Wednesday, December 8, 2010
During this fall semester I have learned alot of varieties of drawing techniques and shading. This has definitely helped me develop my drawing abilities, because before this year I didn't really have much experience with drawing and sketching. I have to say I have been surprised with myself so far.
Being first year students, we are so new to everything. critiques especially for me are one of those things. Throughout the semester I learned all about what a critique was about and how it was conducted. For finals all Iarc students go through a critique rather than a written exam like most students. We are able to present what we have been working on and get constructive criticism as well as praise that will help us along with the learning process. On Monday, December 16th, all of us first year students got the opportunity to attend critiques for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year critiques. I found this fascinating, because I love to see new things and get new ideas and draw inspiration from things I find remarkable or unique. I was in the group assigned to attend the 2nd year students critiques held in the gallery floor of the Gatewood Building. I found all of the students projects very interesting and to hear how their creative processes were used into achieving what they had created. The assignment the students had was a list of lots of words, words that most of them admitted to not knowing. Which I find interesting, because it is always fun to learn something new especially if it can tie in with creativity and expression. The students studied the human body and how its connections worked and functioned. They also talked of folding lots of paper in many different shapes and types of folding. This exercise was to help expand the students idea of folds, going beyond the basic and thinking of different types (for example crumpling paper). Eventually they were able to see beyond the folds of the paper and see shapes and figures and look beyond the obvious. This process helped them with their projects, which were creating a place. These places were both outdoor as well as indoor models. One student, Abigail, explained her model, which was an interactive outdoor area. The model was a tube-like structure made up of triangles. The triangles were cut from sturdy type of cardboard. She cut the pieces with a laser cutter, something new to the school that makes very precise cuts on many types of materials. Abigail then sewed her triangles together with a sturdy type of white thread, in between each triangle was a type of chocolate brown fabric, in which was used the help the model collapse or be pushed in different shapes. Abigail made this small scale model to represent an idea of an even larger model. Something interactive and fun for both adults as well as children. The Tube structure was very origami-esque, with all kinds of interesting bends. There were openings on both ends as well as octagonal or hexagonal holes throughout in between joints which helped with function as well as created an interesting light effect on the inside. I found Abigail's project to be very geometric themed and geared to something fun for the community to enjoy as well as admire from afar. I enjoyed the whole critique experience of seeing the different models, new materials students were able to use due to the new laser cutter. I definitely got alot of good ideas and some helpful tips from different upper level Iarc students. I also went to check out the 3rd year critique area with large size posters displaying layouts for hospitals, night lounges as well as apartment building designs. I observed the creativity of the students, who used computer programs to create these design layouts with all different types of color, materials and even furniture ideas. I think it was a great idea for the 1st year students to be able to see the other critiques, because we can see what we have to look forward to in the coming years, as well as get ideas and compare how our critiques are to theirs including attire.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Today the luminaire critique was pretty impressive overall. Some of my favorite works were Christina's luminaire. It was almost like a cocoon attached to the wall, emiting a very warm light. The luminaire was constructed with wide strips of textured white paper. The texture gave a little something extra to the light source itself. The light projected through the slips of the paper was astonishing. Christina was able to bend the light the was projected outward and the directions were all around the luminaire itself. I could definitely vision this light as a sort of sconce in either a nice restaurant or a home space wanting a soft warm light. The Luminaire was held up on the wall by a piece of balsam wood, which she covered with the same white textured paper. The bulb itself was concealed just right so it looked like it was a warm light being emitted from the center of the structure. I feel this piece was very well executed in achieving her inspiration. The inspiration was a sunrise.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
As I was doing research on different light artists I came across the website of Alejandro and Moira Sina.Electricity, glass and luminous gases are part of the palette they use to create ethereal kinetic works with light and color, exploring art and technology interaction. Their body of work includes the following forms:
- Indoor and outdoor installations
- Large scale suspended clusters
- Kinetic Lightworks
- Interactive Lightworks
I Love Love Love anything by Olafur Eliasson, he is a genius and very inspirational. Here are some of his works:
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
For our luminaire project each student was given a number. Each number represents a light artist. My number was representing James Turrell a famous artist whose specialty is light and space. This photo was taken in Arizona. He acquired this land out in Arizona, because of the Roden crater which he found inspiring. I myself love the american southwest with its beautiful sunsets and the different colors that can be found in the region. I love this photo, because it captures so much, it's such a peaceful and warm photo.
Monday, October 25, 2010
For my Parti board I looked for inspiration through magazine ads and editorials. My inspirations were transcending from darkness to lightness. I looked for scenes of nature, and anything related to it. It turned out to be very useful when working on my stick project.
This was the final product of my hard work. Taking the popsicle sticks I cut the ends off and painted them to look like window blinds. Then using cotton I created a 3-D effect making my blinds look realistic and project from the board. I then used a plastic water bottle to do my abstract model of the original glass mosaic container. Cutting the plastic bottle to create a vortex like appearance that the light gives off within the original photo. I also painted it with warm colors that were found within the photo.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
When starting the leaf project, our first project of the semester, we were brought the challenge of making a place for a leaf. Using any kind of leaf that we found interesting we were to create this place using only a 12.5X12.5 in. sheet of white paper and no fasteners. Thinking of all the possibilities I could do with this paper I had many ideas to work with. My first thought was to manipulate the paper creatively so that the paper was very abstract and related to the leaf in some way. My first attempt was cutting the paper into long thin strips and braiding the strips of paper leaving 1/4 of the paper all connected to a solid piece. I then took the solid end and folded it inward to create a circle with the braided ends sticking up in the air. I then bent every other braid down into the bottom circular piece. creating a "nest" for the leaf and bending the other piece above and around the leaf. After realizing it was too much going on and that it didn't relate completely to the leaf, I needed to go back in and simplify, yet perfect what I had done. My second attempt I used a thicker stronger piece of watercolor paper. I then cut the long strips completely separating them. I then decided to do a basket weave with the strips creating a box with loose straight ends putting the leaf in the middle. The problem with the box is that it was too large of a space for the leaf, for my leaf was rather small and starting to curl a little at the edges due to drying. So I needed to scale down my box so that there wasn't so much negative space around the leaf, making the leaf the main focus. I then deconstructed the box and used only a portion of it and using the loose ends to weave and construct an almost basket-like form for the leaf. My project was wide at the bottom and then became smaller at the top of the ring-like structure. I then took the ring and manipulated it in a curved manor to represent the leaf's curvature. I took the leaf from its stem and fastened in in the top thin part of the structure so that the body of the leaf curved with the paper structure in a fluid motion. The ending product had texture due to the paper as well as the folds from the weaving. Some of the holes within the weaving of the paper also help represent some of the holes in the leaf. The finished product stood very well in its effort to be a place for my leaf that helped relate and represent the leaf as well.