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.
This was a a one day assignment that we did that deal with photographic styles. The Creative strategy was "Explore the same subject in a variety of styles" We reviewed three different artists and learned new vocabulary that dealt with this assignment.
New-vision style photography
Point of view
Out of focus, or soft focus
In focus or sharply focused
Peter and Tim wanted us to partner with someone, to take photos of each other and try to recreate in picture style. My model for all photos was Amanda Miller. We tried many poses to achieve these styles. Studio Angelico provided a great area to take all of these photos. While taking all of the photos I found it challenging to to take the photo while keeping the requirements in mine. Once I placed my camera phone on her and then visioned the style I found it easier to do than think. I think the reason why is because I am familiar with shooting images. I do appreciate Pictorial and Documentary style the most, when it comes to new vision, I do not normally see a person that closely. As I write this and reflect, I think how this resembles shooting archeteture downtown. I focus on the details and angles to see a pattern, I feel this way about new vision too.
This last photo was to be in my own style, I looked for several minutes around me as we took photos to find the right angle with moving lines, I was not sure if I wanted Amanda in front or behind a fence at first. Then I saw this area that had the sign posts. I placed Amanda towards the back to show depth but at the same time the vertical metal posts I felt the changed the image to help with the depth. It reminds me of a metal forest of trees. I could do these type of assignments all day long! This assignment has helped me to think of taking photos from a different mind set that I normally do. I look forward to experimenting with this in the future.
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.
This was an assignment I conducted with Amanda. The project was in relation to Max Ernst's "Mechanism of Collage" essay. Amanda and I were given objects that we could use to create a form of installation art. We photographed several iterations and discussed several ideas and we came across these main four photos. Once we chose a location, we began taking a chair and objects that were provided to create a surrealism piece of work by taking two or more objects that do not belong with each other to make an assisted readymade piece of art. The piece ended up being a site specific piece of work, just because it requires a background. This idea relates to how Max Ernst placed things that do not normally go together to see what he could create. In reviewing this assignment I think the value I got was trying to think outside the box into how can two or more objects could create art. How this relates to me would be something with an urban perspective. Thinking off the top of my head would be taking a fire hydrant and placing it on its side on a wall.
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.
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.