Our next assignment was to use what we learned in the first two classes to design and build a fun toy. I created a human face with moving eyes and mouth. The eyes can move side to side and the mouth can smile and sulk.
Laura Owens is a contemporary American painter. Sometimes criticized for being overly cheerful, her large and colorful paintings combining multiple techniques do seem whimsical at first but upon closer reflection communicate a deeper thoughtfulness and emotion.
One of Owen’s works that struck me as particularly intriguing is her untitled piece derived from old newspaper plates she found under the shingle siding of her home[1,3]. The piece looks like a collage that started with the front page of a Sunday newspaper, and was actually made with Adobe Photoshop along with oil paint and screen printing. Owens made several similar pieces and one of them was on display at the Whitney.
My conceptual motivation for this project is to create visually compelling animations using large amounts of spatial data.
Data by itself is formless. Our present technology community collects vast amounts of data. Some of that data is a record of the physical space we humans live in. My dream is to access that data and reimagine it in a way that maintains the integrity of the data and inspires viewers to appreciate the beauty of the originating physical space.
Carolee Schneemann is a provocative and influential artist whose work challenged the art establishment and our society’s perception of art. Her career has spanned many decades and her artwork took on many forms, and throughout all of it she fought against sexism and bias against female artists.
Schneemann was the first woman from her family to attend college, getting a scholarship to study art at Bard College. At school she would pose nude for paintings by other students, but when she painted self-portraits the paintings would be stolen by male students. Eventually, she was expelled from the school for “moral turpitude.” This was not fully explained to her but she attributed it to the paintings she had been making of herself.
In our first class we learned about basic paper engineering and pop-ups. Our assignment was to make a paper bug using a template. Here is the result:
I used scissors and an exacto knife to cut the paper. All of the paper is attached using one-sided artist tape except for the bug's arms, which are attached with two-sided tape. I found the bone folder to be very useful for making good folds.
My first project is a skill builder exercise using a hand router to cut a particular shape out of a piece of wood. Ben said we could make any shape we wanted, but I elected to replicate the shape outlined in the exercise description.
Here is the end result:
I encountered some problems making this that I will describe below.
History of Contemporary Art and New Media, taught by RoseLee Goldberg.
Class blog posts:
- Monday, January 29, 2018 10:16 PM Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting
- Sunday, February 4, 2018 12:31 PM Laura Owens at the Whitney
- Monday, February 12, 2018 5:44 PM Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away
- Monday, February 12, 2018 6:58 PM Cristina Iglesias: Entwined
- Monday, February 12, 2018 9:04 PM Tania Bruguera: Untitled (Havanana, 2000)
- Saturday, February 17, 2018 2:23 PM Songs for Sabotage
- Saturday, February 17, 2018 3:14 PM Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect
- Monday, February 19, 2018 11:34 PM The Woman's Building
- Monday, February 26, 2018 10:19 PM Anthony McCall: Solid Light Works
- Monday, February 26, 2018 11:42 PM Vito Acconci
- Monday, March 5, 2018 8:12 PM Lawrence Weiner
- Monday, March 19, 2018 5:12 PM Minimalist Composers of the 1960s and 70s
- Monday, March 26, 2018 10:23 AM Bill Viola: Moving Stillness
- Monday, March 26, 2018 10:54 AM Nick Mauss: Transmissions
- Monday, March 26, 2018 12:05 PM Anri Sala
- Monday, April 2, 2018 7:52 PM Charles Atlas: the past is here, the futures are coming
- Monday, April 9, 2018 11:55 PM Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions
- Monday, April 9, 2018 11:58 PM Xu Zhen: Movement Field
- Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:45 AM Sherrie Levine
- Monday, April 16, 2018 9:03 PM Cyprien Gaillard: Nightlife
- Monday, April 16, 2018 9:11 PM Bernd and Hilla Becher: In Dialogue with Carl Andre and Sol LeWitt
- Monday, April 16, 2018 9:23 PM Hank Willis Thomas: What We Ask Is Simple
- Monday, April 23, 2018 11:59 PM Relational Aesthetics
- Monday, April 30, 2018 11:31 PM Carrie Mae Weems
- Monday, May 7, 2018 9:30 AM Becoming Maurizio Cattelan
Paper Engineering, taught by Sam Ita.
Class blog posts:
Project Development Studio, taught by Daniel Rozin.
Class blog posts:
- Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:21 PM Plan
- Tuesday, February 6, 2018 11:11 PM Data Investigation
- Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:58 PM Data Progress
- Tuesday, February 27, 2018 11:14 PM Data Assembly
- Tuesday, March 6, 2018 11:58 PM Data Assembly Complete
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018 12:14 PM Midterm Status
- Tuesday, April 3, 2018 11:13 PM Style Transfer Progress
- Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:00 AM Feedback Collective Review
- Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1:43 AM Two Weeks Remaining...
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018 10:13 PM End of Class Presentation
- Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:27 AM Spring Show
- Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:18 PM Post-Spring Show
- Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:04 PM Adjacent Illustrations
- Wednesday, October 31, 2018 8:52 PM Adjacent Illustrations Published
Class blog posts:
- Saturday, January 27, 2018 5:54 PM Hand Router
- Sunday, February 4, 2018 9:54 PM Othermill
- Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:48 PM Aluminum Milling
- Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:09 PM CNC and Me
- Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:38 PM Joint Experiment
- Monday, March 5, 2018 10:28 PM Test Holes
- Saturday, March 17, 2018 2:27 PM Towel Rack
- Monday, April 2, 2018 8:13 PM Wood Lathe
- Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:24 PM Wooden Mallet
- Monday, April 16, 2018 10:41 AM Four-Axis Mill
- Wednesday, April 25, 2018 10:26 PM Wooden Box