ASSIGNMENT 1 – 3D CORE STUDIO

RECONSTRUCTING TIMES SQUARE – DRAWING/IMAGING

When I went to the MoMA, the pieces that interested me most were concerned with creating space out of flat looking shapes. Those are the ones I found myself looking at for longer periods of time, and I think that is because though they were so simple, it seemed as though real thought had been put into their compositions.

Two pieces I particularly remembered from my visit were The Studio by Pablo Picasso and [Composition-40-2011] by Shirana Shahbazi. Both were able to convey a sense of space while remaining extremely flat images, and both explore different shape and color combinations.

 

The photos I took of Times Square that I found the most interest in were photos that displayed vast walls/billboards. What I think is cool about Times Square is the fact that it is composed of a bunch of bright walls and posters that would otherwise be blank.

 

To help me better understand perspective, I attempted to create some perspective drawings – first from 1 point, then from 2.

 

Finally, I was able to create an image that is the complete opposite of Times Square: Blank walls like canvases and calm, bland colors.

PORTRAIT OF A PLACE – DRAWING/IMAGING

I wanted to create an image of a place that was familiar to me but not too familiar; since I’ve only been residing in NYC since the beginning of the school year, any place I’ve familiarized myself with since my arrival would be perfect. Within the criteria of the assignment, I settled upon my neighborhood train station: Church Avenue. I found it so interesting because the walls were ridden with graffiti and spray paint etchings – the cave-wall-drawings of today, as I see them.

Initially I wanted to recreate the image on a quilt, but because of time and money constraints I reverted to painting it across four different canvases. I remained true to my original idea of somehow incorporating graffiti into the image, by creating a vignette that is obscured by graffiti writing. The painting says “SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE MY ONLY FRIEND IS THE CITY I LIVE IN, BEAUTIFUL BROOKLYN – YAASIN BEY” which is a quote by one of my favorite rappers and well-known Brooklyn native, Mos Def.

 

 

 

 

 

BRIDGE PROJECT #4 & #5 FINAL – VISUAL CULTURE STUDIO

In America, about 45 Million people currently live below the poverty line. This is approximately 14.5% of Americans.

According to the 2014 Census, 27% of all African-American families are impoverished.

The location in which these Black families live in and the experiences they face on a daily basis are known as “The Streets.”

Streetwear, also known as Street Fashion, is a noun defined as casual clothing of a style worn especially by members of various urban youth subcultures, while the word Urban is an adjective defined as in, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town, or denoting or relating to popular dance music of black origin

Truthfully, most would say it denotes or relates to popular culture of black origin (especially those of black background). As of late, most urban interests have become trends that have exponentially increased in the interests of other communities and cultures. While some may argue that
this is cultural appropriation, others would insist it is purely inspiration and admiration.

SEMINAR THESIS:

Though what is identified as “The Streets” has usually been ignored by most of the world, through many art forms it also inspires. The most recent collaborations non-exclusive to urban-inspired streetwear and culturally-infused consumables, make a mockery of an actual culture, transforming the true lives of many families into mere luxury items that they can’t even afford. This is disrespectful to the actual culture and prominent across many of this generation’s interests. Using the method of extensive research and field work, this essay will explore the collaboration between “The Streets,” and the Runway, and how it effects each side of this controversial and explosive trendy fashion-faux-pas. 

PROJECT GOAL: To express the untold story of the other side of the Runway; inform fashion consumers on the origins of current fashion trends in today’s society and how the populace of the areas where the trends originated live.

From the data I have researched, I have selected information such as the income of the households in urban communities in comparison to the income of the people employed by the companies that take inspiration from these communities to aid me in proving my thesis. I have also looked at the price points of different luxury retail items from collections created by these brands in relation to the aforementioned incomes, which will depict just how expensive these clothes are. Aside from that, I also draw upon multiple streetwear graphs and information to help you all comprehend my project.

INSPIRATION: I took inspiration directly from the SUPREME site for this infographic; it is minimalistic and simple, just as the brand’s design. It features six of the rarest box logos, all red, with the bottom one being the most diverse and representing the 1 out of the 6 “Hypebeasts” that actually knows the origin of the brand.

PRIMARY SKETCHES:

Initially, I
wanted to make very informational graphic images but it became too hard to get the images in the graphs to actually make sense in pertinence to the topic of my Seminar project and Studio project. Ultimately, I settled on creating a demographic that wouldn’t be too hard for the viewer to swallow but also wasn’t saying too little.

RESEARCH: I heavily researched the brand, discovering the upbringings of SUPREME all the way to the most recent archived material. SUPREME, though minimal, is rich in culture and the love for skating. The brand, to this day, finds itself blowing up amongst skaters and walking pedestrians alike – it’s gained a lot of traction especially with the most recent Louis Vuitton collaboration. Most saw this as ironic, seeing the fact that the designer was actually legally involved with the skate brand for the unsolicited usage of their classic tartan print.

