Space/Materiality Project 3

The first thing we did for the project was choose an activity that is social for us. I chose surfing because at home everyone hangs out at the beach and even if you don’t surf, most social interactions happen at the beach or the beach parking lot.

Here are my stop motion photos.

The next part was to evaluate the movement. I took tracing paper and connected the different parts of my body. I connected my head, shoulders, hands, hips, knees and toes. Mine turned out very interesting because my movement is both verticle and horizontal.

Here is my alanysis:

The next part was to create little wire figurines of us doing our motion and connect them. We attatched our partner’s last figuring to the end of the connection to because this project is about social spaces. I had a very hard time doing this because I only had thin copper wire. I ended up re-doing this in a thicker steel wire but I did not take photos of it before moving onto the next part.

Here are my photos of the copper wire:

(bad quality photos, sorry, I was planning on re doing them when I remade my wire piece but got carried away with the other steps)

Then we dipped it in soapy water to see the minimal surfaces that is created. I did not take pictures of the steel one that I did, but I did take photos of the copper one that I used.

Here they are:

 

(Again, sorry about the quality of the photos)

This step is where I realized that I needed to use a different wire. When we put nylon around the copper wire it collapsed. The thicker wire worked much better under the pressure of the nylon.

Here is my minimal surface inspiration:

The next step was fun. I took inspiration from the minimal surfaces that I saw in the previous step and I created a larger piece and connected it to wood.

I did not take photos before I put nylon on it.

Here is a photo of it after I put the nylon on it.

Then we started to plaster over the nylon. I loved this part. I think that it ended up looking pretty good. I think I learned a lot by trial and error not only in this part of the process but also the entire project. I want to work more with plaster.

I took some photos of the process:

Here is my final minimal surface/social space plaster piece:

I really like how the backside of it turned out to look like a wave. This was very inspirational for my final piece.

The final is not super related to this part of the project. I guess the way that they are most related is by the wave form that my plaster piece created. We had to use minimal surfaces and create a social space. Since I chose the social activity of surfing, I wanted to make a wave like structure to get the feeling you get when you are in a barrel (the before the water crashes, when you are under the wave)

Here are my plans:

My small scale model:

My presentation boards:

The final piece:

My statement:

The best surf spots come with a sense of community. The unspoken rules of water and comradory of surfers creates a tight knit community bound together by a common passion. The physical act of surfing requires specific yet frustrating skills. Patience, frustration, focus, balance and strength are just a few. For most surfers the moment that makes it all worth it is when you become one with the ocean, sanding under a wave watching the wave crash before you. It gives a sense of tranquility for just a moment.

I wanted to recreate this feeling by creating a piece that emulates a barreling wave. I used recycled plastic water bottles to do so because of the unsettling amount of trash seen in the ocean. The surf community is very eco-conscious. For suspension of the water bottles, I used natural materials. I wanted the water bottles to be able to move upon touch, just like water. Step inside and enjoy the tranquility of the water.

Bridge Project 5

For the Reflection section of our semester, you develop and execute a project of your choosing.
Reflect on the semester, the things you have learned, and work on a project that invigorates
you.
Since the project statement you write in Seminar will reflect on your growth as an artist and
writer, this will be an excellent starting point. Think of this as a project that explores your
interests, motivations, and growth throughout the semester. What queries, ideas, and
arguments are you interested in furthering? Test materials, create sketches, be authoritative in
your interpretation by making every decision count.
Since the development of the project is completely up to you, one approach you can take is to
rework and translate a previous project into a different form. This is your opportunity to take
feedback given and make changes. Another route you can take is to create the project you
never had the opportunity to make this semester. Just remember you have very limited time to
complete it and as always, it should be in a finished state, ready for presentation.
This project is due in our final class and your LP post is due the following week.
I love to do interesting photo collages/mixed media with my photographs so I really wanted to do that with this project. During my bridge 2 critique, someone suggested that I actually weave the photos together. It reminded me of an experiment I did in high school. I printed a variety of images that I thought would conceptually be cool to weave together. I did not know what would end up looking good, so I made a bunch.
The concept behind this one was inspired by the moments before you faint. That dizzy, light headed feeling when the world becomes blurry. My roommate struggles sometimes faints due to past medical issues and during high school I would have random fainting spells. I kind of forgot about my fainting spells so I used her as inspiration.
I took photos of her and did not focus them on purpose. Then I took them in photo shop and made them pink and blue. I printed both of them and cut them out to be in 1/2 in strips. When Weaving them together, I found that it worked best when there was more blue than pink.
Here is the original image:
The image edited:
I printed a dew extra photos so that I could practice the technique and also see if those photos work better together. Here is how they turned out.
When it came to presentation, I did not want there to really be a border but I needed one for transportation reasons so I added a very thin foam core underneath the weaving to make it stick out.
Here is my final piece:
Materials used: NikonD700, 50mm f/1.4 lens, photoshop, olfa knife, glue
Reflection:
People at first could not tell that they were both the same image that I weaved together. I could not tell how I felt about that. A few people said that the colors against the white were stark. I think that was fair to say. Had I been given more time I would have liked to either use a different colored backing or, ideally, find an acrylic frame.
I made a stylistic choice to leave the ends loose which someone said worked well with my concept. I was very happy about that because that was something that I was debating.
Overall the critique went well and the feedback that I got was very helpful.

