My Studio & Seminar classes for my first year here at parsons were very interesting, I loved every bit of it, not only because of the amazing teachers I had but also because of the awesome people I was fortunate to have enjoy this class with. There were tough times, like when we actually had to make stuff in Alex’s class or when we had to do those time consuming Talking notes for every one of Mark’s classes. It was worthwhile anyway and I loved it. Thanks.
THIS BOOK TALKS ABOUT TEMA, A SMALL CITY ON THE COAST OF GHANA. IT REALLY FOCUSES ON HOW IT CAN GO BACK TO HOW SUSTAINABLE IT WAS MEANT TO BE. TALKING ABOUT ITS HISTORY AND CERTAIN ISSUES TEMA IS FACING AND HOW THEY CAN BE RESOLVED. BRINGING UP IDEAS THAT AREN’T REALLY NEW, BUT VERY PRACTICAL IN SEEING THE CITY RISE BACK TO ITS RIGHT PLACE. THE BOOK ALSO GIVES US AN INSIGHT AS TO HOW THESE ISSUES CAME ABOUT, HOW THEY COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED AND HOW THEY CAN NOW BE RESOLVED .
THE AUTHOR BEING A NATIVE, ALSO HAS SOME PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH TEMA AND IS VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT SEEING IT GO BACK TO WHAT IS WAS MEANT TO BE, A MODEL CITY.
THE BOOK WILL BE UP ON THE iBooks STORE FOR FREE, FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN READING IT. HERE’S A PDF ABOUT THE BOOK. ENJOY 🙂
DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK
SINCE 1957, GHANA HAS BEEN RUN BY 12 DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS. STARTING OFF WITH WITH DR. H. C. KWAME NKRUMAH, WHO DIDNT ONLY SET A STANDARD IN GHANA BUT ALSO OUTSIDE IT’S BORDERS, AS HE PAVED THE WAY FOR MANY OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO FOLLOW.
AFTER HIM THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER LEADERS, WHO HAVE BEEN VERY SIGNIFICANT IN GHANA’S ‘UPBRINGING’-JERRY JOHN RAWLINGS, WHO LED THE FIRST COUP IN GHANA, WHICH WAS A MAJOR TURNING POINT IN THE COUNTRY’S HISTORY.
HOWEVER I FEEL OUR PRESIDENTS ARENT HONORED ENOUGH, ITS EITHER YOU’VE HEARD ABOUT THEM OR NOT. I REALLY DON’T BLAME OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM ENTIRELY FOR THIS, BECAUSE PEOPLE CAN NOT BE SPOON FED WITH THIS KIND OF INFORMATION ALL THE TIME. BUT I DO FEEL THAT THIS KIND OF INFORMATION COULD BE ‘STUMBLED UPON’ IF IT WAS ACTUALLY MADE NOTICEABLE IN THE COUNTRY. THERE ARE ONLY A FEW MEMORIALS FOR THESE VETERANS, AND THAT COULD BE THE REASON WHY PEOPLE KNOW VERY LITTLE OR KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THESE PEOPLE.
THAT IS WHY I CAME UP WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL SERIES, TO SHED SOME LIGHT ON THESE VETERANS. THIS WORK IS NOT GOING TO BE IN JUST ONE LOCATION BUT IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT SETTINGS, FROM CITIES TO VILLAGES, ON THE STREET AND IN BUILDINGS.
Kay-D is the supposed son of Jay-Z, who grew up on the streets on NY, abandoned by his superstar dad HOVA! He’s now a wealthy and successful artist who’s thriving in his field. Designing for world renowned brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Versace as a shadow artist. His, main aim now is to let the whole world know who he really is, and let everyone know his life story and who his dad really is. Blue Ivy wasn’t first. Truth is, Kay-D doesn’t really exist.‘Kay-D’ is actually REEZ, a struggling artist, hoping to become famous one day. He’s putting up a front as Jay-Z’s son to get public attention in the hope that, that same attention would be directed to his art. Who doesn’t want to know who Jay-Z’s first son is? REEZ puts his work all over Manhattan, writing pithy messages about the world on walls and signing off by posting his branded ‘REEZ’ sticker. REEZ likes to associate himself to the world renowned artist Basquiat, because he’s his inspiration. No one knows if ‘Kay-D’ is the actual son of Jay-Z yet, when they find out the truth, REEZ’s work would have picked up already. He believes his work is going to make it, even if he doesn’t.
We were all given different random objects in space and materiality class. I ended up getting something that was rather familiar to me, in the sense that recognized instantly the item I picked. it was like the handle/end of some kind of tool. So unlike most of my classmates I didn’t get some abstract item, so what I intended doing with this project was to create an abstract structure for the item as we were supposed to create some form of enclosure for the item. (I placed my iPod on the structure in place of the item itself because i didn’t have the item on me at the time)