vincent's website is easy to navigate and all his images are good quality.
Timothy is a designer, illustrator, muralist, and author in New York City, NY. He has work on walls, buildings, packaging, cars, people, shoes, clothing, books, jackets, magazine covers and galleries all over the world. Currently, Timothy is teaching at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York.
Timothy's website has a main landing page, which shows some of his featured work. In the top left corner, he has his work linked to another page with is separated into seven sections. They are separated into categories including, All, Murals & Wall Wraps, Personal Projects, Products, Packaging, Editorial & Publications, and Partnerships. This makes is easy to navigate through all his work. In the top right of his landing page, he has an About page linked, explaining everything he has achieved, as well as a shop section where you can purchase some of his works that he has for sale.
Professional Website: Todd uses one main image as his landing page with seven different sections where you can view his work. The sections are separated by mediums, as well as having a contact page and a CV page. He also has links to his Instagram and YouTube channel.
Blog Post by Artist-in-Residence: There is a small intro before the blog, about Todd. It is then followed by Todd’s artist statement with images filled in throughout of Todd himself taking photos and photos he has taken. After the artist statement, there are images of his work. Titled with the medium used. The bio of Todd is at the very end of the blog post, summarizing everything that was above it.
Portrait Society Show: This is an article written by Todd explaining the show in his perspective. There is a main title as to what the article is about. It then explains what the show was about, including images of other artists in the show. Each paragraph is about one artist and their work, with an image included to show their style. At the end it states the show’s title, where it is at (with the address), and what dates it will be open.
Controversy has existed since before art was discovered. Marcel Duchamp created a piece called "Fountain" in 1917 that is still one of the most controversial art pieces people talk about today. He took an everyday object, and turned it into art. When Duchamp was asked why he created this specific piece he said, “I was drawing people’s attention to the fact that art is a mirage. A mirage, exactly like an oasis appears in the desert. It is very beautiful until, of course, you are dying of thirst. But you don’t die in the field of art. The mirage is solid.” So what makes something art and how does it become controversial? These questions have been shaping creativity of all artist's since the beginning of time. Art is created to challenge the viewers limitations and thought processes, making them think about what is being presented in front of them. Today in society, people choose to criticize most of what they see and because of this they won't see the artist's original intention that lies behind the work. This causes the viewer to not have the chance to appreciate the artist's original vision or intention of that piece. Artistic freedom of expression is often taken in the wrong context. Certain artist's may be trying to push the boundaries of what art is, while others stay in the lines. This causes controversy between not only artists, but the audience as well. Art is created for an artist to communicate an idea to an audience, no matter what the subject may be. Everyone should be able to express themselves through whatever thoughts and ideas they may have.
Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917
I am a Senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, getting a Bachelor of Fine Arts, as well as minors in Humanities and Writing. I consider myself more of a multi-media fine artist. I like to work in drawing, painting, sculpture, and stained glass. I learned how to create stained glass my Junior year at Kewaskum High School and after that I fell in love with the way the light reflects off it and the different designs you can create. After that, I added glass to my concentration, along with all my other mediums. For my Senior year at MIAD, I plan on using all the mediums I've come to know and love and combine them together. I have been struggling with how to do that for a while and I think I have finally figured it out.
Most, if not all, of my influences for art have come from my roots in which I grew up in. Starting from a young age, I have always loved being outdoors, hiking, and taking in all the scenery. I am drawn to how the plants and animals move in space and the many different forms they each hold. The way the natural world is unending and constantly changing throughout time, to me, is similar to my practice. Every plant and animal have a different form, a different way they adapt to their living conditions, even a different smell. The way water flows down rocks and ledges creating a waterfall, how mountains have extremely high and low points creating very abrupt angles, and how blades of grass and strands of hair blow in the wind are all examples of endless forms in the natural world that comes an aesthetic beauty.
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” -Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
I'm not entirely sure what I want to write about yet for my article but I have been looking into different art sites and articles about controversy, specifically in Milwaukee, WI. I find the different controversies in art interesting and I think this might be one of the things I decide to write about. One in article in particular I found very interesting. It's about the Mural on the Milwaukee County Bus. The mural that wraps around the bus was created for a summer art program that was paid for by the Milwaukee Art Museum. It stands for immigration enforcement and family separations, but it is causing so much controversy, that the Milwaukee County supervisor is demanding it be removed.
Bachelor of Fine Arts-New Studio Practice Major