Rauschenberg Reflection

Katy Downey
Oct 21, 2014 2:52AM

The mission of my university’s gallery promotes academic excellence and community engagement. It values creativity and deepening the understanding of the visual arts. It was important to me to keep this in mind as I was browsing for art pieces, in addition to the aspects that I found to be influential about Rauschenberg’s body of work and his persona in general. I highly respect Rauschenberg’s innovation, so that is one thing in particular that I was drawn to in my search. I like pieces that blur lines and make me ask questions. Although some of the images are representational of everyday existence, these artists pushed them to a point of abstruseness. Rauschenberg really opened the door to previously unimagined possibilities, and in today’s modern and competitive world, that is the only way to be successful. The pieces I selected seemed to be in one way or another, a new way of painting. They arrived at a point that Rauschenberg had reached so many times – the intersection of art and life. 

Katy Downey
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