My second draft/prototype was a take on how I wanted some of the pieces to look:

I also created heavily detailed versions of my original looks:

 

My final for this project ended up being a collection of 16 pieces, all remaining true to the idea of high fashion vs. streetwear and the collaboration between the two differentiating styles. From this line I was able to produce a pair of sneakers; the very sneakers each model is wearing, a customized pair of Nike’s Air Force 1 shoe. This sneaker is a streetwear staple, and paired with all of the other streetwear elements of this clothing line, I was able to give an overall sense of streetwear silhouettes and heavy high fashion influence. A multitude of people have already approached me about my designs, grasping the concept behind them without me even having to explain and inquiring about whether these pieces will become available in physical form anytime soon. I would like to produce this line in real life but for now because of time and money constraints, it will live in my portfolio.

 

 

SOURCES:

  1. http://blackdemographics.com/households/poverty/
  2. http://www.complex.com/style/2013/04/the-30-best-fashion-collabarations-of-all-time/y-3
  3. https://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Louis-Vuitton-North-America-Salaries-E14447.htm
  4. http://www.highsnobiety.com/2015/11/03/best-supreme-box-logo-t-shirts/
  5. http://www.highsnobiety.com/2015/11/03/best-supreme-box-logo-t-shirts/
  6. http://www.highsnobiety.com/2016/03/15/supreme-clothing-collaborations/
  7. http://www.complex.com/style/2015/10/best-american-streetwear-brands-right-now/
  8. https://www.census.gov/prod/1/statbrief/sb93_2.pdf

ARTIST’S STATEMENT (REVISITED) – VISUAL CULTURE SEMINAR

Streetwear, also known as Street Fashion, is a noun defined as casual clothing of a style worn especially by members of various urban youth subcultures, while the word Urban is an adjective defined as in, relating to, or characteristic of a city or town, or denoting or relating to popular dance music of black origin.

Truthfully, most would say it denotes or relates to popular culture of black origin (especially those of black background). As of late, most urban interests have become trends that have exponentially increased in the interests of other communities and cultures. While some may argue that this is cultural appropriation, others would insist that it is inspiration and admiration.

Ultimately, my project goal is to express the untold story of the other side of the Runway; inform fashion consumers on the origins of current fashion trends in today’s society and how the populace of the areas where the trends originated live.

i decided to create a fashion line that consists of streetwear silhouettes with heavy influence from high fashion, somewhat making a mockery of the collaboration and putting my own spin on it.

PROTPTYPE PT. 2 – VISUAL CULTURE STUDIO

THESIS: Though what is identified as “The Streets” has usually been ignored by most of the world, through many art forms it also inspires. The most recent collaborations non-exclusive to urban-inspired streetwear and culturally-infused consumables, make a mockery of an actual culture, transforming the true lives of many families into mere luxury items that they can’t even afford. This is disrespectful to the actual culture and prominent across many of this generation’s interests. Using the method of extensive research and field work, this essay will explore the collaboration between “The Streets,” and the Runway, and how it effects each side of this controversial and explosive trendy fashion-faux-pas.

 

RESEARCH: Since Chanel is such a well-known Fashion Designer and has influenced even big name designers of today (See: Jeremy Scott x MOSCHINO) I decided to make my initial prototype after their 90s lines. I took the prints and knitted/luxurious look and made it into a crop hoodie and a pair of trousers, two staples in today’s streetwear roster. I made this into a winter look, also pairing along matching cropped bubble pullover (with hood) and bubble pants – some urban-inspired trends you’ll most likely see amongst the streets of Brooklyn. The next look was for Summer, inspired by the perforated leather Chanel models dawned in the mid-to-late 90s. I created a stitched-leather overall, with a mesh bodysuit under. Both my designs feature Chuck Taylor Converse, another streetwear staple and just one of my favorite shoes, period. The first design features a shoulder bag in a classic Chanel purse silhouette and the second design features a backpack in Chanel-inspired prints with a skateboard deck to match. I am extremely happy with both of these designs. 

 

TIMES SQUARE – DRAWING/IMAGING

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MoMA POST – DRAWING/IMAGING

Faith Ringgold, American People Series #20: Die, 1967

Space is pretty shallow, because of how graphic this painting is and how the shapes in the painting are so defined. The composition of it is the reasoning behind why I say this; the colors are also really bright and contrasting so that adds to the graphic-ness of the overall image. It is also a large painting – so size does play a part.

 

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Myriad Motives of Men, 2014 

This painting appears so deep because of the lack in range of colors used – they are all very dark, even the light colors seem dark in a sense. By limiting the amount of colors on their palette, the artist was about to make the viewer perceive the painting as deep although there may only be about 6 different colors used in varying ways throughout this entire piece.

 

Erik van Lieshout, Untitled, 2014

This painting is shallow, because the lines and shapes in it are so loose and without real definition. It’s pretty cool/interesting, because the figures and buildings are just recognizable, with dabs of color randomly throughout it attracting the viewer’s eye.

 

Diego Rivera, Agrarian Leader Zapata, 1931

This painting is deep, considering the composition; it looks like the artist took his time with it and added great detail, causing the painting to get deeper with each brushstroke. There is a variation of colors across the wheel, and different shapes and shadows that draw together and make for a well-resolved piece.

