Week 7: UAM

Consumed
Our graduate assistant for ART110, Brittany Binder, co-curated this show, title Consumed, at the University Art Museum. The show dealt with material items, and our society’s shift toward the disposable.
I wasn’t able to get a photo with Brittany because I showed up after she started, and had to leave right before she finished up. I did, however, grab a booklet containing photos of many of the works.
The piece that I found most intriguing was by China Adams and was titled “Official Stitch and Hide Procedure.”

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Week 7: Artist Interview

Brianna Allen

This week’s artist interview was quite unique. I just happened to arrive just as Brianna was starting the second session of mediation. I decided, on the spot, to try it out and I am glad I did.IMG_5128

As it turns out, my decision to joint the meditation session was exactly the situation Brianna was trying to create for the class. She wanted to prompt that happenstance encounter just like she experienced earlier in her life.

When talking with Brianna afterwards spoke about how she was introduced to yoga. At the time she did ballet, and the building where she danced also had yoga sessions after she would dance. One day she just happened to stay and joined the yoga group. She loved it and it now meditates and does yoga every day. Now, her yoga and meditation bring her piece of mind in her daily life and she wanted to share that with our class, and anyone else on campus willing to try out this new experience.

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mimic the existing architecture in the space

Brianna filled the Werby Gallery with air containing ducts, metal pipes, and electrical conduit. She turned the lights to point up into the black ceiling instead of the white walls as was the norm in the other galleries. This was an interesting way to adapt the existing lighting to create a ambiance in the room.

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Another defining feature of Brianna’s gallery, was the audio she had continuously playing  in the room. The audio definitely followed the same theme as the rest of the gallery, mimicking the natural elements of the room. One of the tracks was composed of recordings made from the buildings around campus.

IMG_5124I really enjoyed the meditation session. One thing that Brianna said during the session that resonated with me was that we should be aware of the internal dialogue going on in our head. This was eye-opening as I thought about the thoughts I had while walking into the room. The little conversations I had with myself about what I was seeing in the room and what I was expecting to happen.

It was calming experience and made me aware of the mental state that I experienced throughout the day. I tried meditating myself the following mornings, and I feel as though it had a positive effect on the mental state that I carried into the day. The one thin g that was most rewarding for me, was getting away from the reliance on schedules and time that I was so used to during the day. Instead of setting a timer for a certain time and waiting for it to go off, I just meditated until I felt satisfied. The first time lasted less then ten minutes, but felt like quite a long time. It showed me just how reliant I had become on a constant stream of information and entertainment.

I asked Brianna why she chose 11 minutes. She said that 11, 21, and 31 minute meditation sessions had traditional historical significance that was also backed up by modern scientific studies. These studies confirmed the idea that these different durations of mediation allowed people to reached different levels in their mental state. While I can’t image being able to meditate for a half an hour without becoming distracted, I’m going to try to increase the time spent each morning and see if I notice any difference.

Week 7: Classmate Interview

James PauleyIMG_5137This week, I talked with James Pauley. Like me, and most if not all of the students in ART110, James is taking the class for GE credit. He is a senior chemical engineering major. James works full time as a tutor. He worked with the LAUSD No Child Left Behind program, where he helps below average students raise their grades to above average. His success working in this program, led him to other tutoring jobs.

Recently, James enjoys traveling around the country. He said that two years ago he had never been on a plane, and that since then he has flown 11 times.

Week 7: Activity

Portrait Photography

For this weeks self portrait activity, I wanted to take the opportunity to try out some more 3D printed lithophanes. I took it a step further and created a frame out of construction paper and inserted some colored LEDs to create some interesting color blending. I finally got the exposure on the photos down to a science. It has to be just right in order to make sure the details of the image are visible while still dissipating the light from the LED enough so the image was lit evenly.

My friend had a bunch of different colored LEDs from a previous project so I tried them all out. I really liked the white and yellow LEDs. When I placed both of them behind the lithophane, it created a sepia tone effect.

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For more info on the creating of the lithophanes, see my post on the topic.