Week 12: Feedback

3 Most Favorite Activities

1. Algorithmic Art: What I enjoyed most about this activity was developing different algorithms, and then exploring the many different results that can be achieved with the same set of rules. Its interesting to see the diversity that can be created even with a strict set of rules.

2. Fiber Arts: I liked this one, because it was open to a lot of different methods. Some people did crocheting or knitting which I think is itself an algorithmic art form. For my activity, I got to do some woodworking. I found that cutting the wood and nailing the frame together was very enjoyable and relaxing.

3. Plaster Casting: I’ve been interested in casting for a while. I’ve seen videos of people using 3D printed parts to create molds and then cast metal parts out of the molds. I tried out casting some 3D printed parts with the plaster, but because of the shape of the piece, I couldn’t remove it from the sand, and the mold just collapsed.

3 Least Favorite Activities

1&2. Social Photography & Portrait Photography: I’ve never really liked photography. I always found it to be such an everyday thing that people do, that it no longer feels like an exciting creative experience. Its also not as tangible as other media. I prefer art forms that I can touch and manipulate physically.

3. The Mina Show: I actually didn’t even do this activity, so it might be unfair to call it my least favorite activity. The reason I didn’t do it was that I just felt uncomfortable being on camera or doing any sort of acting.

Additional Feedback

A. Tuesdays in UT-108: The discussions were very engaging and got me thinking about things that I wouldn’t have expected from an art class. I got bored looking at people’s note cards. Maybe, just pick out a few of the more unique ones to show off. I would much rather have looked at people’s activity posts from their blogs. I think it would be cool to show off some of the more interesting posts from the week before and then the class could discuss them or ask the student questions.

B. Activities Overall: I really liked the diversity of the activities. Like I said earlier, I don’t really like photography, and we had two photography activities. What I enjoyed most about the activities, was the exploring of different art media.

C. Artist Conversations: For many of the artist, I wished they were more engaging when we were viewing their galleries. My favorite artists (Piet Eppinga, Dawn Ertl, Brian Davis, Brianna Allen, Maccabee Shelley, Yireh Elaine Kwak) were the ones that were in their gallery, talking with students and showing them interesting aspects of their work. They talked about their inspiration, their process, and went into detail about each of the pieces they had on display. Most of the other artists posted statements in the gallery, and just sat outside. Some even showed disdain when asked about their work, because “if you had read the statement” it was described their. For me it is so much more compelling to hear the artist talk about their work then it is to read it off the wall. Sometimes I had read their statement, but just wanted them to expound on it. This was disappointing to me, because I am often much more interested in the process and the act of expression than I am with the finished work.

D. Classmate Conversations: I enjoyed meeting new people. I’m usually not comfortable approaching people, so it was quite a learning experience to be forced to do it every week.

E. Using Your Website: I’d been meaning to create a website for a while, but was unsure where to start. Using WordPress made it very easy, and I am planning on expanding it show off my engineering projects. I plan on making it digital resume where I can show off the kinds of things that can’t be crammed onto a single piece of paper.

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Week 12: Activity

Algorithmic/Procedural Art

My idea was to develop ways to convert numbers into line drawings. The first procedure was to draw a line, the length of which was based on the number, and then 90 degrees from the end of that line, the next line would be drawn.

Following this procedure for the first 100 digits of pi took quite a while, and I’m fairly certain that I made at least one mistake.

I then extended this procedure to include letters, by assigning each letter a number from 0 to 9.

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I think it would be easy to write a program to generate these. Maybe I’ll commision one of my CECS friends to help me out. With a program written, it would be interseting to convert longer texts to see what kind of shapes form.

Week 12: Classmate Interview

Hung Trinh

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Hung immigrated with his mom, dad, and brother to the United States when he was in the third grade. He said it was hard to find friends at first. By the sixth grade he made many new friends.

Hung is studying Health Care Administration. He says that his dream job would involve him doing something outdoors with his hands. Unfortunately, he also said that he quickly found out that he wasn’t well suited for those sorts of things. He goes to school during the week and works on the weekends.

Week 12: Artist Interview

Piet Eppinga

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Piet Eppinga’s exhibition, titled It’s About People, explores people’s roles in various relationships. The way Piet showed off his pieces was quite different from all of the other artists I’ve talked with throughout the year. The artists tended to sit out front and answered questions that anyone had. Piet on the other hand took a more active approach. He gave all of the students in the werby gallery a tour of his pieces. I really liked this method as I got to hear directly from the artist his explination of each piece and would answer questions right there. It was a much more egaging and enjoyable experience.

IMG_5478The first piece, titled “Man-Woman-Child,” explores the many relationships that exist within a family, and the roles that each member plays with respect to the other members. It is meant to inspire the viewer to analyze what roles they play within their own family. For instance, the man plays two roles. He must think about how he plays the role of father and husband. This is shown through the connections made within the sculpture. The man and women are bound together at thier heads, but are also bound together at the base, where the baby rests. The baby is not actually attached to the rest of the piece, instead it is resting within a cavity in the base. I took this to mean that the child’s role in the relationship is, in a way, temporary. At one point, their was no child, yet the man and woman were still connected. Then, they child came and formed a new connection between them. At some point, the child will grow up and leave, outgrowing this role and will go out to form his own relationship. Even then, there will always be that place for him with his parents.

IMG_5481This piece is titled “Father and Son.” The father is the large sphere and the two clay legs. The son is the small sphere and the smaller leg in the foreground. The son is leaning against the father. With this piece, Piet discussed the role of the father and the tendancy of inadequacies of a father to passed down throughout generations. The failures of a father on his son lead to a son which will grow up, become a father, and make the same failures. I saw this piece as a warning from Piet to the men in the room, to be especially careful in the ways they raise thier sons, as the consequences can extend far beyond.

IMG_5482This piece, “Christianity Chrystalized,” came with quite an interesting message, which Piet stressed was neither pro-religion, or against religion. It was instead, just a commentary on Piet’s view of the Christianity. Piet views the state of Christianity like crystalizing honey. The religion, like those before it is prone to being replaced by more modern ideas. If not addressed, the honey will harden completely. The honey can be revitalized. Just like a little bit of heat and stirring can reliquify honey, it will take some work to restore Christianity to its previous state. If not addressed, the religion may die. This is signified in the overall shape of the piece, a tombstone. The main figure represents Christ, with his peirced hands and crown of thorns. In the center is the cross on which he was crucified, and the cutouts on the sides are the crosses of the two other men that were crucified along side him.