Our Art 100 class ventured to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Museum. We observed some works created by Ingrid Hartlieb. My group began by inspecting a work, or a group of works, on the ground. They were made of lead over wood, and the arrangement was made up of eight separate pieces. The form of the objects was geometric, with cubes and cylinders dominating. The objects appeared to be heavy and dense because of the lead cover. The works were all black, but they were also shiny, with metal nails providing some metallic color. The surfaces seemed hard and smooth. All the shapes were symmetrical. Some of the shapes had a quality of maybe fitting into one another. The contrasts were between the square and rounded shapes, and a shiny black surface may provide some, too. An interlocking ability of the various shapes tends to unify. The color and surface remain constant throughout the changing shapes. Our group inferred that this work could represent the industrial revolution in that it is new (lead) over old (wood), and the shapes could be buildings, tunnels, and smokestacks.
The Head by Ingrid Hartlieb appears to "mix like thoughts compressed in space," as a member of our group noticed. The pieces of wood are pressed very close. There seemed to be a sense of symmetry, and the materials were cut into somewhat geometric shapes. The surface was hard, and very rough on texture, but possibly smooth to the touch. No lead existed on this work, maybe to show that the mind should have nothing to hide. The mixing of colors showed a chaos that flowed together. Vertical lines dominate, but horizontal boards seem to halt the balance of the verticals. This work deals more with movement and color than the first one. Variety is achieved in and of itself instead of through other objects. The Head is huge in comparison to the other work, possibly demonstrating the importance of our minds.