Why Blend in When You Can Stand Out?

I chose the Theme “Why Blend in When You Can Stand Out?” for my exhibit. It includes works by Jeff Koons, David Salle, Anna Joelsdottir, and Julian Schnabel. All of whom have a work that just one part or another stands out above the rest. I hope you enjoy!

Julian Schnabel, Pink House, 2007

This is actually an image of a high rise building that Julian Schnabel had constructed in West Village, New York. I doubt anyone would really be able to explain the color choice other than Julian himself. But it is speculated that he chose the color to annoy some of the people who opposed his building permit. Nice way to show them! If something stands out more than a hot pink building I’d be impressed and for that reason it is included in this exhibit. Nobody said buildings aren’t art.

Julian Schnabel, Untitled (Indian Painting) 2007

I thought this work belonged because the main image is almost the background. Its the headress (?) that really stands out in this image. It’s all beautiful, but the contrast and one part standing out more is why this image belongs in this exhibit.

David Salle, Big Umbrella, 1993

I thought that this image was funny. It looked as though a person just doodled on an old magazine clipping. But I really liked how the umbrella stood out, and while its standing out it is also doesn’t look too out of place in the image. For the ability to belong and yet stand out, I feel as if its an image worth mentioning.

David Salle, Angels in the Rain, 1998. Oil and acrylic on canvas (244 x 335 cm)

I was drawn to this painting because of the split focus. I felt that my eye should have been immediately drawn to the bears…on bicycles, and to a certain degree it is. But its the Angels on the top that stand out more for me. For this reason I chose this piece.

Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog (Yellow), a ten-foot-tall.1994–2000 High chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating; 121 x 143 x 45 in. (307.3 x 363.2 x 114.3 cm) On the roof of the Metropolitan Museum.

What stands out more than a giant balloon dog? It is a just a fun piece and stands out enough that I thought my “collection” would be incomplete without it.

Anna Joelsdottir, “Space/time #11, 2005”, Acrylic, Ink and Colored Pencil on Canvas, 6” x 6”

I chose this piece because the yellow line drew my eye. It really doesn’t seem as if it would normally belong on/in this painting. But it sort of does, to me it kind of finishes the design, and it would almost feel incomplete with out it. That being said this yellow line does stand out from the rest of the painting.

Jeff Koons

Born in York, Pennsylvania 1955. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Arts in 1976. He lives and works in New York City and York, Pennsylvania. He has recieved numerous awards including an honorary Doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. That same year he also received the Wollaston Award, from the Royal Academy of Arts, London, U.K. He also has been doing talks and lectures around the globe since 1983 and continuing on until 2008.

Julian Schnabel

Born in 1951 Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Houston. After this he traveled throughout Europe before returning to New York. His first solo exhibit was in 1980 at the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. This was said to have “launched” him into the New York art scene. Though he was considered fully established by 1981 during which time he exhibited his art in a show jointly organized by Boone and Leo Castelli. His following grew because his work was considered  emotion-filled and unusual. While continuing his art, Julian also has directed films, and tried his hand at writing.

David Salle

Born in Norman, OK in 1952. David received both his Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of Arts (in 1973 and 1975). His first solo exhibit took place in the  Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, during 1981. He has since participated in many solo and group galleries until the year 2005. Many of his pieces have a collage feel, they are various images that seem to have been pasted together, and yet aesthetically work.

Anna Joelsdottir

Born in Iceland. Anna received her B. Ed., in 1978 from University of Teachers College of Iceland. Then in 1985 a M.A. from University of East Anglia, England. In 1999 She received her post baccalaureate certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While finally ending her academic career by receiving her Masters of Fine Arts from the same school in 2002.  Her first solo exhibit was in 2000, entitled  Hafnarborg, at the Institute of Culture and Fine Arts, Iceland. And has since exhibited her work in galleries both in the U.S. and Iceland. Anna has also won various awards including the Bryan Lathrop Fellowship; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 1999.








One Response to “Why Blend in When You Can Stand Out?”

  1. evanmcdonough Says:

    I liked your theme of pieces that “stood out”. I had a harder time seeing this with your example of Anna Joelsdottir but the rest were really apparent to me. The pink building was by far my favorite. It is simple, but what would stand out more then a giant pink building. You did a good job explaining how you felt about the pieces and good background for the various artists. Good job citing. Over all this is a very nice post and I enjoyed it.

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