Week 5

Q: What do you think are the concerns about the environment and landscape in his work?  Narrative? Do you see the influences of Magritte and Escher in his work? Name examples.

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Erik Johansson’s work and his visual observations on the environment and landscape clearly expose his views. He shows his disappointment on how humanity is ruining the earth around us to create cities and easier approach for transportation. His pictures show his irritation with roads and how they are damaging the nature. By presenting this all through a naive perspective, he offers the idea that humanity does this with insensitivity, not really understanding how upsetting the consequences could be for the future of our planet. The artist portrays the idea of story in his edited pictures, by displaying that human’s will and can construct the landscapes around them. In the picture on the right, we see a young woman painting and ocean around her that melts into a real ocean. This interpretation shows us the human imagination and how people can create new worlds and new futures.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 11.01.26 PMThis piece on the left is a perfect admiration piece to Maurits Cornelis Escher’s self-portrait. Johansson is displaying it in a surrealist style. He modifies the picture to the point where it is a clear reference to Escher, but still an original piece, especially with the difference of the medium.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 11.02.49 PMThis piece on the left is a clear reference to René Magritte’s extraordinary surreal paintings with the bright blue sky as well as clouds in the background. It has a very noticeable color pattern that is found in Magritte’s paintings as well as it takes that solid surreal portion.


Week 4

Q: Define Intertextuality.

“Intertexuality” is defined as the interrelationship between texts, particularly works of literature; the way that similar or related texts influence, reflect, or differ from each other.

Q: In the following case, could you name the original reference in these images (pick 3), and describe how the original text influences (content wise) the new image.

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Kehinde Wiley reconstructs old masterpieces while replacing young African American men instead of using the white powerful leaders. All of these images show intertextuality between modern times/ pop culture, and old baroque period works of art. The artist is getting rid of the usual white men, who are in power and replacing them with black men. By doing this, he makes the painting look like an imitation and that’s exactly what he wanted to do. In the new art work- reconstructed, these men are portrayed in a hero’s position, and they are portraying black men of power, great influence and great leaders. However, in today’s society, the same young black men stereotypically are viewed as criminals. Kehinde painted the men wearing modern day clothing. In my opinion, the artist is trying to prove that there are black men who would or could be great leaders and have a lot of influence on our society. Wiley is trying to break the stereotypes for black men.

Week 3


Q: In the series Drop Dead Gorgeous, what do you think are the links between the objects, gender, and context?

In the series Drop Dead Gorgeous by Daniela Edburg, each image is a short story of death and desire. I believe the links between the objects, gender, and contexts all come together in the idea of consumerism within the female population. By presenting only female models, surrounded by lots of everyday products that are killing them. The artist is observing the overwhelming force of consumerism and how it is killing the way women view products, materials, and themselves. For example, in the image Death by Lifesavers, a young woman is dead in a pool with lifesaver candies around her. This picture questions our relationship with food and beauty. Food is the substance of life, but in the wrong hands can lead to unpleasant situations.

Week 2


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Q: Why do you think the act of erasure / subtraction is used by the artist?

Erasure and Subtraction have been one of the most captivating artistic methods that I have seen. The impact that removal can make is huge and fascinating. By subtracting the most important point in the picture, the artists causes his audience to pay more or close attention to the missing piece rather than what is still there. This allows the viewers to use their imagination to complete the image. In regard to the works of Alexander Apostol and Charles Cohen, we see two different styles of removal and the unusual pieces that are created from it. Cohen’s pieces from his Buff collection use removal by getting rid of the subject of the original picture and giving the taste of isolation. Alexander Apostol’s use of removal is more indirect but equally interesting. In his Residente Pulido collection, he takes pictures of rundown buildings. He subtracts the markings that would give indication of use. He allows the viewer to engage the subject in its pure form.

Week 1

Q: Look at the work of: Polke, Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein, and Warhol and found relations with the work of Jeremy.

Jeremy Scheuch’s imagery and inspiration are mined from magazines, celebrity blogs, vintage dictionaries, clip art, thrift stores and flea markets. Jeremy loves unicorns, kittens, dolphins, rainbows, dinosaurs and America.

Sigmar Polke experimented with a wide range of styles, subject matters and materials. He concentrated on photography, and produced abstract works created by chance through chemical reactions between paint and other products.He produced paintings focused on historical events and perceptions of them. Polke’s early work has often been characterized as European Pop art for its depiction of everyday subject matter – sausages, bread and potatoes – combined with images from the mass media. He imitated the dotted effect of commercial newsprint by painstakingly painting each dot with the rubber at the end of a pencil. 

Robert Rauschenberg was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Rauschenberg is well known for his Combines, non-traditional materials and objects were employed in innovative combinations. His Combine works blurred the distinctions between painting and sculpture, as their flat surfaces were augmented with discarded materials and appropriated images. He was both a painter and a sculptor and the Combines are a combination of both, but he also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking and performance.


Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist. His work defined the basic premise of pop art through parody. Favoring the comic strip as his main inspiration, Lichtenstein produced hard-edged, precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek humorous manner. His work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as “not ‘American’ painting but actually industrial painting”.


Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. Warhol’s art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music.


 They all are pop artists and have their own inspirations from differrent mediums such as the magazines, photographs, paintings, sculptures etc. They all produced abstract works by combining diferent mediums.