Iconic objects

Research question:

Why did Andy Warhol use iconic objects in his artwork?

Andy Warhol chose to use iconic objects for his artwork.  His most famous work is the Campbell’s tomato soup and the Marilyn Monroe painting.  He has tons of artwork that is very well known.  The reason he chose to use iconic objects in his work was because it promoted equality.  Everybody ate Campbell’s soup, an ordinary family and the President of America both eat that soup, and so it created a sense of balance for Andy Warhol.  Soon enough, it was called pop art. Pop art consists of bright colored artwork that includes iconic objects.

He had a studio, and it was called “The Factory.” It was a famous spot for Andy Warhol’s artwork. Most of his paintings were hung at the Factory. Musicians, artists, actors, and influential people often went there for social gatherings. He was fascinated with the famous people and their lives. They influenced him, and created artwork based off of them. It was changing the art world and Andy Warhol was the sole reason why art was changing. It wasn’t all original works; he used everyday objects and created them into famous art pieces. He wanted to create a message that life is art. A brand of soup is art. He also used food in his artwork to raise awareness on the issue of the homeless and the hungry.

The first image is Marilyn Monroe. There are many different versions of this artwork, especially the colors. The one I have chosen is one of the first versions of the piece.  There are three main colors that pop out of the image. They are yellow, blue, and red. The yellow is Monroe’s hair color. It is a bright sunshine yellow. She was blonde, but this yellow makes her signature hair more iconic. The background is a mix of green and blue, which is turquoise. It blends in well with the bright yellow. It compliments each other. Monroe’s makeup is emphasized in the image. Her eye shadow is close to the turquoise background, so it creates an even tone of the image. Her lips are dark deep red, and it compliments her makeup. It symbolizes the beauty icon she was, just simply by the bold makeup.

The second image is the album cover for the Velvet Underground. It is a simple image. It consists a white background with an enlarged banana. It seems a little bit rotten, because it has pieces of black on the banana. It could either be the shadow or it is a rotten banana. I personally think it is the shadow; it darkens the vibe of the image. The main focus is the banana and there is no reason behind why Warhol used a banana for an album cover for a band.  He wanted to make the audience to look beyond the picture and create their own meaning with the music.

The third image is the Campbell’s tomato soup. The color palette of this image is all pastels. It is light pink, bright yellow, turquoise, and light green. The soup can is not in the original color, the red, white and black. The top half is yellow with the words, “Campbell’s” and “condensed.” The bottom half is turquoise and it had “Tomato Soup” on it. The background is pink. The colors in this image are similar to the colors in the Marilyn Monroe piece.  Once again, the colors compliment each other and it makes the image more eye-catching. It is a pretty piece of art work. 

Andy Warhol

I decided to focus on Andy Warhol and his work. The reason why I have chosen him is because he is one of the most popular artists in the history. When somebody mentions that name, you immediately know who he is and his work. He revolutionized the art world, by making pop art.

I have chosen three of his most popular work.  All of his work is related to daily life. He takes the materials that already exist and edit them in his own form.  The first image is titled “Marilyn Monroe.”  He made it in 1967. The original image is currently at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  The material of the painting is screen-printing.   Andy Warhol created this work right after Marilyn Monroe’s death. The original piece includes eight different colored of the same image.  Ever since he first showcased the picture, he created a few different versions throughout the year. One of them was “Shot Red Marilyn.” Andy Warhol was highly fascinated by fame and glamour (Cagle, 1997).

Marilyn Monroe

The second image that I have chosen is “The Velvet Underground.” Andy Warhol was somewhat involved with the band The Velvet Underground and Nico in 1966 (Cagle, 1997). He created the infamous cover of the banana peel and became the album cover for one of their records.  Andy Warhol was one of a kind artist. He connected pop art with glitter rock (Cagle, 1997).  He wanted to feature the explicit details of the music and encourages the audience to look beyond the simplicity. The

The Velvet Underground and Nico

My third and last image that I have chosen is “Campbell’s Tomato Soup.”  It was made in 1968 and is currently at Fine arts museums of San Francisco. It is a color screen print (ARTstor, 2012).  He also made different versions of this image.  The main purpose of the work was to concern on the issue of the homeless and the hungry (Morgan, 1999).  He has printed many different works that includes Cola-Cola and Campbell’s soups.

Campbell's Tomato Soup

Andy Warhol. (2012). Retrieved October 11, 2012, from ARTstor website: http://library.artstor.org/library/welcome.html#

Morgan, D. (1999). The religious art of andy warhol. Church History, 68(4), 1053-1054.

