1. This was the first picture I took in Chicago. I had just gotten off of the subway, and walked up to street level. I saw this building and thought it was very interesting because of its colors, its shape, the shapes it consists of, and the colors – all of which seem unusual for a building.
2. This image of the Chicago Theater looked pretty epic to me at the time. At first glance, I didn’t notice it was even a theater. I just saw a very large, very fancy sign with the name of the city I had been so excited to go see for the first time. Then I noticed their show for the night was, “Cheech and Chong Get it Legal.”
3. This picture was taken at Millennium Park. I saw the very interesting metal sculpture from a distance, and then came to learn that it was part of a stage covering for some sort of outdoor theater. I liked the composition of the picture, because it shows the geometric shape of the building in the background with the organic shapes of the metal sculpture amongst the natural elements of the trees and the sky.
4. I thought this picture of the Cloud Gate at Millennium Park was interesting. I’ve never seen a picture of it from this angle, probably because it’s so famous for its bean shape. I liked the view of the sculpture from this angle because it makes the sculpture look more spherical than bean-like. It reminds me of a picture of Earth from space, then wrapped in an image of Chicago. It looks so foreign and awe inspiring plopped in the middle of the city amongst all the people.
5. I took this picture because I liked the contrast it shows between the geometric shapes of the sky scrapers and the smooth, organic shape of the Cloud Gate sculpture. Seeing the tiny people in the foreground remind me of the awe I was in for most of my trip. I’ve never been to a big city before – not even Detroit. I could not get over how large the city, and everything in it, seemed to be.
6. I saw a T-Rex in the middle of the park! The material and the way this sculpture was built seem pretty out of the ordinary. You can see straight through it, because it’s formed by a grid of thin, contoured strips of metal. The artist could have made this sculpture look very terrifying if he/she had chosen to make it solid. Instead, it’s hollow and bright red, giving it a toy-like feel. Maybe the “made in China” label running down its stomach was meant to strengthen its playful effect.
7. The metallic element in the center of this photo was another sculpture I saw at Millennium Park. In previous images, I was trying to show contrast between man-made geometric objects and organically shaped objects. I like this image because the metal sculpture almost looks like something you could find in nature, as it is placed between the trees here.
9. I giggled when I imagined the story the artist could be telling with this painting. It looks as though this young woman was waiting (partially naked) for her man to home from battle. He hasn’t even had a chance to set down his sword yet! I do appreciate the skill the artist has with creating such an emotional moment in a painting.
10. I must say that this little statue at the Art Institute was one of my favorite sculptures in Chicago. I’m assuming it wasn’t the artist’s (forgot to write down his/her name) intent to amuse me, but I was amused. I was impressed how realistic the figures looked, as they were only about a foot tall. They looked like they were really frozen in a moment of intense action. Someone walked in front of me as I was taking the picture, so it adds even more movement to the image.
11. “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” – 1884, by Georges Seurat was #1 on my list of things to see at Art Institute of Chicago. I freaked out a little when I saw it in front of me. The moment (not the actual painting) seemed surreal. Save Ferris. :)
12. “Equestrienne (At the Cirque Fernando)” – 1887-88, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, at the Art Institute of Chicago. This painting caught my eye for several reasons – one being that I was an equestrian in high school. The colors in it are gorgeous! It looks like it was done with chalk (one of my favorite medias), and it’s hard for me to believe that the painting was actually done in oil. The horse looks almost purple, but is so realistic in its proportions. The painting shows so much movement…with the coat-tails of the man flowing behind him, the whip is bending as it’s thrashed through the air, and I’m just waiting for the horse to follow through with his step. The red curved lines of the stands lead my eye around the rest of the painting. This was a very enjoyable piece to see.
13. “Babylone d’Allemagne” – 1894, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, at the Art Institute of Chicago. I like the use of color and text in this piece. It is mostly tan and grey, with only a few small areas of eye-catching orange and yellow. The large horse and rider in the center create nice contrast in the piece, because of the clean open space they create. If they were colored, or more filled in with lines, the piece would be too busy. I really like the way it looks…I almost want to buy a print of it.
