Sunday, May 23, 2010

art events

ok, so I thought the art events had to be tech related, which apparently isn't the case. easy peasy, i've been to quite a few things over the semester.

1. I'm gonna count this as one, but I went to the Asian Art Museum twice this semester. I was required to because of Asian Art History but I liked it anyway. You start on the third floor and travel though to the 2nd floor and you get a good scope of Asian Art and how it traveled through India, Korea, Japan, and China. You start at the Ganesha statues because they signify the start of something, as well as fertility which is like the start of something. I really liked the Buddhist stuff because the deities are cool. I always liked Ganesha images but it was interesting to learn that his parents were Shiva and Parvarti. When he was a child his head was cut off and they replaced it with an elephant head. Elephants represent wisdom as well as fertility. Fertility was a very common theme in all the Asian art I saw. Any fruit with a lot of seeds represents fertility, and are often seen in Chaek-kori (spelling?), which are korean book pile painting. Paintings of book cases, which often held lots of symbolic objects. It was also some of the first perspective art Korea practiced. The museum has a jade area full of amazing little detailed figurines and water jugs-type practical stuff. The museum is cool if your into Asian art, otherwise I think it could be really boring for some people.

2. I went to an art party about a month ago at a friends house. Everyone put painting and pictures up with price tags and we could buy each others art. There were about 100+ people there, it was really packed. I sold one picture for $25, not an exorbitant amount but you have to start somewhere. Other paintings sold for a few hundred dollars. I didn't buy anything because I don't have a ton of money but it was an older crowd who specifically went to purchase art. I liked that someone I knew threw the whole thing together and networked it. I think she might have used craigslist and other networking websites to help get a good crowd and artists together. I want to do the same and I encourage everyone to hold art parties, because they are really fun!

3. This one is actually tech related. I went with my friend Mike to his friends art thing. I'm not sure what something like that would be called... basically there was an entrance lobby area with some interactive exhibits and video stuff. There was a keyboard that when certain keys would press a song would play and a light show would go with the song. the lights went over this all white geometric sculpture. It was really fun to play with and to alternate keys really fast. There was a cube, which was the friend of a friend's piece. He projected video onto different parts of the cube and the cube is angled hanging from the wall. There was a video someone had set to music in processing. The video was of a train in Japan moving, and it moved in time to the music.

Then there was a show in another room of different videos, some original and some I think might have been a little older and I have no idea if the artist was there. It was so crowded it was hard to see. There was an electronic music band too that played synth and drum pads. I hope to go to more things like this in the future.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

sketch of monumental project

Here is a sketch I did of how I envisioned Jack's statue, it's not too crazy but it's improbable because it has marijuana plants growing on it and Jack is probably not someone who a lot of people would get behind to build a statue of. I envision this in golden gate park, the end near Haight Street, somewhere around hippie hill area.

poster redone and sticker

I redid the poster so it's easier to read, also made a version that I'm going to turn into some stickers.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

improbably monument ideas cont...

I came up with other ideas but I really like my first one. I'll be writing an essay with it as well to make up for absences and I feel like I can really talk about the work Jack has done. He wrote a lot of great material about the uses of hemp. I think some type of likeness of him would be cool, but something made out of hemp maybe? with information pamphlets about the uses of marijuana and hemp. I think he would really like something like that. He was very much about the spreading of facts and information into the general population, because with marijuana and especially hemp there is a ton of misinformation out there.

sources of information i will use:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ideas for improbably monument

1. So Jack Herer just died, he "was an American cannabis activist and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, a book which has been used in efforts to decriminalize cannabis."- wiki

I really loved his book the emperor wears no clothes, it was super imformative and really advocated for the multitude of uses of hemp.

In my monument commemorating Jack, I would make a hemp statue of his likeness. You can basically make anything out of hemp.

other ideas to come!

monument intervention project

Julianne is my partner, we wrote a lot of stuff together on her blog.

Juliann's blog

here are pics from Delores Park the 2nd trip we took, it was windy and not that many people were there. Lots of people with their dogs, we showed it around a bit again.


Dolores Park in San Francisco is a wonderful park where local San Franciscans go to relax and enjoy the sun with the family and friends. But it was not always a happy hang out for youth to elders. At Dolores there were two Jewish Cemeteries here before they moved to San Mateo County in the late 1880's and early 1890's (Hills of Eternity and Home of Peace Cemeteries). They actually were the first to relocate south of The City, mainly because new land was impossible to find after the Gold Rush happened.
There was a totally different vibe when Dolores was a cemetery not only in that area, but within the entire city. We wanted to bring to attention to the people who love being at Dolores that it was not always the happy place it is now. We placed grave stones at the park to represent the bodies that were once buried there. Many people that we talked to had no idea that Dolores was a cemetery and they had different reactions. Some people did not care and said "Oh, I did not know that. Cool." While others wanted to learn more about the cemetery and the reason for its relocation.
We found this project very interesting because we were able to bring back into attention to the people that Dolores was a cemetery and not always the hang out that they have grown to love.

We were able to talk to a bunch of people carrying around our grave stone asking them if they know that Dolores Park was a cemetery and that it was relocated to San Mateo.
The grave stone reads... "R.I.P. In the 1880's Dolores Park was a Jewish cemetery. The cemetery was relocated to San Mateo after death was no longer allowed in San Francisco.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Be Colorful! poster


this poster is telling people to be more colorful. Stop wearing black every day, get some pizazz! Get some color into your life. Don't be boring.

