Friday, March 24, 2017

Fractured Histories


Fractured Histories is an exhibit we have here at Loyola displaying ancient Greek pottery.  It features pots, cups, vases, etc, that were found in Attica, Corinth, and Mycenae.  The pottery in the collection was smuggled into the United States by grave robbers working with Robert Hecht, who then kept them in a collection of his own.

My two favorite pieces featured in the collection were the two small Mycenaean jars, both from the mid-14th century.  The first was used for dispensing oil and its abstract design was actually very uncommon for its time period.  The second was a much more common jar for water and things that ranged in various sizes depending on its purpose.






The simple, more common jar was actually my favorite altogether.  I enjoyed the simplicity of its design and the colors used to decorate it.  It was functional yet very aesthetically pleasing, and to me, just really cute.  The stripes accentuate the curve of the jar and having the handles and spout a darker color is a nice artistic touch.  I enjoy that even though these pieces of pottery were every day objects, they were decorated like they were much more.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Art of Data Visualization

 Visualization began with maps and cartography, and then went on to develop in the field of science.  Cells, all the way to planets, can be artistically depicted in order to convey data.  Because science is deeply rooted in research, scientists need simple yet informative ways to display their data.
You, the viewer, and the data itself influence the visualization that is being displayed.  You want the way you depict your information must be representative of yourself.  Then, the viewer has their own opinions and will judge the design of the visualization.  Additionally, the data must be true, one cannot put false information to their visualization.  Art cannot make up for false truths.
We as humans make snap judgments about our surroundings every second.  Having a well designed visual format can greatly influence the way your data is interpreted.  If it is depicted well, the viewer will easily be able to tell what the information is and why it is important.  It can simplify very complicated data, and help spread the truth of matters to society.
For my sound project I chose the song Glass House by Kaleo.  Like many of their other songs, this one is deeply rooted in Blues and Rock & Roll.  It features a consistent drum beat, deep bass tones and a shrill electric guitar.  The leader singer's voices is shaky and extremely masculine.

You can listen to the song here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shSKvEp3HFo


I created this painting to represent each sound that stood out to me.  I used a dark blue-purple for the bass notes, a range of yellow-orange and red-orange for the guitar notes, and a shade of maroon for the lead singer's voice.  I added additional shades of the colors through out my piece in small lines and splatter paint to give the piece texture.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Similarly to every other standard color in the rainbow, white has many different shades.  When comparing different objects that are white, one see's different tones through out each of them.
I first compared the index card to the paper in my sketchbook.  When placed on top of the sketching paper, the index card looked brighter and slightly greenish-blue.  On the other hand, the sketching paper appeared more pink and slightly grey.
I compared these two white additionally to the white of my comforter.  The space that were white seemed to be almost a light grey rather than white when placed in comparison.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Digital Advertisement Adjustment

I chose edit this Revlon ad because, as much as I enjoy make up, there are many critiques that can be made about the make up industry.

I edited Emma Stones face, giving her blemishes and dark circles under her eye, to show imperfect skin.  I also change the text at the bottom of the advertisement which was a description of the product.  It now discusses the product's light coverage and how one should embrace their nature beauty.  The changes were subtle but impactful.

Magazine Advertisement

For my Advertisement Breakdown project, I chose to used this ad for Del Monte canned green beans.  I found the ad in a Real Simple Magazine which inspired me to use images of food in my collage.  This ad had a very simple design, with the can as the focal point.  The viewer's eye follows the green beans up to the beanstalk and across the page or down to the text at the bottom of the page.  


This advertisement focuses on the ides of freshness, implying that the green beans go straight from the beanstalk to the can.  You are getting the best quality food that you can.  This is also emphasized with  the words "Bursting with Life" in bright red, a contrasting color to green but also the color of their logo.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ways of Seeing ( Episode 1)

European paintings once catered to the human individual, adding perspective for its audience.  The eye was the only mechanism of sight, with all views of the world collecting in the through the eye, in an individual's brain.  Perspective allowed paintings to mimic the world and entertain the human eye.