 

Pablo Picasso, The Studio, 1973

This piece is shallow – it is composed of lines shapes and colors in their most basic form. Abstract, it seems to be a rendition of a studio, lending hints of figures and objects commonly found in one. The perspective is head on, which also adds to the shallowness.

 

Pablo Picasso, Three Musicians, 1921

This painting is deep-looking, because of the darkness of the background and the lightness of the foreground. There is also this variation from pattern to solid colors in the background and foreground, which allows the viewer to believe the two are more contrasting than they really are. The fact that the figures are composed of shapes helps the deepness too; the painting is abstract.

 

Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes, Silence, 1915

This painting is shallow, because the shapes look very light and on the surface. There aren’t any shadows really, just a contrast from the top to the bottom of the painting – sort of like a gradient grey color. The shapes are also brightly painted and viewed head-on.

    

Giorgio de Chirico, The Song of Love, 1914

This painting is pretty deep, looking at the shadows and detail placed in each aspect of it. If you even just look at the glove, you’ll notice the detail in the folds of the fabric, and how it’s hanging from the wall. Though the way the objects are placed in the painting may be unconventional and not make much sense in terms of real life, the painting looks realistic because of the perspective which makes it deep.

   

André Derain, Bathers, 1907

This painting is deep because of the shadows. The painting is really only composed of about three or four colors – orange, yellow, green and blue, and the warmer colors represent the light while the cooler colors represent the dark. Even with only four colors, the way they are used makes the painting look deep, and is also probably the reason this painting is so appreciated; it was done in such a harmonious and beautiful way.

   

Pierre Bonnard, Basket of Fruit Reflected in a Mirror, c. 1944-46

This painting is deep, due to the layering of the paint and how the shapes are made. The brushstrokes are lose, which makes it seem like it could be shallow, but the overall composition of the painting brings it all together making it deep. It is ranging in color and shape, and the perspective is head-on with distance in the background.

FIGURE DRAWING POST – DRAWING/IMAGING

     

CURRENT EVENTS POSTS – DRAWING/IMAGING

Outrage Follows Twitter Joke About the President’s Young Son

To me, the initial image was slightly boring. It was just a picture of someone getting out of a car, apparently one of the Kennedy’s. I wanted to pull solely from the image and the title to create my rendition of the article, so I drew a young, white boy crying with the Twitter logo hovering his head like a halo. The young boy sports the same color hair as his father; which suggests that the positioning of the logo isn’t a coincidence in pertinence to the President’s reputation.

 

Hidden Nuclear Site Reborn as Tourist Draw

This picture was dark and ominous – to me, it looked like a spaceship or some kind of vessel that would be out in space, so I began to create my own Universe on the page. The image and the headline are far more interesting than the article, though. There are also a few people in the image, and the viewpoint that the photo is taken from is pretty cool too, adding to the ominous effect of the entire picture.

 

With Many Schools Thriving Nearby, Those in Harlem Are Left to Fail

The headline and the image were pretty telling about the article. It’s obvious that schools in less-wealthy areas aren’t well kept and barely get any care at all. The schools in these communities are targets of the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a Systemic form of oppression specific to communities of Color (especially brown and black). In pertinence to this topic, I drew a school bus and one of the buses used to transport convicts to and from prisons.

 

This image was of some type of laboratory, which immediately for some reason inflicted thoughts of the process the meat we eat undertakes before reaching our plates. I ended up drawing these weird images of a bull and a ram, two animals close in nature but different in anatomy. My sign (Aries) is also represented by the Ram, while the Bull is representative if the Taurus Zodiac Sign.

The image was dark and creepy looking, but the perspective it was taken from reminds me of drawings I was made to do in my architectural design course. They were perspective drawings, and you had to do them from a certain viewpoint and make them pretty realistic.

 

This image was of the old Penn Station Departure Board, which was taken down in late January. I often think about the fact that most New York City Train Stations are actually really old and need work done, or as my Sustainable Systems teacher told me they were greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy and are damaged beyond repair. The fact that something so significant in the culture of New York and the Subway could just be torn down so easily is weird; I’m honestly surprised no one decided to protest it. The image I drew over the two pictures is representative of NYC Subway Culture and the different types of people who inhabit it.

 

Trump in Meeting, Urges Automakers to Build Factories in United States

Truthfully, our current President is probably about to start some wars that we never even saw coming. I tried to deny it but it is completely true. In this image, he’s at the head of the table, running his mouth as he usually does but probably not even really saying anything. It’s so crazy to me how a man can speak so much and really not even say a word.

 

Civil Rights Group Rebukes Trump Justice Department Over Delay on Two Cases

The picture and the caption to me went perfectly with the images I created, because that’s what the article seemed to represent. The picture, being in black and white, seems more serious in nature and is of some man named Jeff Sessions; apparently the attorney general nominee who people don’t like. The caption seems to fit the picture, if you just think about it: a picture of an old white man in the government with a headline about Civil Rights.