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December 18, 2007

coping with loss

For my final project I wanted to attempt to make a video shot entirely in reverse to see what kind of unique effects I could create. The concept is similar to the stop motion assignment in that it changes the effects of time and space in the film. I wanted the video to be very stylized and payed close attention to detail especially in the editing and post production phase. The meaning of the film is open to interpretation but as I stated in class it is supposed to be me coping with the packers loss, a bit of a switch from what one would expect from the introduction. I had a lot of fun shooting this video but really enjoyed, as always, editing and adding music in final cut. I am very pleased with the way this project turned out and definitely plan on experimenting more with the concepts and possibilities made available through this format.

Revenge & Betrayal

This video is a sequel to my last project. There were three worlds in the last video and I didn’t put much emphasis on the Human World so that‘s what I wanted to do in this one. The Lego guy draws himself a portal into our world to get a quarter. To do this project I had to do all of the stop motion on a green screen, capture some video, and in the editing process I had to chroma key the green out. Since I had to do the video and the stop motion separately it took a couple of tired before I got things to fit inside the screen properly. It also took a long time because I had to edit each individual picture using chroma key. Music isn’t my strongest point but I tired to change the music as the mood changes. I think it turned out okay but I like my first one better.

Project 3/4 Audio Visual

This project was very difficult. I have encountered so many problems and solved the majority of them over the past weeks. I feel very accomlished now that I'm done but during the process was very frustrating. First for some reason the images won't show up as the correct size when they go into final cut even if final cut is set up dimensionally. This means each little image had to be resized upon entering final cut. Another time delaying process was saving the images as pds files then when they were opened in final cut they were sequences versus being a still image. I then would have to open the sequence and get the image I wanted to layer somewhere out of the sequence. This proved to be very time consuming but also made it easier to work with the images to make them 'move' to the beat. A way of compiling the images I used was to 'crop' them and have them play side-by-side together. This did save time on having to draw out pictures with all the images in them. However, layering and placing of the images together requires caution because in order to do this, each image's properties have to be idividually changed and made sure they'll work. In some cases, like with the rain drops, this meant 100+ images needing their properties individually changed. This whole process was very time consuming and I spent well over ten hours outside of the class each of the last five weeks or so. This time was first spent creating images on my laptop because I downloaded a trial version of Photoshop then I rented out the macbookpro several times for editing purposes. My end result is something I'm very happy with although this project has taken up a lot of my time lately!!

December 16, 2007

artist response

So, I might as well kill two birds with one stone here and write about the two artist talks that I went to. The first one I saw was done by Lisa Lapinski. She is a sculptor, but also a conceptual artist meandering in and out of a bunch of different discourses relating to everything from Wittgenstein to Rilke. In large part because of this her talk seemed unnecessarily convoluted. Actually, it was the worst artist talk I have ever seen. Maybe it was because she was nervous, but it was hard to tell if any of her pseudo-intellectual babble was valuable at all. I am all for relating disparate realms to the visual arts; nevertheless, her work so often didn't seem to necessitate any of the readings she was making of her pieces. It is a shame too, because as far as I know from students who talked one-on-one with her, she was one of the most intelligent and well-spoken people they had ever met. I can't really write much else about her though because there really isn't that much to say.

The talk by Lowry Sims, however, was very valuable. I was lucky enough to have her as a professor this semester, and she has been so consistently well-versed and articulate in the range of art related topics she is discussing. Her presentation on the inter-relationships between art, politics, and the environment was so hyper-focused and yet multifaceted. If there were anything to critique it would be that she focused primarily on 20th century art in the Western hemisphere. Then again, that also made sense in the context of her presentation. It could be stated too as a counter to this, that she presented a lot of work too made by non-Western artists working within a Western art context. In any event, I always find her explanations important in that her ability to trace movements is extraordinarily tight and perceptive. Even though there are similar dialogues that may stretch across countries and generations, she is able to pull them all under one framework. If art historians have any value at all it is in the way they can perform taxonomic operations in order to guide perceptions in new ways. Sims is a master at this task.

December 13, 2007

Final project

For my final project I attempted to make a short animation with handmade drawings. I was inspired by recent animation work I had seen to challenge myself with a new style of work. This project feels unfinished to me and is something I would like to continue working on. The final product seems more like a small episode that could be part of a larger collection. In ways that’s how I want it to read, as a narrative created out of a small, unscripted dialogue that one picks up almost as though they overheard it in passing. Ideally I would have liked for it to be projected in some public space, like a bus stop. This project might have been a little too ambitious. The final project came out somewhat successfully, but there were many technical aspects about producing animation work that I wish I would have known more about. In the end it seems like this project was more of a way for me to experiment with a different way of viewing images.

artist presentation: Ilana Yahav

I did my artist presentation on Ilana Yahav, an Israeli artist who is best known for her videos and performances using sand on a glass table. I chose to do my presentation about her because it related to my final project and I definitely found sand to be a very unique medium in that it can show light and movement in ways that other media can not. I also thought her work was interesting because of almost over-the-top happy and lighthearted aesthetic it has, being that she cames from a country full of violence and blood-shed. Because of this, I feel she uses her art as a message a hope, which is always a good use for art in my opinion. For more information on Ilana and her art, she has a website at www.sandfantasy.com.

