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.
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.
I had to find an idea that was time based and create an informational design. I chose to do the moon cycle with dimensions of 24x36 inches. This has been my process, so far.
Here is the video link to the video for the Mannequin Challenge, done with Amanda Miller. I also did video with Maddie Laroy.
A story board had to be created that had enough details to understand the flow of each scene. It is surprising how much information can be added. It took 8 panels to display what was needed.
Some of the things that I learned about this type of video from the perspective of shooting was retracing my steps. Very hard because of the gallery room size and keeping proportion in a tight room was hard to work around Amanda. We had to be creative and use the ladder. There was not enough texture to get that sense of touch to hit a 3 minute minimum time. By using the ladder, it did. This made the timing more difficult. A tough challenge.
I also assisted Maddie Laroy with hers too. I did not create a story board for hers because I was not part of the initial day we worked on that. Maddie was missing a partner that day I think.
Worked on this project with Kendall. She is a good partner, just saying. So after reviewing Yoko Ono and Allan Kaprow, we created a 40 photo video with Mad and Peter's help. We created actions and did a classroom selection to narrow down the pieces we will use. The Action I was given
Tape a fly to the whiteboard.
The four actions I wrote were:
Look at a pretty scene,
Close your eyes and take a picture.
Make a fist, see the mountain and valleys.
Open your hand and recreate.
Look at something beautiful
find a flaw
then zoom out.
Erase the Ugly
Draw lots of lines
erase the ugliest first
until one remains.
This had to involve the human body, take less than 10 seconds to perform, be associated with life more than art, require no props or very simple props and must be able to be performed by anyone.
Some of the vocabulary learned was Frame rate, Persistance of vision, Time Lapse, Shape in reference to video work, Point of viewProportion, and scale. Many steps to this project. I could not upload my video as directed but found out in class that there were issues with Weebly. I still can not upload to view yet. I recreated my previous YouTube account and my video is still being processed as I wrote this.
VIDEO LINK BELOW
This is a inspired piece from Hockney's Joiner. I worked on this with Kendall, we had to review how to do this and I took about 60 photos to get this final piece. I was able to take a quicker approach by setting up my Photoshop file better. I created a matte with all the 3x3 cut outs and I was able to place photos underneath that layer. This allowed me to arrange them in the correct way that looked aesthetically pleasing. That gave me more unity and variation that looked scanned across. Craftsmanship was equally important, the layout on the paper meant no gridded pencil lines could show, which was difficult because of using PVA glue. The most difficult part of this project was trying to achieve a Chiaroscurro lighting effect. We had one light source to use but others in Gallery 10 also had lights that filled in the shadows to Kendall. While I know there are many projects to do, since this involved photography, I felt very comfortable with this. Some of the vocabulary learned was:
Line, Shape and Form, Space and Perspective. All of which you can see were important aspects to this project.
*Not knowing how to enter information and getting use to Weebly, this was not entered on time.
Here is a project that took the entire class to complete, we reviewed elements of each page with Bob. Figured a way to apply some of those items to our Style Guide. I used my logo that I created in another class for Trader Joe's Style guide.
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.