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!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Julianne is my partner, we wrote a lot of stuff together on her 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
Monday, April 19, 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.