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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Baltimore Museum of Art

While at the Baltimore Museum of Art three pieces in particular stood out to me; Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from Bibémus Quarry by Paul Cézanne, Head of a Woman by Alexei Jawlensky, and Chur by Sascha Braunig. From the section focused on modern art, I would like to focus this post on Chur. 
Using concepts that we are currently practicing in class, Chur uses the repetition of the same line to form an image that entices the viewer. While observing Chur in the museum I envisioned the piece as a brain centered on a background of the pattern that shaped the brain (I know that's kind of a confusing explanation). However when I went back and reexamined the image for the purpose of this post I saw a face in the construction of the object that I originally viewed as a brain and this captured my attention.
In class we looked at pieces from famous artist who were able to manipulate pieces to depict different objects. However, seeing this tactic first-hand was a much different experience than looking at the pieces on the computer. I was amazed, and thought it was interesting to get to see  first-hand different techniques expressed in class.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Visibility Reflection

Visibility distinguishes between the two types of the imaginative process. The first type starts at the word and arrives at the visual image. On the other hand, the second type starts with the visual image and arrives at its verbal expression. Writing or reading would be an example of the first type. For example, first you use the words and place them in a way to create a visual image that the reader creates in their head. Cinema is also a form of the first type. In cinema the director first establishes his/her ideas and writes them on the page and they are later turned into an image as the film is produced. The second type is a little bit harder for me to place. In one hand the visualization and creation of art could be an example but I think that the creation often begins with a word in mind. However, as an observer looks at the art they first see the image and then associate it with verbal expression to give the piece meaning.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"The Whole Ball of Wax" Reflection

"Art is a cat." A combination of very simple words to create a quite complex phrase. Still not entirely coherent in what the phrase means, I can piece together the idea that art is not as clear and communicative in it's pieces as a dog's behavior.

Always hearing about the complexity of art growing up, I never took the time myself to look into it. I have had history teachers pull up art pieces and ask the message behind it and by the end of the discussion they would always tell all of the students that we were wrong and would then tell us the "correct" meaning of the art piece. But is there one mean behind a single art piece? After reading Jerry Saltz, "The Whole Ball of Wax" I have now become skeptical of the previous understandings that I have come to know. "Art is often political when it doesn't seem political and not political when that's all it seems to be." So were the pieces that I was taught to be political actually political, or were they composed of an entirely different meaning? A question that I may never know the answer to, I look forward to further learning in this class and gaining a better understanding of the changed that is inspired through art.