Tuesday, July 20, 2010
1720 E. Douglas, Wichita KS.
Show will open Friday 7/30 @ 7pm.
We will install work Thursday 7/29 @ 2pm.
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Friday, July 2, 2010
These images are composed of all the 6 x 6 and 6 x 4.5 negatives I shot last semester in Black and White Studio. They were scanned and then stacked into multiple layers in a single Photoshop file with the opacity of each layer set at anywhere from 5 to 15 percent. A color filled layer was then added to the bottom of the stack. The green image is composed of the negative images reversed into "positive" form while the red/violet image is made up of the negatives without reversal. I added a quote from the T.S. Eliot poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" to the green image. I have always found Eliot's poetry to be sort of dreamy and swimmy (for lack of better terms) as well as a creepy. I thought the quote fit the piece. I feel the green image is more successful than the other, as the negative images produce a much less coherent effect.
Where do I begin..... Well I love swimming and having fun with my son which he and I like to swim and ride bikes and such, so for me the video represents the bond between my son and I, just enjoying each-others company on a hot summer afternoon. The idea of splashing is me relating back to my childhood and just having a child like sense of adventure. The owl on my foot is also special to me, because it is one that I created myself so the meaning becomes much deeper. I wanted to play with motion and sound because I find it real interesting. The movement of your feet in water is fascinating to me so this video became vividly about my feet. A different way of looking at an image and altering it.
MGMT Concert Jun 2010
This video is about my trip that I took with my boyfriend and good friend Zach. We all share a passion for MGMT and when we heard they were playing in KC,MO we were like " man we got to go see them"! So the video portrays a time line of our experience we had at the concert before while and after. It clips all the important aspects of our trip. I wanted it to be short but great and I really wanted it to include all the different songs MGMT played and my friends having a good time. Which we ended up having a blast so it was well worth it to do this project. And I have always wanted to do a video of a concert I went to because concerts are suppose to be fun and your suppose to get crazy and let loose. So I love the fact that I was able to do this! It was hard but well worth the frustrations. Thank you Lisa for being so open to me doing this video, you rock!
Thursday, July 1, 2010
These two joint pieces are the result of the collection, arrangement, and manipulation of photographs taken close-up to focus on the texture of the objects. I chose natural and man-made objects and experimented with different angles and repetitive elements especially on number 2.
I applied each layer simultaneously and carefully manipulated the opacity of each texture to blend all the images into a composite "Super Texture". I allowed layers to be of very little visibility while other layers required more dominance in the picture. I then altered levels such as exposure, saturation, colors, highlights and shadows in an effort to the make the composite look more believable and unified. I believe I achieved this in a solid composition and balance. It was very interesting and exciting to see the end result and to develop comparisons between the organic and industrial textures. Notice how each layer seems to dive out at you yet convincingly fall back into the image as a whole without distracting contrasts. The paint spot (or possibly bird excrement) was allowed to illustrate humanity's own lucrative and futile ambitions on the world it constructs. Both works contain their own sense of beauty and character but the point is which appeals to you more?
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
It may just look like a video of 2 people running on the treadmill. But the idea behind this video is to show a person's being stalked and chased down. However the stalker started to slow down because the other person was running too fast and near the end, he just slowed down and gave up.
This is a rough cut together of some of the time lapse videos we have shot over the last week. Habitat for Humanity is building 7 houses in 8 days and we are documenting the build through video time lapse and regular video and using the footage to create promotional pieces for Habitat to use in recruiting future volunteers, organizations and families. We are still shooting so this is still a work in progress.
In this short video I wanted to see if I could change the manner in which time is perceived by modifying and changing the sound and saturation of certain portions of it, particularly portions which I felt to be the most important. I was also interested in the manner in which the mind recalls things and how the memories of portions of an event can be much more realistic or intense than other parts of it.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The Reason I chose to do the image of one of my best friends is, because it was such a pivotal moment with lots of hilarity to it! Like for instance when i told my friend to get in the shopping cart she was so hesitant to do it. However I tend to be kinda "pushy" peer pressuring her to get in the cart. So she did and as I turned my back she yelled my name"Susie", "Susie" as I looked over at her she started falling. I didn't catch her so she fell into a yellow bush and killed a part of it. She had scratches and was bleeding it was pretty hilarious. Anyhow as we were laughing hysterically these old ladies walked by and could CLEARLY see that we were having some issues but they just kept walking. Funny how old people are supposedly suppose to be all great and all. But even though we were sweating and thirsty I managed to free Jana from the cart! I felt like a superstar! Then I took some photo's, it was a great walk. So in my attempt to follow our assignment I found this photo to be great with fruit of the loom little fairy characters dancing on the cart. Along with the color scheme and angel of each fruit character. All in all it is meant to be funny and it has a great story behind it.