December 12, 2007

Final Project- SAND TREE

For my final project, I wanted to make a connection between different kinds of video, specifically live action video and stop motion animation. I chose to use sand and a light box as a medium because sand can do things that no other medium can do. It shows light in a very unique very, because the density of the sand allows different amounts of light to shine through. It also can be moved, sculpted, blown, etc. in ways that other media such as paper, clay, ink, plastic could never be used. I chose to do a story about a tree because I felt that the earth-like qualities of sand would accent the poetic tone I was going for. I also felt that to accomplish this aesthetic, I couldn't use the garage band's sound loops, so I made my music using garage band's digital keyboard instead. I definitely encountered several problems along the way; mainly because sand was a completely foreign medium to me when I started the project. I also had problems keeping the camera steady during the stop motion, because the camera had shoot pictures parallel to both the light box and the ground. I learned a lot about using sand as a medium during the process, and enjoyed using a medium that was completely foreign to me.

visiting artist response - suzanne lacy

I thought I had posted this response earlier but can’t seem to find it on the blog so here we go again:

I went to see a presentation and talk by an artist named Suzanne Lacy. Lacy lives in Los Angeles California and currently holds a position in the Fine Arts Department at the Otis College of Art and Design. She specializes in performance art as well as installation. The two pieces that she discussed in depth during her talk were both performance art pieces of similar nature dealing with politics, racial and age discrimination, and identity.

“The Crystal Quilt? project consisted of over 400 elderly women, over the age of 60, and confronted the topic of how elderly people are seen to the public as well as how they view themselves. The women were arranged at various circular tables, dressed in similar colors and told to hold hands while they talked about their lives and accomplishments. After being able to talk to women in the same age demographic as one another, the women began to develop a more meaningful view of their own lives and were able to point out various important accomplishments and sacrifices that had been made throughout their lives. This performance was broadcast live on PBS which seemed to give it more significance.

“The Roof is on Fire? was another performance piece which was broadcast on various news channels including CNN. This project gathered around 200 teenagers, most of who came from the inner city, and arranged them in different automobiles parked on the roof of a parking structure. They were prompted to engage in dialogues regarding typical teenage life in the city and all the topics that they usually don’t get a chance to voice their side on (drugs, racial profiling, alcohol, teen pregnancy, etc.) The local police were also invited and seeing these two opposite forces coming together in a controlled environment without conflict was actually quite a powerful image. This piece to me seemed to have the biggest public impact.

artist presentation

I did my presentation on the Brothers Quay. A brief overview of them is that they were born in 1947 in Pennsylvania and now live and work in England. They are now well known stop motion artists but before they were so they worked as professional illustrators. They have done some music videos for a couple groups but did not do any for Tool like many people mistakingly believe. Most of their stop motion has a creaapy and dark atmosphere to them and often use dolls.

To watch some of their work just copy and paste this adress with the number at the end being from 6135-6151
https://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/embed/(insert number here without parenthesis)

final project

For my final project I started off with an idea that did not work out so I then decided to try and make an audio representation of what my day is like. In it I wanted to try and portray a depressed atmoshpere since I deal with depression quite a lot. To do this I tried to be minamalistic in the sounds I used for the day and to not have people interaction and also had a background track of sighs and other things. Overall I think that I got the mood across but that is because I know what I was trying to get across so I am not sure if other people get the same atmoshpere from it.

Visiting Artist Responses

Lowery Stokes Sims
-Aesthetics or Utility-

I went to go see an artist presentation at the Weisman on December 5. The presenter was Lowery Stokes Sims. One of the first things that were brought to my attention is how many things she has done with her life, she has really been successful in her endeavors. The purpose of this presentation really focused around the environment and art, and how artists are begging to become the driving force behind some of the cultural and environmental change. The artwork that she showed centered on either involving artwork in nature or using artwork to show a statement about global warming. The piece that really stands out in my mind is the work where blue objects were placed on trees at the height that, if there was going to be a flood, the water would raise that high. The goal I assume behind this presentation was to open our eyes to how much influence artists really have on the global situation, and what we could do to make a difference. This coupled with the artwork that was shown really got that point across. However, honestly I was a tad disappointed with the presentation, even though I felt that it was really well done and of course she is an amazing person. One large problem for me is that we got to see none of Lowery's own artwork. Also it might just be me personally but I feel that the issue with global warming is just being taken out of proportion, everywhere I go I feel like people are talking about it. It just feels like were beating a dead horse.

Mathew Coolidge
-DvD recording of his presentaton at the Regis-

Coolidge is the founder of the Center for Land Use, which is based in California. Basically what this organization does is examine America’s landscape, and the things that people have done to that landscape, be it art or whatnot. It then shows the American public what our landscape and what we see is really like. “Take nature, add humans, observe results.? Coolidge goes on to talk about, how humans and people interpret the environment that they are surrounded in, and how your experience will be different depending your situations. The same area will be interpreted differently by different people because of their personal experience and how those experiences affect their views on life. One of the most interesting parts of the presentation for me personally was when he talked about the falling tree noise. In a forest in California a speaker has been set up so that each night it plays the sound of a falling tree. Reminded me of the saying, if a tree falls in the woods and there’s no one around to hear it does it make a noise? Going along with his speech, this is just my personal interpretation of this landscape and other people might have other opinions. Coolidge also talks about how he makes exhibits for people to be show in either museums or galleries that represents the surrounding environment.