14. “In the Sea” – 1883, by Arnold Bocklin, at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the Sea…I just want to ask the artist, “In what sea??” I’ve never associated trolls with mermaids before, but I guess I don’t read much fantasy either. This piece is definitely interesting to look at. The ripples and shadows on the water seem real. The trolls and mermaids are all showing a lot of emotion in their faces. I’d really like to know what’s going on…what they’re discussing, and what event is taking place. I guess it’s just left up to the imagination.
15. “Day (Truth)” – 1896, by Ferdinand Hodler, at the Art Institute of Chicago. This doesn’t seem like just any painting of a naked woman. She reminds me a little of Jesus. I’m curious as to what she stands for, and why she seems to be holding up the clouds.
16. “In the Third Sleep” by Kay Stage, at the Art Institute of Chicago. This piece seems so deep. Based on the title, I’m guessing the artist created this based on a dream. I want to know the rest of the story behind it. It looks so perfect, and meticulously created. It reminds me of work done by Salvador Dali. I love the style.
17. “Nightlife” – 1943, by Archibald J. Motley, at the Art Institute of Chicago. The colors in this piece are very eye-catching. I notice that there aren’t many sharp edges in this piece. All of the figures seem very soft because of the blending. This aspect of the piece balances it out. Because there is so much going on, the softness makes it less overwhelming.
18. “Red and Pink Rocks and Teeth” – 1938, by Georgia O’Keeffe, at the Art Institute of Chicago. I think this painting is beautiful. I really don’t know what the artist’s idea behind it was. I’m wondering if it has to do with the teeth being fragile in comparison to the rocks, when we normally think of teeth being strong things that can tear and crush.
19. I didn’t record the name of this painting or the artist at the Art Institute. I saw it in passing and took a quick snapshot. It caught my attention because I thought it looked a little like a friend of mine. The artist did a lovely job. It looks almost like a photograph. I think the stance she’s in is slightly odd…left foot forward as she is turned to the left.
20. In the hustle and bustle, I forgot to write down the name of this piece and the artist. I found it in the children’s book illustration exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. I really enjoy the combinations of colors used. They are more interesting when compared to solid bright colors normally found in kids’ books. The figures look so happy and animated as they walk in line.
21. I saw this piece by the Illustrator, Timothy Basil Ering, at the Art Institute of Chicago. I liked looking at his illustrations, and how he tells a story with them. I’ve been considering going into illustration. He makes it seem like a lot of fun.
22. This statue was outside of the Chicago Institute of Art Museum. I like how well the sculptor was able to show hair on the lion. It seems like a feat to be able to make something solid and unmoving look like something that is normally soft and flowing.
23. Since I was staying overnight in Chicago, I decided to go back to check out Millennium Park. I went back because Michelle mentioned that the Cloud Gate was beautiful at night. I thought the theater sculpture had made the most impressive transition after the sun went down.
26. This was authentic Chicago style deep dish pizza from none other than Giordano’s. I was extremely happy to have this famous taste of Chicago. Absorbing all the creative energy in Chicago makes an art student hungry!
28. I’ve never seen a pigeon before. I saw him as we were wandering around trying to find the art store. He limped pitifully over to me with his broken leg to see if I would feed him. I almost gave him some of my rice cake, but kept walking. A minute later, I saw a sign saying not to feed the pigeons. Right then, we realized we had gone the wrong way. We turned around and went past the area I had seen the pigeon…he was gone. I think he learned how to beg and was faking his hurt leg. I almost got ripped off by a bird.
29. This is a photo of the ceiling of the elevator on my way up to the 103rd floor of Willis Tower, the tallest structure in the world. As Michelle says, “Art is not created in a vacuum.” What could be more inspiring than going to the top of a building that can be seen from a 50 mile radius? (I am in the top left, holding the silver camera.)