A2 Component B My Best Blog Posts 2016

Week 5

237130_A2_Wk5_Task 1_Visual Literacy_10 May 2016

One idea that is continually brought up in this video is the concept of ‘perspective’. One way the ideas are communicated, is by the mirror which relates to perspective, because of its ability to literally warp perspective, as well as how it gives the viewer an idea of their own perspective within the painting (as a witness). Another aspect which is interesting to note, is the male gaze – as this is the perspective that the viewer assumes.  At first glance, this may not seem like it relates to my own images that may end up being used in my essay, but in fact perspective is important to consider. The male gaze (in the age when this painting was done) is the dominant perspective, just as the artist caters to it. This can be applied to environmental works as they appeal often to specific perspectives, here the artist’s message is aimed at everyone who has a part to play in the problem of the growing amount of pollution in the world, therefore the dominant perspective here is for anyone who makes rubbish, so basically the majority of people that view the art.  This video is also useful to refer back to when looking at how to analyse artwork properly.

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Updated Word & Image Map

237130_A2_Wk5_Task 2_Contexual Understanding_10 May 2016

After reading the few pages in Practices of Looking, it was interesting to compare between the children and adult’s faces in the image The First Murder (before 1945) provided with the article. The context of the image is briefly mentioned in the article, informing the reader that the people in the picture were looking at the body of a dead gangster when the photograph was taken. Weegee (Arthur Felig) has managed to capture the contrast in emotions of both children and adults as the scene unfolds. The children do not understand the seriousness of the situation, so their faces appear to be caught up in the excitement of the event, craning their necks to catch a glimpse; while oppositely the two adults nearer the background avert their eyes and wear expressions of discomfort and grief. This emphasises the range of emotion associated with the practises of looking and the stimulation of voyeurism when looking at subject matter that is “taboo”.

237130_A2_Wk5_Task 3_Essay Topic Research_10 May 2016

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Updated Word and Image Map

By reading the provided articles and annotating images, it helped to open my mind in terms of analysing art works. The articles showed me how to consider aspects which I had not considered before such as genre, medium, media, and the artists intention behind why they have done an artwork a certain way. These points will help me when analysing works of art in my essay, in order to help me get my point across to the reader better and communicate my ideas properly. By reading as well as annotating I feel more prepared to write my essay as well, seeing as I have used a range of study techniques to deepen my understanding of the art works I plan to use. By knowing how to consider these different aspects, it will assist me in my own art making and how i want to communicate my own ideas to viewers at a more advanced level.

237130_A2_Wk5_Task 4_Blog Post_10 May 2016

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Mount Zhong in the Mist (2007) by Yao Lu

Photographer and digital artist, Yao Lu digitally edits photographs of chinese landfills, covered in a green netting that at first glance appears as ancient Chinese hills. The end result consists of images that resemble ancient chinese landscape paintings. Through the work Mount Zhong in the Mist from 2007 as part of the series: ‘Concealment and Restriction’, this piece shows China’s problem of overflowing landfills, shown by the way the artist has disguised the nets that protect the landfills. The purpose of the covers is to contain dust, but some residents regard these as ugly. The netting also symbolises urbanisation and is there to remind viewers of the impact it has on the area nearby. This piece compares opposites such as nature vs urbanisation, and past vs present to comment about how times have changed. Similar to the way Impression: Sun Rising shows The Conquest of Nature through Impressionism, Mount Zhong in the Mist shows how nature has been conquered and overwhelmed by the huge population living there. A landscape that was once clean and thriving, now regarded as a dumping ground for the urban population.

 

Bibliography

Sturken, Marita, and Lisa Cartwright. “Images, Power and Politics”. Practices Of Looking : An IntroductionToVisualCulture.:NewYork:OxfordUniversityPress,2009.9-11.Print.
Czeck, Jessica. “Landfill Photography: Chinese Garbage Style.” Visualness.com. Column Five, 27 Feb. 2013. Web. 10 May 2015. 
“Daniel Beltrá.” Daniel Beltrá. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 May 2016.
“García Uriburu Y Greenpeace Tiñeron De Verde Las Aguas Del Riachuelo Para Exigir El Saneamiento De La Cuenca.” Greenpeace Argentina. N.p., 22 Mar. 2010. Web. 04 May 2016.
Gersh-Nesic, Dr. Beth. “A Beginners’s Guide to Impressionism.” Khaacademy.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 May 2016.
Ruszkiewicz, John J., Daniel Anderson, and Christy Friend. “Reading Texts.” Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson, c2012. 10-37. Print.

