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  2. 2. Do-Ho Suh "Some/One," 2001 Stainless steel military dog tags, nickel-plated copper sheets, steel structure, glass fiber reinforced resin, rubber sheets Three-Dimensional Object For this artwork, Do-Ho Suh utilized thousands of military dog tags in order to create this masterpiece. Suh covered the entire floor of the room with the dog tags and then created an armor-like steel body in the center. Mirrors surround the empty interior of the armor. Through “Some/One,” Suh focuses on the notion of personal and public space and the idea of individualism versus collective. For example, one dog tag can represent the identity of an individual; however, collectively as a whole, the dog tags represent the group of individuals who experienced the same event. In addition, Suh demonstrates strength in numbers through this artwork. By utilizing the mirror inside the armor, the individual can develop a personal space in
  3. 3. Mandy Lim “As One,” 2014 Media: Plastic The IDs of these College Park students also represent the individualism and collectiveness of a group. Single identification card represents the identity of the individual: it states who the person is and to which organization the individual is affiliated to. An ID represents one person. However, by combining all the IDs together, the individual loses his sense of uniqueness and becomes part of a whole, which in this case represents the Class of 2015 at University of Maryland, College Park and the huge Asian population on campus. Also, the IDs are placed in one straight line to represent the uniformity of the group. By doing this, the individual is left to think about his importance as one independent entity and as a part of the bigger picture.
  4. 4. Zhang Huan “To Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond,” August 15, 1997 Performance Documentation, C-Print on Fuji archival paper, 60x90 in Zhang Huan’s performance documentation is similar to Suh’s sculpture of the military dog tags in a sense that it also focuses on the idea of individualism versus collectiveness. For example, in order to protest against government’s unfair use of power, Chinese workers, who lost their jobs to the modernization of China, decided to stand in the pond. Even though this act would not create political controversy, it worked as a “an act of human poetry – the human mass serving as a metaphor for the Chinese masses…” (Sayre, 539). Standing as one individual, a person would not be able to make much of a statement in this photo; however, by standing together, this group of people was able to show the power of group collectiveness and stood to represent the whole Chinese working population.
  5. 5. Vija Celmins "Web #2," 2000-2001 Oil on linen, 15 x 18 inches Two-Dimensional Space Vija Celmins finds her inspirations from natural scenes and then transcribes the image to fit her tastes. In the case of “Web #2,” Celmins attempted to demonstrate the ephemeral state of the web by incorporating the accurate, naturalistic details and the delicate imperfections of the spider web in this image. By doing so, Celmins created an artwork that evokes a “sense of discovery and wonder” (Art21) from the audience. In addition, “Web #2” captivates the audience with its intricate detail, drawing the individual to touch the image to verify whether the image is a real or not.
  6. 6. Mandy Lim 2014 Media: Wood Three-Dimensional Space This naturalistic scene, containing the burning of the firewood, captures the ephemeral qualities of the wood itself. This image demonstrates how the fire and the wood work together in order to create a sense of awe and wonder. This metaphorical image helps the audience relate life to the transient qualities of the burning firewood: life moments come and pass by in a matter of seconds, just like how quickly the wood can burn. Even though the fire has enveloped majority of the wood, you can still see the intricate details of the firewood that has yet to be affected by the fire. Not only that, you can also see the fine details of the parts of the wood that are lit on fire. Just like Celmins’ image, this image serves as an example of “organic detail and the elegance of imperfection” (Art21).
  7. 7. Attributed to Soami “Garden of the Dasisen-in of Daitokyuji,” 1510-25 This garden, created for Soami, fosters the ideas Celmins utilizes in her artworks. For example, Celmin focuses heavily on the intricate details of landscape, object, etc. This image of the garden captures the tiniest of details: the tiny pebbles on the ground, the texture of the rocks, and the patterns of the vegetation. Also, similar to Celmins’ works, this garden supports a simple, yet descriptive image. Constructed and artificially made by humans, this garden evokes a sense of awe and astonishment from the audience.
  8. 8. Jenny Holzer "WISH LIST BLACK," detail, 2006 Oil on linen; 16 panels, 33 x 408 inches Jenny Holzer uses art as a method to inform her audience on a specific subject such as torture and power corruption. She utilizes language to evoke an emotion out of her audience. For example, in her artwork, “WISH LIST BLACK,” Holzer uses a real, official government document regarding torture methods demonstrated on war prisoners. By blackening the background, Holzer creates a sense of melancholy, depression, and desolation in concurrence to the topic of the artwork. Holzer’s simple yet powerful method “provokes a response in the viewer” (Art21) and forces the audience to think about the universal corruption that occurs everyday.
  9. 9. Mandy Lim “Survivor,” 2014 Media: Computer Paper and Ink Two-Dimension This artwork mirrors the powerful messages Holzer conveys in her projects. My response focuses on society’s double standards regarding women. Many women who are raped do not face justice because they are shamed into believing that everything was their fault. I changed my image from color to black and white to make the image stronger and more impactful. Also, certain key words are bolded, italicized, underlined, or crossed-out to give them more weight and meaning. Using curt yet precise language allowed for me to evoke stronger emotion from the audience.
  10. 10. Barbara Kruger “Untitled (We won’t play nature to your culture),” 1983 Photostat, red painted wood frame. 73x49 in This feminist artwork, created by Barbara Kruger, is similar to works made by Holzer because it addresses a problem in society. Not only that, Kruger incorporates language and image to express her opinion on the topic. For example, by adding the sentence, “We won’t play nature to your culture,” Kruger “exposes the traditional nature/culture dichotomy for what it is…” (Sayre, 534) which refers to the dominant power males have over women. Using this image, Kruger firmly states her stance on the matter.