Monday, April 10, 2017

Speed PS.


Statement of the Area of Interest

     Our group is interested in the ghosts that have been reported on UWF's grounds. Through online databases and interviews we have and will continue researching any incidents that have occurred on campus that may relate to the topic of ghosts on campus. Some information we plan to include relating to ghosts on the UWF campus are the incidents involving the students Susan Morris and Barbara Bockwith, as well as the cloaked figure that has been reported by a few different people. Samantha, Kenneth, and I decided to choose this topic after hearing rumors of ghosts being seen on campus and stories of deaths occurring on campus. We decided to investigate to see if these deaths actually occurred, and if so, were the source of these paranormal events.

Proposed Statement of Final Project

     For our final project, our project is based on the idea that Samantha, Kenneth, and I will create our own forms of documentation on the ghosts of UWF. Samantha and I will create artworks depicting the ghosts, locations where the ghosts have been reported to be seen, and locations of the crime scenes. Samantha will create these scenes through studio art such as paintings and chalk pastels, and I will capture photographs and videos.  Kenneth will document the time and location these ghosts were seen, as well as any instances of ghosts or murders on UWF's campus from newspaper articles. We will create a scrapbook containing newspaper articles and documentation of the ghosts, as well as the different deaths that have occurred on UWF's campus. We will also create a video containing reenactments of paranormal events that occurred during our research.
     Our final project will be presented as a Cathedral/Museum/Haunted House in either our classroom or the Light Lab. We will have a table set up with our artworks, scrapbook, video, and artifacts related to the ghosts that we have found.

List of primary research:
Locations to conduct field work:
  • UWF Nature Trail
  • UWF Nursery
  • UWF Library
  • Service Road next to UWF Communications Building
Information/sample collections/data that will be gathered in the field:
  • Photographs of locations
  • Video recordings of locations
  • Ghost stories from interviewees
  • EMF recordings
  • Artworks depicting ghosts

Monday, March 27, 2017

How to Read a Landscape Response

For the next project, learning how to read a landscape effectively will improve the quality of the work. This article provides six tips on how to read a landscape, which is a bigger process than what I originally thought. These six tips have broadened my view and I feel like they have prepared me for the upcoming project.

The first section, or lesson, is about boundaries. Ben Kasten writes about how boundaries shouldn't be limiting. Instead of looking at an actual physical boundary, interpret the different aspects of the landscape that create boundaries. Take, for example, the UWF Library. Besides the main floor, there are four other floors, each with different purposes, a basement with archives, and a Starbucks. Some people may say Starbucks is separate, but it is technically within the borders of the library. This section was a little confusing, but after a reading it a few times it became easier to understand.

The second lesson is about noticing the mundane parts of our lives. After living in Pensacola for almost 15 years, you begin to overlook certain parts of life. The routes we take, the railroad tracks through the woods and streets, and even the Alexander Shunnarah billboards all become a part of where we are and we tend to not notice them as much. This section teaches us that these overlooked parts of life can actually connect us to other landscapes and they connect all of us together.

The third lesson is relatively short and goes hand in hand with the second lesson. While you're looking around you, don't forget to look up and down. Think about the utility poles that happen above you and the sewers that happen below. These can be interesting points to consider.

The fourth lesson teaches us to compare what is happening now with what happened in the past. Compare and contrast the two. This will require some research but in the long run will be an interesting topic of discussion. Landscapes are changing every day, which is why this lesson is so important.

The fifth lesson is about maps. Everything can be mapped. I feel that this lesson can be used with the fourth one because maps can be helpful to compare the then and now data. They also compile everything you need or want to know in one form instead of having multiple tabs up on your computer.

The last lesson is about explaining the significance of the symbols in the landscape you're reading. The more you connect symbols, like the Alexander Shunnarah billboards we tend to overlook, your landscape reading becomes more interesting and meaningful.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Essay Response 3

The GIF is a very diverse and important medium for artist of this generation to work with. The GIF is a very short animation that is played on a single loop, a loop played a few times, or even an infinite loop. This medium is important for this generation because it gives us our own way of expressing ourselves without too much fear of critics. That is the reason that the GIF is a very sociable to today’s society. They can be clips from specific scenes in movies, or someone’s own creation. There is also the fact that people are able to share their ideas with one another in a way that needs no explanation. Like most mediums the GIF is left up to the viewer’s interpretation. GIFs just happen to be a little easier to understand and explain. The GIF is also a very democratic form of art because you are able to not only copy another person’s GIF but you are also able to change it. There is also the fact that most of the GIFs online are free for users. People are not only able to create these amazing animations but share them with the world, not because they have to but because they want to. People are able to view these little videos, no longer than 10 seconds, and are able to understand the message behind them. This is a very important reason as to why the GIF is both very sociable and democratic. They are literally made by the people for the people. I believe that the gifts of 2016 are stories of entertainment. They provide the world with a laugh in times even the roughest times. People send these little animations back and forth to each other and they can all represent a different mood. In the end, it’s just a more entertaining emoji.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Chimera's, Hybrids, and Monsters

Image one:

For this piece, I wanted to play with the idea of male and female body perceptions. They way to show these perceptions, without making a pornographic image, was to provide a beach landscape. I also thought about the controversy over transgender rights. To put two and two together I decided to make my chimera out of five different people. I wanted the face to be recognizable so I chose Matthew McConaughey. The other people include Kim Kardashian (breast), David Beckham (body), Zac Efron (arms), and some random guys legs after looking up speedo pictures. Although I tried to blend some of the tones to make it look more natural, using levels and selective color, but I then decided not to completely blend it together because I still wanted to provide the creepy, cut out of a magazine and pasted together, collage effect.

Image two:

This piece had no pre-plan whatsoever. My thought process started with wanting a lava/volcano landscape and somehow turned into a birthday party. When I added the landscaped, I looked up people jumping and found my star. The man in the center was originally placed over the lava but he looked so small and I wanted him to be the center of attention. I mean look at him, he looks like he'd be that type of guy. I then put wings on him to make him seem like he was flying up majestically. Somehow, birthday's got into my head so it became this majestic man's birthday party. I added the candle to make it look as if he was coming up out of a cake and added some exotic candle dancers and of course the magical birthday wand. Then I played with the brightness and contrast to give it a more dramatic feel since they were on top of a volcano. I tried to add some outer glow to make it seem like one of the dancers was being lit by the candle but it didn't turn out how I planned. Anyways, this piece just happened to be a random thrown together montage.

Image three:

This last piece is another one that somehow fell together. I knew I needed a piece with Nicolas Cage, however I just wanted his face because everyone knows his face. I put his face on Daenerys' body, from Game of Thrones, and added wings because I obviously like wings (see above image). I was originally going to add a beak to add to the bird effect, but then decided not to because I didn't want to cover the fact that it was Nicolas Cage being disappointed. My idea was to have Cage as a sort of mother to Spiderman. It's takes place in a cavern where Spiderman is hiding behind some rock being childish. Spiderman has, well, spider in him and not bird, so I created a mask that he is holding with his right arm (you can't tell). I had just watched The Notebook the night before and I felt as if the piece needed the quote to show Spiderman's joking nature, and it just felt like something sarcastic he would say in that moment. Cage is disapproving his acts.