At around 50 hours a week is when I’d say you may be spending an excessive amount of time practicing on your work. Why? because at that point I believe that you are spending to much time in your work and not enough time gathering new experiences to turn into inspiration. That being said only spending around 20 hours on your work a week can prevent you from sharpening the skills and styles you already have. Personally I vary on this chart but mostly find myself on the bottom end and I can usually see it in my work when I haven’t been putting s much time as I should be into a piece.
Sophisticated work is work that, may not be perfect, but represents a high understanding of the media used and the fine details that help the piece achieve its goal. In typography what I think is sophisticated about my work is that I also look to see what other ways I can present the content even if I’m content with what I have. Including mostly different layouts to keep it from becoming static and elements to make the whole piece cohesive.
Some feedback I’v been given that’s helped me a lot is comments on the font choices and point size. I often forget that the image on the screen isn’t a life-size representation and leave the font to big so that when its printed the font looks too bold and loud. With this feedback in mind, I now try to remember to print out copies as I go to see what looks good and what I should fix.
The creation of my booklet was a simple task on the surface but with the finer details in mind became much more of a challenge. Getting all the text to fit how it should and work with the pictures and page counts was by far the hardest part. Such details were often believed to be fix then upon printing of a copy I realized that there were new problems. The easiest part was the initial pasting in of the text and bringing formats and styles.
outside of school I use my skills for more personal reasons. I help design some logo work for a gaming community some friends are a part of and then a tear flyer for my elf to promote my side job of dog walking and petting sitting.
Living 40mins away from campus has made school life a little troublesome in the fact that the accessibility of the labs and resources of the school aren’t always there. balancing school and a part time job is already hard but I found that it was much worst when away from the resources I needed during the week.
I really enjoyed the environment of our type classroom. The structure mixed with the time and space to do what you wanted and needed really help not only my imagination and creativity during the projects but after as well, when I got to see how everyone else interpreted the assignment. I also enjoyed the flexibility to be an active, outspoken member of the class, or more of a quiet observer. We would all be working on the same project but because of a unique twist we each had (i.e. quotes in making a font, or wiki subject) we weren’t in competition but merely just learning together.
1st Year experience was good class and I loved getting to hear from people in my planned future job and get to know my current and future teacher a little better. Though, I found that despite always being interested in the speakers topic it didn’t always apply to be due to the large verity of degrees within visual arts.
My only negative I have for the class is the timing of it in the day, which was simply just a personal problem on my end.
Of every thing I enjoyed the faculty presentions the most. getting to see my teachers work that they do really enlighten me to just how much they know and can help me. I just wish there was more info on what to expect when trying to start my career, rather starting free-lance or getting hired, and how to prepare your portfolio, when you may not have a lot to show.
From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes:
I love this piece because of the sheer size and the fact that British designer Alex Chinneck has changed what someone might mean when they say “that building has character.”
It took about 1 year to make this slumping, drooping house front. The building its self was an old 4 story structure with water and fire damaged. The large-scale installation was set to stay up for a year before the building would be restored back to housing functions.
I found this really interesting because we often think of building as strong, study, and unmoving. But, in this case the building is slumping and appears “tired” while crumbling at the top. Personly I feel this relates to people. How in society were often expected to stay strong and mussel through the storms of life when mostly we just want to give up and fall apart. The fact that this building was damaged, then made “sluppy”, then rebuilt to be used I think can serve as an important lesson to people who feel like they can’t be weak sometimes.
“It serves a hard-to-miss surprise for locals who are left to speculate what happened, as Chinneck doesn’t like to put up signs or any indication that it is a manipulated artwork. In an interview with Dezeen, he says, ‘I just feel this incredible desire to create spectacles. I wanted to create something that used the simple pleasures of humor, illusion and theater to create an artwork that can be understood and enjoyed by any onlooker.’ ” -my modern met
Though not a new piece or really considered contemporary Oppenheim’s ‘Luncheon In Fur’ is one of my favorite works of art both for its background and effect on people. A tea set covered in fur would make anyone cringe. just thinking about putting that furry spoon in your mouth or feeling tickled while sipping some early gray is simply just “EW.” This surrealist piece created much debate on meaning and purpose.
