Monday, August 27, 2012

Project 1, Examples

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Edited since original post! I did an example myself...

A play on Basho's famous "frog, pond" haiku.

I'll be using this to lead-in to our next assignment...

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Just to help get the cogs jolting this week, here are examples of previous interpretations of the digital triptych montage task. In addition, questions that probed adequately and critically into the Walter Benjamin reading.

Example of a fine artist statement with this assignment.

Statement : The Title of this Triptych is "Epiphany".  I assembled it in Adobe Photoshop Elements CS3.  I used scans from the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore, as well as scans of a sticker and my passport.  The rest of the images were culled from Google.

This piece is meant to illustrate the moment when one realizes that in the grand scheme of the universe, their existence is an infinitesimal blip.  What might seem to be earth-shattering is just as unimportant as anything else.  But even if the universe is cold and unreachable, there is still beauty in its machinations- unfolding slowly on an unimaginable scale, comfortably unconcerned by the entirety of life as we know it.

The personality very often comes out with digital media.
In an open sea of information, the most comfortable place is the self.

Keep in mind the link between "aesthetic" and "idea".

(In response to reading.)

1. In Section III, Walter Benjamin discusses our desire for reproduced art. Is our desire to "get hold of an object" and bring it closer "spatially and humanly"  symptomatic of our modern society or is it inherent in us as human beings? Would ancient artistic cultures have collected on the same scale as modern people if they had had the means?

2. Benjamin states "The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public." Does his thesis hold true today with art produced for the masses? What are some examples?

1. Silent film actors had lost their voice for the sake of the new film technology. It was like they were just showcasing the new technology and not being artists. However, looking back on silent films we now see them as art. How is something that once "lacked" art transformed into art?

2. In the piece by Walter Benjamin, it is stated that "While facing the camera he knows that ultimately he will face the public... During the shooting he has as little contact with it as any article made in a factory. This may contribute to that oppression, that new anxiety which according to Pirandello "grips the actor before the camera." What is the difference between the "new anxiety" that a film actor experiences as opposed to anxiety felt by all other types of artists and performers?

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