Monday, April 7, 2014

Final Product Visualized

Studio Space:

  • Well my project is on my computer so my studio space and my project do not go really hand in hand in terms as installation 
Gallery Space:
  • I imagine having a white TV on the gallery wall with two places to hang headphones underneath it. About 5' in front of the TV would be a white pedestal with the dome that we bought on top of it with the miniature people and props that I used.
The Reality Of My Work In The Gallery
  • TV
  • Headphones
  • Headphone holders
  • Pedestal
    • Attaching dome to pedestal
  • Dome (which we have)
  • How to get my video on the TV
    • CD?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Stephanie Rabins

For the last two weeks of term two Stephanie Rabins came into my English class to help us create a documentary on WWII veterans. Stephanie Rabins is also a great documentarian and has created a video called, "We Take The Train." Here is the link to the video: 

End Of Week Reflection

What Did I Accomplish:

  • Finished video
  • Started on design for gallery space
  • Researched different video artist
  • That after with a video/piece of artwork I become to be unaware of how bad or good the video has become
  • I had a little difficulty with sound and trying to fit the sound with the video because it was somewhat hard to manipulate on the new iMovie because I'm not that used to it
Looking Ahead
  • Finish on how I want the final product to look
  • Make new art

End Of Term Reflection Video

Friday, February 21, 2014

Critique Two

Today we got into groups of three and gave each other feedback about each other's work. Our group was: Sammy, Arjun, and me. The feedback that people gave me were as follows:

  • Keep going in the same direction
  • My organization really has made the project work

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reaction to Art & Fear, by David Bayles & Ted Orland #2

Conceptual Words:

  • What is the artist trying to achieve? 
  • Does he/she succeed? 
  • Was it worth doing?

Ideas & Technique:

  • Provocative art
  • Challenges
  • Emotional investment
  • Direction to reach
  • Harder to think of that new idea
  • Creating something cool rather than something conceptual/meaningful/intellectual 


  • Copies
  • Art lies embedded in the conceptual leap between places
  • Craft are rules/instructions
  • Perfection

New Work:

  • Evolution of your progress/work
  • Old work shows the important issues or the history of yourself
  • Progression


  • “Nowhere in this book does the dreaded C-word appear” Pg. 100


  • “Habits are the peripheral vision of the mind.” Pg. 100
  • Get a lot of bad press because it is something that the artist is comfortable with
  • Habits are imprinted are the all ours?
  • Forgery
  • Habits are style
  • Style is not a virtue

Art & Science:

  • Two separate things
  • Insight
  • Science is control
  • Opposite of math, not one answer
  • Art: Self expression for the world
  • Provocation
  • Driven by inspiration
  • Desperation
  • Relationship
  • Conceptual jumps
  • View point shifts in perspective
  • Self-Reference


  • “The answers you get depend on the questions you ask.” - Thomas Khun Pg. 93
  • “Yes there is a difference between art and craft.” Pg. 97
  • “But is the Mona Lisa really art?” Pg. 97
  • “New work doesn’t make the old work false - it makes it more artificial.” Pg. 99
  • “When your tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail.”
  • “Your growth as the artist is a growth toward fully realizable works - works that become real in full illumination of all the you know. Including all you know about yourself.” Pg. 112

My Side Notes:

  • Some artists don’t challenge themselves, they go the route that is safe and that they know well


  • Is what they are trying to say that it is easier to discover something that already exists? Confused about Pg 96
  • Does it take imaginations to craft?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Experimenting With Miniature Photography

     For my final project I am working with mini people so I thought I would experiment with miniature photography. I took one of my photos, blurred some of it and sharpened the saturation.

208 Square #6

Paper Boat

Exhibition Formats

Andy Goldsworthy:
       Andy Goldsworthy manipulates objects from nature to create his pieces. If his pieces were in a gallery then they would seem out of contents/place. Part of its beauty is the picture itself and definitely its setting. These pieces interest me because he didn't really manipulate the nature objects in a way that would destroy them or the setting around it. It is a peaceful way of working and could even be left there to compost and deteriorate. For some reason I really like that idea.