Schuth, H. W. (1997). Reconstructing Pop/Subculture: Art, rock and andy warhol. Popular Music and Society, 21(2), 160-161.

the Wildenhain exhibit
Moon, Letchworth Park
As I explored through the beavier exhibit, looking at Wildenhain's work, I found myself in awe of every piece of art. They were all so fascinating to look at an
d analyze about it. However, the space itself was boring to me. It was a very usual sight. With these pieces, I expected the space to be more fitting with the pieces. However, how can you fit the setting with the pieces, when the focus are on the art work. There was no specific structure throughout the space, but in all of the sections, they have individuals settings for a purpose. The lighting seemed to be great, it was bright as it should be, making every art piece visible to look and analyze at. The spacing was great, i felt like I was going through a maze, and it made me more intrigued into the artwork because I was somewhat lost and learning new things about my process of thinking by looking at never seen before artwork and grasping the concept of it. 

I am quite having a difficult time with what is asbent. I find the space to be totally absence, but the paintings themselves are more of sculptures. They are so abstract, and it is impossible for me to see what the artist was truly thinking. I see the artworks as sculptures, and a completed work. I found a few pieces that weren't sculptures. One of them was a textile, and it was called "Moon, Letchworth park." It was made in 1977. It looks like an illusion in the textile, there are two white sky like, with a yellow moon in the middle with the black background. It looks like a sight of the night sky. However, the lining of the two white areas on the left and right side makes the black area looks like a hourglass. I really liked this textile, and It's not the usual artwork of a night sky with the moon, it does contain all of the elements of a night sky but not in the usual form of picture. 

black and green

As we took a tour of the RIT campus, there are pieces of art that are highly abstract and makes RIT unique. There is the sentinel, which is the largest sculpture on any America's universities. I was looking for the perfect object and I saw this on our last stop of the tour. We ended up at building 70, GCCIS Building, to discuss these enormous green and black plant holders. It had benches around the piece. There were a few of them, maybe three of four and they all had plants/trees in the middle. 

I picked this piece, because it's an unique one. It immediately caught my eye and you could symbolize this in many different ways. In the Helmers reading, the author explains how there are three different levels of processing visual information. They are representational, abstract, and symbolic. To process this piece as an object, I have to look at it in the abstract concept. What the piece consists are two main colors, which are green and black, with a hint of brown. The surface is not smooth, it is rough with holes and bumps. I see this piece as an symbol of knowledge. 

When you see the colors green and black, you think of million things. Black could represent the night, mysterious energy, to prepare for the unknown, fear, or noncolor. Green is the color of nature, and that is what made me think of earth. Green can also represent well being, a need for change or growth, or freedom. You put a mixture of black and green and it can be a complex process of thought. That process of thought makes you determine what kind of art this could represent to you. To me, it represents an abstract work, that encourages us to work hard and succeed in our goals, and let ourselves grow.

burton kramer
LineDance 3C

The image that I have chosen is Linedance 3C. It is an acrylic on canvans. It is 42 x 42 inches. When we attended Burton Kramer's lecture, it ended up being really interesting. He took a trip down memory lane and explained most of his projects. Some of them were logos, and some were signs. He mainly used geometric shapes, as you can see in the image that I posted above. He hasn't designed for about ten years, and he shifted into painting. What I really liked about the lecture, was that he gave some great insight to his work. He stated that he loved designing because he loved the feel and smell of the materials. He seemed to really enjoyed his career and I would want that for myself and I want that passion for my career as he did for his own. He also gave a good piece of adivce, "Know how to use your eyes".

As I look at the image that I chose, It is mainly all geometric shapes and lines. There are dividing lines, and most of them are horizontal, and a few of them are vertical. There are three main shapes, and they are squares, rectangles, and triangles. There are different kinds of rectangles, from small to big, and varying in colors. The shapes overlay each other, and it makes the image look somewhat 3-D. You can tell the texture is flat, but the overlaying plays tricks on your mind. At the bottom of the picture, all of the rectangles are piled on top of each other, then in the middle the shapes are more broad and widended. There is space around the triangles and squares. The colors also act as a "space." The different colors look like rectangles, and they break up in main colors. The value of this picture is that the colors and the shapes are the main focus. It is an abstract image.

lone wolf
This picture makes me want to stare at it for a very long time. It is elegant and dark. The immediate reaction I get from this picture is that it is a gorgeous sight. I see a beautiful black dog on the side of the street by the forest. The tone of the picture is dark, caused by the fog. The dog is in a sitting position and sits incredibly tall. The height of the dog is captivating to one's eyes. The dog's position is right in the center, at the line of the different surfaces between the dirt road and the leaves. The dog's owner must have told the dog to sit in the spot and wanted to capture the beauty. I think the purpose of the image is to emphasize the dog's beauty with a location that would balance out the qualities. 

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