Monday, January 29, 2018

Weekly Debrief: Project 1 in the Process

        After speaking with Thomas I quickly realized how much I had on my plate if I wanted to successfully construct my "Plan A" for this project. 
        My first instinct was to print two copies of my front/back views of the human spine. I wish to display these prints in individual shadow boxes in a square composition on the wall. The first two vertical boxes would have the front of the spine, and the second column would hold the back illustration's. One of the ribs and one of the spines will be lit by blacklight installations inside the shadow box, and the other two will remain lit in a plain manner. The blacklight boxes will be diagonal of each other, and will reveal a hidden texture on top the "bones" that appears to be barbed wire. 
        I hope to accuratley convey my concept, and have prep-ed so far by purchasing two blacklights and two blacklight pens. I plan to construct my own shadow boxes that lack a clear outer casing and are made of black foam core to fit within my budget.

        If my original plan were not to work out, I have "Plan B". My backup plan is to display a pair of the front/back spine in vertical standings.The front of the ribs will have cellophane strips of warm colors filtered through its bones, where as the back of the spine will have cool-colored versions of the same strips intertwined throughout.

        Either way, I am eager to get started on the construction and I look forward to updating my blog with what I find.  

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Weekly Debrief: Paper Craft

             I spent a majority of my time, this week, researching paper craft and the various ways artist develop their works from this one common medium. 

            At first glance, an individual may assume that paper craft is a simple art form only used for folding up three-dimensional models and toys. From Although it may seem this way from the surface, paper craft is a much more respected focus and is utilized for many crucial projects and can truly convey emotions and concepts better than some other outlets.

            This skill set requires talent in transforming a primary substance into a powerful statement. It can be exemplified in instances such as creating negative space in paper and in result creating a beautiful lace-like composition.

            Throughout the art world, there are many artist praised for their paper craft. Two great examples are Brian Dettmer & Chris Natrop.  Dettmer is a master of recycling old storybooks into intricately carved sculptures. He refers to them as “Book Autopsies” and preforms them to transition the old book’s pages into shadow-box-like displays that purposely reveal certain words chosen by Dettmer.

            Chris Natrop, on the other hand, takes the craft a step farther by introducing light and shadow to the mix. Natrop uses site-specific locations to display his installations, and this is dear to my heart because his inspiration came from the MOCA located in my hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. I have had my own work presented in the same museum and I feel as though it brings me closer to this artist. Natrop claims his interest in paper carving began on a plane ride home. He was glancing out the window when he had the urge to “capture” the atmosphere revealed by his side window.

            Nonetheless, this week I have inquired and studied the medium of paper and prepared myself for the obstacle that is taking products of the CNC and making them unique in their own way. I look forwarding to tackling this project in the upcoming week.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

            The article begins by stating that art has always been a medium that is reproducible. Con-artists have always been around in one form or another trying their personal best to replicate fine art. Although, it was not until mechanical reproduction that exact duplication of artworks was physically possible. 
            Replication of art began when the Greeks initially invented the process of both founding and stamping. Fast forward a few decades and lithography came into play to create a pictorial replica of cherished works. Shortly after lithography, photography took over the scene. Utilizing a lens, one was now capable of photographing artwork and keeping a version of the piece for their own.
            Originally there was a somewhat charming existence of an authentic primary piece. Mechanical Reproduction took over and changed this rudimentary existence of art and created multiples which diminished the charm of the piece overall, yet allowed a larger audience to enjoy the piece as a whole.
            One praise of the invention of photography is the amazing possibility of preserving the composition of original art that will quickly deteriorate in its physical condition. Yet another complication of the process tends to be that a majority of members in the art world are open to stealing the ownership of your work, and possibly even your artistic ideas.
            The remainder of the article argues that The performance of an actor is judged on both the actor in real space themselves, and on screen as projected by a director. I disagree in a sense that even with the directing of the movie staff, the acting of the performer is what the audience judges them on. Close ups, establishing shots, and cinematography style is not what sells a character for me, but what sells a movie for me.