Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Book Poem Visualization

by Seamus Heaney

The construction of the book will most likely be an accordion style to show the transformation of the life long of the father in the field to the son in the writing room. The shape on the front will be a shovel and the back cover while the same shape cutout will be a pen.

Word Visualization

Collaborative Presentation Overview

Landscapes of the Mind:
How an artist's real world influences the alternate realities in his art
This exhibit brings together three artists, Florian Maier-Aichen, Oliver Wasow, and George Grie who each create alternate realities through the use of digitized media. While Wasow and Maier-Aichen begin with a photograph, Grie starts with an image from his mind. Each artists has unique intentions about what he wants the viewer to take away from his images. This also varies the degree to which each artist's work compares to the real world.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Self Visualization Project

Marriage is a big part of who I am. Any decision I make must first consider not only its implications on myself, but also my husband, and the One that we make together. While we can exist as individual people I cannot ignore the collective One without ignoring a little bit of myself.
The size of the piece was created as close to life size as possible without costing me a small fortune to print. The 44" printer width was a factor in this. Each panel should be of equal weight in a relationship with none above each other, this determined the orientation of the panels as well as their equal sizing. My choice of canvas as the printing material is because I feel that marriage is a traditional way of describing a person. Mounting the canvas away from the wall was to draw the viewer in and through the "painting." The care in the construction of the triptych was taken because of my belief of the reverence I have of marriage.
To begin construction of this piece I first took photos into PS, cropping the images and then selecting an area by using a layer mask. I then applied an effect to each figure and then took the image into AI where I applied live trace. The background was created through repeating the flare tool. The ring in the center was created solely in PS, from an image I cut and pasted, rotated, smudged, scaled, and adjusted the colors of the image to come up with the final piece.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Whitney Biennial compare/contrast

Untitled (I Do Not Always Feel Colored)

Glenn Ligon
Oil Sticks on primed surface door
80"x 15"x 1 1/2"

Remember With Membry
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Acrylic plastic and Canvas

Both Pieces of work are word based art. The palette is similar with the addition of blue in Hancock's work. While Ligon's Untitled piece is set up in rows of text that get progressivley harder to read the text as the stencil built up residue toward the bottom. In Remember With Membry the text also has a way of becoming illegible but only as the text becomes smaller and twisted within the work. This is aided by the cutout portions and layers of text within to the piece. While Ligon uses only text Hancock combines his with visual elements. Both pieces replicate a phrase in their piece. There is also a story line behind each piece that gives it character. Ligon's Untitled tells about how she didn't see herself as black until she was sent to a school outside her tightly knit community of Eatonville, FL. This realistic background is quite different from Remember With Membry where Hancock depicts a world based more on personal mythology. Ligon looks back on the process of what has happened and Hancock depicts the result of a battle of his mythological creatures. While Ligon's work is slightly taller then Hancock's, the width of Hancock's piece seems to be about four times that of Ligon's. The materials used in each work shows Untitled more as a declaration of self and Remember With Membry a warning flag or relic from the past.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Artist presentation comments

When Video Game Worlds Collide
Andrew Matlack and Bryan Borut
Sid Meier and Shigeru Miyamoto
Andrew and Bryan did a good job of comparing a strategy type video game with one that had a storyline that was to be completed. The lack of reality vs the supposed reality of the strategy games was another great contrast. The comparison of a pc based game vs a console system game was nice too. I learned a great deal about these two game designers. The exhibit theme seems to be a little vague, and collide seems a little strong.
Reality, Virtuality, and Digital Synergy
Joey Gambatese and Ceire Parker
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Masaki Fujihata
The comparison of Lozano-Hemmer and Fujihata was a good selection. I enjoyed the differently scaled pieces of each artist. Joey and Ceire did a good job of going beyond what is described about the work of Lozano-Hemmer. I enjoyed learning about both artists learning about both specific works of art and generalities of each artist. The exhibit theme really encapsulates how these artist work.
Expressions of Color
Lindsey and Matt
Peter Jaworowski, Joe Mcnally, and Neil Duerden
The comparison of three commercial artist who use different levels of photo manipulation was interesting. Many days we see ads for various products yet know nothing about who created them. It seemed there was not quite the depth seen in knowledge of the artists as in other presentations. The information presented and comparison was of good quality. While not original the exhibit theme speaks directly of what each artist highlights in their work.
Ryan Janelli andLizz Lesso
Feng Mengbo and Paul M. Smith
We are told that both artist put themselves in their work, it seems there could have been a stronger connection between the two artists. Seeing the artists' work right after speaking about them would have been less confusing. The lack of a title leaves nothing to say about the exhibit theme.
Synthesizing Nature: Digital Art in Music
Annea Lockwood,Kuljntansta, and Hildegard Westerkamp
I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. I felt the depth to which these artists were compared was thorough. The comparison of the way noises were manipulated gives more information than covered in the text book. The title specifically tells the viewer that what they are going to see or rather hear.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010