Shepard Fairey:
      Shepard Fairly has a lot of political influence and strong opinions. He isn't afraid to show the world his art and opinions even if it involves getting in a bit of trouble. In most of my work I try to have some sort of meaning or story behind it and to me Shepard Fairey's work is the epitome of that. His work would look good in a museum but having it be outside, susceptible to weather, people, and other wear and tear, has more meaning to it. It's putting himself out there.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Critique One

Today we got into groups of four and gave each other feedback about each other's work. Our group was: Katerin, Sammy, Arjun, and me. The feedback that people gave me were as follows:

  • I am very organized and I should use that in my favor to start on my project
  • It seems that I already have a specific plan about the end project and I already have done all of the experimenting with the squares
  • Thinking about making objects and placing them in the picture for example and origami chair/piece of furniture
  • Thinking about the that I am going to place the people in
  • Thinking about context

Sunday, January 26, 2014

New Artists And The Young Artists Behind It

Link to video

What is meant by “New Art” in the film? Explain

  • The definition has changed
  • In the past art was more about if you could get recognized now it is more of a business
  • Removed his name 
    • Opened up a wider audience
    • Not so individualistic

  • Communication with the world
  • Has to bring the thoughts out
  • Genuin art
  • In the perfect world everyone is an artist
    • But we don't need art
    • It enriches our lives
  • Experience
    • Emotional
    • Sensory
    • Technology
  • Hypnotized
  • Influenced by things happening at that time
    • Real time
  • Being n artist is a 100% thing
  • Meditation
    • Mental digestion
  • Youth orientated
  • Graffiti is an outlet for creative youth
    • Ends up becoming criminal
    • Rules
  • Everybody can express
  • Artists enjoy art
    • Freedom to create
    • To do everything they want
  • The idea of art has always been there
    • Misusing the tools
  • Get into people there work
    • Relationship though people through work
    • Pleasure though creating artwork
  • Internet
    • Rate of change
    • Evolution of art
  • Playing with technology is like playing with an instrument
    • A tool
  • Art is a way to escape
    • The artist creates that escape
  • Motion keeps people staring
  • Creating the characters and setting a stage
  • Having a trouble with different types of art
  • Being specific about one direction
What is the young artist attitude towards making art or the “business” of art?

  • Past
    • Making good art
    • Getting recognized
  • Now
    • Making the work
    • The business
    • Business sense
    • Art is business
  • Very hard to discover and idea/process
  • Process driven art
  • Show the viewers so see the art through the artist's eyes
    • Question what the artist is making but leave happy
  • Putting in your time
  • Working with companies
    • Artists that work with brands
  • Different of art and design
  • Trying to categorize
  • People and the artists process
  • Personal investigation
    • Method
    • Be free in the method
    • Function in a system
  • Needing to reach a younger artist

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Imagining The 2014 Senior Show

1. Can you imagine making work that will live in this space?
     Yes, the vague image that I have in my head about my final project could be placed inside this space. I'm thinking of variations of a stop motion film displayed on TVs.

2. Will you work be large or small?
      Not entirely sure. The TVs could be different sizes. I don't want it to be too big and overwhelming but perhaps a medium to small size. There might be a possibility of multiple TV screens.

3. Can you imagine making one work or do you imagine making many things?
     I imagine making a stop motion film of one thing but in a few different perspectives. One TV screen would show one perspective while the other would show the other.

4. Will you use only one type of material or many?
     Photography will be the main part but the materials that go in the photo might vary. Still not entirely sure what the subject matter might be.

