Wednesday, April 28, 2010
My impossible project idea (to name people that deserve to be killed, but also naming 1000 reasons as to why they should be allowed to live) touches on that as well.
This video ruins your day and accurately depicts that seductive quality of fascism.
Watching it, I'm left with the conclusion that only murder of murderers would end murder. I'm left wishing that this url were a pandora's link for an anti-red head movement, so that I can at long last have something to mount a glorious rebellion against. But...this is just how the video is programming me. I don't condone such activity. More importantly, to be responsible for the death of something living has got to be the most terrible thing.
Have any of you, when little, ever accidentally killed an animal? Most boys go through something like that; I myself remember my old pet gerbil. His name was Jack. He quivered like a ziplock bag filled to the brim with grape jello, when I brought that cage lid down on his spine.
What's done is done. Just remember: this sort of video is propaganda. Fucking effective, at that. At least there's unicorns and glitter.
Monday, April 26, 2010
A printed mock-up of the book
A fancy finished book
A hand made book
For students only making a single hand made object for their book:
scan all of the spreads and bring in digital copy for Jason to keep.
EVERYONE Must bring a second copy (either digital or printed) for Jason to keep!
Monday, April 19, 2010
This American Life
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
-handwritten, graphic, photography, painting, sculpture, performance, book, LCD screen projection, TWEET THAT SHIT, facebook (lame), blog (even lamer)
2) could address the question of what is impossible/possible/engaging audience? font choice (what is appropriate visually), language used, voice (aka style; informal, sarcastic, persuasive, earnest, emotional, sincere), 1st/2nd/3rd person
3) do these have a shared goal? (does it follow your own creative thought process), what makes the statement artful versus JUST impossible, what is the aim? (environmental, ethical, etc)
think about if the impossible idea was actually able to be executed
***what is the accumulative effect of your 10 ideas???
LESS IS MORE (?)
Sunday, April 11, 2010
15 minute audio/visual presentation on the artistic voice of an
artist of your choice…
not a report on their career, but an:
well-articulated deconstruction of their practice and its conceptual
summation of how professional critics read the work
fields of inquiry and resolution/non-resolution
…please be well prepared to deliver a professional presentation…practice in advance!
Speaking in front of an audience, whether one curator or an auditorium of 200, is an essential skill for a contemporary audience. Look at this assignment as an opportunity to improve your public-speaking skills. Think about pace (not too fast as often happens with nervousness), speak clearly, do not read verbatim from notes, talk to us in a formal yet relaxed style….
The class will evaluate your presentation by rating of your presentation in the following categories (forms will be provided to everyone in the class for each speaker):
• Clarity of speaking/presentation style
• Effective use of A/V materials
• The content of the presentation (an original, researched, opinionated presentation on the ‘artistic voice’ of the chosen artist)
• Evidence of critical thinking
Lets build your skill set and have dynamic presentations/discussions on these artists!
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Kim Kardashian Superbowl piece, The adult superstore text pieces, the TTV piece, documenting my route out of the city (at my father's request), composites of appropriated 50's housewives with imagery portraying the role of women today(a re-do), piece about Walgreens decision to remove the Obama Chia pet from shelves, archiving my grandmothers dresses.
I am interested in the fear of losing the past. A loss of created by mass media, and the seemingly "dumbed-down" pop-culture references that are often presented to us. I examine the public versus private, the appropriate versus unsuitable as well as their effect on today's society. Through documentation of the mass produced billboards for adult superstores along the I-94 corridor from Michigan into Chicago or the announcement of a possible engagement to Kim Kardashian by Reggie Bush before the 2010 Superbowl, I am interested in presenting these ideas alongside thoughts and feelings of an older, smaller way of living. By using a contemporary digital SLR and photographing through an old twin lens camera given to me by my grandmother I present the viewer with a new way of viewing an old system. A nostalgic way of breathing new life into the past.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Artist Statement for Brandy Fischer
Brandy Fischer’s work gleans the remnants of human interactions. Intimate moments, awkward confrontations, and human fears are her starting points. From there she deconstructs these moments to find their hidden complexities. Human connection is essential to Fischer's work, whether through the context of personal involvement by the artists or the artist observing some interaction that she deems necessary of exploration. Her work fluctuates between sentimental and objective, with the sense that her systematic processing of these moment is fused with the understanding that she is dealing with such fragile content as human emotion.
