Monday, May 31, 2010

T-Maws Promotion Video

Trying to get my lil Bro out there, working on a couple projects for him. Check him out on youtube. Under T-Maws or some old videos i have of him under BILTSONE.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Group 1 Animation: Nouns

Final Project: Man With A Movie Camera

1.Scene Thirty-Nine:
2.Scene Eight1:
3.Scene Eight2:
4.Scene Fourteen:
5.Scene Fourteen:
6.Scene Twenty-Five:
7.Scene Forty-Four:
Artist Statement: This project(Man With A Movie Camera) was very interesting to do. I was able to view the website before actually seeing the 1 hour movie or the scenes. I was able to go around campus also other areas to film bits and pieces of nature and scenic areas.I was able to then find scenes that match the clips i have taken and upload them to the MWMC website. I feel some of my interpretations turned out well in a film noir type image with a little bit of visual effects.

Take Home Final Writing Assignment

I want to mention a variety of artists in this paper. Many of these artists are mentioned in “digital currents: art in the electronic age” and some are not mentioned in this book but are relative to specific movements in art history. Many of these artists have helped develop the type of cultures we find in society today. For example Keith Haring who was a type of graffiti artist that placed many of his work in New York subways with gestural images. Haring’s cartoon like style that represented some kind of political or current event. Haring used a number of different mediums from chalk, to acrylic. Haring’s Urban style can still be seen in many images in advertisements and on the internet. The Television is such a complex device and to alter its functionality is not the easiest of tasks. Of course you can take a magnet and alter the displayed images on the screen but to have simultaneous currents running through a certain amount of televisions in sync with one another takes a lot of time and alteration. Nam June Paik is the Godfather of video art. The ability to build sculptures out of television can take a lot of time and patience, but for this neo-Dadaist has taken it on full-time. These fathers of art are examples of hard work and success in the art world. Other Artists including Rauschenberg have put in so much work into media art. Robert Rauschenberg’s Bed in 1955 is one of his combined pieces of work exploring the realm of art at a different level. This piece shows a personal level for Rauschenberg with the type of materials he used. Real clothe materials such as a pillow, blanket and sheet give dimension to the piece. This piece is relative to the common materials we use daily. Many Americans that sleep on beds relate. The expression through the strokes of oil paint, pencil, and toothpaste give a dreamy like feature where one can lay and dream radical events using imagination. The use of modern materials and putting them together depicts the era of when this art reformist evolved. It is said; he also used finger nail polish symbolizing sexual activity Bed represents. There are many functions to a bed, even though this piece is not functional. A bed can be symbolic to comfort and security but the way Rauschenberg has reconstructed this piece, it can take away those feelings. Rauschenberg has taken it out of context and made it his own.