5. Will your work live on the wall, on the floor, in a corner, be suspended…..?
     My work would live on the wall. At least that would be the easiest way and for now the best way to hang it. It would be difficult to suspend the TVs plus there would't be any point for it to be suspended.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Fencing Meet

     I woke up last night with an idea to make this comic to send out to the entire school. I quickly doodled it then went back to sleep. Then in the morning I perfected it and sent it out. For now on I'm going to keep a sketchbook on my bedside table incase something comes up that could be related for Senior Studio.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Reaction to Art & Fear, by David Bayles & Ted Orland


  • "We have met the enemy and he is us" (Pg. 23)
    • You can be your own worst enemy sometimes. Thinking too much about things and not letting your creative mind flow without any interrupting outside thoughts.
  • "When you act out of fear, your fear comes true" (Pg. 23)
    • Fear gets in the way, in fencing sometimes my reaction to the other person's blade is one out of my consciousness because I am afraid that they are going to hit me and get a touch and my initial reaction is sometimes what enables them to get the touch.
  • "What art making is" (Pg. 25)
    • We have been talking a lot about this, to me it is all just personal preference. One shouldn't be judged on what they think art is or what it is suppose to be. There shouldn't be just one definition of one example of true art. It can come in all different forms.
  • "By definition, whatever you have is exactly what you need to produce your best work. There is probably no clearer waste of psychic energy than worrying about how much talent you have." (Pg. 26)
    • People have told me that I have had talent but my response is, "Is that cheating? Do I want to have talent? Or do I want my work to be mine just because I worked for it?" Talent sometimes can seem to be a way to say, "Oh, they have talent." Like it is some reason why you are good at art and the only reason on why your art is good. It's not yours, it's your talent's.
  • "Artists get better by sharpening their skills or by acquiring new ones; they get better by learning to work, and by learning from their work." (Pg. 28)
    • For some reason art is their mistakes and the process in which they go through to make their art becomes their art. Many times I have started off with something in mind then later end up with something totally different but better than I expected.
  • "Art is human; error is human; ergo, art is error." (Pg. 29)
    • I can be a perfectionist in art but lately I haven't been which has been worrying me because sometimes I feel like that perfectionism made my drawing skills better. But now I only draw the general shapes in quick strokes which was the opposite way I used to work before. But in reading part of this book I'm thinking I should worry less.
  • "You have – or don't have – what other artists have, but rather that it doesn't matter." (Pg. 34)
    • This is a new idea for me but I like it. If other people have this "talent" or "style" that I don't particularly have to have their style to become the artist you want to become. You have to find your style. Because if you steal someone else's then it not yours.
  • "Your work tells you about your working methods, your discipline, your strengths and weaknesses, your habitual gestures, your willingness to embrace." (Pg. 36)
    • That's what makes it your art! All those variables that make you make your art. It isn't that your art is you but it like another form of you, like your child (as they put it) a relation.
  • "You're not like us; you're weird; you're crazy."
    • Safe to say that I hear that a lot. In a good way. I think. (Pg. 39)
  • "After all, artists themselves rarely serve as role models or normalcy." (Pg. 40)
    • That's what makes an artist an artist. They think differently from other people, or at least that is what it seems. 
  • "When your work is counted, will it be counted as art?" (Pg. 41)
    • Again, I think it is personal opinion. "Another man's trash is another man's treasure." As they say. 
  • "At any given moment, the world offers vastly more support to work it already understands." (Pg. 43)
    • You take what you need to use and let the bad ideas go. This quotations interests me because I don't totally understand it but I want to keep in for the day that I do wrap my head around it.
  • "The far greater danger is not that the artist will fail to learn anything from the past, but will fail to teach anything new for the future." (Pg. 44)
    • For some reason when I read this I think of the United States constitution and if our founder fathers would realize how big our country would become and would these same "sets of rules" still apply. And shouldn't the people from the future realize what needs to be filtered and what needs to be executed? Maybe I've been listening to too much NPR.
  • "When your horse dies, get off." (Pg. 45)
    • I'd rather not ride a horse at all but I like this quotation.
  • "The real question about acceptance is not whether your work will be viewed as art, but whether it will be viewed as your art." (Pg. 45)
    • We analyzed this before with the idea of reproducing art and remixes. In my opinion if an artist thinks that they can create something new or better out of something that is already made, why not? Does it matter who the original is? Perhaps, because knowing people they want the credit.
  • "Either you can play or you can't" (Pg. 47)
    • This is definitely and "black and white" theory but in some ways it is true. You can't really be "kinda an artist."
  • "The only pure communication is between you and your work." (Pg. 47)
    • It could be a way to communicate to others, to get a point across but the conversation between you and your piece is what makes your artwork. If that makes any sense.
Families of Fear:
  1. Predictability
  2. Thought of not a real artist
  3. Worry when work isn't going well
  4. Perfection
  5. Pretending
  6. Fear about yourself
  7. Annihilation
  8. Magic
  9. Expectations
  10. Fears about others
  11. Understanding
  12. Acceptance
  13. Approval
My Questions:
  • What makes a "real artist?"
  • Can you fake being an artist?
  • What defines the perfect are piece? Why is the Mona Lisa considered to be the epitome of art or the highest standard, or example?
  • Can being to attached to your work prohibit you?
  • What is the difference of completing a quota and a goal?
  • How do you know if you have talent or not?
  • Doest art need to be painfully personal?
  • Does art need to be understood?
  • Is it easier now, in the year of 2014, to make art? Not with Instagram, coding, and a little more acceptance? Do we think of Instagram as art?
  • Do people need to approve you art if it is yours?