Artist Presentation: Golan Levin

Some video's of Golan Levin's work.

My artist presentation was done on Golan Levin. Golan Levin is a digital and interactive artist. "Golan Levin's work combines equal measures of the whimsical, the provocative, and the sublime in a wide variety of online, installation and performance media.? His website is www.flong.com. Golan Levin's work really centers around involving the viewer in the artwork, such work as Scrapple are designed solely to get the viewer involved in the artwork, and really there would be no artwork without the viewers interference (3rd Video). He as collaborates with other artist to put on unique and interesting events such as, Ursonography and Dialtones. Dialtones directly involves the audience by creating a symphony from their cell phones ring tones. While Ursonography shows us Levin's connection to computer programming and voice recognition. Levin also does many interactive online works such as Meshy and Obzok.

Artist visit; Jim Denomie-"Brown-eyed Rabbit"

Jim Denomie is an Anishinaabe (that’s an Ojibwe Indian to some and a Chippewa to others) artist who hails from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe by way of Chicago and Minneapolis, His latest exhibition “Brown-eyed Rabbit? is currently being shown at the Bockly Gallery in South Minneapolis. Jim paints in a very expressionistic style in which he uses vibrant colors and loose brush strokes to convey a satirical story about contempery Native Americans and their perceived role in a maladaptive society in which Identity has been comodified and molested. He uses historical narratives and tried clichés from pop culture to evoke questions about our Nation and the estrangement of marginalized cultures. He tries to tear down these perceptions of Native America to help construct the evolved Native identity. A lot of his works depict how popular culture conceives Native American as wild shirtless, feather wearing, horse riding, primative savages set in a modern environment. This relationship appears abserd when you see a naked Indian riding a horse with a bow and arrow on a golf course- but the absurd is what Jim is trying to depict; the perceived identity of native Americans to that of the actual contemporary identity.

Artist visit; David Feinberg- Voices to Vision

David Feinberg is a painter and an instructor here at the University of Minnesota. On Sunday December 9th there was a presentation of one of his projects “Voices to Vision? that involved Holocaust survivors and the use of art to help translate or transmit their stories of endurance. Five survivors; Joe Grosnacht, Murry Brandys, Sabrina Zimering, Lucy Smith, and Gina Kugler, along with Dr. Stephen Feinstein (the director of the Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies) collaborated with David Fienberg in creating various pieces of art. These works ranged from traditional paintings, wood 3-dimensional constructions, and digital collage. Feinberg would construct a painting then apply drawings from the ‘survivors’ with-in his composition.
The survivors would first share their stories with David and his undergraduate students to create a dialogue in which a piece of art can be conceived, and transformed into a visual representation that reflects this new shared experience. Each piece is a true collaboration with the artist and the storyteller. It is the intension of this project to create a new way of seeing and experiencing issues of the Holocaust and other genocides to those who have little or no experiences of these terrible atrocities, thus “The experience from the past appearing in new visual forms attracts the curiosity and inquiry of the audience with the implication that the problem exists today and the dialogues are still active?.

Artist visit; David Feinberg- Voices to Vision

David Feinberg is a painter and an instructor here at the University of Minnesota. On Sunday December 9th there was a presentation of one of his projects “Voices to Vision? that involved Holocaust survivors and the use of art to help translate or transmit their stories of endurance. Five survivors; Joe Grosnacht, Murry Brandys, Sabrina Zimering, Lucy Smith, and Gina Kugler, along with Dr. Stephen Feinstein (the director of the Center of Holocaust and Genocide Studies) collaborated with David Fienberg in creating various pieces of art. These works ranged from traditional paintings, wood 3-dimensional constructions, and digital collage. Feinberg would construct a painting then apply drawings from the ‘survivors’ with-in his composition.
The survivors would first share their stories with David and his undergraduate students to create a dialogue in which a piece of art can be conceived, and transformed into a visual representation that reflects this new shared experience. Each piece is a true collaboration with the artist and the storyteller. It is the intension of this project to create a new way of seeing and experiencing issues of the Holocaust and other genocides to those who have little or no experiences of these terrible atrocities, thus “The experience from the past appearing in new visual forms attracts the curiosity and inquiry of the audience with the implication that the problem exists today and the dialogues are still active?.

The Birth Of Goatboy

This is my final project. in this video I am using stop motion. this is a continuation of my last project "art deskapades" in which my art space comes alive and cleans itself. during this "cleaning" the tools of art try to discard the art- at least that was my intension. "The Birth Of Goatboy" is the realization of this battle of art and paper. the art-'Goatboy' has his environment rebel against him, basicly the paper is trying to destroy Leon the Goatboy. Leon morphs from a 2-dimensional space to that of 3-dimensional, and is born into a new reality in which he is not constrained to the walls or the frames on which he was initially rendered. I tried to convey the idea of art transcending space and environment.


For my final video, I knew I wanted to incorporate as many things as possible that we have covered in the class so far. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I accomplished that goal. I am happy with how my video turned out, but I wish I had time to do a painting animation film. My video is about daydreaming. There are all sorts of whimsical winter activities to do on a snow day, including skating. I chose to have feet shuffling in the snow because I think that almost everyone does it subconsciously, perhaps when they are lost in thought. The idea in the poem is for an imagination to spin, developing intricate ideas, and then realizing that someone is listening to them, and to brush it off as something that isn’t that important, or “just a thought." Visually I showed this by kicking snow over my imagination sequences. I think I accomplished what I intended to and I am happy with how the film turned out.


