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Post #9 (12/15/14)

This semester I have learned to see the world in a new way through the lense of an artist. I now notice visual details like light and scale that passed me by before. I also learned about the many different mediums through which to create art and the importance of the visual thinking process. My favorite assignment this semester was the animal 3d assignment because i was able to use many different materials to create this piece. Overall, i feel that i have gained a lot of valuable skills and experiences through taking art this semester and i hope to further my art education in the future.

Post #8 (12/15/14)

Below is a finished photo of my self portrait assignment. We were asked to look in a mirror and erase ourselves based on the way the light hit our face out of a charcoal coated background. The process was the most difficult at the beginning but got easier as I began to develop the rest of my face and see things coming together. I found myself feeling frustrated most of the assignment and feel that one side of my face is better than the other as a result. One thing I found myself taking away from this assignment was the ability of noticing the way light hits the face of others in real life and how our faces appear different depending on how this light is angled. The self portrait wasn’t my favorite assignment but it taught me to be more observant of light and drawing what i see rather than what i know.

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Off Campus Event – The High Museum (11/26/14)

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A few days ago, I visited the High Museum of Art in Midtown. It was my second time going and my friends and I had a blast. One thing that struck me upon entering was the architecture of the museum itself. The outside of the building has a very modern look and the inside is full of many compartments that serve as tiny galleries. I enjoyed walking around and exploring the different exhibits and showcases. One of my favorite exhibits is a temporary one and is called Segregation Story by Gordon Parks. The exhibit includes nearly forty color photos that offer a powerful look at the daily life and struggles of a multigenerational family living in segregated Alabama. Another one of my favorite works is also a temporary one and is called Bangles to Benches by various contemporary designers. The exhibit includes various jewelry and objects made from contemporary materials. During my visit to the High, I was able to spot in the art pieces some of the techniques discussed and used in class. Seeing how intricate and detailed each of the pieces were humbled me as a novice artist and made me appreciative of all the time and energy that went into creating them.

On Campus Event: Sheila Pree Bright (11/26/14)

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A few weeks ago, I attended a lecture by Sheila Pree Bright in the Dana gallery where her most recent project is being showcased. Sheila is a popular photographer and cultural anthropologist who is best known for her thought provoking depictions of culture. She mentioned in the lecture her deep fascination with culture and how she constantly finds herself analyzing, questioning, and seeking to capture it’s beauty. She also discussed several of previous projects and one of favorites was Plastic Bodies. This particular project focuses on our growing fascination as a society with becoming plastic. It’s really cool because she takes the plastic perfection of barbie dolls and place them against the sharp contrast of natural beauty. Her most recent project called Our America is showcased at Agnes and explores the idea of what it means to be American. The sitters expressed their perspectives in a statement and posed in their chosen stance with the American flag. I thoroughly enjoyed the lecture and learning about the brilliant artist that is Sheila Pree Bright. I could relate her artistic process of working with different mediums to the kinds of work we have been doing in class all semester.

Post #7 (11/19/14)

For my antonym project, I was assigned the words inadequate and fine. The overall assignment was very challenging for me as I found myself struggled to work through the many different steps. It was easy to get caught up in thinking about the final product instead of focusing on the process of creating my piece. I took the two words, made a word web for each, created as many thumbnail ideas as possible for each, selected the best thumbnail for each word, and finally took two photos that complimented the words I was given and the thumbnails I had chosen. I chose to work with ink and a paintbrush to capture the incomplete essence of inadequate. I settled on an image that closely resembled an almost perfect circle. The circle is open by two opposing brushstrokes that appear frayed yet reaching for each other. I chose to work with pencil to capture the care free  essence of fine. I settled on an image that closely resembles a rolling line. The line is thin and light and appears to run off the page. I then paired my final thumbnails with pictures that I believe blended both the abstract and literal meaning of the words. I chose a picture of a quiz grade one point from an A for inadequate and a picture of individual strands of hair shining in the light for fine. The mounting process was tedious but turned out to be my favorite part of the assignment because it gave me a greater appreciation for the time and effort that went into creating my piece. From this assignment, I learned the importance of not rushing the creative experience when making art.

Post #6 Cont. (10/30/14)

Aside from my own, my favorite fantastical creature was Sydney’s. I think her creature was the most successful because she used materials that effortlessly fuse together the physical characteristics of a mosquito and a scorpion. For example, using everyday junk such as string, wire, and styrofoam helps to capture the lightness of the mosquito and the stealth of the scorpion which I really liked. She chose the scientific name “Vipera Culieidae Imperator” for her creature. This creature has the power to detect and cure Malaria.

