Monday, March 27, 2017

The Shape of Time - George Kubler

In "The Shape of Time", George Kubler discusses the aspect that " short tall materials worked by human hands under the guidance of connected ideas developed in temporal sequence"(8). This stood out to me the most because to me it meant that everyone's inspiration comes from what they see and feel in life. Although artists convey these emotions in different variations, they tend to be very relatable. He then goes on to talk about how everyone has a "collective identity". This too a different way of thinking about art and life combined. Everyone does view matters differently based on their culture and where they come from. Having a "collective identity" made me realize that even when art may be challenging to understand, every artist is coming from events that have happened in their lives. Therefore, every viewer has the ability to understand, relate, or sympathize with what the artist was trying to convey even it does not immediately make any sense. Kubler also talked about how a person can shift tradition in order to find a better entrance. He made this point in order to show that not every period of time has to have one specific focus. Artists have the ability to come in and change how art is "supposed" to be done based on their own creativity and emotions.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fractured Histories - Gallery Visit

During my visit to the Fractured Histories gallery opening I found the pottery in the room to be very intriguing. The ancient Greeks used to depict many of their beliefs and rituals onto these works of art. Not only were they created for purposeful reasons but also as a symbol of what they believed in. 
The pottery that stuck out to the me the most was the one pictured below:

At first I didn't think much of it until I got a closer look. The bottom of this vessel has two eyes. These eyes in Greek culture are said to ward off evil. I found this to be meaningful to me because I wear a hamsa necklace everyday. On the hamsa necklace it is a hand with an eye in the middle of it. This is to symbolize the hand fending off jealousy and the evil eye. In a similar sense the eyes on this vessel are also doing the same but just in a different culture. It is always cool to see that ancient history and modern day beliefs can still coincide. You still see this eye in the above picture on peoples necklaces, bracelets, keychains, etc. and it still means protection from evil. Similarly I wear the hamsa necklace for the same meaning. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Data Visualization

I found the post interesting part of the Data Visualization video to be when he said that "people are using visualization today to do something". This stuck out to me because data is a huge aspect of life today. Almost everything we do has a system of data. The video also went on to talk about how the creator can have a different reason for creating the data visualization than how the view is going to perceive it. 

I was able to relate this video to a class I took last semester called Data Mining. Our final assignment was to take this massive amount of data on SAS and choose key variables to analyze. The data was on a grocery store and its various locations throughout the United States. You may never think that your local grocery store is processing data, but in fact it is taking into account many things you are doing while there. These include: scanning items, which brands people are buying the most, how much money is being spent, what type of payment is being used...etc. From there we created a data visualization on the variables we felt were most important to the store in order to better their profits. 

Below is a picture of what the data visualization I described above can look like:
Image result for SAS data nodes

It is interesting to think that data can be used with almost anything, but it is also important how it is presented as well. The video also referred to data visualization as creating a story. This also stuck with me because if there isn't a clear objective or narrative then it will not make any sense to the viewer. Just how typical artwork conveys a message, so does data but just in the form of numbers, shapes, lines etc that all connect into a story about the particular subject.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


The picture on the left is a white mug on top of a white refrigerator with the lights off. The picture on the right are the same two objects with the lights on.

The photo on the left: With the lights off the refrigerator appears to be a grey mixed with white. The mug here appears to be even more white where the light hits against the shadows that are forming from the lights being off.
The photo on the right: The refrigerator has a cool white that almost appears blue. The mug here looks like warmer more vibrant white.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Ways of Seeing

Two insights I gained from John Berger's video "Ways of Seeing" were that the eye is the center of the visible world and you take it with you as you walk, and how cameras have changed the way people are able to view paintings.

When Berger stated that your eye is the center of visible world and you take it with you as you walk, was an interesting concept to me because it is true. I can relate that to being abroad and seeing fascinating monuments and taking photos of them. The issue with this was that what the camera was capturing versus what I was seeing was completely different. One may still think the photos are nice but to see them in person was surreal. Specifically, the Eiffel Tower was a monument that I believed to be stunning. I never thought I would care for Paris but when I got there everything had so much detail and was beautiful, that I wanted to take pictures of it all. Below I have two different views of the Eiffel Tower. On the left I am showing a perception of someone taking a photo of myself viewing it from afar. In real life the tower was crystal clear and stood so apparently above every other building. In this photo, however, all you can see is it faintly out in the distance. The same goes for it lit up at night. The light that illuminated from the Eiffel Tower was so bright I could not believe my eyes. In the photo on the right it again does not do the real life image justice. This is what Berger was trying to convey about how you truly cannot see an image the same way unless you are present in real life. 

The other insight I gained from watching this video, was how cameras can change the viewing  of a painting. He mentioned that when you're looking at an image through a camera it is never truly still because of all the hidden moving lines that allow a camera to display an image. We may not be able to notice it too distinctly but it is there and happening. It can change how you are viewing a painting and how you understand its meaning. He also mentions that if you are not looking at the painting in real life you cannot understand the details that are fully there. I found this to all be interesting because I never thought about the difference in me seeing a picture of a painting versus being able to see the textures, colors and meanings in real life.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Rorschach (BMA)

Andy Warhol's, Rorschach, was created with synthetic polymer paint on canvas in 1984. I am always drawn to Warhol's pieces but this one in particular I did not know was his until I read the description. I initially thought the image looked cool because it reminded me of the inside of a body. When researching more on what the title of this piece of art means, I found that Rorschach is an inkblot test that was used for psychological tests. It is when subjects respond to inkblot images and say what it made them think of. I also had thought it was amazing how well he was able to make this symmetrical, but apparently a technique Warhol used was to create one side of the image and just fold it in half to make it doubled. This image was intriguing to me because the description allowed me to see how much thought and effort Warhol put into this. It isn't just a bunch of inkblots but instead he was putting in his own interpretation of these old tests which one of his assistants had created for this piece. After staring at this painting for a while, I noticed that at about the center there appears to be two eyes looking at you and then a face as it goes further down. I wonder if Warhol intentionally did this to try and make the viewers think more deeply about the image.