Assignment Eight Solvent Transfer Montage on the Taoist Theme of wu xing and in the style of robert rauschenberg
This assignment had a few set backs, I was lucky to print this right at the start of this assignment and citra-solv it at the start of class. I was fortunate to also use the right printer to get a good transfer. The design concept to creating this image was from learning about Wu-Xing, a Taoist theme but creating it in the style of Robert Rauschenberg's Yellow body.
I had to find two elements from each phase of the five phases in Wu-Xing.
Wood - Gall bladder, Tears
Fire - Small intestine, Pulse
Earth - Anxiety, Dna
Metal - Venus, Old age
Water - Fear, Death
After I found two images on the internet I then printed three different sizes of each of the total 10 images to have 30 total images to Citra-Solv
*NOTE, That all images should be reviewed and consider if the should be flipped horizontally if words or numbers were showed. That way everything would read correctly on the transfer was completed.
The meaning had to be our own and we must avoid using copyrighted material, if we did it must be used in a new meaning that we could explain, If we did we must be able to cite the source with some sort of labeling to give credit to the original artist.
The use of pre-existing work should be avoided but using the style of another artist with your own meaning is better to do.
Before creating our Citra Solv transfer we had to examine Robert Rauschenberg's Yellow Body (1968)
In reviewing the Yellow body
There is a travel theme that seems to be a glimpse of a memory. In this piece you see a Plane a semi truck a woman singing which was Janis Joplin. You can see a 1960's rock band a Credit card, Wilt Chamberlain and a bicycle. All of these images refer to travel that he must have done. A lot of these images are iconic like Janis Joplin and Wilt Chamberlain. It was very interesting how he framed everything in a Yellow and centered it. The lines that go across from the left to the right, which gives this image movement to go along with the theme.
After all of this was taken to account I picks different images that expresses time through beauty and aging, along with pain. I used images that had eyes in some of them. This would give a sense of unity but not wanting to have eyes in all my images. I was very focused on how I citra solved my images because of pain they had to go pressed with different angles and semi circular strokes. I was trying to express pain. Juxtaposition was an easy thing to arrnage my images at first but them after 5 images it became more difficult because of using the space correctly and making sure I had a vision of the end result ahead of time. I was worried about the overall balance and knew that I wanted to express the pain by having one side free of images to express the pain of not being able to stand upright because of pain. My perspective was straight forward, which is why I didn't use my last image. It was angled with a deep perspective and did not use it. Peter said that I did not have to use all of my images, so I chose not to use it. Lastly when it came to repetition I used my images and spread them out based on a triangular composition. This seems to be something that I try to see with my graphic design process and it photography.
This is probably the first thing I have created that I will frame and place in my work room!
Artist: Steve Gonzalez
Title: Gall Bladder
Citra Solv on 15" x 22" Deckle Edge Stone Hedge paper.
My Name is Steve Gonzalez, coming back to school after a lot of years. I am determined to get this done. Sometimes I wonder if I will make it.