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View at least three short artist videos (10-15 minutes each) from Art21 (click her for webpage). You can search by artist name, media or subject matter using search bar at the top middle of Art21’s homepage. Watch how they work and what they say about their process. Briefly critique each artist using the Formal, Contextual OR Expressive theory. One critique per film. This cannot be an artist we have viewed previously this semester.

Mark Bradford in “Paradox” Looking at his paintings, to me they would describe what mixed media is about. The technique, range, and composition is spontaneous and expressive. He is using the process of adding, subtracting, and viewing different concepts in his collages that is always changing. His background from working in his mother’s hair salon gave him vision of what he would see in his artwork from making uses of what he could find and imagine. He uses elements in his artwork from everyday uses – remnants of poster boards, caulking, carbon paper, polyester cords and other objects that would bring his artwork to life. He then used these advertisements to make collages about his interests in mapping communities and underground economies. I find his work very expressive and intriguing.
Trenton Doyle Hancock was a very interesting fellow when describing his work and cultural history. He would make collaged felt paintings which tell a story of a fantastical nature. He uses an explosion of color in his artwork that would tell a contextual theory about his nature and culture. He would describe his family and faith into some of his drawings and the characters would formulate his imaginary world. He was very much into comics which he used a variety of vivid imagery and mythology. His artwork also tells a formal theory in which his paintings, drawings and collaged felt drawings tell a story in the Biblical sense that he learned as a child. His use of color and language conveys a symbolic meaning that always want to know when a work is done. Michael Ray Charles artwork in “Consumption” was something that was very interesting, as to stereotyping and what race relations had come to. His artwork was very expressive in that, he portrayed something that could best articulate Americanism. Vibrant colors, self-expressions and the emotions of the past brought forth what we see in his paintings. In his brightly colored paintings he employs characters that comment on racial attitudes. To me, his paintings are in a primitive style yet, they show time and motion when we look at them top to bottom, left to right. His paintings seek to create understanding among us and using Expressive theory was definitely thought of when describing this artist’s work.

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