Tuesday, March 28, 2017


As time progressed through the mid to late 1900's we can see a huge variety of change and development.  Cultures are combining left and right, hoping that everyone may soon be equal.  Political unrest in the united states leads to movements and marches unifying races and religions.  Technological advances lead to higher rates of consumer culture; everything is made in bulk.  Television and magazines are filled with advertisements yelling, "Try me! Try me!".  Everyone is preoccupied.  Cities are booming, fast paced utopias where everyone can live out their American Dream.  Artists had the desire to capture the new lifestyles and society arising.  They utilized mass production and the media to gain their fame and spread their opinion on our world.  We see Andy Warhol's famous Pop Art pieces that repeat the same image over and over again.  Everything we see in the postmodern era is hyper-real.  Reality almost no longer exists and these repetitious, massed produced goods and images have taken its place.

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:

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.

2D Design Reflection

What is the one thing you can use from this class? How could it be better? This class touched on a variety of topics and themes, many ...