 

Week 4, Task 4

237130_A2_Wk4_Task 4(A)_Image Selection_13 April 2016

Video Review

Of the 3 video links provided, I personally found that each video gave a more in depth explanation of visual literacy than the last. The second link involved Martin Scorsese talking on the importance of visual literacy,which was of a good length giving enough relevant information to be useful, but not too long that I lost interest. I found it interesting to listen to him talk about specifically which tools to use and how they come together to communicate a specific message using a visual vocabulary. This video is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to know more about how to interpret what they want to visually say.

237130_A2_Wk4_Task 4(C)_Image Selection_13 April 2016

Visual Analysis

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“Chroma.” John Sabraw. N.p., 2013. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

This abstract piece “CHROMA S1 17” by artist and environmentalist John Sabraw is part of a series as a strong display of the artists’ passions of caring for the environment and creating art. Made in 2013, this mixed media painting aims to communicate to the viewer what beauty can come of cleaning up the environment. This is especially evident when considering the production of this work, which involves the artist collecting water samples from a polluted stream. The samples then go through multiple processes to clean the water of toxins, as well as bring out the bright pigments in the leftover sediment which later becomes paint. The paint is then mixed with water, applied to an aluminium panel and left to dry for months as the water evaporates, leaving the pigments behind.  The pattern left behind is reminiscent of colourful water movements within a circular frame, leaving the viewer’s eye to bounce around the frame to different swirls of colour.

The bright colours immediately draw in the viewer, opening up an opportunity for the audience to learn more about the environmental inspirations behind Sabraw’s work. The abstract patterns paired with the circular frame make for an eye catching piece, as well as being symbolic of the deeper ideas that lurk beneath. The circular shape containing the watercolour patterning effect shows how the artist has chosen to interchange both controlled and organic processes; the precision of the perfectly circular frame alongside the uniquely organic shapes within the fame. The use of the circular frame is also symbolic of earth and the theme of ecosystems involved within it.

This work and others in the series have been so successful as to be part of collections in various places such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Elmhurst Museum in Illinois,  Honolulu and Emprise Bank. The fame of these pieces allow the audience to be exposed to the messages Sabraw is trying to communicate here, which also tie in to the environmental ideologies discussed in Mirzoeff’s “The Changing World” (Mirzoeff, chapter 6 211-252)

Bibliography

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “The Changing World”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 211-252. Print.

 

237130_A2_Wk6_Task 5_Reflection_11 May 2016

Wk 6 Reflection on Learning

Personally the most interesting thing so far for me in this paper has been during my research processes, and letting my tasks take me down different paths that I otherwise would not have known about, had I not chosen to read widely around my topic of interest.

One thing that has not worked so well for me however is my time management skills and my decision to dedicate a small amount of time to the independent study tasks more frequently, rather than having to complete everything last minute. My time management skills have definitely improved, as well as my current ideas about art having been expanded. This is due to my choice to analyse new art works, rather than resorting to material I had already studied previously as a default option.

This has opened up my creative processes when doing research, by choosing to explore books, videos, documentaries, websites,  as well as annotating pictures, doing mind maps, planning, and making notes, rather than just the standard ‘Google Search’. I can now apply this to other projects that involve research, even if they aren’t specifically related to my Bachelor of Fine Arts. After doing this project, it has opened up my eyes to other practises which are useful to know about, as it may even end up feeling another project in the future.

 

237130_A2_Wk8_Task 1_Critical and Contextual Studies Tool Kit_11 May 2016

Planning and Preparation

  • mind map (and the way it progressed with my ideas over time)
  • readings about the broader terms being used in my essay
  • reading and re-reading the chapter

Writing Skills

  • detailed plan of essay
  • turning key words into questions
  • defining important terms

Content and Visual Text Analysis Tools

  • looking for images from reputable sources
  • annotating, highlighting and drawing over the top of visual texts to record ideas
  • researching context and making links with meaning and visual elements
  • looking at similar works from the same movement/mediums/ideas/themes

Research and Information Gathering Tools and Protocols

  • reading widely around the subject of the essay
  • branching out from just visiting websites, to books, documentaries, ted talks etc
  • viewing and reviewing other’s work that works along a similar idea
  • editing drafts over and over

 

Mind Map

237130_A2_Wk5_Task 3_Essay Topic Research_10 May 2016

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Paragraph Writing

a)

237130_A2_Wk5_Task 1_Visual Literacy_10 May 2016

Week 5

One idea that is continually brought up in this video is the concept of ‘perspective’. One way the ideas are communicated, is by the mirror which relates to perspective, because of its ability to literally warp perspective, as well as how it gives the viewer an idea of their own perspective within the painting (as a witness). Another aspect which is interesting to note, is the male gaze – as this is the perspective that the viewer assumes.  At first glance, this may not seem like it relates to my own images that may end up being used in my essay, but in fact perspective is important to consider. The male gaze (in the age when this painting was done) is the dominant perspective, just as the artist caters to it. This can be applied to environmental works as they appeal often to specific perspectives, here the artist’s message is aimed at everyone who has a part to play in the problem of the growing amount of pollution in the world, therefore the dominant perspective here is for anyone who makes rubbish, so basically the majority of people that view the art.  This video is also useful to refer back to when looking at how to analyse artwork properly.

