Assignment Description: Juxtapositions

Create a work of art related to an unusual juxtaposition. Consider concepts and items that normally wouldn’t be seen together. Look at the surrealists and modern day illusionists for ideas. Remember that according to André Breton, who published "The Surrealist Manifesto" in 1924, Surrealism was a means of reuniting conscious and unconscious realms of experience so completely, that the world of dream and fantasy would be joined to the everyday rational world in "an absolute reality, a surreality." Surrealism and juxtaposition art also plays with scale and emphasis, making the relationship between objects unusual and out of normal scale. Look at the work of surrealists such as Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Frida Kahlo, and Marcel DuchampMaggie Taylor, Jerry Uelsman and Sandy Skogland for inspiration.

Post your findings on the group here.

Who did you discover?

Why is their work interesting to you?

How did the artist use juxtapositions or unusual scale to create a unique work of art.

Link to the website where you found the work and post the best image you found by the artist.

Check out this link to find a link to a podcast about Jerry Uelsman and Maggie Taylor's work.

I found the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. he did work in the Renessance. He did many portraits of himself as well as of children. He did alot of painting portraits. This is why i liked him because he does many portaits but adding a slight Juxtaposition feel. He was an avid garderner and loved spring this is why he displayed this in his self portrait.

This is the site to his work:
Fack Molkert,

One of my favorite directors or music video artists is Stefan Nadelman. He uses juxtaposition in his puppetry and animations to tell stories in a thought provoking way, such as using a bee in a factory setting for Menomena's "Evil Bee" video.

He uses another animal juxtaposition in his video for the Ramona Falls song "I Say Fever" when people's heads are replaced with animal ones.

Link to "I Say Fever" vid

Ramona Falls "I Say Fever" from Barsuk Records on Vimeo.

"I Say Fever" - the first video from the Ramona Falls debut album Intuit. Directed by the ridiculously talented Stefan Nadelman, winner of a 2003 Sundance prize for his 22 minute film 'Terminal Bar', a prolific animator in the commericial field and the mastermind behind the Menomena Evil Bee video.

Ramona Falls is Brent Knopf's first solo venture, but he has an extensive musical resume as part of trio Menomena (an indie rock band from Portland, OR, that's snagged plaudits from such tastemakers as Pitchfork Media and the New York Times.)

Directed and Animated by Stefan Nadelman
Produced by Tourist Pictures

Abby Swift, I really enjoyed looking at the work of Maggie Taylor. Her paintings look almost design like, and have a dream-like feel to them. Another thing that I enjoy about her artwork is that although it is surreal, it still has elements of realism that make it more appealing to me. I like that she achieves this dreamy look by using a similar color palette of blues and golds and other cool tones, which also creates a sense of unity throughout her work as a whole. Some of her juxtapositions include animal ears on people, shark tails on fish, and bugs on humans. Overall her work is very interesting to me, and shows that there is a way to achieve the look of surrealism without going completely crazy.

Heres a Link to the Maggie Taylor Website .

Courtney Doome'
I thought this piece by Salvador Dali was very interesting because his work looks so realistic but with a dream like feel to it. I like how his work involves surrealism, and has so much color. He uses juxtaposition by creating a clock that is melting in the middle of no where, and the bits of pieces are shattering and falling apart.
Link to Salvador Dali

Kayla C:

I really like the work of Frida Kahlo. She is incredibly talented at painting surrealist thoughts and emotions. Frida kept all her emotions bottled up and expressed them on canvas. Her paintings represent her anger, unhappiness, and emotional suffering. Her physical and mental agony is evident in her painting, Without Hope. In this painting, Frida uses juxtaposition to create a unique work of art. Animal carcasses are being poured through a large funnel into Kahlo’s mouth, while she is laying in a bed in the middle of a rocky atmosphere. The juxtaposition of the piece makes the viewer question why Frida is laying in the middle nowhere and being forced to eat dead
This is a Link to a Frid Kahlo Website

I really like René Magritte. His take on art and the world is very interesting. He is very good at making the mind ponder what is going on in his pieces, usually something that cannot be is happeneing. On this piece in particular he used the mirror to mirror the man's image, but it is mirrored the wrong way.
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