Final Project Statement

 

 

 

So here’s my last project for 3D visual fundamentals… 

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So… I worked really fucking hard on this project and I hope that the time and effort I put into it is apparent. This is definitely my favorite project I’ve done all semester and I am surprised that it came together pretty much exactly the way I had planned. (I know I put more time and thought into it than any other.)

I wanted this piece to be about what I experience when I read. Reading is a favorite pastime of mine, although I admit I haven’t had much time for the recreational side of it lately. When I read I am captured in the story, freely allowing my mind to wander to other realms where anything can be possible. I try to recreate this experience in everyday life, one of the reasons for why I am so obsessed about perception I think. I wanted this piece to be whimsical and fun and display in our common 3 dimensional space the things from our imaginations that are possible to recreate in real life. I want the viewer to let their soul wander and just have an enjoyable experience seeing this piece. My highest hope would be that they could somehow identify with my experiences of reading books and allowing the impossible and fantastical to be real. 

In order for me to achieve what I was trying to communicate and how I wanted the viewer to react I did a few specific things. All of the objects used are non-abrasive and fun. The lotus flower is one of my favorites for its form and symbolism so I decided to have that “growing” out of my beautiful old stained and tattered red book. I love dragonflies and, like butterflies, I find a certain fantastical quality about them so I decided to cut out about a million of them from the lovely musty smelling weathered pages. Something about  air balloons screams adventure to me, and many others I am sure, so that was the vehicle for my little secret package. All of these objects were coming forth from the blossoming flower, and thus the book, as if they had been there all along and just needed someone to open the pages to allow them to come forth. I had many ideas for a mobile from which I would hang several dragonflies and the air balloon and I decided on the pillow stuffing to create a cloud. I liked the texture and light and fun feel that it gave but I mainly picked the material because I knew I could tie it in to the rest of the piece by placing cloud on the table by the book and on the dragonflies as if they had soared through it. I finally used red string, not fishing line, to hang the objects from the mobile. I agree, it was a much better decision than fishing line and I really liked what that small amount of color could do for it visually. 

I learned how to have fun again with this piece. Im not saying that no art is fun, or that it hasn’t been lately, but sometimes I find that when I am working to create things for class on a deadline the pieces lose that certain entertainment and lightheartedness. I know I need art in my life because it often helps me de-stress and it gives me something to accomplish that I think nobody else can (because of the idea, not the skill). This is why I became an art major in the first place. I just needed reminding that I could have just as much fun for a class as I could outside of it and to keep myself in check when I start to feel too frustrated or pressured. For whatever reason I didn’t think this concept would come through as I wanted it to and I am just amazed that it did. It is hard to put something out there that you spend so much time and effort on and genuinely think is a good idea just to be criticized to the nth degree but I can happily say that I am satisfied with everything. I really just hope people enjoyed it as much as I did to be honest. I wouldn’t change a thing. Well maybe not have 8 different shapes and sizes of dragonflies to cut out individually. In the end, I know it was worth it. 

Week 15: An artist today that has a similar style to that of ancient artists

Kris Kuksi

I have been thinking a lot about the changing styles of art and what is valued now and I was hoping to find a modern artist that is somewhat comparable to the style of ancient artists. I came across Mr. Kuksi and his work instantly reminded me of sculptures of ancient Rome and those of Michelangelo.

The work on the left is Kris Kuksi’s and the one the right is a portrait of Marcus Aurelius from ancient Rome. Kris Kuksi uses a similar style for the faces and bodies of his figures in his sculptures. I think he purposely references ancient art and then adds his intricate and grotesque touch. And upon further research it looks like I was correct in my assumption of his preference towards ancient art styles.

 

“He soon discovered his distaste for the typical and popular culture of American life and felt that he had always belonged to the ‘Old World’. In personal reflection, he feels that much of mankind in the World today is elastic and fragile being driven primarily by greed and materialism. He hopes that through his art expose his audience to the awareness of the fallacies of Man.”  http://joshualinergallery.com/artists/kris_kuksi/

So he is bringing attention to the greed and materialism of mankind, looking closely at the scenes that he has created I can see where that comes through.