Personal Artist Statement: Aaron Smith
Collect to create, create to deconstruct. By reasoning of the scientific process an adequate and substantial conclusion can be reached only when adequate and substantial study has been made on a subject. Look at the same image or group of images to the line between boredom and obsession and you will see past the spectacle that is the image. Read the same passage past the point of memorization and maybe the real meaning will finally show itself. My is to then streamline the process of reaching the sub-spectacle content and displaying in simple (even mundane) terms the deconstruction of that content.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
this is too short...i think there's more to relay in his work. mentioning 90's sherman is smart but potentially misdirecting viewers if they are not imagining the work you include in the wide category of 90's sherman.
bea, this is good. i would lose loosely and make that sentence more pointed.
In this body of work, appropriation is a reoccurring means to a meta-narrative which speaks of history in terms of first hand experience.
Other reoccurring qualities include autonomy, physical encounters, installations, universality and escapism.
Still, these qualities are ill defined in the work and the collection hovers at the intersection of potential paths waiting to be embarked upon.
neda, this statement is confusing. please rewrite for next week.
for starters, how about this change:
Appropriation is a reoccurring means to address the meta-narrative in terms of first hand experience. I appreciate the attempt at reoccurring qualities, work on this list. also rename, maybe as artistic strategies? autonomy and installations should not be in the same list....keep going!
not bad...drop social experimentation and reaction and go straight into the rest of the sentence. Fabrics may work better as fabric singular. I think it's important to mention harvey is writing the code himself, or hacking/manipulating existing code...and that this is a place of 'art-making'. Unsuspected twist overly simplifies the work...rework this phrase
A seeming disarray of subjects, actors, places and mediums, Olaf Breuning’s work would come off as sporadic and unorganized, if not for the consistent language they speak in and the message they carry.
It asks the big questions, ones that every human being, by nature, indefinitely asks of the world. In this way his work is a mark for human kind, something we can all relate to.
It lives outside of the pretentious cage of the art scene, speaking to civilization in all of its mass consumerism and technological innovation.
In an age where machines are inescapable and technology has relieved us of human error, Breuning celebrates our imperfections, while recognizing the necessity of technological tools in our mass society. Celebrating human and machine imperfections, and using them as a means of art making, his work has the ability to give us a little comfort and tenderness in our existence
His work directly interacts with the materials and relics of our culture, hovering between reality and fantasy.
The raw imperfections purposefully exposed in his work parallel the nature of life. Olaf Breuning doesn’t look for formal appraisal from the art world. His intention is simple like his work. In a world abundant in cultural distractions, we are reminded of our most basic and essential quality, that we are all human beings.
Monday, March 29, 2010
lose the first two sentences. i think the possibilities of bea's work are broader and deserve more investigation....
What stuck me the most, coming from Lebanon, where my childhood and youth was not lacking in experiences—including war and political turmoil, but also including luxury and artistic expression that is fresh and not derived, albeit irregular and chaotic—is that Americans were yearning for experience and existential meaning, a concept unnecessary to most outside the United States. Is this what happens to society, once it has peaked?
I must say I was culture shocked for the fist time in my life, and through my work so far, I have been trying to understand this, and in the same time, try to show where I come.
To do so, I have been coming up with different techniques. I found that giving myself a goal and doing whatever it takes to conclude it, either by repetition or long never ending processes helped me forget, it was like mediation. I thought of nothing except the present, 60 paper boats in 2 hours. Writing the same sentence over and over again, watching the water dripping transform my image. I did not care about the end product. For me, it was the about process.
