Saturday, May 28, 2016

Week 9: Space + Art

The exploration of space has always been a curiosity to most people, myself included. As a young boy I had always dreamed of becoming an astronaut and wanted to see what the rest of the universe had to offer. One idea that has always caught my attention is black holes. Essentially black holes are regions in space that have such a strong gravitational force that nothing can ever escape from them. Because of this force, no one has been able to get close enough to truly examine where they lead to, which I think would be incredible if someone found a way to do this.

Black Hole

In her lecture this week, Professor Vesna discussed the importance of space and how it relates to the evolution of our society. From the discovery of the solar system, to the Space Race between the U.S.S.R. and United States, space has played and continues to play an active role in art and history. Artists often paint pictures of space and the sky, including Van Gogh's The Starry Night and a number of Lucien Rudaux's pieces.

Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night

In today's society, space is commonly depicted in movies such as Interstellar and The Martian. I personally enjoyed Interstellar, in which astronauts travel through a "wormhole" in order to search for a new home for their society. This film was controversial in that people argued against the methods in which the main character traveled through space. In addition the movie proved to be groundbreaking as well, because it opened up new ideas in which people thought about ways to travel through space.

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"Interstellar (film)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 31 May 2015.

Vensa, Victoria. "Space Exploration Plus Art." Youtube. Uconlineprogram, 29 Jul 2013. Web. 28 May 2016. <> 
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Vincent Van Gogh Gallery. Vincent Van Gogh Gallery. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2016.

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