Monday, February 24, 2014

Find the Light, Be a Light, and Shine it Bright... A Vincent van Gogh Final

So I thought I would share my final final as it was my favorite one to write - this is what the assignment entailed...

Choose a work of visual art, in this same spirit, that was created between 1870 and 1930, anywhere in the world, which resonates with you personally.

Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper discussing how you would transform this image to make a strong personal statement using one of the following contemporary visual arts media:

·        Photography
·        Film
·        Video
·        Computer-based media

Include the following information about the original work of art:

·        Explain the influence of new technologies (above) on the visual arts.
·        The name and nationality of the artist
·        The media that was used
·        Title of the original art work
·        The date it was created
·        A full verbal description and visual analysis of the work
·        The aesthetic movement it represents
·        The message it was intended to communicate

Include the following: 

·        Describe in detail the work you would create
·        How you would create it
·        The media, process, and materials you would use
·        What your work would look like
·        The message it would communicate
·        Where it would be displayed
·        Who would see it
·        Explain fully how the message you intend relates to the message that was intended by the original artist. 

& this is what I wrote...

 Creating Conceptual Art Paper
Rhianna Canak
February 14, 2014

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous neo-impressionistic painters known worldwide with his masterpieces including Starry Night, Sunflowers, Starry Night over Rhone, Irises Saint-Remy, and Undergrowth with Two Figures.   In 1888 Vincent van Gogh painted another amazing piece of art to add to his collection of 21,000 total created works titled The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum.  He used an array of colorful pigments like orange, blue, yellow, green, and white with oil paints that seems to dance across the canvas to create this beautiful masterpiece.  Light and religion place a pivotal role in this piece, which to Van Gogh can mean the same thing. 
Vincent van Gogh was of Dutch nationality and grew up in the church, another source of light to his life and influence to his paintings, as his father was a preacher (Van Gogh Gallery, 2013).  Like many of his paintings he included the stars in the night sky, which seemed to mesmerize him with the thoughts of the infinite space relating to the God he grew up learning about.  In the painting only one person, the servant, is dressed in white and upon observation seems to bear resemblance to Jesus, the son of God.  Because of the influence of his religious upbringing a person cannot help but wonder if a Bible verse like Luke 22:26 which states “But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant” has lead Van Gogh to purposely place this servant, resembling the Savior of the world Jesus, the only person dressed in white, as the center focal point in the painting.  
In today’s world of quick paced technology and short attention spans, to alter the art piece and portray the message personally interpreted a short film, a minute or less, should be created.  All colors should remain the same and the Cafe Terrace, now fittingly titled Café van Gogh will be used as the setting to shoot the short film (Yelp, 2014).  A camera will start the shot as a close-up on the cobble stone roadway and slowly pan up widening the view.  The pace of the shot will increase, as if someone were fast-forwarding the scene.  It will show the men and women off to the right of the original painting going in and out of the store fronts and the lights turning on in the buildings as the sun is setting.
 All in a matter of 20 to 30 seconds, many people will be seen going about their lives in the scene. During this time transfer, there will also be a wardrobe transfer. They actresses and actors will start off in the attire fitting for 1888 and transform through the decades as time goes on.  The shot will expand further as a person heads to the Café van Gogh to sit on the terrace and enjoy a meal with a friend.  At this point the era in which the setting will describe will be present times with cell phones in the hands of all who are eating at the café.  A male servant dressed in white will come out of the door from the café onto the terrace and as the door swings open the time will return to a normal speed.  Busy chattering of all of the cafes guests, with random “selfies” being snapped, and laughter erupting all around will be the scene at this point as the male servant begins to serve the people who are fully unaware of his presence.  The camera will zoom in on just the terrace as the server, whose face has yet to be focused on in the shot, grabs a person’s glass to pour water from the pitcher, yet when the water hits the bottom of the clear glass cup it is miraculously turned into wine.  As he places the miracle filled cup onto the table there is a close-up shot of his pierced hand.  A quick flash to Jesus’s face with his heavenly gaze is held for just a moment and then the camera zooms out to the full shot of the Café Van Gogh setting showing the hustle and bustle of people all around not even giving a glance to the heavenly servant.  The scene fades into Vincent van Gogh’s The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum and the final touch is a shooting star in the sky resembling van Gogh’s and the post-impressionist style of painting.
The message this short film would display is the same message that Van Gogh was portraying according to my interpretation, that though no one notices Jesus, the servant, he reigns as the ruler and creator of everything.  Many people who are not Christ followers would not love the message, but art lovers of all religious backgrounds may appreciate the painting to film transfer.  It could be shown at art galleries as well as church organizations to prove points on the distractions of life pulling people’s attention away from Jesus.  Van Gogh dedicated his life and artistic creations to God and serving his purpose and this is evident in his statement, " try to understand the real significance of what the great artists, the serious masters, tell us in their masterpieces, that leads to God; one man wrote or told it in a book; another in a picture" (Van Gogh Museum, 2014, para. 1). 
Vincent van Gogh was a phenomenal artist who was passionately dedicated to his work.  Though people of his time viewed him as mad and out of his mind, what he added to the art world is genius defined.  He is and will always be my favorite artist because I relate to his seemingly crazy to the rest of the world but feels so right to my soul love for God.  He sold one painting before he left this world, but he left a forever impact which serves as a beacon of light to shine for God and his glory.    Whether it be the stars in the night sky, an electric bulb burning bright, or the artist behind a magnificent masterpiece, it all leads back to one thing… to find the light, be a light, and shine it bright.

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Van Gogh Gallery. (2013). Vincent van Gogh Biography. Retrieved from
Van Gogh Museum. (2014). Art and Faith. Van Gogh’s Life. Retrieved from
Yelp. (2014). Café van Gogh. Retrieved from

Grade for final... 100% and for the class 94%!!!!  So thankful to be finished with school & I promise to write something on here soon!  SOOOOOO MUCH HAPPENING & I CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE... but I have to let a few more people know before I open it up to the world!  Thanks for reading & A SUPER AWESOME CYBER HIGH FIVE to all of you who helped me through <3  You're support means the world and I am forever grateful to have each and every one of you in my life!!!