SeeLab: Day 1

Today we began thing studio by choosing a random object and drawing it. We were told to draw it as closely to the real object we could in the time we were given.

Here are a couple shots of the progress:

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Next, we took this drawing and extracted the basic shapes of the object and got a very simple contour drawing of the object.

For mine, I copied that simple contour drawing 4 times and got a pretty cool, symmetrical piece:

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Here are the two pieces next to each other:

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Michael Craig-Martin: My Opinion

Michael Craig-Martin is a UK-based artist who works with normal, everyday objects, simplifying them down into their basic shapes and assigns color to these shapes purely based on what color he believes belongs there.

I really enjoy his paintings because of their simplicity. Seeing his work makes me realize how complicated art can be in order to be “realistic,” when, in reality, Craig-Martin’s simple shapes and colors make the objects immediately recognizable. I think his painting’s simplicity in shape and color makes creates something that is relatable to all viewers.

Besides the everyday objects Craig-Martin paints, I really like his series “Seven Deadly Sins.” I think it’s very interesting to see what everyday objects he places throughout the lettering and provokes the thought of why those items were placed with that specific word, and whether those objects are supposed to represent that word or not.

Identity: The Hidden

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I have to wear it and I feel that I need it to go out where people will see me, I don’t think of myself as ugly but when I take my makeup off at night I feel that way, almost as though I am more myself with a layer of foundation than with just my own skin, I need to even out my redness I need to emphasize my cheekbones I need to make my nose look smaller I need to make my eyes look bluer I want to make myself look how I wish I looked with no makeup on at all, but wait, maybe that’s not it, maybe I just enjoy it, Maybe I just enjoy making myself into a new person every day or maybe I like how my eyes look blue with one color eyeshadow and grey with another and maybe I like not seeing my cheeks get so red when I get anxious and maybe it is fun to sometimes get crazy and fun and turn myself into someone I don’t recognize and maybe it’s just an extension of my art practice, the idea of a changing face, a canvas attached to my body at all times, every day the chance to make a new creation. Maybe that is what makeup is to me. That is what makeup is to me. It’s the chance to express myself and enhance myself and make something new out of myself each and every day and it’s something that gives me confidence and makes me feel pretty enough and when my anxiety gets bad I can sit down and do my makeup again and it helps me through those hard days and it may look like I’m insecure or like I don’t want to look like myself but no, makeup helps to make me who I am.

Rituals: The Literal to the Conceptual

For the first project in CoLab for the second semester, we did a project based on a ritual that we do every day. I picked putting in and taking out my contacts. Here are some of the 60 ways of documentation:

Next, we chose 12 out of the 60 and displayed them together as a representation of the ritual. This is what I came up with:

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Then, we took it even farther, and made our ritual into a conceptual piece of art. This is my final piece:

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Final Reflection

For most of the week, I didn’t like this project. I think that this was because none of us were really the biggest fans of our intervention. All the way through Tuesday we hadn’t carried out either of our two interventions, and we barely had enough pillows, I thought, to carry them both out.

For most of the day today, I really felt that the group was at a disconnect and that we as a whole didn’t really wanna work on the project.  I was getting worried about how it would turn out and whether it would really even be actually finished.

Now that the day is over and all that we can do has been done, I feel a lot more confident in both my efforts and the efforts of a few others in the group. The couple expansions of the original interventions I participated in with a few other group members really made me a lot more confident in whether the intervention was a success or not. I believe that the intervention at Moka was more successful than that at the King Alfred Statue, but more effort was put into the one at Moka since it was our original research site and our main focus as a group.

If we could’ve gotten more organized more quickly, I would’ve loved to try to expand more on the intervention at the statue. That is the one thing I wish that was done differently within this group project, better organization and communication throughout the group as a whole.

All in all, I am proud of the fact that we truly were able to intervene on the space, and I think the thing that proves it is the picture of the people reading our “Uncomfortable Questions in a Comfortable Space” questions and talking about them. I think the fact that we got people to think about something without automatically thinking it is an art project (especially being in the art building) is definitely a success, and I think that specific activity we carried out really showed the way the space can possible cycle being comfortable and then being uncomfortable and then being comfortable again. That was the moment when I realized that we had succeeded in this intervention and felt confident in what we had done.