Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
You won't be sorry because they guys really know how to perform!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
February 20 – May 15, 2011 at the BMA
More than 200 provocative and compelling images showcase photography's extraordinary development since 1960 in this gripping exhibition of moving and at times frank subjects. Seeing Now offers a striking snapshot of the world around us as seen through the eyes of more than 60 photographers—including Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Gary Winogrand, and Cindy Sherman.
Internationally renowned contemporary photographers Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Robin Rhode host a thought-provoking discussion at the BMA moderated by Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman. Saturday, February 26, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
"Transmodern is a festival of provocative works by cultural experimenters from Baltimore and
the World. The artists of the 7th Annual Transmodern Festival defy traditional genres
and embrace radical innovation through transmedia, clashes of organic vs. artificial
intelligence, psychogeography, dislocation of consensus reality, real politic and collective
The organizers promote / celebrate the diversity of experimental culture by highly
representing artists from the following groups: women, ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians,
the radical subculture." …more at www.transmodernfestival.org
I can't wait!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
A Sequence Of Lines Traced By Five Hundred Individuals In An Online Drawing Program. Each New User Only Sees The Latest Line Drawn, And Can Therefore Only Trace This Latest Imperfect Copy.
P.S. Check out Derek Blanke's work. He is a MICA illustration major alumni.
I've been thinking a lot about books and writing and the written word. And then I came across this image that takes the words out of the book. It's called "Read Between the Lines" by by Ariana Boussard-Reifel. She cut every word out of the entire book. It's just really interesting to me that the absence of words can say something just as powerful, if not more than the words themselves. I'm also really interested in the book format for art making. I bought the complete works of William Shakespeare at a tagsale at the beginning of the year for $2. and still can't decide what to do with it....
(also i forgot to sign the last post- but the one about the snowflakes is me too)
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses throughout North America.
Monday, February 14, 2011
We started with an activities - ordering ourselves based on height, hair color, tenor of voice, to get us focused on the idea of relativity. We discovered that the more we can minimize the variables, the easier it is to do make clear decisions. (ie: it is easier to create an order from shortest to tallest, than it is to create an order of hair cplor gradations, due to interfering variables like texture, highlights/lack of uniformity of color etc.)
I then related this to the use of the Albers color aid papers. It is hard to create a uniform and repeatable block or sample of color with mixed paint. The mixing process can create subtle variations or irregularitie within the same 'sample' of color, due to textures created by the paint brush, and areas of not thoroughly mixed colors. The screenprinted Albers (color aid) papers eliminate these variatons and are uniform in hue/saturation/value throughout the entire sheet.
We experimented with colors to discover how one color can 'push' or 'pull' another color through proximity/influence. We talked about the 'vampire effect' - a more saturated (high chroma) red pulling or sucking the red out of a pink, making the pink appear less reddish, less saturated, etc.
You worked on making one color look like two (1=2), by changing the ground colors behind each one. You then worked on making two colors look like one (2=1), again by changing the ground (or influencing) color.
For homework I am asking you to generate the following (for your own color exercise collection.):
Two examples of 1=2
Two examples of 2=1 using the color aid paper.
One of each of the following:
-contrast of extension (again, this really only works well when you have two samples experimenting with varying amounts of the same colors).
- transparency effect
- vanishing and vibrating boundaries
- personal palette (compose a page with a combination of 10-20 coloraid or found colors that you find harmonious or interesting, compelling...colors and color combinations, in varying degrees that you are drawn to, etc.)
I HIGHLY encourage you to go to the library and take a look at Alber's Interaction of Color in the reference section (both volumes, the plates and the explanatory text). An online site worth visiting is: http://marilynfenn.com/more/color-theory-exercises/color-theory-exercise-1/ The site takes a while to load, so just be patient.
We briefly looked at journals. For homework, continue the 2 page response. Do not limit yourself with the 2 pages, though. Especially those of you working in little itty bitty books. AND especially those of you that are coming upon some interesting ideas/ways of working. You may need to make some samples/object-based responses. Do what makes sense for you. If you are in need of a prompt, repeat any of the ones from last week and/or use one of these:
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Your hands easy
weight, teasing the bees
hived in my hair, your smile at the
slope of a cheek. On the
occasion, you press
above me, glowing, spouting
readiness, mystery rapes
When you have withdrawn
your self and the magic, when
only the smell of your
love lingers between
my breasts, then, only
then, can I greedily consume
What kids think love is
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca- age 8
“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4
“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5
“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6
“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4
“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7
“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss” Emily – age 8
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” Nikka – age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7
“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” Tommy – age 6
“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” Cindy – age 8
“My mommy loves me more than anybody You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” Clare – age 6
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine-age 5
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age 7
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4
“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 6
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (what an image)
Karen – age 7
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.” Mark – age 6
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8
and i have it bookmarked on my computer
because I love it
and I think it's really interesting from a color theory point of view.
