February 2011 Archives
Western Spaghetti by PES
Game Over by PES
Gundam Stop-Motion Battle!!
So I had a lot of overall goals that I wanted for this project and I'll try to explain those and some of the choices I made.
Firstly, I wanted to effectively create a mood which as the project continued I ended up using a tone of melancholy. Which I tried to exemplified with the lack of life. So, I added the tree but took out most the leaves and the small remnants of leaves that remained I faded and made a tan, yellow, brown color. I also used the bird which I put in a menacing position, glaring down the most prominent branch eventually at the heap of mass in the right corner. I also altered the birds coloring to make it look more like a scavenger or bird of prey.
Secondly, I wanted to explore how to move someone's eye through the page and how that motion can create an aesthetic in itself. I mostly tried to play with lighting and vector lines. So, on the top image I made very straight vectors, with fibrous, (literally) tree like,... lines. So yeah. I toned down all the branches except for the one with which I wanted to be the main vector line. I also tried to use the birds gaze as a vector. I used lighting by making the top left the brightest part of the image while the bottom right is the darkest. Overall, I tried to make a very straight feel.
With the bottom image I tried to give the eye a very contrasting experience, which I think is really the heart of the work. I tried to move the eye in wavy, circling patterns. I also blurred the image and tried to do so in a way that made a sort of circling effect, again. Yeah. I tried to allude to the human figure in the bottom image, for several reasons, but for the reasons of the eye to again create a waving effect. Speaking of waves... the original image WAS a wave, the background. Which I think is the main focus of eye movement in the bottom piece. I also tried to work with light again, yada yada yada.
I don't know how much you want us to explain our choices, I'd be glad to but I don't want to seem like a complete piece of shit.
And a link to the actual image in the right size.
Moustache on Forehead
Origami Kids Show
Simple, Elegant Music Video.
Claymation film in progress.
For those interested:
Iconic Music Video:
New Music Video:
There's a stop Motion Art Commercial that advertises Brothers a printer company
There's a stop motion art movie called Big Bang Big Boom on youtube
There's another stop motion movie called her morning essence on youtube
There's a Motion Stop Artist by the name of Corey Barksdale you can see some of his things on youtube as well
Stop Motion using bottles, for a birthday present.
Stop Motion using post it notes
Another stop motion using post it notes
The Sand Castle (1977) About the sandman and the creatures he creates.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) The official trailer of my favorite movie.
Meat Love (1988) By Jan Svankmajer, the artist I'm doing my project on.
Unique New York
I liked what Harrell had to say about seeing the world through a camera. I've had a little experience working with SLR's and know the feeling of looking at the world through a lens. It's like you become detached from the world and exist only as an observer.
I also found his story about Walter interesting. Kids are so absorbent when they're that young. I saw a documentary about a nontraditional school where they introduced foreign languages to kids who were 6-8 years old. It seemed so easy for them to learn another language at that age.
This is what they meant by picture is worth a thousand words....these are the stories that this picture tells
Story 1- There's a boy who like a girl but the father does not approve because of the boys race and social class so he threatens to harm the boys if he sees him with her again at the same time this is going on theirs is a great migration because the people of the town are trying to escape the cold winter so the boy and girl run away with each other while the people are in a panic but the little girl ends up forgetting her toys and have's to go back and get them but then the boys see someone with a gun and automatically assume that the girls in trouble so he runs back to go get her with a tiger that he just befriended.
Story 2- there is a evil girl that lives in the village who kills animals from out of her window with an assault rifle but this time she encounters the two super heroes Super Vick and Balloon Man who protects all human and animals from crazy people
Story 3 - there's a man wanted by police so he attempts to hide from them by hiding in a tree but is intruding in the home of an angry squirrel.
This is the 25 Pictures used
This is the final version
This is the original
All three of these artists we looked at in class on Tuesday had interesting ways of conveying their messages. Galleger's art was the hardest for me to identify with, maybe it was because she was attempting to tell a strictly black story. I'm not even sure if that's even what she was trying to do because I didn't quite understand what the whole yellow hair and blotted out eyes theme really meant.
I was able to more closely identify with Arturo because as a child I would create art similar to his. He played with the effects of water on film and I would just play with whatever material I was given and call whatever came out of it a piece of art. I also really liked the big color coded mural he created because I like to do graffiti and that piece was similar.
The third artist Trenton Doyle Hancock was my favorite because I felt as though we had the most in common. I'v always been into super heroes and like Hancock I have a massive collection of toys. I consider my "guys" (action figures is the normal name, me and my little brother have always called them guys for some reason) pieces of art because the are close to my heart and they are made with such attention to detail. I believe Hancock relishes the detail used in his "guys" and he puts that same detail into his own art.
