Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I found an article a couple of weeks ago and have been thinking a lot about what it said. The article was discussing what makes art Christian art. In the article, the writer was introducing many musical artists, including one of my favorites Sufjan Stevens. Although he was not suggesting the ideas in a manner to cause argument, it was easy for me to find fault in his logic. He suggested that his music was Christian because of the titles and how the music causes the listener to long for something more meaningful.
“their work, like Tolkien's, casts wide nets of longing, questioning, devotion, anxiety, suffering, redemption, and grace. In this sense it could be no more Christian. In this sense it's more Christian than much of what you might find in Christian bookstores and Christian music aisles.”
To me, this is simply art. Why is it that normal art cannot cause one to long, question, and have feelings of devotion and anxiety? People that are constantly trying to relate everything to a religious metaphor are ruining what art is. Sure, you can make Christian art, that is to say that the work, to the artist, may be that of religious inspiration. But to so easily dub art Chrsitian art seems to be denying it to those not of religious belonging.
At one point, the author writes,”does this song make us stop? Does this book make us think?” Personally, I think all art is capable of doing that. To read more, visit the site…
Monday, March 29, 2010
AAaaaaaaaannyway, I remember an old game from quite a while ago that my older brother downloaded called The Neverhood. What's cool about it isn't necessarily the game, but the medium that was used to create it. It's all clay! It's...uhmmm...well, it's pretty amazing, actually. I think the only other games like this are the Clay Fighter series.
I always like claymation of any kind. I think it's because of how real it always looked. I mean, despite the fact that it's fake. I'm a stickler for authenticity.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Even with this lack of knowledge, I feel like a honest critique is the best type. I would like the honest opinion of the viewer.
I think I would benefit most from multiple points of view. Art is relative to the viewer, his or her experiences, the setting in which the art is presented, etc. With this in mind, art is evaluated differently from different people. If I receive feedback from all the class then I can see if the meaning behind the art is conveyed even with it being relative.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Information about Duncan Fallowell:
Each piece has a definite foreground, middle-ground and background. These are created using variations of value, texture and detail as well as placement or relative size. In some pieces a well defined and rendered building is backed by more organic wet or dry lines and textures and overlaid by a linear, high contrast white graphic structure that pops out toward the viewer. Movement is created with repeated shapes, sharp value contrast, placement and line.Both depth and movement are evidenced through the use of overlapping. Marcus uses shading effectively to lend dimension to the buildings and value contrast to define windows, arches, etc. In many pieces fairly plane areas of mid tones make up background while more detailed, defined or high contrast forms come forward. I notice the weight is usually at the bottom of the picture plane.
Marcus masters the connection between his subject matter and materials.
His work demonstrates my first thought of using strongly defined areas of contrast to produce a structured collagraph rich in texture and tone. After seeing his work I feel confident to move forward.
In other classes there are rubrics given to students showing how instructors assess assignments. I like the similarly constructed grading sheets we get in printmaking. The various grading categories are listed with possible points and supporting comments.
The crit we had on Monday was organized in such a way that we had adequate time to formulate our feedback before stating it. I liked that approach and the fact that we were given specific points to consider. I tend to be blunt and still worry about my classmates' feelings. I am also not yet very sure of my judgments. I need to build on the practice of critically looking at art that is offered in my classes. Hearing what others have to say about anyone's work is helpful.
This said, I invite critics of my work to offer as much perspective as possible. I know it is not my self being judged. Mostly I would ask that my composition skills be carefully critiqued with comments pointing out strengths and weaknesses. These comments should include the use of art and design vocabulary. Intuitive as well as thoughtful responses to my work are welcome. For instance, a variety of comments on what seems to work and not work along with shared feelings about specific elements that are bothersome to individual viewers. In short, my ideal critique would include specific feedback from as many perspectives as possible in order for me to have both variety and consensus among the comments.
My fave is Michael Miller's Chaoskampf. Like that he starts with only parameters of what he wants the pieces to be (outdoor, organic in appearance, etc) and allows his process with materials to let them come into being.
I went into CityArts because I like dogs and images of dogs. Didn't spend much time there. Was cheered by one of the sculptures just inside the door. Title: Pug Business. Life-size image of a pug with a cigarette in its mouth and holding a cell phone to its ear.
At Tangent Lab the videos were interesting. I watched part of the one with old buildings and houses with spacey meteor shower effect in background. Structures of memory and dream for me. The unsteady pile of self-help books was cute. The masked crazy disrupting individuals in peaceful settings bored me by the second sequence so I probably didn't give it a chance.
Summoning of Infernal Legions, set in a grave yard, was too much like The Blair Witch Project and scenes from Easy Rider. There was one that had tones of Surrealism called Holographia.