It's a website
that compliments you.
If you read the info section
it talks about how there is all of this negativity all the time on the internet
that you can be extraordinarily vulnerable and post your work, your art, your opinions, all sorts of personal things online, only to be insulted and hurt by people's mindless comments.
And it's just so easy to be mean and cruel over the internet
So here's a website that does the opposite.
I Like Your Jacket
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
As I mentioned to you, consider a work of art that inspires you. Consider : WHAT WAS THIS PERSON TRYING TO SOLVE? What questions were they seeking answers to? What were they interested in? What COMPELLED THEM? Almost any major monograph (a book dedicated to the work of one artist) and any major artist talk will start with this...early work, sketchbooks, collections, experiments...that led them to their later work. If you identify a few artists you are excited by, go find a monograph and take a look at their early work, their sketchbooks, their early experiments and trials....
Maybe it's myths.
Rituals. Ceremonial objects, dress.
Maybe it is an interest in color, and color relationships.
Form - in space.
Action. Political action and performance.
You name it! Literally YOU name it.
So, some of you seemed to be asking for more information - for more clarity. I had a conversation with one of you after class, and this person was talking about their interest in the PROCESS of drawing, in the phenomena of light and dark and capturing that in a drawing, in texture. A journal exploration could be (but is not limited to) collecting images of drawings, paintings, scenes that capture a quality of light that you feel inspired by. It could be pages experimenting with mark making. It could be writing on dark and light, the way we use those words to describe phenomena, the connotations they have.
The student (your classmate) said to me - "you know, there are so many images I come across online, but I don't have a computer, and so no way to save them, and I guess this is a great assignment so that I actually document and capture those sources of inspiration by printing them out and putting them in a book."
If you still need a starting point, consider giving your self a limitation. For instance:
- Collect and pair colors that you respond to positively (these could be the result of mixing paint or finding colors in a magazine)
- Grab a bunch of magazines, like National Geographic (boatloads available at your Waverly Book Thing) and cut out all of the images that inspire and intrigue you. Combine these on the page to create new relationships.
- Find a space on campus or in the city, take a photograph, make a sketch, write about it. What is it about the space that captivates or interests you. What would you do to recreate this feeling? Would you abstract it? Make a painting or drawing of it. Create an installation space about it? A sound recording.
-Open the dictionary to a random page. Select the first word on the page and the last. Create two pages of your journal that connect these two words.
- Go to the library. Peruse the magazine rack, Pull down magazines that interest you. Leaf through them. Make copies of images, pages that interest you. Compile these in your notebook.
- Find a structure that interests you. (A building, a fence, a piece of cloth, a coral reef, a beehive, the bark of a cedar tree, mushrooms on logs, canoes ...). Take a picture or (if it is small enough) put it in your book. Respond to it through writing or drawing.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Vivienne is one of the famous designer. I am really inspired by her ideas which can be seen nowadays in a brand name Vivienne Westwood. This winter season, Vivienne has designed coats, cardigans and etc and it is called THE RED LABEL. I like the way she designs the coats in a fashionable way and the shape of the coats this year was unique. For example there were shoulder pumps which is the trend and the material used to make is the new style of compressed wool.
In element class we recently started to study about colors.
I've recently become kind of obsessed with the photographer Masao Yamamoto. He makes really tiny photos, then alters them by painting, dyeing, writing on, rubbing, or tearing them. His work is about memory, and how a photograph is more about a feeling, or something you can hold in your hand, than an actual image.
Also, I highly recommend this show, along with This American Life. They are really really great radio shows.
"What happens when there is no leader? Starlings, bees, and ants manage just fine. In fact, they form staggeringly complicated societies--all without a Toscanini to conduct them into harmony. This hour of Radiolab, we ask how this happens.
We gaze down at the bottom-up logic of cities, Google, and even our very own brains with fire-flyologists, ant experts, neurologists, a mathematician, and an economist."
I was googling some images of roots when i came across these beautiful garments that were made out of food like bubble gum, lotus roots, eggplant, banana, and winter mushroom. The one that amazes me the most is the bubble gum dress. How did the artist Sung Yeonju create these? Check out her website
This is an image from the last part of a 30 foot long mural, the earliest mayan mural. It tells the story of creation and the first kings. It is the earliest evidence of humans using writing to tell stories. But despite the historic value and all the things learned from this mural what really stuck with me was the art style. When I think of prehistoric Murals I definitely did not think this, I thought more about 'cave paintings in lascaux'. This type of mural looked almost like modern illustrations to me.
I was really fascinated by Franklin Booth when my intro to illustration teacher showed our class his work. We started doing ink work and cross hatching, Franklin Booth is the master. Apparently, he grew up on a farm and drew a lot from prints which he didn't realize were wood cuts, so he would copy the linear patterns of the woodcuts and it became a part of his drawing style. Heres one of his drawings.