  • Dynamics
    • Investment in energy (lots of it)
  • Trying to understand art takes energy as well
  • Being the "extra-ordinary"
  • Quitting all too early
  • Blocks
    • Self-consciousness
    • Self-doubt
    • Self 
  • Art of working spontaneously
  • Something you are used to and too comfortable with, the "safe zone" (which is not good)
  • Getting feedback on your art (a fresh look)
  • Talent doesn't come easily
    • It is a gift
    • Something you are born with
    • No room for improvement
  • Commitment
    • Work shouldn't come too easily
  • Fear of perfection
  • Quality VS Quantity
  • Needed to make the mistakes first to realize what the problem is to over come
    • Or is the problem the solution?
  • Imperfection is a common ingredient, essential ingredient
  • Clinging tightly to what you have not what you can do
  • Perfection leads to quitting
  • Perfection is a flawed concept
  • Existing in your art
  • Working out of fear?
  • Completing a quota
  • Art VS Magic
    • It doesn't come from magic
  • No need to prove anything
  • Becoming paranoid
  • Your own process
  • Don't need someones else's magic
  • Fantasies and expectations
  • Work making itself
  • No emotional expectations
  • Staring to listen to that inner voice
  • Mechanisms of academics can be too constructed no room for creativity
  • Being that black sheep
  • Learning lessons with vengeance
  • Art being able to be understood
  • Some people don't like change
  • Timing
  • Being able to understand ones one art
  • Being dependent
  • The viewer making connections the artist didn't make
    • Perspectives
  • Accepted as art
  • Not getting recognition for making art
  • Wanting to be excepted for doing your own work
  • Public consciousness
  • Controversial images
  • The "post card image"
  • Reproduction
  • The audience
  • The environment

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fun Stop Motion Film Website

PEZ. I keep this website book marked and although they don't have any new videos I like to re-watch the old ones. They are fun and creative and sometimes help me think of new ideas. This one is my favorite:

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Today we went to DeCordova and walked around looking for twenty one artists and writing notes about each one. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Reaction to Austin Kleon and Kirby Ferguson

Austin Kleon:

  • Creativity is not magic
  • Creativity is for everyone
  • Nothing is original
  • Fake it till you make it
  • Do good work then put it where people can see it
  • Be boring (It's the only way to get work done)
  • Keeping a log book

Kirby Ferguson Video Notes:

  • Copying work
  • Copy, transfer, combine = Remix
  • Creativity
  • Bob Dylan borrowed tunes and words
  • Build on the work of others
  • Property
  • Property that we are all building all
  • "I invented nothing new"
  • iPhone: Technology and multi touch
  • Patent 
  • Everything is a remix
  • Good artist copy great artist steal
  • Loss aversion
  • Promoting the process of useful arts
  • Creativity comes from without
  • Dependent on someone else

208 Squares #4