A piece of his artist statement was, “I get inspired by the industrial world, all the rigidity of machinery, the network of pipes, wires, refineries, etc. Then I join that with an opposite of flowing graceful, harmonious, and pleasing design of the Baroque and Rococo. And of course I add a bit weirdness and the macabre. It’s all about how I see the evolution of what man makes his created environment look like.” “My art speaks of a timelessness; potentiality and motion attempting to reach on forever, and yet pessimistically delayed; forced into the stillness of death and eternal sleep.”http://joshualinergallery.com/artists/kris_kuksi/

I can see the opposition of machinery and war with love and soft, graceful figures. The artist uses primarily model parts of wood and metal. He takes old objects from all around the world like small toys, mechanical components and other parts and refashions them to create his intricate scenes. The small old toys and model parts work very well for his idea of the “evolution” of mans environment.

A critic has described Kuksi’s assemblages as a “…confusing amalgam. Hanging on a thread of being classical and solemn, … rococoish and ornate.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Kuksi

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about his work. All I can say is it is not my favorite but I definitely don’t hate it.

 

 

 

 

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/07/kris-kuksis-beautiful-art-is-made-from-the-bones-of-dead-model-kits/

http://blogs.transparent.com/latin/the-images-of-the-ancient-roman-emperors/

http://kuksi.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Kuksi

Week 14: Objects used for transportation

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Bicycle

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Stroller

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Golf Cart

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4-wheeler

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Scooter

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Trailer

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UPS truck

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Longboard

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Tractor

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Parts of trains

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Neat old car

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Smartcar!

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Motorcycle

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Tractors

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RV

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Car with bike

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Lady driving very fast on scooter

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Car

 

So I decided on the category of this observational assignment to be objects used for transportation. The theme of all of these objects is that they have wheels. There are many artistic ramifications from these objects. Many artists have used transportation vehicles as their canvases before.

Like the truck art of Pakistani’s artists.

And this guy, Sangwonprisarn who uses spare parts of cars and motorcycles.

 

 

 

Or this arch made out of bicycles collected from debris piles. The artists are Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector. Bike Arch Recycled Art

 

Week 13: An artist that you would want to work for

Petah Coyne  

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I didn’t know it when hearing the presentation about Ms. Coyne in class, but if I had to pick one sculptor I would love to work for her. Something about her style is different and dramatic to me and rather than leaving me bored, leaves me curious. I feel like this is a person I could learn from, especially being a woman sculptor. I wasn’t quite sure what her message was, especially in regards to all the wax she uses, so I looked into it. 

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“So that’s what I’m trying to do with the white wax pieces I’m doing now – they’re about those times that are almost perfect but not quite. You go searching to meet them again, and you’re all excited, and it’s never quite the same – but you always have the memory. So it’s not just about people passing, it’s more about friendships that have gone awry or people who have strayed. Just basically, humanity. That’s what all these pieces are about.”

– Petah Coyne March 24, 1994. In her studio, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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I do know the use of wax as a material for her is vital, it gives the right shape and feel for this “memory” of which she spoke in 1994. Wax is pliable and delicate at the same time and I think it is one of the few materials that could give this form to her pieces in order to give the feel she desires the viewer to have. As said in the presentation, the wax she uses was specially designed for her so that it could freeze and won’t melt except for at very high temperatures. When I think of Petah as an artist I think wax (not that that is the only material she uses, just the most prominent). 

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When interviewing Petah, Lynne Tillman said, “seeing your work, I feel I’m in a place to wander, a fantasyland of invented narratives.”http://bombmagazine.org/article/2485/petah-coyne

This quote perfectly describes how I feel. If I find myself in a fantasyland when viewing a piece, it has done its job for me. The most important thing to me is changing my perception and her work does it. Yes I like her work, I love it. She is the kind of artist that I would like to be. 

 

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http://www.massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=546

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/petah-coyne/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petah_Coyne

http://www.google.com/search?q=petah+coyne&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=IMBaU-rpB6y6yAHTuoDQBA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=540

http://www.nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/petah-coyne

Week 11: Someone ancient whose work would still be relevant today

Its somewhat hard for me to say what would or would not be relevant today.

