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Land art / Agro art


Also known as Earth art. It can be seen as part of the wider Conceptual art movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Land artists began working directly in the landscape, sculpting it into earthworks or making structures with rocks or twigs.



Richard Long, Robert Smithson, Walter de Maria, Michael Heizer and Dennis Oppenheim.

Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty of 1970


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Mail Art


Essentially, it’s a big international network of people who exchange artwork and ideas via the postal service. Mail art in simplest terms is one person sending another person something that they have created. All of the work that is sent in is displayed in some manner and everyone who participates gets “documentation”–a list of all the artists, and possibly a catalog of the artwork.


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a concept being proposed by artist Takashi Murakami, whose paintings deal with two dimensional spatiality rendered somewhere between traditional Japanese painting and modern anime. The phrase, though coined by Murakami for his art, has recently drawn attention from young scholars due to its connotations: ‘devoid of perspective and devoid of hierarchy, all existing equally and simultaneously.’


Mahomi Kunikata, Chiho Aoshima, Yoshitomo Nara

Chiho Aoshima - The Divine Gas

Yoshitomo Nara - too young to die

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characteristics of superflat art that resounded with me was the stroke around everything that take away the depth. I took a page which had a washed out look to it and added the black stroke connecting parts from the perceived background with the foreground to intertwine them.

Superflat - Book Application

Relational Aesthetics

(as defined by French curator Nicholas Bourriaud) a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space.

As Bourriaud’s champion of “Relational Aesthetics”, artist Liam Gillick, said it best when he stated that he needed people to complete his artworks, otherwise its just ‘stuff in a room.’

LiamGillick - TheSuperWhatnot

Carsten Höller, Gillian Wearing, Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres' Untitled pile of candy

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres was most well known for his (mostly untitled) installations in which he placed large piles of wrapped candies in the corners of galleries and invited visitors to take them.

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I cut out the face from the mask so they could become separate entities. Now people can pic up the book, lift the mask from the face and place it their own face.

Site Specific Art

Site specific art is taking in the location and producing art work that is relevant or has meaning to that specific site . The idea behind site specific art is if you removed that artwork and placed it into a new location or in a studio with white walls this art piece would have no meaning , but to place this artwork into its suited location will be the art itself


Andy Goldsworthy ,Robert Smithson ,Betty Beaumont


Tales of a White Trash Prophecy

The first piece focused on the literal trash in the title of the book.

The next one, once again playing off the title, I took the word tales as in relation to story-telling and placed the book on a pile of ‘white trash’ in a setting that alluding to story time setting.

Arte Povera

1.- arte povera-“denotes not an impoverished art, but an art made without restraints, a laboratory situation in which a theoretical basis was rejected in favour of a complete openness towards materials and processes.”

(movement, 1960’s – 1968) Arte Povera – “poor art” or “impoverished art” – was the most significant and influential avant-garde movement to emerge in Europe in the 1960s.  The term ‘Arte Povera’ was introduced by the Italian art critic and curator, Germano Celant, in 1967. It grouped the work of around a dozen Italian artists whose most distinctly recognizable trait was their use of commonplace materials which might evoke a pre-industrial age, such as earth, rocks, clothing, paper and rope. Their work marked a reaction against the modernist abstract painting that had dominated European art in the 1950s, hence much of the group’s work is sculptural. But the group also rejected American Minimalism, in particular what they perceived as its enthusiasm for technology. In this respect Arte Povera echoes Post-Minimalist tendencies in American art of the 1960s. But in its opposition to modernism and technology, and its evocations of the past, locality and memory, the movement is distinctly Italian.

2.- Example of one artist working with that technique.

3.-For my book application, I tried to achieve arte povera by limiting myself to the materials I had at arms reach. From my desk, I used left over materials from my mask, silver duct tape, and post it notes. I used the tape to make a rose and created a ‘flowerbed’ with the silver washers from my mask. I crinkled up neon post it notes to represent the leaves; I then had a round sponge brush I utilized as the sun.

Art Intervention

1. Art intervention is an interaction with a previously existing artwork, audience or venue/space. It has the auspice of conceptual art and is commonly a form of performance art.

2.- One artist’s work that I have always felt moved by since first discovering his work is french street artist, JR. His photography and context of his street art work in an engaging beautiful form. The following are a couple pictures are from his recent Women project. These pictures particularly where from his time in Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Women Train Eyes

Women + eyes

JR: Women in Kenya

3. The Anthony Lister book has a few pages that display some of his Super Hero themed pieces in galleries. The super heroes are being held in captive positions, silenced, and hung. My initial application of art intervention was to use a batman mask I have and have the supper hero hanging the book. I then proceeded to putting the book with the mask, in a sense making the book itself personifies the super hero. I continued with this idea on a page where a batman dressed person is tied down to contrast the compromised figure in the book with the brave and bold connotation of the mask. I then took them and found different environments to hang them to observe how the piece’s interaction with a different environment may affect it.