Friday, March 24, 2017

Kubler Article Review

     Kugler brought up an interesting analogy when he compared individual artists to train tracks. Although each artist is their own person, when we look at their work we need to examine their lives and skills as part of a bigger image. This concept is similar to individual train tracks they way they all connect to other tracks. If we only examined one artist's work there would not be any context. To better understand the image, I think that we should look at both the artist's personal life and their cultural influences. Every artist has their own biography, but comes from a broader movement and time period. Perhaps their piece ties into propaganda about a current event. Kugler brings this up by saying that when an artist enters into a culture he or she needs to make a big entrance or they are "in danger of wasting [their] time." If the artist tries to blend into the other tracks they will be a minimal part of a movement. If an artist makes a bold statement they can become more of an individual. According to Kugler, depending on their entrance we can determine whether their work is temperamental or apart of a train track like sequence. 
     Another analogy that I found to be thought provoking was that two scientists with different specialties could not learn from each other or talk about their research together. It immmedialty made sense to me that amount scientists they could be doing very different work and not understand the other's perspective and methods. Kugler connected this to two painters in different schools. I have always generalized painters in one broad category assuming that they all use similar techniques and ideologies. This article served as in intervention to my previous notions.I began to think about how I can use the different projects we used in class to understand this analogy. All of the projects we have done with different materials take a period of adjustment to understand the characteristics of the tools. If I was sitting in class next to someone who was using water colors and tried to give them the advice I used for my acrylic paints they would not be able to understand what I was saying. They are two very different materials that create drastically different experiences for the user.  Kugler's article helped me arrive at this conclusion. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Art of Data Visualization

     In the beginning of the Youtube video on data visualization it is said that "every single pixel should testify directly to context." This quote seemed very important to me and the the clarity of images in visual arts. In Computer Science class I learned that the each pixel can only be one color. The three colors are red, green and blue. Each pixel's colors range in intensity from 0-255. So if an image has low resolution, or less pixels, it will be more obvious when a single pixel denies the content of the image. If an image is 10x10 and one pixel goes against the image it would be very obvious.
     Another topic I found to be interesting was when they described data visualization as a linear process of decision making. I understand the concept but have never put much thought that the designer, reader and data will ultimately inform the truth. Two artists can have the same data and different readers but come up with totally different visual representations. Evolution of the human brain allows for each person to create their own product. This can alter the presentation of the data.   Also each person's brains will get something else out of the data and a offer a new interpretation.
     One last topic that stuck out to me was respecting your audience. Changing visuals to see how to learn and not how to confirm was a new concept for me as an audience member. It made lots of  sense to me because visuals often contain data, that audiences like myself are expected to internalize and accept. This video brought to my attention the importance of questioning what is presented and learning more about it. I can see when I have used this concept in Economics class. When presented with the GDP what else can we learn about a nation? What is the happiness in the country? Although the GDP does not say it we can infer about the country and learn more about the people in the country .

Sunday, February 26, 2017


     The picture on the left is a picture taken from above of a Starbucks cup on a desk in the studio art room. The picture to the right of the original image, is the same two objects in the precise location with new lighting. In the second picture I turned the long over head lights in the studio art room off. Comparing the two images side by side it is apparent that the right one has a creamier tone, while the one on the left has more of a gray tone. The right image looks warmer than the left image which is cooler. I feel like neither of these images are pure white why they are both of white objects. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Advertisement Breakdown Print Media

     The advertisement that I chose to analyze for the advertisement break down project is a Blue Diamond ad that I found in a People Magazine from February 6, 2017. I have attached an image of it below.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Berger Article Review