Bridge #4 – Zine

Bridge Project 4: Introduction to Research
Students will create a zine that addresses political issues in the science fiction world of a film from the given list. Each student will take a position on the social issue of their choosing and create a zine as agitational propaganda. You will use the content of the film to explore the particulars of social issues that plague that world. Any social issues presented within the universe of the film are fair game. Social issues are experienced by a multitude of people, problems that extend beyond an individual, and involve perception by the society as a whole. Students will be the authors of both visual and textual content in their zine. Each zine will have two pages (full spread) dedicated to a map, two pages dedicated to an avatar(s), and two pages dedicated to any supporting content you need to help better demonstrate your argument. The zine you create should be six pages plus a front and back cover. Consider the physical elements of the zine you create. What information can be relayed through the type of paper, the size of zine, the colors you use, etc? Be specific about your choices!
This is how the pages turned out.
People seemed to understand the story that I was telling and that it was a story. When I asked if I should have put titles with the month and year they said that it was fine without it which I was happy about because that is what I was the most worried about. People seemed to like my stylistic choices of collaging the digital robocop behind a desk that I sketched. It would have been stronger if, on the school supplies list page, I created a background. Oz’s handwritten pages were very nice because of this. I think that overall the project was well received even though there were some things that I would like to change or make better if I had more time.

Studio Bridge 3

Bridge Project 3: Multiple Perspectives
Students will work in groups of 4. Each group will pick a historic district from the list provided. Groups will
create a map that represents the history of that of neighborhood in CONTENT and DESIGN. Students will
research the history, visit the site, and utilize many forms of “note-taking” (i.e. photographs, sound clips,
sketches, etc.) to explore the area first hand. Each map should contain a compass rose, text, a map
cartouche, symbols, and keys. Each one of these should be considered an opportunity to implement
creative and communicative design choices. Each group will turn in a physical map that is at least
24”x36”.
Due October 30th.
I do not have any sketch ups from this project, it was mostly done verbally, but we did have an inspiration folder.
Here is the final piece:
We were going to use a cork board, but since the person who was supposed to bring the cork board was unable to make it, we used a foam board. WE printed out the map separately. We used adobe illustrator to make almost all of this. The last material we used was the show lace.
I think that the critique went well only because they could see what we were going for. The critique was short. Someone asked why we used shoelaces. We did that to make it seem more youthful.
This project could have turned out better if our group was better at communicating. The assembly process did not go too well because we had to scramble at the last minute to reprint almost everything and pin things together. I learned a lot about working with other people and although I did my part, I wish I could have been there to see this project through to the end and make sure it was something we were all proud of. I think everyone, including me, did mess up somehow and was unsure of what their specific parts were supposed to be. Tiz and I were on the same page when it came to content but and were disconnected from the design side, which Micheal and Margaret were on the same page.

Studio Bridge 2 – Portrait

Assignment Description:
Part 1:
Students will work in pairs. Each student will create an annotated map of their current
life and routine. An annotated map is a list of impressions, memories, notable facts,
interesting historical information of the space they inhabit (Parsons, their living quarters,
etc.). While simpler than our previous mapping project, your annotated map still needs
to read as a complete project with a “gallery ready” finish.
Part 2:
The pairs will switch annotated maps and use these to create portraits or avatars of
their partners based on the information given in the maps. The portraits cannot be
physical renderings of the annotated map authors.
My daily journals that helped me create a map:
Here is my map of the city that my partner used to render a portrait of me:
Here is my first draft:
The Map Zara created for me to render a portrait of her:
 
The indivdual photographs that I decided to use to create this project:
My final piece:
To make this, I used my digital camera and a tripod. After printing these indiviual images, I used a matte board and spray glue to peice together these images.
Reflection:
I was going for something that showed existence in more than one place. I think that the critique for this was spot on. People seemed to respond well.