If someone were to ask me who’s the most notable Contemporary Artist and Film Photographer that recently struck a chord with me it would be Frank Stella and Danny Lyons. Both artists sparked a fire that just filled me with inspiration and the compelling feeling to create and let my emotions filter out. Visiting De Young Museum the second time for my painting class, we were asked to look into the on-going show of Frank Stella and have a group conversation about our thoughts and ideas on the diversity of Stella’s work. Of course, to have our money’s worth, my friend, Alexis, and I wandered around the museum and stumbled upon another exhibit. It was a collection of Danny Lyons’ photographs – a visual imagery of stories, emotion, reality centering on The Outlaws, The Bikeriders, Political Demonstrations and Protests and other powerful and impactful moments. He documented the lives of these people in different worlds. One of the things I loved about his exhibit is that he included tape recordings of specific individuals telling their own stories and that made it more personal and meaningful. To both visually see and hear a moment in time gives it more character and impact to the viewer. Meanwhile, the diversity of Stella’s works were compelling and inspiring. His series, Irregular Polygons, explore geometric forms and organic shapes of the canvas which attracted me to his work.
From the vivid, geometrical sculptures and paintings of Stella to the dramatical, subtle black and white photographs of Lyons, I was engulfed in a world that is entirely separate of this world and saw it through the lens of the these two artists.
There are two problems in a painting. One is to find out what painting is and the other is to find out how to make a painting.
Bikeriders were simultaneously feared for their anarchism and romanticized for their independence. Riding with the Outlaws, Lyon attempted to capture their way of life from the inside out. Their unapologetic pursuit of freedom and libertine pleasures compelled him to get close to them as people.