December 11, 2007

Stick Man Part II

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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

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:

November 27, 2007

Project 3 Reflection

Overall I am pleased with my stop-motion video project. I accomplished all of the goals I had set and am pretty happy with the final product. I like how it all came together and I enjoyed the stop-motion aspect of this project a lot more than our other projects so far. That is why for the last project I am going to continue with another stop-motion movie. Before I started this project I was unaware of how much work and time that it actually takes to make a two-minute video clip out of just pictures, but now that I know I would have definitely given myself more time to capture all the pictures needed. Stop-motion involves a lot more thought and time than I initially thought it would.

November 25, 2007

Project 4 Proposal

For my final project I am planning to make a “sequel? to my last project: Stick Man. I really enjoyed making the stop-motion video a lot more than my other projects, so I want to continue with that sort of medium. I was debating whether or not to make a whole new stop-motion project or continue with the one I just made, and I chose to continue with my previous one because I feel like there is a lot more I can do with the character I have created, and I want to work with clay again. I am planning to show pieces of my old project along with all new footage. I think I will have around two minutes or so of new video, and about 30 seconds to a minute of my old project for a total of two and a half to three minutes of total video. I still don’t know if I want to create a story for my character, or have it be more abstract like my other video. My main goal is to create a video that is entertaining and captivates the audience, but also is technically sound and made with the highest quality (unlike my last one). I will need to plan out ahead of time what happens, and give myself more time to capture all the shots I will need. My video will be sort of in the form of YouTube, but with a little more thought and time put into it than an average YouTube video, although I do plan to post it on YouTube when I’m done. I believe anyone could watch and enjoy my project, but it is probably most made for a younger audience. Both single viewers and small groups would like it.

November 20, 2007

Stick Man

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November 6, 2007

Michael Krueger-Visting Artist

I went to listen to Michael Krueger talk about his art on Thursday, November 1st at the Regis Center for Art. He showed all sorts of pieces he's been doing over the years, and also kind of how he has progressed as an artist. I really liked how he had saved his old high school notebooks with drawings in them he made during class and showed them to us. They were very interesting: usually about some death-metal band or just wierd, crazy demons or something like that. Aside from that he talked about how he likes to use a lot of symmetry in his drawings. He had many drawings that were some sort of desert landscape, and they were all perfectly symmetrical right down to every little rock on the ground or every ray of sun in the sky. He also had many drawings of just a person in the middle of a page, the way the were gesturing, or oriented, was also symmetrical. Mr. Krueger also talked about how he likes the idea of inanimate objects with faces, and he showed us many different cups and dishes that had faces on them. He also had a bunch of fruit figurines that had faces. He said that a lot of time in his art, he likes to think that inanimate objects like these come alive when you're not looking, and that he like the idea of things like that to be personified. Overall I enjoyed the presentation a lot. I liked how he showed many, many different pieces he made and it was a lot better than I expected it to be.

November 2, 2007

Project 3

For my third project, I am planning to do a stop motion video. I think I want to make a flipbook of a skateboarder or something like that rolling around and doing tricks. I will video tape me going through the flipbook, then at the end of the book, it will transform into real life and I will do a stop motion video of a clay skateboarder going through the exact same motions. I want it to kind of evolve from the flipbook to real life. I want to incorporate the flipbook into this video because I have always enjoyed them and seeing the different things people can do with them, and I think it would work really well in this stop-motion project. I think I am going to film and take pictures of everything pretty close up so the only thing the viewer focuses on is the skateboarder instead of the background. I am going to draw the flipbook, then do the real-life pictures of a clay figurine of the skateboarder.

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October 8, 2007

Project 2 Description

I am going to make a video showing how to do a card trick. I have always liked magic and want to share that by doing this video project on me doing a magic trick. Ever since I was young I have always been interested in magic: the whole performance of it all, the mystery, the entertainment you get from watching someone perform a great trick. I thought that this video project would be a great way for me to share my love for magic with others. Right now, I am thinking of shooting my video in a pretty small, well-lit space, probably at a table or desk in my room. I think I am going to start with the video by showing me behind the desk/table with a deck of cards explaining the trick, and then zoom in to my hands and the cards while I perform it. I believe that this will show in more detail what happens during the performance than if I just shot the video in a wide shot or some other “far-away? frame. This way the viewer can see the cards more clearly and they will know the trick isn’t a video edit or anything like that. I still haven’t decided exactly what trick I am going to do, but it will probably be a fairly simple, straightforward card trick. I think I will shoot me doing the trick, then after the viewer sees that, I will redo the trick, explaining how to do it. This will give a better effect than if I just showed how to do it straight off the bat. Anybody will be able to watch and enjoy my video. I am not making it for a specific target-audience or certain type of person. It will be entertaining, but short and to the point so viewers can watch it to completion without getting bored or anything.

October 1, 2007

Dorm Life


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September 12, 2007

Alien Landing