The Meaning Behind One’s Artwork

8 Sep

            I was fascinated in that each of the four essays was entirely different in format and style, yet all shared the ability to explore a visual experience through imagery and descriptive wording. 

 

            Writing and art have many similarities that I was not aware of and I appreciated how Lynda Barry combined both writing and art within her essay.  Barry successfully explored her visual experience by correlating her words and artwork with that of her emotions.  For example, on page 64, the artwork Barry has created is filled with a wide variety of drawings, fonts, and font sizes.  Smack in the center, Barry writes in messy cursive lettering, “The two questions held that part of me hostage.”  Barry is upset in that she no longer enjoys art as she once had as a child.  She is too focused on creating “good” artwork that the fun is essentially lost.  Within the abundant page, Barry has created a visual experience for her audience by expressing her indignation towards her loss of creativity.  Because Barry is obsessed with the “two questions,” she has been kept “hostage” from exploring her creativity to her fullest extent.  Readers are genuinely able to sympathize with Barry’s frustration (especially on page 64) through her juxtaposed mess of imagery and writing she has provided.

 

            Doty, on the other hand, is not as raw and revealing as Barry within his storytelling.  He relies more on descriptive visual imagery to describe his emotions towards artwork.  His writing strongly adds to his visual experience in that his readers feel present with Doty because he describes every aspect of Jan Davidsz, “Still Life with Oysets and Lemon” with great detail.  Doty seems most intrigued by the lemon peel within Davidsz’s painting as its “rind has been sliced in a single strip, and curls in the air,” (7).  This intense description that Doty has provided allows his readers to fully imagine the lemon peel within his artwork as a real life, living, and breathing fruit.  He has essentially created an experience that can be felt three dimensionally and even stronger than what the painting itself has offered.

 

            Lastly, Abakanowicz has given meaning to her choice of desired artwork by providing a brief look into her past life through concise yet concrete detail and imagery.  Abakanowicz defines her chosen art style by delving into her past and describing how the “German tanks were coming,” (182) and how her mother “returned home maimed,” (183).  By creating this past visual experience for her readers, her readers are able to truly understand her “fascination by quantity,” and the purpose behind her work of creating “headless” bodies (187).

 

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Digital Nation

18 Dec

I agree in that many people abuse computers and use it as a distraction for school, homework, etc.  However, computers have drastically enhanced our world and have made communication far more efficient.  My mom told me that when she was a child, she would have to wait numerous days to view an olympic event causing her to already know the winner before watching the competition.  Nowadays, no matter where the olympics are held, everyone can watch the games live and the results are shown at the exact same time for everyone.  This would never have happened without the advanced technologies such as the computer.  Yes, we have become a digital nation but the computer has given us way more benefits than problems.  All we need to do is control the amount of time people spend on the computers.  For example the school allowed students to bring their laptops as long as they were monitored and thus the student’s academic success increased.  Many computer companies are installing programs so that users can monitor the time they spend on the internet doing unnecessary stuff.  Self Control is a program that blocks websites preventing people from going on sites that will distract from homework or other important things.  I do not think computer use should be decreased but rather monitored better to help society succeed.

– Tara

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Hand Animation

17 Dec

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Afraid, Angry Animation

17 Dec

In my movie I created an ambigram. At first it is read as afraid and then when flipped over it is read as angry. Both afraid and angry work together. When one is angered, it is usually sparked by the feeling of afraid. Also many times when we feel angry, we have the simultaneous feeling of afraid because we are apprehensive of the consequences for our anger.  When shown the words afraid, I added the sound effects of someone breathing heavily to give a sense of what one might feel when they are afraid.  They are scared and frightened.  When the word transforms into angry, I added the sound effects of a scream because when one is angered, he/she releases his/her anger by letting out an inner scream. I wanted my animation to create a uncomfortable situation for the viewer because that is what a witness would do in the presence of an terrified/angered person.

– Tara

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Processing Artists

5 Dec

Randy Church

 I really admire the work of Randy Church for its creative yet commercial aspect.  He is a designer, illustrator, and photoshopper.  However, he is most known for his work as a processing artist.  One of his pieces, “Process: Typeface”, I find very interesting and admire Church for creating an original and unique font through his use of digital processing.  In creating the letter forms, Church created a stylized composition consisting of naturalistic, yet strong and sharp forms.  He achieved this with a series of particle generators which is an effect done with Adobe Photoshop.  Church then replicated his design and manipulated it into the letter shape in which he desired.

Patrick Gunderson

Patrick Gunderson is also a processing artist who I admire for his energetic use of color as a form of expression.  Gunderson is a designer, programmer and processing artist living in Los Angeles.   He is a Senior Designer for NFL.com.   He creates complex and juxtaposing designs using various color schemes as well as technical elements.  In creating that juxtaposing appearance, Gunderson mixes the themes of chaos and order within his pieces.  He creates quick, hasty strokes to represent chaos and more controlled ones to represent order.  Color is a very important aspect to Gunderson’s work.  He uses color as an expressive approach to his digital works.

Cube Hand

13 Nov

Hand Animation- http://vimeo.com/33839551 

Sphere Hand

13 Nov