Week 9- Activity- Drawing

This weeks activity was really fun and kind of random! I was a little bit nervous about doing the drawing because I had no idea how it was going to turn out because it was two people just relaxing letting the pencil do its thing. I had a lot of fun doing this project though! It was interesting to see how this could be considered art even as simple as it was.

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This is a picture of me and my friend right before we started the drawing! Not going to lie, it was a little bit awkward, but it was also relaxing. I never thought of drawing as a outlet to get my mind off of things, but after doing this activity, I think I might start! It honestly was like meditating and soothing.

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Although it is far from art, I think it is funny to look at the end result. When you are relaxing just sitting there letting the pencil flow, you don’t really think about what you are doing. I like this because I was trying to focus and make something perfect. I was just letting the pencil do its thing, which was really fun! I think this picture honestly looks like a two year old drew it, but the overall experience of this project was great!

Week 9- Artist- Joseph DeLappe

Joseph DeLappe is a very intriguing artist. His artwork began in 1993 and revolves mostly around technology, although he does do a lot of cardboard artwork as well. What stood out most to me about his work is that he brings out a lot of the truth in things. For example, he did an artwork that was just like a video game of war but he brought out the standard demographic of a white young male. I think that DeLappe does a good job at bringing out the things that most of us know about but are so normal now that they don’t stand out to us as much.

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This work by DeLappe was really interesting to me. I didn’t know about this project until one of our classmates brought it up in discussion. In this project, he asked volunteers to stamp their bills with a tiny MQ1 Predator Drone. The irony in this picture is that the drone is over our the White House.

Overall, I think Joseph DeLappe’s work is really cool and different because of his irony. I love that in art so I think that is why I find his art so amusing. I like how he also brings up a lot of our problems in the world and has a smart, witty way of doing so. DeLappe is truly an amazing artist and I think that he is known for his keen sense of humor.

Week 8- Activity- Museum Visit

The museum that I had the chance of going to this week was the Long Beach Museum of Art. This was my first time ever visiting an art museum, so I had a really fun experience because it was something new to me. At first, right when I walked in I already knew I was going to have a good time because they had all these colorful strings hanging from the ceiling that brought nothing but good vibes.IMG_5591

Here are also some pictures of me in front of some art pieces that I found interesting.

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The two pictures that caught my eye the most were:

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The Mickey Mouse painting caught my eye because it reminded me of Eva and Franco, our artists of the week. It reminds me of them because it gives a more dark/ trippy side to the standard Mickey Mouse. There is a lot of detail in that painting. The colors and lines can kind of make you dizzy if you stare at it long enough. I think this painting evokes magical yet a little bit creepy emotions. It is not your standard happy Mickey Mouse in red and black. It is just black and white with blurry lines.

The second painting of the butterfly was my favorite. I like how it seems as if it is melting off of the tree. There are no straight perfected lines, yet it seems so delicate. The melting look was my favorite because most art I have seen is very particular and perfect. I liked this because it seems natural and droopy. When I saw this it reminded me of nature in its natural form and also peacefulness.

Week 8- Artist- Eva and Franco Mattes

This weeks artists of the week are quite different from previous artists. They seem to have a dark sense of humor and most people seem upset with their art. One interesting thing that I did find while doing some research was that they manipulated video games for one of their art pieces. When doing this, the artists brought up some truths concealed by contemporary society. Supposedly what they were saying got the attention of government and the public because it was the truth. nofun

This picture stood out the most to me out of all of their dark artwork. This pieces is on chat roulette and is people’s reactions when they see a man that had just hung himself. I personally would not find this funny at all if this prank was being pulled on me. First, someone committing suicide isn’t something to laugh about. Second, I don’t know why they would think that this would be funny, let alone a piece of art.

I think overall that these artists are more famous for their dark humor that their actual art. I think they go overboard and taker things to the extreme so that could be why they are popular. I personally am not a big fan of their artwork and I find it kind of offensive. I do however think that they do have a lot of courage to go out and do such extreme things.