In this piece I wanted to capture a day in college life through pure audio. I wanted to bring together all of the audio techniques we have learned and focus on spacial relations and mostly stero capabilities. The layering is suposed to make the mask the fact that my day is pretty boring but it brings out the fact that its pretty mundane and repedative. After this project I vow never to use Audacity again!


In this piece I wanted to capture a day in college life through pure audio. I wanted to bring together all of the audio techniques we have learned and focus on spacial relations and mostly stero capabilities. The layering is suposed to make the mask the fact that my day is pretty boring but it brings out the fact that its pretty mundane and repedative. After this project I vow never to use Audacity again!

C.M.J.'s Final Project - (R)Evolving: Time And The Growing Male

For my final project, I wanted to do something that was rather broad in its scope, and I came up with an idea that would examine different age groups, or "target demographics," over the past decade. I wanted to film different scenes to demonstrate satirical looks at the situations and events that can be looked at as "rites of passage" and "defining moments" in the lives of many kids as they grow up. I decided that I wanted to present the movie as a sort of documentary, talking of pop culture going on in the world to give a real-life point of reference for these kids' lives, one that was in line with my age group growing up during these grades. I wanted to do a wide variety of things to delve into this subject matter and to vary up the video. Once I had written out all of my ideas, I filmed and created all of the scenes, made some original musical pieces for the beginning and end of the movie, and came up with narration to tie the whole movie together. The title is a play off of the idea of American males not necessarily E-volving and growing, but RE-volving and falling into a pattern, going through a continuous cycle of behavior and expected activity, falling into trends and conformity throughout the ages without breaking the mold. The video is really an examination of how people many times do not break the mold or become individuals in any meaningful sense, and the film questions if there can be more of a push towards growing up and causing a change for the future, for all people. This serious idea is of course mixed with a lot of over-the-top humor and weird and various references, things I tend to like to do. My original intent was not for the movie to be as long as it turned out, but in the end I think the structure and framework of the movie is pretty much in line with what I envisioned for it, so I feel it works and is justified. While difficult at times, I really enjoyed creating this movie, and hope that people like it and get something out of it.

Visiting Artist Lowry Sims

I watched a visiting artist presentation by Lowery Sims from December 5, 2007. She talked a lot about the evironment and its relationship to art. One of her main foci was how art can be sustainable. She spoke of three types of art practices that could be considered sustainable art: engaging the landscape, recycling or reclaiming materials, and response to issues through creation and production of work. One of the things she talked about was how your artwork can be a response to your environment. Whether its a public social issue, such as the museum excavation which uncovered artifacts leftover from the Rockefeller's townhouses, or a personal social issue like the spacial efficiency piece. She also touched on the importance of aesthetic in art, which is always a hot topic for modern/ contemporary artwork. My favorite piece she showed during her presentation was the photograph of the green grass in the foreground with the World Trade Center in the background. I think that is an intriguing juxtaposition of the natural environment and the man made world, and it also incorporates a handful of other issues, such as power, unity, terrorism, survival, etc.

Visiting Artist Michael Krueger

I recently viewed the Michael Krueger presentation from November 1, 2007 on DVD. His presentation was based on his own artwork. His work focuses on taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary through the use of narrative. He would take ordinary objects (such as a foam cup or water can) and bring them to life by giving them a face or another representation of a living thing. What I found most interesting about his work was his notebook discovery. He found his old high school notebook at his mother's house and was looking through his history notes. Because of this, he became interested in "real" American History, which contradicts most of what we learn in high school. This is a major influence on much of his recent works, such as the drawing he did of Thomas Jefferson with the shopping cart, which tells of how Jefferson was a shopping addict and died thousands of dollars in debt.

One Man's Trash

For my final video

I wanted to do something in a completely different mood than before. I had several ideas but no direction for the first week or so. That's when I decided that I wanted to create a film with a more serious tone to challenge myself and see if I could pull it off. I wanted to play off of the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" but do it in a different (creepier) way than my last two videos. I believe that my final video, although it may not be as amusing as the previous works I have done, is more carefully planned out. The quality of my work is higher and the final product shows that I put more effort in the planning process than I did previously. Although it may not seem like it at first, every element was carefully considered, from the lighting, to the camera angle of each shot. I also wanted to retry the narrative to see if I could improve my story-telling abilities. I think I succeeded with telling a "more full" story which could also be attributed to my careful planning. I definitely learned that planning can go a long ways. So in the future, if I continue to make films, whether for class or my own work, I know to sit down and just think until each and every detail has been thought through--before I get behind the camera.

Artist Talk #2

Last Wednesday I attended the lecture given by Lowery Stokes Sims at the Weisman Art Museum. The main subject of her talk was artwork that engaged environmental themes and promoted environmental consciousness. She showed the work of a variety of artists who use the environment in different ways through their art. Some of the work Sims showed, such as that of Andy Goldsworthy and Robert Smithson, is an example of a more literal use of the environment in art. Both directly engage the environment by physically altering the land. Much of the art that she presented was very experimental, ranging from constructed living units, to excavated city sites, to Antarctic expeditions.
In discussing these different artists and their work Sims showed the role artists are playing in raising awareness of environmental issues. Sims suggested that because artists have a mostly unrestricted and unregulated status in society they often play a very important role in activist movements. One interesting question she raised was whether or not the impact of environmentally conscious artwork will have a greater effect on the public than scientific research alone.
The talk was very interesting and I was glad to be able to hear Sims speak in person. The topic of discussion was very relevant and I wish we could have gotten into it a bit more thoroughly.

