Intermedia Studio Critique, Work Plan: Semester 1, 2016

Outline of Semester Projects and Products

Process or Product

Time-lapse Video

Time Chart

Analysis (Creative Statement?)

Comparing Handmade/Machine-made Work

Origami Models

3-d Printed Origami Models

Creative Statement

Short Paper (optional)

Postcards and My Creative Process

Photographs of Postcards

Analysis

Autobiography, Words & Visions

Revised Pecha Kucha

Additional Spontaneous Images with Mini Creative Statements

Process or Product?

Conceptual Questions

How does understanding of the process influence interpretation of the product?

Does the product reflect the intensity of the process?

Is the time and work spent in process justified in the product?

How can I(or should I)become a more productive artist?

The artistic process and product are interdependent but I frequently worry that I spend too long on individual products. I am never sure that the effort expended is truly justified. I am not sure if this is something I should be concerned about. I think studying the question will help me to figure it out.

Process

  • I want to start documenting the time I spend on various processes.
  • I will make a chart to document start time, breaks and finish times of similar projects.
  • I will print the number of hours with my signature in my work.
  • I would also like to set up a camera and video the entire process of producing specific products.
  • Then I would like to use the videos to make a time-lapse. Hopefully I can set it up with a status bar that shows the time progression during the video.
  • I will present the video and chart on my website (and to the class as needed).
  • I will take comments and questions.
  • Then I will write a short analysis of the results. (is this a creative statement?)

Products

Time-lapse Video

Time Chart

Analysis (Creative Statement?)

Note: This could evolve into a bigger project in the future. If I find that I can manage keeping track of things, I could accumulate data and use it later. There are a lot of positive and negative aspects to the idea of art as “work.” It might be interesting to create a cost/benefits analysis of my work incorporating both concrete and abstract costs and benefits.

 Comparing Handmade/Machine-made work

Conceptual Questions

How do variations of machine made work illicit different responses than traditional handmade work.

Do copies maintain the integrity of the original?

Practice

  • Research the issues. Compare leading theories. Develop opinions. Apply to practice. Write a response.
  • Brief history and description of origami. Specifically identify traditional models and associated context. I don’t need to write it myself. There are plenty of existing documents I can get permission to use.
  • Produce simple origami. Focus only traditional models. There will be no dinosaurs! Crane, Turtle, Fish etc. Make sure to select stable 3-demensional models. Fold in matte black and white paper.
  • Put them on displays. Displays can be simple wood cubes, oiled. Metal rods instead of wood dowels would be better support for small models. Consider something rough and rustic looking to contrast with smooth wood and paper.
  • Scan the models with the 3-d printer. Create copies.
  • Use identical displays for the copies.
  • Display all origami together.
  • Write creative statement.

Required Technical Skills

Learn to use the 3-d printers.

Note: What materials are available for 3-d print? I may expand the project based on what I learn about the technology

Products

Origami Models

3-d Printed Origami Models

Creative Statement

Short Paper (optional)

 Note: This project is important since it lets me explore a concept that is significant to my greater interests and it could help me build a skill that will allow me to do something better in the future. I once created an origami crane with internal bones. I then dissected it and removed items that symbolized “tradition.” I wanted to show that while traditions seem lovely on the outside, they can also be dangerous. The refusal to give up traditional behaviors inhibits progress and causes stagnation. I always wanted to expand the project to make more specific statements. However, the process of creating the skeleton was extremely tedious. The skeleton is necessary but it isn’t the primary focus of the message. I didn’t think the time spent was validated by the result. If I could find a way to print skeletons with a 3-d printer, I could make multiple cranes for dissection. I might even be able to fold them so that they could be dissected as performance art. That was not possible with the first iteration. It appeared to be dissected, but in actuality, I had to cut the crane to insert the skeleton. I simply resealed it so that it did not show. It would be better if the skeleton were truly internal without cutting.

Postcards and My Creative Process

Conceptual Questions

What is my creative process?

What triggers creative thoughts?

How do I expand my creative thinking?

How do I use postcards as both a stimulus and record of my creative process?

