This assignment focused on Dihn Q Le works of art.
We learned the process the work of weaving and learned quite a few new vocabulary terms.
Weaving: warp and weft
Pattern: simple pattern, and complex pattern
This project took several class hours to complete the 3 type of practice patterns. I felt that weaving came easy to me in seeing the pattern I wanted to create. The first pattern on the left was just to get used to weaving, the second was making a spot stand out among the pattern. With this one I tried to make an eyeball and large circle teardrop. This is where I learned to do a teardrop I would need to do finer warps and smaller wefts to get that pattern. The third weave I drew on the yellow paper a triangle and on the blue paper I drew a square and a circle. By the time I got to the third assignment I started to figure out other problems like having left over wefts, when weaving you do not use them all because of the small gaps. So I wanted to merge my shapes and I removed some strips to make the triangle and square overlap. Then I realized I needed to take one more out to make sure my circle would stay on the image completely.
Going this far we then had to give Tim 2 images, one in color and one in black and white to have printed for our 3rd class and to put into practice the techniques we have learned into our final project. So in keeping Halloween and thinking of the assignment of the future, I figured I could be dead in 20 years so this seemed to be appropriate. This assignment was a lot of fun for me.
Here is this final combine image, I worked with making three large warps and three different weft sizes. I wanted to show the presence of feeling trapped and using the smaller wefts to give a smoky feeling of rising through the skulls that represented death, never really gone.
This is a continuation of working with color and seeing the monochromatic and analogous color schemes. I went to the grocery store and played with the variation of colors, I took several photos or variations until I found a pattern and design I liked. When it came to the Dr. Peppers I really wanted to stack them taller. The problem was that the 12 packs would not stack taller and would fall. The traditional packs are not sold and there were not very many to use. Then I combined two liters of the same.
This one I used an Analogous scheme and I did not have many options available, next time don't try to do this after a weekend. I was nice to see that at the same time the other pop and brands on the shelfs helped these images and it might have been worth getting a photo of just the aisle in itself.
This was a fun assignment that extended the color theory lessons a little deeper. I think it might have helped to do this before the other assignments as a foundation to understanding this a little better.
Let me say that I really liked this idea of art, I feel a connection with this and what I hope to pull off in my show, kind of at least. The hardest part of this assignment was to draw the biomorphic shapes with not looking at the front. This as an artist I felt left too much for chance. Yet on the other spectrum with past assignments too many constraints felt like my hands were tied. I think its funny because we want the right amount of chaos and guidelines in making art. Well at least I do. New vocabulary learned was
Below are the photos I took of myself with one close up that I would use as my base. I used 3 other photos and turned them over and created my biomorphic shapes and then cut them out. I did this in black and white and in color.
The images above were my black and white iterations that I created with my shapes. By doing this over 3 times I found one that I preferred over the other one.
The image above was the one I used and used double sided tape to hold my shapes in place.
The photos below are my color iterations.
This was my last final iteration that I liked and used. The following step we took the next day was to paint each image uses a color scheme. Below are both of my painting that I did.
Working this project took a different twist which follows our creative strategy of "Take an object / Do something to it / Do something else to it. [Repeat] (Jasper Johns, 1964)
What we did in this assignment is we took a photo of our 2nd step of the tonal images and we took photos at an angle to on purpose apply a strong keystoning to it. Then after having a lesson on color theory we applied those ideas and used tints and shades. Our media was a 8x10 in masonite board that had a neutral grey primer on it. The goal was to take a photo that had at least 13 distinct shapes. I chose the color red to work from in creating my tints and shades according to the assignment.
Some of the vocabulary learned in this assignment were :
Hue, ROYGBIV, Saturation, intensity, prism, color wheel, palette, ryb, secondary color, tertiary color, tint and shade, complementary color, analogues color scheme, hard edge shape, emphasis, binder, thinner, support, pigment, opaque, and transparent.
The biggest challenge because of using an expensive paint was creating enough of the color required to place two even coats. It was difficult to recreating the same color for the second coat.
Below is an image of my final painted piece.
What I learned from doing this was to create an abstract that I was able to paint but what I realized when looking at my assignment and my fellow classmates. Our colors we so vastly different, even those that picked the same color red as mine. I felt that my color palette were warmer colors.
This has been an interesting project, I am realizing now at this stage how I am using these examples to morph original idea for my Senior show. Now going forward into the tonal college of our images in part one. I cut out copies of my images in 3 different tones for each of my images.
New techniques and understanding of new vocabulary were introduced to understand this part of the assignment.
These vocabulary terms are, Form, Content, Silhouette, Implied lines, Aspect ratio, Hybrid, Overlap, and Abstraction.