Monday, April 19, 2010

taco hell

here is my reworked logo. I personally am not a fan of taco bell, just thinking about the meat there scares me.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Roland really segments the first advert for pasta. It is inundated with subtle and not so subtle messages and symbols. It is subconsciously making you think of fresh food and Italy. The second picture of the magazine cover is more political in nature and a commentary of french thinking. He mentions that the use of language can be read into but I find that through his observations he finds a lot more meaning in the subjects and objects placed in the pictures and the way they are placed creates space of meaning.

monumental art

i found this article:

about a woman who uses found organic materials to create sculptures. Some really cool monuments are that not permanent structures, challenging our idea of monuments. She creates "Dream Figures" out of plants she finds around, creating a commentary about the current pollution in Toronto's River Valley. The figures look sad upon commuters and suburban life. I really just like the way they look too, the poses are very human like.

The Eiffel Tower

I feel that the Eiffel Tower is to France as the Golden Gate Bridge is to San francisco in the sense that it is a world wide symbol for the location it resides. From my personal experience though residents of SF love the bridge and are proud of it. Yet the tower is a symbol beyond that of the bridge. It can represent a multitude of themes and ideas. Roland writes that many of the french people saw it without usefulness, which is a large difference between The Eiffel and Golden Gate Bridge. It is just a useless object or structure. Similar to that of all art in that things are really all just useless objects and like art it's seems to serve no practical purpose. The whole article really delved into the many meanings of the tower. Personally I really like the Eiffel but I can see how some natives of Paris could dislike it.

random art

I tried to look up an artist that uses random chance without too much luck.

this wiki article helped get some interesting views on chance art:

it was pretty informative. It included the use of technology in random art and how many programs are now built to use chance for the making of random art.

I followed a link through this to Dynamic painting, where artists use algorithms to create ongoing paintings with computers. You still need the artists input, the vision of how to implement the Algorithms, just like the decision to make certain steps in a process random. In both cases parameters are set and the art is left up to itself to create itself.

Hybrid research short response

I read about Art Nano at the Exploratorium. I really love the Exploratorium so was very much drawn to this.

The wave function video showed that science can be interactive and fun, a common theme in the Exploratorium. I bet that was made or could be made in processing.

with technology we can make complex theories and ideas easier to understand and visualize. It is putting knowledge that may have been once difficult to grasp in the hands of everybody.

This link was not so much about the bio art like we are doing in our project but shows connections with art and science similarly to the concepts we are talking about in class.

Sol Lewitt's article on conceptual art

Sol Lewitt describes the process of creating conceptual art as something that is thoroughly planned in concept, but in application it is best to have the fewest decisions possible. So even though a lot of thought was put in the process that actual outcome is completely out of the artists hands.
The artist's ability to pre-think the art is where the mastery comes in. What elements to use, placement, and overall the ability to take the decision making out of the art making.

when i googled the art of Sol Lewitt I see that he is really into cubes. He has some interesting color elements as lines and of a star, but I wonder how random the process of making those was.
I like this one:

because it's really simply and just kind of about structure and how parts can be missing but still work. with conceptual art I'm often left feeling that I could do the same thing if I got the materials and worked for a few weeks straight. The thing is that I'm not compelled to do it because it seems unchallenging and not that fun to make.

I looked up other conceptual artists and found this:

it has elements I'm familiar with and puts them into a form that is non existent.

Michael Ree's stuff is kinda creepy, but I love the mash-up of human and alien type pieces.

make-up work

all the following posts will be of all the readings and the hybrid research that I need to make up.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

random art

My process:

1. get a large piece of paper, a ruler, 6 colors of paint and the tools to apply them (brushes, water, etc.), and a 6 sided dice.

2. assign the colors numbers 1 through 6.

3. roll the dice, the number you get divide by 2. Use the number you now have to draw a line that many inches over and parallel to the edge. keep repeating process to turn the paper into a grid.

4. start at the top left square and roll the dice. The number you get will correspond to a color number, paint the color you get in the square. keep repeating going one square at a time, left to right, going down one row at a time.

I will bring in the paintings we made for class on 3/25/10. Also will post better pictures...
here are some pics of Mary and I working on the projects together.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010


turtle 410 hybrid

This new breed of animal is part turtle, part frog, and part foliage. It comes from South Africa's Knysna-Amatole coastal rain forest. It's main habitat is shallow ponds, but it can move across the frost floor unseen. If in danger it can use it's powerful frog-like hind legs to catapult away. It's a very defensive animal, with it's hard shell and ability to camouflage itself.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

photoshop project

finished my picture, need to practice more photoshop though.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

fetch 3.0.3.

any tips on installing this so I can post my trip? won't install on my mac. "no application to run this" (to run the installer).

Monday, March 1, 2010

google earth project

I'm gonna show off my google earth project tomorrow hopefully. Made it a little neater and used the save trick. Really looking forward to moving on from google earth and learning photoshop.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


my tumblr. It's mostly just reblogs of other blogs I follow. Sometimes i post outside links and pictures too.