I did not find all of Ellen Gallager's pieces as ascetically pleasing as some of the other works. However, the sheer size of her creations where impressive. I was also impressed by the manner in which she told her life story through her pieces. Taking sections of old ebony magazines and altering them to relate her memories to them. It was interesting how her background was not a fine arts background but a carpentry. I think this added a new interesting dynamic to her pieces. I also liked how she opened up pages in a book to make the piece more visual.
I found Arturro Garrera's processes the most interesting of the three artists. His pieces acted more subconscious than the other artist. His processes seemed like an experimental psychoanalysis of man kinds subconscious thought. I really liked how he did not define his works but knew that there was a common thread among the images that anyone can relate to. I really enjoyed his techniques when altering the film. I like it when artists act without knowing the exact outcome of their work.
I found Hancock's works to be the most creative, and beyond his works he was the most interesting artists from a personal standpoint. I like how all of his works were linked together through reoccurring characters with reoccurring storyline and emotions. The works seem like elaborate childhood thoughts that have followed him from his younger years. I feel that everyone has these childhood narratives in them weather they know it or not, and because of this his works are so well accepted.
Trenton Doyle Hancock,
He focused more on traditional narration than the Gallagher or Herrera pieces.
His roots in graphic novels definitely lent itself well to the medium he worked in, it allowed his collages to become more than images but stories. He led the eye very well through the image.
The work he did, was to me, the most intriguing of the works we looked at.
I think he captured a unique aesthetic but, and maybe I'm being crass and really I'm just trying to throw an idea out for the sake of thought, but I question his use of materials. He took materials that were at one point, something and then made them into something else, but he forgot the history of what that material was beforehand. Which, maybe it isn't so much dangerous or reckless but I think it just destroys one choice that he could have had in making a piece. Does that make sense? Maybe he decided that ridding himself of that choice was worth it for the collection of pieces he has but I guess what I'm meaning to say is, IS that worth it? He could have a piece from old Nazi propaganda within his pile and not even know it and use it in a piece not acknowledging its original context which I think, maybe... could be a waste and possibly dangerous. Maybe it is reckless.
I do think he created an appealing aesthetic and I do like the foundation of "forcing" objects together that concept makes for stark, conceptual contrasts. I think the juxtaposition of colors and textures is also very interesting, but... I don't really know what it does for me.
Something from her work that I think I will use a lot in my own projects is that shade of yellow. I've recently grown obsessed with that very yellow, somewhat bright color. One of her techniques, I believe it was within her pieces, was using the yellow sort of haphazardly, well it appeared to have been used that way. The aesthetic reminded me heavily, heavily, heavily of The Flaming Lips album, Embryonic. That sort of style was actually something I was looking at using for my stop motion assignment. To be honest, I don't think I understand her pieces, I mean I don't think I can understand much any of the pieces simply because we didn't really look at them long enough and the internet doesn't do those things justice but even upon further examining them outside the room I don't get any strong theme, not one that I can understand, or get behind at least. I mean, she covered the faces and altered the pictures, is that a statement about de personalization by the media? Or is she projecting her own images onto their images or?
I really liked Arturo Herrera's take on putting together a collage. He collects all kinds of different paper fragments that, to him, become just shapes of color. He then picks out scraps from his collection of materials and "forces" them to act harmoniously together on a canvas. I liked that his process only required scissors, an exact-o knife, glue and paper. I enjoyed him reinforcing that he "forces" the fragments together with glue to seem cohesive.
Ellen Gallagher has been collecting advertisements from the 1930's-1970's which she alters and uses as her medium for her collages. Even after she alters the appearances of the people in the ads by whitening out the eyes and attaching yellow wigs to create a sense of uniformity, she says "... there's a way in which their specificity is undeniable." It was interesting to examine her work after she said this. Even though most of the faces of her subjects are only visible from their nose to their chin, they retain a quality that undeniably identifies them as being from a different time.
I was really intrigued by her movie titled "Watery Static". I wish she had talked more about how she created the motion that takes place. It seems unexpected and mysterious each time I watch it.
Trenton Doyle Hancock created a character named Torpedo Boy, who exists in his art as a representation of himself. He and his alter ego exhibit many similarities, one of which is they both live in worlds that contain mounds. In the video we watched in class, we saw Trenton explaining the existence of the half plant, half ape-man characters called "mounds", which he uses in his collages. We then saw him talking about the mounds of materials in his car and all over the floor of his studio from which he gathers the materials for his collages. I thought this parallel existence really seemed to merge him with his art.
Gallagher- I found it very interesting how she always changes the way that the eyes appear in her art, at first i found it scary, because the eyes are where you find the human connection, so it left me with a confused feeling when the eyes were changed.
Herrera- I like how resourceful he was in how he finds his shapes to use in his collages, i also liked how large some of them were. I also found it interesting how he uses cartoons that he finds in coloring books and integrates them into his art.
