December 8, 2008

Final Project

My final project was a music video for the song Hernando's Hideaway. It was a collaborative effort with some of my friends.

Filmed by Scott Farris, Kai Nedderson, and Sam Portz
Directed and Edited by Scott Farris and Sam Portz

http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/embed/23097

It appears that the video lost a bit of the quality in the upload, so some of the shots are darker than intended and lost some of the color clarity.

Final Cut

Halloween Mashup

http://mediamill.cla.umn.edu/mediamill/embed/23089

Self Portrait

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Project 2

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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon was born October 28, 1909, in Dublin. At the age of 16, he moved to London and subsequently lived for about two years in Berlin and Paris.

Although Bacon never attended art school, he began to draw and work in watercolor. Upon his return to London in 1929, he established himself as a furniture designer and interior designer. In the fall of that year he began to use oils and exhibited a few paintings as well as furniture and rugs in his studio. His work was included in a group exhibition in London at the Mayor Gallery in 1933. In 1934, the artist organized his own first solo show at Sunderland House, London, which he called Transition Gallery for the occasion. He participated in a group show at Thomas Agnew and Sons, London in 1937.

Bacon painted relatively little after his solo show in 1934 and in the 1930's and early 1940's destroyed many of his works. He began to paint intensively again in 1944. Pablo Picasso's work decisively influenced his painting until the mid 1940's. From the mid 1940's to the 50's, Bacon's work reflected the influence of Surrealism.

In the 50's, Bacon drew on such sources as Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X and Vincent Van Gogh's The Painter on the Road to Tarascon. Bacon soon developed his distinctive style as a figure painter. In his mature style, developed in the 1950's, the paintings include images of either friends or lovers, or images of people found in movie stills, reproductions of historic paintings and medical photos. His people scream in physical and psychic pain, seemingly tortured in bedrooms, bathrooms and cages. His work was always expressionist in style with distorted human and animal forms, potent images of corrupt and disgusting humanity.

Bacon's dramatic and riveting work gained international recognition and acclaim. His first major show took place at the Hanover Gallery, London, in 1949. His first solo exhibition outside England was held in 1953 at Durlacher Brothers, New York. His first retrospective was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 1955.

In 1962, the Tate Gallery, London, organized a Bacon retrospective, a modified version of which traveled to Mannheim, Turin, Zurich, and Amsterdam.

Other important exhibitions of his work were held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1963 and the Grand Palais in Paris in 1971; paintings from 1968 to 1974 were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1975. Retrospectives of his work were held at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1989-1990 and at the Musee National d'Art Moderne, Paris, in 1996.

The artist died April 28, 1992, in Madrid.

Wang Qingsong

While it is hard for me to fully understand the meaning and emotion behind Qingsong's work, due to the fact that my knowledge on the situations in China is very limited, I find his artwork very aesthetically interesting. His use of the human body really draws me in, in the way that he often uses a large amount of people in his pictures, but each person seems to have their own story in the way that they are posed. While this can cause an overload of focus in some of the images, i enjoy the fact that while looking at the image, i am constantly finding new things i didn't notice before, that continue to add onto the meaning of the image as a whole.

Another aspect of Qingsong's work that i enjoy is his use of very interesting settings. Two that especially strike me are Dormitory and Commercial War. The abstract setting of the dormitory full of of nude figures leaves me wondering more about what the motivation/story behind it is. Commercial War was especially interesting to me, because it is a theme that is incredibly relevant in America too. The constant struggle between companies to overpower their opponents in the word of advertising.

Nash Gallery

One aspect of all of the artwork at the Nash gallery that I paid special attention to was the use of layering. Many of the pieces not only used layering, but they also used plexiglass and other materials to give a three dimensional aspect to the pieces. By using these layers, the viewer’s eyes are quickly drawn to specific aspects of the artwork. The more abstract pieces weren’t my favorite, but I enjoyed the pieces on the right wall as we entered the gallery. These pieces juxtaposed figures, faces, popular icons, and landscapes to create a multilayered piece where each layer clearly stood out from the rest. This gave each layer a meaning of its own, as well as adding meaning to the piece as a whole.

Andy Warhol

While I cannot deny the importance of Andy Warhol and his influence on pop art, and art in general, much of his artwork does not strike me as overly impressive. He pioneered the popular genre of pop art, which still remains a very prominent art form today, especially in the form of television advertising, magazine ads, and other forms of art often associated with consumer products. Despite these advances he has allowed, the genre of pop art often seems to have a lack of effort to it. Many times, these works of so called pop art will be nothing more than a simple image taken from another source, and then imposed over another image or background, with very little adjustments or actual work involved.

Personally, my favorite facet of Warhol was his work with the band The Velvet Underground, bolstering their fame through his collaborations with them in his video work, as well as helping to manage and produce the band.

What Is Art?

Art stimulates different parts of our brains with of emotions. Art gives us a way to be creative and express ourselves. You could say "Art is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans."

On the other hand, art is such a large part of our everyday lives, we hardly even stop to think about it. Look at the desk or table where you are, right this minute. Someone designed that. It is art. Your shoes are art. Your coffee cup is art. All functional design, well done, is art. So, you could say "Art is something that is both functional and (hopefully) aesthetically pleasing to our eyes."

"Art is in a constant state of change, so nobody can really pin down what it is."

"Art is subjective, and means something different to every single person on earth."

"Art is form and content" means: All art consists of these two things.
-Form means (1) the elements of art, (2) the principles of design and (3) the actual, physical materials that the artist has used. Form, in this context, is concrete and fairly easily described - no matter which piece of art is under scrutiny.

-"Content" is idea-based and means (1) what the artist meant to portray, (2) what the artist actually did portray and (3) how we react, as individuals, to both the intended and actual messages.

-"content" includes ways in which a work was influenced - by religion, or politics, or society in general, or even the artist's use of hallucinogenic substances - at the time it was created. All of these factors, together, make up the "content" side of art.