How can a home designed in the 1930s continue to make powerful impact across many creative fields and be considered relatable to its enthusiasts 90-years later?

Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art by Ossian Ward

To experience and understand contemporary art, Ossian Ward — an ex-chief art critic of Time Out London — encourages viewers of art to use the “Tabula Rasa” method in his book Ways of Looking: How to Experience Contemporary Art. The root of the term “Tabula Rasa” literally means an “unblemished tablet or blank slate”, which refers to Ward’s perspective that traditional artistic media hardly ever follows what we expect of “art” any more, especially in a contemporary setting. …

Mondrian. Trafalgar Square. 1939–40:

In this abstract painting of Trafalgar Square, Mondrian uses disproportional gridlines and rectangles of various sizes and colors to create asymmetry and simplicity for his impression of the popular public square in London. Unlike traditional gridlines that form perfectly-sized squares in between the lines, Mondrian disproportionately positions bold, black lines on both vertical and horizontal axes of the canvas. These irregular gridlines perpendicularly intersect with one another to create a sea of irregular rectangles; inside these rectangular spaces, Mondrian uses three colors — red, blue, and yellow — also known as primary colors to create a…

Unlike some artists, Richard Serra does not want his audience to view his artworks as “expressions of his interior life”; instead, he claims that “any metaphors [his artworks] suggest are accidental and wholly irrelevant”.[1]Serra’s comment regarding the meaning of his post-modern artwork might seem a bit harsh for a casual follower of art who might find joy in comprehending the underlying metaphors of artworks. However, one will understand what Serra truly means by his statement once he or she witnesses any artwork by Richard Serra in person. …

“Three days of treating your ears”.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a three-day free music festival in San Francisco, attracts thousands of people from all around the bay. Although HSB (Hardly Strictly Bluegrass) is a familiar name if you are from the Bay Area, not a lot of people are aware of this amazing opportunity to enjoy good music, people-watch, and fully embrace the diverse culture of San Francisco.

I took the advantage of the “no security check” at the gate to bring in my DSLR to capture some of the scenes at the park during the fest.

Kevin Choe

Finance & Art History Student @ NYU. wonsuk.k.choe@gmail.com

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