The challenge for me was the requirement of asymmetrically balanced design. As with all assignments that involve glue, cutting out and pencils marks we had to make sure everything was clean. We also had to do several iterations before glueing down this final piece.
After showing ouri terations to Peter and Tim for advice and making adjustments, I began to glue down my final design. This took a little longer to do than part 1 because I was trying to figure out how to make my images look farther or closer when I overlapped them.
At the end of this part we were told to take a very extreme angle of our tonal pieces.
Here is my final piece.
Cliche and Collage
For this assignment we had to take the previous WORD assignment and take those words to images and avoid using images that were cliche. We took various images that were from a variety of magazines the reflected our original three words. The biggests help was using google to find synonyms. The total words that I was able to come up with were 20 words.
New vocabulary for this part of the assignment is Implied Motion, Picture Plane, Position perspective,Color perspective, Figure (Positive space) and Ground (Negative space).
I had to do iterations of my cut out images on a large 11x17 paper.
After creating all iterations I consulted Peter and Tim for advice on the layout and flow, Creating motion for me was the most difficult to achieve. After I was able to create an image that had implied motion, I then focused on slight adjustments for the negative and positive space. I did this by overlapping more or less in certain areas.
The image above was my final iteration that I glued in place.
This project involved artists styles of Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and Jaume Plensa.
The creative strategies was to "Take an object/Do something to it/Do something else to it.
After that was completed we laid out the three pieces onto the same paper with the three words to create unique variations and shot different angles by using a light source and changing the shadows.
Below are my iterations to my design before moving onto the next process.
Once I found the correct image I then cropped in slightly to remove table. The next step was to redraw the image using a lines with a pencil. We would mimic darker areas by cross hatching lines to make it look denser or lighter.
The goals were to find 3 meaningful words, work from a 2D design to a 3D design and back to a 2D design. The struggle I found was to create a sculpture that was standing to show words or parts of words.
Assignment nine body suit project inspired by nick cave's soundsuits and jana sterbak's conceptual bodily sculptures
This project was a collaboration with Megan Serin, Jeremiah Davis and myself. This is my first iteration of our sound suit concept.This seemed like we could not cover the entire suit with wheat and tortillas. I felt that they would dry out and stink and could not think of a way to adhere it to the suit.
Some of the concepts in creating this to consider was Variation to the suit, how to cover it and yet have some sort of Unity.
Our overall theme was that of one race using our backgrounds from our three races. As we have heard that in the future we would be a mixture of all races, not sure how far in the future but our idea was for that to express time, how long would it take for all races to be blended together. We were all looking for a way to cover the entire suit from top to bottom. We came up with the idea of using Corn husks. The corn husks gave us the unity to the over all suit. In using the Wu-Xing chart our use of the body using the large intestine as rope with it covered by noodles. The Corn husks also gave a Texture that helped with creating sound.
This is our 2nd iteration, our ideas with crossing all three of our cultures into the suit would help to cover this completely. The materials that we decided to get were:
Corn Husks, fabric, rope, wheat, macaroni noodles. black tooling to cover face and backdrop material scrap to cover head. Some of the things to worry about was it possible to make it durable to hold up to testing it out and performing in it once in a dance performance.
Of the five categories of Wu-Xing and our theme of one race with using the concept of time and that happening in the future.
Wood - Flowers
Fire - Burned wood
Earth - Saturn's ring
Metal - Large intestine
Water - Corn husks
This was a fast project once we chose the corn husks, we were easily able to apply it to complete the pants and front and most of the top. We were still figuring out how to present the head with Saturn's ring. 4/5/2018
The music, I came across at first was a native american instrumental being performed by Alexandro Querevalu, the last of the Mohicans, which is another symbol of time passing because of another lost type of people. Then we looked at what our suit represented we felt the need to express the destruction of the suit like the destruction of people over time. Below you will see the images of the suit and images of the video we ended up using in performing with the suit on, by Megan. The interesting thing of watching Megan perform this was you could see some of the corn husks falling off. I think this was very symbolic to the video as well.
URL to video is https://youtu.be/JIlpk7GHlOA
I collaborated with Jeremiah Davis and Megan Serin
To conclude after you have been able to review the video. I would like to say that the Figure to ground relationship seemed to work well. Even though several parts we not to scale. Megan was in the foreground and was able to give the vantage point from looking this from a distance or from an angle. Megan gave a performing art narritive and during moments was part of the video. She occupied the space well and by the third video she really became part of the video which presented a nice overall Performance art piece. You could feel the time passing as destruction was occurring in the video, along with seeing part of the suit coming apart.
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.