Wednesday, December 9, 2015


     I chose Tomodachi a cast bronze sculpture in Yokota Air Force Base, Tokyo, Japan. It's a beautiful piece that I hope to see in person if I get to study abroad in Japan this summer. Its put on a pedestal that helps capture its size and greatness.


“Tomodachi” was my favorite. I really liked the positioning of the two figures. I liked the way in which the man is admiring the child, watching him play innocently. I also like the expression on the child’s face; it is so innocent and full of joy. I also like the way in which the two figures are touching, the man’s hand on the child’s shoulder letting him know that he his there although the child continues to play.    


Out of all of the sculpture there were, I chose the artwork titled "peace." The cast bronze piece is a simple human hand, with only its pointer and middle finger extended, showing the international sign for "peace." What I liked most about the artwork is that it is so simple of an idea, but ever since the coil project, I have a new found appreciation for sculptures of the human body. It is something that I know I myself would not be able to recreate, which is awesome.
I chose "War" which is in a cast bronze medium. I chose this piece because I feel the strength of a fist is such a beautiful symbol. It makes you feel a sense of camaraderie and pride. It is a beautiful way to show togetherness and strength with such a small and simple gesture. Hands can portray so much with such a small gesture. I really like the dark color and positioning of this piece!


"Good-bye" was my favorite of all the works I saw on your website. I especially liked it when it was clay and you could see the little details. In the close up of the father and daughter's hands, you can see her sleeve that has extremely realistic detailing. It seems carelessly perfect but having worked with clay, I know how hard it is to make something seem so natural and random. Also, in the close up of the father's face you can clearly see his facial expression which conveys an emotion I'm not sure how to label because I don't think I've ever felt it before. As a whole, I really liked that the father was not drastically taller than his daughter. You conveyed that he was a hero and an idol to her without him having to be overpowering. The way their hands are still just barely touching when their bodies are leaning in their own opposite directions helps convey the fear of the unknown when someone goes to war.

St. Narcissus

This is one of my most favorite pieces in Jacketti's gallery in Beacon. It looks even more impressive in person. It's a huge enamel painting. I think the reason why I like it so much is because of its color pallet. Also, it's very interesting to see your professor in an autobiographical art work where he titles  himself as St. Narcissus. That's probably why your head is so big in this painting, right?

This is a pull from the whole painting. Individually, it's just as beautiful as the original piece.

Saying Goodbye

This is my favorite Jacketti piece the reason, I really like it is because it is a sculpture full of emotion.It exemplifies the sacrifice that is made not only by the soldier but the soldiers family

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Gary Jacketti: Jackie

I like this sculpture because it seems that the artist admires this woman. It makes me wonder who Jackie is in relationship with Professor Jacketti. What I like most about this sculpture is her expression, her smile is pleasant and warming. I also like the form of her cheekbones, I believe this gives realism to this sculpture. I also like the hair because it looks real and beautiful. The medium of bronze allows the sculpture to have a shiny appearance because of the way the sculpture reflects the light. This allows more detail to show. I like this sculpture a lot it is very interesting. 

Gary Jacketti: West Point Statue

I really admired Jacketti's work on this particular piece. The hard work put into this makes it even more inspirational to study; sending a positive reinforcement attitude throughout the West Point campus. The man and child gesturing to walk away from each other still shows strong emotion on the connection between the two people. Anyone who sees this, is easily touched by its beautiful work. This is by far my favorite sculpture that Jacketti has ever made.

Sleeping Beauty

My favorite piece of artwork was this sculpture. You can feel so many emotions from this sculpture and that is why I love it. The baby is not only cute and adorable but you can also see the love that Jacketti has for the child. This sculpture is amazing and is one of a kind. This truly could not be sold because it is in a way priceless.

Sleeping Beauty

I chose "Sleeping Beauty" as my favorite piece by Jacketti because it's meaningful to him and you can tell by looking at it. I also like how its just the baby's sleeping face. Not having the whole body keeps from distracting the viewer from how adorable the baby's face is!

Pasture Ghosts

I chose this piece because I liked that it is a sound installation created out of fired clay. This piece was created for an outdoor exhibition in Garrison, NY, entitled "Collaborative Concepts at Saunders' Farm", and I like that it encapsulates the haunting feeling of an empty or abandoned farm.

Monday, December 7, 2015

In the Hands of God - Gary Jacketti

After looking through our teachers own made art collection the one I liked the most that stuck out to me was this one called the In the Hands of God. Made out of cast bronze, What I admire most about this work is that the bust of the man is upon the hand. I like how the face of the man shows some concern with the raised eyebrow. I also admire the detail in the face of the bust such as the wrinkles the hair and the ears.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Michael Heizer

I chose the Holes in the floor because I just thought they were really. The art is extremely minimal they are literally only holes in the ground but they can still convey deep meaning. If I were to name this piece it would be called the pits of life

Joseph Beuys, Brasilienfond, 1979

  At first glance I didn't appreciate this piece, it looked like slabs of soft material that felt nice to touch but didn't strike me anything special. I investigated it further walking in between 2 of the pieces while talking to Sam since we went to the trip alone without the class due to conflicts with our swim schedule. While he was mid sentence I walked through and it suddenly was almost completely silent but could tell Sam didn't stop talking. I realized that this piece was stopping the sound waves from bouncing back and forth creating a silent area which is really amazing part of the sculpture.

Dan Flavin untitled

Dan Flavin is one of the few artists that can be identified by the medium he uses. After 1963, almost all of Flavin's work was composed of light, in the form of fluorescent tubes in ten different colors and five different shapes. Above is an example of his work found in the Beacon Dia, where it is just three red florescent lights stacked upon eachother, hovering in space.  I love the simplicity of it, and the fact that he doesn't choose to name it. 

Broken Glass

This piece was probably my favorite because it is so simple, yet extremely eye catching. Each piece of glass was placed meticulously and it really makes you think about why the artist placed each piece the way he did. I also really enjoyed that the piece was placed on the floor and we were able to walk right up to it enjoy it without being restricted.  

Robert Smithson "Broken Glass"

This pile of glass is so simple yet so captivating. This piece was my favorite at the Dia Beacon by far and it amazed me. The artist wanted to focus on simple art and even though it looks like a pile of broken glass to me it looks like a pile of almost diamonds and shimmer. The way that the light refracts off of the glass when in the sun is simply breathtaking and I would pay money to have this piece in my house.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dia Beacon: Louise Lawler

Dia:Beacon's West Garden, site of Louise Lawler's Birdcalls, 1972/1981
I choose this exhibition because the incorporated a mimic of nature with true nature. I also enjoyed it because it reminded me of gardens seen in movies like Jane Austen or pride and prejudice.

Lawler created works that expose the economic and social conditions that affect the reception of art.Lawler and her artist friend Martha Kite began to sing loudly off-key to ward off any unwanted interactions, which led to their mimicking bird-like sounds to chant “Willoughby Willoughby.” This parody led Lawler to compose a list of famous male artists, all of whom came to prominence in the 1960s.

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