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Post #6 (10/27/14)

Below are photos of the finished product of my three dimensional superpower animal which I have named a Bowark. I created my fantastical creature by fusing the physical qualities and manerisms of both a tiger shark and a bower bird to eradicate the social ill of ocean pollution. I was greatly inspired by Vic Muniz and his documentary and the honest yet impactful work of Jardim Gramacho’s Brazilian recycling workers. This inspiration guided me in choosing to create a fantastical creature with the ability to locate, sort, and dispose of trash found in the environment. After deciding on a social ill, I began brainstorming ideas of animals in nature who could be paired together to fix the problem. I knew that I would need an animal who could collect and sort the different trash into similar piles, an animal with the physique of a swimmer, an animal with a strong jaw and digestive system, and an animal with good eyesight to spot the trash. I decided on the tiger shark for its fins and tail to swim through the ocean, its tough as nails digestive system that has a large surface area for holding food and special enzyme and acid secretion to break down whatever it swallows, and its powerful jaw and teeth to crush and compress trash. I decided on the bower bird for its natural talent to sort objects into piles according to color and material, its birdlike eyesight, and its long beak to carefully retrieve trash. I then began the intricate process of deciding on the best materials to capture the above information about each animal. I was only given junk to build my Bowark so it was essential that the materials themselves did the talking about the disposition, behaviors, and personality of the creature. For the most part, I chose lots of metal to capture the strength and power of the Bowark since its job is to devour and digest large chunks of metal, rubber, and plastic. My materials include keys that resemble feathers for the body, a wooden clothes pin for the beak, a complex swirl of metal with a stone in the middle and tiny bits of metal throughout that resembles the digestive system, two crossed pieces of metal that resemble a tail, three metal paper clips that resemble fins, and half of a metal protractor that resembles the face of a bird. The assignment and process of collecting materials from everyday household objects further emphasized a point I previously stated in my midterm post. Art is all around us and thus art can be made from anything that meets the eye, including another man’s trash. While doing this assignment, I was also able to explore the idea of materials having the power to speak louder than words in order to visually convey meaning.

Bower Bird

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Tiger Shark

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  2. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/sgifs/Sharkdigestion.GIF
  3. http://degreesearch.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/tiger_sharks.gif

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Post #5 (10/15/14)

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I made the decision to take college level art this semester. I remember feeling overwhelmed while looking over the syllabus on the first day of class. I’ve never been exceptionally gifted when it comes to creating art so naturally I was hesitant as to whether I would be able to do the assignments and do them well. It wasn’t until our most recent assignment that I began to feel a sense of confidence in my work and creative abilities. The concept of graphical thinking and its everyday application in the real world is something that has started to click for me lately. I’m taking away the idea that art isn’t just limited to drawing and paints but instead is a force that’s all around us and can be seen in everything we do but one must train their eyes to see it. After completing my graphical thinking box, it became apparent to me that we so often we overlook detail, value, and scale in our daily lives outside of the art studio. Since being a part of this class, I have come to believe that it isn’t until someone begins to internalize artistic principles like perspective that they are able to see the many visual elements of their surrounding world.

Post #4 (10/13/14)

Below is a photo capturing my graphical thinking box right before the final cutting and mounting process. The activity of choosing a pattern for my box was my favorite part of the assignment because I was allowed a great deal of artistical freedom to express my own personal graphical interests and aesthetics. I came across the pattern while studying one day in the Main computer lab in one of the vintage upholstered lounge chairs. I found the chair’s upholstery of bright green leaves to be very unique and visually captivating. There were certain qualities of depth, dimension, and creativity to the pattern that I knew would work perfectly for this assignment which is a continuation of last week’s box still life. We were asked to evaluate the box we had previously drawn and its many shadows on a value scale of one to twelve with one being the lightest shadow and twelve being the darkest shadow. We went around campus after doing this and looked for an object that would best represent the values we had chosen. We ended up bringing a series of individual pattern prints to class; two or three for every value identified in our box. We used these pattern prints to cut the shapes for our box and then pasted them into the shape of our box. At the end of the project, my box came to life and I was able to see the specific variations in light and depth within the planes which was really cool to see. One thing that I could have improved upon was potentially playing with the grey scale of my pattern prints to better capture the necessary contrast between light and dark in creating shadows. I’m taking away from this assignment the idea that when every day objects such as fabric, flowers, or even hair are viewed in a graphical manner, they can be captured and reesembled in such a way that transforms them into something completely different yet similar. A chair’s fabric and a cardboard box may be two separate entities but can be altered and fused together through graphics to capture the basic effects of art including value, contrast, scale, and depth.

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Post #3 (9/24/14)

Below are two photos from today’s box still life assignment. One thing I noticed while working was that measuring the precise angles and proportions for this piece seemed to come more naturally after completing last week’s chair still life. In regards to myself as an artist, I arrived at the realization that the skill of drawing what the eye sees and not what the brain thinks it’s seeing is something that I am beginning to master. I hope to return to the studio this weekend to get a fresh perspective on my piece and make some final and finishing angle adjustments before Monday’s class.

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