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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Another Deviant Update

Check out my deviant art to see a couple new pics.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Deviant update

check out my deviant art to see some photos i've added...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Deviant Art

Here's a link to my deviantart if you would like to take a look. There are some old things, a few new things, and a few repeats from the blog. I'm especially proud of my work from life drawing....

Monday, May 9, 2011

Big Idea critique

I know it's super late to post this and it won't get read or graded, but I thought I would do it anyway.

My big idea changed from my proposals and I kind of merged two of the ideas. I did a color/transparency project and I used people to represent mark making. I wanted my piece to represent how we view beauty. Although the piece is nice to look at I used opposing colors to represent conflict in opinions about beauty and the way that women act and what's expected of them. I used the body of the model on the left to represent the unhealthy view of beauty where people think that being skinny is what beauty should be and the natural beauty of the model on the right to represent what I think it should be. The one on the left has her back turned to the one on the right to create conflict and tension. I felt like I could have pushed the piece further because it felt like it was lacking, but I'm not sure what I can do to push it successfully.

Wednesday, April 27, 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:    not very
underwear:       very
tv set:       very
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?
newer 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?"

Which of the following outdoor scenes appeals to you the most?
Paintings of:
"lakes, rivers, & oceans"

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 don't necessarily have to teach us any lessons, but can just be something a person likes to look at."
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
"I prefer paintings that are realistic-looking: the more they resemble a photograph, the better"

"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?"

Exaggerate the dimensions or reality of objects we already know.
"Do you prefer seeing bold, stark designs or more playful, whimsical designs?"

playful whimsical designs
Do you tend to favor paintings with sharp angles or ones with soft curves?

Soft curves
"Which patterns do you like better: geometric patterns or more random uneven patterns?"

random uneven patterns
"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?"

smooth like a photograph
Do you like to see colors blend into each other or do you like it when different colors are kept apart?

either one
"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?"

paler and darker shades of color.
"In general, do you enjoy paintings that have a more serious or a more festive mood?"

more festive mood
"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?"

simple but not as simple as possible.
How about the size of paintings: do you prefer larger paintings or smaller paintings?

"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."

ones of more ordinary paintings
"Do you prefer paintings which are predominantly of children, of women, or of men, or doesn't it matter?"

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?"

at leisure or posed portraits.

"Which do you think you like better, a painting of one person or of a group of people?"

painting of one person
"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?"

doesn't matter
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?

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?

don't know, depends on the piece
"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- unfavorable
Norman Rockwell- favorable
Jackson Pollock- favorable
Salvador Dali- favorable
Leroy Neiman- don't know
Claude Monet- favorable
Rembrandt- favorable
Andy Warhol- favorable
Georgia O'Keefe- unfavorable
"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?"

"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?

one or two times a year
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:  minor
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?

yes in some cases
"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

I find myself to be moderately conservative.
Which of the following income categories includes your total family income in 1992 before taxes?

middle class
What is your gender?

1. Do you think that your answers  are similar or different from most Americans? In what ways are they similar, and different? My answers may be different from a few because as an artist my opinion may be biased. It also may be the same because I base my opinion on a painting as to whether I like it personally or not.

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 types of formal qualities people enjoy and which artists they like. I would leave out questions that ask if people would choose money or a painting.

3. Would this work? Why or why not? It may not work because peoples opinions change all of the time and their tastes change.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

BIg Idea

Proposal #1:

A modular madness piece of water bottles. In my car I tend to collect water bottles and jokingly Lee suggested I take over the nook between the office and the tool room and create a waterfall of half filled water bottles. It would kind of seem like a pollution awareness piece.

Proposal #2:

Create a seductive black dress and a wedding dress using trash bags and then create a mirror out of aluminum foil. It seems metaphorical, but I'm not sure what it is yet.... It's also a play on the plastic fusing. The dresses will be hung on very feminine wire mannequins. It could also be a feminist piece about beauty and it only being skin deep or what is beauty or what women are expected to live like.

Proposal #3:

Mark making. I love working with charcoal. It's my medium of choice. I think I could blend my life drawing class in with WASH through charcoal. I could have a drawing I did in life drawing and then create mark making pieces to suggest a mood of the work.

Proposal #4:

Create a painting using pointillism. Instead of using the paint swatches and the dots I'd use actual paint. Current painting idea is unknown...

Proposal #5:

Giant washing machine... Create a washing machine by painting on a table I own to hang on the wall. Have the door be open and all of the art I've created this semester is spilling out of it onto the floor. (sort of a remembrance piece)...

Proposal #6:

Giant color transparency project... Using tissue paper and tracing paper create another piece like the green Audrey Hepburn piece. Source image is currently unknown...

Proposal #7:

Another body as a landscape study. Play with the shadows the body creates and take pictures, but do paintings and pointillism pieces of the photos, or do a color study with my favorite three photos from my first series. This would kind of represent a self portrait to me because I would be using my body for the pictures. Each would represent a mood I'm always feeling or that I feel often.

SRL Fantasy paper

As fantasy the SRL fulfills the fantasy of creating robots and machines that express human emotions or actions that people want to act on but can’t. Also they toy with being able to create machines that are dangerous and destroy things and blow objects up. So they are machines that are created for performance art, but not the kind we’re use to. They’re created to destroy instead of other performance pieces that create something in the end. The SRL team kind of started the whole robot craze in a sense, but most other people who created robots didn’t do it for artistic purposes. They seemed to have done it for research or just plain mechanics. One thing they have in common though is they create the robots to see what they can make them do. I think this began the idea of shows like Transformers or movies like The Terminator where robots had emotions, could speak, and were almost human. As humans we enjoy the idea of creating something that can be human like and relate to us and express emotions like we do. I think this is another one of their fantasies being fulfilled by created a robot to express anger or some other emotion or a robot that performs an everyday task like we do. I do believe the SRL teams are “yanks with tanks” because as Americans I know we love to watch things blow up and cause damage to each other. I feel like we’re a less reserved group of individuals than other places and we like to push things to see how far we can make them go. I think the SRL team’s work both critiques and promotes violence because they themselves are creating things to be destructive. On the other hand I think they are pushing them to the limit in front of an audience to make them afraid of it. If they didn’t make the pieces extremely dangerous to a point some one in the audience might be dumb enough to try it. I think a point they are trying to get across is that people shouldn’t build weapon like things without fully understanding what the machine can do. At the same time their promotion of violence is present in a sense because they are creating dangerous machines that sometimes act out violent feelings that people tend to have. One of the team members even said when he created his machine he wanted it to be angry and violent because he feels like that some times and he wanted his machine to express that for him. I think the SRL’s audience is a wide age range from children to adults. I think this is mainly because we all like to watch stuff blow up or catch fire. Also I think in a sense we are all scientists because we are fascinated by how things work. We want to see what something will do, so their pieces play with that destructive sense of curiosity we all have. It’s kind of primitive. We like fire. I think they were staged in Amsterdam because its sort of a laid back place. If they were stationed some place else like Libya or Afghanistan things could have been different. It has to do with culture. They might see the performance as something dangerous and very threatening. And in a more political approach radical groups might have seen it as an opportunity to get information for harmful purposes. Overall the reaction may have been different. Instead of seeing robots that had personality in a sense and fulfilled destructive feelings we all harbor for entertainment it could have misread as a threat.