Saturday, April 17, 2010

Luba Lukova

I arrived early and still stood in the back of the dimly lit room (standing room only) as Luba Lukova prepared to share her images on a slideshow. I quickly realized it was an honor to be any place in the room as this woman began to speak. Initially, her beautiful Russian accent was attention-getting enough, but my attention quickly shifted to her message. Her words were inspiring and the images she shared were even more powerful. Although she acknowledged her work evoked strong emotions, controversy, and were politically charged, the explanations and descriptions of her thought process (as she shared each image) added so much to the meaning and conveyed the optomistic message she intended. This might be my favorite presentation of the conference!

The images above were pictures I took from her slideshow. To view the set of posters I purchased on social justice (which were also highlighted on the conference program) explore the following link:

What do you think?
Do any of the visual images at the site inspire, anger, motivate, disturb, or cause you to think?


mckinnellkellyedm310 said...

All of these images caused me to think. They are all very random and abstract, yet they have an intrinsic value that I can't help but try to find. The "immigrant" piece gives me a feeling of being alone, for example.

Kelly McKinnell
AED 301-101

Amanda Brewton said...

Each piece caused me to really look at the image and think about what it means. I really like the image of "LOVE"; I think it's very beautiful. The poster about censorship, with the flute player's fingers nailed to the flute, has a very powerful message. The one of the man's fingers walking up the steps in his mind makes me think, and it's also a little disturbing. I also appreciate the message in the image of the dove (=peace) made up of images associated with war. I thought it was very meaningful. All in all, I enjoyed viewing Ms. Lukova's work!

Amanda Brewton
AED 301-101
TR 9:30-10:45

Samantha Sunderman said...

Disturbing at first, these pictures really inspired me to think about the social injustice that exists in today's society. I feel like society puts art into it's own little box, with high standards and expectations. Luba Lukova provides a selection of beautiful pieces that screams "Change!" I believe more artists should make the effort to not only create beautiful pieces, but pieces that provoke social change. The piece that I could relate to right now is the broken umbrella with the hospital sign at the bottom. My family has struggled with our medical needs not being met by our current insurance provider. It's been a rough year, but I know things will get better soon! Thank you for sharing this blog with us!

Samantha Sunderman said...

By the way,
I am in your AED 301-101 class.

Paige V. Baggett said...

Kelly, that is what I liked about them...the cognitive AND emotional responses they evoked for me.

Amanda, when she spoke about the LOVE poster, she indicated she was representing four kinds of love. I think they included romantic love, love of animals, love of friends, and love of children.

Samantha, I think we can all find a personal challenge that at least one of these posters would represent in out lives!

Thank you all for commenting!

Anonymous said...

Okay, so as someone said earlier, I am provoked by all of these images. My thoughts are definitely stirred, and i definitely have no room to do them justice!
I will at least explain the image I enjoyed the most.
My favorite one by far though would be the LOVE poster. It makes sense now that you tell me what she said each image represents. Well, more sense than it did before. And although I do not necessarily understand all of the images, I am sure that they way in which they make me think is a positive experience in itself.
I would have to say that this artist is very amazing, and i did not even get to meet her! You are very lucky indeed!

Rebekah Lloyd

Anonymous said...

The images were intriguing. I reviewed the images that you have posted here, and thought to myself, WOW, my mind went totally to social injustice on the "Say It Loud". I don't know if it was intended for that, but it is definitely speaking the white supremacy and keep the minority silent. I also ask myself, do I feel a sense of that same discrimination and is that why my mind had that thought first?
Sarah Fakouri

Anonymous said...

I was a bit disturbed by the one that said "Say It Loud". I wasn't quite sure what it meant.Could it be that silence speaks so loud.

Lynne L. Williams

Erica said...

I think that her work is motivating and inspiring. It really says something. I love her Love painting. Her work is great. I wish I could of been there to hear her. If her speech was as motivating as her work then WOW!

Erica said...

Sorry forgot my name Erica BEll

Amani Alloul said...

Wow, each one of these works of art are just so interesting! They all make you think. And I'm sure we all interpreted them so differently. But after viewing a few pictures from the gallery, I can definitely tell that this woman oozes intelligence. Her artwork is just so meaningful! I'm glad you shared these things with us Dr.Baggett!

Amani Alloul

Anonymous said...

She is Bulgarian, not Russian.