Artist Visit - Laura Melnich

I went to the Be Dazzled event at the WMA to go see some visiting artistes and I came across crop art or seed art. There were several pictures made entirely out of different types of seeds. I really liked it so I went to talk to the artist, Laura Melnich. I asked her how long it took to do each of the pictures and she pointed to one of them that was about 12 by 14 inches and told me it took her over a hundred hours to finish. She has a station set up with different types of seeds so you could make you own crop art. I got really into it and spent 2 hours there working with seeds. I learned a lot by just watching her make a sample for us to see. She place each seed down one at a time unlike my sprinkling technique. I put the glue there I wanted it, sprinkle the seeds on, and shake off the remains. She pieces had pictures of Curious George, Pop-Eyes, and several other cartoons figures, so I asked her if she made other works beside cartoon characters. She said no not really. There was a piece with a picture of Jesse Ventura, but besides that she mostly worked with political cartoons. Laura Melnich seems to have her own style and I really like the cartoon characters, but I would love to see what she could create without cartoons.

December 11, 2007

The Day that will Live in Infamy... - Project 4

So for the final project, I knew a few things ahead of time. I new that I wanted to film another video and I knew that I wanted to make it ridiculous and fun because I'd be able to always look back on it and get a good laugh instead of looking back at another video that I could care less for. I accomplished that here. The video is absurd, stupid, and a little crazy but I'm proud of it. I feel like I accomplished all the goals I had set ahead of time. I wrote a general script. I filmed all in a day. I edited in a timely manner. In general, things went very smoothly for me on my final project. Having a plan and sticking to it really goes a long way. Also, I think that even though there is no intended point to the video, it does have several effects and asks a few questions relating to time and how people perceive things. To that effect, it is easily pertinent to the class. The length was a little longer than I wanted or expected it to be but over the times I’ve watched it, it doesn’t seem to feel dragged out. Overall, I think things went well.

Stick Man Part II

I am very happy with how my final project came together. I feel like I have put a good end on the story of this stick man character I created and I think my video this time around worked a lot better. I learned a lot about stop-motion by doing project 3, and I think I used what I learned to good extent in this project. The lighting is of a lot higher quality in this video compared to my last, and the pictures are also higher quality because I took them with a digital camera this time instead of a dv video camera. I added sound effects to this video, which is something I didn’t do in the last one, but I don’t know how well it worked. I tried to show through sound that stick man was trying to get back inside the paper, and that is why he keeps banging his head against it, but I don’t know if I conveyed that well enough and if people will know what is going on.

To get the most out of this video, you should watch the first one beforehand, because it is meant to be a story that goes in order. It could still be watched without the first one, but I think it works better if you have seen the first one as well. I also don’t know if the soundtrack in this video worked very well either. I used almost the same soundtrack that I made for my last video because it worked really well in that case, but it didn’t work quite as well in this one, I think. That’s just my opinion, though.

Artist Visit - Chris Dashke

Chris Dashke is an artist that works with drawings, paintings, and sculptures. For Dashke drawing and sculpture usually went together. He always makes a drawing of his sculptures, and he also makes sculptures from his drawings. For years he has been trying to find a way of combining his drawings with his sculptures. His brought some of his most recent works which were made out of large cable wires. He uses them in his sculptures but at the same time he used the cable as a line to create a drawing. As you can tell from my stop motion project with Legos I’m really interested in the differences between two dimensional and three dimensional planes, and what happens then the two comes together. I like his ideas of combining sculpture and drawings, but I was not really impressed by his works. They were quite simple and until he explains them they doesn’t do much to capture an audiences‘ attention. I think his work is still in an experimental phase, and at this point the work he is doing is mostly for himself. He has the right ideas but I think he is still developing a way to represent his idea in a meaningful way. I did enjoy some of his past works that he showed us in a slide show. He experimented with painting and I liked some of them, but I thought impressive works were his large scale sculptures.

Visiting Artist Response

I went to hear Lowery Stokes Sims speak at the Weisman last week. A lot of people showed up to hear her speak as it was a packed house. Her topic was very broad. She talked about how art can engage the environment. She wanted to show many different art pieces from around the country in which artists used the environment to portray their message and their art. It was a pretty interesting topic. One quote she gave the audience was that, "Instead of puting a work of art on the land, some land is now put into a work of art." She gave three general topics of how/why this could be done. The topics were recycling, response to social issues through the production of objects or discourse, and engagement of landscape.

She then showed various pieces of works in each category. There were pieces of sustainable art, excavation projects, and other out of the ordinary works. A few of my favorites included a picture of a piece in which 10,000 trees were planted around a mountain in a spiral position. It was accomplished in 1996 first and was just an amazing acheivement. It took many years for the trees to grow but when each one grew to its potential, the benefit was a great piece of art. That piece has inspired many new planting projects. Another piece I liked was a drawing of an apocolyptic, end of the world type scenario called "Manifest Destiny" in which the artist illustrated what Brooklyn would look like in the future because of global warming. The whole town was flooded and the piece in general held a very strong message.

