Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota is a female artist who comes from Japan. Her artwork is normally large-scale and spectacular.

I can find various topics in Chiharu Shiota’s artwork: life and death, dream and reality, fear and peace. Chiharu Shiota gives me inspirations on how to mix the traditional culture of my home country with contemporary art, and how to build large-scale installation art. She is good at using culture icons, such as keys, wooden boat, and red wire. These all are having specific meaning in Japanese myths.

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Cosima von Bonin

 

Cosima von Bonin is a female artist coming from Germany. She created various artworks using stuffed toys. Most of these stuffed toys are human-sized.  Although there are not any expression or features on their faces, they are all showing somewhat sad and lonely temperament.
Stuffed toys, as a kind of carrier, give me some excellent inspirations. In the artworks what I did in the last semester, I used Barbie doll to represent the event happened in my childhood. Comprising with Barbie, stuffed toys can convey a sense of soft and warm. It easily creates a strong contradiction when using it with other hard materials such as wood or plastic like Cosima von Bonin used.

 

Gregor Schneider: DIE FAMILIE SCHNEIDER (Waldenstreet 14)

Gregor Schneider added PEOPLE in the artwork. That is more horrible than the empty spaces. Following the video, as if I walked into the real scenes of the horror movie. The woman, standing beside the sink and repeating washing plates robotically, is human or ghost, or just a dummy? The naked man and the “thing”(corpse?) in the bedroom are creepy as well. The whole house is pervading the depression and weirdness, and making people want to rush out as soon as possible.

This house aptly named DEAD HOUSE.

 

 

Gregor Schneider: TOTES HAUS ur

If let me pick a word to describe the feeling of seeing Gregor Schneider’s artwork, the word must be SHOCKING. He is NOT like other artists that setting up a single space: he builds a beehive. He renewed a whole house, and each space in the house is connected each other through the ladders and hatchways.
As we know, a house is a place for living that should give people the sense of belonging and security. But the house which is renewed by Gregor Schneider is totally EVIL HOUSE. The house is like a castle, a shelter during the war, or scenes in the video games. All the original function of spaces is broken in this house. The dimly lighted room, the ghastly walls and obscure meaning of the furniture combined a real nightmare…

Now I was completely addicted in the wired and cold of Gregor Schneider’s EVIL HOUSE. If there is an opportunity, I will take a look at it in person.

FOR SURE!!!

 

 

WET KISS, 2012, Plush, poly-fil, silicone

5.5 x 5.5 x 1.75″

 

Jaz Harold

Jaz Harold is a New York / Tokyo based fine artist. She gave me some inspirations of doing artworks about sex and pornography. Unlike the wildness and exaggeration in Western culture, Jaz Harold showed the sex in Japanese culture with juxtaposing the innocence and pornography in her work. She used the fluffy material in contrast with the glossy material, reminiscent of teen girls like pink cherry blossoms. The colour of the lifelike lips is tender and fresh, giving views a lovely but strange, while a sense of extreme pornography.

Sewn Drawings by Jessica Wohl
Jessica Wohl uses sewing and glueing to conceal the character on photos and just leaving the sickly smelling on their faces, and to create a sense of uncomfortable or weird. In the statement of her personal website, she said we are not perfect. “My work explores the physical and psychological implications of relationships, policies and domestic artefacts on our society’s obsession with, and definition of, the American Dream.”
I am deeply sympathetic with her voice. This semester I began to do some work related to my peers’ values because I found that many people around me had no way to stick to their perceptions of the world and their values are subtly influenced by media, business and politics. Everyone is trying to show a perfect, money worship, rich middle-class state. Jessica Wohl’s work shows a confrontation against this fake perfect.

“Heart to Mouth”, Bart Hess, video art

This piece of video art is reminiscent of the rubber clothing and the game “suffocation” in the SM culture. The actors’ headgears are inflatable red rubber balloons and making they looked as aliens. Their sharp nails seem will puncture the ball at any time. The actors wear barely underwear and kissing each other through the rubber. The whole film is shooting at higher-than-normal frame rates. The slow motion renders the pornographic atmosphere. All the elements, red balloons, flesh, golden nails, sound effects, making people feel a kind of voluptuous form, weird, precarious and heavy burden.

LEE UFAN

This is a painting about a quadrilateral shadow on a wall in a vacant space, which has the colourful gradient from white to black. LEE UFAN’s work belongs to a typical Oriental aesthetics with minimalist style. It brings viewers the feeling of calm, restraint, and try to make the audience focus on the original beauty of things. His works have given me the guidance on cultural cognition, so that I can keep the sense Oriental identity with my artwork.

 

 

 

One Hundred Live and Die, Bruce Nauman, 1984

 

This artwork is showing one hundred sentences composed by one hundred activities about ‘live and die ‘. The sentences made by colourful light tube and have same fonts but different colours. All sentences align in a right-aligned form so looked is not disorder.

The Psychedelic light tube makes the whole work having visual stimulation, reminiscent of the bar, red light district, drunken live in dreams, spend days to wine and the life attitude with happy first.

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