We have been discussed many works by different artist, Amanda Wojick, Richard Serra, and Louise Bourgeois. These artists have different vision of the art and try to implement their ideas in different forms. Elkins in the chapter “Just looking” states that seeing means searching (22) and he is right. When I am looking at any painting, I am trying to understand why the author has provided this specific piece of art, what he/she wanted to offer, why this particular piece has caught my eye. I am going to discuss the work Yellow Bandiad Waterfall by Amanda Wojick created in 2004. Considering the main idea of personal works, Amanda Wojick states that her main desire is to present the things in “a new abstract space” (n.p.), as she stated in her comment to Life 1968 presentation.
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I should say that the more I looked at the work under discussion, the more I thought about Elkins’ “Just look”. I should say that many things discussed in that work may be easily referred to Wojick’s work. Elkins says that “looking is something I do, but also something that happens to me” (35). Considering the piece of art under discussion, I want to say that I was really impressed with what I saw. One of the central issues which caught my eye was the material. All works by Wojick seem innovative and impressive, they add abstraction and space. It is not a painting; at the same time, it is not a sculpture. The fusion of the styles and the innovative approach are really impressive. This is one of the main reasons why I liked it.
Commenting on the very piece of art Yellow Bandiad Waterfall by Amanda Wojick, I should say that the innovative approach to art in general impresses. I liked this piece for its originality. Moreover, being yellow, this water fall should denote something particular. When looking at this piece I asked myself, “Why is it yellow? What did the creator want to show by the color?” These are the aspect I tried to find out while I looked at it. I have never known for sure, but yellow may stand fro sun or by sand. No matter what is specifically the thing, I want to say that the work awakes only positive feelings. Looking at it I was to smile. The yellow spots seem to be the places where the sun touched the water. The childhood is remembered.
The ink, gouache, and bandaids are the materials with which the work of art has been created. I should say that I believe that material means much in the creation of the piece of art. Such unusual combination says about author’s creativity and particular vision of the world. Why are bandaids chosen? I suppose one of the main reasons for using bandaids on the paper is its structure. Being light and invisible on the paper this material creates additional volume and helps create a relief, almost invisible, but extremely important. Here is the picture which I have discussed.
I suppose there are people who will like it as I did. I also agree that some people may dislike it, bit I am sure that there are no indifferent people due to peculiarity and unusual nature of the piece of art.
Elkins, James. “Just looking.” The object stares back. New York: Simon and Shuster, 1996. 17-41. Print.
Wojick, Amanda. Life 1968. 2009. Web.
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Wojick, Amanda. Yellow Bandiad Waterfall. 2004. Web.