The lecture as a whole was okay. It was a little boring but definitely better than the one I went to last time. Sims had a lot of good things to talk about and seemed very familiar with everything she had mentioned. One thing I would have liked to see would be more time for artist names and titles of pieces. On her presentation, she didn't include either and she talked too fast to catch most of the names of artists or their works. Also more pictures would have been nice to see.

Visiting artists

On December 5th, 2007 at the Weisman Lowery Sims did a presentaion on art works that had to to with being enviromentally friendly and global warming. During the presentation she showed many works of art that in some way or another had to do with the enviroment. The purpose of a lot of these artworks were to get people to think more about the enviroment than we do. The artworks that she talked about ranged in style a lot from paintings to earth works. An example of one of the earth works is a mountain that was man made and then had 10,000 trees planted on it arranged into the shape of a spiral. Also, there was a painting depicting a future in which a city was flooded over but life went on for wildlife like birds and jellyfish. Some of the artworks were just to get people to think about the enviroment on a whole while others were more specific and were about global warming. Like one were the artwork was marking around the city how high the water level would be if a future flood was to happen. Throughout the presentation though she showed a lot of artwork from other people she did not show her own.

On April 19th, 2007 Kelly Dobson did a presentation at the Regis. Her presentation was about machine therapy and how we connect with machines. Also, she talked about her current project. In her lecture she said that people can connect with machines more than just using them for there purpose. She found this out when she was walking by a construction zone and used the loud levels of noise to cover up her screaming. She then started to go back and make noises next to the machines and harmonize with them which made her feel conected to them. Because of this she believes that machines have unintentional affordances that affect us. In the lecture she talked about transitioinal objects or objects that we rely on for a need or comfort that we phase out of use when we no longer need them to fullfil that need or comfort. Along these lines she made something she called the sceam body. What it is is a bag that you can scream into and it absorbs the sound so it can't be heard and also records it so that you can realese it later. She hopes that it can be a transitional object that can help people be more comfortable with letting out a scream when they really feel like they need to. Other than through sound Kelly believes that machines might comunicate with us through electromagnetic communication since our heart makes an electromagnetic field that pulses according to our moods. Her current project is Umo, Amo. and Omo. These are little machines that are supposed to communicate with people through different means. Umo does through with sound by making a purring like noise. Amo does so by making electromagnetic fields. And Omo does so by breathing. Overall I found her theories and work to be very intriguing and would like to see how her current project works out.

C.M.J.'s Visiting Artist Response #2 - Sue Coe

The second visiting artist I am responding to is Sue Coe, who gave a presentation on January 25, 2007 at the Regis Center For Art at the University of Minnesota. Coe is one of the leading political artists in the world today, though her work covers many topics, and she has done drawings for many famous organizations, including one for the producers of The X-Files. Sue told many stories of her experiences with many of the people she has met, and she showed lots of different works that spanned different topics, including many blasting the Bush administration, with George W. Bush made to look as evil and incompetent as possible for the atrocities that many link him to (one picture depicted Bush defecating on people from his bare anus). Most of her work is very dark in its content, and she spent a lengthy period of time showing drawings she had done of women from prison who were infected with HIV, and how their lives were affected. She really brought to life the pain and torment of these people's lives. The other lengthy work she presented was of cruelty towards animals, including unethical treatment towards animals in slaughter houses, and the inhumane treatment towards sheep. Many of the pictures with animals were very graphic, which went along well with the theme of showing their torture and pain. Sue Coe's work was very good, and the way she draws things has a unique cartoonish seriousness about it, which makes it very captivating. She is obviously very passionate about her political beliefs, and she channels that well into her work. Her strong convictions and sheer talent make for some great art that speaks for itself. I enjoyed her lecture very much.

C.M.J.'s Visiting Artist Response #1 - Michael Krueger

The first visiting artist I am responding to is Michael Krueger, who came and gave a presentation on November 1, 2007, at the Regis Center For Art at the University of Minnesota. Krueger's work was very interesting. He talked about getting inspiration for his work from many strange images, amongst them children's cups and accessories. He does many interesting drawings and digital pieces of art, that have many recurring themes, such as blurring the natural world. He deals a lot with making people think about things in different ways by twisting preexisting images around or juxtaposing them with other images to make people reexamine them and their ideas. Some examples are his drawing of Thomas Jefferson (who was a big shopper back in his day) pushing a modern day shopping cart, bringing about ideas one wouldn't normally associate with either image by itself. Another example is superimposing an image of a soldier in war over an image of Alice Cooper that Krueger drew when he was in high school, to show what he might have doodled back in high school if he were to think about Alice Cooper as the big patriot which Cooper apparently is in real life. Krueger is also interested in presenting images that have nonspecific moods and ideas that people can interpret themselves. I really liked Krueger's work because it dealt with bringing together many things that people don't normally think could go together, and then making something special out of them, which is something I really admire and think is terrific. Overall, I felt his lecture was good, and he clearly has a personal connection with his work that really shows through. His use of computer technology in some of his work, too, I thought was really neat to see.