It seems that we have greatly changed our definition of what art is good art from the definition the Masters of ancient times had. However, as cliche as it sounds, I think Michelangelo would still be relevant. Im not saying all of his works and paintings and such because his figures to me seem very 16th century Italy and might not be as admired in today’s art galleries as they once were (who knows). I think of one piece in particular, his Pieta marble statue done in 1500.

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I am captivated by this piece. I find it delicate and fragile and enigmatic. I think Michelangelo is trying to show many things in this piece. He is giving emotion to a moment from the bible. There is a portrayal of pain from the Virgin to the dead Jesus. Mary looks young, innocent, and angelic. This is significant because most other artists portraying the Pieta made Mary old.  “When we gaze upon this masterpiece it’s as though Mary’s outstretched left hand beckons us to share with her, the profound grief caused by the death of her son.” (http://www.rome.info/michelangelo/pieta/) From the folds of the drapery to the catching of Jesus’s hand on the cloth, the piece is graceful. The marble is vital to communicate the level of grace and delicacy that he has. It appears so soft, or smooth, so angelic. 

My overall impression of Michelangelo? One of the greatest artists of all time. The more I study his pieces and learn about his life I realize I have jumped on the bandwagon, I am inspired by him. And I think there is a reason why he felt it was necessary to carve his name across Mary’s breast and thus let everyone know he claimed this piece of his in particular. 

 

 

http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/michelangelo-pieta.html

https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Pietà_(Michelangelo).html

http://www.history.com/topics/michelangelo

Project Statement for Body Mods

So this project was about using squishy materials to communicate something about “how you experience the physicality of your human existence”. I was hung up on that last part for quite some time. I decided to base my piece on changing one’s perception. As I described during my critic, I often actively think about how I can view the world differently each day. I despise routine and I often find myself daydreaming of how I could view my world differently. I think that is why I am so in love with surrealist art and fantastical films. Anyways, I wanted to do something that challenged the norm. I wondered what the world would be like if humans walked on their hands instead of their feet and had eyes on their feet instead of their head. So, that in a nutshell was my project. 

When confronted by the piece I wanted the viewer to think about this idea of a change in perception. Ultimately, I hoped viewers would have other ideas of how the world can be viewed differently and take those thoughts with them throughout the day. In order to achieve this I took an ordinary item, a shoe, and tried to take the essentials from it to transform it into shoes for my hands. I hoped that by taking something common and well known like a shoe, the viewer would understand I was only changing its placement rather than its function.The gloves I chose to use as shoes are a bright yellow that reminded me of those weird shoes that have individual toes that everyone owns now. I sewed on the best material that I could find that mimicked the comfort of rubber soles but was still able to be sewn onto the glove. I cut the gloves down on the wrists and weaved in shoe laces. I made eyes on my feet out of nylon to make it seem like it was as skin-like as possible. I used a long skirt for the purpose of covering my face and most of the harness supporting me. I wore black legging-pants because I thought form fitting pants of a soft material and unobtrusive color would be best to not distract from the hand shoes and eyes. 

When I see the picture of the finished product Im not quite sure what to think. I have gone through a wave of feelings towards this project and Im not sure where I stand now. In the beginning I was incredibly frustrated while trying desperately to come up with a thing that encompassed how I experience the “physicality” of my existence. I didn’t. I felt a lot better after deciding on what I wanted to accomplish. Then I thought that it was a stupid idea and would never come together, come to find I really suck at doing hand stands. I was elated when I figured out how to suspend myself upside down and during the first test I was optimistic and having a fun time trying out the borrowed harness. After I looked at the picture from the critic and I saw how creepy my head looked I decided I don’t know how to feel. Besides the obvious like learning how to make hand shoes and eyes out of nylon, I think the most important thing I learned was the creative process. I now know what to expect for other artistic projects in the future. I learned to not rely too much on how the viewer judged the piece and more of how it made me feel. I honestly have no idea what I would do differently if I were to do it again. Perhaps change the idea entirely, and here comes the indecision….