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Friday, May 13, 2011

Feminist Photos Revised : Essence of Gender

Fixing my brothers truck

Changing a tire in heels and a dress

Chopping wood

Fixing to drive a tractor

Cutting metal and also this one is my favorite out of the 5

I had to revise my feminist photos and I have to say that this was fun to do. I went with the essence of Gender and I got all dressed up in a dress, shiny necklace, bracelet and heels and went and did things that normally you would see a guy do and ended up getting dirty doing it. I've actually done all the things in the photos back when I was in highschool but I wore overalls and I wanted to dress up nice and attempt to do the same things like I did back then.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Big Idea Evaluation

My Big idea piece was to create a self portrait out of my handwriting and I must say that I enjoyed doing it, at first it was difficult to come up with what to say but then I just started writing what came to mind, how I felt and it ended up being like my own personal journal. I purposefully made the writing to where you can't read what I've written since some things are very personal to me and then others are just thoughts about people that I dont want them to read. Creating the shadows was sort of a challenge because I didn't want to und up going to dark and just ruining some parts but I think I achieved it. The critique was ok, I kind of wished I had gotten some more feedback on what I needed to improve on, for example like wether or not I needed to put in a background, but really I think it went well. I personally enjoyed it and I think thats all that matters sometimes.

The Finished Big Idea

The beginning

Inflatables evaluation

In the beginning of the inflatables project things weren't turning out so well because we were trying to make things way more complicated than the structure needed to be, but in the end things went really well. We felt pretty good about the shower stall and the fact that it could hold more than 4 people but not a lot of people wanted to enter it (a few did but not a lot) and even though most people didn't enter the shower everyone that walked by wanted to draw on it which made it a big hit we thought. The wind was a big problem because even though we had things to weigh down the shower, if there was a big gust of wind the structure would try to fall over. Maggie liked her performance piece for the shower because she said it was nice to sleep in which is something we all really needed. In the end we ended up not using a lot of energy because we used a small fan instead of leaf blowers to inflate the shower.


Maggie being traced onto the wall

Allison being traced 

Nic drawing

PJ kept getting attacked by a bee

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lecture Survey

What is your favorite color?

How important is the appearance or design of the following products in your decision to purchase the product?
new car:      very
underwear:       very
tv set:      somewhat
winter coat:   not very
What is your 2nd favorite color?

"When you select pictures, photographs, or other pieces of art for your home, do you find you lean more toward modern or more toward traditional styles?"

"If you had to choose from the following list, which type of art would you say you prefer?"

Which of the following statements applies to you more?
"When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I focus on whether or not I like the piece"
Would you say you prefer older objects or newer objects to collect or decorate you home?
older objects
"Would you say that you prefer seing paintings of wild animals, like lions, giraffes, or deer, or that you prefer seeing paintings of domestic animals, like dogs, cats or other pets?"
wild animals

"In general, would you rather see paintings of outdoor scenes or would you rather see paintings of indoor scenes?"

I choose both
Which of the following outdoor scenes appeals to you the most?
Paintings of:
houses & buildings
Which season would you most like to see depicted in a painting?
Which of the following types of indoor scenes appeals to you most?
still life paintings of/domestic scenes with:

Do you tend to prefer paintings that are related to religion or those that are not related to  religion?
related to religion
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
"Paintings should ideally serve some higher goal, such as challenging their viewers to think about art or life in a different way than they normally do."

Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

"I prefer paintings that are different-looking if they're very realistic, I might as well be looking at a photography"
"Do you prefer paintings that exaggerate the dimensions or reality of objects we already know, or ones that feature imaginary objects which have no connection to everyday life?" Both
"Do you prefer seeing bold, stark designs or more playful, whimsical designs?" Depends on my mood
Do you tend to favor paintings with sharp angles or ones with soft curves? Both
"Which patterns do you like better: geometric patterns or more random uneven patterns?" Geometric
"Do you like to see expressive brush-strokes on the canvas, or do you prefer that the surface of the canvas be smooth, more like a photograph?" expressive brush strokes
Do you like to see colors blend into each other or do you like it when different colors are kept apart? Depends on the image
"Every color has a wide range of shades. Take the color blue, for example. An artist can use a bright, vibrant shade of blue, like a royal blue, a pale, muted shade of blue, like light blue, or a darker tone of blue, like dark or midnight blue. In general, which would you say that you prefer? when the artist uses more vibrant shades, paler shades, or darker shades of color?" Darker shades
"In general, do you enjoy paintings that have a more serious or a more festive mood?" Festive
"And how about the painting itself - do you like it to be busy and contain lots of people or objects, or do you like it to be as simple as possible?" Busy
How about the size of paintings: do you prefer larger paintings or smaller paintings?
dishwasher size
full wall
"19"" television"
"Some paintings are of famous historical figures and others are of more ordinary people. Do you generally prefer paintings of famous people, or ones of more ordinary paintings." Both
"If you prefer famous people, do you prefer figures from a long time ago, like Lincoln or Jesus, or more recent figures, like John F. Kennedy or Elvis Presley?" Jesus
"Do you prefer paintings which are predominantly of children, of women, or of men, or doesn't it matter?" It doesn't matter
"Thinking back to the paintings of people that you have like in the past, for the most part were the figure working, at leisure, or were they posed portraits?" Working
"Which do you think you like better, a painting of one person or of a group of people?" Depends on the painting.
"And from what you've seen, would you say that you prefer paintings in which the person or people are nude, partially clothed or fully clothed?" Fully clothed
If you were given the choice of a gift - a sum of money or a piece of art that you genuinely like and which was of equal value to the money, which would you choose? Money
Which one of the following would be most important to you in deciding how much money you would spend on a painting? 

