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. "