Summative Post Methods Class

My semester in methods has been truly transformation. I was not sure what I was getting myself into when I signed up for this class. All I knew was that we took field trips. The only goal I had for myself was that I wanted to document the class more, because I knew that Nell would have us use our web portfolios and process logs. I accomplished so much more than just documentation of a class. I have personally seen myself grow as a person and grow admiration for all the elements of art and the different ways people go about creating art. Whether that be curating, printmaking,painting photography, interpretive dance anything and everything dealt with art matters. The process no matter how quick or how time consuming matters.

I most important thing I learned from this class is that I am an artist in I believe so. Ever sense I declared my major as art and continued to take art classes I felt like I was never a true artist I didn’t have the natural ability to draw perfect still life’s or keep a sketch book on me at all times. For some reason I felt like those were the requirements to be an artist. I know better now. I realized that wherever my passion lies is where my art can be found and learning that meant the absolute world to me. I felt less as a poser and more of someone seeing themselves as the they truly are for the first time. I noticed that I practiced art in the way that I study fashion and how I mentally map out the outfits I wear everyday.

This all came into fruition when working on my final project and showing my thought process when it came to fashion and the preliminary meeting we had as an entire class bouncing topic ideas off of each other. That really made me question how I saw myself and the art that I was creating. Within this class I was able to practice the different mediums of the art world some I liked like film photography and visiting galleries and talking to curators and artist and some I didn’t public speaking. It’s not that I didn’t like it I just know that I need to get better at it.

I really enjoyed this class and I gained a lot of insight and confience to make my own imprint in the art world. Thanks Nell for being just as you are a guiding this class in the only way that you can. You’re a great Human!

Old School Photography with Calvin

For this class, we ventured into another art medium, Photography. I am familiar with photography as medium, but I am far from a professional. I practice photography in my spare time and I have taken a photography class this semester to better my knowledge and skill set in such a beautiful craft.

When I was told that we had a darkroom in Dana I was very surprised because I have never traveled around Dana to know that. I knew that basement was home for other drawing and printmaking classes. I wish that my photography class practiced film photography as well as digital equally because I think it would have been helpful to the class to use film or learn how that process worked. My photography class focused on digital and editing software mostly, which wasn’t bad, but it’s not the only form of photography.

I found it very refreshing to find something new about a subject that I was already working in. I have some experience in a darkroom. I took photography and printmaking in High school my senior year and I am surprised that I remembered what I learned back then and apply it to this class. This class was also taught by Calvin, which is always a pleasure. Remember taking Nell digital class last spring and Calvin talk us some very helpful tips when editing with final cut that I still remember today. Calvin knows everything! It’s great!

Before stepping into the darkroom Calvin gave us the basics of photography and showing the class the very first photograph or camera obscura which was pretty awesome. I’ve seen this photograph before, but it never gets old. After that, Calvin talked about how film photography works. He made us aware that once you have shot a roll of film and you wanted to develop your film you must be in a very dark room that had no type of light and roll your film into film divider thing that I don’t know the name to as I type this out, but i can visualize it and that’s all that matters. After we talked about film we talked about what we would be getting into this class and I remember doing in High school. I can’t  name the process, so I am gonna say spot photography and explain to you that this is the process of have objects places on film paper exposed to light and the objects outlines will appear on the film. Depending on if the item is transparent or not will it show completely. After you show your images under the light you have to place your image in three different chemicals developer, stop bath and something else that is escaping me.

I was nervous about this because I didn’t want my images to develop a and be completely black. Calvin advised us to walk around Dana and pick objects to use. I wanted my images to be very simple do I used objects that were mostly plastic or metal. I wanted very minimalist vibes. Because we are developing film the dark room is pitch black with the exception of neon light box. I really enjoyed this process of photography. I don’t know if I like it more than digital, but I did have fun this class.

I made many photos that I will leave below:

My Artist Talk Experience- Thomas Hart Benton

My approach when preparing for my artist talk was very sporadic and I didn’t really know what I should be doing. I have never given an artist talk before, and if I am being honest I put most of my research and preparation time till the last minute. I did generally research on my art work, but I didn’t know what I need to do. I was confused most of the time, but I felt better in more control of myself and the information that I had collected when I had to practice in front of the class in the one time that I talked in front of my piece. Nell had scheduled set times for our class to practice, but for some reason I always had something come up during the times I needed to present and in totally I presented my work twice before I gave the talk during community hour.