     I found John Berger's piece, "Ways of Seeing" to be very thought provoking. I was able to take many of the points he made and apply them to my everyday life. Berger brought up an interesting point by saying "the way we see things is affected by what we know or what believe." This statement  proves to be very philosophical. How do we know what perfect is if we did not have any experience to shape it? In my introduction to philosophy class we talked about how physical things within are world are imperfect. My professor taught us that God creates perfection in his memory and all other items are replicas. I think that  if we have no experience on a topic we will create our own idea of perfection. Connecting this concept to the article, I now realize as to why there are not student examples shown beforehand on our assignments. For example,  everyone created their perfect idea of the dot project in their heads and executed their best replicas on paper. If everyone had seen one example everyone would have made their projects to replicate the original "perfect" example that was displayed.
     Another point that Berger made in his article was that we do not ever take the time to look at one single thing. Our eyes are always moving onto the next distraction. I noticed this myself when I was observing Pierre Bonnard's "Basket of Fruit" at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Berger suggests that we always compare what we are looking at to ourselves. In the case of the fruit basket, how does the color of the basket relate to our life? The stripes of the basket are not perfectly straight. One might then think oh my life isn't perfect either.
     An additional concept that was brought up is how time and culture change the way we view a piece of art. As time goes on we learn more and can offer different perspectives because different aspects of our lives become more dominant. The exact piece of art can evolve with time and common cultural themes. For example, a current controversial topic is the election and inauguration of President. This has sparked conversation about the rights of minorities. Being a current topic it is on my mind and when I look at art I am more likely to come up with a connection to the rights of others and observations about who appears to be the minorities. However, as time goes on this topic will not be as prevalent without culture and the first to come to mind. Instead I might eventually look at the same piece of art and observe a different idea.
     Overall, Berger's article was very relatable to me. I was able to connect it to other parts of my life behind the studio art classroom.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Baltimore Museum of Art

     One of my many reasons for choosing Loyola was all of the opportunities that Baltimore has to offer. I had heard many great things from friends who have visited the Baltimore Museum of Art, so I was very excited to hear that I would be going. When walking around the museum I noticed that I preferred paintings to sculptures. All of the pictures that I took were of framed paintings. The modern art exhibits were not as appealing to me, they were very simple and had little to examine further than at first glance. I felt like they were to simplistic and could have been created quickly with little thought. I often feel the need to be distracted and the paintings provide more to look at. Within the paintings there were lots of little details to notice, instead of staring a piece wood with a hole in it.  That being said,  I preferred the complexity of art from the 19th century.

Views of St. Lazare Railway Station, Paris by Norbert Goeneutte
     Pictured above is Norbert Goeneutte's painting "Views of St. Lazare Railway Station," my favorite part of this painting is the simple color palette. At first glance, the gray and brown colors reveal a dreary mood. The bridge in the middle provides a horizontal break in the painting, while the vertical clouds of smoke add a contrary smoke. When examining this painting I cannot help but wonder what is going on. I think that the smoke is from industrial Paris. I really like the way that this image shows another side to Paris. Traditionally when an image of Paris comes to mind I assume that it is infront of the Eiffel tower, however, this piece of work exposes an industrial side of Paris. 

Basket of Fruit by Pierre Bonnard
     The simplicity of "Basket of Fruit" by Pierre Bonnard is what makes the image beautiful. The horizontal line about two thirds down the page shows a plain gray space that could be a table. In the background is a centered vertical line that divides the background into two colors. Then there is the basket of fruit. The title is straightforward to the image revealing the importance and focus of the art. When standing there looking at it I thought about the significance of the basket being centered. I like the way that there are no distractions. In my house, baskets of fruit (occasionally baskets of candy)  are often a centerpiece to the bustling kitchen table. By seeing the basket in a plain background I was able to appreciate the beauty of the basket. The fruit are all different and unique, so it does not matter if they are perfect. Is there really a perfect fruit?? Each fruit is from nature and nature is unique. 

The Earth and the Air by Yves Tanguy
     "The Earth and the Air" by Yves Tanguy shows a lot of impressive technique. The seemingly random assortment of objects at the bottom encourages a lot of thought and it is also really representative of its time. The clouds at the top provide a sharp contrast to the bottom in both color and lines. The blending of the clouds evokes a very different feeling from the land at the bottom. It reminds me of the peace among chaos. 

     Overall, my visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art served as another opportunity to emerge myself in local culture. My favorite artist was Pierre Bonnard. When reading the description of his style I learned that he likes to leave empty spaces in the middle. I am curious how this would work in other paintings. It seems so natural in the fruit basket.