Doyle- I found DTrenton Doyle to be the most interesting of the three artists because he seems to be the most imaginative and creative in his art, especially with the "mounds" that were half human half plant figures. Also his collages were very colorful, and comic-book like that I enjoyed a lot, I also liked how he made himself into a character in the story he tells through his art.
I feel that all of these artist show things that they like or feel. For example, Ellen G feels that the way a person holds their body shows their identity. She also uses a lot of duplications in her pictures. Arturo Herrera uses images that represent something. He feels that people have strong attachments to those kinds of pictures. He also takes pictures of his own drawings. Trenton Doyle likes to focus on words that have double meanings or words that if you took a letter out it would be an opposite word. He likes black and white pictures and no in between. I really like that they all put their own personal opinions into their art, it shows that their art is really from them it wasn't based off of something that somebody wanted them to do.
1. Ellen G- She seems to like to alter the people in her projects, she will change the appearance of the person in many different ways. Mostly all of her projects all appear differently and she does her art in different ways than most people use. She has her own unique style that is good and she has a story behind her art. I did not really like her art as much because it seemed so simple, she barely changed a lot of her projects and they did not look hard to do.
2. Arturo H- He liked to create collages from using many different pieces of fragment of many different photos and gluing them together. He also used many different techniques when it came to creating his art and all his art was created in his own unique way. I like him because all his projects were unique and i thought they were all pretty good.
3. Trenton Doyle H- This guy really loved to tell stories through his paintings, he was very interested in comics. A lot of his paintings he created were full of made of creatures and people with a made up story to go with it. His paintings were full of color and meaning to him. I really liked him because he really loved what he did and all his projects were good. Also i like he created a character of himself that plays a superhero in a lot of his paintings, i thought that was pretty cool.
Ellen G.- I like her pen work that she did because it looks nice, I also liked the yellow hair thing that she did. I also like how she put faces into the leaves. I think the film she makes help tell the paintings story.
Arturo H. - He likes to make collages. He takes whole object pictures and then turns them into random shapes and color. I think he does it to show mixture that all people have in the world. He also uses photographs for his art which I think is pretty cool.
Trenton Doyle H.- He deals with letters, mounds, and trees. his paintings are kind of weird. He also uses like a comic book style of art to talk about his life growing up and him wanting to be a super hero
To me it seemed like each artist really just expressed his or her inner feelings, just like any other artist. They however choose to do it in a way unlike most people do. The first recreated or altered pictures, the second used collages, and the third created another world with an alter ego. They used all kinds of things to tell their story whether it be magazines and glue or paint and huge murals. Each story or the feelings that each artist wished to express was easily portrayed through their art work in such a way that it was easy to relate to and understand their message. So yes I do feel their individual method of expression where very effective. I believe this happened simply because I found their artwork interesting. I think one method I will use in my Photoshop assignments will be collages, that is one that I find really helps me express my jumble of a life.
The image gets cut off from full size so a link to that is below.
Write a response to the three artist videos we watched in class by next Tuesday, February 15th.
What was the theme or narrative of each artist's work?
How did each artist tell their story? What method and medium did each artist use?
Did you feel this method was effective?
Why or why not?
Do you plan to use any of their methods in your photoshop assignments? If so, which ones?
Notes to self: Choose a background earlier in the process and don't get too feather happy.
Of all the artists I thought Nina's work was the most interesting because her idea of was so far out of left field. It's amazing to think that someone could come up with something like putting books next to each other to make their titles form a sentence. I never imagined this as art but it works out nicely and it's funny at the same time, which garners big points in my book.
The Gates Project for Central Park, New York City was interesting because AT&T followed Christos' lead and produced a commercial where people were running around the country with huge orange pieces of material. It looked a lot like the kind used in the Gates project. AT&T showed our entire country bonding over orange fabric much like the way New York City must have bonded over the commonality of the Gates project.
B.H.Q.F is just a really intriguing idea because retelling a story in a different way is a cool way to put your own spin on an established piece of creative work, like the Broadway Cats.
The red76 projects are similar to the starting to love you more assignments because they were all artistically appealing but at the same time fun to participate in.
Out of all the artists we looked at during class I found the Red76 Dragon project to be the most intriguing. I really like how they took a childhood fear of dragons and used it as a springboard to promote the idea of dialog between people who are perceived different. However I feel like the actual visuals of the project could have been better. The designs could have been more intricate and ascetically pleasing. The concept came from a child but I did not feel that the design needed to follow the trend of a childhood tree house. I do not know how much time the artists where given but, personally I felt more could have been done from a visual standpoint. The artists using recycled materials was am added bonus. Anytime public art is created I feel like using recycled materials is an added element that is always interpreted. Just looking at the construction you may not understand the concept, however it will exude the idea of reusing materials. Basically if all else fails the viewer will be reminded of their environmental responsibility.