I added a glowing effect to the body paint, and was a lot more excited with the final product. It took a few tries to get the proper effects that I wanted, but I think the biggest benefit the digital additions give is the growing darkness that emits from the room. I really didn't realize how effective that addition was until I was looking back at it, and I think it really helps the picture tell more of a story. It will be entered into the gallery soon, but I still need to think of a name and get the final print.
This week I decided to move from wall art to body paint to represent the type of work that I'm doing. I really like this work because I feel like the color choice and pose really achieved what I wanted it to. I'mn considering it becoming a group of images to tell a story, but I also want to try some other ideas I have floating around in my head. I also feel pretty confident in adding digital work to this before I present it as a final product.
Getting to see this Visual Arts Center Exhibit was really cool, and getting to see Hoss Haley's style of art was really interesting. While I don't really adore the work that he makes, I like the message that he talked about in a video the VAC had on their website that he made describing Haley's process and artist statement. I also think that the process he has, and the fact that his work comes from old trashed materials really creates a strong message that matches the very distinctive style of his artwork. I will say that I was also really disappointed not to see the machine in the back work, because that seemed to be a really art piece.
This week I spent making the chalk drawing for my first project. The title of the project will be called Slow Burn just to speak to the posture and seething the subject's emotion is showing, and how that is represented in the chalk as well. I like the work a lot, but I feel like I want to apply some of my practice that I've been doing with the digital work as well into this piece.
The readings about protest art highlighted a number of important protests in recent history to discuss the importance of art as a vehicle for protest. They raised a lot of a questions about where and in what contexts it is appropriate to display protest artwork, especially if it is particularly provocative or controversial. The readings all were in support of protest art, and discussed art as a mechanism for social change and its relationship with civil disobedience.
The articles provided a perspective on histrorical events that highlighted the power and importance of art in protest, and helped to ask more questions about the nature, power, and driving forces of art. Art and the recording of historical protests helps to preserve and memorialize the devotion and fervor that caused the protest, and how important that preservation is for the societal good.
I honestly found the analysis of the articles to be pretty weak overall. They tended to focus on reciting statistics already presented by the artists and made very surface level analyses of the artwork, focusing more on the experience of seeing the art rather than its message. The extra article made an argument, but did so in a very unconvincing manner that made their lack of understanding of fundemental political principles very clear. They also failed to tie together the aspects of protest that they discussed at all, creating a number of smaller, disjointed articles rather than a long, cohesive argument.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.