Once I walked into the hall I felt an overlying aesthetic of intricacy and minimalism. With a large paper crane instillation hanging from the ceiling and large simplistic painting lining the walls. Joanna displayed more pieces of work relating to portraits and self-portraits. What really stood out from her pieces were the large self-portraits. These did not lack detail oven though they were larger than the others. Alex displayed more photograph with him or other as the main object. Some of these photographs were blurred or faded in specific areas as to not show the face in some cases. These were often the most impressive of the group displayed. Jinny displayed more intricate drawings ranging from very simple to more complex. The pieces of her work that stood out to me the most were the pen drawing of the paint brushes just simply because of how intricate they were. I think this quote from Alex’s artist statement sums is up best, “There is a world inside my head. An alternative universe where it is nearly almost cloudy and there are open spaces everywhere… In this place I capture my work.”
During this run of my ten works I decided to relate them to my two weeks project by using patterns and symbols made only with squares. The few that were most praised had no color and were shapes made out of balsa wood and glues back on to the 5x5 square. The feed back that I got mainly related to more color less pieces (Wood grain) and three dimensional. This effect could also influence the shadows with nails and slacked balsa wood to help cast longer shadows. This feed back is what I will use to create the second run ten.
When I was think of things i could possible do for the summer project i decided to reflect on what made me successful. In 9th grade we had a "One and many" project and I drew interlocking squares. I then though about all there sculptures that I saw through artists like Sol Lewitt and István Orosz. This idea came late in to the summer and I decided to get all of my thoughts down on two paper. The original plan was to build it out of lumber, but once I calculated all the feet I would need it ended up being too much cost. This was very short sited of me. Once I went to school and presented my conceptual pieces I was turned on to the idea of balsa wood in the group critique. I bought the balsa wood and started building one of the designs that the majority of people enjoyed, and started working on it for the two weeks project that was next. There are a total of 71 squares that I created out of the balsa wood and 23 of them are linked together like a chain connecting the other 48 squares. Most times when I was working on the project it would get tangled and knotted forcing me to dissemble the squares. This was my first real try at anything sculptural in any way, so there were a few flaws in planning as well as construction Once it was put on the wall the shadows even added to the work which is something that doesn't come across as well though the pictures.
This semester I studied an artist called Ben Heine. I discovered this guy though a video that was shared to me from my friend. He has discovered many types of styles and ways to draw though out the years. His Pencil vs. Camera takes the original photo and places a pencil sketch over top. This changes the original photo to something surreal. His digital circulism is a combination of Pop art and Pointillism. Having smaller concentrations of circles leads to a darker area, and larger circles are lighter areas. He went from a nine to five job, and then became a professional artist. One of my favorite artist to date and I will definitely try to imitate some of his work in the future.
Ben Heine’s Website: http://www.benheine.com
Mark White (10th grade; 1/24/13)
Ron Guyatt is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. He is very famous for creating movie posters for videogames and movies that have been created and that he thought he could make a better one. I personally think he did a fantastic job recreating the old movie posters. He is currently not a full time artist however. He will sell his works, or create ones if he gets inspired to sell later. I fell that he could get a job in logo design for a company, so that he can quit he day job.
Ron Guyatt’s Website: http://ronguyatt.4ormat.com/
Mark White (10th Grade; 1/24/13)
Over the years I have always been interested in the way perspective can change and that change in perspective altering the image completely. In middle school I discovered an artist by the name of M.C. Escher in my seventh grade math class. His work interested me right from the start. In eighth grade I tried to hide doodles in my works that were inspired or created my Escher just so I could have what I was interested in each of my pieces. His ideas stayed with me through all of eighth and almost completely through ninth grade.
Toward the end of high school Mr. Guyer showed me a type of art called Anamorphism. I started looking in to it, and eventually go invested in to it. The most basic may to describe it would be to take a simple cube then change a few of the lines and now you have the anamorphic version of the cube, the Necker Cube. I started to look in to artists that were invested in to anamorphic drawings, paintings, and sculptures. These pieces involved drawing reflected on to a cylindrical mirror creating the image, to shadows casted by structures made completely of silverware.
All of this leads to the fact that Art has changed how I view not just other pieces of Art, but every person and object in my life. It got me to look on the tiniest of details and change them in one hundred different ways just to see how different the outcome might be. These changes can make the object in to a puzzle or just might be as simple as changing how you view or use an object. Thanks to the people around me and thinking of how I can change the world, literally or figurative, made me who io am today. Art has made me who I am today.
Mark White (10th Grade; 1/24/13)