Honors Thesis Defense

November 19, 2010 | Comments Off on Honors Thesis Defense

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Response #3: Here. In Her Head: Cindy’s Disasters

November 12, 2008 | Comments Off on Response #3: Here. In Her Head: Cindy’s Disasters

-Joan Bowlen Perhaps a reframing of my definition would be helpful in this discussion of Cindy and the portrait.  Beginning last time as I did with such a limiting definition restricted the universal sense of the portrait which I want to engender.  Though the media for which the term “portrait” is most often applied exhibit […]


November 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Response

— Joan Bowlen I think the ability to read these images as portraits stems from a more wide spread idea of the role that the portrait plays. I see the portrait as the framing of the human face within a 2-D plane, using the artist’s own emotive reading of the face in order to create […]

-Joan Bowlen The portrait has consistently been a source of political, social, and emotional power throughout art history.  The towering trompe d’oils that littered halls and council rooms of the social elite perpetuated a sense of the sitter’s wealth at being able to commission such a display of material wealth and the generational collection of […]

Simulating the Death of Modernism

October 7, 2008 | Comments Off on Simulating the Death of Modernism

by Joan Bowlen “Be very sure that this man…has an aim loftier than that of a mere flánuer, an aim more general, something other than the figurative pleasure of circumstance.  He is looking for that quality that you must allow me to call ‘modernity’…He makes it his business to extract from fashion whatever element it […]

Photographic Analysis: “Untitled (President: 4)” (1979)

September 29, 2008 | Comments Off on Photographic Analysis: “Untitled (President: 4)” (1979)

 Sherrie Levine. “Untitled (President: 4)”, 1979. -Joan Bowlen As an example of Sherrie Levine’s work concerning questions of mass media and its role in the formation of stereotypes and a commodified culture, this 1979 collage cut-out provides a look into Levine’s early articulation of these concepts concerning artistic representation.  Using mass-produced images ripped from commercial […]

“Theme: Not Duchamp, Not Levine”

September 23, 2008 | Comments Off on “Theme: Not Duchamp, Not Levine”

– Joan Bowlen Walk into a Dollar Tree or souvenir shop and look around at the multitude of plastic cookware, cheap costume jewelry, generic sweatshirts, and the rack upon rack of universal postcards and posters.  These are objects which, if asked for a first reaction, most people would not say that these objects are beautiful, […]

Eyes Wide Shut: First Look at Cindy

September 14, 2008 | Comments Off on Eyes Wide Shut: First Look at Cindy

~Joan Bowlen American society loves to be terrified. Nothing seems to get the public more excited than to continually consume books, movies, and interactive entertainment which instill a sense of fear and heart-pounding doom. One delights in the ability to partake of another’s terror, to throw oneself into another’s plight all the while secure in […]

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