04/07/2010 - 04/07/2010 49 °F
Today we went to the Istanbul Modern. It is the MOMA of Istanbul. We saw a series of paintings and sculptures ranging from a tripping egg delivery boy to a slathered oil painting. Some of the stuff was similar to that of the Modern art museum in New York, but others were so out there I can't even explain them.
My favorite was a yellow and black oil painting.
The canvas was first covered in a layer of black, grey, and yellow paint. These colors were caked on heavily on blob like patches. They covered the whole board. Then the entire canvas was covered in a thick layer of orange/yellow and brown. The paint used on the top had a spongy finish on it. This layer must have been about two centimeters thick. Then the artist took a large scraper and while the paint was still wet ran it all around the painting revealing the black and neon yellow background. The soft yellow and the intense black really pulled me into the painting and made it interesting to look. I even want to try this when I get home.
The other one that I liked was a board covered with old newspaper clippings that had a faded brown tone almost like paper dipped in black tea (a trick I learned back in fifth grade). Then on top of that layer of news clippings was various patches of marbled paint. It looked as if the artist had put several globs of paint in a circle and then used a skewer to swirl them. This was cool to look at because at first it looks like a brown canvas with spots of color but when you get up close and really look at it the creativity of the painting really shows.
Another was a geometric painting of a half circle and some rectangles. The rectangles were solid but the half circle had a amazing display of purple paint fading out. The coolest part though was that you couldn't see any brush strokes, only a perfect fading half circle. It somewhat reminded me of a sunset.
Being at this museum really gave me some inspiration for my own art by showing some different ways that I can interpret an object. I am now really motivated to start painting and drawing more often.