Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

The interviews that will be viewed and discussed in class on 9/16/14

Jeff Koons

 Damien Hirst

Marina Ambramovic

 James Turrell –

 Mariko Mori –

5 thoughts on “Artist Interviews :: Today’s Top Contemporary Artists?

  1. I envy them!!! I wanna be part of them.
    Whenever, I saw that video, I wanna be a successful artist.
    I want to know how they make money with their work.

  2. It was interesting to watch the different artists talk about their work. Mori at the end did not have to talk much because her work spoke for itself. I felt she was the most real while the other interviews were either too lofty or banal. It’s nice that artists get interviewed and make a living off of what they do. It makes me sad that some do not even touch their work and make a living off it. Art making is the most enjoyable part of it at least for me, so it makes me sad that they’re so well known, but don’t contribute or share in that joy. All good though as long as they get their message out there.

  3. For Jeff Koons, I was surprised that he was the one that did the gigantic bubble dog balloon. For the 3-D art, he says that it imitates life or is like artificial art forms. It makes art more powerful. I agree because the 3-D art has more depth and dimension, and you can see it from all sides. It makes it more relatable to the world and real life.

    He says that art comes from following one’s interest. I can’t agree with him more, because that’s what makes art so enjoyable. If my art comes from my interests, imagination, and what I like, I don’t see art as work, but more of something that calms down my nerves or stress.

    Koons also states that he doesn’t touch his work (not because he can’t, but chooses not to.) I agree with him again, because he knows when to stop. I find this really important, because knowing when to stop on a piece of artwork is great advice. If anybody keeps on touching or adding to their art, it becomes overcrowded and looses its meaning. Minimalism is a great art movement that teaches “Less is more,” and keeping things at a minimal really helps out any art piece.

    Damien Hirst is the artist that preserves animals in formaldehyde. I am familiar with his artwork, but I didn’t know that he was the one that created these strange art creations that involved animal corpses. Because of this, this makes his artwork very controversial.

    He said that “Use money to make the art, never the other way around.” I agree with this greatly, because art should come from one’s soul, heart, mind, and imagination, but never from greed. It doesn’t make good art that way (it’s useful for a graphic designer, but never for a fine artist.) He also said that “Death doesn’t require us to make a day free;” which means that you face things that you couldn’t avoid. I consider this useful advice.

    He also said that he wants people to look at the dots, and never the dollar signs in it. This reminds me of when I understood post-modernism. At first, I didn’t see any of its meanings, but rather as very bizarre art. After looking at some of the pieces further in the exhibit, I saw the human factor in them, and why it’s a noble art form. Art should be seen as what it is trying to say, or what it represents, and never for it’s monetary value, but rather as its emotional value.

    Marina Abramovic does performance art, which is an art form that’s new on me (outside of plays and theater.) She hates studio art, and says that art comes from life and not a studio. She also does things that she doesn’t like, doesn’t understand, or is afraid of, and she gets a lot out of it. I agree with this, because on how the unknown can bring forth new knowledge of something that one never knew of before.

    The one entitled “Aaa-aaa” was strange, yet hilarious. It fell under the “What am I watching?” thought, but it was still very entertaining.

    James Turrel uses perception, light, color, and space to create his art. His art requires one to study it for a long time before understanding it. He also experiments with light, since light knows when we’re looking and it has a behavior and consciousness (his art needs to be experienced in person to see its real beauty. A photograph doesn’t do it justice, no matter how good it is.)

    Mariko Mori is a Japanese artist. She does ‘sculpture’ in nature. The art itself is inspired from nature, such as the sea. When she creates her work, it is a gift to nature, or to give back as a gift to nature.

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