Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reflection of Final Appropriation Project

My piece expands on the previous appropriation project.  I went from using two channels to using four channels.  I also Made sound more important in this appropriation project.  I thought it would be great to take the idea of sound one step further and think about sound barriers.  For example, you see a plane before you hear it.  So, I decided to play the sound behind the viewers, making a visual and sound connection. I continued to manipulate footage from The Nature of Sound, making more abstractions and focus on visual aspects (color).  I delved more into abstraction, but also chose to keep  images and video the same from the last appropriation study. 

I feel that since I enjoyed the project in the previous unit that I could do more to make the appropriating more interesting.  I decided that there should be more visuals (screens) to keep the viewer's eyes moving, enhancing abstract aspects.  I also wanted the viewer to question why the sound is coming from a different source and see how viewers react to the work being "scattered" throughout.  I believe this final project made me think more creatively, expanding on a project that I may not have revisited, otherwise.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Social Media: Past & President

Title: Social Media: Past and President
Medium: Digital Prints on Lustre paper
Dimensions: 20x30

Three posters that focus on 2012's presidential debate and contrast of media and social media, showing how times have changed.  Candidates have gone from newspapers to using social-networking to communicate to the public, receiving public support.  The views and efforts of the candidates are also supported in these digital prints.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Social Media Broadcast

I decided to use Photoshop and Internet images to create three large-sized posters of Obama and Romney, from this year's election. I explored the idea of campaigning and how media/social networking has influenced voters and advertising.  If I did not have Internet and the software I have today, I would have most likely used magazine clippings and newspaper to create the larger images and wording.

Campaigns and advertising were primarily in magazines, posters, and television/radio years ago.  The idea for this project may have been different back 20-30 years ago because there was less change or extreme advances in social networking.  The use of medium would certainly be different, but I feel my idea behind it would be similar.  My project may be the same in the sense that advertising, radio, and broadcasting affects the public's views and opinions.  However, today there is more to compare with a wide range of years and advancement of technology. 

Overall, I believe that our society has grown to be very visual, publicised, and informal.  Social media affects my project, representing how things such as Facebook and Twitter have played a large roll in communicating the candidates' views and thoughts.  It was useful, but also made me think that social networking has taken away from some of the professional ideals or seriousness of elections.  Social networking can be friendlier, but can also make it easier for people to post invalid information and ridicule candidates and other news.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Nic Rad

People Matter exhibition: collection of portraits that feature portraits of media personalities, such as global news or gossip.


 Nic Rad was born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio. Rad is an artist based in New York.


  • 2007 M.F.A. New York Academy of Art, New York City, NY (completed masters)

  • 2005 B.F.A. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA 

  • 2003 Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy 


During graduate school Rad worked on commercial projects for clients, such as VH1 and MTV2.
Nic Rad is classified as a painter, drawer, and writer.  He has created some amazing projects and interesting objects that reveal a deeper meaning, or directly spell out a purpose.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The World Wide Web: In Search of the Telephone Opera-The Killer App?

The quote I chose from this section was most interesting, and I feel it can be true for art, today.  "The conventions of art are altered by works of art...Successful art changes our understanding of the conventions by altering our perceptions.  Art can surely influence our perception and views, if it has a strong impact or influence on us.  When discussing art on the web, it is said that this kind of work is "archived and searchable."  Therefore, there has not been an art movement, showing how it has evolved.  Web art has been around a long time and the information is at our fingertips on the net. 

There is no true ownership of some of the first web art or works, which is mentioned in the article.  I remember reading similar information in my internet art class; however,  the first use of internet stemmed from people of the Soviet Union and European countries.  Internet was initially for sharing documents, sounds, video, and military purposes.  Internet led to communication and public uses/ web art.  Web was used for art by public, sometimes as a source of rebellion or way to speak freely. It may be considered as a way to broadcast in media, which was often seemingly abstract. I feel this information is important for understanding this section.  Web art consisted of lines, color, and shape.  It's amazing how it has changed and evolved.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Twitter Account

Creating a twitter account was not something I considered doing because I already have Facebook and do not do a whole lot of communicating on it anymore.  I am more consumed with my education, work, and people in my life.  I understand the benefits of following Twitter, I just don't think I will really use it outside of school and viewing sport statistics. 

Making an account was not difficult; however, it asked me to follow five people before I could start.  This made it difficult because I could not think of who I wanted to add.  I tried looking up people that I know that have one and could not find them.  It may be useful in the classroom once we find everyone to follow.  I am not sure I am comfortable with everyone having access to my twitter feeds.  It will be interesting to see what comes out of this experience.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Color & Sound in Waves

Title:  Color & Sound in Waves
Artist:  Leah Kaganac
Medium: Digital video
Loop 1: 19 seconds
Loop 2: 1:09 min

From the appropriation of The Nature of Sound, this video plays on shape, abstraction, and color.  Both the images and sound are abstracted.  The first loop focuses on the abstraction of waves, which is rather hypnotizing.  The second loop focuses on multiple elements, allowing for the viewer to look from screen to screen. The screens do not always match up in timing, which makes the two works next to each other unpredictable.  Video consists of manipulated footage and how problem solving was used to create something new out of old black and white footage.