Create Your Still Life - Simple Cloze

An analysis of a work of art - by Victoria Fontana

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Do this activity. Listen to the recording if necessary: MP3. Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Click the this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! Then click on the buttons above to do each of the next activities.

Primero, haz la actividad de vocabulario. Escucha la grabación si es necesario. Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas.

This painting is called “Create Your Own ”. It is a cry out against the simple viewer, against the way we look at art and against our own laziness when contemplating different styles and creations.

There are three parts to the painting. The large rectangle on the left is a still life, loosely interpreted, yet essentially still . It is not a pure abstraction. If you look carefully, each piece in the still life is a gesture of the real piece and a number. Try to visualize this as a painting - without the other two sections.

The vertical rectangle on the right is a numbered of all of the pieces of the still life - a sort of key to the still life on the left. - Does it make you more comfortable to see the original pieces in the model?

The bottom thin rectangle is a combination of numbers and letters - the children’s poem - “One, two, buckle my shoe...” When we were children, we sang songs like this. They were easy to remember, yet , they often did not make any sense at all. Our minds were open.

We seem to have a constant need to make sense of everything we see, say, hear and do. If we can’t make sense of it, we it, not only when we look at art, but in our everyday lives. We reject ideas that are different from our own, people who come from cultures that we don’t understand.

When we contemplate a work of art that is not realistic - or figurative, some of us reject it because we don’t know what to make of it. We often end up saying things like, “My 3-year-old nephew could paint this” or something similar. While it is true that there are some works of art that are a scandal, that are a , we also need to make an effort to know more, learn more about what we are looking at - or just to try to understand it.

We are comfortable looking at a realistic painting because we feel by our ability to recognize skill - the more realistic it is, the more skill the artist has. It’s easy and comfortable to understand. It is only when we are forced to understand something that makes us confused, uncomfortable, unsure, that we begin to grow. We must then make a choice: continue walking until you get to a painting you can recognize, or stop and contemplate what you are looking at, ask yourself how it makes you feel, and then educate yourself so as to understand more about why the painting is our respect (or not).

“Life imitates art” - should we not do the same in our daily lives? Or is it just easier to ignorant, and choose to hate that which we do not understand?

© Victoria Fontana