I was aiming at a surrealist vibe with this project. I intentionally tried to make the "feel" of the picture as matter of fact as possible. I toyed with making the image black and white, adding a sepia filter and a vignette. These made the image all the more creepy but felt over the top. I like the "normal" sense of this image (other than the gas mask and the giraffe's head, of course).
With this assignment, I wanted to see how little information from a picture I could use and still have it "cohere." I chopped out 50 or so pieces of the original picture and placed them in a new file. Each "tile" was placed in its own Photoshop layer and the brightness, saturation, color balance, etc. was adjusted in order to make the pieces each a little different in value. Yes, it's a nun on a motorcycle.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thoughts on a Memory was the result of experimentation with pixelation and opacity. I wanted a clear emphasis on the unfocused and seemingly dreaming or disappearing. The trees were chosen to connect a time line or progression with the images of memory and how we necessitate the forgetting of this information as much as it is imperative to hold on to our fleeting images.
The two versions of Prey were a knock at the social trend of describing older available woman in a bar or club scene as a "Cougar". This affiliation to the powerful and cunning cat eludes to their experienced and intentional motives towards younger men whom have been paralleled with the indiffident and sometimes naive traits of a "Dog". What I was trying to create was scenes of tension where the viewer might be compelled enough to actually observe the space until amusement can be drawn from the out-of-place feline. The viewer might focus on the piece as a whole at first, referring thier thought to experiences with a similar dominant background, then if version one wasn't enough to trigger further inspection, version 2 directs the viewers attention from the background completely and attaches it the young dog, if the observant viewer knows the title they might begin to question why the puppy is associated as a predatory target. Who would do such a thing!?!
My favorite flower is the rose. The concept of this image is to show the similarity between a woman and a rose. Roses are pretty but dark because of all the thorns they have on their stems. Women may seen and look delicate but there are so many more about them than just the outlooks.
This is me and my best friend and the changes were about to face, and the feelings of doubt and emotions that come along with it. How even though we see ourselves how we want we our blinded about our friends life. How one day life will be back to good again.
There are 2 concepts behind this image. The first one is to tell a possible future of the end of the world when cities sunk under water. The second concept is that sharks hunting has become one of the most common hobbies now a day. Almost all the sharks in the world have nearly come to extinction. The image of the shark lurking around the city almost like a predator is so they could take revenge on what the human had done to their race over a long period of time.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I chose to do my digital landscape on different photos I had taken around my house. I was going for different textures and patterns trying to get a real industrial chaotic look. I had a vision of a city landscape with buildings and pure chaos in the background of the image. I layered it in a way to help the viewer not only see what the foreground looked like but also the middle ground and so on. Thus this is the finished look to my creative process.
Monday, June 14, 2010
This piece addresses the re-contextualization of military imagery into an American urban landscape. In this scenario, we see a quiet neighborhood street being dominated by tanks and advancing soldiers, while squadrons of fighter jets soar overhead. While this scene would not be out of place in modern day Iraq or Afghanistan, it is an unfamiliar and disturbing sight in the context of a peaceful College Hill street. The tanks and foot soldiers confront the viewer in the foreground, while at the left side of the image a son consoles his mother. The background has intentionally been left undisturbed and free from destruction. This, together with the position and direction of the advancing army, and the two grieving bystanders, is intended to create the impression that the real horrors exist behind the viewer, out of sight but not out of mind: a city under siege, and a population under martial law.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
My first attempts at Photoshop, Found it to be infectiously involving and amusing.
With the second piece I was pushing for a more purely visual landscape where the texture of the streched exposure of the film would create a new mass out of the context of actual shape of the photographed patio creating an otherworldly experience. The streched strings of light also inserted exciting organic elements of growing or ascending into a some foreign event. I added the two planets, Jupiter and the Earth, just to see if i could make it believable and to help bring the viewers perspective to an upward gaze just as the picture was taken. I intended to pull the viewer from reality to infinity and back.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Here are the three images I came up with, composites of a landscape pirated from the internet and pictures I took of three sculptures around the WSU campus.