Bridge II – Final Reflection

 

My topic is identity, it evolved over the course of this assignment by focusing on objects that are related to our emotional identities. Originally I was interested in people’s expressions of emotions in a general sense, but have become more focused on the objects or environments that people apply with emotional value. I think my performative pieces were the most successful, especially the videos that gave more intense and personal moments. The photos I took on the other hand, were not as successful as they did not convey emotions as much as I wanted to.

One of the main contexts that my topic is apart of is public vs private spaces, with a focus on private spaces. I want to investigate the places and objects that make people feel comfortable and emotional. Another context is the lack of emotional expression people have among other people, and how the idea of solitude is one of the most comfortable.

Bridge 2 – 7 Diptychs and Questions

Final 7 Diptychs

Questions for “Container”

  • What conversation happened between each image in this diptych?

The conversation between the two diptychs is one that expresses two forms of containment. The first one, of me inside the box, shows myself forcing myself into a situation to then be “shipped” and used. The second one, of me being drank from, is one that shows the actual consumption on a more intimate level.

  • How was the medium selected successful at supporting the content of your object, form, or image? (if it was not as successful as others, why?)

The medium is successful as I was able to show the actual use of my body as a metaphor for my identity and feelings. It was also successful as I was able to have an intense connection with the viewer with my eye contact.

  • How did the materiality (medium used) affect the content or meaning of the individual artworks?

I think the medium gives the content and meaning a sense of permanence, as the images do not change or have a sense of movement. The medium makes the content one of the self, as an interesting investigation into my own head.

  • What did you learn about your content through this medium exploration?

What I learned about my content through the medium is that I enjoy putting myself in these vulnerable and uncomfortable positions in order to achieve art that I am proud of and that helps me discover something about myself.

  • How did the medium you used change the context of your object, form, or image?

I think the medium makes the context a little ambiguous.

  • What websites / books / museums / galleries / other artists did you research during this process for ideas and inspiration?

I looked at performance art and photography from Robert Mappelthorpe and Marina Abramovic.

Regarding the whole process:

  • How does this experiment shift your overall thesis question?

Before my thesis question was focusing on the general expression of emotion, but I think I might tailor it to expressions of specific emotions and how hard it is to do so.

Questions for “Supper”

  • What conversation happened between each image in this diptych?

The conversation is between the perspective of the “eaters” or the consumers of me as an object and the perspective as myself as the object.

  • How was the medium selected successful at supporting the content of your object, form, or image? (if it was not as successful as others, why?)

I think the medium was successful in adding a performative almost experimental quality to the work. Sadly though I did not get the shots that exactly wanted, as my head (and therefore my eye contact) was accidentally cut from the frame, which made the piece less successful in my perspective.

  • How did the materiality (medium used) affect the content or meaning of the individual artworks?

The medium allowed for the content and meaning to become more lively, as you can see my breathing, which always for the meaning to be more about me as a “human object” rather than just an object.

  • What did you learn about your content through this medium exploration?

I learned that I enjoyed the performative and unconventional nature of these piece and learned from this type of objectification as an interesting starting off point to investigate in the next 2 diptychs.

  • How did the medium you used change the context of your object, form, or image?

I think the medium made the context of my piece become a weird, modern interpretation of the last supper, giving it a slightly spiritual undertone.

  • What websites / books / museums / galleries / other artists did you research during this process for ideas and inspiration?

I looked at performance art and photography from Robert Mappelthorpe and Marina Abramovic.

Regarding the whole process:

  • How does this experiment shift your overall thesis question?

Before my thesis question was focusing on the general expression of emotion, but I think I might tailor to expressions of specific emotions and how hard it is to do so.

What is Barnes and Nobles?

One of the first observations I had of the Union Square Barnes and Nobles was the collectible editions of classic books. There was an entire table on the first floor covered in these deep colored, hard covered, and gold accented books, like Wuthering Heights and the complete works of William Shakespeare. This type of rebranding of books, that people do not voluntarily like to read, is an obvious attempt to make these collections more appealing to the customer. At first this could be seen as a good action on the store’s part, as they are trying to make more people excited about classic literature, but in my opinion this seems like an attempt to make people buy things they do not truly need. These collectible edition will most likely go unread, instead being a nice coffee table accessory, or a pretty addition to a bookcase.

Barnes and Nobles also makes other attempts to provoke unnecessary purchases from the customer like with an Illuminated Bible, that has gold lettered words and illustrations, or the wall of Essential Journals, which do not seem essential in actuality.

