Monday, April 7, 2014

Final Product Visualized

My piece still needs a lot of work until it is finished. I visualize my piece in my work space as an un finished drawing, but can picture it in the gallery as a mixed media piece filled with pencil and mirrors. I still can not fully visualize how the mirror aspect will turn out but I know what I want it to look like. I need to figure out how I will shade certain pieces of the mirror so they look like specific features of the face.

The reality of my work in the gallery:
I need to figure out what I want to mount my work on. Do I want to frame it? Have it mounted on a full length mirror? Post it on a wooden board?

Friday, March 14, 2014

End of the Week Reflection

     I have finally started to see my final project more clearly. I want to incorporate my half face and mirror into one piece of work I am still experimenting with different ways of doing this and different ways of presenting the piece. Think about what I want to put the half face/mirror on? what experience I want to give the viewer? how they will interact with my piece? How I can make the mirror side of the half face more detailed? How will I incorporate color?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Inspiration for final project

Creating a face silhouette out of mirrors and hanging it on a transparent fabric so it can have movement.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Critique/Final Project Idea

While doing our critiques in class, Anny had a brilliant idea that incorporated each aspect of what I want my final project to be. I am going to start by having two or three large half faces in the galary. I am going to then leave a box below and have people leave a photo of their face; funny, serious, happy, sad, etc. Then I will go home and draw a few each night. Half of the face will be black and white and the other half will be a depiction of their personality, using different colors. I will then bring them in and hang them on the wall, adding them to the collection each day.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Art And Fear: Conceptual Worlds By David Bayles & Ted Orland

     In my personal opinion, a craft is something that takes a specific skill and a template to follow.
When I think of crafts I think of a flee market: wooden furniture, bracelets, stain glass, handmade clothing. When I think of art, I picture sculptures, paintings, photography, music, installation, performing arts, mixed media, etc. But like the article stated, there is a very thin line between art and craft because they are so similar. Like the fact: a rectangle can be a square but a square is not a rectangle, I see crafts as a form of art but art is not always a craft.
     We take on habits from people and things in our lives that influence us. When I wake up, I have the same routine every morning, because that is what I was taught to do. More particular habits, such as weekly rituals, are certain habits we form throughout time; if we stick to these habits to long, we get bored. In the article, the author talks about how sticking to the same habit means that you are familiar and comfortable with it. This leaves little room for exploration. Habits are a form of style because when an artist begins to work a certain way, with certain materials, more than once, it becomes their "style".
     I believe that you can tell a lot about a person from their art. In my mind art is more that just a drawing on a piece of paper, it is the persons style and taste. Seeing this, you can tell a lot about an artists character from their art.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Exhibition Formats

When looking through the slide show, it really made me think about where I want to go as an artist. There are so many things I want the viewer to get out of my art: what I want them to see, what I want them to feel, etc. All of these artists are so inspiring. I really enjoyed how Shepard Fairey, Susan Opton, and Christo had work that was placed outside the gallery. I also enjoyed Letha Wilson and how her work really utilized the space he was using. But mostly, I loved Ann Hamilton, and how her work was interactive with the swings; the viewer was allowed to engage in the art, rather than just looking at it. If I had to choose which artist best portrayed the kind of work I want to pursue, I would pick Tony Oursler. It engages different sense and uses multimedia; the project I am considering for my final project consists of these different elements. I want viewers to be able to relate to my work. I want it to make them think, but for the message to be simple enough that they can interpret it however they want. Tony Oursler works a lot with projections and faces: faces that move, faces that talk. He has inspired my to go further with my half faces and use other medias to help portray my message that I am trying to send to my viewers. A key feature in Tony's work is the ways he incorporates the human body. The body is used in a very literal sense through projections of fragmented body parts.

Talking Faces:

A quote from
"A recurrent theme in Oursler's work is the way in which visual technologies influence and even modify our social and psychological selves.  His practice continuously engages with popular culture and questions how systems of mechanical reproduction, like photography, film and television, have come to dictate not only the way we see the world, but also the ways that images are constructed. "

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Art

New Art Is:

- Process driven art (what makes the art important)
- Showing the audience how the artist views things through their eyes
- Question how the artist is making what their making
- Art is how the artist communicates with the world
- Bringing things from the mind and turning it into art, sharing it
- Have a relationship with the audience through their work
- Pleasing the artist, doing it for them, not for anyone else
- Wheres the limit is in the piece of work, is there even one?
- "Making things out of nothing"
- The rate of change in technology is a key factor in new media art
- Art brings out happiness
- Wake up every day inspired

Attitude Towards Making Art, Business of art:

