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Facts on artists (Ken Unsworth & Claes Oldenburg)

Facts on artists (Ken Unsworth & Claes Oldenburg)



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Published by Naomi Maewyn
An assessment I recently completed about Ken unsworth and Claes Oldenburg.
It talks about two of their works and how i interpreted them.

An assessment I recently completed about Ken unsworth and Claes Oldenburg.
It talks about two of their works and how i interpreted them.

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Published by: Naomi Maewyn on May 13, 2008
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Year 10 Art AssessmentTerm 2, Week 2, 2008
Naomi Verrell
"I make my work out of my everyday experiences,which I find as perplexing and extraordinary as can be." -Claes Oldenburg, 1960." 
Claes Oldenburg was born in Stockholm, Sweden on January 28, 1929.Oldenburg is a Pop Art sculptor who is well known for taken familiar objects fromurban environments and everyday objects and turning them into sculptures thatinspire our imagination through noticeable contrasts with the real world.Oldenburg was the son of a Swedish diplomat. The family moved to the UnitedStates in 1936 when he was only seven years of age. They lived in New Yorkthen later moved to Chicago. This is where he graduated from the Latin School of Chicago. He studied at Yale University (1946-50), and then returned to Chicagoto study under Paul Wieghardt at the art institute of Chicago for four years.In 1953, he opened his own studio and became a naturalized citizen of theUnited States. In 1956, he moved back to New York and met an array of artists,including Red Grooms, Jim Dine and Allan Kaprow. Meeting these artistspresented Claes with different aspects of art including theatrical which wasdifferent to abstract expressionism that had begun to dominate the art scene.Oldenburg’s first wife (1960-70), Pat
Muschinski sewed many of his early softsculptures. In 1977, Claes got re-married to a Dutch/American Pop sculptor named Coosje Van Bruggen.
La Bicyclette Ensevelie (The buried bicycle), 1990, is one of Four parts of agigantic bike placed around Parc De La Villette, in Paris. The whole thing wasmade up of steel, aluminium, fibre-reinforced plastic and was painted withpolyurethane enamel. It takes up an area of 150 ft. 11 in. x 71 ft. 2 in.The structural frame is used through these artworks because it portrays some of the elements and principles of design. Such as:-Line for the bicycle spokes.-Shape for the rim of the wheel (circle), seat (organic triangle), and the bell(semi-sphere).-Tone , when the sun hits the sculptures there will be shadows.-Texture , the enamel over the metal and plastic would give the sculpture asmooth feel to it.-Colour , Oldenburg has chosen to paint his sculpture will different colours,some colours include: white, black, orange, blue, and silver.The post-Modern frame is also used due to the fact that it is questioning art.People might think, why place a big bike in the ground? Is this considered art??I believe it is, as I find it eye-catching and makes a bare park interesting.Audience-Wants the audience to feel small.-You would be amazed by its size.-Make you have an urge to go bike riding.-Be left wondering what was his purpose in burying a big bike, what wasthe point he was trying to portray?World (France)-Peaceful.-Cultural.-Cycling was very popular.-It was the 77
year of La Tour De France.Artist-He was making fun of art.-He made the bicycle big to relate to the big cycling event that was takingplace in Paris at the time.
La Bicyclette Ensevelie (The buried bicycle), 1990Steel, aluminium, fibre-reinforced plastic and polyurethane enamel150 ft. 11 in. x 71 ft. 2 in.Parc De La Villette, Paris.

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