Saturday, May 12, 2012

Andrew Ellis Johnson - I had a class with him, and he had us bring in images and interrogate them, it was very interesting to dissect pictures and try to come up with every possible reason for every single part of the image, from the color, to the text. The thing that stood out to me most about his art was that he used this idea or concept of interruption. The entire time during his lecture there was the sound of a goat in the background, and it was constantly making noise and disrupting the talk, so it was hard to concentrate at times on his speech that he was giving. The point however was to decide what was important, the goat interruption or the words in which he was speaking. His art is very bizarre and if you are not highly educated or know the background of his art, many of the symbols and purposely used physical pieces are not understood, and the whole of many of his pieces are completely confusing. 

Leah Duncan- Leah was much more abstract, and did many large scale projects. She likes to reach as much tension on a 2d surface as possible, she draws inspiration from Matisse and Picasso. Especially Picasso because he ignored perspective and painted loosely and confidently. It was interesting to hear her say that you should concentrate on what you want from a painting and then not try to clean it up or perfect it if the idea is already visible and understood.

 Thecla Schiphorst
My favorite of hers was a Dream Machine that her and a grad student had worked on. It showed a computer taking in images throughout the day of different places and then had a display as if the machine was sleeping and based off of the images it had seen that day connections were made and a series of images or short movies were played as the "dream". And she talked a lot about de-habituation which can re-tune thoughts and thought processes, which I found very interesting.

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