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Take on the role of an investigative journalist by using the Internet to seek out different kinds of art works -- art that is not conventionally considered art. Choose two specific; works of art; that will make for a captivating news article. Your search begins by looking for ideas in the Classroom Materials, your instructor's assignment notes, and the Library's Guides to Library Resources for this class.

Define and evaluate each art work you choose for your article by answering the following questions. Elaborate on the details in your own words. Consider including a headline to grab your readers' attention, and be sure to include a URL to the image.

What is the FORM of the work?
· Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art?
· What materials are used?
· What techniques or processes are used to create the art work?
· What colors are used?
· Describe the use of line, space and balance.

What is the SUBJECT MATTER?
· What is literally depicted?
· Is the work of art REPRESENTATIONAL, ABSTRACT, or NONOBJECTIVE?

What is the CONTENT?
· What does it mean or represent?
· What is the artist's message?
· Is symbolism used? If so, what is the meaning?
· What is the context of the art work?
· What is the function of the art work?

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First, I chose Sandy Skoglund's "Fox Games."

As you look at form, it seems to be a three-dimensional work of art. It uses a massive color photograph in the materials, blended with sculpted foxes made of resin with live models. The techniques are surreal as they come together, spark the eye, and contrast.

Please go to the site for the image for your headline: Maybe the Fox and the Hound as a catchy title?

http://www.mediaworkshop.org/hses/bakhari/foxgames.jpg

Her colors are amazing, especially red. Please note how the artist takes a normal, everyday dining situation and throws in something totally odd like the red foxes. She takes the ordinary and mixes it with humor, sensuality, and suspense. The red color of the foxes is quite vibrant to make them the focal points and the contrasts. Most of the people, diners and wait staff, are in black and white which makes a powerful contrast to the bright foxes. There are some hints of red color on a few people's faces to suggest embarrassment or anxiety.

As you describe the use of line, space and ...

Solution Summary

Various art forms are evaluated briefly in terms of content, matter, form, etc.

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