Friday, November 21, 2008

Art History DMA Late Night Olaf Eliasson Art Adventure

Okay - so for those who don't know, some of my Art History students and their friends met me at the Dallas Museum of Art Late Night (let me give a major shout out about that fabulous experience) to have a "learning lab" about art. We go to check out different parts of the museum (the permanent collection and special exhibits) at the once a month event in order to expand our study of art, but most importantly to see the art up close and personal.

Sooooooo......I asked my students to come to the blog and comment on their Friday night art experience. Guys - PLEASE DON"T make a comment until you go to his website and check out more of his work (it's linked in the post headline)! It is an INCREDIBLE body of work!!! (Oh, and a word about Eliasson's website - it is SUPER simple - a grey screen with links in white text. No visuals appear on the homepage - you have to go to images and continue clicking on the white text links until you got to the image list. The spareness of his website is a big contrast between the visual saturation of his work.) AND, check out the video that features an interview with the artist on his exhibit "Take Your Time" at the DMA.

How does seeing a larger selection of his work affect your opinion? Can you imagine being "in" those other pieces after your experience?

Here's my response to his work and the experience - I really loved it! Being bathed in colored light is a magical experience. Isn't it cosmic that we are studying Gothic stained glass windows and the Divine Light they produced? How did the light make you feel? Could the light Eliasson creates be considered "divine"? Our guide, Ms. Marvel, spoke about how his work reaches across Art History - can you make any other connections to work or cultures we have seen previously? I have a penchant for shiny things, so the glass and mirror installations caught my eye. I had no prior knowledge of Eliasson's work, so the experience was new and fresh for me as well.

We ended on the note of whether his work (or other work of the same ilk) is art or not. How is his work art (or not)? And, if you don't think it is art (which is a legitimate response by the way), why would a museum consider it to be art? How is conceptual art differenct from representational art? It was an awesome night, thanks again for taking time to come to the museum with me - I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it!?


Anonymous said...

I really love this piece of art. It shows so many different aspects of sculpture and color and even texture. My favorite part is probably how the whole thing seems to be different shades of purple. I get the feeling of peace and calm when I look at that. I wish I could see it in person. The geometric shapes make the light reflect in all sorts of ways and the texture of the glass looks smooth. This is really truly wonderful.
-Amanda P.

Anonymous said...

This picture leaves me in awe. The contrasts of colors in the beautiful purples and blues. The shapes encapture viewers in the
illusion of the crystal-like glass flowing before them.
-Rachel Zajac

Anonymous said...

Wow this picture elegantly screams "Look at me!" And its definitly something to look at. The color and the protruding walls makes it particularly unique.
I LOVE the mixture of the blues and purples. It gives me a sense of wonder and curiosity.
-Kristen Penner