What I noticed during the times that I did present and when I heard others in my class present their respective works is that I didn’t have much of a connection to the piece or found out thing that I felt personally made me want to connect to the work. Which is fine because I chose the work, but when I heard others present I saw more creative and deeper connections being made. I wanted that when I presented, but I could not seem to find that. It all worked out though because I learned how to work with a piece that wasn’t my favorite, but I made myself the expert on this piece.

The things that I learned about my piece entitled Fence mender created in 1940 were interesting and innovative of the time period. Benton was apart of the Works progress administration; a government funded program under the New Deal that focused on rebuilding the community centers and neighborhoods deeply effected by the Great Depression. Benton was anti- establishment and anti-industrialization and focused his subject matter on the common man who worked in fields and used his hand. He created very large murals that depicted the daily lifestyle of the Midwest.

The more I talked about my work the more I felt comfortable explaining my knowledge to others. I was able to bring unique and different approaches to the piece that were not thought of. Now, that I have given the talk I am more than confident about the work, I am comfortable with the piece. On the day of the talk I was very nervous. I wanted to dress the part of an Art Historian, so I wore a blazer. It made me somewhat less nervous. When the talks began, I felt my heart beating double time, and when it was my turn I was nervous, but as soon as I started talking I felt good. I felt and saw my hand shaking when I started do give a visual analysis of the work.

I remembered most of the pointers that Nell gave me and the formula she wanted us to use when giving our talk. I tried to stick to the script as best as I could. I missed a couple of things that she wanted me to mention, but over all I did my best. Another element of anxiety of this talk was the audience. When I found out that we were giving our talks during community hour and that most of the art department was going to be there I was kinda scared and questioned my ability to give the talk. My most fearful critic Katherine Smith was there and that added a bundle of nerves I didn’t even know I had brewing inside me. But to my complete surprise she loved my talk and thought that I did a very good job and presented information and new ideas about my work that she never heard of before. She also gave me some insight on what I could have done better and I really appreciated her kind words. Her scholarship is based on these artist talks and having her compliments made the talk a better experience for me that I will remember for the rest of my time at Agnes.

Overall, I learned a lot about myself, presentation, and research throughout this entire process. i learned that I should practice every chance I can get and prepare earlier than I did. I also learned that presenting isn’t all that bad, if anything I must remember that I am the smartest person on the subject that I am presenting and that I should own it and just have fun. I learned that I like public speaking and that I am less nervous about my senior seminar that will coming up after I come back from abroad.

Art Papers: In conversation with Saskia Benjamin and Victoria Camblin

For today’s class I was very Hangry and out of sorts. I was excited about the field trip, but I just wasn’t in the mood. I think I am getting the semester blues where I stop caring right before the semester ends. I don’t like this feeling, but I can’t help it. \

We didn’t have to travel far for this trip, because it was located in Little Five points and that honestly Agnes’s backyard. The drive was short and pleasant, with a little confusion on where to park in the mix. The actual placement of Art Papers is the Horizon Theatre, which a renovated school building that houses other creatives in the Atlanta area. Walking around the building reminded me of my elementary days. Do all old buildings smell that way? The Art papers suit was located on the third floor. I can say that I got my workout in for the rest of the year.

Art Papers is a online/book international publication that discusses the Intersctionalites of art and culture. My class was able to steel a little over an hour times from the very small run publication. If I had to sum up this visit I would say that it was mega overwhelming, but very insightful and attention grabbing. I was familiar with Art Papers somewhat when hearing Nell talk about it in another class, but thats as far as m knowledge goes.

Basic Background information that I learned is that Art Papers started in 1976 and is the oldest founding Non-profit organization in the country. The organization was founded by  local artist who saw a lack of places to show their work. The magazine focuses on creating opportunities for exchange of information between artist and their communities. They are also focused in making sure that Atlanta has an outward focus in brining in outside art and artist. The publication prints quarterly and is invested in public programming.

