Field Trip (Please Read The Order Instructions) – Assignment Example
Wexner Center for the Arts Paper Observe: Look hard. Look Closely. What do you see? What information is there? The Farm is an oil and acrylic painting by Alexis Rockman that shows as the background a natural depiction of farm animals such as the cow, pig and chicken in historical evolution from ancient agricultural periods, to present and seemingly projected into the future through biotechnology. There is a wide view of the cultivated soybean field in neatly arranged vertical lines. Some other rodents were painted: the rat, also in historical progression as shown in the left side in its conventional form to that on the right side being altered genetically. There are parakeets holding on a barbed wire at the center of the painting in yellow, blue and green. Most striking was the genetic transformation of the chicken from the conventional brown and green feathered with a wattle and red comb, to presently white feathered fowl and a futuristic looking three winged with red comb creature.
2. Describe: Describe what you see. If you were asked to explain the appearance of this work of art to someone on the phone, what would you say? What descriptive words would you use? What details could you give?
The distinctive features of the art work manifested changes or evolution of farm animals due to biotechnology. From a seemingly highly productive representation of cultivated soybeans, the effect to farm animals are seen from eminent transformations in appearances which could be hideous: chicken with three wings, cow in gigantic geometrical body with small head and the pig with a humongous body and likewise small head to depict the need to magnify meat to its maximized ability. The tomatoes in the basket were also altered to be in its gigantic and geometrical form.
3. Interpret: Make an imaginative leap. What is going on? What’s the story?
To continue with the artist’s story, the biotechnological advancements would continue to progress further altering the course of farm animals and plants which could be more unrecognizable and even scary, as future external factors influence them. The objective in the future is to maximize production capacity of agricultural fields and both flora and fauna by optimizing meat and yield, as needed.
4. Prove: Back up your interpretation. What do you see that makes you say that? What clues did you use to come to that conclusion?
As one can observe from the evolved changes in the form and appearance of the ordinary farm animals, cows, pigs and chicken, their traditional physical form have significantly been changed to maximize size and therefore generate more meat, more parts, as optimally possible. The cows, for instance, at the far left distance, was shown in its lean form and eventually fattened to exemplify current appearance and then depicted in its humongous geometrical body with a very small head to signify its possible future form.
5. Personal Reflection: What do you want to say about this work? How do you personally connect (or not) to the artwork?
Personally, the art work was moving and disturbing at the same time. What seemed to be a seemingly ordinary backdrop and scenario (the farm) that has been traditionally viewed as a source of life due to the food being sourced from agricultural plantations and raising farm animals could prove to be scary in the future. Due to the increasing demands for food resulting from increases in population and shortages in agricultural lands and natural resources, biotechnological processes have been resorted to maximize production. As a repercussion, the appearance, form and condition of farm animals and vegetables have been compromised and drastically altered; which could actually also be potentially harmful for the ultimate users of these products.