Friday, November 18, 2011

End of Term Reflection

This term I think my level of engagement and understanding of process affected my finished work (1 piece) in a way that i didn't imagine or consider when the class started. Besides the "Final Project" (which if I had an infinite amount of time ideally wouldn't be finished) the only piece I completed was the Mark Making Portrait. Its Kind of weird to think that the two most successful projects i did this year were similar in the way they looked as well as the only pieces i completed. Before I came to beaver i never really thought about the process of my artwork: there was the initial idea => the final product however you achieved that was arbitrary and insignificant it seemed. Now after taking art at a high school level the process is stressed a ton and in some cases more than the actual outcome. I learned this term that sometimes its okay for the process to shape the piece/idea instead of the other way around. I have confessed that i don't find the mark making and the final project very good, and that i really want to be able to make something recognizable instead of resorting to abstract art, but i do realize that the eFinal Project, were the most enjoyable and relaxing projects i did this year because i could just lock myself up in the studio and not worry about if my final wasn't going to appear like i had expected because, during then i didn't have any expectations to meet or fall short of. 

Its hard sometimes to keep a sense of style and consistency in your artwork when there are projects designed for you to complete, so from the work i have done as part of the class, I don't really have trends.  If i was doing an independent study i would like to think that i would develop and portray a trend in my artwork wether it be constant use of stencils, subject matter, recurring character etc. As far as this term, i think the only trend that i notice in my work is color, and a variety of marks, (as well as a trend of unfinished assignments). I have noticed that i have a tendency to use green and bus and yellows in my work that is colored which is understandable since green is my favorite color but i hope to develop more unique trends in the future.

See First and 2nd Paragraph for shish piece i find most successful.

Answering the question what do i see the role of art in my future was and still is really difficult. Its split up into two different parts: "the role i hope art will play" vs "the role in reality that it will play". What this means is that i want to be an artist in the future as my job, but in reality i doubt that will work out. I really like making art more than most other things, in the same way some people love playing sports or singing etc. but i dont believe that this is possible for me....

Monday, November 7, 2011

Matt Rich, Visiting Artist


I really like this piece because it it appears so smooth and solid even though it is built around a wire frame. It is really amazing how using the right colors and surface you can add a sense of volume to the piece. In the description the piece is listed as latex paint on paper over wire which is a bunch of different materials yet the "mountain" looks so natural. The color scheme is very appealing to me as well, because green is my favorite color and the different shades of green go together well with the white portion. The distribution of the colors adds a whole new feeling to the piece as opposed to having equal width stripes of green and white.

2) As i was saying, I really like how the work appears to be so soft and smooth and natural, despite the fact that most of the pieces are constructed from many smaller pieces of paper. The outcome, on both the sculptures and the 2d works is very unique and cool looking I think. In the slide talk we heard about how lots of his artwork is inspired by previous experiences making art, and the process that goes into making the work. I think it is really cool how Mr Rich first makes the paper his own, then uses that to make his final product. The thought of having pieces of paper all over the ground and using a piece that was created 3 years ago, to construct the art is very cool. I also think that the pictures and description of Mr Rich's Studio seems so real and productive, being able to use whatever is lying around on the floor as part of the piece. 

Question 1) how long did it take for you to develops your style of artwork that we saw today?

Question 2) Do you ever get sick or frustrated on a piece of work and if so how do you deal with the frustration?