Project 4

This project was an interesting experience for me, as I have never done Claymation before and wasn’t really sure what to expect from the process. While I wouldn't consider what I did here "real" claymation as you would see in Tim Burtons work, it’s the best that I could do with the materials that I had. I had real issues with the clay drying out too fast and cracking. Also not knowing how little I truly had to move the figures to get a really smooth animation. As a result of this the movie is a bit choppy at points. The editing and audio went smoothly and I think that the audio follows the story really well.

The title of Friends is a strange one that some might understand after watching the movie. Its based on a friend of mine who just went through an ordeal with another person, basically believing them to be friends but being backstabbed by them (in the movies case, someone close to them) in the end. The coins that are in the video had no indented relation to capitalism, when I first made the movie. They were simply the easiest objects that I could use to show an increasing value. These were simple to be used as gifts, however using currency certainly can get one thinking about the affects on capitalism on society, especially after someone gets backstabbed for it.

Overall I enjoyed the process that it took to create this movie and I'm happy with the result. Especially the audio, which is a step up from my last project.

Visiting artists

Nikki S Lee is a Korean photographer who visited the University in October of this year. She specializes in the influence of subcultures in our society and depicts them with photography. Ms. Lee lived in Korea until she was twenty four years old, she states that this is one of the greatest assets to her work. While living in Korea she did not see much variance and diversity in the people around her. When she moved to New York she saw so many people living differently and she found it interesting. She became the different sup cultures to better understand them. When she had emerged herself in every aspect of the culture she would start to document them with photography. Her complete emergence in the culture really allowed her to grasp the important facets of the group. In every photo she really looked like she belonged in the setting and attached herself to the people around her.

Mathew Coolidge is a photographer who is focuses on land art. To him the events of the United States have left many marks on it. Many of his photographs are of actual artist’s pieces where a landscape or large object was used as a medium. Other pieces were of industrial or human influenced land. The pieces showed how the people and economic situations of the area influenced the sight of the land. In many cases his peaces were not just captured on film but also he would set up tours or exhibits at the locations to encase the medium. His Greenland excursion captured the artifacts of the cold war and showed them in an almost documentary format, however it still showed through as art from the way it was shot.

Visiting Artists Responses

VJAA at the Walker
I didn't have an understanding of what Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos did in the art field before going to their presentation at the Walker. This made it very interesting when I found out that they were architects and highly respected in the area as well as in their field of work. VJAA have had projects all over the US where they're able to use contemporary design styles and techniques. Their attention to the environment and surrounds of the areas was consistent in all of their architecture. They take into consideration the history of the cities or towns and use as much natural energy as they can. Their works are all very energy efficient because of their high regard for energy efficiency and their ability to creatively, but affectively, use their natural surroundings. A few examples of this come out of their use of water as natural cooling systems in a couple of locations. One is through the use of fans blowing air against water that's falling down steal-mesh panels horizontally hung in a room. The other use is the circulation of water from some body of water around the site located along the shoreline. I've never been to any sort of presentation like this and found myself really enjoying the experience. They even opened up the floor for questions after they discussed their works.

Slow Art by John Kelly and Arden Reed
John Kelly and Arden Reed discussed slow art in the from of tableaux vivant; people staging themselves as famous artworks. John Kelly spoke on his experience in the field. It seems as though he does his artwork all on his own which is what intrigued me most about their presentation. John doesn't always go directly off the artwork either, he creates his own variations as well. John sets up the scene then has a camera record while he acts out what the original art piece, posing every few seconds. He then watches the video and creates still images to use. He had only intended the footage to be for his eyes but brought along some of it and showed it to us. It was hilarious. He had even compiled them all into a ten or so minute long video that we watched and laughed at with him as he acted out the emotions he found in the artworks. Arden Reed showed a film of a tableaux vivants from a european artists photography. It's an unusual experience to watch people stay perfectly immobile for long amounts of time, but just as I'd be getting bored of it I would start to watch to see if anyone was moving and get sucked back in. At the end of his talk Arden Reed discussed this feeling and explained how that's a part of tableaux vivants.

December 10, 2007

C.M.J.'s Artist Presentation - Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk is a pioneering electronic music band from Germany, debuting in 1970, who is known for leading innovation in technology and music production that has affected numerous artists and influenced countless genres either directly or indirectly. The band's live show is a big part of their activity in the music scene, finding many ways to bring their songs to life in new and improvisational ways, which has furthered their creativity in making future music. Their songs are usually either instrumental or contain simplistic lyrics that deal with celebrating technology or everyday life in Europe. They were revolutionary and greatly ahead of their time, and their sound changed the music industry forever.


Artist Presentation-Bill Seaman

Bill Seaman is an artist in many different fields. His most prominent one is digital media and the creation of interactive installations. As I looked over Seaman's work for the past 20 years there is great advances with the progression of technology. At the beginning of his work (water catalogue) Seaman is creating videos incorporating his poetry. Then Seaman began to create installation pieces and soon after, interactive installations. Bill Seaman incorporates his own poetry in his works along with audio pieces he creates. I'm excited to hear more about Bill Seaman as the years go on and I am hopeful that some of his work will be exhibited in our area.

December 9, 2007

Lowery Stokes Sims Visiting Artist Lecture

I went to see Lowery Stokes Sims give a lecture on Wednesday, December 5th at Weisman Art Museum. The first thing I realized was how many things this woman has done and how much she has accomplished by the intro done by TJ. It was nearly five minutes long! I could tell right away that Ms. Sims is a very important person in art.

