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WAM-Leo and Doris Hodroff gallery

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I visited the Leo and Doris Hodroff ceramics collection. Ceramics is not one of my favorite art mediums, but I found the gallery interesting enough. There are ceramics from around the world and from various time periods. I enjoyed trying to guess the culture based on the styles and decorations. I like the older pottery better for some reason. Maybe because of the history that surrounds them, whereas more modern pieces may have less history.
There is a collection of Mimbres pottery I really liked too. These are from a Mexican tribe from about a millenia ago. Much of these were cracked and some had a distinct hole that was broken through after it was already made. To me, the cracks make it so much more interesting than if they were whole. And no one really knows why there are holes, so you could say it's a Mimbres mystery.

MFA-Ouroboros

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Each MFA students work is so unique, it is so cool to have such variety in one gallery. I really liked Benjamin Brockman's woodcuts. His were the "alien rabbit" illustrations. Besides the rabbits, you couldn't really tell what you were looking at. It could have been an alien landscape or the someones insides. I enjoy looking at his style. I also was entralled by the masks. I couldn't find that little information sticker, so whoever the artist was, great job! I think they were trying to show different people. Some looked like they had a certain personality, and some were distinguished by a certain object. Some were animalistic, so I'm not sure I completely understand the idea behind them.
A couple pieces were a mystery to me. That interactive dark hallway one was exciting, but how that is art is beyond me. I also didn't get the point of the Perchance room with the boxes of leaves, feathers, glass, and dirt. I guess it has to do with the four seasons, but I don't know.

Personal Symbol

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Fabio Sasso

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Fabio Sasso is from Brazil, and recently moved to San Francisco to work for Google. His greatest achievement is his blog Abduzeedo. It is great for finding inspiration and graphic design tutorials. Fabio has a certain style that uses bright colors and light effects, and works with text a lot. As a graphic artist, he starts from scratch with most of his work, but has the final idea in mind, and works in Photoshop or Illustrator. Fabio 's designs has influenced me to push the boundaries of what I think is possible.

Much of Sasso's work goes into the Abduzeedo blog. With all the tutorials and informtion out there on the internet, do professional graphic designers have respect, now that so many people with basic design knowledge can do just about anything?

You can see his work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/azeected/sets/72157604672645588/

Check out the blog:
http://abduzeedo.com/

xnatives reflections

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On saturday, we tried putting up two signs, sturgeon and wolf, and had aggravating failure. The wind was troublesome, and the signs kept wrinkling at random. We did successfully put up our artists' statement and the #MNxNatives, so people saw that.

Ideally, the signs work well on a physical level because of their visibility and quantity of audience. Its a great attention grabber with enough mystery to pull people into the digital side. The Twitter allows extensions to the project and freedoms to portray our ideas and create a forum where others can post their ideas.
What kept me motivated along the way was the thought of success, and problem-solving. As we had minor hiccups, and major bumps, each one was its own problem that I enjoyed solving.
My hope for the project is that once its completely installed, the public will take the Twitter account and transform the project so it becomes more that just a few signs that are up for a week. It also be cool to hear people talk about it in my classes, and I can say, "Oh those signs? Yup, those are mine."

MFA impressions

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I was impressed by Korla Luckeroth's pieces. The mastery of the 2-D style perspective in a 3-D object was so interesting and talented. Each house was unique and had its own personality. I enjoyed reading about Korla's process in this project. I liked learnng how a home was manipulated to take on the owner's personality. And it must have been so exciting to travel to these houses and discover the stories and histories. I appreciated that in creating these pieces, Korla didn't change the nature of each house, but represented what each place actually meant to the people who lived there. What I would like to know is, were there any houses that were interesting that didn't make the final cut?

"digital art" questions

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-It's obvious artists combine technologies to create their art, but do artists ever create new technologies solely to achieve what they want?
-With digital art being so broad, for that matter art itself, does any digital art ever happen by accident? Say, does some scentist is working on a project, and suddenly makes something that looks really cool?
-Will digtal artists ever get fame or name-recognition like Michaelangelo or Picasso?

Absence/presence

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My initial idea was to get people to notice the other people around them. In a high-traffic place, like the bridge or a bus stop. I wanted to have people break away from the closed travel of I-just-want-to-get-there-without-interaction. I didn't do much more ideation on that front.

After our meeting with Ryan, I had a whole bunch of ideas that I was thinking of. I now want to do something along the lines of an art prank. Something that is creative, and maybe in the way as to be a touch annoying. My current idea is to create a mini scene with eggs. Paint faces on the eggs and position them as if it's a picnic or a car crash. We could put this in a high traffic area where people need to step around it. Making it noticeable, and we can document people's reactions.

Possible presence place

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This is Ferguson Hall. A very visible location.
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