The two films I thought lived up best to the theme of non-narrative video were the one framed by TV test pattern images and the one titled Bora Bora Manta Ray. The liquid imagery in the last was beautifully musical in nature and incorporated the mirror image ink blot element very nicely. I felt that the sound track took away from this one. A single tone or silence might have suited it better. It had the peaceful, guided meditation look of a lava lamp or wave machine.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
One thing this class has taught me to have is patience! So many times I jump the gun and try and hurry on to the next task, but with screenprinting, I learned you can't do that. I found it very helpful to come in to school for a couple of hours and then go home for about an hr or 2 before returning to work on my projects. Over break I did this each day, and it helped so much! I left in a good mood, and happy with the results of my project. So, if you ever get frustrated, just sit back and relax, it'll all work out!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Hans Arp and Tzara and other artists got together in neutral Switzerland and made art.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
This week, I introduce the art work in the WSu campus. It's John Kearney's "Grandfathers Horse" and made by the silver metal. I chose that as my subject of essay in last semester. As my interest, I did a little research about his works. I couldn't finds his web page, but there is the video on youtube.
or seach by words "The Chromosaurs- Chrome Dinosaurs."
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Anyway, I'm excited to experiment with these new fonts and read up on some new art techniques and tips on composition, large scale images and creating custom brushes.
Art magazines are a great resource and I'd go to Barnes and Noble newsstand and flip through one to see which is the best for your needs.
His life was quite depressing in my opinion. He had a horrible love life, was unsuccessful in many careers, died at 37, and only sold one painting while he was alive. Nonetheless, he was a great artist. He created over 2,000 pieces of art in less than ten years.
im no van gogh but you can check his art out at http://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Alec Parker is a fellow artist and good pal o' mine who moved away some time ago. Before that, we would hang out and I'd watch him make all these really weird drawings, a good amount of which featured mouthless characters with giant holes for eyes. Groovy.
I recently found a MySpace page of his that features a good deal of his art, mostly new ones that I hadn't seen yet. And Alec was always a terribly busy artist. I don't think him not drawing, to be honest. I guess that really pays off, though.
He usually makes his art on wood or cardboard, or other 'found' materials. I always admired that, considering I just use paper, and I don't have the knack (or skill) to go further into it. His stuff always has a pretty hilarious morbidity to it, and that's what really does it for me.
So I'll just start you off with a picture of a demented Pac-Man. That's pretty much what I always imagined him to be.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
One of my favorite graffiti artists is one that I actually discovered just a year or two ago, by the name of Daim. His stuff, I think, completely separates itself from any kind of 'typical' graffiti, and enters into its own level of art. His art seems as if it is sculpted out of the walls. So, I guess one could say he 'sculpts with spraypaint'. Which sounds just a tad bit ridiculous. The realism he manages to give his pieces is staggering to me sometimes. Maybe I'm just overly amazed.
He's able to transform his letters and words into something a little more...enigmatic, I suppose. Perhaps his work speaks for itself, since I'm not doing so great with words at the moment.
So check it out! RIGHT NOW.
The cover is an expression of the publishing houses faith in the book or so it seems. Books predicted to sell well will have a striking modern cover while the ones we've all picked up only to discard after the first chapter usually can be picked out by cheaply made graphics and paintings on their covers. while this is certainly not all inclusive and always correct it can be seen in several books.
Recently I picked up a copy of an old favorite of mine, Tithe by Holly Black, and was amazing to see it with a totally new cover. One which was printed on high gloss paper with luminescent embossing and what appeared to be a custom designed font. It's success, and other books by the same author, had prompted Simon & Schuster to give the entire series updated covers to help market them to a new audience.
Many books published in the last decade are getting face lifts and marketed to a new generation and not just Young Adult books. Atlas Shrugged is one of the most popular books of the last century and one of the only that continues to sell more copies each year than the year before. It is once again a hot read as economic troubles in the book and in society begin to match up once more. It has many different covers constantly evolving to entice new readers...
so next time you go to the library or Barnes and Noble, go ahead-judge a book by its cover
here's the link to the showhttp://www.artslant.com/ew/events/show/94416-pulp-works-on-paper
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Of course, there are the famous art works, such as Monet, Degas, and so on. I really recommend to go there when you visit the Ohio.
I attended the opening of PULP in El Dorado last night and found it enjoyable. There were installations and prints and paintings and drawings and collages and books and lots to take in. I enjoyed the prints the best and of those I found our noble instructor's to be the most sophisticated.
Monika's use of color and her diffuse technique result in such a rich product. The layers of images and spacial composition create works I feel that I could not only touch but enter. The interplay of hard line and soft texture draw me in. Found myself peeking at the back of the prints just to see how much ink penetrated paper.
There were a set of block prints and a set of embossed paper pieces in one corner that I found engaging. Maybe it was the color...a beautiful blue-green, or maybe the subject...sky and horizon. Maybe I'm just a sucker for paper.
One large mixed media piece by a fellow named Oehm reminded me of the work of James Rosenquist with it's pieced sections of various images...portraiture, industrial images, food...something for everyone.
Most of the works presented held personal meaning and nostalgia for the artists. One though, was a "Bead Curtain for Oscar Wilde" made of long green rolled paper beads inter-spaced between cut and folded paper chairs, cherubs, feathers, paper flowers and other things. Charming!
I'd say the silliest piece was a sculpture called "Deconstructed Paper". It consisted of a clear acrylic base with a yard long, vertical clear acrylic tube attached to it. Inside the tube was dry, powdery white paper "pulp". Oh well.
Friday, March 5, 2010