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.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
In the past week we were given two readings: Drawing on Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards and an excerpt from Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Also we were given sketchbook assignments to draw certain objects upside down and rightside up or completing one half of a drawing.
In the reading “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” I learned that both sides of the brain can contribute different information to one’s mind and that artist’s mind’s shift from the left hemisphere to the right hemisphere of the brain. It seems the right hemisphere of the brain should be used when doing artwork because that is where spatial reasoning is processed. The left hemisphere of the brain is where verbal and analytic modes are processed. I have often heard the phrase “ Draw what you see not what you know” After reading this and doing classwork exercises I think I’m finally starting to understand that phrase. What an artist must learn to do is to be in tune with the right hemisphere of the brain and that way they can learn to see the negative space as well as the actual object, light, shadows, textures, and many other aspects. If you use the left hemisphere of the brain it won’t work because the left hemisphere can define what the object is and what is used for but from then on it’s limited.
In the reading, “ Ways of Seeing, “ I learned about different people’s perspectives about how one views Art. Everyone has a different interpretation of the same artwork before them because everyone has different beliefs, preferences, and knowledge of things which in turn affects how we see. How one views something also deals with context ;where you are at the time. For example, home vs. art museum. I like how in the reading there was a comment made about how the artwork and arrangements of how one decorates their room should replace museums because one’s room is a highly personalized place. I wonder if that did happen would it change many people’s views of art or ways of seeing?
Questions to consider : 1) If someone has brain damage or a certain disorder
actually affect their “way of seeing?”
2) What impacts us on how we view time and space?
I want to know more about time and space.
I found out from a BBC News article “Can you See Time” by Victoria Gill. She talked about how time and spaced can be a visual experience through the use of synaesthesia, where new pathways and connections in the brain can be opened up. Therefore a person who has synaesthesia can tell you meticulous details about any particular event in there life. For example, what day, what year, what time, what they were wearing, and what they ate. Scientists have done studies comparing memories with people with synaesthesia and people without it and results have shown that people with synaethesia can remember more facts from their own lives
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I found the music video "Sugar Water" by Cibalto very confusing and wasn't able to fully make sense of it. However, after we divided into groups and illustrated our thoughts on the music video to the class, I understood the message a little clearer. I liked my partner's idea that sugar dissolves in water which means events in time can be fused together. For example, when one girl driving the car ran into the girl on the motorcycle and "killed" her. Also, after seeing my other classmates illustrations, I realized there is no right or wrong way to view or create art. Everyone has their own interpertation of what art is.
As a class we dicussed the reading given to us, "What is Art?" by Bart Rosier. I liked Sir Ernst Gombrich view about what is art. Gombrich stated that the terminology of art changes over time. If the defintion or terms about Art is changing all the time, who is to say which of the defintion or terms is right or wrong? Therefore, as mentioned in the beginning of the reading, there is no real defintion of Art. People also use Art in many different ways such as: a form of experession, visual communication, self-satisfaction, and therapy. People can use Art how they want to just like they can interpert Art how they want to; it's their decision.
I had a small interesting discussion with somebody who is an Art major the other day. He said for Art you always have to keep an open mind. Also he said there is a time where everything will just come together and in Art there is nothing "to get", once you figure that out everything opens up.
Questions: Can one survive without time? (if one follows no patterns or any types of sequences
and do whatever they wanted when they wanted)
Why do we sometimes not use time to our advantage? ( We can be lazy and get bored easily but
shouldn't be because we don't know how much time we have left)
I like to know more about Andy Warhol and other people view his artwork.
I searched on Google Scholar and found some interesting quotes:
"But no mass public has ever felt at ease with Warhol's work. Surely, people feel, there must be something empty about a man who expresses no strong leanings, who greets everything with the same "uh,gee, great."
"Those whose parents accused them of being out of their tree, who had unfulfilled
desires and undesirable ambitions, and who felt guilty about it all, therefore gravitated
to Warhol. He offered them absolution, the gaze of the blank mirror that refuses all