And when I felt the need to scream out where I come from, and how I am different, I tried to imagine performances that called out for immediate attention, that touched other people s week points.
This working technique will be ephemeral, since I know that eventually all this will pass, and I will have different things to say.
ayla, there's some good content in this to work out. i think this is too first person and biographical, but i understand the difficulty in getting around this. here's the start of a second draft:
My artwork explores the tension between a Lebanese upbringing informed by war and political turmoil, and an adulthood contextualized by the American artistic yearning for experience and existential meaning. I attempt to reconcile these two paradigms through a focus on artistic process over end product, meditative acts that in themselves speak to a personal politics of investigation....
Though very diverse, and mostly applying photography as his tool, Billy Buck’s work is indeed prompted from deep inside. His work ranges from funny, sweet, tender to angry passive and aggressive. He evidently relies on his gut and emotions to come up with his ideas.
Attached to his childhood house, and trying to bid his farewell and move on, “I did this 4 u” was a way for him to let go of his nostalgia and greet subtly, but effectively the new owners of his house. He made sure though not to flaunt it, instead putting it somewhere discreet, hoping one day, maybe, they will find it.
He works with things that he finds, things that find him or things he has collected over the years. He appropriated passive aggressive notes, and studied the relationship between human beings, and how sarcasm is a way of communicating, just by writing them on a white piece of paper, and using his handwriting, he managed to get his message through.
Using text messages he’s kept from his parents, he delicately marked photo paper and made their words permanent using is a slow meditative process.
Billy’s work is sprung from what he has lived or witnessed, he is an observer studying himself and other human beings and coming up with work that always manages to touch you.
Using a variety of media with a focus on photography, Billy Buck’s work is prompted from biographical narratives of exchange. Mining the residue(s) of emotional and physical transactions, Billy manifests questions of intention, identity, progress, and loss...
I investigate inconsistencies behind the idea of utopia as well as its relationships to reality and unreality. I hope to bring about questions and create a sense of awareness concerning these issues.
your personal statement needs a lot of work...the writing is awkward and missing grammar and words (i think you need 'when' at the beginning of your 2nd sentence for starters). rewrite with some help from a friend and lets revisit this next week
rework and expand the red
Breuning's films, especially "Home" starting Brian Herstetter, seem to represent wonderfully his approach to the rest of his art making. Playing with the difference between fantasy and falsity, Breuning mixes just enough reality to make you feel uncomfortable for laughing. Whether filming his friend's commentary on native New Guinean rituals or dressing people up in elaborate costumes (such as the 2007 piece "Band"), Breuning brings a playful sensibility to his works. Even digital/internet based projects such as the 2003 series "I Never Invite My Friends Again, They Are Wired" or the endless string of links titled "Nothing-Comes-From-Nothing", Breuning challenges the viewer to not only view his work, but especially to participate.
this needs a lot of work...avoid defining breuning's work by referencing his work (1st sentence). think about broader artistic strategies, themes, and content and address these....
this is a good start but seems to avoid discussing much of her work (the TTV project using her grandmother's camera for instance)...please expand...
this writing is a bit awkward--rewrite the first sentence for starters. what materials is she using? also, rewrite the last sentence, it's important that we understand clearly that process is her practice....
the first sentence makes no sentence. this is vague, short, unacceptable...
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Walgreens website has a health section with a whole list of risk assessments (cancer, stress & anxiety, career burnout) and calculators (body mass index, desirable body weight). I decided to take these tests and see where Walgreens recommended I start toward self-improvement. According to Walgreens I am overweight, at high risk for cancer, a workaholic, and have "sleep problems". Thanks Walgreens!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Interested in the intersection between the familiar and the absurd, Olaf Breuning explores mystic imagery to relay truths amidst humanity. Through mediums such as photography, installation, sculpture, film and drawing, Breuning uses repetition, color and pattern to emphasize conceptions within his artwork. Inanimate objects are personified though simple gestures while the human figure stands in as symbolic representation. By way of these gestures and symbols, a distinct recurring language is presented in Olaf Breuning’s work. With this established vocabulary, Breuning produces narratives that convey humor, honesty and uncertainty of the world that surrounds us. The autonomous works present an imagination that exists in an unidealized yet sensitive society that Breuning constructs.
this is vague, what's the content of the work? his work does not explore mystic imagery, and amidst humanity needs editing...
