Friday, May 6, 2011

Lecture Survey Thingy

What is your favorite color? GREEN
How important is the appearance or design of the following products in your decision to purchase the product?
new car:      very       somewhat      not very      not at all
underwear:       very       somewhat      not very      not at all
tv set:       very       somewhat      not very      not at all
winter coat:       very       somewhat      not very      not at all
What is your 2nd favorite color? BLUE
"When you select pictures, photographs, or other pieces of art for your home, do you find you lean more toward modern or more toward traditional styles?"
"If you had to choose from the following list, which type of art would you say you prefer?"
Which of the following statements applies to you more?
"When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I usually try to select pieces that fit into the general decor of my home"
"When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I focus on whether or not I like the piece"
Would you say you prefer older objects or newer objects to collect or decorate you home?
older objects
newer objects
"Would you say that you prefer seing paintings of wild animals, like lions, giraffes, or deer, or that you prefer seeing paintings of domestic animals, like dogs, cats or other pets?"
wild animals
domestic animals
"In general, would you rather see paintings of outdoor scenes or would you rather see paintings of indoor scenes?"
Which of the following outdoor scenes appeals to you the most?
Paintings of:
"lakes, rivers, & oceans"
fields & rural scenes
houses & buildings
Which season would you most like to see depicted in a painting?
Which of the following types of indoor scenes appeals to you most?
still life paintings of/domestic scenes with:
household objects
Do you tend to prefer paintings that are related to religion or those that are not related to religion?
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
"Paintings should ideally serve some higher goal, such as challenging their viewers to think about art or life in a different way than they normally do."
"Paintings don't necessarily have to teach us any lessons, but can just be something a person likes to look at."
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
"I prefer paintings that are realistic-looking: the more they resemble a photograph, the better"
"I prefer paintings that are different-looking if they're very realistic, I might as well be looking at a photography"
"Do you prefer paintings that exaggerate the dimensions or reality of objects we already know, or ones that feature imaginary objects which have no connection to everyday life?"
"Do you prefer seeing bold, stark designs or more playful, whimsical designs?"
Do you tend to favor paintings with sharp angles or ones with soft curves?
"Which patterns do you like better: geometric patterns or more random uneven patterns?"
"Do you like to see expressive brush-strokes on the canvas, or do you prefer that the surface of the canvas be smooth, more like a photograph?"
Do you like to see colors blend into each other or do you like it when different colors are kept apart?
"Every color has a wide range of shades. Take the color blue, for example. An artist can use a bright, vibrant shade of blue, like a royal blue, a pale, muted shade of blue, like light blue, or a darker tone of blue, like dark or midnight blue. In general, which would you say that you prefer? when the artist uses more vibrant shades, paler shades, or darker shades of color?"
"In general, do you enjoy paintings that have a more serious or a more festive mood?"
"And how about the painting itself - do you like it to be busy and contain lots of people or objects, or do you like it to be as simple as possible?"
How about the size of paintings: do you prefer larger paintings or smaller paintings?
dishwasher size
full-size refridgerator
full wall
"19"" television"
a magazine
paperback book
"Some paintings are of famous historical figures and others are of more ordinary people. Do you generally prefer paintings of famous people, or ones of more ordinary paintings."
"If you prefer famous people, do you prefer figures from a long time ago, like Lincoln or Jesus, or more recent figures, like John F. Kennedy or Elvis Presley?"
"Do you prefer paintings which are predominantly of children, of women, or of men, or doesn't it matter?"
"Thinking back to the paintings of people that you have like in the past, for the most part were the figure working, at leisure, or were they posed portraits?"
"Which do you think you like better, a painting of one person or of a group of people?"
"And from what you've seen, would you say that you prefer paintings in which the person or people are nude, partially clothed or fully clothed?"
If you were given the choice of a gift - a sum of money or a piece of art that you genuinely like and which was of equal value to the money, which would you choose?
Which one of the following would be most important to you in deciding how much money you would spend on a painting?
the size of the piece
the fame of the artist
the medium, such as oil or watercolor
the degree to which you like the painting
whether you think it will increase in value
What is the most amount of money you would consider spending on a piece of art you really like? 1000
"For each of the following names, indicate if your impressions of that artist's work are very favorable, favorable, or very unfavorable. Some of these artists are not very well known, so if you have never heard of someone, or don't know enough about their work to have an opinion, just say so."
Pablo Picasso unfavorable
Norman Rockwell favorable
Jackson Pollock unfavorable
Salvador Dali favorable
Leroy Neiman very favorable
Claude Monet very favorable
Rembrandt very favorable
Andy Warhol unfavorable
Georgia O'Keefe favorable
"If you could pick one type of person you'd most enjoy having dinner with, would you choose an artist, a television or movie actor, an author, or a sports star?" Movie Actor
"How often, on average, would you say that you go to art museums - more than two times a year, one or two times a year, less than once a year, or not at all?
The following are some reasons people have given in the past as to why they do not go to art museums more often. For each reason, please tell whether it is a major reason why you do not go to musuems more often, a minor reason, or not a reason at all:
1. there is not an art museum in my area:  major  minor   not a reason
2. I do not have enough spare time: major  minor   not a reason
3. I don't feel comfortable in art museums because I don't know alot about art: major  minor   not a reason
4. the cost of admission is too expensive: major  minor   not a reason
5. I simply don't enjoy looking at art: major  minor   not a reason
Would you favor or oppose spending more money in federal taxes than we do on the arts? Oppose
Some works of art are displayed in public places. Do you think that average citizens should or should not have a say in determining which works of art are appropriate to be displayed in public? Some Say
"When it comes to most political issues, do you think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, or a moderate? If moderate, do you think of yourself as being closer to being liberal or being conservative?"
Which of the following income categories includes your total family income in 1992 before taxes? Yes
What is your gender? The guy kind