Then the camera, a machine was invented. The photograph is "free from the boundaries of time and space" (Dziga Vertov).  I found this quote very intriguing and powerful.  European paintings, their styles and the many technique used to make them, were very dated.  The camera was new and could move all around the world with humanity.  Pictures captured seconds of real life and held them forever.

Paintings eventually become images like these because they are photographed.  In our very technologically-based modern world, we spread these images, and others, everywhere.  We have no need for painting any more.  I thought this was very impactful because art has so much more value for me than an image on a screen.  Photographs, and photography in general, is great.  But paintings, the stuff that takes time, lots of time, to make, has more meaning in it when viewed in person, not on a screen.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Baltimore Museum of Art


This first piece is Clearing in the Forest, by Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Pena.  It is an oil piece on canvas from the year 1863.  I really enjoy Pena's use of light to illuminate the clearing from an almost central point in the background.  The trees and shadows create interesting depth and the small subjects allow the viewer to imagine themselves in the environment.
Afterglow on the banks of the Nile, c. 1840-1848, is by far one of my favorite pieces found in the BMA.  This French painting, by Jean-Adrien Guignet, was made during the romantic era of art and is not an accurate depiction of the Nile, but it is beautiful.  The horizon line splits the painting quite low, leaving a large portion of space for the sky.  The color fade to create a well blended sunset with just small hints of dark detail to give the painting character.
My favorite piece in the Baltimore Museum of Art is Venice, the Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute, by Francesco Guardi, in 1750.  Guardi painted what was known as view paintings during the era of the Grand Tour, a time when artists traveled around Europe to visit the best artworks  known to man at the time.  This painting of Venice, and many others, were sold as if they were postcards, so that travelers could have a keepsake of the city.  I enjoy the symmetry of this piece greatly.  The cathedral in the background sits as a center vanishing point for the lines of the canal and its buildings.  This painting is about 3 ft by 4 ft and the tiny architectural details are stunning.  Along with the composition and small detail, I find the choice of colors quite intriguing.  The painting is dark, reflecting the underlying turmoil that was occurring in Venice at the time of the Grand Tour, but Guardi wanted to make his city look as best as it could.  He most definitely does that with this painting.

Monday, January 23, 2017

I found Italo Calvino's description of imagination very interesting and intriguing.  He presents the concept of imagination in a couple different ways.  The reading begins with a relation to Dante when he discusses "high fantasy".  This seems to be a more complex side of imagination, different from simple tasks such as dreamer.  It constitutes higher order thought.  Calvino then goes on to describe two types of the process of imagination, "the one that starts with the word and arrives at the visual language, and the one that starts with the visual image and arrives at its verbal expression" (83).  I thought this was very easy for any member of society to relate to.  While we can read words on a page in a book and create a mental image of the passage, we can also see an image and describe its details and how we interpret it.  Calvino also discusses imagination related to St. Ignatius of Loyola and Christianity.  The idea of using imagination through meditation and contemplation appears extremely rational and helpful.  Loyola wishes that his followers are completing his spiritual exercises and imagining before themselves physical places and metaphorical goals, or even sins, that are a part of their lives.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What is art?  Art is more than a painting, drawing, or sculpture.  Art is an experience that we as humans do not, and will not, fully understand.  It has the ability to inspire and arouse all sorts of emotions, and every piece is uniquely made to provoke a large array of reactions.  In the article, The Whole Ball of Wax, Jerry Saltz discusses the abilities and meaning of art through philosophy and its influence on the mind and person.  Art has the ability to combat the issues of a society and heal not only an individual, but a nation.  It creates both a collective mind and also thousands of unique interpretations that are debated through out centuries of history.  Among his artistic diction and philosophical tone, one line Saltz wrote really stuck out to me.  He wrote that "art tells you things you don't know you need to know until you know them."  Art has a way of explaining the unknown to us.  Even if we do fully understand it, we develop a connection that allows us to process it as it best relates to us individuals.  This connection is adds to the experience that a work of art gives, encouraging one's mind to either love or despise a piece.  Art is complicated and difficult to explain but it can impact the world in beautiful ways.

Fractured Histories

Fractured Histories is an exhibit we have here at Loyola displaying ancient Greek pottery.  It features pots, cups, vases, etc, that we...