Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Last week we presented our sculptures we made out of our found objects. I made a sculpture of a hummingbird carrying a person in a jazz dance position to symbolize “freedom to express yourself” or “freedom of expression.” My found objects consisted of gum wrappers, plastic tv dinner containers, and granola bar wrappers. There was a lot of variety and styles that people use to make their sculptures such as film strips, nature, trash, mesh netting, and lots of other found objects. The whole class tried to interpret what message each sculpture was trying to send. Some of us had similar perspectives and others had very different perspectives. This emphasizes that art is constantly open to interpretation and no interpretation is right or wrong.
We also had a reading from an excerpt from The Object Stares Back by James Elkins. In the reading, Elkins explores the complexity of seeing rather than merely looking. Elkins described vision as the act of hunting and is a process where one seeks to possess what is observed. Although vision is an incomplete process because one cannot see everything all at once it’s impossible. Elkins mentioned in the reading that there are three objects that can’t be seen: the sun, genitals, and death. Although the act of seeing itself is simple, the different ways of seeing and certain aspects such as the media influence what we see is complex. Perhaps not everything is meant to be seen or maybe we unconsciously chose things we want to see and things we don’t want to see.
Questions to consider:
1) In what ways is vision a web of self definition?
2) What is the connection between visual comprehension, linguistic reference, and anatomical reference?
I wanted to know more about how blindness could be a necessary component of sight.
There are different types of blindness such as color and legal blindness where people need special assistance. Complete blindness is know as NLP (no light perception) Those who are blind that have light perception only have the ability to tell light from dark and the general direction of a light source. The way most people who are blind use sight is replaced by sense of touch such as reading Braille for signs, books, and other objects. There are many objects and technologies blind people use to accommodate for their “lack of perception”
Project 2 proposal:
I’m doing my research project on Tony Oursler. His art covers a range of mediums working with video, sculpture, installation, performance and painting. The fields he works in are mainly video, performance, and installation art.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Last class we discussed our artworks expressing the emotions that either had to be calm or anxiety and the collages we put together based on our drawings of a model. It was interesting to see people’s different views of how to illustrate emotions and collages. Although, we were given limitations on materials and specific instructions on the materials we were allowed to construct such as six lines, a circle, two other shapes of your creation, and only allowed texture such as shading or coloring. The collages were interesting because I thought it allowed us to see different perspectives of time, sequence, and motion of a person, place, or thing. Also in class we watched early films that were created such as Einstein, Muybridge, Melies, and Lumiere. You can definitely see how technology has changed overtime from the early films to the current films. For instance, black and white vs. color.
Questions to consider:
1) What type of art work (ex. Video, painting, sculpture etc) or movement ( Youtube, Impressionists, Cubists etc) was the most effective at communicating ideas, thoughts, and beliefs?
2) If we were given limitations of materials to produce artworks all the time would it change the way art is viewed?
Three Artists I’ve chosen to consider for the project: ( Harrell Fletcher, Tony Oursler, and Tape- Beatles) I chose Harrell Fletcher because he has done video artworks that are interdisciplinary projects and socially engaging. Also the focus of the projects isn’t entirely based on him but other people and their artistic skills and other things. I chose Tony Oursler because his work is focused on Synesthesia. Ever since I found information about people with synesthesia which I commented on in my previous blog I’ve become more interested in exploring the topic more. I chose the Tape-Beatles because they have been collaborating different artworks and turning the use of plagiarism into a positive art technique. There is this book I read called What the Dog Saw by Malcom Gladwell and one of his chapters comments on different perspectives of plagiarism (what aspects are considered okay vs. when have you crossed the line and it’s downright stealing) I found this topic interesting.
I would like to know more about peoples views on films.
Film was somewhat considered a performance art form. Film has many different uses such as educational purposes, propaganda, pure entertainment, political, and many other uses. Sometimes with films there is also participation from the audience. For example, people dressing up in costumes for a well-known or popular movie such as Harry Potter. As I mentioned before technology has changed a lot over the years. We have found ways to make film more efficient and effective as well as making the equipment more portable and easier to manage.