Such as Rauschenberg related Neo-Dadaist, Jasper Johns helps usher in the scene of American Pop Art with his series of flags. Three flags, 1958 bring different levels of imagery. This piece is relative to the freedom of speech and patriotism of America. It shows three different levels, one on top of the other, varying in size. This, to me, can be symbolic to the level of freedom that America has today, large is high-class (more freedom), small is lower-class (less freedom).. John’s creative use of a “prefabricated image” tells worth of the American flag which is a post war popular image and all Americans are familiar with it. This could bring favor of other American artists attracting attention. This piece has a representation of political power that the government has and the power this country has over others. New York City being the popular place for art, won the “war” of art over Paris.
The influence of John Cage’s 4’33’’ piece has combined the element of sound with art. It has changed the normality of music, art, composition in various ways. Cage has literally taken sound to a relevant level of understanding. This is musical expressionism that has visual commodities, use of modern materials and it isolates sound. Cage discovers a different way to listen to your surroundings. This piece has taken treated silence as a non-existing thing. It is a type of phenomenon or breakthrough. I think Cage proves that as long as we are living sound can never stop, or does it ever? 4’33’’ in progress can be controversial to full-length music composers. Those who are unfamiliar with the tonality and reason probably would be baffled and not understand the meaning. “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four, if it’s still boring, then eight, then sixteen, then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all”.-John Cage.
European artists were in an era of personal expression and shaping different experimental movements. In the 1950s modernists were using various objects and combinations of painting and sculpture. The inspired movements from Futurism, Surrealism, Dada, post-impressionism, cubism and expressionism evolved into different types of art. The alterations of these movements developed other inspired one from artists who were already familiar with the previous. Fluxus was introduced as another way to blend different types of media or intermedia art. Artists like John Cage (U.S.). Marcel Duchamp (France), George Maciunas (Lithuania/U.S.) and Allan Kaprow (U.S.) have ushered in the movement of fluxus to where it is today. John Cage’s experimental music in 4’33’’ has gained popularity among upcoming artists. “The Happenings” revealed a new type of self-artistic influence. It encouraged artists to be self-reliant and simple in their performances. Fluxus helped form attitudes to style. It took others outside of their norm and opened up a view of art from other perspectives. The Fluxus era brought the mixture of abstract theatre or expressionism in visual arts and manipulation of sound in music. Nam June Paik (Korea) famous for Television as a media is a great example of taking a mass produced object and twisting and rearranging its use as normality. Paik’s concert performances were different from what would be heard in a Phil harmonics orchestra but it brought deep thought to the ways we can use objects to create sound and also its visual forms.

The Nouveau Realisme movement introduced in 1960 brought together the reality of life and art. Yves Klein (France) was the famous for his monochromes and the way he brought art to real life. Klein developed work as Anthropometrie del’epoque bleue as a live performance using human beings (women) as his brush to perfect the precise stokes that were needed for his piece. This movement brought the light to “New Realism” or “Today’s Realism” as Klein called it. The artists in this era came together opposite of their style. The postmodern war movement of political assemblage of imagery was to display the happenings of today incorporating as the work. The decollaging of commercial objects and images were produced to be presented and to stay anonymous of it. The reasoning could be that the artists did not want their works to be noticed apart from the others. They wanted to make a point of bringing curiosity to Paris and other who analyze their works. If it be other deep reasoning is beyond my understanding but it made a mark on the history of art.
For artists like John Cage, Yves Klein, and Allan Kaprow they inspired the art world in all aspects. Europe, America and other countries have been inspired by these artists. The artists have taken others out of the realm of existence to other levels. They have taken the meaning of life and made it their own through their produced works. The flow of their production has opened a world of possibility and action. The Relative movements have opened so many possibilities to the digital movement that is a rapid and growing technology. Technology continues to play a vital and important role in the art world. Since learning more and more about the history of art it helps young artists like me appreciate the new movements especially in society as a mass culture. Art today I feel is more appreciated and accepted with public art particularly having more recognition. Graffiti to projected imagery to online control over these projected projects and even propaganda. Artist’s like Krzysztof Wodiczko, with “Projection on the Hirshhorn Museum” is an example of public art. Art in the 21st century continues to develop as there continues to be more possibilities.

Electronics are rapidly changing making the convenient possibilities more accessible. When cell phones first came out they were a huge success now everyone is carrying a laptop or easily has access to the internet through their iPod cell phones etc. Online resources continue to develop opportunities for others to interact with one another through networking. Creating web based exhibitions, online video Montage like ‘Man with a Video Camera’.( the electronic age rapidly grows it leaves a curious feeling of what level comes next? Or how can we grow from here? The more education is offered to explore the possibilities of saving resource and production everything will become so accessible it is unsure whether it will cause harm or help aide our sources of living in the future. I hope that technology will only go so far as to artists should know when to stop and not demoralize human nature and to don’t over altar the natural creations that have been given to us.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Artist Lectures