the degree to which you like the painting
What is the most amount of money you would consider spending on a piece of art you really like? If I could afford it $100
"For each of the following names, indicate if your impressions of that artist's work are very favorable, favorable, or very unfavorable. Some of these artists are not very well known, so if you have never heard of someone, or don't know enough about their work to have an opinion, just say so."
Pablo Picasso - very unfavorable
Norman Rockwell - Very favorable
Jackson Pollock - unfavorable
Salvador Dali - Favorable
Leroy Neiman - Never heard of him
Claude Monet - Dont know enough
Rembrandt - Dont know enough
Andy Warhol - Very Favorable
Georgia O'Keefe - Favorable
"If you could pick one type of person you'd most enjoy having dinner with, would you choose an artist, a television or movie actor, an author, or a sports star?" Author
"How often, on average, would you say that you go to art museums - more than two times a year, one or two times a year, less than once a year, or not at all? Not at all
The following are some reasons people have given in the past as to why they do not go to art museums more often. For each reason, please tell whether it is a major reason why you do not go to musuems more often, a minor reason, or not a reason at all:
1. there is not an art museum in my area:  major  
2. I do not have enough spare time: major 
3. I don't feel comfortable in art museums because I don't know alot about art:  not a reason
4. the cost of admission is too expensive: minor
5. I simply don't enjoy looking at art: not a reason
Would you favor or oppose spending more money in federal taxes than we do on the arts?
Some works of art are displayed in public places. Do you think that average citizens should or should not have a say in determining which works of art are appropriate to be displayed in public? I think that they do but then again their reaction could be what the artist wants
"When it comes to most political issues, do you think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, or a moderate? If moderate, do you think of yourself as being closer to being liberal or being conservative?" More conservative
Which of the following income categories includes your total family income in 1992 before taxes? I have no idea.... I was a baby at the time, it didn't concern me
What is your gender? Female

1. Do you think that your answers  are similar or different from most Americans? In what ways are they similar, and different? Well everyone is different and since they are different it makes for more interesting answers. If we were all the same we would be boring and all like the same stuff....

2. Which questions do you think  would be the most helpful if  one was using market research to design new paintings for sale? What questions would you ask differently, or leave out entirely? The most helpful questions would be to find out what style of artwork people like most (modern or traditional, geometric or whimsical, etc) and also it would help to figure out how much people could afford and would be willing to spend on the artwork.

3. Would this work? Why or why not? I do think this survey would work because it would determine what could possibly be the next big artwork or the next big artist.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Big Idea

For my Big Idea project and having to come up with 7 proposal ideas for this I got to thinking and I really want to do a mark making piece, but I thought of other things too.

1. I've been looking at typographic portraits done on the computer and I know that we have to do something that we've learned in class, well I've never seen an actual typographic portrait done written by hand, I've only seen it done on the computer and I remember us doing mark making and writing our names on a piece of paper over and over again. For my first idea I want to use Bristol paper because its nice and is a clean looking white and take a picture of me and do a portrait with handwritten words. The medium I'm thinking of using is sharpie, I havent decided wether or not to try color or just use black sharpie and achieve the shadows with varying thicknesses of sharpie. I also think I will use one word which will be my name repeated over and over again.

2. Another mark making piece on Bristol paper using written words only except this time I want to do one of a coca-cola bottle. I would take various pictures for the angle of the bottle that I want and then use various words and phrases that are often used in advertisement for Coke. This time I would want to some color like Red sharpie because red is coke's color.

3. Yes my third idea is another mark making piece except this time I want to do a (noir style) black and white scene possibly from a movie and use only a really fancy cursive type of writing and done is fine point sharpie. Instead of using Bristol paper Im thinking of an off white kind of old looking or tea stained style of paper, making it myself will be cheaper and probably more fun. But I want to emphasize this old feeling and antique look.