- Categories are "silly", restricts the artist from entering the other
categories (not enough room to explore or be imaginative)
- Putting art where it doesn't belong
- Always thinking, the artist is influenced by everything around them
- Theres types of art where you don't need to step back, you don't need
to think about it, you just enjoy it: "Turning off the mind"
- Bringing things from the mind and turning it into art, sharing it
- "Working first with an idea, and that being the basis of the art making"
- The process of making the work
- Business is a huge part of art
- Reaching the right audience
- Will the audience feel inspired by the art, will it have the same impression
on the viewer as it does on the artist


   Have a large half face of my face, both halves made from a different medium (ex. pencil, paint, crayon, markers). People who have influenced my life, have their faces projected next to my face, facing inward towards my face, talking to me (no sound). The half faces represent relationships to me. Having my family and friends speaking to me is another way of showing how the relationships have influenced my life.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Imagining the 2014 Senior Show

I am hoping for my final project to make a large half face. I have made a few smaller ones and I am not sure yet if I want to hang them all or just the large one. I'm not sure where I would like to hang it yet but I want it somewhere where people can step back and look at the picture from a distance. Half of the face will be a black and white photo and the other half will be drawn from pencil. When looked at from a distance I am hoping the images will blend together and look as one.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Art & Fear, by David Bayles & Ted Orland

"There is probably no clearer waste of psychic energy than worrying about how much talent you have - and probably no worry more common".
   As humans, it is natural to compare our selves to others. Whether it is appearance, talent, things we want that others have, we will alway have this fear that we aren't good enough. Everyone has a different talent. As a dancer, I always compare myself to others which makes it harder for me to focus on improving. Although the way I dance may not be exactly as someone else, or as good as someone else, I make it my own; by making it my own, I have no one to compare myself with. I have realized that dwelling on  what I don't have will only further prevent myself from improving.

"As you see error in what you have done, you steer you work towards what you imagine you can do perfectly. You cling ever so tightly to what you already know you can do - away from risk and exploration, and possibly further from the work of your heart".
   When I experience fear, I begin to focus on things I already know how to do. By steering clear from failure, I fail instead to experience and explore different things. I have been dancing since I was in second grade. Friends and families always pegged me as a dancer, rather than the "athletic" type. As I grew up I watched my sister play lacrosse, I loved the game. But seeing how well my sister played, and seeing my self only as a dancer, I was to nervous to try and play the game. After a few years, I decided I wanted to try something new for once. I quite dance, and joined the beaver lacrosse team. I may not have been the best player on the team, but I loved playing the game and got over my fear of trying something new.

"The lessons you are meant to learn are in your work. To see them, you need only look at the work clearly - without judgement, without need or fear, without wishes or hopes. Without emotional expectations".
   From this quote, I learned that in order to learn a lesson, it is important to observe my work (past experiences/mistakes) with clear eyes, and willingness to accept faults I have made. It is important to step back and look at my work from every perspective in order to improve.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

When I hear the word art, I think of beauty. Anything that is pleasant to look at, I consider art. Over winter break I had the pleasure of visiting the Cartier exhibit at the grand palais. The pieces of jewelry was incredible; I have never seen so many diamonds in my life. It was inspiring to see such unique jewelry. It lead me to realize how different visuals can effect my reaction and how they motivate me to make beautiful art.

Half Face

In seventh grade, in art class, we were assigned the "half face" project. No matter how hard I worked or how many times I was convinced I was finished, my teacher kept telling me to improve my work. There was no such thing as perfection to her; I could always add to my piece to refine it.

Recent Half Faces:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Austin Kleon & Kirby Ferguson

My reaction to Austin Kleon:
   I always hear people saying "I'm trying to find myself". I never quite understood what that meant. You see in movies how people are always going on on adventures and traveling the world "in search of themselves". Austin Kleon wrote "Write the book you want to read". I liked this because i interpreted it as, instead of finding myself, I need to create myself. When I think to myself what I want to be in like and what I want to accomplish, thats where I start my "creation".
Helpful advice:
   When I think of what I want my project to be, I realized if I search to hard, I wont find it. The first few weeks of class I had the chance to practiced using different materials and playing around with different ideas. This helped ideas naturally flow and helped my get a sense of what I may want to do for my project.

My reaction to Kirby Ferguson:
   Inspiration sparks from past experiences or memories. Feelings, songs, art, books, are all things that can lead to ideas. We take things that we have seen or noticed, and enjoyed, and can combine them to create something new.
Helpful advice:
   Looking at past artwork I've made and past art others have made can trigger ideas for what I want my project to be. I can take a past art piece I have done and combine it with other pieces of art I have seen that have inspired me, and I can make something of my own.