Process

  • I will expand on the Twyla Tharp activity “Where is Your pencil?” in which I began carrying my postcard writing supplies with me.
  • I will label postcards “creative thinking” and use them to record my spontaneous ideas over time.
  • I will date the ideas!
  • My first thought was to do this every day, but I am afraid I will over extend myself if I try. I am also concerned that doing it every day would take away from my daily writing practices. Instead, I will commit to at least five comments per week.
  • I will not mail the postcards until after the semester ends.
  • I will review the postcards and compare them with my calendar and look for trends.
  • Time permitting, I will photograph the cards and post them on my blog.
  • I will write a brief analysis

Note: I considered simply using my regular postcard writing for this project, but that presents a problem since I can’t save them for presentation and send them at the same time. I could photograph them all before sending, but that is extremely time consuming since I am not a good photographer. I end up spending too long cropping and editing. Maybe if I improve my ability to photograph and edit, I will start recording them all next semester.

Products

Photographs of Postcards

Analysis

Autobiography, Words & Visions

Conceptual Questions

How does art function as a story-telling medium?

How does literature provide context for self-expression?

How do words and visual art work together harmoniously?

Blog Entry: Introductory Pecha Kucha

I used the  Pecha Kucha as a medium to present my autobiography, not as a traditional narrative, but as a series of abstract ideas put together into a meaningful chain. I feel that this is much more reflective of the process of my creative mind than simply telling the “I was born” story.  I used a combination of quotes from literature, my own words and my own abstract paintings.

I was relatively pleased with the words in my Pecha Kucha presentation. I might like to make a few minor tweaks to shorten and lengthen a few quotes, but the overall flow was pretty good.

I was less pleased with the images. Some of them reflected the ideas in the narrative, but some did not. A few were so far out of context that I felt they were distracting. I have not painted in years and I was working with an unfamiliar style. I would like to take some of these images and replace them with more appropriately expressive work.

I would like to approach this as both spontaneous expression and purposeful interpretation of concepts. I want to try just painting without too much focus on what I want to express so that I can see what emerges from spontaneity. I would also like to go back and try and embrace the ideas in the presentation and create new images specific to those concepts.

While I was making the Pecha Kucha, I discovered that painting on the small 4 x 6 cards was very beneficial for me. In the past, I have chosen to paint on alternative surfaces and often in a very large scale. I actually spent months just painting a pair of blue jeans. That isn’t a great way to expand skill. It makes me less inclined to take risks because I know that if I mess up one spot, I mess up the whole thing. I think working on very small cards will help me explore new  ideas and techniques.

Painting by concept was also quite new. I have only done that a couple of times in the past. Most of the time painting was just a way of creating an image I found aesthetically pleasing on some surface where I thought it should be. There wasn’t much more to it than that. It was very challenging to come up with images to fit the ideas in the Pecha Kucha. I think I can do it better with practice.

Painting is not my greatest artistic talent. I am not exactly sure why it is holding my attention so much right now. I am usually more attracted to 3-d work. Maybe it is just because I have not done it in so long. Whatever the case, I think I should embrace the trend.

Blog Entry: Wearable Art Painting

Process

  • Research art and storytelling. Compare leading theories. Develop opinions. Apply to practice. Write a response (optional).
  • Use 4 x 6 watercolor paper to paint miscellaneous images.
  • Select specific concepts from Pecha Kucha.
  • Work on spontaneous painting.
  • Seal paintings with varnish.
  • Flatten them.
  • Glue index cards to the back to add strength.
  • Photograph!
  • Revise Pecha Kucha
  • Present cards not used in Pecha Kucha in separate blog entry.
  • Analyze the extra cards to determine how they reflect my identity
  • write a series of mini creative statements for spontaneously produced cards or groups of cards.

Note: If I have time, I need to build a press to flatten cards. I don’t have enough room in my apartment or enough books to keep spreading them all over the place.

Note 2: If I don’t figure out how to make photographs more efficiently I am in trouble. The photographing and editing takes way way too much time and the results are not great. No matter how careful I am, I end up with crooked images that must be rotated and cropped. This never happens perfectly so I end up cropping some of the image. It takes too long. It’s a mess. I need a better way.

I was thinking that I could build a little platform to hold my camera steady. Then I could insert a tray under it that would position the card in exactly the right position. SNAP. Then all I would have to do is crop the smallest edges of the resulting image. I am just concerned that I will end up with too much shadow. But, if it worked, it would make the process of documenting much easier.

Products

Revised Pecha Kucha

Additional Spontaneous Images with Mini Creative Statements