The Executive director Saskia Benjamin talked to us about her position in this publication. I can’t help but compare her position to Veronica’s At the Atlanta Contemporary, because if I am not mistaken they have the same job. The only difference is that Saskia works for a publication and Veronica for a running museum that is staffed 10-15 people. Veronica works on a much larger scale. Saskia informed us that she has been with the company for five years and the their yearly budget is $500,000. Every year they start from scratch and have to raise up every penny. There biggest contribution is from the art auction that is held in the spring. This auction brings in $250,000 of their budget. The have a board membership of 15 people of various occupations across the country and each member must serve on a sub community. Their budget includes payment of everyone involved in their latest issue. Saskia also mentioned that because they run a very small but highly functional ship that everyone on board wear several hats and hold various positions. Saskia mentions that when fundrasing they have now been informed with the task of showing funders and donators how their publication is unique and reflective of the current times and the changes in the future, she says that its hard to predict that with issues that come are quarterly. They only know of their change after an issue is publishers not before and that is where the problem comes in with some funders who want to see projected change.

After speaking with Saskia, Victoria Camblin Editor and Creative director spoke with us as well. I wanted to mention the mannerisms of both women before I start. Saskia being older that Victoria, you could see their different ways of movement and I noticed that Victoria was the creative type. She was drinking coffee and Saskia was drinking water and you could just see their job titles in the way they acted and I thought that was really cool. Victoria looked as f she was always thinking and paying attention to detail. Victoria made it clear that there contributing editors in other states and countries that she receives input from when designing layouts for the issue. She mentions that she is a thematic editor and that since working here the issues that she has worked on are theme orientated. This theme is chosen by paying attention to the conversations that are being had not only in the art world, but at a world at large. Victoria says that each issue provides an internal logic or extended conversation that are not being had. She says that contributing artist and writers won’t know the theme until the issue comes out so that they will write freely without having word focus on the topic.

Then the ladies devealed into their personal journies that lead them to Art Papers, which was fantastically encouraging and slightly overwhelming because the both have lived such amazing lives and have accomplished so much respectively that I wonder if I will ever amount to much when I graduate. I sure I will, but these women are goals. Must like most of the women that have visited on all of our trips. I always leave a trip inspired and eager for the future. They also so kindly aloud us to take past issues from last year and this year. I took them all of course! I am interested in bettering myself in the conversations that are happening at large around me.

 

Below I have attached some shots from the publishing house and some of the issues they gave us:

My New Favorite Hat!

 For as long as I can remember I have always been a hat wearing type of girl. I like wearing just about any type of hat; from beanies to baseball caps. But I would never be caught dead wearing a fedora hat from the 2000s! (Don’t  mind my hat hair, LOL)  Iv’e recently purchased my first Brixton hat! I am completely in love it it! I bought it from Urban Outfitters last weekend and I can’t stop wearing it. I saw this hat originally on Samantha Maria and I loved the way she styled it on her vlog! I

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October WAS the MONTH!

 Hello Everyone! It has been a HOT minute, I mean I think I have been gone for seriously for 2 months! WTH!? That is insane and just down right wrong! I am so sorry guys for my absence. I have been trying to figure my life out and plan for the future. You would think that blogging would help with this process, but for some reason I have shied away from the one hobby that brings  me clarity and joy.So, where have been these last two months? Good question! I have been in school mostly trying to

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Digital Artist Talk run through: Tuesday 31 November

Tuesday 31 November, 2017

For Today’s class I would say that I was a little distracted and unprepared, but I went on anyway. For one, it’s Halloween and I have fun plans and I could not  wait to get my day over with to start those plans!

But anyway, Today everyone in class gave a practice talk on the artist that we chose earlier in the semester. I chose Thomas Hart Benton’s Untitled Etching 1940 located on the bottom floor of the Library.

I wasn’t really prepared to talk about my artist and his work because I missed the visual analysis talk that everyone gave about their work and in between that time and this class I was working on the visual analysis of this work and I had some confusion about that as well.

I obviously gave the talk anyway, but not before I watched my other classmates give their talks and Nell give her comments on how they did. When I gave mine I felt like I didn’t know enough about my artist and his work and where my particular piece was in the timeline of his work as a whole. I paused a lot and I felt myself blanking because I could not figure out the formula or theme that Nell wanted us to follow and I could not connect each transition to the next topic.

The Formula that Nell wants us to go by with this talk starts with us giving  a general description of what everyone is looking. She wants us to speak clearly and loudly about the work in a general terms. Don’t Use “I” or “Interesting” let people come up with their own conclusion. I am just the informant. To make sure that I don’t blank with the information that I know about the work, I should create numerical devices within  the art work that trigger topic transitions that relate to the artist and the work and make my talk and research whole and complete sounding.

