May 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
This was the final product of my earth artefact.
May 6, 2014 § 2 Comments
Live LIfe Manifesto, Holstee
Holstee is a Social enterprise and design company and they created a perfectly modern manifesto that emphasises optimism, big dreams, love, curiosity and compassion. They have set this piece out with all the words being tightly packed, which i think they where trying to convey a modern city area with everything being tightly packed together and be so busy. Holstee start the manifesto of with this is your LIFE. Do what you love, and do it often. This can be generalised to everyone. As it is everyone’s life and they should do what makes them happy. However it’s not quite simple to do what you love without something else getting in the way. The Manifesto is good to make people think about change and doing What makes them happy but for most people its out of the question. We have work; go to university and other things we may not enjoy for long amounts of time Just to get a few minutes to enjoy what we love doing. Although it makes it a lot sweeter when you finally get to do what you love, after the long hours of things you don’t like doing. This manifesto reminds me of Alan Watts, What if money was no object? Question he asked to students. And most of, if not all said they want to be free to do and express themselves in whichever ways they want, and do what makes them happy and they enjoy doing since, if you cant enjoy what u are doing, how can you expect to do it for the rest of your life. The end part of the manifesto states that life is short and we should get out and express our dreams, and be creative. Which is great and I totally agree that we should express ourselves. As the more we do and more we get out and explore this world, is more we learn about other, the world and ourselves and can show this in our work.
May 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
Charlie sheen’s manifesto
I understand that Charlie sheen isn’t seen as being a artists in the sense that he paints, but technically speaking that acting is a art form, so I thought that it would apply. But since a manifesto is something that you can apply to life not just art, some of his points make sense to me. Now Charlie sheen isn’t completely right in the head but some of his points do make sense, No Panic, No judgement. Now that is the first part to his manifesto and to me it makes sense as the more you panic about life, work, love the more stressed out you tend to be and the less likely for you to produce good work. the second part about no judgement could be taken one of a few ways. But the way choose to understand it, it means that you shouldn’t pass judgement on people if your not will to judge yourself. Now that applied to art could be don’t judge others work if yours is the same. Another of Charlie Sheen’s points is number 6. Either Love, or hate. But you must do so violently. This doesn’t make much sense till you think how Charlie Sheen thinks. I think he means that whatever you do, you must do with passion, as only we are the one that want it this bad that we must do anything to achieve our art/goal. However some of Charlie sheen’s manifesto is completely mental such as Leave marriage to the amateurs and the bible grippers. That is his 2nd point of his manifesto. Now, to me that makes no sense. I think it is more to do with his personal view of life than anything else. But i realised everyone has a personal manifesto of which they live by. It makes them, them. If his view is that marriage doesn’t suit his life style then it doesn’t. Its just how he chooses to live his life. Another point of Charlie Sheen’s manifesto is the 4th which ties in with the first. You have the right to kill, but you do not have the right to judge. The part about the right to kill is debatable. But the part about no right to judge is right. You can’t judge people or other peoples work without first looking at yourself
May 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Designer: John Maeda – The Laws of Simplicity.
In this manifesto of 100 pages, Maeda elaborates on 10 laws for business, design and life. The first being to Reduce, meaning the simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction. That to create something simplistic we must put thought in how to reduce the clutter and how removing it will create the best result. Maeda 4th law is to Learn, Knowledge makes everything simpler. Which makes total sense since the more we know the more knowledge we can put into our work. It also means we understand more which makes difficult tasks, that we may face in our work or life easier to overcome. Since we will have more knowledge of how to deal with it, from past encounter with similar problems. John Maeda 9th point was Failure, some thing can never be made simple. I found that with my work, that this is true. I had some difficulty with some of the more technical aspects of my work and no matter what you do it can never be made simple. However Maeda idea that thing can never be made simple is not always true, as it is possible to make most if not all simpler. And this could be life or with art. My final point with John Maeda’s manifesto is number 10, The One, Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful. Now Maeda’s point is great and I think it make its reader think about life and art a bit more. Subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful is an amazing sentence as it create a great visual image of taking out obvious part to life and works art, and adding more meaning to you life and your work. Make people really think about your work and what it means to them. Adding the meaningful makes your work have multiple meaning to different people and viewers. However John Maeda’s manifesto about the laws of simplicity is amazing and a really good read. It makes you think about not just how you could improve your work but with how to improve your life with the laws of simplicity.
May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
How I think about semiotics.
