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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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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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.



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