This formate really helps me because I love to learn the stems or technique of things to be able to get the jest of information that I need. The topics that I lacked on in my talk were describing the material he used and how  those who I am talking to can contextualize what I am describing to them. Benton’s influences and his involvement with the W.P.A. I should mention his stance on anti-establishment and how that is depicted through his subject matter and the concerns of the material his used to create his work. I should also focus on his murals and how that is related to his work, but in a broad sense. I feel like his murals relate more to his bio which is brief in my talk especially about this work because it is a etching not a mural.

I was very anxious about this talk I am less anxious than before because we have  2 more practice runs before I give the actual talk and I will be working on this in between these times. The talk is also 6-10 mins and thats not a lot of time, so I think I will come up with a script to get me through this.

Hudgeson Museum: In conversation with Lauri Stallings

Upon arrival at the Hudgeson Museum, I heard incisive ringing of bells. I was scared because I thought I drove myself and three other classmates to the wrong location. That fear was a lie because we were right where we needed to be. The ringing of bells was coming from a hallway where four women of different nationalities dressed in accommodating skin tone form fitting attire. These for women were if different heights and moved together in a unified way. Caught of guard and a little scared f this performance I decided to walk into the main gallery space where at the time things made more “sense” and I didn’t feel uncomfortable.

Before getting t my experience of the gallery and the four artist, It was explained to me what the Hudgeson Prize was and its a bi-yearly artist competition. The current show that I will be talking about is its 4th run, but has been running for 8 years. The prize focuses on artist and pros outside of Georgia and have gripping ties to their communities. The Hudgeson is focused on forming long lasting relationships with the prize finalist. They are striving to make a better ad more impactful Metro Atlanta. The work that I am about to describe is of the four finalist and the winner of the Hudgeson Prize. The main thing that I received from all of this is that its great to win the money for this competition, but the exposure that an artist receives is much more important.

The gallery space was very open and easy to move through, but there was an echo so you had to speak quietly or your voice would carry and disturb others that could be looking at work. There were three artist being displayed inside the gallery space; Jiha Moon, Sarah Hops, and Cosmo Whyte. The fourth artist I later later realized was the four moving figures by Lauri Stallings.

 

When I first enter the gallery space Jiha Moon’s work was first. Her work is deeply connected to her Korean heritage. She focuses on the misunderstandings of Asian culture through pop art narration. She studied painting and has recently ventured into clay. She had several Clay pieces displayed on a low “L” shaped coffee. These clay pieces resembled morphed tea kettles and tea cups. Jiha uses a particular language within her work as seen through repetition of certain fruits like peaches in her paintings. I also learned that Jiha has a amazing work ethic and she is extremely accessible. Her hard work is really shown through the details of all of her pieces and their dual meanings.

 

Next to Jiha we have Sarah Hops, who conceptual Photographer and installationist. (I am not sure that if this is a real word, but it applies here) She creates her work in basements of peoples homes. Her work depicts the psychology of space and its affects on the human mind. Her work also focus on human psychology and questions are things we find weird or obscure really weird and obscure in other places? She implores the viewer to question what is normal. Her work was along the far wall that wrapped around the far left of the building. Her work ended with a fur room installation, where like my description says an entire room was cover in blue and white ombre fur. Even the ground was covered in fur. The room could fit 2-3 comfortably, but it was pretty small. The fur as you can image was very soft.

 

From Sarah installation was another installation by Cosmo Whyte. Cosmo’s work much like Jiha’s is deeply connected to his Jamaican roots. The installation is a very large life jacket with beautiful claims hot clued to it. Cosmo also creates massive charcahol drawings that deals with personal history and secret rituals. He focuses on how migration messes with human identity. His drawings include 4leaf gold I believe and are sometimes bordered with intricate cut out designs. Besides having a cool as name Cosmo also is a professor at Morehouse College. I think that is exceptionally cool.

 

Last but certainly not least, The Hudgeson Prize winner Lauri Stallings, who’s work frighten me at first, but moved me to a more enlightened state after hearing more about her work and what her art movement glo is all about.

Whilst I was walking through the main gallery near Sarah Hops fur room installation I was approached by one or two of the dancing figures that I saw when I arrived. Less scared and more apprehensive I went along with the dancing figure, which Lauri calls them moving artist. I was embarrassed and nervous so I start to laugh, but the moving artist stays complacent and keeps moving their only emotion they were aloud to show was acceptance and that feeling was nice.

