Over the course of the semester there have been a lot of influences from modern artists, from the videos we would watch in the morning showing what other artists are doing in the world. One piece of art that I think is modeled after a modern artist's work is my Blob Book, this is my first project where I used ink to create something abstract, yet still having some sort of meaning. I think this is something modern artists work for, they want something that is "out there" and unique but they still want it to have some sort of meaning that is deep and "cool". My blob book didn't have meaning, it literally was just a bunch of ink smeared around and some letters cut out to hint at what the animals were. I think that modern art is to be interpreted by the viewer, anyone could look at that piece and find meaning in how there is no meaning, or something deep like that. I think all people want to do is make something out of nothing and isn't that art?
Another piece of art that I find modern themes in, is both of my Cup Prints. This goes on with the modern art is supposed to have some sort of deep meaning, the only difference is these two pieces do have meanings within them. The cups are supposed to be like our lives, we are all different but we all have a similar purpose- what that purpose is in the hands of the viewer. Maybe they believe in God, maybe they believe in themselves, whatever they believe in they are free to see in my peice(s). I think that modern art is so cool because people are allowed to look at it and see there is a meaning, but they can take it however they want to.
A Trip to The North Carolina Museum of Art
One Piece I Really Liked: I was really attracted to this piece because my house is decorated in these colors and it feels really homey. I think it's relaxing to look at.
Piece I Had To Think About: I sort of liked this piece, but I wonder if I like it more for it's meaning that it's looks. There are a couple things I would change about the way this piece was constructed- I think at the bottom there should be a couple smaller things fully assembled and the bigger things broken.
A Piece I Didn't Like: I didn't like this piece at all because it is too simplistic and appears to have no meaning. It is simply a decoration.
Something I Never Got To Say Print
I like the way it turns out. It was supposed to be a play on the other series of prints I did with the cup theme. The theme is that everyone is a "cup" and they hold a meaning or even a life story. I feel like in high school there are a lot of highs and lows and times when you need some help but it's the high school theory that asking for help is dumb and that we know everything. Something I never got to say was that I needed help in certain times of my life, but I never said anything or admitted it.
Non Traditional Art Project
This piece was made with water colors and I used the q-tips to paint and then added the q-tips to create a design. This is ugly and I hate it. I think the q-tips on top ruined it and honestly I just tried to make the project fit the requirements.
Non Traditional Art Materials
This piece is a portrait of Michael Jackson made completely out of pills. I think that this is super cool because it's ironic considering he OD'd. I wonder if M.J would like it. Probably not.
I picked this piece because I like the idea of creating someone out of a tape. I can only imagine how much time it took and I think it has a good meaning behind it.
This is a piece of work made entirely by bird feathers. I think it's cool he is trying to make birds out of things that they are already made out of. I just wonder if they are real bird feathers or if they are re creations.
This is a piece of art made completely out of take out menus, postcards, junk mail, and other junk pieces of paper. I think it's interesting that something like trash people through away can be recreated into something so beautiful.
Olivia Gude Post Modern Principles
Modern Principles Meet Traditional Elements
The article focused on the way art education is taught, and the importance put on learning the traditional modes of art. I think that the traditional components of art are important because not everyone that takes an art class is an art guru. By defining the meaning of lines, color, value and the other art components that we can't explain it mends the barrier between the exceptionally good artists and the students who take art because they need a break. The definition of art is "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." It says "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. It takes using the skill developed in learning how to shade a sphere and the imagination to take the sphere shading and the abstract lines to make a hybrid. Art is whatever you make of it. If educators teach art students how to master the basics but then give them the environment to do whatever they want with their skills then that is when art is made. Find me an artist who doesn't know how to shade a sphere or the colors on a color wheel.
Essential Question Prints
My essential question is not necessarily a question, it is more of a point to think about. I don't think everything has to be formed into a question to make you think. I think statements make you think much more, because they are indirect. My statement is, everyone may look different on the outside, or have a different story, but when it comes down to it they all have one similar purpose. Maybe the better question is 'what is our purpose?'. This is also true in cups, cups look different, but they all have the same purpose. I showed this single purpose in my art by mixing all the ink colors together in one central point of the paper. Each of the cups that I printed have different stories inside of them as if they were people.
The "Lost" Can: The story of a boy who appeared to be lost to everyone else, but all he needed to do was open up to his possibilities. I picked a can to represent it because you have to open a can to reveal what is inside.
The "Pressured to be Perfect" Flute: The story of a woman who was raised to be classy, to be perfect and to never show your flaws. I picked a Champagne Flute because rich people drink champagne and because champagne is often served at fancy events, places wealthy families go to play the role of perfect.
The "Too Busy to Live" Travel Cup: This represents a man who is too busy setting up his future career life to be great that he didn't experience his current life. I used a travel cup to represent this one because people often go to coffee shops because they don't have time to drink coffee at home or to work.
The "Too Open of a Heart" Coffee Mug: This represents someone who is always loving on people and always giving everything to people who don't return the favor. I used the coffee mug because it has the largest opening and because coffee mugs are warm, I think that people who are "warm" are loving, open and caring.
Art Without Meaning is Decoration
I think that forcing meaning onto art takes away from the different perspectives that people may have. I also believe that when you focus on making your feeling appear throughout your art they become forced. Feelings should be simple, natural and easily expressed. I think that all art is decoration, until someone creates a personal connection to it. There might be a piece of art that has no value to one person, but explains the world to another. I think that this makes art special and makes it great.
The Blot Book
My initial plan was to create hedge hogs surrounded by a bunch of ink splatter, I started with the ink splatter, and I liked the way it turned out, it was really bright and interesting but it was too much to look at. The hedge hog got lost in the midst of the ink. I randomly started cutting out letters of my messing ink splatters. I find psychology super interesting, and there is this "ink blot test" where you look at an ink blot and try and decide what it makes, it is supposed to provide insight into your brain. I used this idea to create animals and then the letters where used to give hints as to what the animals were. I decided to make a bunch and connect them together like a children's book, the drips and splatters of the ink can be connected to great a flow. I liked the way this turned out.