Reading Responses | Blog 2
Todd Mrozinski response
When reading through Todd's personal blog and browsing his own work, it is apparent that he has an appreciation for artistic detail, and describing this detail in a way that sparks an internal image. I had the most clear visual image when he was describing Paul Cezanne’s “Self Portrait” from 1878-80 within the article about the Milwaukee art museum. I looked up the paintings after reading this article, and was amazed at the visual image that I was able to see, and how it wasn't too far off from what he was describing. Todd's voice within the article is most definitely something descriptive, artistic, and captivating, almost using the tone of one who is writing a novel. As someone who struggles with reading, I fond it easy to go through his work based on how captivating his storytelling within his article was.
Jason McDowell - Parking Lot response
In this article, Jason's voice comes across less artistically descriptive than Todd's, but has another passion within it. Rather than finding the passion within an artwork, there is a sort of activism, I could catch that the author was upset without him being overly vulgar and obviously mad.
"No matter what the reason is for demolition, it's still a shame to see a classic cream city brick building replaced with the personality of a parking lot. It removes the three-dimensional history and replaces it with a flat surface that can only hold two states: empty or littered."
This quote really emphasizes the authors attitude towards the deconstruction of buildings into parking lots.
energy he carries in his words helped me go through the written work, and also learn a bit more about the authors values, and some history of Milwaukee. As a Milwaukee resident, its also interesting to learn the history of unassuming locations I may not have even thought of when walking past, but can definitely identify.
There is a sense of community involved in artwork, especially street art. This article puts an emphasis on the building of smaller Milwaukee Communities, and the larger culture and community of Milwaukee overall. I kind of wish that the article went a bit more in-depth with this topic, especially since it seemed really interesting to me going into it. I wonder what artists had already had their work featured, how they went about being chosen, and what subject matter they wanted to emphasize in their works. Of course, community was an inherent part of this type of mural, but I would love to see an interview with an artist who had done some of these works. I have my own personal identity attached to these works, especially since I do go around Milwaukee often. The rainbow crosswalk near cathedral square is the more notable public art works i remember, otherwise the koi fish that are on the pavement in some areas of Milwaukee (this feels a lot like a finding game, although i'm sad to see some of them are gone. Either due to purposeful removal, or over time ware - I can only assume). I also wonder if there are any intentions and plans to protect these works, especially since they are in areas that are susceptible to decay. I'm hoping to follow the project later on to see how these murals have grown in number, and hopefully going out to see them myself.
Image Creds; City of Milwaukee DPW
The work of Goriko, for juxtapoz Magazine
In This article, it covers the work of Reen Barrera and Giorgiko. I was most drawn in by the fantastical mystique and dream like landscapes of Goriko's work. I feel as if the article the descriptions of the work are very thorough and speak to the viewing audience, as is the artwork. The sad relatability of a lost childhood within these works resonates with me, so its great to see that they are being put on display.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.