Sunday, January 22, 2017

Experimental Video: TIMELINE SMORPH still possible in 2k17

What dictates a narratives when they occur simultaneously, in a shared
space? Ted Nelson argued that the space created by the modern computer
does not allow for similar timelines. But these windows move, expand,
shrink, end, begin at different times, among each other. This video may
present differently each time watched, depending on the person. For
some, the mouse may dictate which media is being viewed. For others, it
may be which video strikes as most interesting to their eye. And the
sounds present a repetitive distraction designed to let one's mind
wander from the story being presented. The media is intentionally
overwhelming, as McLuhan puts it: "all media works us over completely"
(26). But is this really any different from other media ingested on a
regular basis? The act of scrolling-- through Facebook, Instagram,
etc.-- using the scrolling method which cuts our attention to a new
image over and over again, often feeling repetitive. Apps like vine
thrive off the ability for a short sound to repeat until abstraction.
Additionally, the display in which this video is based could be the
manifestation of "maximizing perception and to make everyday learning a
process of discovery." Although each video is simple, short, and
repetitive, the collection of videos distorts, rearranges and moves past
the video into which the video camera is also the computer.


made this horse pill slightly easier to swallow The venue was small and intimate, filled with emotions, namely anger and fear. A collection of artists trying to put a physical representation to these feelings.

"You're in Over Your Head" by Brian Tellock

The show played on the absurdities in the media and the death of American Exceptionalism. It is so strange to see this thing which began over a year ago as what seemed like a crude joke grow, take roots in America's oppressive systems, and take hold of the most powerful government position in the world. But the show exemplifies the art which comes out of resistance. Wherever there is struggle, there is also artists who use their work as a means of protest. The variations in perspectives allow for a fuller emotional image of the ways an individual copes with times of stress or struggle.

"Communication Elegy: Death of the Truth" by Mike Tar

I love the simplicity in this piece. The way that the narrative of this election is halted from the crude and unforgiving to a simple and clear image exemplifying the divisiveness of the current culture, and the ways in which America has lost a hold of what is true. The media has distorted how one perceives truth, which has never been more relevant, with the new digestible media creating the "myth of a green pasture in a world of innocence" (72). Although Trump doesn't present the world outside of America as necessarily innocent, although possibly ignorant of what he claims America is possible of, his entire campaign ran on the assumption of America as the green pasture, an idea which the media perpetuated though their inability to critique it.

Monday, January 9, 2017

she//her//hers or they//them//theirs

It's hard to write about myself as an artist, especially thematically. It's always been a part of my life, but an aspect I turned away from or hid, probably as a result of the way that my environment and society viewed artists

My art is tied to my politics and experiences, meaning that it was hard to make art when I was so deeply confused about who I was. I didn't have the language yet to call myself queer. My politics were a mess. I was hollowed by the violation of my body by medication and men. 

 I find it difficult to put into words the formation of my politics, my identity, and the intersections which lie between and have influenced my work, especially since I started college. But I credit my growing confidence to the wonderful and radical people who have supported, educated, and created with me. As McLuhan says "our new environment compels commitment and participation" (24), a sentiment which I strongly agree with.

All I find myself able to do lately is put my experiences into my art in whichever way feels right at the moment. Stylistically, this pretty much means that my art is all over the place. I never realized that art didn't need to be about the final project, so I've spent the last years focusing on the process of making my art. I've used my art to heal my mental health and express my frustrations with and examinations of systems of oppression and find myself drawn towards artists who do the same. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

I love the way that sometimes, science can be art. These are two different thin sections of rocks I analyzed in my geochemistry class. The bright colors seen in some minerals are called birefringence. Still trying to figure out how my two fields of study that I've been focusing on-- geology and sculpture-- can come together. I love the hands-on nature that both fields give me.

where it hurts
plaster strips

not the finished product, missing the podium.

not sure how personal I want to get on this blog about the emotions and experiences influencing my work.