Hello, I am Juanita. I am part of the NVAM teen council. One of our first project was to draw five objects that describe us. I’m not very artistic or creative but I was proud of two of my drawings. I love Superman and I consider myself a hero. I like to help others and try to pass positive vibes so that people could have a good day. That’s why my first drawing was superman. My second drawing is my black converse and some leaves. Well, I’m basically obsessed with converse, especially my black converse. I started wearing converse when I started to open up and be myself. Thats why my converse have such a great significance in my life. I was kind of feeling fall so thats why I added leaves.
Stuart is a fantastic person to work with. He’s so passionate about his work and what he does. He taught about appropriation and installation. I never had so much fun doing work before until I met Stuart. He’s easy to talk to and chill with because he is a chill person. At times, he can be a little too goofy but he’s still fun. I enjoyed being with Stuart. He has left a long lasting impact on NVAM Teen Council.
Over the past two weeks NVAM Teen Council has had the time to work with the featured artist, Stuart Hall, on his ongoing body of work entitled “Fleurs De Guerre”. Stuart has been an Artist and Curator in the Chicago Arts Community for over four years and spent 2 weeks with our Teen Council sharing his art practice with us but also teaching us how to make art that re-appropriates and activates spaces around us. Following our Fluers De Guerre project (which you can also read about on our blog) we developed an installation that would be set up in Humboldt Park. We divided into 3 groups. Each group focused on a current event or issue that they felt passionately about and came up with a gesture that represented and symbolized this cause.
1–A figure with a watering can:
“The watering can represents water usage and natural resources. The message of this piece is to represent the many ways people use water as well as the excessive use of water and the need for increased conservation of our natural resources.”- Erin A. and Chris F.
2– A figure holding signs over their face- each representing a different Social Media website
“We chose to make our silhouette represent social media because it is a big part of the world today. Also because a lot of people are letting it control who they are and how they behave. Our silhouette is holding symbols from different social media sites that cover the face to change our opinion of who he/she is.” -Daryl G, Asia J and Keunte W.
3– 3 figures with their hands up showing innocence, out to the side showing vulnerability and one pointing its fingers like a gun representing Gun Violence
“My group did a silhouette about gun violence. These silhouettes show how guns are used to hurt many people. Cops are killing colored teens and kids while gangs are killing other kids their age and harmless bystanders.” – Keon C., Jalean, Sema’J Y., Jessica T, Jessica D, Kayla, and Chris L.
We cut out silhouettes of these gestures and in only 3 days made 6 cut outs and over 200 flowers to install in the park! It was a lot of fun to set up the art outside and to experience how people walking around the park repsonded to the art. Most of the people we talked to really liked the work. It was very windy so we learned a lot about how to fix problems on the spot! The art work was left up in the park for 2 weeks.
Well I had a great time at the National Museum of Mexican Art. I learned a lot about art from my Mexican heritage. For example there was an installation of a real sit-down lawn mower that looked a low-rider. I was interested in that piece, attracted to the golden steering wheel and seat. Our group took pictures in the NMMA as well as outside at a tree. We went on a walking tour of Pilsen. There were a few murals painted on the sides of buildings. One mural that stood out to me showed an old man laying down with barbed wire wrapping around him. That stood out to me because it seemed like the man was locked inside of the barbed wire and could not escape.
Now we are planning our last project. I have a couple of plans. I either want to create a song or a mural. I want to create a song that expresses the different things that we have done and worked on in Teen Council. I would create lyrics for the song, inspired by a workshop we had with Mel L. I was also thinking of creating a mural: there would be a lyrics of a song (that I wrote) on one side and then two people (representing Veterans) painted next to it.
love art peace.
by:johnny j. g.
I strongly disagree with the saying “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The reason why I made this particular art piece is because while the saying goes when “sticks and stones can break my bones”, I personally think that “words can hurt the most.” This art piece is supposed to represent who I am, and includes my story, what I’ve been through throughout my life. Through the struggles, and hardships I think words still stick to me today. Although, I have forgiven the people, I have not really forgotten. In my personal opinion I would rather take a punch to the face, than rather have rumors spread about me. I choose to close this chapter in my life, and decide to build my self a new book, with a fresh start.