The spark of creation happened for Oppenheim when was having lunch with Picasso, her friend. As the story goes he made a comment on her furry bracelet (one of her early jewelry creations), saying that you can cover anything in fur. To which Oppenheim replied “Even this plate and this cup.” becoming a joke at the table when her tea started to cool she asked the waiter for some fur to wrap her cup up with to keep it warm.
After that she apparently went to the store and created the work we know today.
The reaction to Oppenheim’s teacup was explosive.
André Breton chimed with his declaration that “beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all.” He called it Le Déjeuner en fourrure (Luncheon in Fur) and exhibited it that year at the first surrealist exhibition dedicated to objects.
“As the talking point of the show, the sculpture became the receptacle of all kinds of theories, fears and longings. This being the age of Freud, a gastro-sexual interpretation was inescapable: the spoon was phallic, the cup vaginal, the hair pubic. For some, the tongue-shaped spoon brought to mind unpleasant sensations of a furry tongue. Others experienced unease at seeing a graceful item of the tea table transformed into something decadent and animalistic; some gagged at the thought of getting a hair or damp tea leaves in their mouth; still others wanted to stroke it.” -npr, The Salt
Personally I see it as a challenge to how we perceive people by the object they carry. A fine lady sipping her tea at a table midday is respectable and pure, maybe even prestigious and rich. But now covered in fur the teacup seems animalistic and wild. No one of respect would use the teacup.
I also love the idea of playing with man-made matterials, like porclen, and changing it to something more raw like furs or animal skins and seeing the new reactions people have to the object.
I love Kimberly Corday’s wool creations, not just because they look so soft to touch and hold but because of their simple appeal.
“My practice is rooted in the notion of an ideal natural world – a concept that marries the spectacle of nature and the spirit of 18th century Romantic landscape painting. Through a Frankensteinian process that borrows aspects of painting, relief sculpture, and embroidery, I create textured objects that conjure up an amalgam of natural phenomena like threadbare pelts, plumage, and patterns found in the wild. ”
One of my favorite aspects of her wool pieces is the subtleness off the dye and the left impression that the animal may of had blue fur. I read and interview of Kimberly once and remember how she stared playing with wool after seeing a wool duster at ikea. I adore how she tries to take sometime manufacturer and almost return it back to its natural roots, but not quite.
It was really cool getting to see some of the work that our current and future professors have done and currently doing. Each one was so different yet equally as impressive.
I really liked Hollis’ work because of the installation aspect and visual components. The use of the wood and the hanging of trash found creates such a cool large scale effect. Installations always interest me because the artist has to play to the space given verses photo or artwork that just needs to be organized. Sometimes I feel installations can fall short of the impact they were meant to give because of restrictions but, with all the photos shown, Hollis seemed to always make good on the space given and still deliver the intended emotions and feel.
Aside from here installations, Hollis’ drawings were also very detailed. Being able to master both 2D design and the more 3D design I think is really impressive and a tough skill id like to master as well.
Alexandra had the same kind feel to her art but was a little more minimalistic instead of objective. It took me a while to understand and get on board on some of her work but getting to re-look at it I find it more and more intriguing. My favorite part about her presentation though was hearing about how her art changed as her life changed. From before to after kids, and back again to more of her original work.
I envy Tammie’s strength in the abstract. The way she takes objects and crafts them into something new and whimsical is amazing. Listening to her explain how she wants people to want to touch and lick but not was really interesting. As a touchy person I can understand that feeling, and to create pieces that are meant to magnify that desire seems really fun yet challenging.
I love photography and both Joe and Bill take such amazing shots. My favorite part about Joe’s work is the raw simpleness to the photos. Often you see photography trying to be about the extraordinary instead of the ordinary. I think though they are amazing pictures, Joe’s work is very capturing of the raw aspects of people’s everyday lives. a simple documentation of people and it’s still as full of emotion and life was more intense shots.
Bill’s way of completely losing his photos in editing is just as amazing. I found it so interesting to hear how he won even remember what photo he’d used in most of his pieces. to completely detach yourself from what in front of you and create something new with now trace back to what was there, is really impressive
My personal long term goals are to just get a job in my field of study and see what jobs are out there. I chose graphic design because I love creating posters and logos for myself and people but when it comes to what job I want I haven’t decided. My end game though is to get enough experience where I can become self-employed or part of a small free lance group so I can have more personal time to travel and see the word.
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