Today I wanted to just share some pieces of contemporary artwork that I find intriguing. I wanted to use these three pieces of artwork as my sort of introduction to the type of art we will be looking at. The first piece I wanted to talk about is called “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” which is the image with the shark. This art piece is a large tank that includes a real shark that has been preserved inside of it forever. It was created in 1991 and is honestly an aw to look at. Honestly based off of the name I have a lot of thoughts on what the overall meaning of the piece could be. Personally I think it is supposed to sort of mean that we do not view this shark as dead because it does not look dead.
Next I wanted to talk about a piece called Free and Leisure by Yue Minjun in 2003. I find the painting to overall be a bit creepy. I think that the name of the painting gives it maybe a less weird aspect but when I look at the oversized mouths I become uncomfortable. As described by the artist though it is said the painting represents how man and heaven can coexist.
Lastly I wanted to talk about “Field for the British Isles” by Antony Gormley. In this piece there are over 25,000 small figures that are places together to create this almost dead grass looking picture. This artist has created many “fields”in which he places hundreds of these small handmade figures to create different shapes or images. I personally loved this piece of artwork because the first time I ever looked at it I thought it was a painting of wheat. It feels almost other worldly and I really enjoy it. As lame as it might sound I really enjoy “cottage core” or “dream core” pictures or pieces of art so I found this to be reminiscent of that.