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Dec. 19th, 2016

Chimera (2016)


Chimera is the result of too much anime (and games) and giving into the theme of black, white, and red. It is a product of a lot of cutting and burning myself with a glue gun. They can be seen as separate pieces or as a whole. Sam suggested that the spider is pulling the tendons out of the sheep to make the web and I liked that. I used paper and hot glue since I didn’t expect the piece to be long lasting. I want it to be as if the different cells are at war and eventually the creature would fall apart because of internal unrest. They are only supposed to be viewed momentarily when they are at their mostly beautiful before the balance tips. The creatures are metamorphosis of a weak being into something stronger. They might pretend like the sheep or consume like the rabbit in hopes of power. The spider just patiently weaves its web and wait for them to all fall into it.

Kiki Smith


Human and animal theme works are popular as always. It seems like we are always intrigued by the mix of human and another being (or is it morbid fascination). The first two pieces depict birth. Kiki Smith like to work with the wildness and untamed side of women. She plays with representations and cues. I like the one where the women stepped outside of the wolf. It was as if she fought for her existence and won, the victorious warrior. The last piece is nice too. Instead of normal feminine depiction of woman, she is crouching upside down. She is a predator instead of a prey.
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One Million Kilometers of Silk by Barbara Chase-Riboud


There is a formal quality to the chaos of ropes. It is very texture based. Juxtaposing colors to highlight one part or another is some pieces. It is a merge of something soft with something hard. Yet both achieve a sense of flow. I like the simplicity and the evocation that the piece brings.
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Hellsing


Another one of the stylized violence category. I watched it earlier than Hannibal and it reflected in some early drawings. A lot of red and violent ways to kill someone. Learned about the fire of London from here (not accurate but taught me there is such a thing known as fire of London). Not sure what else I got from it. I get a lot of my inspirations from anime, books, and things completely unrelated to art for exhibition.

Chimera


"The Chimera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of more than one animal. It is usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake's head, and was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra." --from wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimera_(mythology))
This is what a classic Chimera looks like (althought this one is from Fate/Grand Order but you get the idea). It is an interesting mix of animals (perhaps symbols of calendar of tripartite year. And despite the mane of the lion, Chimera is known to be female.

Dec. 18th, 2016

Chimera Ant


"Chimera Ant Queens possess an entirely unique method of reproduction known as Phagogenesis (摂食交配, Sesshoku Kōhai), a fictional term meaning reproduction through devouring. By eating other creatures, a Chimera Ant queen can impart the characteristics of ingested creatures onto the next generation of Chimera Ants it gives birth to. To take advantage of the genes of a particular species, Chimera Ants have been known to feed until the fodder species is driven to extinction in its ecosystem." --from HunterxHunter wikia
It’s a case of you are what you eat. They eat things stronger than them in hopes of gaining that gene. The Chimera Ants like to eat humans, especially Hunters, because they are powerful. They are hoping to gain the power by taking on the characteristics of beings higher up on the food chain. The Chimera ants closest to perfection are the ones that looked most human (mostly). I can’t help but to notice the resemblance between the Chimera Ants King and Mewtwo. But then again, Mewtwo was created with human genes injected into him…so end point is that a) humans have superior genes  and b) they make good food.

Nina


She was the first chimera I saw. Her story: her father mixed her with her dog to get a talking chimera like how he did with her mother before her. She was killed because she asked to end her pitiful existence or she was something that shouldn’t have existed (depending on the version you watched). Because of her, for the longest time I thought that chimera was a mixture of human and animal. I wasn’t totally wrong. It was something of a freak of nature and fragile as the cells broke down inside them. She is from Fullmetal Alchemist and there are other chimeras in them. There was even one that looked like the real chimera from the greek mythology.

Three Vases by Judith Hopf


--comical art
--turning the banal into something else
--the vases are all upside down, changing the function of an object
--minimalistic
--again with the white and black
--I keep thinking of a story to go with the three vases: the crazy grandmother, the stern grandfather, and the poor grandchild who got dropped off to the grandparents by their parents
 
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Eva Hild



I like the endlessness of the works and the merging of the shapes. The pieces are still but as the eyes glanced over them, they seemed to be always in motion. Some are like water, others are like the pores of something. It might just be me but the first thing I think of when looking at them is cat houses. All the twists and holes make it a perfect place for a cat to explore. The black and white coloring makes it very modern.
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Balaenoptera Musculus by Tom Sach


What got me most excited about this piece is not its size or animal subject but its material. Guess how it is put together? Hot glue. It is a ‘low’ material that is not often present in the art world. Also by using foamcore and hot glue, the art piece is not made to last. It is going to look pretty and being enjoyed while it lasts. Any art history study to be made on it in the future…better do it when it still exists.

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