Barnes and Nobles is just a small piece in the capitalist market America has created. The store might not necessarily want to make these eye-catching, accessory pieces, but in a way they probably must in order to compete in today’s economy. But by doing so, they take away from the credibility of the store and the books too, as they are seen more for their new features rather than their original content.

Photos of Message:

General Observation:

Notes:

-Collectible Editions

-Vinyl

-Nook (where they are displayed takes up a big space in the store, but the nook is supposed to be space efficient)

-Blue and Yellow Wallpaper with Traditional Columns

-Everyone is Silent –> music is playing –> what does the music do ?

-Promoting Website

-Essential Journals –> what does that even mean?

-Marketing Teen Depression

-Movie/TV Covers for Books

-Rebranding Old Books

Bridge 1-Part 2

Cy Twombly’s “The Four Season”

For this project I was influenced by Cy Twombly’s “The Four Seasons”, a series of four large vertical paintings that include abstract expressions of the seasons through rich paint and difficult to read poetry. I wanted to create a similar self-investigation to the one that Twombly makes by having other people read aloud four writings from my personal journals, journal entries that span across the four seasons.This piece relates to identity as it is an expression of my personal emotions. I found myself taking a liberal approach to my project, unsure of how it would turn out or how it would make me feel. While filming, I found myself seeing parallels between my and Twombly’s work. One of the most prominent similarities I saw was how we both incorporate a sense of juxtaposition; in Twombly’s work it is seen in his dense and beautiful colors being contrasted against his sketchy line work and in my work it can be seen in the seriousness of the writings contrasted with the friendly and casual relationships I have with the people reading the texts. Personally, during and after the creation of the project I felt highly uncomfortable. Having people read my personal thoughts made me feel incredibly weird and exposed. The intention of the piece was to create a true expose of myself, and I think I accomplished that. The fact that I am uncomfortable is understandable, but more importantly, pivotal for my own personal develop. I hope other people will see the piece and feel more comfortable with their own personal thoughts and feel less fear when sharing them.

The use of video supports the thematic content as it shows a real life, in the moment, unscripted interaction between myself and the person reading, and in a sense the interaction between me and the past “me” that wrote in the journals.

I could see this piece inside of a gallery projected onto a wall, where all can observe and almost have trouble turning away from it. I could also see this as something that each person could experience individually, whether it be on a mobile phone or computer.

Here is one of my originally highlighted images from Part 1 of Bridge 1:

Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World”

What If Questions:

Asia asked: What if the medium was different?

This made me think about taking the concept of Twombly’s piece out of a fine art context. It made me think of a way to make it more personal for not only me, but for the viewer

I asked: What if the piece was based outside the context of the four seasons? What if the medium created an even more personal experience? What if there was less abstraction? If everything was more direct and literal?

At first I questioned the use of the four seasons, but I think that it was a good structure to base the progression of my mental health over the years through the symbolic values of the seasons.

I also decided to make this piece more open, to make it have an impact that was more striking than the subtle and deeper experience one might feel with the abstract piece of Twombly.

Here is a link to the final piece:

Bridge 1-Part 1

Each of these images represents the general topic of identity. Each one relates to identity, as they deal with anonymity, proud statements of self, or a tell of the current moment we are in.

Project Deconstruction

The project I chose to deconstruct was the final project I did for my senior year art class. In previous assignments, my teacher gave us strict guidelines to follow while constructing our pieces, and as a nice gesture, she decided to give us complete creative freedom for our final project. In the video attached I describe the conceptual framework and emotional process of the piece:

This project was my first one using copic markers. I was in love with their blending abilities and the wide variety of colors available, but I do believe that the material attributed to the many, small, mistakes I had made. If i were to do this project again I would possible do it as a multi-layered screenprint to get saturated and clean colors and lines. I still enjoyed using the markers as I love having the control of doing art completely by hand and hope to use them more in the future.

I believe the conceptual side of this piece I continue to explore, as most to all my pieces center around my own thought processes, ideas, emotions, and memories. I enjoy creating art about myself because I believe that it is cathartic and can help others feel what I feel and have a similar emotional experience.

Project 7 – “Grayscale”

For my project, I decided to show my images on two axises: from left to right is the body on a scale from feminine to masculine, while from top to bottom is the body as a genderless form. The middle image shows femininity and masculinity together, while still being abstracted enough to show a level of genderless-ness, the intersection of my concepts on gender.