237130_A2_Wk4_Task 3_3a Written Response_13 April 2016

Week 4

Through Chapter 6: The Changing World, Mirzoeff asks us to think about the environmental impact that humans have made on earth and how rapidly this is making changes around us. The term “anthropocene” (meaning the “New Human Era” (Mirzoeff 219)) which is very relevant in this chapter, demonstrated through the use of various visual examples to demonstrate change over the centuries as a result of humankind’s lack of concern for the environment. Mirzoeff is asking us to pay attention to how much the world is changing all around us, not just where the effects aren’t as dramatic.

I think it is important that we learn more about these environmental issues, or at the very least be aware of them, as they are the driving force behind such dramatic environmental changes happening all around us. If humankind considers these issues, then we can have a better understanding of the constant changes that are happening and shaping our world as we see it. This is important because as a race we should naturally be interested anyway in the conditions of the places we live, and taking responsibility for what we put in and take out of the environment.

The image below is a photograph of a visual text in Mirzoeffs “How to See the World” that best exemplifies my understanding of this chapter as a whole. This image was chosen because it shows us so much information. The diagram on the top half of the page is a representative of the countries that produce the highest global percentage of carbon emissions with the size being relative to emissions produced. Therefore, bigger the country, the more emissions produced. The lower diagram shows us an estimated rate of mortality per country, again with size of the country being relative to the mortality rate.
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Lambert, Shannon. Figure 66. 2016. JPEG.

b)

237130_A2_Wk7_Task 2_Seeing the World_11 May 2016

One visual text can be viewed various different ways, depending on the people who are looking at the visual text. For example, everyone has different life experiences, interpretations, and knowledge to bring to the text when trying to analyse it, so undoubtedly there will always be different outcomes when analysing works. It all comes back to a single person’s perspective. This is useful to consider when critically analysing the producer of a visual text as it can reveal to us how they might want us to ‘take in’ their work, this can also be applied the opposite way too. The artist could consider the ideas of world view, ideology and ‘the myth of photographic truth’ when considering how the audience may take in their work and whether the viewer’s own ideologies and worldviews will get in the way of them finding meaning. A visual text can also help represent, affirm, normalise, and promote dominant world view if it becomes popular enough, or relates to a wide enough social group. As the popularity of it increases, so does the awareness around it which others may start to believe, and adhere to their own situations. As an artist, it is important to consider these ideas when making art in order to do it well, as well as communicate to an audience that may or may not know what you are trying to say.

 

Reflection

237130_A2_Wk6_Task 5_Reflection_11 May 2016

Personally the most interesting thing so far for me in this paper has been during my research processes, and letting my tasks take me down different paths that I otherwise would not have known about, had I not chosen to read widely around my topic of interest.

One thing that has not worked so well for me however is my time management skills and my decision to dedicate a small amount of time to the independent study tasks more frequently, rather than having to complete everything last minute. My time management skills have definitely improved, as well as my current ideas about art having been expanded. This is due to my choice to analyse new art works, rather than resorting to material I had already studied previously as a default option.

This has opened up my creative processes when doing research, by choosing to explore books, videos, documentaries, websites,  as well as annotating pictures, doing mind maps, planning, and making notes, rather than just the standard ‘Google Search’. I can now apply this to other projects that involve research, even if they aren’t specifically related to my Bachelor of Fine Arts. After doing this project, it has opened up my eyes to other practises which are useful to know about, as it may even end up feeling another project in the future.

237130_A2_Wk8_Task 1_Critical and Contextual Studies Tool Kit_11 May 2016

Planning and Preparation

  • mind map (and the way it progressed with my ideas over time)
  • readings about the broader terms being used in my essay
  • reading and re-reading the chapter

Writing Skills

  • detailed plan of essay
  • turning key words into questions
  • defining important terms

Content and Visual Text Analysis Tools

  • looking for images from reputable sources
  • annotating, highlighting and drawing over the top of visual texts to record ideas
  • researching context and making links with meaning and visual elements
  • looking at similar works from the same movement/mediums/ideas/themes

Research and Information Gathering Tools and Protocols

  • reading widely around the subject of the essay
  • branching out from just visiting websites, to books, documentaries, ted talks etc
  • viewing and reviewing other’s work that works along a similar idea
  • editing drafts over and over
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