Olaf Breuning’s artwork derives many of its themes from aspects of popular culture as well as universal images and symbols. Breuning utilizes a variety of mediums, which include: photography, sculpture, video, and installation. Many of his pieces are staged and digitally manipulated. While other artists who work in this manner attempt to make their artifice look as authentic as possible, Breuning’s set-ups are crudely arranged and have a playful messiness to them. This crudeness becomes a part of the content in his work.
Breuning approaches his pieces and ideas in a child-like manner. His artwork reminds us of the way in which a child perceives the world, and this peculiar outlook that the artist employs as an adult is part of what makes his work so successful you can't have a value judgement in the middle of an artist statement. Furthermore, this aspect of Breuning’s practice is reinforced by his use of cultural archetypes to explore fundamental human impulses and instincts such as sexuality, friendship, and violence. For example, his portrayal of social and historical groups such as Vikings, cavemen, and natives is so playful and unpolished that it walks the line between humor and bad taste.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
to bring an idea for a class assignment until 3/29...
Wk 8 - 3/22/10
Make new work using any assignment method used so far…and/or redevelop
any old projects you are not yet happy with…
Students exchange portfolios with someone else in class….write an
artist statement for yourself and someone else in the class. Bring
both statements next week.
Bring an idea for a Voice Lessons assignment next week.
Wk 9 - 3/29/10
Crit your redo project (new work using a method assigned in class, or
significantly further develop an assignment you already attempted).
As a class vote on the next assignment and agree on its conceptual
parameters…due next week.
Pick an artist for next week on whom you’d like to do your voice lesson
Wk 10 - 4/5/10
Record artist presentation picks
Do an installation outside somewhere that you leave up,
photograph/document it, and walk away. Bring the photo to class. Next
week go back to photograph it either there or now
missing/aged/partially destroyed. Bring both prints to class the next
week as well.
Wk 11 - 4/12/10
Critique outside installation assignment
Conceptualize 10 Art projects that are impossible financially,
look at books for final project inspiration, joan flasch…mocp?
Wk 12 - 4/19/10
Critique 10 impossible art projects and view second photograph of
outside installation after one weeks passing
Wk 13 - Wk 5 - 4/26/10
10-15 minute audio/visual presentation on the artistic voice of an
artist of your choice…not a report on their career, but an opinionated,
well-articulated deconstruction of their practice and its conceptual
arc, evolution, innovations, visual language/vocabulary, anomalies,
Wk 14 - 5/3/10
crit week (NO CLASS)
Wk 15 - 5/10/10
final critique—present a book representing all your work during the
term and any additional works that conceptually add to your grouping of
artistic gestures…have a digital version of the book to hand in on a
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
A typical Walgreens store is about 14,500 square feet (1,350 m2) with 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) of sales area. on average, 25,000 items are for sale and typically staff between 25 and 30 people per store. A typical store pulls in $8.5 million in annual sales. Most stores include a pharmacy, a photo lab, a cosmetics counter, and a general merchandise area.
The store management team usually includes a Store Manager (MGR), an Executive Assistant Manager (EXA), and at least one Assistant Manager (MGT). In 2009, Walgreens introduced the Store Team Lead (STL) position in many of its stores.
Walgreens stock has been trading in the past year between $23.36 - $40.69.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
You will be given your Walgreens assignment, due March 22nd.
in addition for March 22nd:
Assemble all of the work you've done this term into jpgs and text documents into a digital folder that you can hand off to another student in the class. Bring this to class on March 22nd. Due March 29, write an artist statement based off of the work you've made so far, and write a second artist statement for a classmate (you will be assigned another student).