Her main theme throughout the evening was on global warming and how we, as artists, can help the environment. She showed many, many different pieces, all done by different artists, that have to do with global warming or are environmentally conscious. I was very surprised that the lecture was all about global warming. She told us how artists have been at the forefront of global warming and how they have tried to make the public aware of it through use of their artwork. For example, one artist put these little, round, mirror-like objects all around a town and posted them about six feet off the ground. She posted them on trees, telephone poles, and the sides of buildings. It was supposed to be a reminder about a flood that could possibly happen, and if it does happen, the town would be under water up to the level of these mirrors.

Ms. Sims' lecture was fairly interesting, but I found it very odd that she didn't show any of her own artwork. She only showed art done by others. I have to admit I was disappointed because I really wanted to see artwork done by Lowery, especially after hearing her introduction and seeing how accomplished she is in the art world. The lecture wasn't bad, but I just wish she would have shown some of her own art along with the pieces done by others.

December 5, 2007

final project proposition

For my final project I will be working with video again. I wanted to experiment a bit with time and space interaction as we did with the stop motion project, but using different techniques. I've decided to attempt a video filmed completely in reverse. The actor/actors will be walking and moving backwards as well as speaking backwards during the recording so that when it's played back in reverse it will appear as though everything is moving forward, however it will be apparent that something is different. There are a lot of things that can be done using this technique to make the events in the film look 'magical.' For instance if while a person is walking backwards he takes off his coat and drops it, when played in reverse it will appear as though his coat floated up and wrapped itself around him. I plan to explore a number of interesting actions and motions to force the audience to think about how it was done and the process involved. Heres a short video in the style that I intend to be working in.

Alex Killough

My artist presentation, from December 3rd, was on Alex Killough. He is an artist based out of California that makes art dealing with the relationship between sound and image. He uses a lot of computer filters to blur his image as well as his sound. His art is not always visually or audibly pleasant but it is always certainly interesting. Killough graduated from the University of Texas: Austin from the Fine Arts Department. He is pretty local when it comes to displaying his art but he has had his pieces shown at the University of Texas as well as the Univeristy of California: Berkeley. Killough also programs websites and helps other artists accomplish pieces tha they need help completing. Many of his individual pieces, though, are very abstract. If you would like to see some of Alex Killough's artwork and videos, visit eatenbymoths.com or aromanscandal.org.

Artist Presentation

I did my artist presentation on Takashi Murakami. He is involved in all sorts of art including paintings, sculptures, cartoons, and other digital media. His art style is said to be like Andy Warhol's, and his artwork is very expensive just like Warhol's. Murakami is credited with founding the art style known as Superflat and is a very well know Japanese artist. Murakami now sells all sorts of products made by him and his company KaiKai Kiki. Some of the things they sell are plush toys for kids, t-shirts, keychains, figurines, and a lot of others. Here are some links to two short videos he has made:

artist presentation: Peter Sarkisian

Today I will be presenting Peter Sarkisian. He is a contemporary video artist whose main work consists of instillations. His video work combines sculptural elements of the direct object with projected images. His work has been displayed in many galleries and museums around the country. The goal of his artwork is to expand the way video is used by creating constructed events in the present moment. He attempts to eliminate the fundamental characteristics of video such as the frame. He shows a lot of interest in getting the viewer invovled as a participant by activating the space with which they occupy and altering their environment. Sorry I couldn't find any videos of his video work for everyone to see.

artist presentation : ben rubin

Tomorrow I will be giving a presentation on Ben Rubin, a media artist from New York City whose more well known works include the 'San Jose Semaphore' on the Adobe Incorporated building, 'Four Stories' in the Minneapolis Public Library, and a non permanent piece called 'Listening Post.' He has done many other very interesting pieces using the internet and other hi-tech materials to explore communication and digital design. To see some of his work visit www.earstudio.com. Here is a YouTube video of his 'Four Stories' piece in Minneapolis. One of the pieces I will be showing tomorrow.

December 3, 2007

Breadboard Band


The digital artist I researched was

The Breadboard Band. I wanted to do something with music and after my research of the group and the background of circuit bending and noise music, I actually learned a lot. Before I would not have found any enjoyment out of the music they create, but now I appreciate their work as art.

David Rokeby


Jennifer Steinkamp Presentation

On Monday December 3rd I will give a presentation on Jennifer Steinkamp. She is an amazing digital media artist who specializes mostly in her installations, which are displayed in museums, galleries, and even colleges. She incorporates the architecture and space of the establishments she shows her artwork at. Steinkamp also includes ways for the viewers to get involved. The most prevalent ways to involve viewers of her work is her use of shadows. You can literally see yourself in her work. You feel as if you are part of it. She isn't particularly established with her artwork but she is definitely worth knowing about.

December 2, 2007

Project 4 Proposal

After thinking some time about what I wanted to do for my final project I still am not completely sure. However our discussion in class on Wednesday game me an idea or two. In class we had a conversation after watching one of the stop motion videos about how people react to sad or grim (just generaly dark) movies more than they do to happy movies. The idea that I had for my final project was to attempt to create a "dark" movie while making it look happy. Basically have a dark undertone while what your viewing is gernally what one would veiw as happy. To get one thing strait, I am not talking "Happy Tree Friends" where the humor is more what I would like to call slapstick gore. I'm going to attempt to make this as serious as I can.