Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baldessari and Leopard Booties

John Baldessari
Raised Eyebrows, Furrowed Foreheads
(Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet), 2008
 The Art- John Baldessari, Raised Eyebrows Furrowed Foreheads (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet) 2008. This work by Baldessari is one of my favorites. Its important to note that this is not a painting and that Baldessari did, in fact, denounce painting in 1970 declaring the death of painting in his body of work. He later used photography and pulled images from mass media since he declared in the title of his first print that he would "Not Make Any More Boring Art." Many of the images in Raised Eyebrows/Furrowed Foreheads use famous faces yet they are shielded in annonymity. His use of color in the photo helps add to the mystery of the faces as well as to the humourous qualiity of the photo. His addition of color to the black and white photos  takes a moody photo and makes it instantly interesting. It is important to note the size and scale of this work is much larger in person and that the eyebrows appear above the surface while the furrows are 3/4 of an inch below the surface, influencing the texture and feel of the work. The highlite on the eyebrows and forehead accentuate the defragmented aspect of the work and accentuates Baldessari's concern with the idea of the part and the whole.

The Duds- This outfit is one that I actually wore this weekend and was inspired by this work of art. The color pairings in the photo and the restrictive yet well composed quality of the main theme of this work inspired a look that reflected the same minimal yet impactful quality. I know to some this may seem like a pretty out there outfit and not exactly minimal(yellow, blue, and leopard), but for my wardrobe my neutral is definitely leopard and blue and yellow is a standard color combo for me. I accesorized this like with a tan clutch and a skinny navy blue patent belt.

Gap Chambray Shirt
Sparkle and Fade A-Line Ponte Skirt

Charlotte Olympia Alice Leopard Booties.

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