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Big Idea Crit

For my final big idea piece I took 4 canvases and creates a celtic knot sequence that continued and flowed through all 4 canvases. The meaning behind it was to express my view on experimenting with different religions and cultures. One suggestion in my critique was to add more canvases and continue it even more or do an entire series of them.

The piece was liked by the class and katy understood my breaking down of typical religious views and beliefs through having 4 canvases rather than 3 representing the trinity like much of the celtic knotwork is associated with.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Initially our inflatable had no power to inflate in out are so we decided to move it and once we got it started people flocked to see what was going on. Once inside thy had sharpies ready for them to write and draw whatever they wanted all over the project.

Inflatable advertising

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

SRL Paper

When looking at the survival research laboratories work as works of fantasy, the fantasies they create are ones of futuristic machines and robots becoming intelligent and thinking for themselves. SRL's work plays off of peoples fear of machines and their possible A.I. surpassing that of our own. Several polls have been taken to see how the population "fears" machines and their growing intelligence. In these polls 17% of the 6000 people who voted in these polls stated that they did find the idea of intelligent machines frightening, 27% stated that they did not find the idea of intelligent machines frightening, and 56% stated that they were not scared of the intelligent machines, rather, they were afraid of how people would use the technology. SRL definitely plays on the fear of the use of technology due to the dangers and potential military application of the machines they create.
More mainstream forms of mechanical fantasy entertainment are more withdrawn and conservative compared to SRL's raw machines and raw destruction. Performances such as A.I. demonstrations create the same mechanical fantasy intelligence, however, they lack the raw destruction fear factor that srl does so well. Robots with flamethrowers, spinning blades for movement, and air cannons create a greater sense of fear than similar, mainstream performances.
SRL's mechanical performances articulate the same sense of fantasy as other performances, however, srl's type of performance is more in your face and also makes the audience feel like they are in danger with all this crazy destruction and machines rolling towards them.
I do consider srl to be "yanks with tanks", I do not consider what they do to be art, despite my interest in the mechanical genius they use to crest the performances. I think srl themselves critique violence by testing various ways to create unique and devious machines. However I belie e that with the scary looking and potentially hazardous machines make the audience promote violence for them.
Srl's audience are any person old enough to take enjoyment in the violence. Region of the audience would be chosen as Amsterdam because they are less strict than most other places and would let then do whatever as opposed to libya or afghanistan.

Big Idea Proposals ( and top 3 stated)

Posted above are my 7 proposal sketches, the 3rd, 4th, and 7th are the 3 I have narrowed it down to in class. The 3rd is a flowing celtic knotwork piece on 4 seperate pieces of canvas, the 4th is a wood burning picture of a babylonian god and rock carved symbols for his 50 names, finally there is the walk in shadow box playing on my fear of being alone.