This is the cross regional photo and media art exhibit. In it were the following programs; NVAM OUT LOUD, Elevarte: Community Studio, Seeking the Hero Within: digital photography with Monica Cruz & Orlando Comacho, and digital photography graphic design with Peter Chechopoulos. We put this all together both separately and together. Each program made their pieces within their own program but when it came to the big day we all came together to make it happen.
In it were various pieces ranging from clay sculptures, woodblock photography, sketching, painting, digital artwork, videos, installations, and many more. We also had some art that we gave away…things like buttons or zines that were made to link with our final art pieces. We wanted other people to try comprehending and understanding our work the way that we see it. Therefore we all put together this art exhibit and made it open to the public so that they can see it our way. We feel the show was a great success because each piece told one of the artists stories, and were all appreciated by all of whom may have looked at our pieces because it brought them closer to understanding who we are.
Throughout the exciting times I’ve had at NVAM, I have to say that I was not prepared for this. When I first entered the Cultural Center where Destination Chicago was being held I immediately got lost in the artwork on the first floor, but then i realized that the show was actually being held on the second floor. So as I walked up the stairs I simply fell in love with the building’s architecture, entered through a long hall,was greeted by some nice people who directed me to my table, then I helped set up.
During the time that I was helping with our own table I never looked up once, but when I did I was so surprised… Never have I ever seen so many Art types in one place made by people and teens you interact with almost every day. I was so happy to be a part of that environment because I was filled in a room of people like me who shared my interest in art as well as their own opinions on what they believe art really is.
When the show officially started, things seemed to just keep getting better. First, there was the first wave of people coming in, and their excitement in our displays was so great. It was honestly a new feeling to me because these were children younger than me who respected art for what it is and not just a picture or random object.As the show continued more and more people came, but that wasn’t as exciting as one of the main visitors that came in and took a leisurely stroll around viewing our artwork. It was Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and he really did seem busy, but even so he took the time out of HIS day to look at OUR art which is one of the reasons that he gets respect from me, because showing your appreciation in art like he did just makes me so happy to be an artist as well as a respected human being. Hopefully more memories like this will be made…and if I’m lucky they will come very soon.
Well that’s how my experience at Destination Chicago went….(not to mention i got lost downtown looking for the building and i was directly across the street from it) even so good memories come in different shapes and form. This is just one of mine.
I wrote this because Ned had a very positive attitude, especially compared to most veterans who visit. He talked about serving as if he really liked it, which most veterans don’t. Ned was really funny too, as was Walter. However, Walter was way more serious than Ned. He was mostly serious, but he did crack a couple jokes every now and then. They were both really cool people, and I had fun meeting the two of them and hearing their stories.
For my final project I am going to be expressing the memory of getting my nickname “Wiz”. I am going to show it by freehand spray painting it on a large canvas.
Arcade Barker (60 x 48 in.)
Oil and Emulsion on Canvas
By: Richard Yohnka – Served in U.S. Army, Vietnam
The artist seems to like tigers because he has something that looks like a tiger in four of the six pieces he has on the current gallery floor. All of his pieces are very creepy, and my four favorite works by him are all very colorful as well.