Semiotics, also know as semiology is the study of meaning making. This also means it is the study of signs, indication, designation, likeness, analogy, metaphor, symbolism, signification, and communication. Which means that semiotics is closely related to linguistic, which is a study of language. Semiotics plays a large part in our culture as it helps to create visual language that can be interpreted by anyone. For example, on bathroom doors there is a stick-man or stick-woman. These symbols can be read and interpreted by anyone, as they are a universal visual language that everyone knows. It works the same with branding, if the artist or graphic design creates a image for the product that is memorable and can be understood in this visual language. Then people recognise this sign/symbol and relate it to the product meaning that they can identify the brand without even seeing the product. An example would be the M for Mc Donald’s, its a well know brand and when anyone sees the big yellow M they associate it with food. The same goes with the packaging. If the Graphic designer has created a packaging with a good use of visual language to communicate what is in the box and from which company, then it is more likely to be seen, used and bought by the public. This can be through colour. For example colour coding the boxes of the different food types to show what goes in what box. The most common colour signage is blue and red to differentiate between hot and cold. Semiotics isn’t just used in signs to convey meaning or instructions. A lot of artists also use semiotics in their work, to invoke powerful meanings or messages to there intended audience. Such as a photographer will use symbols and colours in their work to convey mean like having a woman in a photo with green hair could mean jealousy or nature. It would all depend on the context it was meant to have and how well the artist could communicate that with their target audience. I personally think that Semiotics or Semiology is one of the most used and useful studies that exist as everything we create is a symbol or sign, which can be interpreted by many people in many different ways and as artists we strive to show people our art. And with showing them our work, hope that we have communicated what we wanted to and that these people understand our art and us.
May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
How I think about modernity.
Modernity is described by Barker (2005) as being a post-traditional, post-medieval historical period, one marked by the move from feudalism (or agrarianism) toward capitalism, industrialization, secularization, rationalization, the nation-state and its constituent institutions and forms of surveillance. In the terms of art, and artwork, there comes a point in history where art becomes more modernised. And I don’t mean in what we choose to draw, paint, write or create but in how we go about it. For example, Daniel Chorny was a 13th century monk who was a icon painter. His method was to pain staking hand paint a portrait or icon depicting a lord or group of lords. Yes, His work is amazing, but if put into a modern setting with access to modern equipment, his job would have been so much easier. What I’m trying to say is that, it is not art that is becoming more modern but they way we go about creating art. Examples being the creation of Photoshop, illustrator and graphic tablets. Also how we view and see art, like years ago images where put on posters and in books to convey messages to people who couldn’t read. Now we use more modern methods to convey messages, such as advertising on TV, cinema, books, magazines, internet. These are ways of communicating art in modern way. However modernity could be seen as being gendered, more particularly gendered towards men. That in modern society men holds all the power. And although women’s rights have changed a lot throughout the modern era, it is still a male dominated society. To link this to art, more male modernist artists work is accepted than women’s work. However this was around the time of the industrial revelation. Which saw a change in how we created things. Not just in making goods in factories but how we created art. Rather sat in a dusty studio for hours, hand-painting everything, now it was easier to mass produce work to be sold, viewed and used in the industry. L.s.Lowly is described as being a great modernist painter as his style of painting is very unique, and depicts the lifestyle and industrial revolution of his period of time. Lowly’s work is able to express how vital the industrialisation and modernity was to not just art but also society. His work showed that as the world become more modernised that art, the way we view and create art will continue to adapt and change to fit the context of what society deems as being modern.
May 1, 2014 § Leave a comment
How I think about ambiguity of play.
The Ambiguity of play is a book written by Brian Sutton-Smith expressing how play is an adaptation, which teaches us skills and abilities to apply in later life. He states that Daydreaming is our way of playing with art. That it is we that are imagining things the way we see them in our art. Or is it just frivolity. That it is merely a person painting something because they want to. I think that play is a loose word which Brian Sutton-Smith uses to express how humans learn through doing. An example is that when someone asks what someone else is doing, they reply with “oh, I’m just messing/playing around with it.” It referring to whatever they are making/doing. Play is our way of learning without having a direct goal. With art, we can spend hours in a room with nothing but a desk and just draw all day, with no real goal in what we want to achieve by the end. So with a person just “playing” with techniques, variations and methods. They are able to develop new ways or easier ways of doing something. We learn through playing. I feel that it is in human nature to create something purely from out imagination as it gives us creative freedom allowing for some truly amazing works of art to be produced. Play allows us freedom to express what we want and to work how we want, even if there is no end goal in sight. But then again what is play and what is work? As artists shouldn’t our work be play? And our play is work? We are artists we should be doing what we love and be able to play, all the while producing work. Our work should be our play. It should be things we enjoy doing. If we enjoy doing it and put everything we have into doing it. Only then can we truly master our craft and be able to charge for our work. But first we must play and be prepared to fail in a chance to learn. No one is an amazing artist instantly. We must develop and learn before finally mastering our craft and being able to create stunning artwork, which then can be sold. We as artists should enjoy what we do and what makes us happy and show that in what we create. And we should find that the people that want to purchase our work share the same interests and enjoy the same things we do.