4. I saw some really cool ideas for the 3rd phase of Val's color project and I kind of thought about maybe playing with shadows on this idea. I haven't decided what image i would use but I want to paint on a see through type of material like saran wrap or something and then have it attached to a frame with a light shining on it and projecting the image onto the wall. I haven't exactly thought this whole piece through so this is a work in progress.

5. I had this idea for a modular madness piece and for some strange reason I keep thinking back to my golf tee's that I glued together and how people kept telling me it looked like a bed of nails. Well I was walking in my grandpas house one day and found myself looking at a bag of colored drinking straws, well then I had this idea that I want to glue them together without damaging them with hot glue or anything and then create a long bed of straws and have people sit or lay down on them to see how strong they really are when they are all together. And also I would use straight up drinking straws not the bendy straws, those would sooo not work.

6. This modular madness piece is actually inspired by my mother, since I live in the country and are surrounded by nature and also after watching one of the artists in lecture (I forgot her name but she was the older lady who made the modular piece out of twigs) but anyways I really liked her stuff a lot and as I was walking outside with my mom I have this urge to create a modular madness piece out of twigs, and not use anything to keep them together, just the twigs themselves so they would have to be sturdy. I think this may be a personal piece that I work on at home but I still want to make it.

7. My last idea is to do a photoshoot of me, something that reflects who I am and then blow up the image to a large size (not sure what size, bigger than 8x11) and then do Val's second phase of the color project and use torn paper to cover up the image. I really liked doing the torn paper project and would like to continue to do so on some projects.

So in conclusion these are my ideas for the Big Idea and I really want to do the one of the first 3 ideas really because Im just itching to work on typographic stuff, ahh I love typographic pictures

Friday, April 15, 2011

SRL fantasy lecture

Lee Ann Price
Lecture Homework: Fantasy

            The work of SRL is all made of metal that is their medium that they basically just use for everything and then they add things to make them mobile and able to be controlled by a remote control. To have them put under the category fantasy and then seeing the videos of their shows, the fantasies that are fulfilled are seeing things destroyed and set on fire which since it is illegal to just set stuff on fire or destroy things just for the pure enjoyment, one can see where attending their shows to see all that stuff happen can fulfill some fantasies. Also it is considered fantasy because they make the machines themselves for the sake of art and creating shows instead of creating things for the military. The SRL’s performances and artwork ended up causing them to be the original guys who started the whole robot fad. A lot of people started getting together and creating robots so they could be famous as well and soon there ended up being television shows that wanted teams to get together to build the better robot which started all the robot competitions. After that the robots carried over into cartoon shows like transformers and voltron where in one the cars transformed into the robot and in some other cartoons the robots required humans to pilot the machines themselves and they would battle other robots and various bad guys. Then there were movies made that had robots in them like Star Wars, which had robots that helped them on their quests and then there robots that were built that were a replica of a human being. In a way there are key elements that are similar or the same to the robots built by the SRL’s because the basic mechanic of robotics were taken and used in different ways but the fact that they are called robots and act and move like robots is the same. The differences are the fact that along the way the element of just creating the robots for artwork and then using them as performance pieces kind of got lost. Instead of creating robotic art to simulate destruction and use them as performance pieces and artwork, they are being used for just merely destruction instead of the pure enjoyment of making art. I think that the SRL are yanks with tanks because they came from the US and most of their shows happen in the western US but usually when I think of someone as a yank I think of someone whose up north around New York not someone from California. I think that SRL’s work does promote and critique mechanized violence because they made the machines with all the flame throwers, missile launchers and etc., for the purpose of using the machines to destroy objects such as the stack of television sets that were seen pushed over in one video. Even though I think it promotes mechanized violence I do think that they have no intention of using the machines to hurt people. I think the targeted audience ranges kids to adults because everyone loves to watch machines operate. I think the reason why they staged the event in Amsterdam instead of the other places was because people over in the middle east would probably try to take advantage of or learn how to build the machines so that they could use them for war instead of just enjoying the art and watching machines destroy objects for the sake of art.

Inflatopia critique

My team mates said that my proposal idea for making a Wash dome was a good one because it could be constructed anywhere, the sketch really helped determine what the model was supposed to be. The piece ended up being changed to make a shower stall with a dome over it and a shower head to promote Wash. My idea could be blown up with air and plastic and not require a frame to keep it supported, one of the things they suggested was that the model be more detailed like the sketch because the sketch looked more like the proposal instead of a presentation. My idea to have people interact with this piece is to walk inside and have them push through the objects and get a sense and experience how students who take wash feel about wash. The piece will be blown with fans and hopefully we will only have to use one extension cord. There will be lots of plastic objects inside the structure and everyone will be contributing by adding something that they like or dont like about Wash.