Arcade Barker is my favorite of the following four by Yohnka: Scary-Go-Round, Arcade Barker, Shell Game, and Dodge’m. It seems to have bunnies striped with tiger-like patterns, but each has its own unique color. Everything with a face in this piece has rather sharp teeth, including these bunnies. This may be one reason why it’s so disturbing. I notice that the bunnies seem to be defying gravity. They are running around two circles that are positioned toward the top of the painting. I also notice that all of the bunnies on the right are running in the same direction. However on the circle to the left of the piece, two of the three bunnies are running clockwise, while the other is running counter-clockwise into one of the others. I find this quite strange and interesting. The being that is front-and-center in this piece has a tiger head but a human body. It looks as if he is welcoming people to the arcade. There are two sets of three guns each on each side of him. They are standing upright against each other. There is a blue, red, and yellow rifle in each set. I notice that the set on the left of the painting has a red rifle on the left, blue toward the back, and yellow on the right. From this set to the one on the right, it seems that the colors rotated clockwise because the red is now toward the back, the blue on the right, and the yellow on the left. There is also another figure to the right of the tiger-headed man who seems to be wearing a party hat. This character has a red dot on each cheek and a red dot in the middle of three vertically-positioned dots on the hat. The other two dots on the hat are blue. This character seems to be wearing a uniform, while the tiger-headed character is shirtless. I think there are targets all around this arcade game. I guess players need to shoot, or try to shoot, the targets with the rifles on the left and right. There is also three ghost-looking things above the tiger head. They seem to be hanging from poles or something attached to their backs. It looks like one of these ghost creatures is waving. Another thing I found odd about this piece is that these three ghosts look very friendly but the bunnies mentioned earlier look very scary and threatening. This is strange to me because usually it is the opposite. Bunnies are usually portrayed as very friendly and cute creatures, while ghosts are usually very scary. This piece is very pleasing to the eye because it is so colorful and fun to look at for me beacuse I find something new in it each time I look at it.
Finished/Unfinished Works of Art
A finished work of art looks like whatever the artist wants it to look like. Other people may look at a piece of artwork and think that is is not finished, However, it may, indeed, be finished, according to the artist. It all depends on the artist’s vision on what he/she tried to do with the piece.
A finished work of art is something that the artist is proud of and something that requires nothing else to be added to it. An unfinished work of art is something that require some finishing touches or some changes. It can be something an artist is still working on or not yet proud of.
I had fun taking pictures and making a cool collage of them and painting without actually thinking or knowing what to paint. Also making the sculptures and putting them together with a group was really hilarious. My Favorite piece of art is the Atomic Skull.
27 June, 2014
Week of 6/24 Reflection
I had fun making the exquisite corps pictures on Tuesday and finding out that my Spider-Man ended up becoming Spider-Mermaid. I also really enjoyed painting for the first time yesterday. I really liked the second piece that I painted. I found it intersting that you can paint randomly and actually get a good final product.
I also enjoyed my second time sculpting, which was also yesterday. The first time I sculpted, I made Venom from the Spider-Man comics. Yesterday, I made some cool bird feet for the exquisite corps sculptures. I think I’m actually pretty good at sculpting.
My favorite pieces of artwork here at the museum are all by Richard Yohnka They are four of the six he has here in the current gallery: Shell Game, Dodge’m, Scary-Go-Round, and Arcade Barker.
I kind of didn’t like doing the collage project. I did, however, have fun going outside to take pictures and writing about a memory(ies). I also didn’t really enjoy doing the experimental drawing that we did yesterday. The reason is because I didn’t really find anything in my scribbles un til the very end, and what I did find wasn’t really exciting.
This week at the National Veteran Art Museum, it’s very fun because I learned I can paint with forts and with other materials. I can make a beautiful abstract painting and at the end I can see an image in it. I learned that I can find an image in a scribble. I also learned how adding your feelings to a painting or a drawing can tell a story. I feel that art can help people share their feelings without speaking or telling the story to people. That people can see the story without asking questions about the the painting or drawing.
Artist: Jeremy B.
School: Chicago Bulls College Prep
Interests in Art: Drawing, Coloring with colored pencils
Why I’m at NVAM: I am very interested in history and love art, so this place was perfect for me since it is a veterans art museum. The veteran part about it is related to the history of war, but the museum is actually all about art. I came here for an interview before I started working here, and I loved everything I saw.
Fun Fact: I am really into comic books and comic book characters. I also really love video games and movies.
My name is Ariana Hernandez, I am fifteen years old and I going to be a sophomore at Resurrection College Perp. I am interested in dance, acting, and art. A fun fact about myself is I can dance hip-pop. I join NVAM because I want to learn more about art and the different types of art.