Lecture 1: Jennifer Schmidt
I was able to attend Jennifer Schmidt’s Lecture on January 28th, 2010. I was impressed with her success as an Artist. Schmidt had her MFA from Chicago and a BFA in Art History. A MFA professor in Boston and has many works in other cities such as New York and others in California. Schmidt has a variety of medium works in Print Media and Graphics. Schmidt’s Public installations and experimental suggestions are ones that I’ve found to be very interesting. For example: “B More-2003” A site-Specific installation of a screen-printed poster, posted all over a residence in Guilford Street in Baltimore, MD. It was sponsored by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Art and Culture. This piece is relative to Graffiti street art and Art propaganda. It remind me of an Artist named Sheppard Fairey who is famous for his “OBEY” stickers and posters that were illegally posted all over urban areas specifically Downtown of big industrial cities getting recognition of the medium is the message and the conceptual part is the important part. The way these images make the public think and feel, similar to a lot of commercial advertisements.

Schmidt to me is a true artist in the meaning of first-hand experience. Schmidt has taken the initiative to confine herself in projects that produced pieces like “Readers Digest”, featuring thousands of magazine pages becoming digested through analog video. Images are animated. “Psychadellia”, which is comprised of 250 photos of pieces of fabric filmed into a segment. Another is “Letters in a Coma” a Grid based piece with an empathetic response to trauma. The child-like game Tic Tac Toe being played over and over while a loved one was in a Coma seems that Schmidt is able to still work in an art realm no matter what the situation is or personal grief. I think that takes a lot from a person to turn something sorrowful and create a wonderful piece out of it. Schmidt’s records of work in exhibitions have helped increase her ability as an artist and I can really respect that.

Lecture 2: Iraqi Memorial
This project to me personally is well put together and also inspirational. The concept of creating an online memorial incorporating other site specific installations with other artist proposals for a memorial is genius. Commemorating civilian deaths in Iraq gives life back to the deceased. War is never a good thing it can cause a long term of hardship and grief. The Mission of the Iraqi Memorial really gives the world an opportunity to unify together and create their own peace in their own environment. I feel this project really has fulfilled many of its goals especially recognizing the “role of artists in a time of war”. I can appreciate artists putting their time and talents toward a great cause. There were many works at the exhibition and some of them particularly stayed in my mind. Cat Soergel Marshall, "Light Trails", from Louisiana State University was one of the site specific installation pieces I thought was spectacular. Marshall ran long wires of lights along a trail that could be spotted from afar. I can see the symbolism in this piece particularly being a light in a dark world. Each bulb could represent an innocent life taken in tragedy.

Many line of artists such as: Patrick Lichty from Chicago, IL and his “Arbiter of Fate” taking the heaven and hell concept and put into a game with Uncle Sam pointing and at you the spectator/ citizen. Another piece that I found intriguing was by Linda Hesh with the title:
“Kiss Me/ Kill Me, I’m Iraqi”, a very bold statement to be printed on a T-shirt to attract public attention. This statement would actually catch my attention if I were to see it in public. The second part of the exhibition was the symposium. I appreciated Dr. Bernadette Buckley’s comments on her part of the project being projected via Skype. It was good to see that Buckley appreciated the whole concept of it and that the Iraqi Memorial continues to draw attention to this issue. I was especially glad to hear from Dr. David Simpson from UC Davis. Dr. Simpson said, “It’s the idea of a virtual memorial. 1 memorial out of five thousand plus memorial attempts would have been. It has to be built, but no one will build one here. There is no space, no breathing space for such a physical memorial, A Virtual one is necessary.” I have much respect for all the effort put into this project. It is an excellent source for peace.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Final Project Proposal

I have decided to go with the first option: 1). Upload a segment to the online video/film collaborative experiment, Man With A Movie Camera: The Global Remake. I have not shot film or used video as a medium as of yet so i want to try it out and to recreate a interpretation of some of the clips on the site. I think the experiment will help me develop as an artist in this medium. There are many sections of short films I would like to recapture with a digital camera and an older camera to get the result i need. This project will definitely be interesting.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Second Life Avatar- Representational Self-Portrrait

Second Life
User Name: Pila Silvercloud
Comment: I tried my best to recreate myself, this is not an easy task. LoL.