Week 7- Activity- Snapchat

This week’s activity is a little bit difficult for me because I am not familiar with snapchat at all. Thinking of an activity the class could use was hard too because snapchat isn’t a picture or video that lasts forever, it is gone in a matter of seconds. I only had one idea for the activity, but it is more like an idea for a fun game.

The game I was thinking of could be sort of a form of story telling, one person could start with one word and everyone else could add to it by saying a word after. In a matter of seconds it could be one big funny sentence/ video. This could go to show that no matter who you are or where you are, you are all connected by a form of social media.

Not only would this game be funny, but it would create a sense of belonging and community over something as simple as an iPhone app. I think that snapchat is a bit difficult to understand at first, so I think this activity should definitely be 2 weeks instead of one so that everyone could get the hang of it. I also think that the order of who says the next word shouldn’t matter because people could just jump in and say something funny or random at any moment. Lastly, the word you say should be posted on your snapchat story instead of just to one person. This would allow for everyone to see and jump in on it at any time.

Week 7- Artist- Janet Cardiff

This week’s artist was mind blowing! Janet Cardiff does something that I never would have thought of as art. She records an audio of what she sees in a certain place and time and walks you through what she sees. I think this is incredibly amazing because she gives you a chance to stop and look at all of the things surrounding you that you may not pay attention to because you are caught up in your own busy life.

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This is an example of one of her artworks. Although my favorite is the Alter Bahnhof walk, this picture give you an idea of her type of work. Her first piece was created when she was asked to make a site-specific piece for the museum grounds at Louisiana Museum in Denmark. It’s amazing to me how out of all forms of art she could have done, such as a painting or sculpture, that she chose to do an audio.

Overall, I find Janet’s work extremely amusing and I would love to go through one of her walks. I am also really glad that I learned about audio walks because I have previously never heard of them. These walks seem very peaceful and seem as if she would make you step back and look at the little things in life instead of paying attention to all of the chaos in our lives. Janet’s work is very inspirational and she has a lot of talent.

Week 6- Artist- Nikki S. Lee

This weeks artist Nikki S. Lee is definitely one of my favorites so far. She has the ability to transform herself into so many different characters, and actually pulls each and every one of them off. She really gets into character and has passion in showing a sense of belonging. I think that Nikki’s ability to show that basically anyone can fit in anywhere is truly remarkable.

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These two pictures stood out most to me because it shows perfectly how Nikki can pull off multiple characters. She transforms herself in these two pictures from a punk rock girl that seems easy going, to an office professional. She not only has the look, makeup, and dress for the part, but her attitude shines through in both as well. What I admire about Nikki the most is that she doesn’t just dress up, she plays the role of whatever person she is trying to be.

Overall, I think that Nikki’s art says a lot. She isn’t’t just showing the differences that different subcultures have, she is showing how much we are alike too. I think that it takes a lot of talent to pull off showing people that no matter who you are, whether it be different races, ethnicities, or religions, that we all are more similar than we think.

Week 6- Activity- Architecture and Urban Planning

I had a lot of fun doing this weeks activity! I was definitely more familiar with sketch up, so that helped me out a lot. I also found out how fun it is to design things exactly how you like them! Obviously since we picked a place that we already enjoyed, there wasn’t much to change, but it had some minor adjustments to make.I picked my apartment as one of my favorite place! I really found designing an apartment to be really fun. Although I only changed the outside, I think the way I changed it would be really cool if the apartment was really like this!

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This is how the apartment originally looks. It has one driveway for both apartments to share, even though there are four of us living here altogether. It has a metal fence around the front. The metal fence was difficult for me to make because I wasn’t really sure what tool to use for it in sketch up. The apartments are two stories with two very small windows in each of the upstairs bedrooms. The windows are also super thin so it gets really noisy and hard to sleep sometimes.

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This is my updated version of the apartment! I put two really big windows upstairs instead of just the small ones, and I also added a window downstairs in the living room. As you can tell, I really like big windows. I also added a chimney to each apartment. I added a balcony to my apartment on the left. Lastly, I changed the original one driveway parking space to three parking spaces on the side, which I now realize I should have put four altogether. Overall this activity was fun and gave me the chance to try changing something that I already like into something that I would love to have. I really enjoyed this project and I think designing things is super fun.