Later on Lauri was able to talk to us abut her practice. Her energy was so nice and flowey. She was very attentive and made sure that she made eye-contact with everyone even of no one was looking at her. Something that she was that was very moving for me was: “The work needs people without the people he work doesn’t exist.” Lauri sees herself as a composing choreographer. The dances or systems that she makes the moving artist do al reflect constant context to the space. She said the movements displayed the idea of consciousness. Lauri creates maps of her movements and floor plans of her given space to create dances or movements that are reflective of the space. The bell ringing that I was scared of in the beginning was inspired by the mid-evil temple bell choir. She explained that her maps are the pure definition of choreography; drawing in space. All that Lauri was talking about was so dense, but she made it accessible through the language she used. I will later have to think deeply about her work for the rest of my life. My little blog post won’t do it any justice. Overall she was s power and she has me thinking a lot about performance art and how I can connect street style and fashion to performance art, which is very exciting!

I went into the Hudgeson, apprehensive and weary and left empowered and strong! Great field trip!

Below are some images from this trip!!

In the grand scheme of things: Fashion Project/Class discussion

For today’s class we are just coming back from fall break, and we are suppose to have our five topics that interest us that could be possible senior seminar topics. We all rent around and talked about our topics and as a class with Nell’s help we are able to single out which topic we really wanted to focus on.

Most of the topics that I chose ranged from various topics of interest that I have just discovered and have been thinking about for quite some time. I also have my list of topics  in my previous blog post, along with some notes from Nell and the class on what I should really focus in on. I am going to leave what I added here at the bottom of this paragraph. I just realized that none of the notes that I made within this post yesterday were saved, but that is okay. I will just recreate the notes right now.

  1. Portrait Painting/ Painters/ Photographers

Such Jordan Casteel, Kehinde Wiley, Omar Victor Diop, Basquiat, Kerry James Marshell

Im curious as to what conversation each artist having with their particular topics and how they all come together and relate to one another.

2. Fashion Photography- street style- globally impacts photography

I want to know how a photography decides what is presentable for the public.

3. Street style in fashion

 

So basically, these are my top topics of interest. Barb suggested that I focus on street style because that is  “so me” and I seem to have personal enthusiasm when talking about this topic. Nell suggested that I focus on myself and how I use fashion as an art form of creative expression and this really spoke to me because for the first time I was thinking of my hobby as my own created medium of art such as painting or photography. I have always struggled with being a studio art major and not feeing any of the mediums that artist deal with and I couldn’t see fashion as art until brought it to my attention and that connection means a lot to me because I have found my own way to contribute to art in a way that makes me feel valid and confident. Because she like an painter practices drawing on a canvas of sketch book I practice fashion everyday with how  dress and what I study when looking at other fashion influencers. This connection is profound and deeply hits me to a point where I feel like all the pieces are coming together.

 

From his connection, Nell wanted me to combine my first three ideas, because they are interconnected passions of mine. I liked this idea a lot and I was curious to know how I could relate fashion black artist to fashion and Nell pointed out that I could focus on black fashion designers and that got me really excited about all the things I could get into. In connection with street style and street style culture I can really start to ask the questions of what street style is and why photography is such a big part of street style and this questions would raise other questions such as what is fashion and why is it an important art form. what’s the difference between formal and natural street style. On top of all these questions I have to relate everything back to my interest in said question and thats really cool to me. I am actually really excited to get into a passion that comes so naturally to me.

 

I haven’t started much research because I don’t know where to start and  am kinda lazy, but I will soon and I will update with blog post about my research and how I feel about what I am learning

5 Topics- Thinking aloud

  1. Portrait Painting/ Painters/ Photographers

Such Jordan Casteel, Kehinde Wiley, Omar Victor Diop, Basquiat, Kerry James Marshell

Im curious as to what conversation each artist having with their particular topics and how they all come together and relate to one another.

2. Fashion Photography- street style- globally impacts photography

I want to know how a photography decides what is presentable for the public.

3. Street style in fashion

How did this become such a large part of fashion culture? When and why did people start dressing up fro fashion shows.

4. Interior Design

Specifically how people create spaces with purpose of who will live in these spaces. I was inspired by the abstract episode done on Ilse Crowford.

5. The duality of painting and photography.

Im curious to know which one captures more Truth. Inspired by my modern history class. I read about Baudelaire and Emerson and their different views of photography and how artist capture Beauty and Truth

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