Author: amleyden

Classical Lego Works of Art

Classical Lego Works of Art

Marco Pece is an artist that uses appropriation to put a new spin on old classical works of art and film. This image shown here is an appropriated image of the Mona Lisa. Marco uses lego piece to recreate famous works of art and scenes from movies. In an interview when asked why use legos Marco responded because it brings a sense of youth to a high culture and classical time. Pece stated “Everything flows from appropriating the world of art, to revitalizing and transforming its grandeur and pompous style in the simplicity and directness of the message.” Appropriation is taking a preexisting piece of art and using those aspects from that work to create another work of art that can be connected back to the original work. Since this image is compelling a more fun and playful approach at the Mona Lisa I would say that I think this is a sense of parody. Since this work of art is created with the use of lego pieces, there is an element of humor in this photo even though the Mona Lisa painting has been copied and appropriated on dozens of different occasions. Some people may think that since the Mona Lisa is to over done that this image exhibits more pastiche than parody, but ultimately like most things in the art world it us up to the viewer and what that spectator gains from reading concealed clues given by works of art.


iPhone/ iPad Master Pieces

iPhone/ iPad Master Pieces

This replicated image of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting Starry Night was created with the use today’s technology. At first glance it is unmistakably recognized as Starry Night, but with closer analysis you can see that this replicated image is a lot less detailed. It looks as if this image was created on a tablet with a stylus rather than painted on a canvas with a brush. This image was actually created on an iPhone/ iPad app called the brushes app by artist Jorge Colombo. In Van Gogh’s painting you can see all of the brush strokes and the flecks of multiple different colors integrated throughout the entire piece. This replicated image is smooth compared to the original. It also seems to lack dimensions when compared to the original. The original piece has more noticeable lines and the colors are layered not blended but that is what gives Starry Night character. I choose this image because Starry Night along with many other older painting is often replicated either for personal use or commercial use. Today you can order a canvas, a blanket, a phone case etc. with this image printed on it. The more popular this image becomes and the more it is used the more authentic the original will be. Since this painting is so old copyright laws have expired allowing for the wide commercial use of this famous piece.

Lady Gaga Album Cover

Lady Gaga Album Cover

I have seen this album cover a number of times, but have never truly took the time to truly analyze it until now. The term gaze means in plain and simple terms is to look, but it has more depth than that. Humans are constantly being the subject and the object of gazes.

The book also discusses the term modernity, which basically means being present or keeping up with current times, culture, and trends. Lady Gaga has always held a place under the spotlight with her constantly changing music style and interesting choices in attire. In this photo and in general she has become a human subject in which people all over the world gaze upon.

This image shows Lady Gaga, who is a modern day pop star, with a fixed gaze upon the viewer. This photo in particular plays interesting off of the term gaze. In a way the viewer is the one that studies and gazes at this digital album cover of Lady Gaga. If you look at her face you will see that she is holding a powerful gaze back at the viewer, making her in control of this situation even though she is merely an image in this instance. Her gaze is powerful because of the confident way in which she presents herself in this photo. She is nude yet still modest. She has a stoic expression with her eyes fixed open something. So in a way she too is gazing back at the viewer.

Driftwood Sculptures



The Young Arabian. Colt for bronze


This is a horse sculpture created by artist Heather Jansch. Unlike tradition Sculptures, this artist constructs them from different pieces of driftwood. Struken and Cartwright said “We are surrounded by images that play with representation”, and I chose this sculpture because I think it interestingly plays off of the perspective of realistic art with some abstract aspects. I find it realistic in a sense because at first glance most people can conclude that this sculpture is unmistakably a horse. Struken and Cartwright state that in order for visual art to be considered “realistic” it depicts the objects as how it would be seen by the naked eye. For this particular sculpture the shape and placement of the wood throughout depicts a standing horse with ears up and alert, and tail slightly elevated. This gives a sense of life and motion to the sculpture as if the tail was moving, and the ears are focused in on something. The legs are positioned in a naturalistic way making them look movable and not stiff since the back feet are slightly diagonal. These sculptures are also created to represent the actual size of a horse.  All of these things help give the sculpture character and make it more lifelike.  

As for the abstract part, it is not a typical stone or clay representation of a horse. Struken and Cartwright define abstract art as art that represent objects but by abstracting different aspects of them. This sculpture was created by careful placement of driftwood. In a sense this sculpture reminds me of cubism. Cubism is the placement of planar shapes to make an image and this sculpture was created out of careful placement of differently shaped driftwood. The more you examine this sculpture the more your point-of-view between realistic and abstract shifts.