Thursday, April 20, 2017

On April 20th, I attended the "2017 Annual Student Exhibition" that was held in the Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola University of Maryland. The exhibition showcased various students work from sculptures and African Art to drawings of pets. My favorite wall in the exhibit was the one that featured the drawings of dogs, insects, and a cat with wings.
On this wall that cat really stood out to me because of the imagination and the thought process that went into the creation. Many of the other drawings on this wall depict the animals as one would see them. The cat, on the other hand, has been altered from a realist depiction and has taken on a new character. The black and white coloring along with the appearance of a pencil sketch also made the cat stand out to me as opposed to the other images on the wall.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Light City at Loyola

On Tuesday, April 4th, I attended Light City at Loyola University of Maryland. At Light City, various students works were highlighted throughout campus using projection screens. The students' works ranged from various techniques such as moving images replicating outer space, to photo editing to make a video collage of a girl's face. Heading into McManus Theatre I put on a glow necklace and bracelet as well as a flashlight ring and entered the theater which had become mystified with flashing lights and an illuminated tree on the stage. Not sure if this was random students or if it was a planned performance but as I was in McManus Theatre a group of students went on to stage and using their light rings, glow necklaces, bracelets, and sticks the students performed a light dance. Check out some pictures and videos that I took at the event to see more of what happened.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Post Modernism

  • "No longer is there one morality or myth or ritual or dance or dream or philosophy or concept of self or god or culture or style of art that predominates."
  • Art placed into three cultural periods (Realism, Modernism, Postmodernism) and compared from one period to the next. 
  • Art focused on consumerism rather than addressing social problems.
  • Mass Communication
  • "Images no longer bear any correspondence to the "real" world - but create their own hyperreality."
  • More real than real

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Escaping Flatland Reflection

This piece confused me quite a bit as I struggled to grasp the concepts and examples provided by Tufte. Using examples such as a travel guide and frog I was able to somewhat understand the idea of escaping flatland, in which artists attempted to have their images appear two or three-dimensional rather than as flat pieces on a page. However, where I got lost was when he began to talk about Galileo, the sunspots, and geometry. Working to earn a Bachelor of Arts, I am not a science or a math person. This made it difficult for me to grasp the concepts that Tufte was trying to get across and left me confused at the end of the piece. I took Introduction to Universe last semester so you would think that would help me in understanding the concepts but it did not. From the understanding that I did gain in this topic, it was the idea that we can turn a life image into a one-dimensional design on paper, but we can then turn that one-dimensional design back into a four-dimensional design. Like I said I struggle to follow the message of Tufte so I am not sure if my understanding of the piece is accurate and I was left with much confusion and unanswered questions when I finished reading.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

Victoria Secret Digital Ad Remake

"All New Body" a twist on the controversial add from Victoria Secret. I combined different characteristics from various Victoria Secret adds such as color scheme and text.

Original Ad:

Monday, February 6, 2017

John Berger Reflection

The first thing that stood out to me in this article is the concept, "The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled." This made me really have to think and caused me to look back at my own life with some questions. There is so much validity in this statement, it reminds me of a quote that my history teacher always used to say, "The more you learn, the more you realize you do not know." The human mind is designed with curiosity and we seek to learn more and more and seek for answers everyday. However in seeking for answers more questions arise that we cannot answer. So can the connection between our mind and sight ever be settled. Probably not and as frustrating as it may be is is something that we may all have to accept.

The other concept with in this article that stood out to me was the idea of art changing over time. It is crazy to think of how one thing can represent a certain ideal in the present but as time progresses to the future it can be manipulated into something that the artist never intended its use. "The art of the past no longer exists as it once did. Its authority is lost. In its place there is a language of images. What matters now is who uses that language for what purpose." We cannot go back in time and talk to renowned artists of the renaissance or romantic period and ask them the meaning behind their work. Instead we use the knowledge we have to infer the meanings that the artist intended. However with political agendas, and misled information, we can be led to read the work incorrectly and will never be able to determine the true answers.