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
N Building is a commercial structure located near Tachikawa station amidst a shopping district. Being a commercial building signs or billboards are typically attached to its facade which we feel undermines the structures' identity. As a solution we thought to use a QR Code as the facade itself. By reading the QR Code with your mobile device you will be taken to a site which includes up to date shop information. In this manner we envision a cityscape unhindered by ubiquitous signage and also an improvement to the quality and accuracy of the information itself.
Watch the video here:
Monday, March 8, 2010
“Artists, audience and media have been fighting for weeks in order to get to see and participate in the new and innovating exhibition that with its "art of the news" puts the art institution itself to debate.
Reuters, The New Yorker and the TV-channel ABC News are some of the leading media that have brought the story about the original exhibition, and at P.S.1 more than a thousand visitors per day have been seeing it…" (Nikolaj M. Lassen, Weekendavisen, March 30th, 2007)
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Carrie Schneider is a photographer and filmmaker whose work is heavily based on performance. In her series "Derelict Self" Carrie explores the idea of mimcry and how it can be a way to both lose and secure a sense of self. She uses herself and her brother as subjects and explores this idea in relation to being a younger sibling.
Sophie Calle was once described to me as kooky. It's true-- as the article posted reads, "it is tempting to assume she is mad". Calle keeps me thinking- I always find new inspiration in her work. She has turned her life into one big performance- "recording her adventures", whether they are celebratory, strange or heartbreaking. There are questions to whether or not Calle is telling the truth- but that’s part of what is beautiful about it--- its her life--- she is the one telling it, imagining it and making it.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
20 x 13 inches, 1973-78, C-Print
tehching hsieh (is a great favorite)
barry le va
bas jan ader
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Bas Jan Ader is a performance artist born in the Netherlands in 1942. He made the majority of his work throughout the 70s before his tragic disappearance and death at sea in 1975. His work didn't gain much popularity until the early 1990s. I am really drawn to Bas Jan Ader's work because he was able to make sincere gestures that captured sentimentality through performance of the body. His performances are humorous on the surface, but ultimately depressing and reflective of the time period and in raw human emotion. My favorite performance by Ader was his last performance entitled In Search of the Miraculous, where Bas Jan Ader attempted to set sail across the Atlantic Ocean – alone – in a 13ft boat. Bas Jan Ader's boat was found 10 months after the performance had began. His body was never to be found.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Hiroshi Sugimoto is a Japanese born photographer who works in primarily black and white whose work sometimes borders scientific study. His series Lightning Fields, appears as almost a personal study of light and electricity to verify scientific findings from Benjamin Franklin to William Fox Talbot's discovery of the calotype. He says,
"The idea of observing the effects of electrical discharges on photographic dry plates reflects my desire to re-create the major discoveries of these scientific pioneers in the darkroom and verify them with my own eyes."
Top: Balloons Over an Empty Field Bottom: Aberration #7
do another performance and don't document it, simply present text to the class about what you did
write a post to the blog with the following by march 7th:
1. a new internet/photoshop mock-up of a sculpture or sculpture
2. a short paragraph and image from a favorite performance by another artist
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
For those who need a bit of background on why the artist eschews conventional art objects: A student of economics and former dancer and choreographer, Sehgal maintains that the developed world has too much stuff. His favored means of creating art does not diminish Earth's dwindling resources or contribute to the excess of consumer goods. His art exists only transiently and leaves no physical trace. Like Brigadoon blossoming one day each century, Sehgal's art lives during the experience and afterward persists in memory and legend....
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Quite literally, in fact her work is turning more into a personal tour of her studio and less of work created in the gallery. The idea of her studio walls becoming the work leads me to question her thought process. She intended to bring the place of consummation to the space of show. However her place of consummation has become the shown object, and I feel that this negates her works. It leads one down a never-ending spiral. If one wishes to show the place of consummation then there should be something consummated to be juxtaposed against the place of creation. However, when all she is showing is her place of creation it really isn’t her place of creation anymore it becomes the created. Where will it end? -aaron