Yikes. The entirety of my weekend was spent stressing over and attempting to write my take home midterm for Intro to Cultural Theory. After spending a near all-nighter and working this morning from 6-1, I rushed to school to print it off and finally hand it in. Overall I am pretty happy with it- I feel really good about the first section, however I would have liked to have spent more time on the second half. Oh well.
I need to post about the current reading on here, I keep forgetting. Will try to do this tomorrow. Next up is the Google Earth project for DIVA (due next Weds) and then my next project for Digital Imaging (due next Thurs) which is to be done in Adobe Illustrator. The projects keep on coming.
This is a painting that I did as a final project for my second year Painting class at UFV. I am really interested in old books, especially children’s books and the relationship they have with us as we grow older. In this painting I began to explore ideas around the transition from youth; I was especially interested in how experience taints us and forces us to “grow up”. I collaged pages from old children’s books to create the skin on the figure to symbolize the marks that knowledge makes on us. It is interesting to me that once any kind of knowledge is obtained, it is impossible to return to the ignorance of youth. In this piece I am concerned with the ephemeral aspect of youth, but also beauty. It is inevitable that we will die and the qualities of youth and beauty are both fleeting.
My idea for this project changed quite a bit. I decided that I would go with a different idea, focusing on issues that I have been thinking about more recently. My focus for this piece was the human lust for consumption and our tendency to portray women as objects. These are both very large themes on their own, however I think that advertisement is steeped heavily in both of them. When I was thinking about this project I found it hard to remove the association with advertisement, as that is what vinyl cutting is most commonly used for. I tried to symbolize both of these themes within a simplistic image. I chose to position a female figure straddling a high heeled shoe so that her stance would be read literally as lust for consumerism; furthermore, it alludes to the advertising strategy that exploits the female body to sell a product. I put this up in a parking lot because car advertisements frequently use this advertisement technique. With my piece I am hoping to make people think about the advertisements that invade us subliminally, and challenge the ideas that they portray.
This is a cover that me and my friend KY did of Feist and Ben Gibbard’s version of Train Song.
Two artists that work within the ideas of the Google Earth program or in Locative media are Christian Nold and Alfie Dennen. Christian Nold’s Bio Mapping is an interesting survey of the effect that one’s environment has on their emotions and mood. His use of the program allows us to easily visualize the relation between geography and physiology. This project is also an investigation into the use of “technical systems” which create and record data such as this; Nold explores the alternative idea of personal documentation of emotion, claiming that “[people] can make better sense of [their] own body data than a disinterested observer”. He feels that this project is important for making us aware of the role that technical systems play in the documentation of Western social data, and that hopefully this awareness will “change our own perception of ourselves from being at the mercy of these nearly invisible technical systems to becoming their masters”.
Alfie Dennen is another artist who works with Locative Media. He led the mass project Britglyph which was created to be the largest Geoglyph in the world. Dennen instructed participants across the United Kingdom to each take a rock or stone from where they lived and place it somewhere on the ground; these rocks were placed with regards to the large image that was to be created in the end. Participants were instructed to photograph themselves and the location in which their rocks were placed. These photos were sent to the website of this project to be documented within the piece. The image that was chosen to be represented was John Harrison’s chronometer. This was said to be chosen for it’s contributions in the creation longitudinal and latitudinal lines which made mapping possible.
So this is the final image I presented in class, however I would still like to work with it a little more. The ‘painted’ text wasn’t working in my compressed time limit, so I had to default to using typewritten font. I would still like to explore the painted wall idea more, and also blend the central figure some more. Something to work on when I have the time! Other than that I was really happy with the way it turned out, the class seemed to like the image and concept and think that the quote worked well with the image. What I was hoping for, anyways. Here it is:
All that is left with this project is the text overlay on the back wall and the addition of a central (colorful) figure. ALMOST DONE!